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The Baker County press
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Baker County press (Macclenny, Fla. 1929)
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SEPTEMBER 1422County fair Fairgrounds 5567 Lauramore Rd. The 2018 Baker County Fair will run through September 22 For more information, contact Roger Lankford at (904) 259-7314 or visit bakercountyfair.comSEPTEMBER 2538th annual Chamber of Commerce banquet 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. The 38th Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be held on Tuesday, September 25 at Raiford Road Church located at 9201 State Road 121 South in Macclenny. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the dinner and program starting at 7 p.m. BAKER CORRECTIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONPlan for medical pot grow facilityPage 3 Homecoming court Page 11 AT AGLANCE THINGS TO DO MORE NEWS Cats upset Menendez Page 15 Go vote ...bakercountypress.comA decade after the Great Recession, are you better o nancially now than you were before the recession?YES 68% NO 18% SAME 14%Swimmers make nals in 12 events See page 13 rfntb WWW.BURKINSCHEVY.COM rfn tbf bnnn bnnn r r r r rfn nfn Biggest little fair Photos by Jud JohnsonAttendance strong for opening weekendThe 2018 Baker County Fair opened its doors last weekend to sunny but hot conditions but a slew of new attractions, rides and shows. It was a very good weekend as people are seeing the quality rides and clean atmosphere, said fair association president Roger Lankford Tuesday. The acts are things you see on the state fair level. I had one vendor who travels around fairs across the state who said, This is the biggest little fair in the state. Next up on the calendar is the carload night Wednesday. Up to eight people, or the maximum number of seat belts in a vehicle, can get entry and wristbands for a at $50 charge. Attendance has been strong and should build throughout the week weather holding, said Mr. Lankford. Pictured from opening weekend are (above) Naudia ONeal and George Elias at the midway, (top from left) the Fearless Flores brothers inside the Globe of Death, Hannah Davis keeping her pig clean and Mackenzie Carter in the livestock barn.JOEL ADDINGTONMANAGING EDITOR reporter@bakercountypress.comThe Baker Correction al Development Corporation (BCDC) officials learned last week that the USDA has agreed to lend the nonprofit owner of the county jail and sher iffs office complex more than $35 million dollars to bail out the facility from high-interest bond debt that threatened to drive the corporation into default and potentially pull the county into financial ruin. On Tuesday the corporations board of directors who are also the officers of the Baker County Correctional Management Corporation that will technically borrow the mon ey from the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program to buy the facility approved a series of documents from the federal agency as the on the $35,566,900 loan in the next month or so. The loan will carry an interest rate of 3.875, according to documents signed by board treasurer Jack Baker Jr. and its secretary Sharon Padgett the afternoon of September 18. Thats well below the current 8 percent interest rate on bonds issued in 2008 to build and open the facility. Board chairman Ed Barber said annual debt service and reserve costs ing package should shrink to about $2.2 million a year, compared to more than $4.6 million now. The reserve requirements under the 30-year, also much less than those for the bonds. The USDA is requiring about $2 million versus $3.7 million under the original bond agreement, though BCDC has never been able to reach that mark. The loan will require USDA OKs jail loan for $35.5MJOEL ADDINGTONMANAGING EDITOR reporter@bakercountypress.comJessica Champions 11-year-old daughter Jaiden is wheelchair-bound and it broke her moms heart to take Jaiden and her siblings to Memorial Park in Macclenny. Jaiden could do little more than watch as her brother and sister had fun on the playground. That changed last year. Macclenny city manager Phil Rhoden said it was a comment Ms. Champion made on The Press Facebook page that touched him and led to the addition of handicap accessible swings, a wheelchair access ramp and other improvements at the park that are ongoing today. Everyone deserves to be able to participate, especially with public structures that are for all, even if the all is a few. In Gods eyes we all matter, Ms. Champion said by email last week, adding that being able to push her daughter in the wheelchair swing was liberating. Jaiden was born with a rare genetic disorder known as Mowat-Wilson Syndrome. Its resulted in severe heart, in testinal and cognitive conditions. Above Jessica Champion pushes her daughter Jaiden, 11, on a wheelchair swing. Other handicap-accessible swings at right. City raises the fun factor for all at park See page 2 See page 5


Page 2 T B C P ursday, September 20, 2018about $17,000 a month be placed in reserve during a 10-year period to reach a sum of $2,025,891. Were in a very good place ..., said Mr. Baker at the close of the roughly 40-minute meeting Tuesday. He and fellow board members Mark Broughton, Mr. Barber and Ms. Padgett thanked a team of consultants who worked on the loan application as well as who supported it through the process, which began with fits and starts after the board was appointed in April, 2017. A previous board ousted by county commissioners at that time began discussing a USDA loan in December, 2016 with help from the since-fired firm Raymond James Financial. Im telling you its answered prayers and we appreciate that, said Mr. Broughton. Its been a struggle but a pleasure and Im excited its commented USDAs Kenda Robinson. I thank the Lord for it ..., said Ms. Padgett. Mr. Barber, board chairman, characterized the importance of the loan rather bluntly. We didnt have a plan B. This was it. We all talked and nobody had a plan B. Without it, this business this county would have been terrible, he said. ty Rhoden kudos for in creasing prisoner counts last spring to boost jail reve nue and managing the facilHe and his team have stepped up and I appreciate that, said the chairman. The board anticipates two more meetings one prior to closing on the loan and another to close. Theres a lot to be done between now and closing, said BCDC accountant Michael Givens. Outstanding requirements for the loan from the USDA include obtaining title insurance for the sale, updating a property appraisal and feasibility study nalizing a transition plan for administration of the new corporation and discussing with the bond trustee, the Bank of Minnesota, regarding retirement of the bonds. Mr. Barber has tasked Jacksonville attorney Peter Dame to work on the latter issue to make sure we legally disentangle ourselves from the bonds. The board voted to give Mr. Baker, board treasurer, and Mr. Barber the author ity to execute agreements plete the USDA requirements prior to closing. The next board meeting is scheduled for October 9 at 2 p.m. unless a special meeting is needed in the interim.Utility 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. 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. A monthly maintenance fee of $6 applies if the balance falls below the minimum daily balance requirement of $1,000 for a Personal Money Market account. Six withdrawals per statement period are permitted. There is an excessive withdrawal fee of $10 for each additional withdrawal of any type. Fees could reduce the earnings 2Annual Percentage Yield (APY) of 1.60% for 12 months, 1.80% for 18 months, and 2.00% for 24 months is accurate as of 9/4/2018 and is subject to change at any time. Minimum balance to open and obtain limited time. 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Natural derived ingredients, absorbed quickly long lasting eect, pet friendly, NO THC, USDA certied, organic, safe and legal in all 50 From page 1USDA: Loan approvedA Baxter woman was jailed the afternoon of September 13 after she was found confused and pacing in front of the Dollar General Store on SR 121 north at CR 23-B. Detective Charlie Sharman responded to a report by a citizen that Ashley Raulerson, 32, was outside her pickup truck crying and acting agitated shortly before 2:30 p.m. The detective obtained consent to search her purse and found a packet of heroin she claimed she purchased the night before at a Jacksonville hotel. Police also found a syringe and bottle cap, along with cotton concealed in her underwear. In another arrest at a Dollar General Store, this one in Glen St. Mary, James Burton II, 30, of Glen was charged with felony possession of six baggies of heroin in a pants pock et. Sgt. Ben Anderson responded to a complaint by a store employee that Mr. Burton locked himself in a restroom for 30 minutes the evening of September 14, and that she heard suspicious noises coming from inside. The report by Deputy John Murphy notes that the baggies and syringes were stashed inside a cigarette pack. The suspect also had $425 in cash. The arrests were among numerous drug-related cases recently: Amanda Morris, 42, of Glen St. Mary was arrested on September 12 for felony sale and possession of marijuana to an undercov er buyer back in late January. The alleged transaction took place at a residence on Okley Lane. Deputy Trevor Bloxham arrested Cheree Matheney, 37, of St. George, GA the evening of September 13 for possession of meth, three syringes and a spoon with meth residue. on SR 228 South. Passenger Stevie Gibson, 39, of Sanderson was arrested the afternoon of September 12 for felony possession of a syringe with clear meth inside and drug paraphernalia. Deputy Mitchell Wight said he stopped a Pontiac the suspect was riding in on West Lowder in Macclenny for having a cracked tail light. Ms. Gibson faces an additional felony after a Suboxide strip was found on her after she arrived at county jail. Campus deputy Jacob Satterwhite ar rested a 12-year-old female student at Baker County Middle School on September 14 for misdemeanor possession of a baggie of pot found in her backpack. by another student about the drugs. David Arnett, 34, of Macclenny for having a small baggie of meth in his wallet. on George Hodges Road in the early evening of September 13, and was aware the suspect had an outstanding warrant. Ashley RaulersonTwo arrests for heroinWoman was confused, pacing There is $3500 in prize money up for grabs in 2018 high school essay contest from the areas legal community to mark the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Organized by the lawyers and judges of the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, and the members of the Jack sonville Chapter of the Fed eral Bar Association, the contest is open to students in grades 10 through 12. The 14th Amendment sure no person is denied equal protection under the law. Congress and the courts have applied this Equal Protection Clause to the right to equal education opportunities, reads a press release on the contest. Stu dent essays are required to address how the phrase, Equal Protection of the Laws, impacts them as stu dents. Essays are due no later than noon on October 15. First place will receive $2000, second place $1000 and third place $500. Winners will be recognized at a ceremony in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the Bryan Simpson United States Courthouse in Jacksonville in November, and at the Federal Bar Associations Spirit of Giving Luncheon in December. In addition, the First Place Winner will be given the opportunity to shadow a federal judge for a day, states the release. For additional informa tion about the essay contest and how to enter visit www. $3500 in prize money for essay contest


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Must present coupon at time of service Expires 9/29/18. 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 rrfntbbn f nt fnt Dr. Garlon Webb A true friend real estate REAL ESTATE G arlon W ebbwithTRUE FRIENDS WEATHER THE STORM IN SEARCH OF A RAINBOW! (Beilenson) Happy 70th Birthday!We know you did not want anything special but we wanted the world to know how awesome you are. You are our rock, inspiration and voice of wisdom. We love you so much and wish you a very happy and blessed birthday!Love, Don, Libby, Lee, Cheyenne, Brittany, Garrett, Donnie, Leo & Victor MACCLENNY CITY COMMISSIONMIKE ANDERSON PRESS STAFF Businesses licensed to sell medical marijuana were banned in Macclenny earlier this year but city officials have not shut the door on those who grow and process medicinal cannabis at least not yet. As of last week, city commissioners indicated they were willing to consider a proposal City Manager Phil Rhoden said his office has received to develop a medical marijuana cultivation site in Macclenny. It was near the end of a commission meeting the evening of September 11 when Mr. Rhoden introduced Dwight W. Jones, a Jacksonville dentist, and his son, Christopher Jones, who had explained their business concept to him during a recent visit to city hall. Mr. Rhoden said they told him they just wanted to know up front if the city would even consider their business plan and, if not, they would look elsewhere for a place to grow the plants. Their plan is to have a chain of (medical marijuana) dispensaries in Jacksonville, but they have to have a cultivation site, the city manager said. The proposed location for the indoor marijuana cultivation facility is on a large tract of land the Jones family owns in a wooded area off South Lowder Street between Charlie Rowe Drive and Ray Phillips Road. The younger Mr. Jones said early this week he and his father plan to buy five pharmacies in the Jacksonville area and convert them to medical marijuana dispensaries starting next year if the state grants their application for a license. He said they hope to get that approval in early 2019. He said one state license is all they need to cultivate and dispense the drug. In Macclenny, however, there would be no dispensary and no cash transactions, which was the only reason cited by city commissioners in February when they enacted an ordinance prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries because they could become targets of robberies and burglaries. Marijuana in any form remains illegal under federal drug laws and no cred it cards may be used to purchase legally available medicinal marijuana. Its a strictly cash-only business. City Attorney Frank Maloney said Florida has detailed regulations gov erning cultivation sites that he could research and report to the board later to help them reach a decision. At that point, the city manager asked commissioners the key question: Are you adamantly opposed to it or do you want to hear more about it? Commissioner Sam Kitching was absent due to illness last week, but none of the four board members who were present said they were absolutely against the proposal without learning more details. I cant even consider it right now because we dont know anything, said Commissioner Cecil Horne Jr. When Commissioner Lynward Bones raised the risk of burglary as a concern, Christopher Jones replied that, statistically, crime has actually decreased in other parts of the country where medicinal marijuana has been legalized. Mayor Mark Bryant then joined the conversation with a reminder that the potential applicants were merely there that night to get a consensus of the board, not a final decision. Were many steps away. Youre just here to test the waters, is that fair to say? the mayor asked. Yes, Christopher Jones replied. The young man then proceeded to talk a little about security plans for the property, which he said would include fencing, high-resolution video surveillance cameras, motion sensors, steel doors and commercial locks, and possibly armed guards patrolling the property at night, as well. I like the fact that they have a good security plan, said Commissioner Dan ny Norton, who said he would like to see a detailed business plan before mak ing any firm decisions regarding the proposed development. In addition to sophisticated electron ic security measures and a climate-controlled environment, Dwight Jones said the facility itself will be housed inside a solid structure, not a typical greenhouse with plastic walls and top. The family-owned tract encompasses about 100 acres but the plans only envision developing 3-5 acres for the cultivation operation, including a building encompassing at least 3600 square feet of floor space adequate for growing 500 plants. This will require some things by the city down the road, said Mr. Rhoden. We would need to pursue agricultural zoning. The only person in the boardroom who remained adamantly opposed to the marijuana cultivation proposal was Fidel Lytle, a U.S. Navy retiree and Macclenny resident who rarely misses a commission meeting and usually has something to say. This could open the door to (medical marijuana) dispensaries, said Mr. Lytle, adding that he believes marijuana is a gateway drug that leads users to more dangerous drugs and he was opposed to putting it (proposed pot farm) in a low-income neighborhood. After last weeks commission meeting Mr. Jones emailed several documents to the city manager, evidently in hopes of bolstering his business plan in Macclenny, including: An application for Medical Marijuana Treatment Center Registration with the Florida Department of Healths Office of Medical Marijuana Use. Applicants must meet a lengthy list of criteria to demonstrate knowledge and technical expertise in producing medicinal cannabis. A physical security plan containing specific details of the type of security measures that would be implemented at the proposed cultivation site. Greenhouse design plans that combine the latest technology in HVAC, light deprivation, environmen tal controls, irrigation, insect exclusion, benching systems, hybrid techniques, and much more to create a systematic and efficient growing approach. A sheet titled Facts About Medicinal Cannabis stating that more than 500,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in the past 15 years, according to a 2017 report from the Centers for Disease Control, and that state le galized medicinal cannabis provides a local solution to the nationwide opioid crisis. The document further stated that in states with medical marijuana laws prescriptions for morphine have fallen nearly 21 percent and 17.4 percent fewer prescriptions for hydrocodone have been written. On a local level, the document claimed that out of Floridas 67 counties Baker County is ranked third overall for opioid prescriptions per capita and reported addiction rates in individuals over the age of 12 exceed the state average by 29 percent.Seeking to grow medical pot eir plan is to have a chain of (medical marijuana) dispensaries in Jacksonville, but they have to have a cultivation site.City manager Phil Rhoden WANT TO LEARN CPR AND FIRST AID?The Baker County Health Department holds classes monthly.Call 259-6291 ext 5269


Page 4 T B C P ursday, September 20, 2018A Jacksonville man with multiple drunk driving convictions faces yet another charge after he cle running on three tires on Interstate 10 near Macclenny the evening of September 11. Jacksonville police and troopers were in pursuit of the westbound vehicle being driven by Teddy Stelly, 38, when it crossed into Baker County just before 10 p.m., said Deputy Tyler Baldwyn. sticks in the roadway as the Cadillac bore down on Macclenny with a right front tire missing and riding on a wheel. Deputy Baldwyn said the suspect lost control and ran across the median crossing both eastbound lanes before coming to a stop. FHP Trooper Jeffrey Naeyaert charged Mr. Stelly with felony DUI after he refused to submit to a breath test. The report notes he had at least three prior convictions. In another DUI case, Trooper J.E. Farley arrested Courtney Bryant, 31, of Macclenny in the early hours of September 15 after observing her 2010 Nissan driving erratically northbound on South Sixth Street in Macclenny. Ms. Bryant was both weaving in lanes and speeding before turning west on Lowder Street to Lewis Street where she was stopped. Trooper Farley said she performed poorly on breath test at county jail showed a blood-alcohol level of .275, just short of three times the legal limit. Deputy John Murphy arrested Robert Digsby, 37, of Sanderson for disorderly intoxication after he found the suspect seated outside Gator Patricks bar in east Macclenny early on September 15. The officer said he feared Mr. Digsby would attempt to drive home if he left him there around 4 a.m., two hours after closing time. The same deputy arrested Jacques Daniels, 47, of Gainesville late on September 16 for driving on a revoked license and possession of a 2014 Toyota pickup that had been reported stolen in Alachua County earlier that day. questioned the suspect for ramp to Interstate 10 at Glen St. Mary. Mr. Dan iels license was revoked in Sgt. Anderson and Deputy Russell Clark ar rested Hector Vazques-Rios, 53, of Kissimmie, FL early on September 27 for refusing to calm himself and return to his semitruck illegally parked near the Walmart Distribution Center east of Macclenny. MIKE ANDERSON PRESS STAFF Tension between the governing bodies in Baker County and Macclenny has become heightened in recent weeks over the cost to provide law enforcement services inside the city limits, which has been a smoldering political issue for years. A little more fuel may have been tossed onto the embers at a city commission meeting the evening of September 11 when City Manager Phil Rhoden retaliated for comments made at a county commission meeting a week prior. I think you need to know what was discussed at the county commission meeting on September 4, Mr. Rhoden said, adding he was a little disappointed by some of the comments he heard while listening to the audio recording of the county meeting. Without identifying any individuals the city manager recited comments made by county commissioners James Bennett and James Croft, as well as Jeffrey Cox, the sheriffs departments finance manager, about how city budget cuts for law enforcement had adversely impacted the county budget Moments later the city manager handed out a report listing $1,695,617 in county property taxes paid by city residents this year, which equates to $1,237,800 con tributed to the sheriffs budget, Mr. Rhoden said. He arrived at that figure by using the countys own formula allocating 73 per cent of total county proper ty tax revenues, of which 29 percent is paid by city residents, to the sheriffs budget. In the coming fiscal year for 2018-19, which begins October 1, Mr. Rhoden noted that the citys share of county taxes will rise to $1,812,258, which he said will equate to $1,322,948 contributed to the sheriffs budget. In addition to that, well pay another $180,000 in this proposed budget, he said. Mr. Cox and Sheriff Scotty Rhoden asked the coun ty commission three weeks ago to add $116,000 to the sheriffs budget next year to make up for the citys revenue reduction from $295,599 to $180,000. According to Mr. Cox, the city has reduced its annual payment to the sheriffs department over the past eight years from $749,000 to $295,599 this year, which he said have forced eight employees to be laid off during that time. Mr. Rhoden, evidently questioning such an assertion, said hed like to know Whose salaries have we been paying? The city manager also singled out certain other comments made during the September 4 county commission meeting that he felt were particularly unfair, in cluding: Having taken a hit from the city of Macclenny I am not in favor of picking up the city of Macclennys slack. (Commissioner Croft). Theyre not willing to provide the funding necessary to provide one deputy within the city limits 24 hours a day. (Commissioner Bennett). According to the sher iff it costs a minimum of $258,000 a year for salaries and benefits, not including training and equipment ex penses, for four deputies to ensure one is on duty anywhere in the county at any given time, including the city of Macclenny. Despite the fact that Sheriff Rhoden said even if the city didnt pay a dime to his department he still would have to have a deputy within the city limits at all times, Commissioners Bennett and Croft questioned whether the city has been paying its fair share of the cost to provide police protection within its borders. At one point Mr. Bennett noted that the countys cash reserves are near an all-time low of $4 million and said, I wonder how much the city has in reserves right now? As far as the city manager was concerned, that shouldnt be any concern of the county. What we have in reserves is not correlated to what we should be paying for that service, Mr. Rhoden said, reiterating that the citys appropriation to the sheriffs department is above and be yond what is already paid in county taxes for law en forcement. Theyre asking us to step up and pay them another $116,000? he said. All of a sudden it becomes our challenge to fix the citys de cision? Citing the citys $1.69 million county property tax payment this year, of which he estimated $1.23 million would have gone to the sheriffs department, he added: If that doesnt pay for four deputies something doesnt add up and something is wrong. Mr. Rhoden told commissioners that he wasnt recom mending any specific change in the citys proposed appropriation for law enforcement next year, but added that if the board wanted to go up, down or do away with it this is the meeting to decide. The board agreed to keep the $180,000 in the budget because thats the amount the sheriff was told he could count on from the city. But commissioners were in agreement that the city pays more than enough already. I always thought it was so unfair that we were being double-taxed, said Commissioner Danny Norton, adding, nonetheless, that he thought $180,000 was a good deal for taxpayers. The quality of the service was never an issue, said Mr. Rhoden. It was how much we were paying for it. He said after the old city police force was abolished the county began providing law enforcement in Macclenny in 1980 when there were three deputies on duty in the county. Since then, the population in Macclenny has grown and so has the volume of calls to the sheriffs office. Were not trying to get out of paying for police protection, said Commissioner Cecil Horne Jr. Weve been paying extra for it and we told the sheriff we would give him $180,000 next year. We need to stick to it. Mayor Mark Bryant agreed that the budgeted amount for the sheriffs office in the coming year should remain unchanged, although he and other board members agreed that future funding could be reduced further or eliminated entirely. Were paying more than our fair share, always have, and it looks like well continue to, for at least one more year, he said. The city manager also presented other data to the commission to show the disparity between the millions of dollars in revenue the county receives from the state in sales taxes, fuel taxes and other reve nue sharing funds and the meager amount that trickles down to the city of Macclenny. For example, in 2018-19 the county will receive an estimated $2.4 million in fuel tax revenue, most of which is generated at gas stations in Macclenny, while the city will receive only about $154,505. Further, Mr. Rhoden pointed out, the county has a list of 50 top priority road paving projects and not a single road in the road priorities is in the city of Macclenny. Also last week the city commission: Voted to tentatively approve a proposed budget of $10.8 million, including the $180,000 for county law enforcement services, based on the existing property tax rate of 3.6 mills, or $3.60 for ev ery $1,000 of taxable prop erty valuation. A final public hearing and vote on the new budget and tax rate is scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m. September 25. Held an initial public hearing for an ordinance recommended by the city manager to initiate water and sewer system capacity impact fees totaling $1,367 for each new single-family residence connections. Without comment from the board or from the audience, the proposed ordinance was scheduled for a final hearing and vote at 6 p.m. on October 9.MACCLENNY CITY COMMISSION Teddy Stelly WWW.BUILDINGSANDMORE.COM RENT TO OWN M NO CREDIT CHECK 1168 W. MACCLENNY AVE. | MACCLENNY | 259-4054 STEEL BUILDINGS 30x51 GARAGE W.A.C. $205 per mo. 18x21 CARPORT W.A.C. $21 per mo. 42x26 BARN W.A.C. $94 per mo. 8x14 $37WAC$75RTO 12x16 $61WAC$123RTO Authorized Dealer $54WAC$110RTO 10x20 $71WAC$144RTO 12x20 12x16 $53WAC$107RTO $34WAC$68RTO 8x10 $39WAC$78RTO 10x1290DAYSSAME AS CASH 1168 W. MACCLENNY AVE. | MACCLENNY | RTO $44WAC$89RTO 12x12 $88WAC$179RTO 334-8285 Broken Spring Replacement New Garage Door Installation & Repair Automatic Garage Opener Installation & RepairOwner: Geoffry MoranMORAN GARAGE DOOR SERVICES We repair and replace all types & brands of garage doors 259-2525 Open Sun-Sat 5:30 am-2:30 pmWednesday :Fried/baked pork-chopsThursday: Friday:Fried catsh or shrimp fried riceSundayChicken & Dressing or Stewed Pork-Chops & Gravy Were not trying to get out of paying for police protection. Weve been paying extra for it and we told the sheri we would give him $180,000 next year. We need to stick to it.City commissioner Cecil Horne Jr. Ocials irked by push-back on police costsDuval driver wrecks on I-10 Canaday reunionThe annual Canaday family reunion will be held on Sunday, September 23 starting at 1 p.m. at the North Prong Church. Bring a covered dish and lawn chairs. PRESS CLASSIFIEDS$7.00for 20 wordsDeadline Monday at 5:00 THE BAKER COUNT Y PRESS


ursday, September 20, 2018 T B C P Page 5Tickets are on sale for the BCHS drama production of Fairytales and Princesses, which opens Sept. 27 at BCHS. The show is full of familiar songs and scenes and features your favorite princesses, heroes, mermaids and dwarves. With great songs like Circle of Life, Let it Go, Belle, Under the Sea, Shiny, A Whole New World and many more, it is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. Reserved tickets in the first four rows are on-sale my calling 259-6286. Reserved tickets are $10 and general admission tickets the day of the show are $5. BCHS also has a fun Milk and Cookie Matinee on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. The matinee allows kids to get up close and personal with their favorite princesses and heroes. The characters will give autographs, inter act with the kids and pose for photos at a special photo area. Tickets for the Milk and Cookie Matinee are all reserved, so call for your reservations today. I feel proud that even after we are gone that gener ations to follow will be able to be a part of it and not be ostracized, said Ms. Champion, who also hopes to get space reserved at the start of the Christmas parade route where those with special needs can see the emergency vehicles before their lights and sirens are activated. My daughter had a sei attended. It was awful, she said. But even small changes can help every member of our community enjoy public festivities ... To help others who cannot help themselves gives me the most beautiful feeling in my heart and I wouldnt have it any other way. Both the county and the city have been working to make public spaces here more accessible to those with special needs, like Sar ah Perichs teenage daughter who has severe scoliosis. She, like Ms. Champion, advocated for improve ments at Memorial Park, also known as the Duck Pond, to make it more friendly to children with dis abilities. Ms. Perich said the wheelchair-friendly swing and two other molded swinging chairs with seat belts, all accessible via a ramp connected to the sidewalk near the bathrooms, are all great. I am glad they are mov ing forward in correcting the ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] issues at the parks and other places to get into better compliance so that more special needs visitors can enjoy all the fashe said. ADA compliance is not only the act of respecting those who need it but its a compassionate blessing ... The city has spent about $28,500 in the last two years on ADA equipment, sidewalk access and better lightening and securi ty at the park, according to city administrator Melissa Thompson. Another $4000 in lighting improvements are planned for this year along with some $15,000 worth of ADA equipment next year. The city received two grants to assist in the effort $10,000 from Flor ida Power & Light and the same sum from the Best in Baker BBQ contest in August organized by the Clerk Mr. Rhoden, the city manager, said Macclenny doesnt have a master plan for ADA improvements but next on the list are wheelchair-friendly picnic tables and perhaps a merry-goround. Its something simple we take for granted but if you have a loved one in a wheelchair you cant roll them up to the tables. Were going to pick up one, at least, for each pavilion there, said the manager. When buying park equipment suitable for the disabled, one challenge is ensuring its not easily abused by able-bodied children. Thats been a problem with the existing swings at the park. Healthy children get in there, three or four in it, and they think they can all stand up, said Mr. Rhoden. Theyve broken the swing a couple of times but weve been able to repair it, so far ... With the merry-goround, he said, the city wants to ensure it wont be broken by vandalism more often than its functioning for those who need it. Theres not a lot out there unless you have megabucks, said the city manager of such equipment. But were going to do our best to try to continue to do this every year, or every other year, if we can work some money in the budget, even if we dont get grants, to try and enhance the facility ... When you have healthy children you dont realize what others may be struggling with to bring as much normalcy as they can into their childs lives. The county began to focus on ADA compliance with low-hanging fruit, like the countys website. Over the last couple of months weve been review ing our website to try to get it as ADA complaint as possible and we think we got it, said county manager Kennie Downing this month. The effort was sparked after county attorney Rich Komando queried whether the countys website was accessible to people with sight problems. Ms. Downing said that led to reformatting the documents uploaded to the countys website to make them compatible with software that reads aloud the text of documents and websites. To the naked eye it looks like a PDF but to a person with a disability they can access it with their software, she said. The changes also sparked a discussion about coun ty parks and other facilities that need ADA improvements. Ms. Downing is still compiling the list of needed upgrades but said issues that elicit complaints from the public will be prioritized the list. That process began with the road department and its grants from the Florida Department of Transportation, which require an ADA tran sition plan for county roads with sidewalks and other county facilities. There are only seven roads outside the limits of Macclenny and Glen St. Mary with sidewalks, including portions of CRs 127, 229, 139, 125 and 23A, among others. All of them are ADA complaint with ramps and pads with traction bumps for wheelchairs. There are many other county facilities that need ADA upgrades, however. Ms. Downing said shes seeking $5000 for ADA projects at county facilities, including the fairgrounds, the Knabb sports complex and other county parks in the coming years budget. She said park bathrooms at the complex have railings but other county parks, with the exception of Shoals Park, lack them. Its a long-term project that we need to start focusing on, said Ms. Downing. From page 1Duck pond becomes handicap friendlyFour years for March burglary spreeTries to enter motel room door Terrenia Staier, RealtorServing Baker County and Northeast Florida Cell 904-945-2488 xw904-964-5424603 E. Call Street Starke 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! 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In other sentencings that day by Judge James Colaw, Macclenny resident Michael Myers, 66, drew an 18-month sentence for twin counts of selling drugs to an undercover buyer Records indicate that Mr. Myers, es including robbery, grand theft and done pills for $50 in September of last year at his Grissholm Street residence. release and to undergo evaluation for drug and alcohol addiction. Lewis Chancy Jr., violation of probation (VOP) for possession of prescription drugs; one year, seven days. session of prescription drugs; 36 days probation, residential drug treatment, attend one drug addiction meeting a week, community service. Marleon Farmer, felony driving on a revoked license, leaving accident scene with property damage; 10 days in jail, one-year probation, community service, obtain license. Joshua Yarbrough, VOP burglary, resisting arrest, battery on a law enscription drugs; reinstate probation and two years house arrest. Tyler Freeman, VOP lewd and lascivious battery, impregnating child unprobation (last chance to avoid prison), mental health evaluation. Ashlee Smith, possession of forged instrument, marijuana possession; munity service, drug and alcohol addiction evaluation. Kelsey Keaton, introducing contraband into state prison; three-year drug nity service, drug and alcohol addiction evaluation. with violence, battery, disorderly con duct; two-year probation, community service, anger management class, drug and alcohol addiction evaluation. A Sanderson man on probation for burglary was arrested the afternoon of September 13 after he was seen attempting to kick down the door of a motel room occupied by his ex-girlfriend and her male companion. Kyle Stelma, 20, was followed a short distance after Deputy Jared Sharman identified his vehicle, and stopped him on South Sixth Street in Macclenny shortly before 2 p.m. Police were called by an employee at Burger King after he and his brother Ken neth Stelma, 22, of Jacksonville acted suspiciously in the restaurant before driving to the nearby Red Roof Inn where he was seen attempting to enter the room. The accused told Deputy Sharman he had gone to the motel to return property to the ex-girlfriend, and he wanted to get answers. Officers found a loaded pistol and a pair of brass knuckles in Mr. Stelmas vehicle. He was booked at county jail for domestic assault, aggravated felony assault with a weapon and possession of the gun without a permit. The brother was not charged. In another recent inci dent, Jacob Barton, 15, of Glen St. Mary was arrested for shoving and continuing to resist Deputy Andrew Thames at the scene of a domestic battery on Westside Avenue the late afternoon of September 10. charged at him while he questioned another 15-yearold accused of misdemeanor battery on his grandfather Walter Bullard, 55. He was reportedly angry at the grandfather for taking his cell phone away. The Barton youth was charged with felony battery Another 15-year-old, this one a student at Baker County Middle School, faces a charge of felony battery on campus deputy Jacob Sat terwhite following an after September 13. Ivan Tisdale refused to calm himself while threatening one of the combatants, then lunged at Deputy Sat terwhite, shoving him away and refusing to be handHe faces an additional count of resisting police with violence. Deputy John Finley arrested Jimmy Hudnall Jr. in the early morning hours of September 14 for aggravated assault on his live-in girlfriend Dominique Daniels, 31, in the bedroom of their residence on Sam Lampkins Lane in Margaretta. Ms. Daniels told the officer the accused became enraged when he found out her latest child did not be long to him, and swung an aluminum baseball at her twice. The blows missed and instead damaged a nearby dresser. Deputy Finley described Mr. Hudnall as extremely agitated when interviewed at the scene, and added a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest because he struggled against being placed in a patrol car. noted eight children from infant age through 12 were present during the incident. Kyle StelmaCinderella (Loriann Bliss) invites you to Fairytales and Princesses opening next week at BCHS. Fairytales set to open on Sept. 27 CHECK IT


Page 6 T B C P ursday, September 20, 2018JOEL ADDINGTONMANAGING EDITOR reporter@bakercountypress.comThe Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) recognized two sherof its own employees on Monday for working close ly together on two cases a suicidal teen and his grandparents, as well as a boy with signs of severe child abuse. Westside Elementary Schools campus deputy Sergeant Jeremiah Combs and his supervisor Captain Chris Volz were honored alongside child protection investigations supervisor Janna Dockery by DCF regional director Patricia Medlock and regional family safety director Bryan McDuffie at the credited the close relation ship between local deputies and child protection investigators, three of whom are complex, with being able to respond quickly and effi ciently to children in danger. Ms. Dockery also splits her time between Macclen ny and Lake City. Combs hadnt noticed signs of abuse on the younger student, the boy would have gone home and likely be subjected to even further vestigators responded to his home within hours and removed several siblings from When I say horrific abuse, I mean horrific abuse, he said. Probably some of the worst Ive heard of or seen ... Because of our relationship and some of the training weve done with our SROs [school resources ofwe saved that kid. DCF investigators are housed within the detective bureau with full access to law enforcement databases, which really expedites the work we do with investigations of child abuse, said Capt. Volz, meanwhile, was instrumental in getting a suicidal teen and his family connected with DCF resources and his eventual placement at the Florida Oak. Capt. Volz wrote to DCF to praise the work of child protection investigators for their role in the case, which led to the awards ceremony this week. They really worked together to make that happen for him and help the fami ly, which was really, really nice, said Ms. Medlock. It kept him from coming into [foster] care and got him what he needed ... By responding in tandem, tors can do joint interviews and share information to better help families. You dont have to re-traumatize the kids talking to them repeatedly, said the regional director. The partnership began soon after Sheriff Scotty early 2017. This situation that weve el for what we want for the Northeast region. Weve got a special thing going on. Its not very often that we have this relationship with law enforcement in that we can expedite cases the way we do and make things happen for kids and families as fast we can with this partnership, In the past, he said, police got frustrated when DCF to respond to inquiries, and DCF personnel would experience similar frustration when police didnt notify the agency of potential abuse cases immediately as well. 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Under its long-term contract with the Baker County Hospital Authority, BCMS has been given nearly all of the annual property tax revenue from authority levies for operating the hospital and nursing home. Whats left over plus about $26,000 in other state and interest revenue has been kept in reserves. But the new hospital authority budget of $1,161,684 approved on Monday by Mr. Ferreira and Ms. Gnann allocates all of the resulting tax revenue, about $996,000, to lowed a September 5 public hearing to set and advertise the tentative budget and property tax rate. The $225,000 increase to BCMS pushed total expenditures in the 2018-19 budget up 20.5 percent compared to the current year, which gave Mr. Ferreira and Ms. Gnann some Still, Mr. Register said, after some discussion and review it was something we really wanted to do, based on the need. Indigent care costs in Baker County continue to increase and Baker County Medical Services carries the biggest part Total revenue from the authoritys unchanged property tax, or millage, rate of 1.15 mills, is expected to increase by some $55,000 due to additional construction and higher property values. The tax rate is equal to $1.15 per $1000 of taxable property value. Its also 2 percent higher than the so-called roll-back rate, or the rate required to generate the same amount of revenue as the previous year. Also helping to fund the $225,000 increase bound for BCMS will be about $90,000 from hospital authority reserves, savings from the elimination of a $30,000 annual payment to the school district, which sunset last year, and about $50,000 more in budget carry forward, which is mon The yearly allocation was needed to correct an error at to the school district to other local taxing authorities, which ning next month shows $1,105,918 in expenditures, leaving $55,766 in hospital authority reserves. In other business, the authority board extended its $23,000 contract with the Chamber of Commerce and Mr. Register for administrative services. The new three-year contract runs through 2021. The next hospital authority meeting will be October 17 at 5 p.m. with a joint meeting with BCMS CEO Dennis Markos to follow at 5:30 p.m. Development commission OKs $154,500 budget The Baker County Development Commission also recently approved its annual spending plan totaling $154,500. The four-member development commission which also extended its contract with the Chamber for administrative services for another year for $16,000 doesnt have taxing authority but owns more than $1.1 million in real estate held for future commercial development. The only recurring revenue the commission receives is about $10,000 in state revenue and $300 in interest income. But expenditures generally outstrip revenue leading to annual losses. In the new budget for 2018-19 expenses total However, the new budget also has $130,300 in unspent reserves from the current year carried forward for 2018-19, which is down some $14,000 compared to the unspent reserves in the 2017-18 budget. A similar drop is anticipated to additional revenue streams or eliminating most of its yearly expenses, the commission will burn through its reserves in about eight years. Mr. Register said the commission does have the authority to issue industrial revenue bonds, which can result in some revenue for the development commission for administrative costs. If the right business was looking at Baker County and go that route, while its a lengthy process through the de velopment commission, the county and the state ... There is some opportunity for revenue, said Mr. Register when asked about potential options for future revenue. The development commission consists of Ronald Mann, Dan Masterson, Polly Gore and Chris Gazes. They voted 4-0 to approve the new budget on September 12. PHOTO BY JOEL ADDINGTON Honorees from left: DCF child protection investigations supervisor Janna Dockery, Sgt. Jeremiah Combs and Capt. Chris Volz of BCSO.Deputies recognized by DCFUnion of agencies a modelIndigent patients cost public more


ursday, September 20, 2018 T B C P Page 7MIKE ANDERSON PRESS STAFF The latest round of talks about developing a so-called LGTE (landfill gas to energy) facility to produce income at New River Solid Waste Associations tri-county landfill in Raiford looks prom ising and will continue next week, executive director Perry Kent told the associations board of directors on September 13. A management team is coming down from New York on September 26 to look at our site, said Mr. Kent, referring to corporate leaders from Fortistar, a White Plains, NY company seeking a partnership with New River to turn methane gas collected at the landfill into a mutually profitable venture. Maybe well start getting a contract together, he said, adding later that he hoped to have something concrete to present to the board for consideration by November. Were going to keep push ing them. Mr. Kent said members of another group from Fortistar had visited the landfill earlier this month and were real pleased with the site and said they saw things theyd never seen before at other (landfill) sites. Fortistar has proposed to build a 1500-cubic-feetper-minute gas processing system to convert the landfill gas into natural gas for distribution to TECO Peoples Gas and compressed natural gas (CNG) stations at the landfill and elsewhere to fuel CNG vehicles, possibly including garbage trucks from Alachua County, New Rivers largest customer. Tampa-based TECO has pledged to extend an 8-inch main gas line from U.S. 301 and build an interconnection facility as part of the venture. Fortistar/TECO Gas made their project presentation in June for an on-site fueling station and pipeline injection under a 20-year contract. The projected completion time was 18 months after a contract is approved and $36 million in revenue, on average $1.8 million a year, was projected over the two decades for New River. The governing board also received brief updates on various projects and approved expenditures totaling $257,000 for miscellaneous engineering services and environmental monitoring services. The unusually brief board meeting was adjourned after receiving a report on this years annual toxic waste roundup event, which resulted in 45,099 pounds (22.55 tons) of discarded toxic waste products de livered to the landfill from households throughout Baker, Bradford and Union counties. Nearly 200 households in Baker County contributed the largest volume 22,741 pounds of flammable liquids, old paint, aerosol cans, used oil and other lubricants, pesticides and herbicides, antifreeze and assorted other hazardous materials The next heaviest load of throwaway hazardous waste, 17,034 pounds, came from Bradford County, followed by Union Countys contribution of 5,324 pounds. One thing that was different this year was a more flexible disposal policy, which may have allowed some toxic materials to be collected rather than dumped at solid waste collection sites along with other household trash and garbage. People from any one of the three landfill-owner counties were allowed to dispose of their toxic wastes at any one of the drop off locations courthouses in Baker and Bradford counties and Union Countys solid waste department whichever was closest to their homes. Its a little more citizen friendly, said Mr. Kent, noting that people would rather drive the shortest distance to get rid of the stuff. The biggest issue is we dont want it in the landfill, said Mr. Kent.JOEL ADDINGTONMANAGING EDITOR reporter@bakercountypress.comHealthy Start and its Infant Mortality Task Force marked Infant Mortality Awareness Month recently by bundling information about the many child and parental health resources available locally for distribution to local businesses on Tuesday. County Healthy Start coordinator Stephanie Bechtel said it was a way to boost awareness about Septem ber being Infant Mortality Awareness Month and the agencies and programs operating here working to improve child and maternal health in Baker County. E&Ms Cupcakery made 50 cupcakes for the group to distribute with the resource bags as well. Its just a gesture to get another community person involved, said Ms. Bechtel last week. Were just going to take a couple of hours and and start a conversation at least. Baker Countys infant mortality rates which rep resent the number of deaths before the age of 1, per 1000 live births have been up and down in the last de cade, but mostly down in recent years. It remains higher than the statewide rate, however. During the last six years, Baker Countys average annual infant mortality rate was 8.3 deaths per 1000 live births. Last year the rate hit 6.4, which was just above the state rate of 6.1. The countys last threeyear rate for 2015-17 was 7.1, but in four of the previous six three-year cycles, the rate was in double digits, so its been improving lately. The states infant mortality rate of 6.1 was slight ly higher than the national rate of 5.9 deaths before age 1, per 1000 live births. The motto for infant mortality awareness: Every baby deserves day 366. Duval Countys infant mortality rates, meanwhile, have remained at or above 8 the last six years. The numbers are bleaker in Bradford County, where the three-year rates have re mained above 11 deaths per 1000 live births since 201113. Clay Countys are much better with three-year rates between 5 and 6 deaths per 1000 lives births during that time. The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition notes that across its service area, including Baker, Du val, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns, the 2017 infant mortality rate dropped slightly from 7.4 deaths per 1000 live births to 7.3. Still, the agency points tributed to local businesses this week, thats equal to 137 babies, or eight kindergarten classes, who didnt reach in Northeast Florida. The leading cause of death in 2017 was perinatal conditions, including infections like bacterial sepsis, premature rupture of membranes, incompetent cervix and placenta complicadeaths was due to Sudden Unexpected Infants Deaths (SUIDs) in 2017, most of which were sleep-related. 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Page 8 T B C P ursday, September 20, 2018 Here are a few random things that I found interest ing as the Jaguars took on the New England Patriots on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field in typical September heat. It doesnt matter wheth er its local or national, at least half the people who talk about the game have trouble pronouncing the team name. If they are playing over in London, they are the Jacksonville Jag U-ars. If they are playing here at home they seem to be the JagWires. Even professionals like Mary Baer of Channel 4 call them JagWires. I wonder why that is? It doesnt seem like its too hard a name to pronounce, but they manage it. Something else I noticed one of the Patriots got a cut and they put a Bandaid on it. All well and good, but why in the world dont they have Bandaids for black persons? Ive wondered this for years. Maybe they do and Ive just never seen one. It certainly seems like an obvious choice. We have Bandaids with Spiderman, SpongeBob and the Incredibles on them, but we miss out on 30 percent of the popula tion with brown skin and black skin? Weird. It was an incredibly hot September day during the game and the Jaguars invested in a little games manship to take advantage of the oppressive heat. They put big thermometers over by the Patriots bench so that the opposing team could see that it was well over 100 degrees on the than a couple of minutes before the Patriot coaches had them removed. If you missed Keelan Coles one-handed catch missed the best catch of the season so far. He reached up at full extension and cupped Blake Bortles pass at the very point of the ball and pulled it in. It was reminiscent of Odell Beckham Jr.s one-handed catch in his reputation as a great receiver. It was tremendously exciting, but I noticed later on something all Jags fans know. The Jag U-ars, JagWires or whatever you want to call them, just dont get a lot of respect. Coles gloves are being given the credit for the catch on social media. Many Twitter users were weighing in that he would not have been able to make that catch if he hadnt been wearing gloves. I dont remember the same comments made after the OBJ catch which also used gloves. Youve gotta feel good for Cole. He was an undrafted free agent out of Kentucky Wesleyan when he came to camp last year. All he did was impress and with Marqise Lee injured is listed on the depth chart as the #1 wide receiver. He showed why on Sunday. There was a lot of talk going into this game about the Patriots top receiver Rob Gronkowski. Gronk is a 6-foot-8-inch giant and is usually unguardable. Usu ally. But on Sunday, he only had two catches for 15 yards. Despite all the talk that the Mouth of the South, Jalen Ramsey would cover him, it was Tashaun Gipson who lined up the most on the giant. Gipson, who is 5-11, didnt allow Gronk a single reception and Tom Brady, who was harassed throughout the game, had to look elsewhere. I hope the win will take tles, but I doubt it. Bortles has gotten nothing but grief from the national media as well as a lot of local fans who cant believe the Jaguars didnt deal for Kirk Cousins or Teddy BridgeBortles is never going to be Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees or Brady, but he out-dueled Brady in the AFC Championship game and again on Sunday. I still imagine that his stellar perJaguars relying on his arm with the injury to running back Leonard Fournette. The Jaguars were two minutes away from going to the Super Bowl last season when Brady came back to beat them, and many peo ple credited the loss to a lack of aggressiveness after the Jaguars had the lead. That was not the case on Sunday. With the Jaguars leading by 11 and pinned back on their 6 yard line, they did not run the ball into the middle three times and punt, giving Brady just the chance he needed to repeat his heroics of last year. Instead, they trusted Bortles and let him throw his way out of trouble. Next Sunday, they will welcome the Tennessee Titans to town. The Titans are being led by former Jaguar Blaine Gabbert. Im sure hell get quite the welcome. I hope that this momentum will continue into that key divisional game. Go Jaguars. How much the City of Macclenny should each year for police protection in the city limits, or whether it should pay anything at all, was described by our Mike Anderson this week as a smoldering political issue for years. It has been that. Although City Manager Phil Rhoden looked back a decade when the citys contrities in Macclenny around the clock reached toward $800,000, the arrangement has been going on much longer than that. Its roots go back to the 1970s when the late Joe New ly on the promise to cover the city limits. That paved the way for a newly-reconstituted city commission to abolish the Macclenny Police Department, an esthis, Chief Jerry Rhoden, the father of our ager Gerald Dopson back then, and over the years until Mr. Newmans death, were close friends. And thus the arrangement age rocked along with modest obligation. Mr. Newmans rid Macclenny of a festering problem and it seemed worth it. in place for years until, as the current city manager pointed out last week, it accelerat ed into some real money. As the amount grew, then-mayor Gary Dopson made it a point annually to complain that city residents were being double-taxed for police protection. He prodded remaining commissioners around to his side, and the result was a decrease in the annual pledge to the present $180,000 in the citys proposed budget. Joey Dobson, who as we have ample proof was not shy about tapping into the public purse. As he did with former county commissions on the matter of making up the lobbied and cajoled the Maccclenny board up to the $749,000 annually a decade ago. Nobody liked it, but they went along with it until it reached that level. In ensu ing years, Macclenny has incrementally chopped away on its contribution to where it is today. Manager Phil Rhoden is slow to anger, but he took issue last week with comments by county commissioners James Bennett and James Croft that the $180,000 was, well, miserly. He pointed out that in the new city budget, some $1.3 million of the proposed $1.8 million contributed to the ing argument that, while recognizing that most police responses are in and around the Macclenny footprint, his taxpayers are indeed paying their fair share. Although its a somewhat weaker argument, commissioners Bennett and Croft can be excused for crying cheapskate! They are wrestling with balancing budget demands with sparse revenues, thanks in part to the lack of surplus funds drained to That blame, of course, can be laid at the ed greater funds from city taxpayers to fund police coverage. See above. Manager Rhoden is in a better position on this. Macclennys pledged $180,000 is, remain so. And this should be said with a nod to he appreciates the citys contribution but wished it was higher, and that his constitu tional debt nonetheless is to cover Macclen ny regardless of the citys contribution. As it should this puts pressure to Sherbudgets, and on the county commission for oversight to make sure that is the case. Its a better option. BAKER SOCIALIZING ImpressionsJim McGauley MY SIDE OF THE MATTERROBERT GERARD $180K goodwill gestureCitys high ground on BCSO support PHOTO BY ED HA LL Congratulations, EdCongratulations to our editorial cartoonist Ed Hall, who recently won rst place in the Florida Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine State Awards for a series of cartoons published in The Press in 2017.Win over Brady impressive We want to share your letter to the editor so send it and sign it!


ursday, September 20, 2018 T B C P Page 9 BUDGET SUMMARY CITY OF MACCLENNY FISCAL YEAR 2018-2019THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF MACCLENNY ARE 13.6% MORE THAN LAST YEARS TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES. ESTIMATED REVENUES GENERAL FUND SPECIAL REVENUE ENTERPRISE FUND TOTAL Ad Valorem Taxes ( 3.6000 millage rate) $850,009 $$$850,009 Sales and Use Taxes 560,312 560,312 Franchise Fees 433,200 433,200 Utility Service Taxes 724,462 68,000 792,462 License & Permits 85,500 85,500 Intergovernmental Revenue 1,043,054 2,479,417 3,522,471 Charges For Services 1,029,000 2,467,000 3,496,000 Fines and Forfeitures 7,000 7,000 Interest Revenue 900 13,300 14,200 Special Assessments/Impact Fees Other Miscellaneous Revenues 20,500 31,300 51,800 Transfers In 50,000 127,000 177,000 Debt Proceeds 24,597 24,597 Fund balance/Reserves 211,000 610,400 821,400 TOTAL REVENUES AND OTHER FINANCING SOURCES $4,964,937 $2,554,014 $3,317,000 $10,835,951 EXPENDITURES/EXPENSES General Government $242,700 $$$242,700 Financial & Administrative 954,400 954,400 Public Safety 1,903,624 1,050,000 2,953,624 Physical Environment 971,865 1,504,014 2,984,609 5,460,488 Transportation 504,178 504,178 Human Services 170,736 170,736 Transfers Out Debt Services 90,086 318,540 408,626 TOTAL EXPENDITURES/EXPENSES 4,837,589 2,554,014 3,303,149 10,694,752 RESERVES Reserve For Contingencies 127,348 13,851 141,199 TOTAL RESERVES 127,348 13,851 141,199 TOTAL APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES AND RESERVES $4,964,937 $2,554,014 $3,317,000 $10,835,951 THE TENTATIVE ADOPTED AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD. NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASEThe City of Macclenny has tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy. Last years property tax levy:A. Initially proposed tax levy . . . . . $930,179 B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment Board and other assessment changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $84,744 C. Actual property tax levy . . . . . . $845,435This years proposed tax levy . $894,746 All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearing on the tax increase to be held on SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 5:45 PM at MACCLENNY CITY HALL 118 East Macclenny Avenue Macclenny, FloridaA FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at this hearing. MWC dinnersThe Womens Club of Macclenny will hold its annual pulled pork dinner on September 28 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Wom ans Club on South Fifth Street. Tickets are on sale now for $5. Call Amy Norton, 259-7981 or Melinda Padgett, 408-8394.JOEL ADDINGTONMANAGING EDITOR reporter@bakercountypress.comCustomers at Hagan Ace Hardware this month donated nearly $3600 during a two-week period when customers could round up their purchases to the nearest dollar, with the addi Arc North Floridas center in Macclenny. Customers donated $2306 and volunteers selling hot dogs, chips, drinks raised another $1278 on two Saturdays during the drive, for a total of $3584, said The Arcs fundraising coordinator Quinn Ban of Lake City. She said the money will fund scholarships so more adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Baker County can attend the center, which features several computers, games and other entertainment and activities for clients. Its also where clients are trained to be more independent, social and ready to enter employment. The sum raised is enough to fund more than six months at the adult training center, which currently serves about a dozen clients. Still, Ms. Ban said nationally about 3 percent of the adult population has a developmental disability. A similar share of the countys adult population is more than 500 people. Ms. Ban thanked the Walmart Distribution Cen ter and Sav-A-Lot for donating the refreshments that were sold and the grill that Hagan Ace manager Leonard Pittman credited The Arcs volunteers, who spent a few hours on the weekdays during the 10-day drive informing customers about The Arc and its mission, for the success of the round up campaign. He said it helped immensely and estimated the drive raised about 50 per cent more in donations than similar round up drives have garnered in the past. to the local agriculture community and others in the outlaying areas of the county, Ms. Ban is planning a potluck event at the center on October 2 at 6 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring a side dish and get to know The Arc. We want to get the community here and involved, she said. Woodys BBQ will also donate a share of its proceeds on October 18 to the nonprofit organization, which is based in Live Oak but serves Baker, Suwan nee, Columbia, Hamilton and Lafayette counties. For more information, Photos courtesy of MDACounty re raises $2409 for Fill the Boot fundraiserDuring the 2018 MDA Fill the Boot campaign, the dedicated members of the Baker County Fire Department, including Tanya Ander son and Jeremy Poole above, took to intersections to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases live longer and grow stronger, said the Muscular Dystro phy Association in a recent press release. This year $2409 was raised to benet MDA, which thanked everyone who put their heart and soul into this years boot drive, especially those who collected on their own personal time. Jasmyne Stanley, development specialist for MDA, said the department once again demonstrated its immense dedication and love for MDA clients. This years Fill the Boot was a success and we are grateful for the generosity of those in the Baker County community who have helped individuals with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases truly live unlimited, she said. Fireghters have helped raise money for MDA for more than 60 years. The money funds MDA eorts, including research and support programs, the MDA Care Centers at Shands Gainesville and the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, and summer camps for children with muscular dystrophy and similar diseases. Visit to learn more. Photo by Joel AddingtonThe Arcs Quinn Ban and Hagan Aces Leonard Pittman.Donates $3600 to ArcTo fund adult scholarshipsTaylor School reunion 9/29The Taylor School reunion will be held on September 29 at 5 p.m. 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! 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Page 10 T B C P ursday, September 20, 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!' 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 Vernon Bennett, ex-commissionerFloyd Vernon Bennett, 85, of Macclenny passed away September 18, 2018 at Acosta-Rua Center for Caring in Jacksonville. He was born in Taylor on May 15, 1933 to Floyd Bennett and Belle Rhoden Bennett. Vernon was a retired Army sergeant major with a 23-year career. He married the love of his life Linda Conant of Ripley, West Virginia and they were happily married for 59 years. After retirement he moved back to his beloved Baker County, bought Bennetts Tire and serviced the people of Baker County for 19 years. He served as a Macclenny city commissioner from 1987-2015 with 28 years of outstand ing service to the people of Macclenny. Vernon also served as a deacon for 28 years at Glen Baptist Church. He was an from 1997-2012. For years Vernon taught many generaJesus Christ. Other than his beautiful and loving wife of Macclen ny, Mr. Bennett is survived by children Donna (Derrell) Monds, Bruce (Charlotte) Bennett and Amy (Doug) Richardson, all of Macclenny; grandchildren Sheena Monds of Chattanooga, TN, Foster (Kate) Bennett, Lindsay (Mike) Leonard and Ally Richardson and Kade Richardson, all of Macclenny; two great-grandchildren; sisters Dorothy (Don) Odnell, Sharon Crews and Connie (Jim) Knabb; brothers Tom (Juanelle) Bennett, Greg (Patricia) Bennett, A celebration of Vernons life will be held on Monday, September 24 at 11 a.m. at his church in Glen St. Mary with ors will follow at 2 p.m. at Jacksonville National Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 23 from 3-5 p.m. at the church. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services of Macclenny is in charge of arrangements.Funeral Tuesday for Louice CombsLouice Roynell Combs, 57, of Taylor, passed peacefully at her residence surrounded by her loving family on Friday, September 14, 2018. She was born on February 21, 1961 to Mr. Louis and Betty (White) Quiett in Steinhatchee, Florida, and was a resident of the Steinhatchee area until the age of 12 when her family settled in Baker County. Well-known as a hard-working woman who never met a stranger, Mrs. Combs will be remembered for her time at various jobs in the area. After spending 12 years at Northeast Florida State Hospital, Louice moved on to 14 years of dedicated service in housekeeping. In her free time, Mrs. Combs thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors. She ing. She also loved camping with her family, frequenting Ocean Pond or returning to her native Steinhatchee. She will be remembered by those close to her as a supportive and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Mrs. Combs is survived by her loving husband Craig Combs; son Jay (Brandi) Combs; daughters Melissa (Shanparents; brothers Delbert (Terri) Quiett of Inverness and Robert (Donna) Quiett of St. George, GA; sisters: Myrnell (George) Barton of Sanderson, Teresa Brantley of Jackson ville, Betty (Bruce) Johnson of Sanderson and Lisa (Richard) Darrell of Orange Park; grandchildren Derek, Alisha, Erica, Trace, Alexis, Destiny, Daniel, Hunter, Bailey, Savannah, Jay Jr. and Bryley; three great-grandchildren; numerous other family members and friends also survive. The funeral service for Mrs. Combs was held on Tuesday, September 18 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Forbes FunerBurial followed at Taylor Cemetery.Memorial later for Warren DavisWarren E. Davis, 75, of Macclenny passed away on September 12, 2018 at the Acosta-Rua Center for Caring in Jacksonville following an extended illness. Mr. Davis was born in Atlanta, Georgia and lived in Arizona before moving to Baker County over a year ago. Mr. Davis held a bachelors degree in accounting and was a physical plant supervisor for the Department of Corrections in the State of Alabama. He loved his late dog Mammy. Mr. Davis is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Windell and Opal Hinesley Davis, sister Tracey Collins and great-granddaughter Jessi Kimsey. dren, Rose Davis Dufour of Carrollton, GA; second wife Joan Davis of Illinois; sons Warren Eldridge Davis Jr. (Leigh) of Macclenny and Ian Wendell Davis (Karen) of Los Angeles, CA; sisters Maxine Bush (Jerry) of Carrollton, GA and Wendy Quattlebaum (Jim) of Ocala; grandchildren Elise Crawford (Randall), Laurel Davis and Heather Kimsey; four great-grandchildren also survive. The family will hold a private committal at a later date. Save Them All, at Guerry Funeral Home of Macclenny is in charge of arrangements.Stalvey, 72, dies on September 13Wanda Ellen Stalvey, 72, passed away September 13, 2018 in Jackson ville. She was born August 26, 1946 to Howard and Reba Cox. Wanda was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many. Wanda was preceded in death by her husband Bill Stalvey; son Ronnie Crosier; brother Joel Cox and daughter Kimberly Stalvey. Mrs. Stalvey is survived by her sons Jeremy Crosier (Erika), Cleve Stalvey (Amy) and Bruce Stalvey; daughters Denise Stalvey and Rachael Stalvey; grandchildren Aurora, Emma, Kailee, Krystle (Vince), Brady, Jacob, Nikki (Shawn), Keith and Hannah; one great-granddaughter; sister Christina Walker and brother Howard Cox; many nieces, nephews and extended family members. A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memo rial Park and Funeral Home in Jacksonville. The funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, September 21 at the funeral home. A committal service will follow the funeral service on Friday at the Jacksonville National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m., Lane 2. Graveside service for Oveida ThriOveida Harvey Thrift, 89, of Hallandale, Florida passed away on Monday, August 6, 2018 at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida after a brief illness. She was born on September 30, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York to Nebbie and Anzie (Herndon) Harvey. During her younger years, Oveida and her family would come to Florida from New York during the winter months. She attended school in Baker County where she met and fell in love with Floyd Buck Thrift. After they were married, they lived in New York for a few years before moving back to Baker County. Ms. Thrift lived in Hallandale for the past 35 years and was an administrative assistant in real estate before her retirement. She was of the Baptist faith and she loved her family. Mrs. Thrift was preceded in death by her parents; son Randall Thrift Sr. and her husband. She is survived by her grandson Randall Thrift Jr. of Brooklyn, New York; niece Dr. Susie Tower of Corpus Christi, Texas; daughter-inlaw Neddy Thrift of Brooklyn, New York; longtime friend, neighbor and hairdresser Kimberly Boyer; other family members, and friends. A graveside service for Mrs. Thrift will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 21 at Macedonia Cemetery. Blackburn-Curry Funeral and Cremation of Macclenny is in charge of arrangements. Floyd Bennett Louice Combs Wanda Stalvey Warren DavisSanderson church giveawayThe Sanderson Christian Revival Center will host its monthly giveaway of clothing, shoes, toys, household items and furniture on Saturday, September 22 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The church is located at Sapp Road and CR 229 five miles south of the interstate.In loving memory ofTonya Michelle Williams Clements12/20/79-9/18/15Think of your future. Think of your family. Then, think before making a fatal mistake. Please dont drink and drive. Michelle, we love you all the way to Heaven. LOVE, YOUR FAMILY Gospel singThe Road to Calvary Church in Glen St. Mary will resume its Friday night gospel sings on September 28 at 7 p.m. Everyone welcome. Obituaries and a photo are printed free of charge. Share your good news...Weddings &


ursday, September 20, 2018 T B C P Page 11JON SHUMAKESPORTS EDITOR sports@bakercountypress.comSeveral former BCHS Wildcat footballs stars had games to remember over the weekend. Hurricane Florence caused games throughout the Mid-Atlantic to be canceled, including two contests that featured three Baker County alumni. All games were played on September 15 unless otherwise noted. Mondrell Jeffersons Valdosta State Blazers stayed undefeated as they rolled 58-24 on the road over No. 8 West Alabama in their Gulf South Conference sophomore defensive back, recorded four tackles and re covered a fumble he forced while covering a punt. The commanding win helped Valdosta State make its 2018 AFCA Top 25 debut at No. 16. The Blazers (3-0, 1-0) will try to stay unbeaten when they host the Shorter Hawks (0-3, 0-1) on September 22. The Worcester Polytechnic Institute Engineers won via a lopsided shutout for the second time in three outings this season with a 45-0 win at Becker. Senior linebacker tal tackles for the Engineers, who scored 31 points in the second quarter to pull away. WPI (2-1) opens New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference play on September 22 at home against Springfield (2-1). The game will stream online at sports/fball/live at noon. Senior defensive lineman CeCe Jefferson made his season debut after serving a two-game suspension in Floridas 48-10 blowout over Colorado State. The Gators (2-1, 0-1 in the SEC) visit the Tennessee Volunteers (2-1) on September 22. The game will air on ESPN at 7 p.m. Running back Seth Paige had the best game of his young collegiate career on September 14 in Georgia States 59-22 road loss to the Memphis Tigers. The freshman rushed for 35 yards on seven carries and his first collegiate touchdown, and added one reception for 15 yards. Paiges score came on a 1-yard run late in the third quarter. The Panthers (1-2) host the Western Michigan Broncos (1-2) on September 22 in a game that will stream on ESPN+ at 2 p.m. Sophomore defensive lineman Quan Griffin had one tackle in Georgia Southerns 38-7 road loss to the No. 2 Clemson Tigers. The Eagles (2-1) have a Sun Belt play against Arkansas State on September 29. Freshman defensive back Jamon Jones Webber International Warriors stayed perfect with a 16-8 win at Virginias Bluefield College. The Warriors (3-0) visit Kentuckys Union College Bulldogs (1-2). The game will stream online at https:// unionky/ at 1:30 p.m. Rookie running back Mike Boone was inactive on September 16 for the Minnesota Vikings, who tied the Green Bay Packers 29-all at Lambeau Field in an NFC North Division game. The Vikings (1-0-1) host (0-2) on September 23. CBS will carry the game at 1 p.m. The game between Cooper Hodges Appalachian State Mountaineers and Travion Claytons Southern Miss Golden Eagles scheduled for September 15 in Boone, NC was canceled. Hodges, a freshman offensive lineman, and the Mountaineers (1-1) host the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs (12) on September 22, which streams on ESPN+ at 3 p.m. sive lineman, and Southern Miss (1-1) host the Rice Owls (1-2) on September 22 to be gin Conference-USA play. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on ESPN+. Hurricane Florence also caused sophomore defensive back Rod Haygoods Presbyterian Blue Hoses game against Stetson to be canceled. Presbyterian (0-1) was originally scheduled to got moved to Stetson before The Blue Hose host Bluetember 22, which will stream on ESPN+ at 7 p.m. Sanderson Congregational Holiness ChurchCR 127 North Sanderson Sunday at 6:00 pm Monday Wednesday 7:30 pm nightlywithPastor Jerry Daniel & FamilyHis wife Dana will be ministering in song. Sunday at 6:00 pm Monday Wednesday 7:30 pm nightly Pastor Jerry & Family His wife Dana will be ministering in rf Come out and see what God has in store for you! 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 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 sever al and respective estates, unknown spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees and creditors, or other parties 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 par ties, 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 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 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 A, R&R, Inc. 11837 N SR 121 Macclenny, FL 32063 The following vehicles will be sold at public auction on October 5, 2018 at 10:00 am at A, R&R, Inc. 11837 N SR 121, Macclenny, FL 32063: 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt VIN# 1G1AD5F5XA7170702 9/20c Miracle Automotive & Truck Service Center Inc. 10510 Duval Lane Macclenny, FL 32063 Notice of Public Sale: Miracle Automotive & Truck Service Center Inc. gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on October 5, 2018, 12:00 pm at 10510 Duval Lane, Macclenny, FL 32063, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. Miracle Automotive & Truck Service Center Inc. reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. 2011 GMC Terrain VIN# 2CTALMECOB6457962 9/20c PUBLIC NOTICE The Town of Baldwin will hold a public hearing on September 25, 2018 at 6:00 PM at Town Hall, 10 U. S. 90 West, Baldwin, Flor ida 32234, for the sole purpose of discussing a grant application to be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Recreational Development Assistance Program for upgrading and purchasing new equipment for the Emanuel Williams Memorial Park located on West Oliver Street, Baldwin, Florida. Anyone interested is invited to attend. For further information, please contact Lula Hill at (904) 266-5031. 9/20c CITIZENS OF MACCLENNY PLEASE TAKE NOTICE at the regular meeting of the City Council on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 6:00 oclock P.M. at City Hall, 118 East Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny, Flor ida, the City of Macclenny will consider the below Ordinance for nal reading: A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT CREATING WATER AND SEWER SYSTEM CAPACITY IMPACT FEES; REPEALING ALL EXISTING WATER AND SEWER SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CHARGES SECTION 21-251 THROUGH 21-258 AND WATER AND SEWER LINE CAPACITY CHARGES SECTION 21-271 THROUGH 21275; PROVIDING FOR DEFINITIONS; SYSTEM CAPACITY IMPACT FEE IMPOSED ON NEW AND EXISTING STRUCTURES; SYSTEM CAPACITY IMPACT FEES IMPOSED; SEWER SYSTEM CAPACITY IMPACT FEE TO BE RELATED TO STRENGTH OF SEWAGE; INCREASE IN DEMANDS CAUSED BY CHANGE IN PROPERTY USAGE TO RESULT IN ADDITIONAL SYSTEM CAPACITY IMPACT FEE; USE OF PROCEEDS; TRUST FUNDS ESTABLISHED, PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Anyone having an interest in the nal reading of this Ordinance is invited to attend the meeting. 9/20c LEGAL NOTICES Photo by Jud JohnsonSeniors vote on 2018 homecoming courtCarsyn Gris, Katie Register, Madison Barton, Rachel Mechum, Reahna York, Mackenzie Carter, Damaria Gibson, Zoelle Dunn, Mikea Washington, Sabrina Donaldson, Kendra Portereld, Kiersten Canaday, Blayne Fraser, Brooklyn Rhoden, Cheyenne Adcock and Ashlhynn Harris were the top vote getters in last weeks homecoming court voting at BCHS. Seniors cast ballots in the media center with supervision from county elections oce sta using the same voting machines found at the polling places and under the same rules, like no photography of the voting, said BCHS principal Allen Murphy. He said its a great way to prepare the seniors for voting in real elections for government oces. The entire student body vote in a similar fashion for homecoming queen and king next month. Jeersons Valdosta State enters top-25FORMER CATS JON SHUMAKESPORTS EDITOR sports@bakercountypress.comBoth BCMS Lady Bobcat volleyball teams won at Orange Park on Septem ber 17. The A-Team came back to pull out a 2-1 (20-25, 25-17, 15-13) road victory. Abby Teague and Peyton Martin led the Lady B-Cats, who coach Angela Lauramore said had been dealing with injuries and sickness, in serving. Krista Crews led the squad in kills. Baker Countys B-Team swept Or ange Park 25-11, 25-23. Elizabeth Kennedy and Malayna Loadholtz led the ladies in serving. The volleyball program was still season after both teams lost on September 13 to the Green Cove Springs Lady Cougars. Baker Countys A-Team was swept 17-25, 15-25, while the B-Team forced a decisive third game before it narrowly fell 23-25, 25-21, 13-15. The Lady Cougars snapped an 11-all second-set tie with an eight-point run to take control on the A-Team match. Green Cove Springs led by as many as 10 points in the game, and sealed the victory with its 11th ace of the contest. All of Teagues team-high three aces came during her service run that gave Baker County an 5-4 advantage early in the second game. The two teams traded the lead with Chloe Dormans kill giving the Lady Cats an 11-10 edge before Green Cove Springs pulled away. The Lady B-Cats closed a seven-point with Crews ace, but they were unable to pull closer. After Baker County cut the score to 19-16, the Lady Cougars closed game by tipping the ball just over the net. Baker Countys B-Team was unable to close out a back-and-forth match after forcing a third set. The Lady B-Cats led 13-12 in the match-deciding game before the Lady Cougars tied the score with a kill that Green Cove Springs 18 aces broke the tie, and a ball that landed out of bounds allowed the visitors to escape with the tight win. The final set featured eight lead changes. Baker County led by as many as four points after Ryanne Rosepilers kill gave it a 6-2 lead, but Green Cove Springs fought back to pull ahead 10-7 B-Cats forced the third game by pulling away late in the second set. Brooklyn Davis two aces helped the B-Team grow a one-point advantage into a 23-18 lead. The Lady Cougars pulled back within two points, but Baker County held on for the 25-23 second game win. Green Cove Springs late surge in the opening set, however. Jordan Jarrell gave Baker County the lead with backto-back aces during a four-point run, which gave the B-Team a 23-21 advantage. The Lady Cougars ended the set on a 4-0 run to steal the game, and sealed Riley Walker had four aces and a kill during a seven-point run earlier in the Both teams split their previous two games with wins at Lake City on September 11 after losing at Wilkinson the night before. Martin and Brooke Clevenger led the A-Team in serving as the squad topped Lake City 25-15, 25-18. The B-Team was led by Loadholtz in its 25-23, 25-10 victory. Baker Countys A-Team lost 14-25, 23-25 at Wilkinson on September 10 after the B-Teams three-set defeat. The Lady B-Cats hosted Lake City on September 18. They are scheduled to play Oakleaf at home on September 20 before visiting Lakeside on September 24.Lady B-Cats win at Orange Park PHOTO BY JON SHUM A KE Riley Walker, Reagan Fernandez and Breanna Taylor


Page 12 T B C P ursday, September 20, 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 Bankruptcy Public Auction. Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. Kevin Bynum Farms, LLC. and Black Rhino Hurricane Products, LLC. Location: 3411 Industrial 31 Street Fort Pierce, FL 34946. 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT1 Extended Cab 4WD, 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD LTZ Crew Cab 4WD, (2) 2011 TIMP Grain Trailers and 2007 Trailer World Gooseneck Trailer, 2005 GMC Savana G2500 Extended Cargo Van, 2006 GMC Savana G2500 Extended Cargo Van 3D. Catalog and photos available at www.moecker Preview: 09/26 by appt. only and day of sale 9-10A.M. 10%-13% BP. Bankruptcy Case No. 18-18080-EPK & No. 18-19918EPK. To register: $100 refundable cash depost and valid drivers license. (800) 840-BIDS | info@ AB-1098 AU-3219, Eric Rubin. 9/20p Sawmills from only $4397. Make and save money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock and ready to ship. Free info/dvd: 1-800-567-0404 Ext. 300N 9/20p MISCELLANEOUS Alterations: basic hemming, zipper repair, and basic alterations, next day service on some items. 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Respondents should use caution and common sense before sending any money or making other commitments based on statements and/or promises; demand specics in writing. You can also call the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP to find out how to spot fraudulent solic itations. Remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The Baker County Press Inmate Supervisor Position: The New River Solid Waste Association is seeking qualied applicants for the position of Inmate Supervisor. Responsibilities will include inmate supervision and other miscellaneous job duties as needed. Department of Corrections experience preferred. Employee will be required to complete an Inmate Supervision course within 6 months of date of hire. High School diploma (or GED) and valid Florida Driver License will be required. Salary determined based on experience. Applications can be picked up at the Administration Ofce at New River Regional Landll located on State Road 121, 2 miles north of Raiford, Florida, or can be obtained from our website,, under Forms. Deadline for submitting applications will be Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. For further information, call 386431-1000. New River Solid Waste is a drug-free workplace; drug testing will be required. NRSWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 9/13-9/20c Dump driver needed, Brian Hodges Hauling. Contact Billy Hodges, 904-334-8739. 9/20-9/27p MECHANIC III: The Baker County Board of County Commissioners will be accepting applications for the position of Mechanic III. We will accept applications until Thursday, October 4, 2018 @ 4:00pm. Considerable knowledge in the repair and maintenance of a wide range of heavy equipment, heavy trucks, light trucks and small engines is a must for this position. Must be able to carry out complex oral and written instructions and maintain accurate records. Minimum requirements: 3 years experience in the repairs and maintenance of heavy equipment along with at least one year in a shop supervisory position, a high school diploma or GED and a valid Florida drivers license. Any trade school or approved certications in welding, air conditioning, automotive electrical, hydraulics, diesel repair or rebuild is a plus. Only qualied applicants need to apply. References are required. Must be able to pass background check to supervise an inmate crew. This is a full-time position 4 days a week/10 hour days with all fulltime benets including holidays, paid time off, state retirement etc. Salary for this position is $31,200 annually/$15.00 hourly. Applications and job description may be obtained from the Human Resources Ofce located at 55 North Third Street, Macclenny, Florida, 32063 or online at www.bakercounty. org/jobs. Baker County is a drug free workplace and an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered for all positions without regard to age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital or Veteran status, medical condition or disability, or any other legally protected reason. 9/20-9/27c Are you looking for a new and rewarding opportunity? If so, we are looking for you! Join a growing dealership. Flexible working hours, closed Sundays, unlimited income potential, benets package available including health, dental, life, and paid vacation. We have a healthy, welcoming, fun culture, and at least three positions available. If youd like to join our team apply in person at Burkins Chevy, 273 E Macclenny Ave, Macclenny. 9/13-10/4c Macclenny Nursing & Rehab is seeking RNs & LPNs full/part time. Day and Night shifts available. CNAs full/part time. Shifts available for 3-11 and 11-7. New wage scale! Must pass a criminal background check! 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ursday, September 20, 2018 T B C P Page 13JON SHUMAKESPORTS EDITOR sports@bakercountypress.comBaker County had swim mers compete in 12 finals events on September 15 at the Byron Plapp Invitation al at Bolles, which featured nearly two dozen teams. in the top-10 in four events two individual races and two relays and Trent Mobley had three eighth-place finishes one individual and two relays to lead the top 20 times in each preliminary event advanced to the vitational. Knight posted Baker Countys best showing with a sixth-place time of 50.27 seconds in the Boys 100ished eighth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.21, as did Mobley in the Boys 100 breaststroke (1:03.48). The two were joined by Seth Crawford and Mason Platto on a pair of relay squads that finished in eighth place, too. The group combined for a time of 1:46.07 in the Boys 200 medley relay and clocked in a time of 1:34.65 in the 200 freestyle relay. The Boys 200 freestyle relay B-Team Landon Prevatt, Domenick Endel, Dakota Walker and Andrew Rosepiler swam an 18thplace time of 1:45.42. In addition to the two relay events, Crawford also individual events. His 13thplace time of 2:09.66 in the Boys 200 individual medley was enough to edge out Mobley, whose 15th-place time of 2:10.31 was just threetenths of a second behind the 14th-place swimmer. Crawford also finished a time of 58.08. Platto took 15th in the Boys 50 freestyle with a time of 23.86. Mady-Belle Ash was the lone Lady Cat to advance to 200 individual medley with a time of 2:34.81. She was joined by Lori Ann Bliss, Hannah Peterson and Natasha Turner on two relay teams. The ladies claimed 15th in the Girls 400 freestyle relay with a time of the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:18.00. The Girls 200 freestyle relay team Cheyenne Croft, Gracie Wainright, Brianna Thornton and Cheyenne Powell clocked in a 19thplace time of 2:03.68. Baker County was scheduled to host Ridgeview and Bishop Snyder on September 18 in a tri-meet. The swim team also travels to Middle burg on September 20 and Clay on September 25. Cats stay perfect against Yulee Baker County won more than half of the events on September 13 at Yulee as it outscored the Hornets 1115the season. Crawford and Knight both won a pair of individual events to lead the boys 532230 over Yulee. Bliss was the lone Lady Cat to win multiple individual events, and the ladies outpointed Yulee 573-403. Baker County swept the top three positions in the Boys 50 freestyle as Knight Jacobs (26.16) took second ished third. Knight also clocked a the Boys 100 breaststroke. Rosepiler (1:26.81) and Haydon Bridges (1:50.84) finished second and fourth, respectively. Crawford won both the Boys 200 individual medley (1:01.75). Endel (2:35.22) (2:55.84) fourth in the for mer event, and Tyler Altland (2:11.51) took second in the latter. Bliss (2:44.56), Croft (3:03.37) and Savanna Powell (3:21.63) swept the top three positions in the Girls 200 individual medley. Bliss also won the Girls 100 backstroke with a time of 1:20.44. Cheyenne Powell (1:30.38) narrowly beat out Natasha Turner (1:30.63) for third place. Peterson (1:17.13) and Thornton (1:37.25) claimed Bliss and Peterson were joined by Turner and Ash freestyle relay team, which posted a time of 1:55.49. The team of Christina Slater, Powell, Cadee Crawford and Savanna Rogers took fourth with a time of 2:29.53. Bliss, Peterson, Turner and Ash also won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 4:27.56. Powell, Gracie Wainright, Thornton and time of 4:44.60. Mobley (1:04.53) and Platto (1:16.25) finished one-two in the Boys 100 backstroke. Walker posted a fourth-place time of 1:38.00. Mobley and Platto joined Knight and Crawford on the relay team, which recorded a time of 1:37.44. 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Licensed & Insured 904-259-82539/25tfcHANDYMAN SERVICESMobile Home Repairs Carpentry Work Plumbing Electrical Roof Repairs Leave a message for Buddy: 904-707-0189 9/13-9/20pJON SHUMAKE | SPORTS EDITOR sports@bakercountypress.comThe Baker County Youth Wildcats traveled south to Ormond Beach on September 15, and returned with three wins in four games. hardest fought, but the 6-and-under Wildcats clawed out a 25-19 victory in triple overtime. overtime periods, Baker Countys defense pushed the Pride from the 10 yard line to the 25 to begin the third overtime. Jakhyrie Mosley gave the 6U Cats the victory with a the third overtime. Coach Jeremy Rankins team only ran mond Beach chewed up nearly 18 of the 20 minutes of the opening two quarters, and the Pride carried a 6-0 lead into halftime. Mosley and Mayson Rankin both scored in the second half to give Baker County the lead, but Ormond Beach tied the score at the end of regular regulation to set up overtime, Mark Broughton wrote in an email on September 18. tackles for loss in the game, Broughton wrote. Baker Countys other two victories 10U and 12U were much more one-sided. The 10U squad has now outscored opponents by a combined score of 154-13 following its 27-6 win. Reggie Keith, Jaden Mosley and Braden Martin all scored for Baker County, which improved to 4-0 on the season. Tifton Davis, Anthony Washington, Kaden White and James Prescott all shined defensively as the unit slowed down an Ordo some damage, Broughton wrote. The 10U Pride was a very talented team with some very big lineman and fast backs, he explained. QB had a strong arm and completed a few passes but the attacking front ments. Baker Countys 12U team captured its second straight win with a 34-13 blowout to improve to 3-1. Broughton noted the Cats dictated the pace throughout the game and were led by Ma-Khai Mosley and Bryce Kazmiercsak. The reality is this team should be 4-0 but a bad day of turnovers cost them a close game against JLA Rams, Broughton wrote. If the 12U plays the Rams 10 times the Wildcats win nine times. Hopefully we will see them in Marlon Givens scored two touchdowns, lost its second straight game. The Youth Wildcats return to the Cat Den in Sanderson on September 22 when they begin a three-week home stand against Gainesvilles M2M Eagles. Baker County hosts the Duval Tigers on September 29 and the Bradford Cowboys on October 6.Youth Cats go 3 of 4 on road Seth Crawford swims the buttery during the 200-yard individual medley at the Byron Plapp Invitational. Trent Mobley takes a breath during the 200-yard individual medley prelims.Purchase these photos at Photos by Jessica PrevattMady-Belle Ash swims the buttery during the 200-yard individual medley.Finals in a dozen eventsThe 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 up 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


ursday, September 20, 2018 T B C P Page 14JON SHUMAKESPORTS EDITOR sports@bakercountypress.comOne of the buses carrying the BCHS JV Wildcat football team to Madison County broke down en route to the game. The team had no such issues once it for a touchdown, quarterback Noah Ray scored on a 99-yard run, and the JV Cats pulled out a 20-16 victory at Madison County on September 13 to improve to 2-0. We came out strong. Everybody was into the game. We came out hit ting, running the ball hard, linemen blocking, quarterback making throws, head coach Hank Farmer said. ... They came out and fought the whole game. The whole game. Im proud of them. I cant be any more proud of them than I am now. Carson Crawford also scored, which gave Baker County the lead it kept for the duration. Ruises touchdown came on the scored on a passing play to the receiver Ruise was covering, coach Farmer said, but the freshman responded in a big That shows how much character he has. You mess up one play he comes back and makes up for it by running the kick return back. That was exciting. Rays touchdown run, which came on a quarterback sneak he broke up the middle for the 99-yard score, gave the JV Cats a two-possession lead. in the third quarter and had a chance to take the lead after Baker County fumbled in the fourth. The JV Cats defense made a big stop to end the game and seal the win, coach Farmer said. Ronnie Ellis and Camillo Rollins both led the team defensively. Rollins had 15 tackles in the game, coach Farmer said. When we needed a stop youd see Camillo there just making a tackle, he said. Everybody played great last night. Baker Countys JV squad is now scheduled to play two games in four days following its bye week after two games were rescheduled due to weather. The JV Cats are scheduled to host Mandarin on September 24 before traveling to Suwannee on September 27. The squad is scheduled to end its season on October 4 at Clay, which was rescheduled from August 30. Well be alright, coach Farmer said. I think we can handle it. JON SHUMAKESPORTS EDITOR sports@bakercountypress.comThe BCMS Bobcats got an explosive touchdown run on opener. they needed to stay unbeaten. Cam Smith ran for a 70play of the game, the defense dominated and held strong with its backs against the goal line, and Baker Coun ty shut out the Green Cove Springs Cougars 8-0 on September 17 at Memorial Stadium. Smith ran for a gamehigh 103 yards, most of which came on the early scoring run he bounced to the left side before out-racing Green Coves defense to the end zone. Jaylin Maiden ran in the 2-point conversion to give the B-Cats (3-0onds into the game. Both defenses controlled the game from there. The two offenses combined for 240 yards and 10 first downs, and the Cougars didnt cross midfield until the second half. Martez Holland recovered two fumbles and Jam auri Elliott blocked a punt for Baker County. Green Cove Springs in the third quarter, and put together a drive that ate up more than eight minutes be tween the third and fourth quarters. The Cougars drove the ball to Baker Countys 5 yard line where they faced to take the lead. But Green Cove Springs moved backwards. The Cougars had two false starts and three nega tive rushing plays, including a 1-yard loss on fourth-andgoal from the 19. The B-Cats chewed the clock after taking over following the fourth-down stop with 2:48 left in the game. Smiths 25-yard run moved the chains, and Baker County drew Green Cove Springs and-2 to seal the victory. The middle school program is scheduled to visit Orange Park on September 25 before it hosts Oakleaf on October 2. B-Cats tie with Bradford In a rainy game shortened by lightning, the B-Cats and Bradford Hurricanes played to a scoreless tie on September 11 in Starke. It reminded me of the 1970s to 80s swamp bowls, er Roberts said. We was on the sidelines mud was all the way to our ankles. We barely could walk. Id rather play in it than just standing on the sideline. The muddy field conditions bogged down both offenses, but Baker County found a spark in the second half with Smith at quarterback. He helped guide the B-Cats to the red zone in the fourth quarter. The offense turned the ball over on downs after a halfback pass fell incomplete on fourth down, coach Roberts said. Baker Countys defense once again played well, he said, and was holding Bradford in the fourth quarter before the lightning delay began about midway through the period. The coaches and referees met during the de lay and decided to end the game in a tie instead of waiting out the lightning, coach Roberts explained. By the time we wouldve probably ended up playing it probably would have been about 9 oclock, 10 oclock. Thats how much lightning, he said. So the coaches de sions ... well just call it a tie. I think their biggest concern was that we might have to do a tie-breaker. That could be later on in the year. I dont think its going to come down to that. Briar Noles makes the tackle. Photos by Debbie PelhamThe BCMS Bobcat football teams defense swarms Green Coves ball carrier in Baker Countys 8-0 win.Smiths TD enough in shutoutBig plays li JV Cats over MadisonJON SHUMAKESPORTS EDITOR Gulf Division at the River City Classic volleyball tournament, which featured 32 teams spread across four divisions at the Jacksonville Juniors Volleyball Association on September 14-15. Baker County won all three of its pool play games to ad for the top two teams in each of the divisions two pools. Fatigue caught up to the Lady Cats (12-2, 3-0 in District 4-6A) in the championship match, and they fell to Yulee 25-23, 2522 in the close contest. which snapped Baker Countys 12-match winning streak. Blakely Mallory and Skye Miller also had four kills each, and Mallorys two aces were the most on the team. Kiki Carter (17) led the ladies in digs and Rachel Mechum (14) did the same in assists. We went through a streak where we ... played eight games on that last day on Saturday, head coach Ashley Holton said. They worked as hard as they possibly could. ... Seconds not bad. Obviously you want to win, but we also fought through being tired. Baker County went undefeated in pool play to qualify for 26, 15-4) to begin the tournament, and then swept River City Science Academy 25-11, 25-19 and Fernandina Beach 25-23, 25-14 to end pool play. Barton recorded 24 kills during the round-robin pool blocks. Mallory and Miller both added 14 kills and Allyson Crossland had eight. Kayla Welch led the Lady Cats with 12 aces and 14 digs in the three matches. Carter had 13 digs, Launa Parker eight and Mallory six. Mechum (21) and Cassidi Beaver (27) led the team in assists. The Lady Cats recorded 34 kills as a team as the squad swept Keystone Heights 25-22, 25-23 in a close contest to advance to the championship match. Miller notched nine kills as Baker County tied its highest number of kills as a team at the River City Classic. The ladies also had 34 kills against Paxon. Mallory, who also had a team-high four aces, was second with eight kills. Barton, whose three blocks led the team, had seven kills. Theyre strong, coach Holton said. We have a strong mindset as a team together, but whenever youre so tired Im tired. Its time to stop. They tried. They really did. They worked hard. They did the best they could. Ladies to host state champions on September 20 The strong run through the tournament came after the Lady Cats swept Union County and Orange Park in a pair of road matches. Barton had 17 kills and three blocks on September 11, and Baker County rolled 25-19, 25-14, 25-17 over Union County ie Raulerson all had six kills as the ladies combined for 45 as a team, which more than tripled Union Countys 14. It was a good feeling, coach Holton said. ... That was the best Ive seen them play. Crossland and Welch both had three aces, Carter recorded 10 digs and Mechum notched 20 assists. a much easier time handling the Lady Raiders on September 13 to remain perfect in the district. Bartons 14 kills and three blocks led the Lady Cats 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-20) over Orange Park. Miller added nine kills and Mallory, who led the team with three aces, had eight kills and six digs. Carter once again led the Lady Cats with 10 digs and she also had three assists. Beaver (20) and Mechum (14) led in assists. To go over there to Orange Park ... and to win in three sets thats a step above from where weve been, coach Holton said. ... To go to their place when we know theyre out to get us they owe us something because we beat them out of the tournament to go over there and win in three sets it shows our mindset and what were here to do. The Lady Cats are now eying the No. 1 seed in the District 4-6A tournament, which is scheduled to begin on October 16 defeat Ridgeview, which has won three straight district titles. Baker County hosts the Lady Panthers on September 27. Everything we do from here on out is going to be focused toward that game, coach Holton said. Everything that we talk about, every switch thats made in game situations, ev erything will be going toward what I expect and what I want to do against Ridgeview. But the Lady Cats still have several matches before the district showdown. The program hosts the defending Class 3A state champion Christs Church Academy. Baker County is then scheduled to visit West Nassau on September 24 and Suwannee the following night. Coach Holton said she welcomes the challenge of playing Christs Church Academy, which topped the Lady Cats 2-1 in the preseason. We love it, she said. Any competition I love it.Lady Cats nish as runners-up in JJVA tournament WANT TO LEARN CPR AND FIRST AID?The Baker County Health Department holds classes monthly.Call 259-6291 ext 5269


ursday, September 20, 2018 T B C P Page 15 JON SHUMAKESPORTS EDITOR sports@bakercountypress.comThe BCHS Wildcats made a statement on September 14 at Memorial Stadium. It didnt matter that they were double-digit underdogs against the Menendez Falcons, who entered the game as the No. 8 ranked team in Class 5A. Or that their offense scored just 34 points through three games. Or that Baker Countys defense was going against Menendezs powerful running back duo of Tye Edwards and Kenny Logan. The defending two-time district champions had a point to prove against the Falcons, and the message was loud and clear: Baker County is still the team to beat in District 5-5A. Quarterback Alex Bowen contributed four first-half touchdowns, Scooby Graham delivered the dagger with two second-half scores and the Cats stunned previously unbeaten Menendez 48-21 in the district opener. The program improved to 11-0 in regular-season dis trict competition under head coach Jamie Rodgers. Baker County led by double digits for 41:23 of the games 48 minutes, includslaught. Its great. They were doubting us. Everybody said we was going to lose. They didnt give us a chance, senior linebacker Kelton Knabb said. ... Its big. They thought they were going to come in here and run us but this game. Bowen rushed for 129 yards and three first-half touchdowns, including a pair of 17-yard runs on read-options. The first capped off yard opening drive, which gave the Cats the lead for good 2:10 into the game. Their defensive ends just kept crashing down, said the junior quarterback, who also passed for 107 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The running backs made it easy because they attacked the line hard. Made the reads pretty easy for me. ... Our line and our receivers blocked very well on those plays. Bowen added a 66-yard touchdown throw to Avant Lee, who also ended Meneninterception, that gave the Cats (3-0) a 21-0 lead in the But the Falcons (3-1, 0-1) claw back into the game in about three minutes of game time. Noah Gillian got Menendez on the board early in the second quarter by lunging across the goal line on an 8-yard fourth-down reception from quarterback Michael King. Edwards then broke free for a 38-yard touchdown run on the Falcons next drive, cutting the score to 21-14 with 8:40 reEdwards rushed for 137 yards. A week after special teams helped the Cats win, another special teams play sparked the drive that ended Menendezs momentum. Tracey White returned the kickoff following Edwards score 35 yards into Menendez territory. Baker County took advantage with a six-play scoring drive, and Bowens second rushing touchdown a 1-yard sneak reopened a two-possession lead the team never relinquished. It was very important to respond. They struck on us we had to strike back, said Graham, whose 32-yard run moved the ball to the 1 yard line two plays before Bowens score. That was the goal. They told us we was going to be 20-point underdogs. We come out smacked them in the mouth and showed them what Baker County footballs about. Robert Baker, who returned an interception for a touchdown in Baker Countys Week 3 win at Ribault, nearly had another touchdown. He returned a blocked punt, which ended Menen line. fumble in the end zone three plays later, casually scooping the ball while on the ground to give the Cats a two-score utes of the game. Special teams is one of the biggest parts of the team, Knabb said. It will change the momentum of the game huge. Graham rushed for a game-high 191 yards and second-half touchdowns of 14 and 10 yards. The sophomores second touchdown came on the second play of the fourth quarter, and saw him run over a Menendez defender at the goal line. Baker Countys defense shut out its opponent in the second half for the fourth straight game. The defense stopped Menendez for zero or negative yards 12 times, including on Logans first four attempts. Logan ended the game with 68 yards and a sec ond-quarter touchdown, which cut the score to 35-21 at halftime. They basically run the same play over and over again, so you just got to read your keys and get down hill and hit them at the legs because theyre big backs, but they all fall, Knabb said. Menendezs opening drive of nal chance to cut the score to one possession. Facing third-and-2 inside Baker County territory, the Falcons were called for a false start and consecutive unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, which pushed them back to their own 35. King ran for two yards on third-and-37, forcing Menendez to punt and setting up Grahams first scoring run. Senior John Green ran for 57 yards on seven attempts and junior Jaquan Paige added 20 yards on three attempts. gled to sustain drives in the more than 500 yards in the blowout. It shows us that were better than what we thought we was, senior offensive lineman Tyler Burnsed said. ready to roll. We had a great week of preparation and came out here and did our jobs. District action recap Baker County was District 5-5As lone playoff team from 2017 to win in the opening week of district play. In addition to Menendez, the Clay Blue Devils (1-3, 0-1) also lost to open the district slate with a 29-28 home defeat to the Orange Park Raiders (3-1, 1-0). The Palatka Panthers (3-1, 1-0) handed the hosting Ridgeview loss of the season in a 39-25 outcome. District play resumes on September 28 following Baker Countys bye week and non-district games for the other five teams. The Cats travel to Palatka after the bye week. Youre feeling great. Youre not feeling down on yourself, Burnsed said about entering the bye week following a win. Youre going to practice really hard knowing that we did a great job on Friday night. Through this week were going to celebrate and were going to have fun with it. The win in the district opener put the program in control of its own destiny as it seeks its third straight district title. It definitely gives us a head up in facing everybody else, Knabb said. I think weve got a chance to go back-to-back-to-back this year. A good chance. Underdogs end up top dogsRobert Baker scoops up the ball after a blocked punt.Scooby Graham tries to power through the tackle attempt.Purchase these photos at Photos by Jud JohnsonQuarterback Alex Bowen dives across the goal line for the rst of his three rst-half rushing touchdowns.Cats dominate district opener Moving is the best medicine. Keeping active and losing weight are just two of the ways that you can ght osteoarthritis pain. 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