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Weekly deadline is Monday at 5 p.m. Phone 904-964-6305 Fax 904-964-8628 The Sweetest Strawberries this side of Heaven USPS 062-700 Stark e, Florida Thursday, March 29, 2018 138 th Year 34 th Issue 75 Cents Is your power bill past due? Are you past due on your electric or gas bill? Do you need heaters or blankets? The Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program is for seniors 60 years of age and above experiencing an energy crisis (unpaid power bills with imminent shutoff). For more information, call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-2622243. SREC here to help seniors Suwannee River Economic Council would like to invite seniors (age 60 and over) to its meal site at 1210 Andrews Circle, which serves breakfast and lunch on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. p.m. SREC also has a meal site in Lawtey at Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, which is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you are interested in coming but do not have transportation, please call 904-964-4545, ext. 23 or 24, to see if they can provide a ride. Suwannee River Economic Council also helps pay utility bills for qualifying seniors as well as qualifying families in crisis. Other programs are available. Call to see what is available and if you qualify. Please call Jenny Sullivan, case manager in the Aging Department, at 904-964-4545, ext. 23, or Lisa Johns, service center case manager, at 904-964-4545, ext. 22, to discuss appointment. Schools have new science curriculum The Bradford County School Board voted their approval of the science curriculum from Houghton and from EMC2 for Anatomy and Physiology at the March 12 board meeting. Parents and residents shall have 30 days in which to request reconsideration of the materials. If requests for reconsideration are received within the 30-day window, shall be conducted to resolve potential issues before materials are purchased. The link to the request for reconsideration can be found at, or a hard copy can be picked up at the Student Services Department at the district Extension workshops precede plant sale Spring workshops sponsored by the UF/IFAS Bradford County Bradford County Extension, 5 to 7:30 p.m., April 12. Community News Arcades blocked pending further regulation BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor Starke City Commissioners have placed a moratorium on the opening of new adult arcades pending changes in the rules that could once again limit their number within the city limits. Following recent changes in the citys rules governing adult arcades, there has been a surge in interest, leading commissioners to place a moratorium on issuing new licenses. The citys goal in regulating the arcades, formerly known as internet cafs, has been to prevent one popping up on every corner like gas stations. Those that have opened have proven very popular, however, and new proprietors apparently want to cash in. Back in 2007, the commission restricted the number of adult arcades allowed in the city, tying that number to population. Only one was allowed for every 6,500 residents. The so-called Anti-Gambling Ordinance also restricted minors from entering the establishments and prohibited them from awarding prizes exchangeable for cash, alcohol or tobacco. A statewide crackdown in 2013 resulted in dozens of Internet cafs being closed, but not for long as proprietors updated their equipment to get around the states The cafs transformed into arcades (which had already been around but were fewer in number) where adults pay to play games. Winning depends on skill, not chance, and points or credit can be exchanged for merchandise. Recent updates to the citys ordinance were made to bring it in line with state law and eliminate the population-based limit, which was said to be arbitrary and indefensible in court. Under the same AntiGambling Ordinance title, many of the same rules apply: a minimum of 10 coinoperated games for the entertainment of the general public and tourists; no minors; and no alcohol, tobacco or cash prizes, including debit or credit cards that could Deputy: Man exposed himself at busy intersection BY DAN HILDEBRAN Managing Editor A deputy arrested a Naples truck driver after a 911 caller told a dispatcher the man ran him off the road twice, then exposed himself at the intersection of U.S. 301 and S.R. 100. Zenen Jesus Estrada, 25, was arrested March 24 by Bradford deputies for indecent exposure. According to an arrest report, the caller claimed a semi-truck was travelling northbound on U.S. 301 when the caller was attempting to leave VyStar Credit Union. The victim added that the driver of the semi ran him off the road twice. The driver of the car stated that at the intersection of 301 and Joshua Hill, Zenen then jumped out of the truck and pulled his pants down, exposing his sexual organs and also pointing at them. Hill pulled over the truck and arrested the driver. Teachers union voting on new contract with raises BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor On Tuesday, it appeared as if the Bradford County School District and Bradford Education Association had found the compromise that would end an impasse and get employees overdue pay raises. Members of the union were scheduled to vote on contractual changes Tuesday that included a three-step raise and language that offered moderate protection against involuntary job transfers. Differences over involuntary transfers caused the union to declare an impasse after months of bargaining sessions and compromises over pay and workplace conditions. a magistrate to resolve, but a preemptive mediation session last week resulted in language on transfers that both might be able live with. Teachers had previously appealed to the school board, saying they wanted protection from being transferred away from positions, teams and schools where they felt want the decision to transfer them to be in the hands of the superintendent alone. The district claimed it wasnt interested in frustrating teachers but was faced with realities including state requirements on class size and teacher and school performance that could make involuntary transfers necessary. The compromise would protect teachers from being involuntarily transferred more than once every two years. Its not what the union wanted, but employees could win in other areas, including the restoration of planning periods during the school day at the middle and high schools. Police clear suspicious package from Walgreens A suitcase left near some propane tanks at Starkes Walgreens prompted police to evacuate the store and call in the bomb squad from the Alachua County Sheriffs Starke Police Major Barry Warren said that at 5:45, patrol units responded to the store and determined the secured the parking lot and called in the bomb squad, he said. They did exactly what they were trained to do. Warren added that the suitcase contained only a package of Sharpies. the suitcase, Warren said no. Its over, he said. The suspicious package was cleared and removed. Pictured is a member of the Alachua County Sheriffs Starke Police Department. Story by Dan Hildebran, Managing Editor. City cautious about splash park project BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor Starkes city manager is worried the city bit off more than it can chew when it sought a grant to build a splash park on Edwards Road. At one point, City Manager Bob Milner was encouraging the commission to hold a workshop on the splash park before proceeding. This is a big deal, Milner told the commission. The city received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for neighborhood revitalization to build the park. Milner was recently skeptical that would be enough. A major selling point for the grant is that the splash park and other amenities at the Edwards Road park would be accessible in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. That includes new and bigger restrooms as well as modifying the sports areas. Everything is supposed standards, and it is a lot of money, Milner said, saying a designer and engineer had shared their doubts that half a million dollars would be enough to cover the project. The city manager said they were also looking at other cities with splash parks and trying to projects Starkes future cost to build and run. Options include designs that recycle and therefore use less water but require more chemical treatment. We need to see if we can within the amount of money you have, Milner said. After initially scheduling the workshop, Milner spoke with the engineer and grant administrator who said there was no need for a workshop yet. They think they can get it all done now, Milner said after he shared his cost concerns with the team. The City of Lake Butler opened its splash park in 2016 Man attacked with baseball bat BY DAN HILDEBRAN Managing Editor A dispute by two business partners resulted in the arrest of one after he was accused of striking his partner in the back with a baseball bat. David Earl Tingle, 44, of Starke was arrested March 21 by Bradford deputies for aggravated battery. According to an arrest report, Tingle and the victim have been working on cars together for three years. On the evening of the incident, the victim was at the defendants house washing cars, his daughter was with him. According to witnesses, the defendant became upset over a note the victim allegedly left on the windshield of the argument between the defendant and his wife. According to witnesses, Tingle then retrieved a silver bat and walked to the shop. The victim said when he saw Tingle approaching with the bat, he ran, and even put an obstacle between himself and the defendant. (The victim) explained that David swung the baseball bat twice, wrote able to avoid it, but was struck the second time. The defendant gave a different version of events, telling the deputy that he and the victim got into an altercation in the garage, and then a struggle, with both of them falling to the ground According to David, (the victim) then left the For Smith, last sheriffs conference right up my alley BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith attended the Florida Sheriffs Associations winter conference, saying one of the most interesting aspects of the conference was the discussion of constitutional amendments. It was right up my alley, Smith said. We were talking about legislative issues. One such proposed amendment he has strong feelings about is making school superintendent an appointed position. I am totally against it, Smith said. I just dont believe people will give up their right to vote. Smith said hes seen data that reveal that the better performing school districts have See CRIME, 5B See ARCADES, 7B See SPLASH, 7B See SMITH, 3B See TEACHERS, 2B See COMMUNITY, 8B


BY CHUCK DOWLING Special to the TelegraphTimes-Monitor Jimmie William Clark III is a Starke Native, and loves his hometown, so much so that he held his debut album release party at The Downtown Grill this past Friday night, March 22. These days he goes by his stage name, Clark Hill, but to all the people that grew up with him around here, he is still Jimmie. Hill has been performing in one way or another since he was a child, whether it be performing Elvis Presley songs in elementary school, or singing in church as he grew up. He has always felt at home on the stage. Hill grew up on a locally on 20 acres that he and his brother-andlaw had deemed Clark Hill, and by 2012 he decided to make Hill Band. Fast forward to 2016, while he was beginning to receive national attention, and he decided for radio interview purposes and other reasons that he would go ahead and start going by Clark Hill all the time. When asked if it was awkward to suddenly be going by a different name than he grew up using, Hill replied, At this point, its something Ive gotten used to. Ive met a lot of artists, so stage names are not that unheard of because you want a name that sells, and the reality is that Clark Hill is a name that just rolls off the tongue a little bit easier than Jimmie Clark. The new album: People Like released by Hill, and he bypassed larger markets, such as Nashville, to release it in Starke amongst friends, family, and those that helped him get to where he is. Despite this, there was a videographer there pumping a live feedback to Nashville, and audience members that had come from as far as Cincinnati, Ohio. At one point in the performance Hill stepped off the stage onto the bar and made his rounds around the restaurant while singing atop his new platform. After being asked if he walks on a lot of bars and if that was his thing, he laughed and responded, Something like that. Hey whatever it takes man. I just try to connect with the audience. Among other inspirations for the album, Hill lost one of his best friends and former band bass player Bennie Clifton to a car accident in Palatka a couple of years ago. I think about him every day and as a person he was also added that He was actually the one that recommended that I get some Nashville musicians to play with. He told me to do whatever it takes because you have an opportunity here. During the night, Hill was generous with the stage, allowing several people to take the microphone, including his wife Samantha Clark, whom he has two children with. You can follow Hill on the internet at clarkhillmusic or his website Plant repairs will allow Starke to limp toward permanent solution BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor Starke received an estimated price tag to keep its wastewater treatment plant functional for a few more years during which the city will research a more permanent solution. Engineers from Mittauer and Associates prepared the estimate for the works, which includes nearly $22,000 to repair the Alligator Creek outfall pipe, a project that was already underway. These near-term improvements need to be completed in short order, according to City Manager Bob Milner. There are eight items other items on the list, beginning with approximately 1,500 cubic yards of sand from the aeration tanks. The city have a contractor remove the sand. The grant does not cover transportation and disposal costs, which together total $132,000. Once the aeration tanks are down, city workers can replace damaged diffusers. Replacement components will cost between $10.000 and $20,000. a cleaning, although Mittauer believes the city workers could accomplish sand and grit removal using a vac truck at no additional cost. While they are down, they will be inspected and repaired as needed by a contractor. Depending on the amount of rehabilitation necessary, the cost will range from $10,000 to $25,000. Being a sewage plant, theres more than sand to remove. The digester if full of 350,000 gallons of sludge that must be pumped out and disposed of. A company has quoted the city of price of nearly $30,000 to dewater the contents of the digester and haul it away. other electrical projects were still being put together, but Mittauers total estimate to keep the wastewater plant up and running for a few more years was between $250,000 and $300,000. For that price, Mittauers Tim Norman said the city could get an additional three years out of the plant. The priority list was based on work completed by chemist and engineer with decades of experience in water and wastewater utilities who recently passed away. Former city engineer Gary Sneddon was also brought in as a consultant given his years of experience with Starkes plant. The commission has revenue from the sale of land to the state for the bypass project that it has restricted for wastewater projects. While around $1.6 million remains, the commission was hesitant to commit any of the funding for the approved plant repairs without assurance from the other sources from which to fund the project. The commission did waive its purchasing policy to procure the companies that will assist, forgoing the advertising process after hearing from Norman that there are few companies in the market for small jobs like these. Mittauer and Associates will have a role in overseeing the work as it is performed. Engineers believe the city will be eligible for grant funds to the existing plant or build a new plant at an estimated cost of $12.5 million. That does not include the cost of purchasing additional land for an expanded doesnt meet newer standards for disposal in Alligator Creek. Norman doesnt believe there is enough acreage available they were looking at deep well injection as a disposal option. A well deep enough to dispose of wastewater beneath the Floridan Aquifer would also cost millions of dollars. 2B Bradford County Telegraph Thursday, March 29, 2018 USPS 062-700 Published each Thursday and entered as Periodical Postage Paid at Starke, Florida under Act of March 3, 1879.POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Bradford County Telegraph131 West Call Street Starke, Florida 32091Phone: 964-6305 P.O. Drawer A Starke, FL 32091 Daniel Hildebran, General Manager Editor: Mark J. Crawford Sports Editor: Cliff Smelley Advertising: John R. Tillman Typesetting: Eileen Gilmore Advertising & Newspaper Prod: Beth Tillman Bookkeeping & Classified Adverts: Heather Wheeler Bookkeeping Asst: Linda Lacombe Front office Asst: Jenny Starnes Publisher: John M. Miller Subscription Rate in Trade Area $39.00 per year: $20.00 six months Outside Trade Area: $39.00 per year: $20.00 six months teachers and employees would be paid according to their years of experience. They are three years behind because of lean years, declining enrollment and the need for the district to replenish its reserves. The economy has rebounded and enrollment is up, allowing the district to give eligible employees two steps up on their salary schedules, retroactive to July 1, and one more step as of the date the sides came together much sooner on pay than on the issue of job transfers. It could be a big win both for current and prospective employees. No longer would new hires be told they cannot be paid for all of their experience because existing employees have not received the raises due them. The new contract could help with both recruitment and retention. We want our teachers and staff to be where they are supposed to be on the salary schedule so that we can be competitive for recruitment and retention, said Assistant Superintendent David Harris. As of press time, the results of BEA members accept the contract, board votes on the contract in April, although there was no indication that would be an issue. According to Harris, both sides will be back at the bargaining table sooner rather than later. Both the district and union have expressed interest in getting started prior to the next school year, and while compensation talk might not be enrollment and the need to evaluate safe schools requirements, they will Harris said they dont want to be three-quarters of the way through the school year before the next contract is in place. TEACHERS Continued from 1B Heart patients in good hands with Bradford EMS BY MARK J. CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor Bradford County Emergency Medical Service responders save more than half of the heart attack victims they treat, far outpacing the state and national average. Allen Parrish publicly commended the employees who work for the countys EMS department, saying they put Over the past several years, the dedication to improving patient outcomes has resulted in drastic improvements, he said. Weve been successful in elevating patient care in this county tenfold from where we started, and thats due to the men and woman that work for us, and quite honestly, the support that you give us, Parrish told commissioners. Parrish introduced Ben Carter as the departments quality he took on within the last year. Because of his efforts and the other men and women who work for EMS, Parrish said they were able to share some amazing results recently published on patient care. Carter said ROSC rates, which stands for return of spontaneous circulation, are used throughout the country to measure how often responders are able to restart a heart that has stopped beating how often a patient in cardiac arrest can be resuscitated. The national average right now is 8 percent, Carter said. The state average is currently 17 percent. In 2016, the Bradford County EMS average was 46 percent, and last year, 2017, our average went up to 53 percent. Carter said EMTs and paramedics are as good as the technology they are equipped with, so he took the initiative and wrote two grants that could further enhance lifesaving efforts. In purchasing 50 new EMS could provide devices to not currently equipped and place devices at every Bradford County school campus. AEDs have been shown to dramatically improve survival rates for heart patients 30 to 50 percent, Carter said. The portable devices are capable of delivering an electric shock that stops arrhythmia or restarts a heart during cardiac arrest. If this doesnt take place within minutes, the consequences are deadly. Obviously, we have a lot of much closer to calls than an EMS unit is sometimes. We only have four EMS units throughout the county, said Carter. Each of the sheriffs vehicles is also equipped with an automatic AEDs do not require medical responder, however. Most use audible voice prompts that could guide a member of the general public through the process. Having them in public spaces like schools can save lives. Each elementary school will receive one device, and devices gymnasiums at Bradford Middle School and Bradford High. Anything we can do to improve patient care and improve survivability with these patients is what were aiming for, Carter said. He said the goal for 2018 is not only to have cardiac patients survive but to have them walk out of the hospital and return to a good quality of life as well. Clark Hill throws album release party Clark Hill performing at Starkes Downtown Grill Prevatt earns honor guard distinction Air Force Airman Joel T. Prevatt was awarded Honor Guard of the Year at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tuscon, Arizona. Prevatt is the son of Lisa M. and James T. Prevatt of Hampton. The airman is a 2013 graduate of Bradford High School. He graduated with honors from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas, in 2015.


BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer did what everyone should do, so he brushes off any talk of being honored, but hell get put into the spotlight anyway and take a trip to the nations capital, thanks to a DeSue, 86, who lives in Starke, is a veteran of the Marines Wednesday, April 4, with a group of four other veterans as part of Honor Flight Networks efforts to recognize veterans for their He said hes looking forward to the trip, but when his wife, Jenny Lamoree, asked him what he thinks about being honored, DeSue replied, I dont know, Jenny, about all that. In regard to his service, DeSue said, I should be all our duty, to serve the country. Honor Flight Network transports veterans to Washington, so they can visit to the wars they were a part of. 20,588 veterans to Washington with 8,453 of those, like DeSue, 180,000 veterans since 2005. On April 4, Honor Flight Vietnam War veterans to D.C. Veterans are divided into smaller squads, with DeSue being part of F Squad. Each veteran is accompanied by a volunteer known as a guardian. DeSues guardian is Don Ahlstrand, who is from The Villages. In addition to the four other veterans and their guardians, DeSues squad will consist of a squad leader, medical staff, bus captains and directors. All support staff are volunteers. Bruce Williams, the owner of Bradford Village Apartments, is responsible for DeSue getting this opportunity. Williams learned of Honor Flight when his church First Presbyterian of Wildwood hosted a homecoming for a member upon his return from an Honor Flight trip. It was while talking to DeSue last fall that Williams learned that DeSue was a veteran of Flight organization in this part of the state but learned that the organization in The Villages would take veterans from anywhere. application on DeSues behalf, while Williams son took DeSue to the Lake City VA Medical I was told in December that because of their backlog, he might not go until the end of the year, Williams said. I was pleasantly surprised when I was DeSue may downplay being honored in such a way, but his wife said, Hes very honored by this. She, for one, is glad hes getting such attention. Hes lived a good life, Lamoree said. Hes done everything he could for everybody. Hes got a big heart. Its about time somebody showed him some recognition. Growing up in Starke, joining the Marines DeSue, who was born Oct. 31, 1931, grew up in Starke with his brothers. He used to tell me (his brothers) beat him up all the time because he was one of the younger ones, Lamoree said. DeSue, laughing, said, I still remember those days. He described Starke as a country town back then, saying not much of interest ever happened. When asked what he and his brothers did for fun, DeSue said, Hunt rabbits and squirrels and possums. Those woods were full of them. Thats where we were. DeSue joined the Marines in the early 1950s, saying, If you werent going to school, you were going to work. I was at that age that I could go into the military. All of his brothers served in either the Marines or the Army. DeSue doesnt care to talk about his time in service, saying, Oh, Lord, no. Lets not mention Lamoree said DeSue told her it was a terrible time. He described to her weather that was freezing and seeing babies that didnt have much to wear. He described how he never knew who had a gun and who didnt. to him, Lamoree said. He doesnt talk about it that much. DeSue said he prefers to look forward, not back. I try to forget, you know, and live for the future, he said. I try next day. Traveling, working DeSue returned to Starke after his service. He had a family, marrying Jarutha, who still lives in Starke, and having four children: sons Guy (now deceased) and Glen and daughters Carol and Sandra. Glen, who starred in athletics at Bradford High School and goes by the nickname Beaver, still lives in Starke. Carol lives in Georgia, while Sandra resides in Orlando. The marriage didnt last. After a divorce, DeSue traveled. Hed spend a month or two in one and then move on to somewhere else. He traveled throughout Florida and then gradually made his way up north, stopping in Poughkeepsie, New York. He enjoyed New York. More importantly, he could make a living there. New York had more excitement, DeSue said. If a man wanted a job, all he had to do was get up. If you could get up in the morning, you could go to work. That kept a little money in my pocket. That kept me there. DeSue worked in a variety of jobs, from painting houses to driving a bus. When Lamoree met him, he was working at a store she lived close to and used to walk to. You meet somebody, and theres just something there, Lamoree said. Then after a while, he started coming to my house. Things just happened. Lamoree and DeSue have three children: Nick, Amos and Joseph. Return to Florida, staying busy DeSue was 62 when he decided he wanted to move back to Starke. He had a desire to be closer to his children. Theyd come up to visit me in New York, DeSue said, but it was easier for me to come down here than for them to go up there. His and Lamorees children were 19, 16 and 13 at the time. They all moved to Starke. I wasnt leaving none of my children up in New York, Lamoree said. They were all coming with me. Upon his return, DeSue went to work driving a bus again for a charter company. He said hed make two trips daily to Orlando from Jacksonville. He usually group of passengers. Then hed have to return by 1 or 2 p.m. to carry another group down. He slept a lot on a sofa in an Jacksonville. When I got off the bus, Id go and stuff, and I would stay right sleep, DeSue said. I would wake up when it was time to go to work again. He drove a bus until he was 75, saying, My old age done caught up with me. He could still drive or was at least capable of working somewhere else, but DeSue said insurance companies dont like businesses hiring individuals past a certain age. DeSues still working, though. He has a lawn service in which well as others here and there. Its good for him, Lamoree said. It keeps extra money in his pocket. Going to D.C. DeSue has been to Washington, D.C., before, but that was driving passengers on a bus from New York. Having to stay with the bus, he never got out to take in the sights. Now, he gets that chance, though it will be a bit of a whirlwind tour. He will be driven to the American Legion post in Fruitland Park, arriving at 1:30 a.m. on April 4 to begin his journey, which will have him arriving back in Florida at approximately midnight on April 5. He and his group will be going to a lot of places in a short amount of time. Lamoree said the veterans were told they would be pushed around D.C. in wheelchairs because of that, but DeSue balked at such an idea. Hes proud of his mobility. He said he doesnt want any wheelchair, Lamoree said, but after he starts walking, hes going to want a wheelchair. He might not think so. DeSue said, I can handle it. If you would like to support about the organization, please Thursday, March 29, 2018 Bradford County Telegraph 3B elected superintendents and that superintendents that have been elected tend to last longer in their positions. Sheriffs are concerned about whether school superintendents are elected or appointed because such an issue could ultimately affect them, Smith said, explaining how some counties are pushing to appoint all Hes not in favor of county commissioners appointing sheriffs, supervisors of elections, property appraisers, etc. Plus, Smith said polls have shown that Its a checks-and-balances system, Smith said. Whether its a sheriff or a police chief, Smith said people who want to appoint those positions have little understanding of law enforcement and its responsibilities. He talked of cities without elected police chiefs where civil unrest has occurred. If you look across the country, the places you see having the problems the Fergusons, the Baltimores, the Chicagos all those areas have appointed Dade County has an appointed sheriff, but Smith said theres a major push there to begin electing the position. They dont keep a sheriff down there an appointed sheriff, Smith said. They dont keep one very long. Its kind of like a retirement job. Smith believes constitutional better job of serving citizens. You have a little more responsibility when you have to answer to the people (as a whole) instead of just one or two people, Smith said. When you answer to the community you serve, you get better results. Its proven time and time again. Courthouse security Another proposed amendment discussed was putting sheriffs in charge of security at courthouses. Smith said you can go in some courthouses and see armed because the judge in question doesnt want guns in the courthouse. He wouldnt want to see such an issue occurring in Bradford County. This courthouse belongs to the citizens of Bradford County, Smith said. It doesnt belong to the judge. That comes from the peoples tax-paying dollars in Bradford County. You cant have a judge coming in here from somewhere else and telling us pretty much what they want. Thats happening in some places. Smith praised the working and the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Thats never been an issue that Im aware of ever in our county or with any of the other sheriffs in our circuit, Smith said, adding, We really have a relationship where a lot of areas are not as fortunate as we are. For that, Im proud. Housing state A proposed bill, if passed, would allow county jails to contract with the Florida Department of Corrections to house certain inmates that would normally serve time at the state level. County jails could house inmates that receive up to a two-year term. Smith sees that Bradford County in regard to the number of people he can utilize on work squads. He said those in the county jail are sometimes available for work squads only three months or so because a lot of their time in the jail is spent awaiting sentencing outcomes. The federal inmates the jail houses cant be used on work squads. If I get the state inmates, not only can I house them and get paid to house them and (the state) takes care of their medical and all I can also use them to work, Smith said. Now I can come up with more inmate work squads. Learning through interaction When it comes to receiving helpful information at the conferences, Smith said his best stuff comes from simply talking to other sheriffs. He added, The best things we learn are, what are other agencies doing? What works for them? What didnt work for them? An example of that is how to best handle the growth and prevalence of technology. Smith talked to Putnam County Sheriff Gator DeLoach, who was paying a total annual salary of approximately $200,000 to four information technology IT services, which Smith said results in paying approximately $92,000 a year. Maj. Brad Smith, Bradford Countys undersheriff, who also attended the conference, said, He was able to save that much money and actually have a better product. Smith also added that has already been vetted by the Florida Sheriffs Association. Were looking at that right now, Sheriff Smith said. Itll save us money. Sometimes what works for for another. Undersheriff Smith said a discussion with another ago resulted in the Bradford that provided medical services That company actually said, You guys have a better system in place than what we can give you, Smith said. Sheriff Smith said what stands out at the conferences is how sheriffs can disagree on issues, but not let those disagreements stand in the way of their camaraderie and support for he went to was in 2009. He listened to a heated discussion between two sheriffs in which one said some derogatory things. Yet when it was all over, Smith watched those two sheriffs talk to each other as if that disagreement never happened. At the end of the day, theyre socializing, Smith said. Theyre friends. When its all said and done, when sheriffs vote on an issue, they stand by it. Sheriffs are united, Sheriff Smith said. Whatever the issues are, we make our vote. At that point, we stay united as one strong voice for protecting the state of Florida. Smith SMITH Continued from 1B Korean War veteran DeSue to receive Honor Flight to D.C. Amos DeSue is pictured with his fellow Honor Flight F Squad members the veterans and volunteer guardians who


4B Bradford County Telegraph Thursday, March 29, 2018 New State Legislation Casts Wide Net to Try and Stop School Shootings Many Answers Still Up in the Air About School Safety Funding BY TRACY LEE TATE Times Editor The Florida legislature recently passed Public Safety Bill SB7026, otherwise known as The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which will add many measures to current school safety protocols that may improve school safety in the state. The bill calls for establishing the Department of Education and allowing each sheriff to establish a Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program (named after the heroic assistant football coach who threw himself in front of students during the incident in Parkland), appointing certain volunteer school employees (not classroom teachers) as school guardians and to increase the number of school school or per 1,000 students. The bill also authorizes grants through the Crime Stoppers Trust Fund for student crime watch programs and the state provision of funds to help defray the cost of additional school resource health services in the schools. The bill authorizes law taking custody of a person who is considered to pose a potential danger to himself, herself or others and who has made a credible threat against another person. It also covers and ammunition can be seized or asked to be voluntarily surrendered should an arrest be made at a persons residence. The bill at least temporarily restricts or prohibits the ownership or possession of has been adjudicated mentally defective or been committed to a mental institution until special permission (relief) has been obtained. An action known as a petition for risk protection has been created in order to prevent persons who are at high risk for harming themselves or others ammunition. There are also many new regulations concerning ownership, possession, purchase, carry permits and exactly who cannot have possession of a offer means of mitigation for ownership and provision for the should requirements be met. Laws concerning the making of threats, posting them online, committing an act of terrorism in writing or transmitting them in any way have been strengthened and the bill mandates the purchase by the state of a mobile suspicious activity tool which must send law enforcement special reports about potential threats. The creation of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Commission, within the state Department of Law Enforcement is required, with numerous provisions concerning its composition and the reports it will be expected to submit to the governor. Local school boards are also faced with a number of changing requirements, many related to student discipline and safety. Students are to note referrals to mental health services on initial registration to a school and a district school board will now have the authority to refer a student to mental health services under certain circumstances. Also, to be required are a number of emergency drills to be conducted in the schools, including drills for active shooter and hostage situations. Emergency communications systems are to be tested according to a set schedule and models for emergency preparedness procedures for active shooter situations and emergency management are to be set and/or updated. School superintendents are now required to establish policies and procedures designed to prevent violence on school grounds and to designate a school safety specialist for their district, provide requirements and duties for school safety specialists and requirements related to the nowrequired school security risk assessments. Each school district is now required to establish a threat assessment team at each school within the district. These teams will be authorized to obtain certain criminal history records under certain circumstances. Mental health services in the schools are to be increased, with the state providing much of the funds to do so. This will include the addressing of substance abuse problems, if they are found to exist. Behavioral health crises resources are to be established and available as needed by the district. Zero tolerance is the key to many of the new regulations the schools face. For some offenses, expulsion (with or without the provision of an educational alternative) will be required for more offenses, mainly ones where there is violent action or intent. Although the details are not yet clear, several measures, known collectively as school hardening are required to be put in place, with a date set for July 1 for compliance. These measures will include security fencing, the installation of steel security locks on many doors within the school (including some or all of the classrooms), bullet-proof glass in certain applications and metal detectors at all points of entry to the school. While the state is providing BY TRACY LEE TATE Times Editor The mandates have arrived from Tallahassee and a contact person with the Florida Department of Education has been designated, but no one is really sure on where to go from here to meet new state requirements for keeping schools and students safe. Union County Union County Superintendent of Schools Carlton Faulk said that no one seems to know the full extent of the funding which may or will be coming from the state or the federal government. He said that, at this point, everything is still in the planning stages and even Brooke Rominik, the DOE representative now over school questions about funding or the new requirements. We had already planned to extend the fence at the elementary school for student safety, even before this new mandate had come about, Faulk said. We called Ronimik to see that would be required in the new fence and she said she did not know yet. The information seems to be just trickling in and we dont know very much concrete information about most of the requirements. Faulk did say that, to his understanding, the district would be required to increase the number of school resource now at the high school to a total Union County Sheriff Brad Whitehead was also quick to point out that not everything that communicated to him as of yet. We are still trying to determine the funding right now, Whitehead said. We are dedicated to doing everything we can and our number one priority, as it always has been, is the safety and security of our children and is already an active presence at all of our schools and we have people, in addition to the the campuses on a daily basis. We are still in the early days of planning and have not gotten any dedicated to getting done what needs to be done. USCO Captain Lynn Williams added that his agency is talking with the Florida Sheriffs other counties are doing. He of how many new hires would be necessary for security reasons, but did say it was an expensive We are talking a lot of money just for equipment, Williams car, training, uniforms, basic equipment needed by any law communication equipment and a bullet proof vest. Add to this retirement, insurance and certain liability bonds that the law requires and we could well be looking at almost $100,000 year and this isnt even a year expenses will be the worst since many of the expenditures will not need to be repeated in subsequent years, but its still a tremendous amount of money. Clay County Operations for the Clay County agency and he was quite vocal about the costs involved in meeting the new requirements. The issue is that they (law makers) have given us some money, but its not going to be nearly enough, Stivers said. We are possibly going to be a couple of million dollars short of being able to hire deputies. If we have to make that up out of our budget, obviously, we are going to have to cut some services, and if the school system has to take it out of its budget, it will have to cut some services. Currently, the CCSO has a the countys high schools, with which are not funded by the SRO program. The county has a total of 43 schools. The department requires a supervisor for every when an SRO is out sick or on leave. The SROs are assigned to stay at the schools all day and cannot leave for other calls or to transport suspects. Stivers said to hire 35 more deputies and as many as seven sergeants, one lieutenant and three relief people. Bradford County Bradford County Sheriff general lack of information as more deputies to serve as school regular duty and one to serve as relief. He agrees with Williams as to the start-up costs. The legislature has good intentions but their requirements were devised too quickly and we are looking at years of adjustments to the initial mandates, Smith said. We are not only required to have the schools, we are also required at all school functions. It is used in the schools must undergo psychological testing. This means that I will have to have most, if not all of my deputies tested so they can be used if necessary and this is in addition to the SROs. Smith said that as it stands now, even with the combined efforts of the Bradford County Police Department there are not enough law enforcement personnel to cover the county at some times. I wish the legislature had taken the time to give each county the opportunity to come up with circumstances of their particular county, Smith said. What is necessary in a large county, like Dade or Broward, is way over the top for a small, less prosperous county like Bradford or Union. Now they are even discussing private schools and their possible security needs. Private schools receive public funds through the voucher system, so many people think they should be included as well. of meeting the legislatures Not every law enforcement professional is cut-out to be an SRO, its a different world, Smith said. In addition, there applicants in any given area and there are going to be several agencies all trying to hire to meet their needs, all within the same the job. In addition, programs offering the mandated training training they require before they can start work. said the school district has said they can provide about $300,000 out of their additional state funding (they must retain a mental health services) and about $195,000 short on hiring, SROs (start-up costs plus three who must be hired by July 1, about three months before the beginning of the new budget year. doing what the legislature wants is going to hurt everywhere, Smith said. It will probably cost us our new school here in the county and who knows what else will need to be cut from everyones budgets, just to get At least we can plan for some of the expenses in the new budget year, but the two questions I have are where are we going to get the money now and who is going to fund all these mandates next year? Smith said he is on the lookout for any grants or special programs which can offer funds or training opportunities to help defray the cost of the new program. At the suggestion of the school among the schools so everyone will be familiar with each location. This Disney Program (because it mimics Disneys employee training practices) will allow for a more coordinated and does happen because everyone will know everyone elses job, Smith said. dedicated to making sure our schools and children are safe, he added. Our kids are worth it and if what is happening now is what needs to happen, then it is worth the effort and money that is it going to take. use in paying school resource services they are, as of yet, not telling school districts how they are to be able to afford such measures. So far, all that has been said is that the districts capital outlay funds are to be used for school hardening before any money is to be spend on maintenance or improvements. Despite the 105-page bill, there is much to still be determined how it is to be done The cost will be high and it is not expected to be completely covered by the state. Counties with a large number of schools will be hardest hit, although small counties will suffer from meeting the requirements due to having a smaller tax base and therefore less money available in their budgets.


property, Hanson wrote. David explained that he and (the victim) were both aggressive toward each other. David never mentioned any punching between the two. When asked, David did not admit to having a baseball bat. Child neglect charge added to reckless driving BY DAN HILDEBRAN Managing Editor A 19-year-old Hampton man was arrested for child neglect because his 16-year-old girlfriend was with him when he drove recklessly. Dakota Matthew Webb was arrested March 21 by a Bradford deputy for reckless driving, failure to register a motor vehicle and child neglect without great bodily harm. Arresting Hullender wrote in a report that he was at 8:46 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Southwest County Road 18 when he saw Webbs pickup cross 301 in the eastbound lane of 18, while he was driving westbound. As I caught up to the vehicle with my emergency lights and sirens activated, the vehicle proceeded westbound in the to yield to my emergency lights Hullender wrote. As the vehicle attempted to negotiate a right turn around the curve in the area of SW CR 18 and Hampton Lake, the vehicle continued in the wrong lane, causing opposing vehicles to travel off the roadway. The lawman added that the vehicle had no license plate and he said he didnt understand why he was pulled over and he was in a hurry to get to his girlfriends house. The girlfriend was a passenger in the pickup. As I informed Dakota my Dakota stated he just purchased the vehicle a few days ago and that the alignment is off a bit, wrote Hullender. Dakota denied being all over the roadway and the vehicle. The defendant also said he had planned to register the pickup later that day. girlfriend who told Hullender that the couple had been arguing all morning and that the defendant was taking her home. (The girlfriend) stated that Dakota was all over the road and at one point, she stated she grabbed the steering wheel to get back in the proper lane, the The girlfriends mother picked up the 16-year-old at the scene. Police: Man attacks girlfriend after she wakes him BY DAN HILDEBRAN Managing Editor Police arrested a 31-year-old Starke man after he was accused of choking and punching his girlfriend. Levy Shane Green was arrested for misdemeanor battery and felony battery by strangulation. According to an arrest report, the girlfriend told arresting defendant was asleep on her couch when she woke him. (The victim) stated Green became angry and began to strangle her, wrote Jones. (The victim) began kicking him because she could not breathe. After the victim broke away and attempted to leave, the defendant punched her in the mouth and face, the victim told Jones. He then left in his pickup but was pulled over about a halfmile away. Jones reported that the victims injuries were consistent with her story, including a swollen eye, busted teeth and swollen and bleeding lips. On the right side of (her) neck, Jones wrote, there was bruising from what appeared to be caused by a thumb. When questioned by the defendant said he was sleeping when the victim woke him and struck him in the face. He added that when he attempted to grab her to calm her down, she fell and hit her face on a table in the living room. Green denied ever striking the victim. In other Bradford County arrests: Gary Allen Brock, 31, of Green Cove Springs was arrested March 26 by Bradford deputies for a probation violation. Michelle Doreen Crews, 34, of Starke was arrested March 23 by Bradford deputies for an out-ofcounty warrant. Starke was arrested March 25 by Starke police for battery. Eddie Devonl Dean, 35, of Starke was arrested March 25 by Bradford deputies for battery. Luz Elena DeJesus, 62, of Chatham Louisiana was arrested March 26 by Bradford deputies for larceny. Samuel Joseph Fisher, 37, of Starke was arrested March 24 by Bradford deputies for contempt of court. Marion Russel Gatlin, 42, was arrested March 21 by Bradford deputies for driving with a revoked or suspended license. Amanda Leigh Gay, 30, of Gainesville was arrested March 22 by Bradford deputies for an out-of-county warrant and failure to appear. Amanda Gail Godwin, 35, of Waldo was arrested March 26 by Bradford deputies for fraud, presenting proof of insurance knowing such insurance was not in force, operating a nonregistered motor vehicle and driving with a suspended or revoked license. Marie Green, 46, of Starke was arrested March 22 by Starke police for possession of cocaine. Dauviel Octavious Jackson, 20, of Hampton was arrested March 22 by Starke police for battery. Joshua William Johnson, 27, of Starke was arrested March 23 by Bradford deputies for a probation violation. Cody Lamar Masey, 19, of Starke was arrested March 24 by Bradford deputies for throwing an object into a structure or vehicle and criminal mischief with property damage. Beverly Ann Osborne, 43, of Starke was arrested March 24 by Bradford deputies for battery. Lawtey was arrested March 22 by Lawtey police for failure to appear. 28, of Starke was arrested March 24 by Bradford deputies for battery. Christopher Jason Sumner, 35, March 26 by Starke police for a probation violation. Late for dinner, a gunshot, jail Clay County BY DAN HILDEBRAN Managing Editor A man invited to dinner by his ex-girlfriend wound up in jail after he arrived late for his date, lost his temper with the woman, and found deputies in his home from his vehicle. Christopher Michaell Darnell, Heights on March 24 by Clay from a vehicle within 1,000 feet of a person, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver and possession of drug equipment. According to an arrest report, the defendant and his girlfriend broke up about a month ago, but on March 23, she invited him over for dinner. However, Darnell arrived late, at 4 a.m. the following morning. He started arguing with her and being verbally abusive, wrote Deputy A.E. Fornash of the defendant in an arrest report. Fornash added that because Darnell had what looked like a pistol holster on his left hip, the girlfriend became concerned for her safety and asked Darnell to leave. The defendant then went to his truck that was parked in her driveway, wrote Fornash. She then heard a gunshot coming from the defendants truck. The defendant drove off yelling. Deputies later found out that Marnell was a convicted felon and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Clay County for failure to appear. While interviewing the defendant at his home, deputies found a revolver, drug equipment and a case containing crystal methamphetamine in and near the mans couch. Melrose-area arrests: Trisha Ann Jewell, 27, was Clay deputies for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug equipment. Dustin Wade Wright, 30, was Heights for an out-of-county warrant. Thursday, March 29, 2018 Bradford County Telegraph 5B Garden Church The Garden column is sponsored by the University of Florida IFAS Extension Service in Bradford County. Readers who wish to pose gardening questions should forward them Take preventive measures now to reduce your grasshopper population later Last summer I wrote a Telegraph article about the pesky Eastern Lubber grasshopper. In my research I learned that treatment of the nymphs in March would greatly reduce their numbers in July and August when theyre most prevalent. The young ones are now popping up in my yard, so Im taking action now. Eastern lubber grasshoppers are found throughout the south. It is one of a few species of grasshoppers in Florida that occurs in large enough numbers to cause serious damage to citrus, vegetable crops and landscape ornamentals. The immature grasshoppers (nymphs) color pattern is so different from the adult stage that the nymphs are commonly mistaken for a different species than the adults. Nymphs are typically almost completely black, but with a distinctive yellow, orange, or red stripe located on the top or back of the insect. Occasionally they are reddish brown. When they may be brownish, but they soon darken to black. Although I rarely use insecticides, I am ready to try one this year because I had so many adults last year. The use of homemade and oil-based sprays was ineffective for me. By law, Integrated Pest Management is a practice used by all pesticide applicators. This does not mean that chemicals cannot be used as some people believe. Landscape IPM involves the use of multiple strategies with an emphasis on more sustainable and environmentally safe options. This typically means exploring cultural, mechanical, and biological control options control. I feel that Ive done that with lubbers. Unfortunately, lubbers dont have many natural predators. This week I began my research on which insecticide to purchase. Insecticides can be applied to the foliage or directly to the grasshopper, which is what Ill do. Insecticides that can be used to kill lubber grasshoppers include carbaryl, bifenthrin, cyhalothrin, permethrin, esfenvalerate and spinosad. After making some comparisons, Ive selected a product that contains 10 percent permethrin. I plan to follow the directions on the label of the product carefully. Ill avoid plants with blooms and spray when pollinators arent present. Considering using another insecticide? Make sure to check the label to see if will control grasshoppers and that it is safe to use on your turf, ornamentals or gardens. Im optimistic that my efforts now will keep my plants safe from grasshoppers this summer. Lynn Bryan, Bradford Master Gardener The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution. First United Methodist Church of Starke is holding Holy Week services March 26 at 6:30 p.m. Dinners each evening will begin at 5:45 p.m., and there will be a nursery and childrens ministry activities each night. Please call or email La-Tanya to reserve your meal at 904-964-6864 or St. Edward Catholic Church of Starkes Easter Holy Triduum schedule includes the Mass of the Lords Supper on Holy Thursday, March 29, at 6 p.m.; The Lords Passion on Good Friday, March 30, at 3 p.m., followed by the Stations of the Cross at 6 p.m.; a Blessing of Easter Food on Holy Saturday, March 31, at 11 a.m. and an Easter Vigil that evening at 8:30 p.m.; and Easter Sunday Mass on April 1 at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Kingsley Lake Baptist Church 6289 Mary Dot Lane near Starke, invites you to its Walk with Jesus and annual Easter egg grade on March 31 from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be lots of fun activities and prizes. Believers Worship Center will hold an Easter Eggcitement event Saturday, March 31, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an egg hunt, free food, music, bounce houses and more. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy. For more information, please call Ronda at 386-614-6430. Grace Christian Fellowship Baptist Church of Worthington Springs will be having an Easter egg hunt Saturday, March 31, 2 p.m. There will be food, fun and fellowship. Everyone welcome. For more information, please call 386-496-2859. Greater Allen Chapel AME Church will hold its Easter sunrise service at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, April 1. Everyone is invited. First Presbyterian Church in Starke will have its annual Easter Festival service Sunday, April 1, at 11 a.m. The festival service will feature The Gainesville Pops Brass led by Dr. Gary Langford. The community is invited to attend this inspirational service. Hope Baptist Church 3900 SE S.R. 100, will host a one-night only revival with Gary Bowling on Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. Starke Church of God by Faith 730 Old Lawtey Road, has a food pantry open every month from 10 a.m. to noon with a variety of food items available to give away. Email the details of your congregations upcoming special events to editor@ bctelegraph. com. DEADLINE IS MONDAY AT 5 P.M. Fully Insured& Complete Tree ServiceNo Job Too Big or Too Small!WE DO IT ALL!!904-964-7906904-364-7065 cellDont let your tree issue become a tree problem! CRIME Continued from 1B




Thursday, March 29, 2018 Bradford County Telegraph 7B AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. challenging the agency action and LEGALS Continued from 6B Argument Turns Physical, Results in Multiple Charges Union County BY TRACY LEE TATE Times Editor Deondre Skykur Clayton, of Lake City was arrested by Union deputies on March 23 for felony probation violation, battery, battery by strangulation, battery on a pregnant victim, false imprisonment, evidence tampering, petit theft and resisting without violence. According to an arrest report, Union Deputy Phillip Sellers responded to a disturbance at an apartment on Main Street in Lake Butler. Upon his arrival, he approached the apartment and heard both male and female voices within. He attempted to make contact by knocking on the door but got no response. After several minutes of knocking on the front door, the victim opened the door and exited the residence, shutting the door behind her. The victim was known to the deputy and appeared to him to be visibly distraught she was crying and shaking. When asked what had happened, she told the deputy that she and her boyfriend, Clayton, who have a child in common, had been involved in an altercation at the residence. She said the altercation had turned physical, with Clayton grabbing her left arm and pulling her. She said he then punched her in the stomach and put his hands around her neck and began choking her. She informed Sellers that she was pregnant with Claytons child and that he was aware of that fact. Marks were visible on her arm and neck that were consistent with her report. Walker told Sellers that Clayton had taken her phone away from her, so she could not call for help and that he had prevented her from answering the door when Sellers had knocked. Walker declined medical attention but told Sellers that her two children were inside the apartment during the incident, but they were unharmed. After hearing Walkers report, Sellers attempted to make contact with Clayton, who was said to still be inside the apartment. He got no response at the front door of the apartment, so he went to the rear entrance and found it unsecured. Clayton was not located inside the residence and Walker received information that he had been seen running from the rear of the residence toward Family Dollar. Sellers relayed the information to Deputy John Riggs who was on the way to assist and requested that he begin a search for Clayton. Walker was advised to remain locked in the residence until Clayton was located. Sellers and Riggs were unable to locate Clayton, but while searching behind the Family Dollar store Sellers located a cell phone under one of the stores air conditioner units. He returned with Walker that the phone was the one which Clayton had taken away from her. Walker was then provided with victims rights and domestic violence information and completed a written statement in reference to the incident. A report was made to DCF about the incident since the children were present when the violence occurred. Later, Deputy Jacob Lepanto responded to a trespassing call a witness had seen Clayton park and get out of. Walker said that Clayton had been in possession of a gun when he entered the apartment. A key to the vehicle was found in Claytons shoe when he was searched. When asked where the gun was, Clayton responded I think the glove box. When Lepanto opened the car door a .380 semi-automatic hand gun was in plain view on the console by the drivers seat. Deputies noted that due to the fact that the couple had a child in common, the case should be considered to be domestic in nature. Clayton was transported to the Union County Jail and charged with the aforementioned multiple charges. In other Union County arrests: Matthew Christopher Adams, 23, of Gainesville was arrested March 23 by Union deputies for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug equipment. Gainesville was arrested March 23 by Union deputies for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug equipment. Eugene Sylvester McRae, 38, of Graham was arrested March 19 by Union deputies for driving with a suspended or revoked license. Robert Todd Sheldon, 53, of Lake Butler was arrested March 24 by Union deputies for driving with a suspended or revoked license. be used to purchase alcohol or tobacco off-premises. Without the limit on the number of arcades, interest has grown. City Manager Bob Milner told the commission that in addition to the two existing arcades on South Walnut and West Call streets, interest had been expressed in opening up the city. Some of them already own or are leasing the buildings where they want to open, Milner said. Its not just the potential growth in the number of arcades that is the problem. Although the approved arcades met the existing requirements for a accommodate the crowds at both arcades There are a lot more people attending these things than I think the ordinance ever anticipated, Milner said. The arcades have now become a land development issue. There is nothing in the citys land development regulations that either permits or prohibits them in any commercial zoning category. Prior applicants have been treated like any other business establishment. Amending the regulations to address zoning for adult arcades, as well as any additional requirements for development, could be the key to limiting their number. Based on the health, safety and welfare of the community, City Attorney John Cooper said there could be requirements on distance from schools and churches or residential neighborhoods that effectively restrict the number of arcades in the city. You cant just say Im going to allow two, or Im going to allow one per 5,000 residents, basis, Cooper said. Although it wasnt discussed as an option for Starke, Milner said the county commission approved an ordinance prohibiting adult arcades in unincorporated areas. In that 2011 ordinance, the county made it unlawful to use slot machine-like spinning reels, video displays or similar technology to display the results or other promotion by simulating a game or games ordinarily played on a slot machine in the unincorporated areas of Bradford County, Florida. Starke could presumably ban them as well, but in the absence of a ban, Milner said staff is not comfortable approving new governing their location. The commission granted the city managers request for a moratorium, but Commissioner Tommy Chastain wanted to limit the moratorium to three months. This has smell to it, excuse my expression, he said. We opened the door for one more business to come into town, now were trying to close the door. Chastain wanted to keep the process moving for potential business owners who are waiting for answers and not see the matter placed on a back burner. Were in the business of selling electricity, water and sewer. If were stopping someone from buying our utilities, then were not bringing in revenue for the city of Starke, he said, would actually open. The vote was 3-1, with Mayor Janice Mortimer, who supported a yearlong moratorium, dissenting, and Commissioner Danny Nugent absent for health reasons. ARCADES Continued from 1B There will be a workshop in the next few months to present designs. Gary Sneddon of The Stone Group was the only engineer to submit a proposal for the project, for which he will receive around $50,000 of the grant award. Andy Easton received the contract to administer the grant for the same amount. The city has three years to complete the project. Staff has also been working to acquire land across the road to increase available parking, which is at a premium during sporting events. The splash park will subtract from the area the public currently parks. SPLASH Continued from 1B Clay Electric trustees approve record $12 million refund Clay Electric Cooperatives board of trustees declared a record $12 million capital credits refund for members who received service from 1988 through 2016. and member-owned status and represent each members prorata share of any margins left over at the end of the year after all expenses are paid. Capital of being served by an electric cooperative. Investor-owned electric utilities send their and municipally owned utilities for use in road-paving or similar projects. Before Clay Electrics ninemember board of trustees decided whether a refund could be made, it carefully considered a variety of data and economic conditions. Following this review, the board decided it was prudent to refund $12 million to entitled members and former members. This years refund will be the 44th consecutive time that the cooperative has refunded capital credits. Current members of the co-op who are entitled to a refund will receive a credit on their March bills. The number of capital credits bill credits scheduled for this year is approximately 133,700. The average amount of a bill credit this year is $38.66. For those entitled to a refund See CLAY, 8B


8B Bradford County Telegraph Thursday, March 29, 2018 but who no longer receive service from Clay, a refund check will be mailed around the middle of the month. The co-op is scheduled to mail approximately 69,000 refund checks to this group. The minimum amount to be refunded by check is $10. The average check amount this year is $63.91. Former members of the cooperative who receive a refund check should cash their check within 90 days. If the check is not cashed and remains unclaimed after 90 days, a $1 maintenance fee will be assessed each month against the capital credits refund. The cooperative utilizes these margins to help lower its borrowing expenses and operational costs before returning the money to entitled members and former members. If a member or former member of the cooperative has any questions about capital credits, they should contact their district CLAY Continued from 7B Garden Culinary Delights (Garden Club), Bradford Senior Center, 2 to 3 p.m., April 19. The Spring Fling Plant Sale will take place at the Bradford a.m. until noon on May 12. Call the Bradford County 6299 to register. The extension Temple Ave. in Starke. The Bradford County Senior Center located at 1805 N. Temple Ave. in front of the health department. UF/IFAS is an equal opportunity institution. Solid waste site closures All Bradford County solid waste collection sites will be closed Friday, March 30, and Sunday, April 1, for Good Friday and Easter. The sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. Bradford County Easter Egg Hunt The Martial Arts Leader of Bradford County, in cooperation with the city of Starke and the North Florida Regional Chamber of Commerce, are sponsoring the inaugural Bradford County Easter Egg Hunt. This event will be open to the public and free of charge. The Easter egg hunt will be held Saturday, March 31, at the Edwards Road Sports Complex on Edwards Road in Starke. There will be three age groups, and start times are as follows: 4 year olds at 11:15 a.m., 7 year olds at 12 p.m. and 10 year olds 12:45 p.m. It is recommended that all participants pre-register online at or visit in person at 320 S. Walnut St. across from AutoZone. The Easter egg hunt will go on rain or shine. All pre-registered participants will receive a commemorative Easter egg gift. Children will be searching for colorful and rare golden eggs prizes, and each group will be in search of The G.O.A.T. Egg the rarest of eggs containing the Easter Bunnys Special Prize. Yes, the Easter Bunny will be present and taking complimentary pictures with all of the participants. Easter egg hunt at RJE The third annual Easter egg hunt will be held at the RJE in Starke on Saturday, March 31. Sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Bradford County and people in the community, the free event includes the egg hunt, candy, food, drinks, bounce houses and entertainment. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Hunt for eggs The Waldo Farmers and Flea Market will hold its 11th annual Easter Egg and Treasure Hunt on Saturday, March 31. The Easter Bunny will be there, and hidden among the 2,500 eggs are a gold and a silver grand prize egg. and trinkets, and special Treasure Hunt eggs will lead to vendors giving away assorted prizes. The event is free for children ages 1. Register at the stage beginning at 10 a.m. The parade to the hunt area is at 10:50, and the hunt begins at 11 a.m. sharp. Cooler for Chromebooks Enter to win a Yeti cooler and support Brooker Elementary School. Students and the front for $1. The drawing for the Yeti Tundra 35, valued at $299.99, will take place March 30. Poster and speck contest for students The Bradford Soil and Water Conservation District is holding a poster contest for kindergarten through 12 th -grade students and a speech contest for sixththrough 12 th -grade students. The theme of both contests is Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home. Posters must be turned in at the Bradford County Extension speeches will be given at the April 3 conservation district meeting at 10 a.m. The top three speakers will receive a gift card. The best speaker will go on to the next level in the statewide contest. Poster submissions will be judged, and the top three posters in each grade divisions will receive a gift card. The best poster in each division will go on to the next level in the statewide contest. Contact Paul Still at or call him at 904-368-0291 about the rules for each contest. The Bradford Soil and Water Conservation District will meet on April 3 at 9 am at the reports on the status of district projects and activities. The board will hear a report on litter at and possible improvements to county boat ramps and updates on the Chemours discharges and the construction of the Edwards Bottomlands Project across Alligator Creek at the Edwards Road Park. The public is welcome to attend the meeting. There is a vacant supervisor seat on the board. Anyone interested in being appointed to that position should attend the April meeting to learn about the Bradford Soil and Water Conservation District. Contact Still for more information. Florida Museum spring plant sale April 6 Florida Museum visitors will have the opportunity to browse more than 175 species of plants during its annual spring plant sale from April 6 to 8. At one of the museums largest sales of the year, guests can pollinators, as well as edible plants from Natural Treasures Farm & Nursery. More than half of our planned species are native to Florida, Rainforest assistant manager. This will include host plants, or the food for caterpillars, as well as nectar plants for adult species of ornamental plants often asked about will also be available for sale. and ecotypes, and this years sale will also feature new additions, including the Rattlesnake Calathea, an ornamental that Rainforest exhibit. Every large plant sale we strive to offer old favorites as well as new and unusual plants for sale, Fessenden said. This year is no different. We plan to have several rare species of native plants for sale that we have never offered before, such as Fever Tree and a native species of rose. The event will be held outside the Florida Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 6 and 7, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on April 8. All Rainforest exhibit. This year customers will be free to wander and pick plants they want themselves instead of waiting for staff to serve them, which, we think, will make for an even better experience for our visitors, Fessenden said. For more information, visit event/spring-plant-sale or call 352-273-2057. EarthFest at Sustainable Living Center The Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice is hosting EarthFest on Saturday, April 7, at the Sustainable Living Center near Hampton. See the famous Earthman in concert and hear kids stories form Auntie Sage. Take an eco-trail hike, participate in a yoga class, visit a demonstration garden and compost display, and shop for arts and crafts. The festival takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. at the center, located at 10665 SW. 89th Ave. in Hampton. Run for Brooker Elementary Brooker Elementary School is One Town, One School, One Family on Saturday, April 21. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m., and the run starts at 9 a.m. Children 12 and under can register for $10, and those 13 and up enter for $20, with the exception of school district employees who can register for $15. Register before April 6 to receive an event T-shirt. Start a business from your kitchen Do you like to bake bread, make pastries, pasta, candy, jams, jellies and preserves? Do you want to earn extra income from creating and selling these products? In 2011, The Florida Cottage Food Law was enacted to allow individuals to manufacture, sell and store certain types of cottage food products in an unlicensed home kitchen. This law has helped many individuals start their own businesses with little startup costs because they can create and sell products that are not considered potentially hazardous like breads, sweets, jams, dried fruits and herbs, seasonings and pasta, just to name a few without a state license, permit or inspection if their annual gross sales do not exceed $50,000. The Homemade Entrepreneur course will help participants understand the Cottage Food Law as well as increase their knowledge about food safety and quality, product development, regulatory requirements, and how to make jams, jellies and pasta. They will also develop marketing ideas and a business plan. Lunch is provided. This three-session course meets on May 17, 24 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bradford County Extension Starke. There is a registration fee of $100, and class size is limited to 25. To register go to http://bit. For further information contact UF/IFAS Bradford County Extension Agent Samara Deary edu. Help build new veterans memorial American Legion Post 56 is raising funds by selling bricks that will become part of a new memorial at Charlie Schaefer Veterans Park in Starke. Anyone can purchase bricks in honor of any veteran who has or is still serving. To see examples of the brick sizes and design options, as well as to donate, visit AmericanLegionPost56, or you can contact Felix RamosVargas at 904-769-1221 or Assistance for small businesses Michael Chung from Americas Small Business Development Center will be at the North Florida Regional Starke on the second Wednesday of the month ready to assist any small business with planning, plans and much more. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call the Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 904964-5278. Church food pantry open bimonthly Starke Church of God by Faith has a food pantry open every month from 10 a.m. to noon with a variety of food items available to give away. Free transportation Communities in Schools of Bradford County offers free transportation to employment, daycare, and job training or other educational services, Monday through Friday, 6:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Please call 904-964-7776 to see if you qualify. Need a ride? Need a ride to school or work? If you are receiving food assistance and need help with your travel needs, please call to see if you qualify. Contact CISTO at 904-964-7776. There is no charge for this service. Medical transport to Gainesville available Suwannee River Economic Council is providing to Gainesville. If a client has Medicaid, there is a toll-free number to make arrangements for SERC to be their Bradford County transportation provider. If a customer has Medicare and no insurance, they can qualify for the program. A minimum of a 24 hours notice is required. For more details and appointments call Natalie at 844-496-0624 or 386496-0624. Get Al-Anon support If you have a loved one with a drinking problem, there is help for you. An Al-Anon support group meets at St. Marks Episcopal Church, 212 N. Church St. in Starke, on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Get help quitting tobacco Do you smoke? Do you dip? Do you spit? Do you want to free program developed by exsmokers. The program offers free nicotine patches, lozenges, and/ or gum (while supplies last and when medically appropriate) and COMMUNITY Continued from 1B follow-up support. For more information, call 1-866-341-2730. Local CoDA meeting at FUMC Co-Dependents Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is recovery from codependence and the development and maintenance of healthy relationships. CoDA meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of St. For further information, go to Mens prayer group meets Wednesdays A mens group meets for coffee and prayer at the Steakhouse of Starke every Wednesday at 7 a.m. For pastors and laymen, this gathering prays for needs in Starke and around the world. There is also a lot of information about programs for people who need help. The group is a great way to share information about your church activities and those who need prayer and to learn more about God and yourself. Meals served to seniors Suwannee River Economic Council has a meal site for seniors 60 years of age and older where breakfast and lunch are served on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to noon. You must speak with the meal site aide the day before you plan to eat at the site. Contact Donna at 904-964-4545, ext. 24. SREC can provide busing to and from the meal site as long as (limited) seating is available. If you are signed up as a regular, seating will not be a problem. (You must be able to get on and off the lift bus by yourself and get around the meal site without assistance. 1210 Andrews Circle in Starke. Victim services include education and counseling The Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center offers a variety of services to victims of sexual violence, including services that extend to Bradford and Union counties. For more information, please or the centers Facebook page at ACVSRCC. The 24/7 Rape Crisis Hotline phone number is 352-264-6760, and the toll-free number is 866-252-5439.


Regional News Regional News B Section Thursday, March 29, 2018 News from Bradford County, Union County and the Lake Region FEATURES SOCIALS OBITUARIES EDITORIAL BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Youve probably seen the building on S.R. 100 and may even know it is the Arc of Bradford County, but do you really know what occurs there? Sherry Ruszkowski, the executive director, believes too many people dont fully understand what the Arc is. She wants to change that and extends an invitation to anyone who wants to drop by and learn more. We want to bring people in house and let them know what occurs here in this building on 100, she said. Ruszkowski said the Arcs mission is to help people with disabilities plan for their dreams and future direction. In other words, Were here to help people be all they can be. People with disabilities that are served by the Arc are called consumers. One way the Arc helps its consumers is by providing jobs. Consumers enjoy the chance to work Under the title of Sunshine Industries, a section of the facility consists of bustling, noisy activity as more than 10 consumers operate nail guns and a variety of saws in constructing wooden pallets, picnic tables and survey stakes. The Arc purchases the wood and sells the in Bradford, Alachua and St. Johns counties as well as in Jacksonville. We have plenty of orders coming in, Ruszkowski said. Weve tried to expand our customer base and will continue to do so. Ruszkowski said Sunshine Industries disproves what shes sure is a common misconception that people served by the Arc cant do such work. Shell tell anybody and, of course, welcome them to visit and see for themselves about the Visit the Arc of Bradford you might be surprised Allen Sullivan works in the woodshop at the Arc of Bradford, helping to produce pallets, picnic tables and survey stakes. See ARC, 2B


the community. Giving back and getting out Consumers love the chance to meet people and participate in community service projects. They participate in the Adopt a Highway program, removing trash and debris, ring bells for the Salvation Armys kettle drive and collect donations for the Back to School Info Fair and the Bradford Food Pantry, just to name a few activities. Many of the consumers are in the Aktion Club, a group under the umbrella of the Kiwanis Club of Starke. Therefore, they assist at Kiwanis events and help with projects such as the one where dictionaries are presented to every third-grade student in the county. Aktion Club members stick the labels on the inside covers of the dictionaries, which of the recipients. They absolutely love it, Ruszkowski said in regard to the consumers and community service. It is their way of giving back. It is their way of participating. Its their way of being part of the local community that they live in. Its not all about community service, though. Sometimes, the consumers take trips just for the sake of having something enjoyable to do. We look for those kinds of things to get them out from behind these four walls and doing things, Garvey said, adding, Just anything to keep them from stagnating. Such experiences brighten up their lives. A visit to the Arc could do the same for you. Getting reeled in Sellars actually retired from his job at the Arc, only to eventually return. He described the Arc as the best place on earth to work. That has to do with the joy that comes from interacting with the consumers. If you ever take the time to get to really know them, you are hooked, Sellars said. Its like they reel you in. Ruszkowski said she understands some peoples hesitation to be around the Arc consumers. They havent had much contact with people with disabilities, so theres always a fear of the unknown. However, consumers are people like the rest of us. Anybody that I can get to physically come and visit with us is immediately impacted, Garvey said. It doesnt take long to warm up and see that everybody that is here, whether its staff or consumers, are people. We all have gifts and talents and personalities. Yes, the consumers need assistance in certain aspects of their lives, but all of us do, Ruszkowski said. People here are not broken, she added. Were not trying to help that individual be all they can be. Dont take her word for it. Go to the Arc and see for yourself. We want people to come in, Ruszkowski said. We want people to know what we can do. Garvey said, I run into a lot of people in the community that have no idea what we do. They really underestimate the abilities of the people we serve. Its nice to get them in here. Customers of the products the Arc consumers produce are invited to a Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, April 12, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thats why I wanted to do this Customer Appreciation Day, Garvey said. I wanted our customers to see who it is thats building the projects that theyre purchasing so that they understand what a phenomenal job these guys do. If youre interested in learning more about the Arc of Bradford, drop by at 1351 S. Water St in Starke, or call 904-964-7699. 2B Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section Thursday, March 29, 2018 Katelyn J. Taylor, Esq. Taylor Law Firm P.A. Family Law Attorney Divorce Child Custody Child Support Property Distribution Spousal Support Modifications of Final Judgment Relocation Paternity Domestic Violence (352) 473-8088420 S. Lawrence Blvd., Keystone Heights, Florida 32656 strenuous work the consumers do in the woodshop all day long. All of the products are manufactured by our program participants, people with disabilities, Ruszkowski said. Whats to be admired more than the physical labor theyre performing is their attitude toward work. Ruszkowski said the consumers want to do it and look forward to it. More importantly, they see it as their responsibility. Do some of them have bad days? Yeah, they do, just like the rest of us, Ruszkowski said, but for the most part, you will see smiling, happy faces and very positive attitudes about their work. Direct-care staff member Tony Sellars, who helps supervise the woodshop, said the consumers love coming to work because they love making money, but he also believes they love just being there. Basically, I think they enjoy the atmosphere of each other and all of us, Sellars said. That seems to sum up consumer Robbie Pickerings feelings. When asked what he likes most about working in the woodshop, he said, Making friends and money. He also described his fellow consumers and Arc staff members as another family. Pickering said some of the duties he performs the most are operating a chop saw and bundling wood. Operating a band saw and constructing pallets were some of the hardest things he had to learn. If he wasnt working in the woodshop, Pickering said hed just be bored at home. He hopes the experience helps prepare him to get a job outside of the Arc. Hed like to work at Walmart. Ruszkowski said thats part of the mission as well helping consumers who are able to do so be able to integrate into a job outside of the Arc. Thats part of what were here to do, to make sure they understand the importance of good work habits and good work skills, Ruszkowski said. Jobs at the Arc consist of more than working in the woodshop. Robin Garvey, who is the Arcs operations manager, said some consumers, through a contract with Southeastern Paper Group, sort bags that are delivered to the Arc in bulk. We count them, stack them into piles of either 50 or 100, depending on the bag type, band them and then ship them back, Garvey said. Southeastern Paper also sends boxes of various sizes that consumers sort and fold. Also, the Arc of Bradford the Arc of Alachua County. Arc of Alachua has a contract with a company to sort hangers. What that organization cant handle is sent to the Arc of Bradford. Garvey said consumers decide whether or not they want to work. More often than not, when they are asked at the start of every day if they feel like working, they It is not a have-to, Garvey said, but I have seldom had any of them turn me down. Meaningful activity, quality of life Not all Arc consumers choose to work. Some arent capable of working. That doesnt mean they spend their days doing nothing. We have a lot of seniors in our program that dont want to work, and thats OK, Ruszkowski said. That doesnt mean they have to sit at home without something to do. Consumers can take part in such activities as arts and crafts and play games and puzzles. Just something to keep them engaged, Garvey said. Ruszkowski said Arc organizations have helped improve consumers quality of life, whether its giving them work to do or just having them participate in activities. When people with certain disabilities theyd live to be about 35, Ruszkowski said. Today, the Arc of Bradford is serving consumers that are in their 70s and 80s and active and vibrant, Ruszkowski said. Aside from offering consumers a place to go to for work and activities, the Arc of Bradford also operates three group homes that provide around-the-clock care every day of the year. Each home has no more than six people. Were there to take care of their daily living needs and to make sure theyre healthy and that theyre well cared for, Ruszkowski said. The Arc provides transportation for all of its consumers, whether its taking them to and from the main building for work or activities or meeting the medical needs for group home residents. That component transportation is vital to what we do here, Ruszkowski said. There are a few people here who do drive themselves they drive themselves to work but that is not the case for the majority. They rely on transportation to get here and home to do whatever we need to do with them. Sometimes, transportation is for taking the consumers out into ARC Continued from 1B Chris Miller is covered in sawdust and working in a noisy environment, but his smile tells you hes enjoying the experience. Arthur Sinabian grabs a piece of wood to work with. Arthur Sinabian (left) works in the woodshop as James Dyla, a member of the direct-care staff, looks on. Consumer James Searcy (left) shares a laugh with Executive Director Sherry Ruszkowski. Mikey Deyot folds boxes as part of a contracted job with Southeastern Paper Group. Norman Dixon sorts and folds boxes, part of a contracted job with Southeastern Paper Group that also involves sorting paper bags.


Boots and Bangles fundraiser set for April 26 The Bradford County Education Foundation is hosting its annual Boots and Bangles on Thursday, April 26, at the National Guard armory on Edwards Road in Starke. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner scheduled to be served at 6:30 p.m. Bradford Middle Schools jazz band will provide entertainment, while school employees and community members will battle each other in a game of Minute to Win It. The event will also feature a cake auction. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased from any education foundation member. You may also contact Cheryl Canova at the Santa Fe College Andrews Center or Vorease Jones at Capital City Bank in Starke for tickets or more information. Public invited to BHS new science lab The public is invited to visit the new science lab at Bradford High School following the Monday, April 9, Bradford County School Board meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided by the Bradford County Education Foundation. Col. Samuel Elbert DAR meeting set for April 2 The Col. Samuel Elbert Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its regular meeting beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 2, at IHOP in Starke. Anne Smoak will be the hostess. Her program will be on Florida in the early 20th century. Do you have a Revolutionary Warera Patriot in your family tree? If you with DARs amazing genealogical resources. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove direct descent from a person who aided in achieving American independence between April 19, 1775, and Nov. 26, 1783, is eligible for membership in DAR. Please contact Leslie Harper (352-475-5090) or June Keefe (386431-1830) for more information. Thursday, March 29, 2018 Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section 3B Roof Leaks Re-Roofs Shingles Metal Low Slope Mobile Home Commercial Lifetime Roofs Siding Rotten Wood Replacement FREE ESTIMATES Locally Owned www.LewisWalkerRoofing.comGuaranteed Best Service Guaranteed Best Warranties Guaranteed Best Prices Toll Free 866-959-7663 April 7 & 8Sat 9 Sun 9Historic Downtown Starke Historic Downtown StarkeP L ENTY OF GREAT FOOD! VENDORS! KIDS SPACE! HELICOPER RIDES! Commemorative Festival T-Shirts $15Sponsored by: North Florida Regional Chamber of Commerce Bradford County Tourism Development Council City of Starke Tobacco Free Partnership of Bradford County BradfordCountyStrawberryFestival.comOn Call Street between 301 & Water Street 904-964-5278 20th Annual Bradford CountyFREE ADMISSION NO PARKING FEES ATM PET FRIENDLY FAMILY FUN ALL DAY!Sponsored by: Law Offices of Ron Sholes Look for us on Facebook: Bradford County Strawberry Festival by Henry Hodges Lawtey, FL by Henry Hodges Lawtey, FL Rising country star to perform in Waldo BY DAN HILDEBRAN Managing Editor The nephew of two former Bradford County educators will be performing at the Dixieland Music Park in Waldo this weekend. Eli Mosley is the nephew Mike was the band director at both Bradford Middle School and Bradford High School for eighteen years. Debbie was the Starke Elementary School music director for most of those years. She also taught fourth grade. Following in their footsteps, Mosley has chosen a career in music. The Bartow native is a Marine Corps veteran and received his college education at Southeastern University in Lakeland, earning a degree in music business. Mosley said he gets inspiration from traditional country artists such as George Strait, Brad Paisley, and Brooks and Dunn. He not only writes and sings his own original work, but also covers country favorites such as Check Yes or No by George Strait and Boot Scoot Boogie by Brooks and Dunn. Mosley and released his second album in April 2017: Come Along with Me. Throughout the past year, he has performed at such events as Party in the Pines with headliners Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Josh Turner and the Orlando Veterans Day Stars and Stripes event with headliners Joe Nichols and Tyler Farr. Additionally, other venues have been the Dade City Florida Kumquat Festival, the Fort Worth Texas Mayfest, the Highlands North Carolina Village Square Festival, the Bartow Independence Day festivities, the Florida Strawberry Festival, the LaBelle Swamp Cabbage Festival and the West Palm Beach Clematis by Night event. The Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City is special to Mosley. It was there, while watching Tracy Byrd perform in 1996 that Mosley, then six-years-old, decided he wanted to become a musician. Twenty-one years later, Byrd was back on the Strawberry Festival stage, and so was Mosely. Mosleys show in Waldo starts at 6:30 p.m., Saturday night. Mosley BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Brandi Noegel, like most people who give of their time for the betterment of their communities, prefers to avoid the spotlight, but Santa Fe College has tabbed her as one whos worthy to step out front and receive accolades. Noegel is one of four women to be named a Woman of Distinction, an annual honor the college bestows upon women in Bradford and Alachua Counties in recognition of Womens History Month. She, fellow Bradford County resident Beverly Hardy, Bradford County native Stacy Scott and Alachua County resident Patsy Blount will be honored, along with Women of Promise (ages 1621) Grace Johns, a Bradford High School senior, and Victoria Maggard, at a Tuesday, March 27, luncheon at the Hilton UF Conference Center. When (Santa Fe College President) Jackson Sasser called me, and he told me that I had been awarded it, I said, Oh, I dont know if I want to accept it or not. There are so many other women that could qualify for this because there are so many wonderful women here in Starke who volunteer and do so many different things, Noegel said. Noegel, who serves on the Santa Fe College Foundation board of directors, was once on the other end as a member of the Woman of Distinction selection committee. I never planned on being a Woman of Distinction myself. When youre on the committee, you dont have to worry about that, she said with a laugh. Being named a Woman of Distinction wasnt something Noegel immediately told everybody about. In fact, Altrusa International of Starke members were unaware they had two Women of Distinction in their membership. They recognized Hardy at one of their meetings, with Hardy then having to tell the club Noegel also received the honor. I hadnt told anybody, Noegel said, adding, I like to be in the background, get things done and move on. Getting things done Noegel, who is the president of Noegels Auto Sales, taking control of the business following her husband, Larrys, death in 2008, is not only involved with Altrusa and the Santa Fe College Foundation. Shes in the Starke Rotary Club, serves on the board of Supporters of Sheltered Animals of Starke and is involved with the Eugene L. Matthews Bradford County Historical Museum. Noegel was instrumental in bringing Teen Court to Bradford County, as well as helping Make A Difference Day become an event locally. When she was on the CareerSource North Central Florida board of directors, the organization received an almost $12 million federal grant to help the unemployed. Noegel supports Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches and has donated vehicles to that organization in the past. She also once donated a couple of vehicles to Bradford High School to reward student achievement and supports 4-H and such programs as Shop With a Cop and College for Kids. I just do it because I want to do good things for the community, Noegel said. Her community involvement got its start when she began volunteering at the schools her daughter, Ashley, attended. I think once my daughter started going to school, I just found that it was real important to volunteer so you would know what was going on in the school, Noegel said. The schools really appreciated it, having the parents volunteer. Noegel has received accolades in the auto industry, such as being named a Quality Dealer in 2012 by the Florida Independent Automobile Dealers Association. She is currently that organizations regional vice president and has held all of its leadership positions. She was the second woman to serve as its president. Santa Fe is special As mentioned earlier, Noegel already has a relationship with Santa Fe College as a foundation board member. The foundations mission is to inspire, cultivate and assist private donors to enrich students and the community through scholarships, program enhancements and facilities support. Noegel has helped the Altrusa and Rotary clubs raise money to endow scholarships and established a scholarship herself in 2008 in her husbands name. Like her, Larry served on the foundation board. The college is very important to me, Noegel said. The scholarships are important to see students who cant afford to go get the scholarships so they can go and get a higher education. Noegel, who remembers touring the old Bradford County courthouse prior to its transformation into the Andrews Center, likes the fact Santa Fe has a local presence. I thought it would be great to have something here, and I have taken many classes there myself, she said. I took Spanish, I took accounting and I took computer classes just to keep up with things because you need to continue your education, even after school, because things change so much. If youre going are so many things you need to update. A special group As a Woman of Distinction, Noegel said she joins some women whove done so many wonderful things. All the women that were awarded this year are just really great women, she said. Noegel is happy to see Blount get honored this year as well, saying, I know Patsy real well. I love Patsy. Her husband and my husband were real good friends. Like Noegel, Blount didnt spread the word about receiving the honor. Shes kind of shy, too, like me, Noegel said. We were talking. She said, I didnt tell anybody. My friends saw it in the paper. I said, I hate to say the same thing, Patsy, but I didnt tell anybody either until it was announced. Noegel looks at Blount and Hardy two women she knows well and the women whove been named Woman of Distinction in the past and sees a lot of accomplishments. She is honored to be among their company. For those women whove received it, Im just happy for them because they were deserving of the award, Noegel said. Im happy to be with the group now. Even if it meant stepping out of the shadows for a little while. Into the spotlight: Noegel honored as Woman of Distinction Brandi Noegel is one of Santa Fe Colleges Women of Distinction for 2018. aShe joins Beverly Hardy, Stacy Scott and Pasty Blount. Photo by Matt Stamey, Santa Fe College.


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Obituaries Henry Brunson MELROSEHenry Alvin Al Brunson, age 83, of Melrose passed away Monday, March 26, 2018 in Gainesville following an extended illness. He was born Sept. 2, 1934 in Savannah, Georgia to the late Grover and Rosa Lee (Howze) Brunson. Mr. Brunson retired from the United States Air Force following 28 years plus of dedicated service, which included his time as a drill instructor at Lackland AFB, as well as a top Medical Recruiter based in Gainesville covering the entire southeast United States. Al also served as Keystone Airport Manager for ten years. Al enjoyed riding his motorcycles throughout the southeast U.S. whenever the mood hit, as well as spending quality time with his friends and family. In his spare time he would piddle around always lending a helping hand to others in need. Al also enjoyed growing fruit trees, and was very proud of his blueberry bushes. His lifelong interest in genealogy had him tracing his family roots back to the 1700s. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Carol, as well as his brother Leslie Brunson. Survivors include: Als Angels, Tracy G, Traci, Thurmette and Heather; three daughters, Lisa (Scott) Darnall of Adkins, Texas, Karen (Bill) Pruss of Melrose and Barbara Campbell (Ken Miller) of Wesley Chapel and a brother Lee (Martha) Feller of Mechanicsville, Virginia. He was known as Grandpa Al to six grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren. Also left behind are several nieces and many additional family members and friends. Funeral services for Al will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 31 in the Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends beginning at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Jones Cemetery in Callahan. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the home of Dave and Dana Todd. be made in his name to Lake Area Ministries, P.O. Box 1385, Keystone Heights, FL 32656. Arrangements are under the care of JonesGallagher Funeral Home, Keystone Heights. 352-473-3176. www. PAID OBITUARY Annie CovinJones LAKE BUTLERMrs. Annie J. Covin-Jones was born June 28, 1945, in Lake Butler. Parents, Elder Ruben Williams and Missionary Almetha Williams preceded her in death. She departed from this life on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. She was gifted early in life with singing and playing the piano, a gift she used widely to glorify God in many places. A member of Friendly Church of God in Christ, she served dutifully in various capacities. Mother Covin enjoyed her profession as a registered nurse, retiring from Charlie Norwood Uptown VA Hospital, Augusta, Georgia, in 2014. Sons, James F. Graham, Jr., Daniel A. John; and brothers, Leon and Billy Williams, also precede her in death. Her memory will forever be cherished by: husband, Rev. Willie Jones; daughters, Tamica Graham, Charlotte Howard; grandchildren, Timothy Howard, William Howard; step-son, Tony Jones; brothers, James (Crecy) Williams, Juroy (Darlene) Williams, Buck (Betty) Ruben (Geraldine) Williams, Jr., Angelo (Patti) Williams, Eamuel (Emory) Williams, Bishop Borie (Nancy) Hudson, Jonathan (Venice) Williams; sisters, Annie Lee Everett, Freida Timmons, Mae Watson, Patricia Hampton and Lora (Jeff) Rivers; hosts of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held March 17, in Augusta, Georgia. Interment was on March 21, at St. John Baptist Church Cemetery, Providence. Local arrangements under the direction of Combs Funeral Home, Lake City. (386) 752-4366, The Caring Professionals PAID OBITUARY Jacqueline Dickinson LAWTEYJacqueline Jacky Dickinson, age 59, of Lawtey passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018 at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Massachusetts on Jan. 30, 1959 to the late Paulin Bukowski and Peggy Gabree Bukowski. Jacky was School. She relocated to Bradford County where she met the love of her life, Donald Dickinson. Donald and Jacky were happily married on July 18, 1997 and have enjoyed 21 years together. Jacky enjoyed her longtime career at the Department of She retired from the New River Correctional Institution in 2008 after serving 31 years. Jacky also enjoyed being outdoors, riding her motorcycle with her husband, riding her Big Red tractor, and quilting. She was an avid Jacksonville Jaguar fan and a proud member of the was known for her kindness as she was always loving and caring to others. More than anything, Jacky loved her family and was an amazing wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, and her furry babies. Jacky was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, William Bukowski. Jacky is survived by: her loving husband of 21 years, Donald Ray Dickinson of Lawtey; her children, Jessica (Steven) Drawdy of Worthington Springs, Clinton (Tesha) Johnson of Middleburg, and Elizabeth Johnson of High Springs; her brothers, Richard Bukowski of Massachusetts and Michael Bukowski of Pennsylvania: her sisters, Karin Porter of Mississippi, Kate OBrien of Massachusetts, and Michelle Griggs of California; her grandchildren, Quay Drawdy, Avery Drawdy, Quinton Patterson, Aiden Johnson, Quayde Page, Qullen Page, and Emerie Johnson. A Memorial Visitation will be held on Friday, March 30 at Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel from 7:00 pm. Arrangements are under the care and direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services and Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel, Starke. Visit www.ferreirafuneralservices. com to sign the familys guest book. 904-964-5757. PAID OBITUARY Bonnie Doughman STARKE Bonnie E. Doughman, 77, of Starke died on Monday, March 12, 2018 at her residence. She was born on Oct. 4, 1940 in Baldwin to the late James Robert Rabbit Haisten and Gertrude (Wilkerson) Haisten. She was a homemaker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William M. Doughman; and grandson, James Lewis Scooter Smith. She is survived by: daughters, Elaine A. Doughman, Bobbie B.J. Doughman (Stacey Santee), Venus Marie Keplar, all of Starke; siblings, Bobby Haisten and Cynthia C. Allen, both of Starke. Also left are grandchildren. The family will have a private memorial service at a later date. Arrangements are by JonesGallagher Funeral Home of Starke. John Dowling ORANGE PARKJohn Big Daddy Dowling went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in Orange Park. John was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina on June 20, 1939. From there his family quickly settled to Wilmington, North Carolina. John graduated from New Hanover High School and went on to join the United States Air Force at the age of 20. After basic training he drew several assignments and eventually settled in Oklahoma in 1961. In 1961 he married Linda Kay Davis of Santa Fe, who has always been the love of his life. Kay while stationed in Oklahoma. Their second daughter Cynthia Ann came along during an assignment in Turkey. From Turkey they were then reassigned to Biloxi, Mississippi. While stationed in Biloxi, John put in for a possible assignment in Washington D.C. He was then selected for an assignment with the White House Communication Agency (WHCA). He remained there for nine years, traveling on many communication assignments in support of the President and Vice President of the United States. He retired from the Air Force on Sept. 28, 1978 as a Senior Master Sergeant. John immediately took a job with Motorola C&E Inc, Utility Sales Force and moved to Orange Park. After ten years with Motorola he was selected to be a member of The Galvin Masters Fraternal Sales Organization. In December 1998 after 20 years John retired from Motorola. John was a good friend to all and will be sorely missed. During their retirement years, John and Linda traveled extensively across the United States, cruised throughout the Caribbean and made many trips to many years with Jack Holder, Lindas stepfather. He also discovered the joys of being a grandfather to his three grandchildren with whom he loved dearly. John is survived by: his wife, Linda Dowling; children, Donna Powell, Cynthia Dowling; grandchildren, Christopher (Michelle) Dowling, Tucker, Harper and Sawyer John, Fallon Raeffer (Ryan) Kaleb, Brooke, Jayden and Addison, Chelsea (Ryan) Nelson, Emma Raye and Lincoln. The family be made to the Haven Hospice of Orange Park. Services for Mr. Dowling were held March 26 at North Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at 11:30 a.m., the family received friends one hour prior to the service at 10:30 a.m. The address to the church is 25330 Northwest County Road 239, Alachua. All arrangements are under the care of Archer Funeral Home. 386-496-2008. PAID OBITUARY Billy Foister LAKE BUTLER Billy Ray Foister, 77, of Lake Butler, died Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at North Florida Regional Hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Foister was born in Monticello, Kentucky and has resided in Lake Butler for over 51 years. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelors degree in Education. Mr. Foister was lifelong educator. He was a teacher, a basketball coach, and then served as Principal at both Lake Butler Elementary School and Union County High School. He retired in 1994 as Assistant Superintendent of the Union County School District. He was actively involved in the Lake Butler Rotary Club and the Florida Gateway College Foundation Board. He is a past president of the Ocean Villas Condominium Association in St. Augustine. Mr. Foister was an active member of the First Christian Church of Lake Butler. He was preceded in death by: his parents, Howard and Mildred Foister of Monticello, Kentucky, and his beloved wife of 38 years, B. J. Foister. Mr. Foister is survived by: his two daughters, Allyson Foister (Owen) Beatty of Lake Butler with granddaughters, Taylor and Maegan and Angie Foister Hingson of Lake City, with granddaughter, Ellie and grandson, Drew. Services were held on March 23 at the First Christian Church of Lake may be made to the Florida Gateway College Foundation General Scholarship Fund or the First Christian Church general fund. PAID OBITUARY Vera Garrison STARKE Vera Elouise Garrison, 86, of Starke, Florida died Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Riverwood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Starke. She was born Oct. 3, 1931 in Jacksonville to the late Forrest Davidson and Julia Williams Davidson. She moved to Bradford County in 1975 and was a member of Morgan Road Baptist Church. She is predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Joseph Pop E. Garrison; son, Joseph D. Joey Garrison; and daughter, Pamela Sue Evans. She is survived by: sons, David Eugene Gene Garrison, Gary Lee Garrison, and Mark Garrison; brother, David Davidson; sisters, Blanche Gleaton, Sue Baldwin, and Edie Douberly; 10 grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren; 10 great greatgrandchildren. A celebration of life service was held on March 22 at Dyal Cemetery with Pastor Al Paulson Sr. the care and direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services and Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel, Starke. Joseph Lee, Sr. LAKE BUTLER Joseph Benjamin Benny Lee, Sr., 74 years old, of Lake Butler went to be with Jesus on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Benny was born in Waycross, Georgia on Aug. 30, 1943. Benny was married to his high school sweetheart, Gail Lennon for 56 years. They have four children, Joseph Jr. (Barbara), Ted (Jeanie), Mark, Lisa (Randy); eight grandchildren, Megan, David (Miranda), Melody (Jesse), Kathryn (John), Eric (CeCe), Alee (Tyler), Erica, Miranda (Jordan); and six amazing great-grandchildren, Gracie, Easton, Charlee, Roman, Trenton, and Parker whom he Patricia (Walter), Carolyn, Linda, Charlene (Al) and Donna; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Melba, his dad, Burnis, and brother, Randy. Bennys life was largely spent in dedication to his family. He was devoted in unconditional love to each of them. He will be profoundly missed by his family and friends. Benny worked with lumber yards building trusses and leading up to retirement he painted houses. His pastime was NASCAR racing. Cancer won the battle with his body, but Glory to God, not his soul. Benny was a gentle giant. He was the best PaPa, daddy, and husband. Never complained and loved to help anyone in need. May his soul rejoice in the eternal peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. PAID OBITUARY Edward Roberts LAWTEY Edward Roberts, age 81, gained his wings, with his family by his side on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville. He was born in Strunk, Kentucky on June 6, 1936 to Stewart and Flora Roberts and was the youngest of two children. Ed grew up in Miami, where he attended school. He had various trades such as, plumbing with Normans Plumbing, hauling produce cross country, milkman, original owner of the Slab Fish Camp and he retired as a plumbing vocational instructor with the State of Florida. He he loved spending time with his family. He had many friends and would help anyone in need. years ago, and had sons. Dusty, Timmy, Dennis, Randy, Bobby and raised their grandson Bobby Jr. He had thirteen grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and three of his sons, Dusty, Timmy and Dennis. His memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. at Evergreen Baptist Church family requests that you make a donation to the youth group at Evergreen Baptist. PAID OBITUARY


which will be held Friday, April 6, at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach. He had a 465 bench press and a 300 clean and jerk for a 765 total. I wasnt surprised by Jakobs performance because I see the work he puts in on a daily basis, Bradford coach Caleb Dukes said. Jakob is very selfmotivated, which sets him apart from most other kids, and is very coach-able. He told me he was feeling good before the meet during warm ups, so I was expecting a big day from him. I know how bad he wanted to win regionals, and he put on a show. last year, was the runner-up in the 169 class. He had a 335 bench press and a 295 clean and jerk for a 630 total. Tyric Oliver had a 440 total (225 bench press, 215 clean and class, while Jordan Biscuit was fourth in the unlimited class with a 725 total (380, 345). Luke actually tied Union Countys Agelu Nunu for third, but Nunu was awarded third outright due to the weigh-in tiebreaker. Taro Ward earned a fourthwith a 560 total (310, 250), while Maurice Hewitt and Ian McGowan each placed sixth. Hewitt had a 280 total (155, 125) in the 119 class, while McGowan had a 405 total (200, 205) in the 154 class. The seven lifters efforts helped Bradford place third in the team standings, just three points behind runner-up Suwannee. More lifters will probably join Alvarez at state. A total of 12 ateach weight class by comparing all of the secondthrough sixthplace totals recorded at the regional meets. BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer All seven Bradford High School boys weightlifters placed, with Jakob Alvarez winning the unlimited class at were held March 24 at Baker County High School. Alvarez, who was a state runner-up last year, punched his Thursday, March 29, 2018 Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section 5B Letters Card of Thanks Serving Families in North Florida since 1973 STARKE OFFICE OPEN 8:30 to 5:00 MON-FRIHwy 301 North, Starke 904-964-2010 (Next to Best Western) The areas largest supplier of Colored GraniteWhen Quality Counts, You Can Count On UsPrimary Location in Lake City at 561 NW Hilton Ave.Member of Better Business Bureau Monument Builders of North America Florida Monument BuildersFL Lic. # F037700 Archer Funeral Home Within Your Means Now, Peace of Mind Always 20 Ga. Metal Casket(4 colors)Vault, Graveside or Chapel Service with one hour prior visitation$5,59520 Ga. 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A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, at AMVETS Post 86, 6685 Brooklyn Bay Road, Keystone Heights. Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, Keystone Heights. Betty Wyatt STARKEBetty Lois Wyatt, age 68, of Starke formerly of Jacksonville passed away Monday, March 26, 2018 at Windsor Health & Rehabilitation Center in Starke. Mrs. Wyatt was born on Sept. 18, 1949 in Montgomery, Alabama to the late Carlos Dalton and Annie Lois (Nelson) Batson and was a resident of Starke for 14 years. Betty was a Baptist and prior to retirement, was an Ombudsman Military Wife with the United States Navy and was the owner/operator of Ms. Bees Day Care at Mayport Naval Station in cooking, playing cards, attending yard sales, and sewing. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: her siblings, Dalton Batson, Jr., Mary Ellen Bennett, Ann Herrin; and her granddaughter, Casey King. Survivors are: her husband of thirty-four years, Brian William Wyatt of Starke; daughter, Tammy King of Starke; brother, Charles Buddy Batson, of Alma, Georgia; and her sister, Mary Lois Crews of Jacksonville. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Brandi Nicole King, and Donald Donnie King, III; greatgrandchildren, Hunter Hunter Man King, Colby Pooky King, Mason King, Kyra King, Amaya King, and Alyse King. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 29 in the DeWitt C. Jones Chapel from 57:00 p.m. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 30, at the DeWitt C. Jones Chapel with interment following at Crosby Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Starke. 904-964-6200. PAID OBITUARY Thankful for the Whole Wide World (& Starke) Dear Editor: Ms. Warren for reading my initial letter to the editor. When prompted to write the letter, I poured my heart into it and audience. Unfortunately, I feel like Ms. Warren might have perceived the letter as a personal attack or an attack on Starke. The letter was not intended to preach to the choir and certainly not intended to corner a choir member in such a way that she needed to restate every good deed she had ever done for the community. The letter was instead intended to spark constructive conversation about issues that have existed in Starke longer than Ms. Warren has been a Starkette or I have been an earthling. Throwing money and time at situations does not solve issues left long unaddressed that cause problems to continue to snowball from generation to generation. These issues poor infrastructure, poverty, unemployment, racism, narrow mindedness, teen pregnancy, alcohol and substance abuse to name a few--stem from a failure to open our hearts and minds and lend our ears to people who can help us address the issues and ultimately solve the problems. These solutions may come from individuals and/or organizations that may be different than those from around here; they may very well come from those considered outsiders who have already experienced the same issues and already solved the same problems. I, too, want Starke to be a great place but know that if we dont remove stumbling blocks to progress, we will ultimately dry up and blow away. Change can be good. If we are not moving forward, we are rolling backward. Fear paralyzes, and Starke fears change! We are reminded more than 365 times in the Bible to fear not. (Thats a reminder for each day of the year.) We must embrace constructive change while rejecting destructive change, but nevertheless, we must change! I know Ms. Warren will agree that there is always room for improvement. Lets ALL work toward making Starke the best it can be for generations to come! Still hopeful, Kim Lawson Box Clay schools must be brought to heel Dear Editor: Ive read in recent local papers about students threatening to shoot up schools. These young people swamped in nihilism (or threaten to), especially if it means going out with a wellpublicized bang. Give em some PRESS, baby. Also, a consistent thread running through mass shootings is the use of antidepressants and other drugs that cause psychotic breakdowns. Id be curious to know if drugs were involved in any local threats, or if these students simply wanted to cause a stir. Regardless, it shows that Clay County is not exempt from the degeneracy of our age. The shadow of purposelessness and hedonism shrouds the school hallways as much as the marijuana smoke does, and without vision or virtue, it will set in for total decay. Even if you take the guns, the sickness remains. The Clay school system still rides on a reputation for excellence, but that is simply no longer the case. It cant be. Teachers and other staff get up in school board meetings and whine about salaries, hot school buses, hot classrooms, insurance costs, and also promote transgenderism as a viable option for gradeschoolers. Theyve also revealed that there are queers in the classrooms right now teaching your children. Never mind the cronyism going on within the administration that uses the public budget as a loot chest. Stop getting played like a punk. Now, I can rail and rail against the useless people running the schools and the dykes running the unions, but plenty of you will get caught up in the theatrics and rhetoric of the upcoming election for school board. Youd be crazy to consider for even one second that these people will help improve education for your children. Or even provide anything at all but weak, corporate, platitudinous, global multiculturalism and that goes for any politician out to con suckers this year. When a superintendent or an administrator publishes some slick piece of garbage for you, the parent, to read or hear, he will often refer to you as a stakeholder. Well the stakes Fixing the schools will require strength, will, and action. Behind each of these shooters and those threatening to shoot is a parent without a clue. Get a clue and get fanatical about the future for your children. What could possibly be more important? If your child spends most of his or her time in front of a screen, he or she is almost assuredly mentally unhealthy in some way (not to mention physically as well). The only question is the severity. Contact lists, endless images, videos, and chat boxes are all vicarious surrogates for meaningful experiences. When you combine these dramatic, virtual worlds with subsequent peer pressure and drugs (prescribed or otherwise), you end up with a distraught young person who is experiencing a false world meant to enthrall him. Social media systems admittedly use Pavlovian feedback systems against human insecurities to enforce this paradigm. Strive to be role models; strive for strength and virtue. Bend the school system to your will not with votes and bureaucracy, but with foaming mobsor break it trying. If the schools are betraying your values and your trust, then the whole thing is illegitimate and must be brought to heel. When the progeny who make it through and manage to avoid becoming brain-dead grey blobs look back on these grim seasons, how will they view your legacy? Will they see a couch potatoa veritable satellite spud nugget fusing to the furniture bathed in blue light being dictated to by effeminate squinters and puckerers? Or will they see a hardcore exemplar and gush with ancestral pride? Choice is yours. Sincerely, Jaymes Neal Strickland Thank you for your kind expressions of sympathy. Our family deeply and sincerely appreciates your thoughts and prayers. The Family of Mary Yvonne Brown Alvarez wins Region 1-1A title for BHS Bradfords Jakob Alvarez won the Region 1-1A championship in the unlimited class to UCHS baseball team drops 1-run district game BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer A two-RBI single by Crescent Citys Wes Owens in the bottom of the third proved to be the difference in the Union County High School baseball teams 3-2 District 6-1A loss to the host Raiders on March 23. Tripp Davis had an RBI, but the Tigers (7-5) were limited to four hits in falling to 1-2 in the district. Union entered the game off a 15-7 loss to visiting Hamilton County on March 21. Davis drove in two runs a single to pull the Tigers to within 8-7, but the Trojans scored seven runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Whip Davis went 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Braxton Dukes and Skyler Shatto each had one RBI. The Tigers played Bradford this past Tuesday and will host district opponent Hilliard on Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m. Union plays at Duval Charter on Monday, April 2, at 6 p.m. before hosting Episcopal on Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m.


6B Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section Thursday, March 29, 2018 (904) 964-7555134 East Call Street Starke, FL Its Tax Time! Corporate and Individual Income Tax Services Full Bookkeeping & Payroll Services Audit & Accounting Services Business Consulting including Quickbooks & Accounting. Set up new Corporations, LLCs and Partnerships. Let the professionals at get the refund you deserve FAST BHS beats KHHS 6-5, improves to 5-2 in district BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Sterling Raab hit a two-out that scored two runs in the top of the seventh to help the Bradford High School baseball team defeat host Keystone Heights 6-5 and improve to 5-2 in District 5-5A on March 23. Raabs hit put the Tornadoes up 6-3, but the Indians scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh before pitcher Cayden Martin eventually earned the save. Jacob Polk earned the win for Bradford (7-4), giving up two runs (one earned) in 4.2 innings on three hits and two walks. He had six strikeouts. Martin gave up three hits and no walks in 1.1 inning. Polk excelled at the plate as well, going 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Both RBI were part of a three-run second inning that put the Tornadoes up 4-0. The Tornadoes Brandon Sanford, like Raab, had one RBI. Sanford also scored twice. Will Yeldell and Gary Searle went 2-for-2 and 2-for-3, respectively, for Keystone (4-8, 2-4). Yeldell and Nate Gagnon each had one RBI, while Stevie Rodriguez scored two runs. Keystone pitcher Connor Osteen struck out seven in 6.2 innings. Bradford entered the game on a roll, having won two straight following an 11-3 loss to visiting Baker County on March 13. Polk and Tucker Stack each had an RBI in the Baker loss, Welch each going 2-for-4. On March 12, Welch drove in three runs in a 12-5 win over visiting West Nassau. Welch went 2-for-4, while Trent Bryant had two RBI. Sanford and Kanler Vann each went 2-for-3. Sanford, who hit a double, had one RBI, as did Raab, Brandon Anders and Dakota Mathews. Bryant earned the win on the mound, giving up eight hits and three walks in a complete-game effort. He had six strikeouts. The Tornadoes traveled to play district opponent P.K. Yonge on March 16, with Polk pitching a in a groove at the plate in a 5-1 win. Polk gave up one run on six hits and no walks, while striking out seven. Johns gave up one hit innings, striking out four. Sanford drove in two runs, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and one triple. Bryant and Polk each had an RBI, with Bryant going 2-for-3. Bradford played Union County this past Tuesday and will host district opponent Fort White on Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. The Tornadoes then host district opponent Palatka on Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. The loss to Bradford was Keystones fourth straight. The week leading up to the Bradford game, the Indians lost 9-2 to visiting Ridgeview on March 20 and 15-4 to visiting Buchholz on March 22. Against Ridgeview, Yeldell went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Rodriguez had an RBI as well. Andrew Cox had two RBI and went 2-for-3 in the loss to Buchholz, while Trey Alsabrook hit a double and drove in one run. Yeldell also hit a double. Keystone played district opponent Fort White this past Tuesday and will travel to play Middleburg on Thursday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. The Indians then travel to play district opponent Newberry on Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. Stevie Rodriguez dives across home plate to score a run for Keystone in the third inning. Keystone shortstop Stevie Rodriguez waits for a throw thats too late as Bradfords Brandon Anders steals second. Keystone second baseman Colton Crane prepares to Sterling Raab makes a play at shortstop for the Tornadoes. Keystone catcher Alex Kanos prepares to make a throw. Bradfords Brandon Sanford makes a throw from third. Left: Kanler Vann crosses home plate for Bradford during a three-run second inning. Keystones Gary Searle watches a pitch come in. Right: Bradfords Jacob Polk earned the win one week after he pitched the Tornadoes to a district victory over P.K. Yonge.


Shealy 8-1, givng the Bradford team its third win in six matches. Unions Britt and Stidham defeated Bradley and French 8-4. On the boys side, Unions Sidney Johnson defeated Dustin Jones 8-1, while Unions Alex Perez defeated Nate Caraway 8-0. The Tigers A.P. won 8-1 and 8-3, respectively, over Bradley Henderson and Earl Green. Unions Dalton Hutchinson defeated Gabe Wells 8-0. Perez inched closer to .500, improving to 7-8. Hutchinson is now 6-8, while Whiteley matches. In doubles, Johnson and Perez defeated Caraway and Hutchinson defeated Green and Henderson 8-1. Thursday, March 29, 2018 Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section 7B Dr. Virgil A. BerryCHIROPRACTIC PHYSICIANDr. Virgil A. BerryCHIROPRACTIC PHYSICIAN Modern methods with old-fashioned concern. Modern methods with old-fashioned concern. Auto Accidents Work Injuries Headaches Neck and Back Pain Auto Accidents Work Injuries Headaches Neck and Back Pain NEED RELIEF FROM:Call Dr. BerryServing the Area for more than29 YearsCall Dr. BerryServing the Area for more than29 Years Region 2 runner-up KHHS will send at least 3 to state BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Three earned automatic state berths for the Keystone Heights High School boys weightlifting team, which came up just shy of winning the team championship were hosted by Keystone on March 24. Dan Dodd, Carter Semione and Brandon Spivey won their respectively weight classes, which puts them in the state April 6, at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach. Their efforts helped Keystone score 52 points as a team, but the Indians settled for the Region 5 runnerup trophy as Tavares scored 57 points. Dodd won the unlimited class with a bench press of 340 and a clean and jerk of 295. His 635 total was 20 pounds better than Tavares John Douglas. Semione won the 219 class with a bench press of 300 and a clean and jerk of 280. His 580 total was 25 pounds better than teammate Cameron Musselman, who had a bench press of 300 and a clean and jerk of 255. Spivey, who was the state runner-up in his class last season, won the 139 class with a bench press of 265 and a clean and jerk of 235. His 500 total was 75 pounds ahead of Tavares Kamron Patterson. Im excited for all three of them, Keystone coach Lantz Lowery said of his individual regional champions. They work hard. Theyre good kids. They do what theyre supposed to do, and it pays off. Lowery was also pleased with the performances of the lifters who earned second-place Cruz and C.J. Parks, who were runners-up in their classes. Cruz had a 580 total (305 bench press, 275 clean and jerk) in the 183 Tavares Nikolas Gonzales. Parks had a 315 total (200, 195) in the behind Tavares Kaleb Leafers. Keystone had a pair of Kicklighter, who had a 310 total (165, 145) in the 129 class, and Briar Smith, who had a 455 total (240, 215) in the 154 class. 285 total (140, 145) in the 119 class, Jesse Donahue with a 375 total (195, 180) in the 139 class, Hunter Stitt with a 450 total (235, 215) in the 154 class and Josh Hughes with a 525 total (260, 265) in the 199 class. Also earning points for Keystone were sixth-place lifters Briar Schenck and Kaleb Vojnovski. Schenck had a 240 total (115, 125) in the 119 class, while Vojnovski had a 440 total (230, 210) in the 183 class. Winners at all of the states regional meets qualify for state. will be chosen in each weight class by comparing all of the secondthrough sixth-place totals recorded at the regional meets. Lowery said he feels pretty good about Cruzs chances of advancing, but hated to venture a guess as to whether any other of his lifters would qualify. You have no idea, he said. Thats why they line them up and pick them. Keystone had 18 lifters competing at the Region 5 meet, half of which are sophomores or younger. Among those who earned points, Schenck is a seventh-grader, while Donahue, Kicklighter, Knapp, Parks and Vojnovski are freshmen. Lowery said he hopes competing at the regional level was a positive experience for those younger kids, but he also team doesnt sit well with them. Weve got a whole slew of young kids thatll be back, Lowery said. I hope theyre excited about what happened today, but I also hope it sticks in their stomach a little bit, that you shouldnt lose. Dan Dodd was one of three Region 5-1A champions for Keystone. He won the unlimited class and will compete Brandon Spivey, who was a state runner-up last year, Region 5-1A title in the 139-pound class. Crawford is runner-up for BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Two Union County High School boys weightlifters earned medals, with Chase Crawford 139-pound class at the Region March 24 at Baker County High School. Crawford had a 245 bench press and a 215 clean and jerk, Agelu Nunu tied with Bradfords Jordan Luke in the unlimited class, but was awarded third outright due to the weigh-in tiebreaker. Nunu had a 450 bench press and a 275 clean and jerk for a 725 total. held Friday, April 6, at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach. Also competing for the Tigers were: Jason Holton with a 265 total (150, 115) in the 119 class, Blake Bass with a 340 total (195, 145) in the 129 class and Shamar Highland with a 525 total (285, 240) in the 183 class. Unions Chase Crawford was the Region 1-1A runner-up BHS girls, UCHS boys tennis teams victorious BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Union County High School hosted Bradford High School in tennis on March 26, with Bradfords girls winning 4-3 and Unions boys winning 7-0. Bradfords Chelsea Creighton defeated Anabell Miller 8-3, while Unions Erin Stidham defeated Rilynn Kelley 8-2. Bradfords Morgan Bradley was leading Gracie Crook 7-3 before winning by forfeit, while Unions Anna Shealy defeated Kiersten French 8-1. Unions Lauren Britt defeated Kassidy Howard 8-0. It was the third win in six matches this season for Creighton, while Bradley picked up her second win in four matches. Britt and Shealy, with their wins, now have .500 records. Britt is 3-3, while Shealy is 6-6. Stidham improved to 5-8 with her win. In doubles, Bradfords Creighton and Kelley defeated Miller and Bradfords Chelsea Creighton Bradfords Dustin Jones Unions Sidney Johnson Unions Anabell Miller


8B Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section Thursday, March 29, 2018 I didnt know you had this many tools Jackson Building Supply keeps rolling out the improvements Lately, a lot of Jackson Building Supply customers have said they are surprised by the large selection of power tools the Starke-based hardware store has on hand. Eric Jackson said the store has always sold drills, saws, sanders, nailers and other power tools, but until recently, they were kept behind the counter. Now, the tools are displayed in a dedicated section in the front of the store. And the family has expanded the selection of DeWalt, Hitachi, Bostitch, Arrow and Skil tools in addition to lowering prices. Its just one more improvement the Jacksons have implemented to provide quality, local service to Starke, Lake Butler and the Lake Region. However, power tools arent the only thing that people are talking about. Recently, Marc and Eric Jackson discussed some of the most frequent comments theyve heard through the years from their customers and employees. Back in 1955, when Billy the remnants of buildings he demolished to the public: used lumber, nails, plumbing and more, Starke Builders and Pangborn Lumber were Bradford Countys and the Lake Regions primary building suppliers. (L-r) Jackson Building Supply employees: (l-r) Marc Jackson, Kelly Outlaw, Greg Jackson, Eric Jackson, Priscilla Jackson, Eric Noegel, Bill Bosier and Bill Moody. Not pictured: Mike Shemer, James Balkcom and Billy Rehgerg. Jackson Building Supply has expanded its selection of DeWalt, Hitachi, Bostitch, Arrow and Skil tools in addition to lowering prices. Since that time, Marc and Eric have seen many competitors come and go, and each time a new arrival entered the market, customers and employees would always say: theyre going to put us out of business. From Scottys to Ace; from Do It Best to True Value; and from Home Depot to Amazon some have left, some have remained. Marc and Eric said that while they respect the competition, they focus on the customer and that has led to the companys 62-year track record. Eric said he wishes he had a quarter for every phone call he has received from a customer in Middleburg or Gainesville, searching for an item and discovering that after driving miles without success, the very thing they were looking home. With six decades in the building and hardware business, Marc knows what to stock. And Eric has built a reputation for hitting the phone and internet, relentlessly searching for something they might not have. Think about it. If you go to have what you are looking for, youve lost nothing. The other way around, and youve wasted hours. Seems hard to believe. Theyve been in the same location since 1975, on Bradford Countys busiest road: U.S. 301, just past the new Burger King. Yet, some customers still say: I didnt know you were here. A few years ago, the Jacksons approved a complete store reset, replacing shelving The sales desk went from the back of the store to the front, and the entrance went from the middle of the building to the side. But the changes didnt stop there. Recently, Eric upgraded the stores interior lighting with LED bulbs. An alert customer can probably notice something different every time he walks through the door.


Library Senior Center School Honor Roll Thursday, March 29, 2018 Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section 9B 40 Notices EQUAL HOUSING OP PORTUNITY. All real estate advertising in this newspaper is sub ject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 in which makes it illegal to advertise any pref erence, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimina tion. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custo dians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children un der 18. This newspa per will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate in which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwell ings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination, call HUD toll-free at 1-800669-9777, the toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. For further information call Florida Commission on Human Relations, Lisa Sutherland 850-4887082 ext #1005. 42 Motor Vehicles & Accessories $CASH$ FOR JUNK cars, up to $500. Free pick up, running or not. Call 352-771-6191. 47 Commercial Property (Rent, Lease, Sale) DOWNTOWN STARKE for rent. 113 E. Call St. Call Freddie American Dream Realty at 904509-9893. OFFICE LOCATION next to Walgreens. Suitable for retail or can be made Call 904-364-9022. OFFICE LOCATED by 9022. OFFICE BUILDING FOR RENT. Keystone Heights next to W.D. large conference room, tract. For info call 904364-9022. 48 Homes for Sale PORT on Mrytle Street. New roof, new paint. and upfront payment required. Call 904-3649022. 50 For Rent tric range, refrig. hard up, close to schools. sec. deposit. Senior & Milt. discount available. Service animals only, references. Call 904966-1334. Lg house & shared yard with Lake Geneva private access. Asking $1,200.00 mo. Yr. Lease. Call 352-2155837 KH WE HAVE 2 OR 3 bed room MH, clean, close to prison. Call 352-4681323. NEWLY RENOVATED Lake Butler. 1-678-4386828. ite counters, Jacuzzi garage. Lake access. Post Masters Village in Keystone Heights. mo. plus 1 month deposit. Call Dave 352-473-3560. FOR RENT: ACRE LOT Melrose. mo. Plus deposit. 904-707-6251. 53 A Yard Sales LOOKING for great deals? Find them at 14272 Cole St. (Waldo,) on Satur day 8:30-2:00. Aquari um, Brother Embroidery Mach, Dig Camera, 4 dish sets, food proces rugs, lots of household & misc. $1 clothing. See you there! BIG YARD SALE. Thurs. Fri. & Sat. 8am-2pm. 8991 SE 50th Ave, Hampton. HUGE YARD SALE Cros by Lake. Clothes of all sizes, Household items, ANTIQUES including furniture. 16292 SW 64th Ave, Starke. All must go. Look for signs. Saturday 8 am. 65 Help Wanted LAKE BUTLER HOSPITAL ARNP & PA-Part Time and PRN Please visit our web site www.lakebutler for more out an application. PH. 386.496.2323 Ext 9258, Fax 386.496.2105 Equal Employment Op bacco Free Workplace. THE BRADFORD COUN TY Solid Waste Depart ment is accepting appli part-time Site Attendant and Relief Driver at a pay rate of $10.00 per hour. Applicants must possess a High School Diploma or G.E.D and a CDL Class B License. Applications along with a detailed job descrip tion may be obtained from the Solid Waste Department, located at 925 N. Temple Avenue, Suite E, Starke, Florida 32091 or from the coun ty website at www.brad deadline for accepting applications is April 5, 2018, before the close of business. Bradford County is an Equal Op portunity Employer. For inquiries, please contact Solid Waste Director, Bennie Jackson at (904) 966-6212. LAKE BUTLER HOSPITAL Patient Access Co ordinator-FT & PT Please visit our web site www.lakebutler for more out an application. PH. 386.496.2323 Ext 9258, Fax 386.496.2105 Equal Employment Op bacco Free Workplace. PHARMACY MANAGER: supv & coord actives ployees; plan, impl & maintain proc for mixing pckg & labeling phar mactcls; manage reject ed claims; conduct drug utilizing review; perf medicare billng, accredit & submit controlled re port; manage inventory of meds & controlled subs; conduct gross margin anlys & gener ate reports for mgmt. Reqs BS in pharmacy or pharmacy sci. + 5 yrs Reqs FL license & must be willing to take calls Starke, FL. Resumes to Shri Sairam Drugs, LLC. dba Madison Street Pharmacy395 W Mad ison Street, Starke, FL 32091. WEST FRASER LAKE BUTLER MILL is ac cepting applications for a Second Shift Store room Clerk. This is an evening position with some weekends if need ed. Duties will include receiving inventories and handling purchase orders. Computer skills are a must. A high school diploma or equiv alent is required. This is a salary Non-exempt and paid vacation. Inter ested applicants should apply online at www. MAIL COURIER for PRIDE Dental Laborato ry located inside Union Correctional Institution, Raiford, Florida. Must be dependable, drug and tobacco free, able periods of time and lift 50 lbs. Attention to de tail, computer literate and a good driving re cord. Duties to include: Manifest shipping labels for packages, deliver dental cases to UPS, USPS and customers and bring cases into and out of dental lab for processing. Maintain courier van by keeping clean and overseeing routine maintenance. You will also be re quired to supervise and work with Inmates on a daily basis. (40 hour work week M-F). Insurance and Vacation. Serious inquiries only. Call Patrick Pellett or 599-5919. CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTITIVE The City of Starke currently is seeking a full-time Custom er Service Repre sentative. This is an entry level non-exempt position. This posi tion involves working in a fast-pasted work environment during peak periods and re quires the ability to multi-task in vari ous functions. This position involves contact with the pub lic directly and by telephone, assist ing customers with utility payments, opening and clos ing accounts, and resolutions to any billing issues. The successful appli cant must have a HS Diploma or equiv alent, 2 years of ex perience in customer service dealing with the general public that includes billing or ac counting, and answering telephones. Must pass a background check and drug test. Starting salary $10 $14 hourly range DOQ. APPLICATIONS CAN BE PICKED UP AT FLORIDA WORKS AND RETURNED TO FLORIDA WORKS, 819 S. WALNUT ST., STARKE, FL 32091 904-964-8092 JOB CLOSES: Opened Until Filled THE CITY OF STARKE IS AN EOE. 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10B Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section Thursday, March 29, 2018 KHHS softball team still unbeaten in district with 5-2 win over BHS BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Bailey Storys RBI double, Savannah Channells solo home run and an error that allowed Skylar Rollins to score put the Keystone Heights High School softball team up 3-0 in an eventual 5-2 District 5-5A win over Bradford on March 23 in Starke. Story went 2-for-3 with two doubles to help keep the Indians (12-3) undefeated in the district with a 10-0 record. Ashleigh Jennings and Lexi Northway each went 2-for-4, while Molly Crawford had an RBI. Daelynn Eatmon threw a complete game for Keystone, while striking out seven. Bradford (6-7, 4-4) got one RBI each from Savana Shealey and Brooklyn Wiggins. Emily McCoy hit a double. Keystone entered the game off a 9-2 loss to defending Class 8A champion Oakleaf on March 22 in Keystone. Story had an RBI, while Jennings went 2-for-4. The Tornadoes were coming off a 7-3 district loss to host Newberry on March 22. Shealey, who hit a double, had two RBI, while Gracie Blankenship, who also hit a double, drove in one run. Wiggins went 2-for-3, while Harli Phillips hit a double. Bradford played district opponent Fort White this past Tuesday and will host defending Class 1A champion Union County on Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. The Tornadoes then travel to play Union on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. before hosting district opponent Palatka on Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. Please see the story on Keystones game against Union County for the Indians upcoming schedule. Hamilton has 4 RBI in Tigers 12-3 win over Indians BY CLIFF SMELLEY Telegraph Staff Writer Kensley Hamilton drove in four runs, three of which occurred on a bases-loaded the Union County High School softball team defeated visiting Keystone Heights 12-3 on March 27. Hamilton went 3-for-5 with two doubles as the third-ranked Class 1A Tigers (9-2) knocked off the second-ranked team inning double scored three of six runs in the inning as Union built a 10-2 lead. Winning pitcher Lexi Androlevich got in on the scoring, too, driving in two runs, one of which occurred on a solo home run in the sixth inning. Kamaya Cohen went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Teala Howard and Brooke Waters each had an RBI, with Howard going 3-for-5. Shelby Spratlin went 2-for-4. Androlevich gave up seven hits and two walks. Keystone (12-4) got a two-run homer from Molly Crawford to make it 4-2 in the fourth inning. while Makayla Smith added one RBI. Bailey Story went 2-for-4. Prior to playing the Indians, the Tigers traveled to Hawthorne on March 22, coming away with an 18-0 District 6 win in three innings. Waters had four RBI, while Hamilton and Randa Godwin each had two. Hamilton and Godwin went 3-for-3 and 2-for3, respectively. Androlevich, Cohen, Howard, Spratlin, Reah Jones and Madelyn Kish each had one RBI. Howard went 3-for3, while Kish and Spratlin each went 2-for-3. Androlevich hit a double, while Cohen hit a triple. Pitchers Waters and Howard combined to give up no hits and just one walk. Waters had three strikeouts in one inning, while Howard had four in two. The Tigers, who improved to 5-0 in District 6, travel to play Class 5A Bradford on Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. They then return home to play Bradford on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. Keystone travels to play District 5 opponent Fort White on Thursday, March 29, at 6 p.m. Top: Union second baseman Angela Shope (right) makes a throw to Story runs to second base, which is covered by Ashleigh Jennings (left) Brooke Waters awaits the throw, as pitcher Lexi Androlevich looks on in the background. slides home for a Union catcher Bailey Story and Moncrief.