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Title: Gilchrist County journal
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Thetis F. Fisher
Place of Publication: Trenton Fla
Creation Date: January 26, 2012
Frequency: weekly
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Bell driver crosses center line in fatal accident

By John M. Ayers
A Lake City driver died in a head-
on collision Friday morning just be-
fore daylight after on an oncoming
vehicle crossed the center line.

A 2006 Chevy pickup driven by
Brandon Blanchard, 21, of Bell, was
reported to have crossed the center
line on CR 349 in Dixie County. Mi-
chael Joyner, 56, of Lake City, was

killed in the accident, reported Sgt.
Weber of the Florida Highway Pa-
trol. Joyner was trapped in his 1998
Dodge pickup when the truck be-
came engulfed in flames; he died in

the wreckage. Joyner's passenger,
Donna Tucker, 49, of Branford, was
ejected from the truck when the acci-
duent occurred, just before daylight.
Joyner's vehicle was pulling a boat at

the time of the accident.
Florida Highway Patrol reports
indicate that Blanchard and Tucker
were transported to Shands at Uni-
versity of Florida by Dixie County

EMS. Both were treated for serious
injuries. Charges in this accident are
-pending a complete investigation. A
blood alcohol test was taken and the
results are pending.'

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Serving Gilchrist County and Surrounding Area for over 81 Years
207 North Main Street, Trenton, Florida 32693

Vol.81 No.36 Phone (352) 463-7135 Fax (352) 463-7393 Trenton, Florida $22.00 AYear In Tri-CountyArea(Gilchrist
Vol. 81 No. 36 Trenton, Florida 32693 Thursday, January 26, 2012 Price50 Dixie & Levy Counties), $28.00 Other Areas
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Gilchrist School

District ranked

5th in the state

By Carrie A. Mizell
Gilchrist County School District is
now ranked fifth in the state, accord-
ing to a Florida Department of Edu-
cation report released on Monday.
In an effort to measure student
progress and school effectiveness,
the Florida Department of Education
initiated a numerical ranking based
on each school's total points derived
from FCAT scores. Out of a possible
800 points, Gilchrist County had 573
total points. The total is the sum of
scores for reading, math, science and
writing; learning gains in reading and
math and scores for learning gains in
reading and math among the lowest
25 percent of students in each school.
The school district ranking is then de-
termined by the school grade points
they earned based on the FCAT scores
of all students in the district that were
enrolled for the full year.
"Being ranked fifth in the state
means our students are receiving one
of the best educational experiences
in the state," Superintendent Don
Thomas said. "We certainly could not
achieve this ranking without having
outstanding teachers, support staff,
administrators and students. I am

very proud of our schools!"
In surrounding counties, Dixie
County School District ranked 12th,
Alachua County School District
ranked 25th and the Levy County
School District was 41st out of 67
school districts in the state.
St. Johns County School District
was ranked first in the state after gar-
nering 594 points.
The district-by-district ranking is
the first phase of an initiative that
will soon include a list of all of the
schools in the state ranked by number
within the three main school group-
ings: elementary, middle and high
The goal is to make it easier for par-
ents to assess school district perfor-
mance, explained Florida Education
Commissioner Gerard Robinson.
"I applaud Commissioner Robin-
son on these rankings," stated Gov-
ernor Rick Scott in a press release is-
sued Monday. "We all wish to ensure
students have the opportunity to get
a good education that will prepare
them for a good job. Ranking school
districts by performance allows tax-
payers to see their investment in edu-
cation at work."

American Legion

Post 91 is undergoing

a revitalization


Christie McElroy introduced Kathy Weaver, the 2011 Gilchrist
County Citizen of the Year.

eenw banquet

By Carrie A. Mizell
Rain or shine, Kathy Weaver
makes sure that every student at
Bell Elementary School knows
they're special. On Thursday, Jan.
19 the school guidance counselor
was stunned to learn just how spe-
cial the community thinks she is.
if being named the 2011 Citizen
of the Year is any indication, Weav-
er is one popular lady.
"She has touched so many lives,"
said Christie McElroy, who present-
ed Weaver with the Citizen of the
Year Award. "M-Noher Theresa said,
'Intense love does not measure; it
gives.' The recipient of the Citizen
of the Year Award exemplifies this
quote daily to everyone she encoun-
Weaver and her husband, Marvin
Weaver moved their young family
to Gilchrist County in 1979 when
Marvin was hired as county exten-
sion agent. Weaver was a stay at
home raising their two children
Laura and Ryan. A love for children
prompted her to go back to school
where she graduated from the Uni-
versity of Florida with a Masters in
Elementary Education as the vale-
dictorian of her entire class.
"I was told this was before UF
designated valedictorians for each

college," McElroy said.
After several years. of teaching,
she aspired to work with children
in another way, as a guidance coun-
selor. So, she went back to school to
accomplish this goal, where again,
nothing but an A would do.
"She gives of her rimer.-s-t-,nnd
money," McElroN aid. "If a child
needs shoes, she buys them. If a child
needs food, she gets it for them If a
child needs a hug, she gives it. She
helps ALL children. The love she
gives can't be measured."
Weaver was not the only Alachlia
native startled to receive an award
at the Gilchrist County Chamber of
Commerce's Annual Banquet. D.
Ray Harrison, Jr. was shocked when
his name was called as the 2011 re-
cipient of the J. Min Ayers Lifetime
Achievement Award. As a member of
the board of directors for the Cham-
ber, Harrison thought he knew all the
award recipients, only to find out that
he had been lied to.
In presenting the award, Carrie
Mizell talked about the close friend-
ship her grandfather J. Min Ayers and
Harrison shared.
"As a child, I can remember seeing
him sitting across the newspaper desk
from my grandfather and listening
as the two friends talked about ev-

Carrie Mizell presented the J. Min Ayers Lifetime Achievement
Award to her late grandfather's dear friend D. Ray Harrison, Jr.

Norm Conti, left, received the Volunteer of the Year award during
the banquet. He is shown with Nancy Padgett.

erything from local politics to Gator
football," Mizell said. "To this day,
he comes in the Journal on a regular.
basis just to rob our candy drawer."
Harrison helped organize the Gil-
christ County Education Founda-
tion and served as its president for
10 years. He is also a member of the
Trenton Rotary Club and currently
serves as chairman of the board for
Haven Hospice.
Harrison could be the most success-
ful politician in Gilchrist County's
history having never lost an election.
Harrison served fs Gilchrist County
Property Appraiser for 40 years and
currently serves as a Gilchrist County

Fellow Gilchrist County Com-
missioner Randy Durden stepped
up to the podium to present the
2011 Volunteer of the Year Award
to Norm Conti.
A perfect example of what a vol-
unteer truly is, Conti is an energetic
voice for all senior citizens in the
county. He is involved with AARP,
.the Trenton Senior Center, the Se-
nior Citizens Food Pantry and was
instrumental in getting the monthly
senior citizen bus trip to Wal-Mart
"It's 27 people gossiping non
Continued to page 10

Mark Hilliard wears many hats, from adjutant of American Legion
Post 91 to Florida Crown Workforce's local veteran employment rep-

By Carrie A. Mizell
With the swearing in of a new
commander and adjutant last week,
American Legion Post 91 is moving
into a new season of service for local
In the near future, 'American Le-

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gion Post 91 will begin holding
bingo nights and offering free wire-
less Internet access for all veterans.
Members are also looking at putting
in a big screen television to further
encourage camaraderie among Vet-
New adjutant Mark Hilliard said
that he and new commander Jessie
Crews are working together to revital-
ize Post 91 and take the organization
into a new direction in 2012. Hilliard
explained that there are currently 60
to 70 veterans on the membership
roll, however just 12 members at-
tended the Thursday night meeting. .
"Membership has been sparse at
best," Hilliard said. "We want to en-
courage all veterans to join and get
involved with the community and to
promote the strong patriotic values of
our American way of life."
Through membership in American
Legion Post 91, veterans network
with Gilchrist County Veterans Ser-
vice Officer Jim Mash and Hilliard,
who works as local veteran employ-
ment representative, a position cre-
ated by Florida Crown Workforce
Career Center. Mash assists veterans
with receiving VA benefit and Hilliard
provides employment assistance.
Continued to page 2

Gray announces candidacy

for County Commissioner,

District 3
To the citizens of Gilchrist County:
My name is Todd Gray, and it is my
hope that you will consider allow-
ing me to serve as your next County
Commissioner for District 3. As a
local business owner and community
volunteer, I feel my experience will
bring something new to the Board
of County Commissioners. I am
42 years old and have been married
to my wife Cindy for 22 years, We
have eight children, ranging in age
from 20 years down to 2, and they
continue to be our pride and joy. We
are active members of the Fanning
Springs Community Church.
While operating Gray Construc-
tion Services for the past ten years,
I have had the pleasure of working
with many private business owners
as well as county, city, and town gov-
ernments spread throughout North
Central Florida. While not perfect,
we have worked hard to provide our
customers with a level of service that
is unmatched in our industry. It is
this attitude of service that I hope to
bring to the residents and taxpayers
of Gilchrist County. Making tough
decisions is not something I take
lightly, but it is required on a daily
basis to succeed in good or bad eco-
nomic times. As your commissioner
I will strive to provide leadership that
represents what is best for the whole
of Gilchrist County, and not any spe-
cific group or special interest.
In addition to my professional ex-

Todd Gray
perience, I have served our commu-
nity over the years through various
community groups: Gilchrist County
Chamber of Commerce (two 3-year
terms), Gilchrist County Visioning
Committee--2010, Trenton Rotary
Club--current member and Past-Pres-
ident, Gilchrist County Schools--Bell
Site Committee, Suwannee Valley
Leagues--Coach of all sports, Build-
ers Association of North Central
Florida (Board Member), and Drum-
mond Community Bank (Board of
Thank you in advance for your
consideration, and I look forward to
meeting many of you between now
and the election.
Todd Gray

Robert Rankin

announces candidacy for

Superintendent of Schools

To the residents of Gilchrist County:
I, Robert "Rob" G. Rankin would
like to announce my candidacy for
Superintendent of Schools. For over
the past 20 years I have worked as a
classroom teacher, school-based ad-
ministrator, and presently as a school
board member which gives me vast
insight and experience into the opera-
tion, curriculum, budget, and policies
of our school district.
I am a 1982 graduate of Bell High
School, hold a Bachelor's degree
from University of Florida and a
Master's degree in Educational Lead-
ership. I have been a state Certified
School Board Member since 2008
and served as the Chairman of the
Gilchrist County School Board in
1 have been married to Natalie
Shepherd Rankin for 26 years and we
have three children: Reese, Faith and
Rhett, who attend our schools in Gil-
christ County.
In each position I have held in our
school system, I have always and will
continue to put the student's best in-
terest first in all decisions I make as
your school superintendent. Over the
next few months, I look forward to
talking with you and value your input

about our schools. Feel free to email
me at rankinranch@juno.com, or call
I have the qualifications necessary
and the desire to be your next Super-
intendent and will perform the duties
of this position with the highest de-
gree of fairness and honesty you de-
serve. I humbly ask for your support
to allow me to help lead our schools
and keep them ranked one of the top
in the state.
Rob Rankin

g Pets Sake WED., FEB. I
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Mark Hilliard was sworn in as adjutant and Jessie Crews was sworn in as commander of American Legion
Post 91.

American Legion Post 91 is

undergoing a revitalization

Continued from page 1

According to Hilliard, there is a 13
percent unemployment rate for veter-
ans in the community and the latest
statistics show there are 1600 veter-
ans living in the area.
"That number is bound to rise as
troops are withdrawn from Iraq,"
Hilliard said. "With the economy in
the shape it's in, it's very important to
get veterans into the fold so they can
learn about the benefits they are due
and employment opportunities."
A Rock Bluff native, Hilliard
served 20 years in the Army after

By John M. Ayers
The Gilchrist County Commission
listened as Sandra Joseph, represent-
ing the North Central Florida Re-
ginal Planning Council, presented
Site and Development Plan 11-01 for
the construction of "a paved airstrip
on 70.30 acres in the Oak Tree Land-
ing Development.
The plan identified the construction
area for the 4660 feet x 75 feet wide
paved runway and miscellaneous
airport facilities adjacent to'the land-
ing strip area. She told the board the
applicant George F. Young, Inc. had
received a general permit from the
Suwannee River Water Management
District for this proposed project.
This is Phase One of the Oak Tree
Landing development.
The zoning officer with the Gaines-
ville based planning group reviewed

graduating from Bell High School.
Hilliard retired from the armed forc-
es in 2005 'and was hired by Florida
Crown Workforce as local veteran
employment representative and cur-
rently serves all veterans in Gilchrist,
Dixie, Columbia and Union coun-
While working out of the Florida
Crown office in Trenton, Hilliard will
be able to offer veterans free com-
puter skills training, interview tech-
niques training and job search help.
"I have the resources to help veter-

christ County asked the Commission
if there would be storage and perma-
nent fuel containment on the site for
aircraft to fuel up.
Ted Burt, a Trenton attorney rep-
resenting the Oak Tree Landing de-
velopment introduced Mark Snyder,
an engineer on the team attending the
Tuesday afternoon meeting. The en-
gineer explained that there would be
concrete containment structures for
all fuel being kept on site. He added
that construction of the fuel storage
facilities would not be included in
this phase of the construction, but
will be permitted in a later phase of
the development.
Steve Gladden, a resident of the
Waters Lake community told the
Commission that all paved airstrips
in Florida were considered Develop-
ments of Regional Impact. He asked

ans get the skill set they need to find
a job," Hilliard said. "We also have a
program for homeless veterans in the
community to help them get back on
their feet and become job ready."
For more information on American
Legion Post 91, call Mark Hilliard at
(352) 221-4783.
SVeterans seeking employment as-
sistance can call Hilliard at Florida
Crown Workforce at (352) 463-3677
ext. 108.
To learn more about VA benefits,
call Jim Mash at 463-3188.

velopment was submitted to the De-
partment of Community Affairs sev-
eral years ago, it was not identified as
a DRI by the DCA.
Gladden explained at that time
the Old Rudy's grass airstrip was in-
cluded in the original plan. The new
airstrip now runs east and west and
will be paved. Oak Tree Landing de-
velopment is changing the use of the
airstrip, Gladden told the board.
Commissioner Randy Durden
made a motion to approve SDP11-01
with the NCFRPC recommendations.
Commissioner D. Ray Harrison, Jr.
agreed and gave a second to the mo-
Chairman Tommy Langford called
for a vote and the Commission ap-
proved the motion by a 5-0 vote.

the site and development plan before the Commission why wasn't the Oak Trenton m n
recommending approval with recom- Tree Landing airstrip a DRI. I ent
mendations. John McPherson, Gilchrist County nten d
Bruce Hardee, a resident of Gil- attorney reported that when this de- Sentenced for

Bell man arrested while selling
,, .' Oxycodone

maKing met
A Bell man was arrested last week
and charged with Manufacturing
Investigators from the Gilchrist
County Sheriff's Office received in-
formation on Tuesday, Jan. 17 that
Daniel Ratley, 32, of Bell, was mak-
ing methamphetamine near an old
tree farm. Investigators Edwin Jen-
kins and Tracy Taylor responded to
the area and saw a vehicle parked
there. As the officers approached the
vehicle Daniel Ratley dropped a bag
with needles in it and a large piece of

mirrored glass with a white powder
residue on it. The residue, and other
white powder residue found in the
vehicle, all tested positive for meth-
Ratley, who lives at 4750 NW 50th
Avenue in Bell, was arrested and
charged with Manufacturing a Con-
trolled Substance, Possession of a
Controlled Substance and Possession
of Drug Paraphernalia.
At press time, Ratley was being
held in the Gilchrist County Jail on
an $85,000 bond.

A Trenton man received a 42 month
sentence in the Florida Department
of Corrections for selling Oxycodone
pills as a result of a Sheriff's Office
According to Sheriff Daniel
Slaughter, an investigation was con-
ducted in November 2010 and Wayne
Lee Collins, of 429 NE 4th Street in
Trenton, was subsequently arrested.
Collins was charged with three counts
of Sale of a Controlled Substance,
after he reportedly sold Oxycodone
pills on three separate occasions at
his home.
Investigator Tracy Taylor arrested
Collins on Aug. 29, 2011, for the of-
fenses and on January 12, 2012, he
was sentenced to 42 months in the
Department of Corrections.

Senator Steve

Oelrich's staff
will be in Trenton
Legislative staff from the office
of State Senator Steve Oelrich (R-
Gainesville) will be holding office
hours in Gilchrist County on Wednes-
day, February 1.
In addition to answering general
questions about state government
and state issues, his staff can provide
constituent services to persons who
may be experiencing problems with
state agencies.
Monthly office hours will be held
the first Wednesday of each month
from 9:00-11:30 a.m. in the Gilchrist
County Commission Chamber. Per-
sons interested in meeting with staff
may set up an appointment time by
calling (352)375-3555 or walk-ins
are welcome.

,.a 9?jm wafc meeting

2012 Candidates
for local office
School Board-Dist. 2
Robert B. Clemons (NP)
Superintendent of Schools
Robert G. Rankin (R)
County Commissioner-Dist. 1
Sharon Akins Langford (D)
County Commissioner-Dist. 3
William (Bill) Wolford (R)
Todd Gray (R)
Rodney Brown (D)
County Commissioner-Dist. 5
Kenrick D, Thomas (R)
County Judge
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David Mi vler (Duke) Lang
(NP) By Charlie Perez
Gilchrist County's first Tea Party
Sheriff meeting of 2012 was informative and
Leonard Knuckles (R) helped many members to better un-
Robert (Bobby) Schultz III derstand the issues dealing with wa-
(D) ter management in Gilchrist County.
Charles Risk Jr. (D) Megan Wetherington, a senior pro-
fessional engineer with the Suwanee
Clerk of Circuit Court River Water Management District,
Verna Mae Eady Wilson (D) gave a clear understanding of our
Randy Durden (R) Florida Aquifer and how this county
Crystal Thornton Jones (R) receives and manages water hundreds
of feet underground.
Property Appraiser Based on the data, this area faces
Damon C. Leggett (D) the lowest levels of water in the his-
tory of record keeping. According
Tax Collector to the information reviewed, these
Tommy Langford (R) events are all cyclical and occur for
Mitchell Gentry (R) a number of reasons. But Ms. Weth-
erington stressed that there is a good
Supervisor of Elections possibility that. things will not im-
Connie D. Sanchez (R) prove any time soon. In fact, because
of the La Nina weather patterns, there
is a good possibility that things may
A re y a get worse or stay in the current pat-
A re you a tern. Don't plan on any great abun-
dant water storage to occur anytime
Republican? soon.
Local Gilchrist County Tea Party
member, Pete Butt, also joined the
By Carrie A. Mizell presentation reviewing the impact of
Early voting for the Presidential agencies on water management and
Preference Primary is underway in decision making processes. Pete also
Gilchrist County. explained to the interested Tea Party
Of the 4,543 registered Republi- members how water patterns and the
cans in Gilchrist County, just 89 had Waccasassa Water Flats affect our lo-
cast a ballot as of Tuesday at noon. cal water conditions. Lots of infor-
Early voting will continue through- mation was provided in a very short
out the week and end on Saturday, time frame, but one of the main sug-
Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Republican voters gestions was to stay informed and
are encouraged to stop by the Gil-
christ County Supervisor of Elections '.
Office inside the Gilchrist County'
Courthouse to vote.
The Florida Presidential Preference
Primary will be held on January 31.

Boat ramp .

will be built

at Fort

By Carrie A. Mizell Megan Wetherington, a senior pro
Fanning Springs officials are work- nee River Water Management Di,
ing towards building a boat ramp, at the Gilchrist County Tea Party
dock and bathroom facility at Fort
According to Fanning Springs
Mayor Cheryl Nekola, the project W W esley Rob
will be funded with grant monies
through the Florida Boating Improve- Certified Publ
ment Program, which is administered
by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission. (352) 4(
Phase one of the project, which
was to obtain grant funding to cover Over 16 years
engineering services, has been ap-
proved at a cost of $54,900, Nekola
The longtime Fanning Springs Services provided include
mayor was optimistic about the proj- 9 Tax Preparation and P
ect, saying, "It will be an improve-
ment for the city to have a docking Partnerships, and Indi
facility on the northeast side of US Small Business Consu
19." Small Business Consu
However, Nekola did say that ob- QuickBooks Consultir
training the second phase of funding
to actually complete the boat ramp Payroll Services and M
project could take some time.
"We are working to enhance the
park because it really is a jewel along Office located at the corner of NI
the Suwannee River," Nekola said. Appointment
"Tourism is very important to our oime

attend any meetings about our water
that you can.
Charlie Perez, Tea Party President,
explained to the Tea Party members
that there are really two parts on the
water management issues. One was
better understanding of the natural
forces that tend to give us the current
conditions on water management and
second are the political policy and
decision making issues.The later,
will be completely explained when
the executive director of the Water
Management District, David Still,
discusses the issues at the August
meeting of the Tea Party
After the Water Management pre-
sentation, Marielena Stuart who is
running for U.S. Senate against Bill
Nelson presented her firm conviction
of what being an American has meant
to her. Now, more than ever, she
said we must instill a sense of pride
in America, so that our youngest citi-
zens can grow up with a clear under-
standing of our sacred rights, given
to us by God, and protected under
the United States Constitution. Mrs.
Stuart is a Republican, a wife and a
successful homeschool mother.
The next Tea Party meeting on
February 21 will have two more can-
didates for U.S. Senate, Ron McNeil
and Mike McCalister.
In addition, Jay Anderson and Bob
Rose will give an analysis of the re-
suits of the soon to be completed
Florida Primary and their predictions
on the direction that our country
might be headed.

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John's Comments
By John M. Ayers

On Saturday afternoon as Cindy
Jo and I, along with our granddaugh-
ter Allie Claire were traveling north
on SR 47, I got a close up view of
of what some people consider safety
improvements. As we approached
the Santa Fe River from the Gilchrist
County side, I looked ahead and was
stunned to see chain link fence be-
ing installed along the outside of the
perimeter traffic lanes of this narrow,
two lane overpass.
My first thought, someone must
have had an accident and they are
fencing the bridge to keep further in-
cidents from occurring.
Though I inquired, I had not re-
ceived an e-mail back from DOT
Lake City maintenance office on
Monday. I was told by a local in-
dividual that the fence is being in-
stalled to keep kids from jumping off
the top of the bridge into the shallow
currents below.
Why would anyone want to jump

into the water when you can see the
This type of activity by young peo-
ple is not new, but I guess it is more
important to fence off the possibility
of a mixed up teenager jumping and
sustaining injury, rather than trying to
catch those that might be performing
such unthinkable actions.
In the summer of 2011, the Gilchrist
County Commission discussed what
to do about kids jumping off of the
Rock Bluff Bridge crossing over the
Suwannee River.
It was reported that young people
were walking up onto the highest part
of the bridge and jumping off into the
deep black water.
The commission was concerned
that someone might be injured and
decided to contact Dixie County and
FWC in an attempt to slow down this
type of action from the County Road
340 overpass. Thank goodness no
one was seriously injured during the

Chamber Connection

Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe
Formal Afternoon Tea--The third
Saturday of each month. Arrange-
ments for special group teas can be
made by calling Stephanie at 352-
463-3842. Get out your white gloves
and a beautiful hat for our Formal
Afternoon Teas in the Crystal Ice
House. Reservations are absolutely
4 Pets Sake Benefit Lunch-
Wednesday, February 1 from 11 a.m.-
2 p.m. at Trenton Community Center
for take out only. Deliveries available
to Trenton area. For a $6 donation,
you get your choice of a pork sirloin
or smoked sausage meal, which in-
cludes dressing, potato salad, baked
beans, roll, dessert and tea. Call to
order any time before February 1 at
386-935-0975 or 352-221-3174.
Gilchrist County Education
Foundation.2012 Annual Walk-A-
Thon--Saturday, February 4, 2012,
at 9:30 a.m. at the Gilchrist County
Courthouse. For further information
contact Tiffany at 463-4515.
The Cerveny Conference Center
at Camp Weed in Live Oak(a new
Chamber member)--White Lake
Yacht and Dinner Club will hold a
social and art show, followed by a
five course meal, on February 14 at
6:00 p.m. Live entertainment. Cost is
$45 per person and includes tax and
gratuity. Call today and make your
reservations at 386-364-5250 or visit
Tri County Nursing Home--is
joining hands with the Suwannee
River Shrine Club to benefit the
Children's Bum Center. Entertain-
ment all day by local groups, food,

fun, bounce house, yard sale (8 a.m.),
bake sale and raffles on February 18
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds
of Tri County Nursing Home. All
proceeds benefit the Children's Bum
Gilchrist County Cattlemen's
Steak Dinner--February 23, 2012
at 7 p.m. at Trenton Elementary
School. Advance tickets on sale until
The Florida Crown Workforce
Career Center--in Trenton will be-
gin offering free computer classes
Thursday from 8:30-noon. The class
will focus on Microsoft Office and
is open to anyone in our community
that would like to attend. We will
also be offering a free resume writing
and interview skills class every Tues-
day from 8:30-noon. For more infor-
mation or to sign up for the classes,
call 352-463-3677, ext. 109, or email

Be careful what you
put in cyberspace

Scams come in all sizes and shapes.
They don't have to involve extorting
millions from investors into a worth-
less scheme. One such scam that
came to my attention the other day
-was: "...you owe X numbers of dol-
lars and if you don't pay it now I'll
send a cop to arrest you." The cell
phones of three members of a family
with four cell phones received calls
from the same phone number (later
determined to be from Lakeland,
FL) but only one phone call was an-
swered. The person calling had an
accent barely understandable and
thought he was talking to "Joe", but
it was "Moe". Moe told the person
he wasn't interested in buying what-
ever the person was selling and hung
up. The scammer called right back
and said: "Joe, this is Officer So and
So. You owe $748, and if you don't
pay it right now with your debit card
I will send the police to your home
at .... (he had the address correct) to
have you arrested. And by the way,
the last four numbers of your social
are .... (he had that right also)." Moe
told him that he wasn't Joe, and that
Joe was working. Moe immediately
sent Joe a message to not answer a
call from the number that had called
him (gotten from Moe's caller ID).
Sure enough, the person called Joe
and left a message on his phone with
the same information that he had
given Moe. Another family member,
"Flo", said that she had earlier re-
ceived a call from the same number,
but had not answered it.
Suspecting a scam, the Gilchrist
County Sheriff's Office was contact-
ed to report the incident. A deputy
was sent to the residence to take a
statement and prepare a report. What
then happened should have earned
the deputy an audition in Hollywood.
He called the number left on Moe's
telephone and asked for "Chris", the

name left on the message to Joe. The
deputy said: "This is Joe and you left
a message on my phone to call you
about some money I owe. I certainly
want to pay anything I owe, but I just
do not remember owing that amount
of money. Can you explain to me
what it's for?" Chris was very un-
clear as to what the money was for
and that Joe should know what it
was for (this time it was only a little
over $400). But he was adamant
about paying for it with a debit card
and that he would then send a let-
ter saying that Joe was clear of the
debt. The deputy acted like he did
not understand about the letter, and
for several minutes kept saying that
he would pay the debt after receiving
the letter. That was repeated several
times and Chris became agitated, and
his voice showed it.
The deputy finally said: "Chris,
listen up and listen good. This is
Deputy So and So from the Gilchrist
County Sheriff's Office. You are
operating a telephone scam which is
illegal. We know what country you
are in and that your operatives are in
Lakeland, Florida. By the way, we
extradite from your country, so knock
off the scam". That ended the com-
munication and no more phone calls
were received.
So it behooves EVERYONE to be
discrete about the information they
send to various locations on the In-
ternet. It will be there for a very long
time, and ANYONE with a few bucks
and with only a name, or address, or
phone number, etc. can obtain vol-
umes of information about you. And
for sure there are some people who
would pay the bogus amount, think-
ing that they had failed to pay for
something ordered. Or some might
pay just on the possibility that a cop
might appear at the door, and for
some other unrelated reason they
might not want a cop appearing at
their door. Some scams work, oth-
erwise there would be nobody in the
Donald L. Bailey

Loal benefit News from the Trenton

for Children's City Commission
Wu Af. j

Burn Center
Tri County Nursing Home and
the Suwannee River Shriners will do
a local fundraiser for the Children's
Burn Center. The fun begins on Feb-
ruary 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
the nursing home grounds. Hamburg-
er and hot dog lunches will be sold
for $5. There will be a bake sale, yard
sale and live entertainment.

Date High Low High Low High
Thu 3.054ft. -0.225ft. 2.888ft. 0.304ft.
Jan 26, 123:13 AM 9:58 AM 3:58 PM 10:17PM
Fri 2.851 ft. 0.035 ft. 2.930 ft. 0.248 ft.
Jan 27, 12 3:53 AM 10:26 AM 4:24 PM 10:57 PM
Sat 2.610 ft. 0.304 ft. 2.955ft. 0.236ft.
Jan 28, 12 4:36 AM 10:53 AM 4:52 PM 11:39 PM
Sun 2.341 ft. 0.583 ft. 2.946 ft.
Jan 29, 12 5:23 AM 11:22 AM 5:23 PM
Mon 0.265ft. 2.065 ft. 0.873 ft. 2.899 ft.
Jan 30, 12 12:27 AM 6:19 AM 11:56 AM 6:01 PM
Tue 0.307 ft. 1.839ft. 1.163ft. 2.824 ft.
Jan 31, 12 1:26 AM 7:32 AM 12:38 PM 6:50 PM
Wed 0.297 ft. 1.751 ft. 1.423 ft. 2.761 ft.
Feb 1, 12 2:41 AM 9:06 AM 1:41 PM 7:54 PM
Apogee: 1/30 1:00 PM First Quarter: 1/30 11:11 PM

By Cindy Jo Ayers
Trenton Mayor Glen Thigpen and
Commissioner Arlene Wilks were
sworn in for another term on Tues-
day, Jan. 10.
In regular business, the Trenton
City Commissioners tried to deal
with the returning problem of SE 16
Street. This rocky roadway runs be-
side Dollar General and is the only
road used to reach several businesses
located behind Dollar General.
The huge potholes in the road are
the problem for people who own
businesses in that area and customers
of these businesses.
Developed in 1995, this area was
not paved by the developers.
Instead they deeded the roadway to
the last property.sold which gave the
responsibility of the paving to prop-
erty owner Sidney Sanders. Sanders
and family members put in Prime
Stakes Company on the property.
At that time the City told Sanders
that as owner of the property he and
his group were responsible for pav-
ing the road. The group from Prime
Stakes asked that the city to give
them five years to pave the road and
the City Commissioners agreed. Af-
ter the first five years passed the man-
ager of the company came before the
Commissioners again and asked if
they could wait another five years be-

What Would You Do At The Cross?
(Kent Heaton)

The scene of Jesus' crucifixion was filled with paradoxes.
Golgotha was a place of death. It was the seat of execution
where criminals were slowly tortured to death for crimes
committed. Calvary was not a place of joy but grief filled
with the stench of death as past executions still bore
witness to man's barbaric ritual of killing. Citizens
gathered in a morbid flow of onlookers gawking at the
condemned. Imperial Roman soldiers conducted the
business of killing in a proficient and gruesome manner.
During the crucifixion of Jesus even the religious leaders
of the day came to the place of the Skull. In the midst of
such chaos and misery a lone figure hung upon a wooden
tree seeking to gain power over death, end the fear of
man's barbarism against one another and unite the will of
God with the heart of man.
Jesus died the most horrible death imagined by man.
Contrary to the beautiful scenes painted on the canvas of
renowned artists, the event of the death of Jesus was filled
with misery, weeping, sadness, death by sight, death by
smell, death with the sounds and images of complete
desolation. The crowd that milled about the feet of the
cross was a mixture of citizens, rulers, soldiers and on
both sides of Jesus hung two thieves (Luke 23:35-39).
Luke says the "people stood looking on" as if in a
dreadful attraction of what they were seeing unfold. Mary
the mother of Jesus (at the cross with John) knew more
than anyone that what was being done was wrong. Yet the
people stood by and said nothing. They were powerless to
stop the engine of death managed by the Romans. They
were helpless.
The rulers and those that passed- by scoffed at Jesus and

mocked him saying, "He saved others ... himself he
cannot save ... come down from the cross and we will
believe you." Their jeering was not filled with love but
hatred towards one they acknowledged "saved others."
They could not see Jesus as God's Son on that day. In
eternity they will face the same one and know that He is
the Son of God.
Romans soldiers were trained not only to kill but also to
taunt and make fun of those weaker than themselves. They
would have given Jesus good sport at their game of killing.
Their interest was simply to make him suffer more and
scolded him as being the supposed "King of the Jews."
How different that day when they stand before the King of
Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16).
Finally those crucified with Jesus under the same
condemnation of death plead with Jesus that if He were the
Christ to save himself and the two thieves; selfishness even
on a cross. It was not about saving Jesus but the thief
wanted to find a way to save himself from certain death.
His only interest was himself.
The camera turns to the central theme of this place of
death Jesus Christ. Throughout the whole ordeal of His
arrest, trial and death it was never about Himself but
others. Now on the cross Jesus looks at the people
gathered, the rulers mocking, the soldiers reviling and the
thieves cursing and says, "Father, forgive them, for they
do not know what they do" (Luke 23:34). Jesus saw the
deeper meaning of His death as being the salvation of the
people, the soldiers, the rulers and his fellow victims.
Grace was granted to one thief and fifty days later the
doors of grace opened to all men (Acts 2).

Trenton Church of Christ
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cause the company did not have the
funds. The Commission agreed but
told the manager he had to do a good
job maintaining the road. Several
years have passed and the potholes
have only gotten bigger and the only
repair that has been done was by the
owners of the other businesses.
Scott Mills of Standridge Pine
Straw came before the board and told
the commissioners that several times
a year he has to have loads of rock
put in the largest pot holes and have it
rolled so the semis hauling pine straw
to and from his facility will not have
their front ends tom out. Mills said
the rock'is cheaper than repairing the
"It is $1200 to $1500 every time
we have rock hauled in," City At-
torney David M. Lang said, "A lot of
businesses on that road are affected,
this is a hard issue. But there is an
agreement-in place."
The City does not own the road-
way; it belongs to Sanders so the City
is not responsible for maintaining it.
Two other business owners also at-
tended the meeting to see what could
be done about the road.
Everyone agreed the worst prob-
lem on the road are the huge potholes
at the back of the Dollar General
parking lot. Several people think the

Lottery Numbers


January 18
Lotto Drawing:
8-33-36-40-43-51 x5
No winners of the $5 million jackpot
5-Digit Winners:
13 at $10,576.00
4-Digit Winners:
1,344 at $92.00
3-Digit Winners:
29,788 at $5.50
Midday Play 4 Drawing:
Evening Play 4 Drawing:
Midday Cash 3 Drawing:
Evening Cash 3 Drawing:


January 21
Lotto Drawing:
11-12-27-35-38-45 x5
No winner of the $6 million jackpot
5-Digit Winners:
26 at $6,806.50
4-Digit Winners
2,190 at $71.50
3-Digit Winners:
46,327 at $5.00
Midday Play 4 Drawing:
Evening Play 4 Drawing:
Midday Cash 3 Drawing:
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Page Three


Truth be told, I am a bonafide grits
eater. Over the years I have found the
perfect thick bottomed grits pot, the
right organic butter to stir intb my
favorite brand of grits. I even have a
burner on my stove which cooks Lo-
gan Turnpike Mill, Stone Ground Old
Fashioned Speckled White Grits low
and long; The very last minutes of the
hour and a half cooking duration I stir
in a couple tablespoons of whipping
cream. The end result are wonderful
creamy grits so fine they would make
any Southerner proud. (Oh, by the
way, the grits are available at North-
west Seafood in Gainesville).
But this past fall on a trip to Ohio,
of all places, I discovered baked
oatmeal. The only way I had eaten
oatmeal was cooked on top of the
stove and it kinda tasted like a gooey
mushy mess to me. Don't ever say
never, because I've fallen for baked
Oh Sunday morning our kitchen
was filled with the smells of wonder-
ful apple cinnamon flavored baked
oats, which were really wonderful.
The original recipe came from an
Amish recipe book that I purchased.
After making a few changes to this
recipe it is sure to become a family
favorite and just perfect for a cold
It seems that lately the Just South-
ern column has been promoting
breakfast recipes. Actually there is
a really good reason for that: It has
been proven that breakfast is the most
important meal of the day. For years,
like many of y'all, I rushed out to
work with no breakfast at all. It turns
out that breakfast restores sugar levels
after not eating for 10-12 hours. Then
I read that people who eat breakfast

potholes are a result of traffic from
the Dollar General and the store's
semi trucks having to turn and pivot
to back in and unload their stock at
the back of the building.
Sanders agreed that he is respon-
sible, but cannot do the paving at this
time. He told the council that he will
have the potholes fixed and the road
in good repair in the next 60 days.
City Manager 'Taylor Brown gave
an update on the sinkholes under the
Wastewater Treatment Plant. Brown
said he has been in contact with the
insurance company and he believes
they have earmarked $600,000 to
fix the cavernous holes which are lo-
cated 70-100 feet below the surface.
Brown believes the work will begin
within the next six to eight weeks.
The City Commissioners are in the
process of choosing two new mem-
bers of the Hall of Fame at this time.
If anyone has someone that they
would like to recommend please-con-
tact a city commissioner with a rec-
ommendation in the next couple of
The next city council meeting will
be held on February 14.

Gilchrist County
Journal *463-7135




are more successful at losing weight
and sticking to a diet. Eating break-
fast also raises metabolism by as
much as 10 percent. So don't rush
so fast; take time for a good meal to
start your day. It is recommended that
we eat one serving of fiber, one fruit
or vegetable, milk or another source
of calcium and protein such as meat,
cheese or egg.

2 eggs
1/2 cup butter, 'melted
1 cup whole milk
.1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups quick oatmeal
2 Pink Lady Apples, or any cook-
ing apple, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 8 x 8 casserole dish. Whisk
eggs until light yellow in a mixing
bowl. Add the butter, milk, brown
sugar and vanilla, whisk all until
smooth. In another bowl mix soda,
cinnamon, salt and oatmeal. Pour the
oatmeal mixture into the egg mix-
ture and blend, well. Add the apples
which have been chopped into small
cubes. Pour into the casserole dish
and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or un-
til the center is set. Serve in a bowl
with a sprinkling of cinnamon on top
and a tablespoon of whipping cream.
If this recipe is not sweet enough for
you just dribble a little cane syrup or
maple syrup over the top.
Note: This recipe was tested with
Quaker Oats (Quick-1 minute).

Sheriff's Office

firearms class to

be offered

The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Of-
fice is currently developing a com-
munity firearms safety program.
The first class will be held on Satur-
day, January 28, 2012, at the Gilchrist
County Sheriff's Office Firing Range
and training building located off US
129 North of Trenton.
The event ,will be supervised by
Sheriff's Office personnel.
(1) From 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
the.range will be open to attendees
to shoot their own personal firearms
and ammunition.
(2) A basic Firearms. Safety Class
(for Women) will be held from 1:30
p.m.-4:30 p.m. Attendees are asked
to bring their own personal firearm
and ammunition.
Those without their own firearm
will be allowed the opportunity to
shoot firearms provided by the Sher-
iff's Office..
This program will consist of both
classroom time and range time.
Future classes and range events
will be held depending upon the in-
terest of the public.
If you have any questions please
contact Lt. Leonard Knuckles at 352-
463-3181 or 1-800-701-3410.


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Jonathan Smith invited to

seminar at West Point

Jonathan Daniel Smith, son of
Shannon and Christine Smith of
Trenton, has been chosen from
among thousands of applicants to
participate in the 37th Annual Sum-
mer Leaders Seminar (SLS) at West
Point. The Summer Leadership
Seminar is a week-long immersion
in academic, military and social life
for those considering West Point.
Attendees will participate in intense
military training, academic classes,
and athletic activities. They will
also enjoy the academy's academic
offerings and see West Point's lead-
ership program in action through
the First Class (senior) Cadets who
help coordinate the seminar activi-

Jonathan Smith

ties. Congratulations to Jonathan
for achieving this great accomplish-

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Easton Corbin
Easton Corbin

Home for the Holidays
Easton Corbin was home for Christmas visiting friends and relatives.
Pictured here with him is Gail Corbin Trimm (left) and Sally Corbin
(right). For his schedule, check out his website.


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With the whirlwind of Christmas,
the New Year, and a successful trip
to Denver, the 4-H'er of the week re-
turns with all the gusto and optimism
that 2012 will be a fantastic year.
The first 4-H'er of the week for
2012 is a young man who was brand
new to 4-H in 2011 and is half-way
through his first year as a 4-H mem-
ber. Jacob Roberts is a ten-year old
fourth-grader who is h homeschooled
member of the Spring Ridge 4-H
Club. Jacob is working on the Pet
Palz 4-H project, along with some
baking projects. Recently Jacob
won first place in the 2nd annual 4-
H Holiday Bake Off for his delicious
cupcake cookies. On January 28 Ja- in 4-H
cob will give a demonstration at 4-H his 4-H
County Events day on baking a cake. Jacob R
Jacob loves nature and he volunteers the wee
at the Lower Suwannee Wildlife Ref- All
uge. One of Jacob's favorite animals County
are lizards. Jacob says he likes 4-H join a l
because he can make new friends and 463-317
'he enjoys all the fun projects he can
complete. Jacob has a bright future

Happy Birthday wishes to John
Wilkerson, Antwan Gamble, Eddy
Scott, Jeremy Caraway, Susan Joyner,
Carmel McGee, Quinton DeSalvo,
and Robert Ward, Jr. on January 26;
Roshad Jackson, Doyle Ridgeway,
Ronnie Boyette, Sr., George An-
derson, Jason Stewart, Kathy Cook,
Johnnie Hunt, Terry Dean Warren
on January 27; Maxie Clark, Myr-
tle Justice, Nicole Vickers, Kelly
Wells, Mary McLeod, and Richard
Connatser on January 28; Shawn
Taylor, Shirley Robinson, Quinisha
N. Brown, Daniel Davidson, Gail
Dasher, Mary McQuiston and Bar-
bara Rowe on January 29; Diana
Smith, Gary Beach, Lamont Haynes,

Donna Boyles, Marvin Weaver, and
Grant Smith on January 30; Aaron
Riess, Ricky Brown, Jennifer Phil-
lips, Sandra Martin, Julie Greene,
Logan Scott Summers on January 31;
Mike Beauchamp, Kerry Waterman,
Glenda Stewart, Jackie R, Barron,
Terri Pimental, Essie Lawson and
Kim Delancey on February 1.
Happy Anniversary wishes to Tom
and Sharon Mathis on January 27;
Richard and Kelli Tooke on January
28; William and Heidi Morgan, Jr. on
January 29; Leslie and Theresa Sapp
on January 31; Wayne and Minnie
Stalvey, Mr. and Mrs Gordan Dasher,
and Bruce and Toni Kincaid on Feb-
ruary 1.

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Heather Kraft

makes fall

Dean's List

SHeather Kraft, a resident of New-
berry, was among over 1800 students
from Wake Forest University in Win-
ston Salem, North Carolina, who
made the fall Dean's List.

4 Pets Sake news
Are you ready for a great lunch
on Wednesday, February 1? Well, 4
Pets Sake is having a benefit lunch at
Trenton Community Center from 11
a.m. to 2 p.m. You may choose from
a pork sirloin or smoked sausage
meal, which includes dressing, po-
tato salad, baked beans, roll, dessert
and tea. The cost is a $6 donation; it
is take out only. We will deliver to
the Trenton area. Please call to order
at 386-935-0975 or 352-221-3174.

Suwannee River

Bicycle Club to

hold meeting on

February 7
If you enjoy bicycling, we invite
you to the organizational meeting of
the Suwannee River Bicycle Club.
A number of people have expressed
interest in this. Gilchrist County and
the Tri-County area have some beau-
tiful biking trails. Whether you enjoy
long-distance riding, more leisurely
bike rides, or both, this club is for
It will be helpful if you review the
Gainesville Bicycle Club website
and the Florida Bicycling Associa-
tion website.
The meeting will be held on Tues-
day, February 7, at 7:00 p.m. A Meet
and Greet will be at 6:30. Please
bring your calendars, as one of the
items of business will be to plan our
first bicycle trip. Please contact Dale
Elzie at dlzl951@hotmail.com for
more information.
The meeting will be held at the
Trenton Community Center.




Suwannee River
Garden Club to

meet Jan. 30

Submitted by Anne Zubler
The next meeting of the Suwannee
River Garden Club will be held on
Monday, January 30, at 7:00 p.m. in
the building behind the Cadillac Mo-
tel in Fanning Springs.
This month's speaker will be Mr.
Leonard Allen of Allen's Nursery in
Old Town. Mr. Allen's topic will be
"Edible Gardening."
For additional information, please
contact Joan Pryor via her e-mail:
joanpryor 1@hughesnet.com.

AARP Tax Aide

Free Tax preparation and e-file with
AARP Tax-Aide begins Monday,
February 6, at the Gilchrist County
Library in Trenton. We will be open
every Monday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
until April 16. Call (352) 463-3176
for an appointment.
Tax Aide will also be available
at the Luther Callaway Library in
Chiefland on Fridays from 12 p.m.-4
p.m. Call (352) 493-2758 to make an
appointment. Tax Aide will be held
in Cross City at the Dixie County
Public Library on Tuesdays from 12
p.m.-4 p.m. Call (352) 498-1219 to
make an appointment.

Recorded Marriages in

Gilchrist County

Wesley Warren McCook, 6/6/1958, and Peggy Lynn Conley, 7/15/1968,
both of Chiefland, were married on 1/15/2012 in Chiefland by Sherry
L.Crews, notary public.

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Tracy, Karissa, Chris, Travis,

Kayden, Hunter, and Ruby Grace

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This form answers some common questions taxpayers have concerning Tangible
Personal Property. In addition, it provides information that will help you file an accurate
and timely tax return.

Questions Most Frequently Asked About Tangible Personal Property

Q. What is Tangible Personal Property?
A. Tangible Personal Property is everything other than real
estate that has value by itself. It would include things such as
furniture, fixtures, tools. machinery, household appliances,
signs, equipment, leasehold improvements, supplies, leased
equipment and any other equipment used in a business or to earn
Q. Who must file?
A. Anyone in possession of assets on January I who has either
a proprietorship. partnership, corporation or is a self-employed
agent or contractor, must file each year. Property owners who
lease. lend or rent property must also file.
Q. Why must I file a return?
A. Florida Statutes 193.052 requires that all tangible personal
property be reported each year to the Property Appraiser's
office. IIf you receive a return, it's because our office has
determined that you may have property to report. If you feel the
lform is not applicable, return it with an explanation. Either way,
thle form MUST be returned. Failure to receive a Personal
Property 'lax Return (DR-405) does not relieve you of your
obligation to file.
Q. Ilow can I obtain this form?
A. At the beginning ol'the year a return is mailed to Ilangible
Personal Property owners. If you do not get one, contact tile
Property Appraiser's Office.
Q. What if I have no assets to report? Do I still have to file a
ret ur n?
A. Yes, if you feel you do not have anything to report, fill out
items I through 9 oil the return, and attach all explanation of
why nothing was reported, I however, almost all businesses and
entail units liave sole assets to report even if i is only supplies,
lented equipment or household goods.
Q. If I am no longer in business, should I still tile thle return?
A. Yes, if you wre not in business oil January I ol'the taxing
year, follow this procedure:
I ) On your retu rn, indicate tile date you went out otf business and
the manner inl which you disposed of your business assets.
tRemember if you still have Ithe assets, you must file on them.
2) Sign and datl tle return.
3) I ave your signature notarized.
4) Mail the return back to this office.
Q. What is an office or field review assessment?
A. When a tax return is not filed by April I we arc required to
place all assessment oiln tlle property. This assessment replreselts
an ceslimalnte based oi tlhe value of business with similar
equipment and assets. Being assessed does not alleviate your
responsibility to file an accurate return.
Q. What if I don't agree vwitll the assessed value that appears on
the notice of proposed Iproperty taxes that I receive in
August of each year?
A. Call this oltice o conice in and discuss the matter witli us. If
you have evidence thliat the appraised \value is ore than tilhe
actual fair maket value of yoar property, we ill welcomei tle
opportunity to review all the pertinent facts.

$25,000 Tangible Personal
Property Exemption
In order to receive this new' exemption, you llmust
ile ;a TIangible Personll Property Return by April
1, unless aui exemption has been granted.
Tangible Property Relturn shall be considered an
application lor the exemption and will be applied
to the Iirst $25.0001 of assessed value lor the T1'P

File the original return with this office (with name and
account number preprinted). as soon as possible before
April 1. Be sure to sign and date your return.
Work with your accountant or C.P.A. to identify any
equipment that may have been "Physically Removed".
List those items in the appropriate space on your return.
If you have an asset listing or depreciation schedule
that identifies each piece of equipment, attach it to your
complete return.
Do not use vague terms such as "various" or "same as
last year".
It is to your advantage to provide a breakdown of
assets since depreciation on each item may vary.
Please include your estimate of fair market value and
the original cost of the item on your return. They are
important considerations in determining an accurate
Additional information regarding filing is provided in
the instructional section of the return itself.
If you sell your business. go out of business, or move
to a new location, please inform this office. It will enable
us to keep timely, accurate records.

To inquire for more information about
Tangible Personal Property please contact:
Damon C. Leggett
Gilchrist County Property Appraiser
112 South Main Street. Room 138
Trenton, Florida 32693
(352) 463-3190 1-800-219-3208

Q. What if I buy or sell an existing business during the year Who is
responsible for the taxes?
A. The new owner is responsible, however if there is insufficient
property to satisfy tle taxes due. the owner on January I would be responsible for
the diftTrence. Most title companies do not do a search of the tangible assets of a
business. You should therefore consult your realtor, attorney or closing agent to
avoid problems in this area.
Q. What if receive more than one tax return?
A. All returns must be sent back. If you have more than one
location, the assets of each should be listed separately on each return.
Q. What if I have old equipment that has been fully depreciated and
written off the books?
A. Whether filly depreciated in your accounting records or
not. all property still in use or in your possession should be reported.
Q. Do I have to report assets that I lease, loan, rent, borrow or are
provided in the rent?
A. Yes, there is an area on the return specifically for those
assets. Fsven though the assets are assessed to the owner, they must be listed
for informational purposes.
Q. Is there a miinimumn value that I do not have to report?
A. No, there is no minimnunll value. A tangible tax return must
be filed on all assets by April 1.
Q. If I rent my furnished home or condo for a few months, do I have to
file a tangible personal property tax return?
A. Yes. since rental activity is of an income producing nature.
you must file a return whi c lists your personal property. Items that should
be listed include: Draperies, furniture, appliances and anly other personal
properly included ill the rental unit.
Q. Are there deadlines and penalties?
A. The deadline for filing a timely return is April 1. Alter
April 1. Florida Statutes provide that PENALTIES he applied at 5'.o per
month or portion of a month that tle return is late. A 15% penalty is
required for u reported property. AND A 25% PENALTY IF NO



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Roberts is the 4-H member of
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young people in Gilchrist
ages 5-18 are welcomed to
local 4-H Club, just call 352-
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Trenton United
Methodist Church
adds a worship service
On Sunday, February 5, Trenton
United Methodist will add a new, ear-
lier worship service. We are excited
to offer this more informal, contem-
porary service beginning at 8:30
a.m. every Sunday morning.
If you are an early riser, you may
enjoy this earlier service, so come
Join us for praise and worship at ei-
ther service on Sundays.
Also, we have begun a Sunday
afternoon fellowship from 4:30 to
For more information, please call
the church office at 463-2877 or Jan-
ice Lee at 463-1391. Our church is
located at 203 NE 2nd Street.

Living Praise Church
of God to host annual
The Living Praise Church of God
is celebrating their annual Homecom-
ing on January 29, 2012, at 10:30 a.m.
There will be a gospel group called
Psalms 101 to minister music. Fol-
lowing the meal we will have some
more singing around 1:30 p.m.
It is our motto, "Come one, Come
all, and be a part of this great celebra-
We are located at 1038 N. Main

Street across from the high school in
For more information, call 352-

Revival services at
Spirit of Holiness
Community Church
The Spirit of Holiness Community
Church will be having revival with
Bro. and Sis. Wesley Ard. Services
will be Sunday, January 29- Friday,
February 3.
Sunday school at 9:45; Morning
worship at 10:45; Sunday night at
5:00; Weeknights at 7:30. We are lo-
cated north of Bell on County Road
340 (5765 NW Cty. Rd. 340).
For more information please con-
tact Pastor Shane Smith at 386-590-

Spring Ridge First
Church of God to
show Courageous
The Spring Ridge First Church
of God will be showing the movie
Courageous on January 29 at 6 p.m.
There will be no charge and the pub-
lic is invited to attend.
Spring Ridge First Church of God
is located on CR 340 next to the
Spring Ridge Fire Department.

Trenton United Methodist Church
103 NE 2nd Street
Trenton, FL 32693
: 352-463-2877
Sunday school for all at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday morning Worship at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Wednesday evening Bible study at 6 p.m.
Dale Elzie, Pastor

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"Holding Forth the Word of Life."
5509 S.W. County Road 232, Bell, Florida
(2.5-miles West of SR 129 Between Trenton & Bell)
Sunday-School..........................10:00 AM
Morning Worship.......................11:00 AM
Evening Worship..........................6:00 PM
Wednesday Prayer & Youth.........7:30 PM
Phone (352) 463-1562
Pastor: Ron Black

SNew Beginning
Baptist Church
P.O. Box 429/8130 SW 70thStreet
S"'- Trenton, FL 32693
(One Block Past Otter Springs Resort)

S Bro. Christopher Ruggles

Cell: 352-222-0896 cruggles80@netzero.com
Sunday School 10 am Sunday Morning Worship 11am
Sunday Evening Worship 6 pm Wednesday Bible Study 7 pm
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16655 N. W. CR-339
Trenton, Florida 32693

Dr. Greg Douglas, Senior Pastor
Pastor Rickey Whitley, Assoc. Pastor/Youth
Pastor Emanuel Harris, Education/Children
Pastor lared Douglas, Collegiate/Missions

Sunday School ........................... ............ 9:15 a.m .
Morning Worship ....................................... .. 10:30 a.m.
Evening Worship ....................................... 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Night Services:
Prayer Meeting, Youth, College & Career ................... 7:00 p.m.
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SUNDAY SCHOOL .................................. 9:45 AM
MORNING WORSHIP ................................... 11 AM
EVENING WORSHIP ...................................... 6 PM
CHURCH PHONE: 352-472-3845

Stephen Jones in ,
Concert at Mt. Nebo
Baptist Church
On Sunday, January 29, at 6 p.m,
"Stephen Jones" of Lake City will
be ministering in music at Mt. Nebo
Baptist Church in Bell. Brother Ste-
phen will come to share his love of
Jesus through music in a Southern
Gospel style. There will be no charge
to attend, but a love offering will be
taken. Come join us for an evening
of powerful gospel music from this
young man of God.
Mt. Nebo is located 3 miles north
of Bell at 4200 NW Highway 340.
If you have any questions, you may
contact our Pastor, Rev. Jimmy
Corbin, at our church office, (386)
935-3575. Hope to see you there!
God bless you!

"What You Can See in
Your Yard"
The Sparkleberry Chapter of the
Florida Native Plant Society met the
second Tuesday of the month, Janu-
ary 10, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., at Hatch
Park, Branford (403 SE Craven St).
Directions: Once you have turned
onto 247 in Branford, SE Craven St
is the 7th block from 129 you make
a right onto SE Craven, Hatch Park
is a few blocks down the road on the
left. The public is invited!
The program will feature Valerie
Thomas. Valerie is Co-President of
Four Rivers Chapter of the Audubon
Society, a Master Naturalist, and En-
vironmental Education Program Co-
ordinator at Fort White High/Middle
School's PARKnership program, a
program that takes kids outdoors for
science labs at Ichetucknee Springs
State Park.
For more information contact Pres-
ident Carol Sullivan at 386-364-9309
or csullivanl2@windstream.net; for
more information on the Florida Na-
tive Plant Society at www.fnps.org.

F.A.I.T.H.H. van visit Bell Varsity Boys

The F.A.I.T.H.H. Mobile Food
Pantry will be in Bell at the Club-
house behind City Hall on February
16, 2012, at 9:45 a.m.
This event is sponsored -by the
Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc.,
Gainesville Regional Office. For
more information, please call Debbie
Long, Program Coordinator, at 352-

"Committed to living and sharing the message of God's love."

Bible Study 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Worship 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Prayer & Discipleship Wed. 7 p.m.
Youth Praise & Worship Wed. 6:30 p.m.
Awana Program Wed. 5:45 p.m.
7070 S.W. CR-334A Trenton, FL 32693
Music Minister: Rick Reed
Youth Director: Aaron Bachle
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Basketball news
Submitted by Elli Carranza
This past week the Bell Bulldog
Basketball team played three excep-
tionally well games.
On Tuesday, January 17, they
played Lafayette at home. They be-
gan the game with the first posses-
sion and Tyler Mehl scored the first
points of the game.
During the 1st quarter, they did
fashionably well. The Bulldogs made
good passes and shots that mostly
resulted in points on the board. By
the end of the 1st quarter, Bell had
scored 26 points compared to Lafay-
ette County's 14 points.
The 2nd quarter seemed to be
tougher for both teams. Bell only
scored 10 points in the whole 2nd
quarter and Lafayette only scored
5 points. The score at halftime was
19-36, with Bell in the lead. After
halftime, the ball kept going back
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Lafayette teams. Lafayette County's
coach must have given them a major
pep talk, because the Hornets started
a major comeback.
Ever though Bell was able to stay
in the lead, the Lafayette Hornets
were able to score 18 points in the
3rd quarter. Bell scored 12 points.
In the 4th quarter, the Hornets kept
up their scoring streak. The Bulldogs
also "upped" their game in the 4th
quarter. The 4th quarter was intense
as the Hornets tried to make a come-
back and the Bulldogs tried to keep
the lead. At the end of the quarter,
both teams had given their all and left
it all on the court.
The final score was 54-67, Bell. Ty-
ler Mehl led the team with 16 points,
13 rebounds, and 5 assists. John Rowe
had 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 as-'
sists; James Oslager had 12 points, 2
rebounds, and 1 assist; Talon Rolling
had 11 points and 3 rebounds and
Austin Bell scored 10 points, had 4
rebounds, and 3 assists.
On Thursday, January 19, the Bell
Bulldogs traveled to Branford to
play the Buccaneers. According to
the Bell Bulldogs' basketball coach,
Coach Mehl, "The team played a
well-rounded game. We had a good
defense which in turn made a good
offense. Almost everyone on the
team scored and 5 of our players had
double figures." He also stated that
everyone on the team had equal play-
ing time. The Bulldogs started with
the first possession and remained in
control the rest of the game. The final
score was 53-20, Bell Bulldogs.
The Varsity Boys also played the
Hilliard Flashes last Friday. Bell
scored the first points with a layup
from John Rowe. Despite their great
efforts and strong start, the Flashes
were able to take control of the ball
and take the lead in the 1st quarter.
The Bulldogs, however, were not
discouraged and made some nice
passes, plays, and shots) By halftime
the score was 30-19, Hilliard. The
3rd quarter proved to be a bit tougher
for the Bulldogs. The Flashes scored
'13 points in the 3rd quarter and the
Bulldogs were only able to rack up
8 points. At the beginning of the 4th
quarter, Bell did well offensively and
defensively. Both teams scored the
same amount of points in 4th quarter,
but, unfortunately, Hilliard was al-
ready in the lead. The Bell Bulldogs
fought long and hard and it resulted
in a good game. The final score was
57-41, Hilliard. The Varsity Boys
Basketball team's record is now 13
wins and 8 losses. On Friday, Janu-
ary 27, they will be hosting the Dixie
County Bears. Come out and support
the Bell Bulldogs as they face the
Bears! Go Dawgs!

Bell High-Q to host
Submitted by Elli Carranza
This week on Thursday, January
26, the Bell High-Q teams are host-
ing the Conference Tournament at
Spring Ridge First Church of God.
After winning the district tourna-
ment, the Junior Varsity team is eager
to compete once again. The Varsity
team took second place in the dis-
trict, but was still able to make it to
the Conference Tournament. Schools
from all over the east coast are go-
ing to compete as well. A lot of time
is being put into the arrangements of
this tournament.
If you like Jeopardy. know random
facts or just want to support the Bull-
dogs, then this is the place for you.,
Go join the Bell High-Q as they com-
pete. Good Luck to all the schools!

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Bell Lady Bulldogs Basketball News
Lady Bulldogs, shown in dark clothing, waiting for the pass are Hannah Taylor (#2), Reilee Moore
(#32), Olivia Bailey (#33).Preslee Sanders (#3), and Samantha Bruce (#10).
Submitted by Don Bailey
The Lady Bulldogs had a tougher time last week than the week before, winning only one game out of three
played. Tuesday night, the Ladies met Lafayette at home and lost 45 to 24. That was the first game of the season
that Bell had not a single player in double figures: Taylor, 2; J. Sanders, 2; Smith, 2; Bruce, 4; Moore, 6; and Bai-
ley, 8. That was a big disappointment since they lost by only three points when they'met in Mayo earlier in the
season. F6r Lafayette, Rhoda Reid dominated the scoring with 19 points and seventh-grader Cianna Hill pulled
down 16 rebounds.
Thursday night was a bit different with Bell beating Branford 53 to 41 on Branford's home court. The Lady
Bulldogs had three players with double figures: Reilee Moore, 10; Samantha Bruce, 16; and Olivia Bailey, 17.
Other scorers were: Germaine, 6; J. Sanders, 2; P. Sanders, 1; and Smith, 1. Bailey had a double-double, also
grabbing 17 rebounds. High scorers for Branford were Blair Bullock with 13'points and Stephanie Copeland with
Friday's game with Hilliard at home was another letdown, with the Ladies losing 60 to 34. There was a glim-
mer of hope, at the half with Bell only eight points behind. However, Hilliard's press and the excellent ball control
by their point guard was just too much for olir Lady Bulldogs. The ladies will play two games this week with
Chiefland on Monday and with Dixie County Friday. Friday's game will also be Senior Night. The Lady Bull-
dogs' record this season stands at 12 wins and 6 losses.

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FFA events

Bell Middle-High School

Band news

Congratulations to the following
students for making the 2011 North
Florida Honor Band. These 'students
competed against schools from Bak-
er; Bradford, Union, Columbia, and
Gilchrist Counties. Band Director
Chris Dunn is very proud of them as
they have worked very hard to make
this ensemble.
High School: Justin Martin-4th
chair Flute; Tyler Cutts-lst chair
Clarinet; Trevor Mikell-2nd chair
Alto Sax; Braxton Raily-3rd chair
Alto Sax; Cody Smith-2nd Tenor
Sax; Alexis Spoehr-lst Baritone Sax;
Andrew Griffith-9th chair Trumpet;
Tim Griffith-5th chair French Horn;
and Ashley Neese-lst chair Baritone.
Middle School Band: Katrina
Douglas-4th chair Flute; Travis Shef-
field-lst chair Clarinet; Lindsay
Garcia-7th chair Clarinet; Spencer
Fackler-3rd Alto Sax; Jake Hunter-

1st Tenor Sax; and Bryan Cothron-
1st Baritone Sax.
The concert will be this Friday at
Columbia High School at 7:00 p.m.
in the auditorium. It is free to the
The Bell Band Boosters, Inc. is
sponsoring the 7th annual Evening
of the Arts on February 10, 2012, at
6:30 p.m. in the Bell Elementary Caf-
eteria. Our selected title is "Bach-to-
Rock." Musical performances will
be by the Bell Band and Chorus Stu-
dents. Italian cuisine will be provid-
ed by Simply Delightful, Inc. Tickets
may be purchased in advance for
a small savings or at the door. The
advance ticket purchase form can be
found in our advertisement on page
8. Advance tickets are $10 for adults
and $5.00 for children 11 and under.
Cost of tickets are $12 for adults and
$6.00 for children 11 and under if
purchased at the door.

rJ-eart Matters
By Angie Land

What kind of terms have you and p, rF
your conscience been on lately? Any
sleepless nights, tossing and turning
over questionable behavior, or have
you decided to simply dismiss the
idea of a clear conscience as over-
rated? Should a clear conscience
even be of concern in the "end-jus-
tifies-the-means" mentality of our
culture... or any culture for that nlat-
ter? In Acts 23:1, the apostle Paul is
standing before the Sanhedrin, the
highest court of the Jewish nation in ,
New Testament times. In response
to the charges brought against him,
"Paul looked straight at the Sanhe-
drin and said, 'My brothers, I have .
fulfilled my duty to God in all good
conscience to this day.'" Why on
earth would this be Paul's defense?
In order to answer these ques- 16:8). Of course, what we would
tions, the first thing we need is a prefer is to ignore our sin, and often
good working definition of our con- try diligently to do just that, but our
science...what is it exactly? Accord- conscience is the one part of us that
ing to the New Testament Lexical refuses to look the other way.
Aids, the Greek word for conscience The second thing we often attempt
is "syneidesis" which "dqnotes the is the soothing of our conscience by
faculty of the mind whose nature it good deeds. If we have wronged
is to bear witness to one's own moral someone, instead of admitting the
conduct." In other words, when you wrong and asking for forgiveness, we
are pondering over a situation, it try to smooth it over by a nice ges-
is your conscience that casts a vote ture. According to Hebrews 9:9, gifts
about the rightness of your behavior, and sacrifices are not able to clear
For me this answers at least one of the conscience. Even when we don't
our questions: given that my con- want to hear it, our conscience brings
science will be voting on my conduct awareness of what we ought to do to
for the rest of my life, being on good get to the bottom of the issue. The
terms is a priority! Since Paul voiced rest is up to us.
this as his defense, I think he felt the With his clear conscience, Paul
same way. encourages us in Hebrews 10:22 to
I am so thankful the Bible includes "draw near to God." Often, when we
these words of Paul, because his past. feel guilty, we tend to avoid coming
had more than a few blemishes, and into His presence. When our con-
yet he pronounces his conscience science condemns us, what we need
clear. This means it is also possible most is to come clean before God.
for anyone without a spotless past to He already knows the intent of our
enjoy a clear conscience! Doesn't heart, so let's go ahead and get it out
that include each of us? So how do in the open. Confess. Ask forgive-
we trade in the sleepless nights for an ness. Ask for instruction if we need
affirming vote? First, recognize as a to make something right with some-
believer that the Holy Spirit plays a one. Then, be assured of God's love
critical role in creating and maintain- and forgiveness, and finally get a
ing a clear conscience. It is His job to good nights sleep!
confirm a clear conscience (Romans Because Every Heart Matters,
9:1) and to convict a guilty one (John Angie

District and State guests speak at
LGREA meeting

Submitted by Delia M. Long,
LGREA Reporter
Nineteen members of the Levy/
Gilchrist Retired Educators Associa-
tion were present at Akins' Restau-
,rant in Bell for the first meeting of the
year on Monday, January 16, 2012.
Guests included Mr. Paul Conley,
District Four President Mosley, and
Mrs. Mary Lewis, Health Represen-
State trustee Paul Conley shared
information from the state level in-
cluding state scholarships; Presi-

dent Mosley, District Four President,
informed the group that there are
12,000 active members in the state
and 53 active units. District Four has
not lost a unit, whereas some other
districts have. Mrs. Mary Lewis ac-
companied the guests and brought
After a delicious lunch served by
a most gracious hostess, the meet-
ing was adjourned until the next one
on Monday, February 20, 2012, at
Deke's in Chiefland. Retirees are in-
vited to attend and join.

The Bell Middle FFA Dairy Judging Team, left to right, are Dillon Paulling, Madison Holder, James Wood,
Morgan Martin and Wade Thornton.

Shown at the Christmas party at the Powers' home are Chance Roll-

ing, left, and Kaye Rolling.
Bell FFA has had a busy month
with a variety of different events.
Last weekend the Bell Ag. Depart-
ment hosted an American Rabbit
Breeders sanctioned rabbit show, that
had over 800 rabbits entered in the
show. Tommy and Terry Andrews,
local rabbit breeders, put the show
together while Bell FFA members
and Ag. students got the Ag. Dept.
cleaned up for them. Rabbit breed-
ers from all over the southeast came
to the rabbit show and had a great
time. The Bell FFA also did conces-
sions for the show that paid for the

chapter horse judging team to go to
Marianna, Florida, next weekend
to compete. While the rabbit show
was going on, the other classroom
was having an Artificial Insemina-
tion training class sponsored by the
University of Florida Dairy Science
Club, taught by ABS District Man-
ager James Humphrey. They had a
good time looking at the rabbit show
on their breaks and also enjoyed some
of the concessions.
Jarrett Douglas competed at the
district FFA competition in Prepared
Public Speaking representing Bell

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Jarrett Douglas is holding his 1st
place ribbon for Prepared Public
Speaking which advanced him to
the District Contest.

Rabbit show judge Tommy Andrews, left, judges Danielle Holstein's
showing and other rabbit breeders from the Southeast.

Middle FFA and won 1st place which
advanced him to the district contest.
The senior Ag. Mechanics team com-
peted there also. The middle and
senior dairy judging teams advanced
to the state dairy judging contest that
will be held at the State Fair in Tampa
on February 18. The state only al-
lows the top ten middle schools to ad-
vance so Bell already knows they are
in the top ten middle schools teams
to advance.
The Gilchrist Food Pantry was also
proud of the Bell Middle FFA when
they held "Sweeping Away Hunger"
in December and raised $563.26 for
the pantry. Brooms were donated to

the Food Pantry. The Bell Middle
FFA sold the brooms for a $3 dona-
tion. Many people gave a larger do-
nation than the $3.00 which made
the fundraiser exceed expectations.
Thank you everyone who bought the
brooms or just made donations.
The Bell FFA would also like to
thank A.W. and Debra Powers for
hosting the Bell FFA Christmas party.
We had an overwhelming turnout and
everyone had a wonderful time.
FFA week is right around the cor-
ner and Bell FFA is cranking up and
getting ready for a fun filled and edu-
cational week. More about that Will
come in February.

21st Century Parent Night @BES
8:00am Pre-K Field Trip Mr. Al @Dixie County
PTA Movie Night @BES
100th Day of School
4:30/6/7:30 pin JVB/VG/VB basketball vs Dixie County @BHS
5:30/7:30pin Varsity Girls District Basketball @BHS
6/7:30 pm JVB/VB basketball vs Taylor County @(Taylor
Hligh Q Fufidraiser
(class Lanyards & Key Chain Sales)
Junior Class Carnation Fundraiser
Celebrate Literacy Week
12:45 Early Release
Pre-K Trip to Dixie County
7:00 Powderpuff Football sponsored by Junior class
4:30/6/7:30 .IVB/VG/VB 1BB v. Chiefland (Senior Night) Tiger Gym
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Brandon Stone verbally

commits to FSU
Trenton track star Brandon Stone, who jumped 7 feet in the high jump
last spring, verbally committed to. Florida State on Tuesday, according
to his mother. Also a football star, Stone, who missed three games due
to injury, ran for 1,063 yards and 13 touchdowns as the Tigers advanced
to the Class 1A regional finals. He will sign his National Letter of Intent
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Mr. Raymond L.
Mr. Raymond L. Anderson, 69,
of Fanning Springs, passed away at
his home on January 22, 2012. He
was bor in Soperton, Georgia, and
moved to this area 25 years ago from
Blountstown. Raymond was a weld-
er and enjoyed hunting, fishing and
scuba diving.
He is survived by his wife of 35
years, Georgia Anderson; son, Ray-
mond (Terry) Anderson, Jr., both
of Fanning Springs; stepdaughters,
Miranda Scott, Gloria Ehrhart, both
of Tampa; stepsons, Michael Scott
of Tampa, Max Scott of Fanning
Springs, Daniel (Mary) Scoggins of
Tampa, David Scoggins of Jackson-
ville; brother, Curtis Anderson of Im-
mokalee, half-brother Jerry Powell of
Vidalia, Georgia, half-sister, Bonnie
Ray of Tampa; 11 grandchildren and
10 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan
uary 25, 2012, from 4:00 6:00
p.m. at the Hiers-Baxley Chapel in
Arrangements are under the care
of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in
Chiefland. On line condolences may
be sent through their website at www.

Ms. Faye Clemons
Ms. Faye L. Clemons, 68, lifetlong
area resident, passed away Tuesday,
January 17, 2012, at North Florida
Regional Medical Center in Gaines-
She was the daughter of the late
Rev. Joseph and Mrs. Emma Thomas
Tomlinson, longtime Church of God
pastor in this area. She attended lo-
cal schools and was a member of the
Church of God.
,Survivors include two daughters,
Donna Ritter of Bronson, Darlene
Hernandez of Trenton; two sisters;
Louise Rickett of Alachua, Betty
Sikes of Hayesville, North Caro-
lina; two brothers; Floyd Tomlinson,
of Chiefland, Johnny Tomlinson of
Starke, and four grandchildren.
Graveside services were conducted
Friday, January 20, at Wayfair Cem-
etery in Bell with Rev. Todd L. Wy-
mer officiating.
Arrangements were under the care
of Evans-Carter Funeral Home of
High Springs.

Mrs. Trula Mae

Mrs. Trula Mae Coker, 68, of
Chiefland passed away January 16,
2012, at home surrounded by her fam-
ily. She was bor in Wise, Virgiriia,
and has been in this area since 1996.
She was a homemaker and attended

Mt. Zion Church of Jesus Christ.
She is preceded in death by one
sister and three brothers.
She is survived by her husband,
Franklin Coker of Chiefland; daugh-
ters, Corina Jane Dillinger, Teresa
Hall and Stella Jean (Wayne) Smith;
sons, William (Karen) Hall, Kyle
(Dawn) Hall, Parker (Nancy) Mull-
ins; brothers, Henry Akers, Roy Ak-
ers, James Akers and Sterling Akers;
18 grandchildren and 13 great grand-
Funeral services were held Thurs-
day, January 19, 2012, at 11:00 a.m.
at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services
with Pastor Huggins officiating. Vis-
itation was held Wednesday,.January
18, at the funeral home.
Arrangements were under the care
of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services,
Chiefland. Online condolences may
be sent through our website at www.

Mr. William Jack Fuquay

Mr. William Jack

Mr. William Jack Fuquay, 88, of
Cross City passed away Thursday,
January 19, 2012, at Cross City Re-
Mr. Fuquay was born in Cross
City, on January 18, 1924, to Ran-
som and Callie Fuquay. He served
in the United States Army Air Corp
as a pilot during World War II. He
then served as constable in Cross
City in 1955-56, participated in the
first ground breaking at Walt Disney
World Orlando and worked with Joe
Anderson and Luther White helping
construct Highway 19 through Cross
City. He worked as a construction
supervisor with'the Local 673 Op-
erating Engineers Union in Jackson-
ville and helped construct the fel-
lowship hall at Scrub Creek Baptist
Church. Mr. Fuquay was a member
of Faith Baptist Church, serving as a
deacon. He enjoyed hunting, fishing
and community service.
Mr. Fuquay is survived by his wife
of 63 years Ruth Fuquay of Cross
City; sons, Charles (Sarah) Pergrossi
of Trenton, Kenny (Karen) Fuquay of
Trenton and Herbert (Roma) Fuquay

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Mr. Arthur J. 'Art"

of Dixie County; daughters, Connie
(Tom) Bohannan of Grand Junc-
tion, Colorado, Betty (Cass) Akins
of Boise, Idaho and Marilyn Fuquay
of Cross City, 15 grandchildren and
several great grandchildren.
A visitation was held Saturday,
January 21, 2012, between the hours
of 6 and 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Funeral services were held Sunday,
January 22, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at the
Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel
with Rev. Jackie Pettrey and Rev.
Royce Hanshew officiating. Inter-
ment followed at Cross City Cem-
Arrangements were placed under
the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral
Home in Cross City.

Mrs. Vivian B.
Mrs. Vivian B. Mauk, 88, of Tren-
ton passed away on Monday, January
16, 2012, at her residence in Tren-
She.was born December 20, 1922,
in Albany, New York.
Her survivors include her husband,
Richard Mauk; and her two sons,
Cecil E. Curtis Jr., and William A.
A service will be held at a later

Mrs. Velma Marie

Zachary Sanders
Mrs. Velma Marie Zachary Sand-
ers of Cross City passed away on Fri-
day, January 20, 2012, at Bay Medi-
cal Hospital in Panama City. She
was 90 years old. Born on October
2, 1921, in Casey County, Kentucky.
Velma was the daughter of T. M. and
Sarah Lou Ella Zachary. At the time
of her passing, she was residing at
The Bridge at Port St. Joe.
Velma was the last of ten brothers
and sisters. Her life's journey took
her many places. She was a teacher,
military wife, store owner/operator
of Sanders Discount Store in Cross
City, wife and mother. Velma's many
passions included her grandchildren,
bingo, crafts, volunteer work, and the
Senior Citizens group in Cross City.
She was predeceased by her hus-
band of 55 years, Leon E. Sanders.
She leaves to cherish her memory
two children, William T. Sanders
(Iris) of North Miami, and Sarah
Diane Sanders Dodd of St. George
Island; two grandchildren, Eric J.
Sanders of Hallandale and Robin
Marie Sanders-Cooperman (Terry) of
Bethesda, Maryland; and one great
grandchild, Eli Andrew Cooperman.
She will be missed by her family and
many friends.
A visitation was held one hour
prior to funeral services at the funeral
home. Funeral services were held
Monday, January 23, 2012, at the
Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel
with Pastor Juan Ramos of the First
United Methodist Church officiating.
Interment followed at Cross City
Arrangements were placed under
the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral
Home in Cross City.

Mr. Arthur J. "Art" Wilson
Mr. Arthur John Wilson, 87, of
Queensbury, New York, and Trenton,
passed away January 15, 2012, at
Glens Falls Hospital, New York.
Born November 5, 1924, in Brant
Lake, New York, he was the son of
the late Alec and Beatrice (Hayes)
Art attended Horicon Central
School in Brant Lake. He enlisted in
the United States Army, 10th Moun-
tain Division, on May 20, 1943, serv-
ing in Italy during World War II, for
which he was awarded two Bronze
Stars and other military honors for
his heroic actions, and was honorably
discharged December 26, 1945.
Art married Gertrude Irene Faller,
from Saratoga Springs, on Novem-
ber 4, 1948, and they lived in Brant
Lake, New York, where they raised
their family. Art owned and operated
Wilson's Esso in Chestertown, New
York, for many years, and was also
employed at various dealerships,until
his retirement. The couple' wintered
in Trenton and spent their summers
at home in the Adirondacks with their
family. They were communicants of
both St. Paul's Church in Brant Lake,
New York, and St. Alban's Church in
In addition to his parents, Art was
predeceased by a brother, Robert.
Survivors include his loving wife,
Gertrude Wilson of Queensbury,
New York; two sons, Mark (Carol)
Wilson of Brant Lake, New York,
and Gary (Jill) Wilson of Queens-
bury, New York; a foster daughter,
Donna Brown of Queensbury, New
York; six grandchildren, Amy (Eric)






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Case No.: 2011-CA-0084
LOWERY IRA# 055984;
RONNY M. YOUNG, a single woman;
OF THE TREASURY, Division of
Internal Revenue;
TO: Ronny M. Young
2539 NW 29th Terrace
Bell, FL 32619
1386 SW SR 14, Madison, FL
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
to foreclose a mortgage on the following
property in Gilchrist County, Florida:
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on THOMAS M.
EGAN, Chartered, Plaintiff's attorney,
whose address is 2107 SE 3rd Avenue,
Ocala, FL 34471, on or before thirty days
from the first publication of this
Notice, and file the original with the
Clerk of this Court either before service
on Plaintiff's attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise a default will
be entered against you for the relief
demanded in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court on December 29. 2011.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: L. Ayers,
Deputy Clerk
2107 SE 3rd Ave.
Ocala, Florida 34471
Phone: 352-629-7110
Fax: 352-629-6696
Pub. January 19 and 26, 2012

Town Council Meeting will be at Bell
Town Hall, 3240 W. Railroad Lane, Bell,
Florida, Thursday, February 2, 2012, at
6:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 2, 2012, 6:00
p.m. Historic Train Depot Town Hall
Town Council Meeting
A. Call to order

Koller of Reading, Pennsylvania,
Alice Marie Wilson of Queensbury,
New York, Michael Arthur Wilson
of Glens Falls, New York, Heather
Wilson of Schenectady, New York,
and Ryan and Brett Wilson, both of
Queensbury, New York; four great-
grandchildren, Cameron and Devon
Koller, Madeline Wilson and Addi-
son Rivera; two sisters, Ruth Acker-
man of Malta, New York, and Nancy
(Eldrid) Harpp of Brant Lake, New
York; one sister-in-law, Eva Wilson;
also several nieces, nephews, cous-
ins, and dear friends.
A memorial service will be held at
a later date to be announced.
Expressions of sympathy may take
the form of a donation, 'in loving
memory of Art, to your local ASP-
CA, a church of your choice, or to
Adirondack Save a Stray, 4880 Route
9N Corinth, NY 12822.
Condolences may be mailed to
Maynard D. Baker Funeral Home,
11 Lafayette St., Queensbury, NY
12804, or e-mailed through www.

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Thanks S
The family of LaWanda Thigpen
Cannon would like to thank everyone
for the prayers, cards, flowers, visits,
and food given. We appreciate aU the
kindnessthat was shown to us during
our recent loss.
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LaWanda Thigpen Cannon

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Invocation Flag
B. Consent Items
1. Adoption February 2, 2012
2. Approval of January 12, 2012
3. Approval of expenditures for.
January 2012
4. Approval of financial state-
ments for January 2012
C. Scheduled Reports and Citizen Re-
D. Other Agencies
1. Diane Rondolet-Code Enforce-
E. Business
1. David Lang, Jr.-Town Attorney
2. Thomas Brown-Town Mayor
3. Dan Cavanah-Town Manager
4. Michelle Rose-Town Clerk
5. Iris Roberts-Council President
S6. Ray Sanders-Council Vice
7. Larry Sutton-Council Member
8. Kenny Bass-Council Member
9. Hugh Sanders-Council Member
F. Old Business
1. Discussion regarding 2012
Christmas Parade & Lighting
Ceremony Committee and
Chair Person.
G. New Business
H. Review of Future Agenda Items
I. Unscheduled Citizen Request
J. Adjourn
PLEASE BE ADVISED that if a person
decides to appeal any decision made by
the council, with respect to any matter
considered at such meeting, he or she
will need a record of the proceedings,
and that, for such purpose, he or she may
need to ensure that a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is based. Persons with
disabilities requesting reasonable accom-
modations to participate in this proceed-
ing should provide written notice to Dan
Cavanah, Town of Bell Town Manager,
3240 West Railroad Lane, Bell, Florida
32619, telephone number 352-463-6288,
at least 48 hours prior to said meeting.
Dan Cavanah
Town Manager
Pub.: January 26, 2012

The Suwannee River Economic
Council, Inc. Board of Directors will hold
a meeting for the Executive Committee
Members on Wednesday, February 8,
2012, at 9:30 a.m. at Suwannee River
Economic Council, Inc. Administration
Office located at 1171 Nobles Ferry
Road, Live Oak, Florida.
Pub. January 26, 2012.

Observations from

the Halfway House
Submitted by J. E. Vaught
It was a quiet protest in Egypt but it
brought changes in the government.
The protests in Libya brought down a
dictator who had ruled for over forty
years. Now here at home the dis-
content is beginning to stir many of
the 'cool' generation to action. The
movement to occupy Wall Street is
gaining adherents by the thousands.
They are gathering in major cities all
over the United States to protest the
actions of a system of government
that ignores the rights of the middle
class and caters to the ultra rich. The
Bush tax cuts are an example of the
favoritism paid to the so-called lead-
ers of society.
The greed for power and the de-
sire to control the lives of the work-
ing class have pervaded every area.
Today if you make an appointment to
see a doctor you are given an appoint-
ment to be there at a certain time. In
fact it seems that everyone who calls
is told to be there at that time. You
appear at the office and wait your
turn. That waiting time can be up to
an hour. Then you are taken to the
examining room where a nurse pre-
pares you for the doctor's visit. That
waiting time can be for another hour.
According to national statistics the
average time a doctor spends with a
patient is, nine minutes, and the fee
is one hundred dollars. A patient
wastes at least a half a day trying to
see a doctor for nine minutes of her/
his time. What of the patient's work
schedule? Is the patient reimbursed
for the hours he wastes waiting for a
nine minute visit? The medical sys-
tem in the United States is the most
expensive in the world, not the most
The banking system is another area
in which the economy is controlled. A
few years ago an entrepreneur could
start a business dnd if it flopped the
backers just wrote the loss off for tax-
es. Today if the sale of the business
does not pay the entire indebtedness
the business man is held in economic
slavery for the rest of his life. The
bank can garnish his social security
check to recover the loss of an invest-
ment that went bad. Now we wonder
why more people are failing to start a
small business.
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iri creating Bachelors Degree from an accredited in-
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day. Open: ing Elementary Education.
& Saturday Substitute Teachers. Qualifications:
after hours High School Diploma or Equivalent re-
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in-serVice training will be provided for
tfnb,11-25 qualified applicants. Part of the training
prepares trainees for the driver portion of
the Class B Florida CDL. For informa-
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School Health Services
TB Testing
Laboratory Procedures
Flu Shots

WIC Services (Baby Formula & Food Coupons)
Attention Deficit Disorder Evaluation & Treatment

Flu Shots
are available
during regular
office hours
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Medicaid, Medipass, Medicare, and most other major insurances.

119 N.E. 1st Street, Trenton, Florida 32693 463-3120

Office Hours Monday Friday 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

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*Help Wanted

needed in Trenton. Must be experienced
in excavator and dozer equipment. Drug
Free Workplace. Call 904-237-2530.

TIONS: Ability to perform all work ex-
cept paint & body. Must have own tools.
Drugfree workplace. Do not apply if
you can not pass a pre-employment drug
test. Will consider young person, who is
willing to learn and work hard. Apply
in person between the hours of 3 and 4
pm weekdays at 500 North Main Street,

time Patient Advocate position for busy,
family practice oriented medical group.
Competitive pay and benefits. Duties in-
clude scheduling appointments for mul-
tiple physicians, answering a multi-line
phone system, verifying insurance, and
checking patients in and out. Must'have
good 'communication skills. 1-3 years
experience in a medical office setting
preferred. Apply to Front Desk Position
Position, 911 South Main Street, Trenton,
FL 32693. No phone calls please. EOE.

LPN Needed: Full time LPN position
for busy, family practice oriented medi-
cal group. Competitive pay and benefits.
Applicants must have a current license in
the State of Florida. Apply to Nursing Po-
sition, 911 South Main Street, Trenton, Fl
32693. No phone calls please. EOE.

For Rent

DW 3B/BA FOR RENT: $550, 1st &
last, located 4 miles south of the town
of Bell sits on 5 acres, fenced with gate
off main highway, call 352-359-4343 for

New 3/2 on 5 wooded acres. Minutes
from Gainesville. $134,900.00. Call
George at (352) 258-0286.

Santa Fe, Trenton, 1.25 acres, 5 BR/2.5
BACCB, $88,000. Call 352-221-0026 or

All Electric w/add. Room & Bath. 1956
Heated sq / Workshop. By appointment
only. 207 NE 4th Ave Trenton. Call 352-'
463-6916 or 352-283-3889.

NO MONEY DOWN! 5 & 10 ac tracts
between Bell & Trenton. Owner/Broker.

FOR SALE Retail storefront property'
in downtown Trenton. Three buildings or
Main Street. Call 352-463-7135.


164 Duty Days Tenured Track
To Commence Fall Term 2012
Teach college-level and preparatory
mathematics; work with colleagues for the
advancement of departmental goals. Requires:
Master's degree in mathematics; or master's
degree with minimum of 18 graduate credit
hours in course work centered on mathematics.
Ability to use technology in instruction. Ability
to teach on-line and distance learning.courses.
Ability to work well with others. Ability to
learn from colleagues and to share knowledge.
Ability to utilize various instructional strategies
to reach students. Ability to present information
in a coherent manner and the ability to fairly
evaluate student retention of that information.
Desirable Qualifications: College teaching
experience. Ability to teach college level and
preparatory mathematics.
SALARY: Based on degree and experience.
Persons interested should provide College
application, vita, and photocopies of transcripts.
All foreign transcripts must be submitted with
official translation and evaluation.
Position details and applications available on
web at: www.fic.edu
Human Resources
Florida Gateway College
149 S.E. College Place
Lake City, FL 32025-2007
Phone (386) 754-4314
Fax (386) 754-4814
E-Mail: humanr@fgc.edu
FGC is accredited by the Commission on
Colleges of the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools. VP/ADA/EA/EO
College in Education and Employment


SFor Rent

2 BR/I BA IN TRENTON: 708 SW 1st
Street. $450/mo. $400 deposit. 352-493-
3487 or ronrobis@gmail.com.

Rental assistance available for ALL,
Qualified Applicants. HC/non-HC acces-
sible. 718 NE 7th Place #905, Trenton,
FL 32693. Call 352-463-7106, TDD/TTY
711. This institution is an equal opportu-
nity provider, and employer.
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Real Estate

5 ACRES TRENTON: Beautifully
wooded. Just off SR-26. Owner financ-
ing. No down payment. $59,900, only
$526/mo. (352) 215-1018. www.Land-



Campers enjoy potluck held at Otter Springs

Otter Springs Park and

Campground happenings

Submitted by Kadie Odgen
One of the best things about camp-
ing is the chance to meet many peo-
ple from all walks of life and from
all over the country; sometimes the
world. On Tuesday, January 17, Ot-
ter Springs Park and Campground
held its first camper potluck of this
year for campers, staff and volun-
teers. The best thing about potlucks
is the food. When you bring in all
types of people, you end up with all
kinds of fantastic foods! The 20 or so
guests enjoyed ribs, uniquely made

chicken, pulled pork with a Hawaiian
rub, homemade mac and cheese and a
variety of sides. Of course, delicious
desserts were in the mix too!
After introductions and feasting,
many joined in with the staff's favor-
ite game, Pictionary. Of course, the
girls won again. Even so, everyone,
including the men, had a good time.
We are so thankful for good food,
friends and great times. Visit our
Facebook page for more upcoming
events, happenings and photos.




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From the Desk of Gilchrist
County Sheriff Daniel Slaughter "i
Weekly Sheriff's Report' .

On JanuarN 17. 2012. Daniel T
Railey. 2.8.1979. was arrested for
Manufacture of Controlled Sub-
stance (Methamphetamine). Pos-
se_,ion of Controlled Substance
(Methamphetamiine Possession of
Drug Paraphernalia
On JanuarN 18. 2012. Cinnamon
S. Middlebrooks. 10,8.1992. \uas
arrested for Violation of Probation
- Resisting Arrest without Vio-
On January 18, 2012, Robin H.
Gifford, 2/8/1968, was arrested for
Violation of Probation Worthless
Checks X 6.
On January 18, 2012, Richard L.

Culpepper. 9:26 1958. \ as arrested
tor \ rit of Bodllk Attachment
On January IS. 2012. Jennifer
Eli-ha Po\\ell. S.1() 1978. \%as ar-
rested for Levy Count) \Warrant-
Producing Marijuana
On JanuarN 20. 2012. Deborah
G Sweene\. 8.'13'1964. waas ar-
rested tor Domestic Batter\ X 2.
Trespassed alter warningg .
On January 21, 2012, Shelbi
Lynn Walker, 3/16/1984, was ar-
rested for Domestic Battery.
On January 21, 2012, Eric A.
Czarniak, 8/11/1986, was arrested
for Failure to Appear-Possession of
Drug Paraphernalia.

Quilters of Alachua County Day

Guild Welcomes Canada's 'Singing

Quilter' February 2nd

Quilters of Alachua County Day
Guild (QACDG) will welcome
Cathy Miller, the "Singing Quilter,"
and husband John Bunge, from Vic-
toria, British Columbia, Canada, to
their Thursday, February 2, meeting
in the recently-opened Senior Recre-
ation Center, 5701 NW 34th Street in
Cathy and John enjoyed music ca-
reers long before quilting entered the'
picture. Now the singer-songwriter,
duo travel the world performing for
hundreds of quilt guilds and at shows,
and recording and publishing quilt-
ing-ielated music. Cathy doesn't just
sing about quilting, however. She's
also an award-winning quilter and
teacher herself.

Quilters of Alachua County Day
Guild (QACDG) meets monthly
the first Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to
noon, at the Senior Recreation Cen-
ter, 5701 N. W. 34th Street, Gaines-
ville. Refreshments begin at 9:30,
a.m., meeting begins 10 a.m. Guests
are welcome.
For more information on the guild,
call Beverley Hilton, (352) 373-7791,
or go to www.qacdg.org.
Founded as a not-for-profit orga-
nization in August of 2003, Quilters
of Alachua County Day Guild has
grown from that initial handful to
well over 100 members. QACDG
provides a broad spectrum of edu-
cational programs at meetings, and
workshops throughout the year.

Lois Fink has completed her hand quilting of the lovely Christmas
patch quilt.


Submitted Wednesday. Our batting arrived from
The Log Cabin Quilters met Thurs- North Carolina, so the boys were able
day, January 19, at the Levy County to measure, cut, and fold and tie it
Quilt Museum. We have had several up for us to use in our quilting. We
calls from quilt groups who want now have plenty of batting for future
to visit us. We enjoy hearing about projects. The men may never have
other quilters and we have found out to do this agaih, but they know how.
that there are many out there. Quilt- Thanks, Lancaster.
ing will never die. Our Thursday lunch was really en-
If you know Casey Hilliard who joyed by everyone. We had turkey
lives near Fanning Springs, please and dressing, peas and carrots,, beef
have him call the museum. He want- sausage, potatoes au gratin, deviled
ed a blanket repaired but the phone eggs, potato salad, corn, pears, apple
number he gave us is not in use. Our cobbler, pound cake, pineapple pie
phone number is 352-493-2801. and so much more.
Greg and six young men were out Winnelle Home

O'Leno State Park Race visual system for training and educa-
the Tortoise 5K The entry fee for those age 14 and
Slow and steady wins the race. younger is $10; for all others $20
That's the lesson many learn at an through February 15, 2012, and $25
early age from the children's story of after this date through race day on
the tortoise and the hare. March 3, 2012. Entry to the park is
On March 3, 2012, would-be tor- free for registered runners and walk-
toises and hares can put the lesson ers and those riding with them. The
into practice at the fourth annual race is limited to the first 300 regis-
Race the Tortoise 5k run/walk at 8 trants, so sign-up now.
a.m. atO'Leno State Park, about six To register or get more information,
miles north of High Springs, FL on go to www.friendsofoleno.org and
U.S. Hwy. 441. click on 5K Run. Or contact James
Proceeds from the race will'.help Salvo (email jvsalvo26@gmail.com;
the Park provide for the creatures in phone 386-454-4115) with questions
its Nature Center and buy an audio/ about the race.

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Mary Yvonne Patterson to Royce
J. Wells and Sue C. Wells, warran-
ty deed, $110,000.00, Lot 13 2nd
Addition Suwannee Landing, on
Thomas R. Johnson and Mary
T. Johnson f/k/a Mary G. Tolbert
to Thomas R. Johnson and Mary
T. Johnson f/k/a Mary G. Tolbert,
general warranty deed, $10.00, on
Juan Aigel Esquilin River dto vii

ma Edith Esquilin, statutory warranty
deed, $10.00, on 1/13/2012.
David L. Moore and Anita L.
Moore to Jesse Rance Moore, war-
ranty deed, $10.00, on 1/19/2012.
Deziel Nadeau and Huguette
Nadeau n/k/a Hugette Rita Richter
to Huguette Nadeau n/k/a Huguette
Rita Richter, April Anderson, and
Donald Brent Anderson, quit claim
deed, $10,000.00, on 1/20/2012.
)oseph W: ''lia,'i eik Af iiurf,'
Bank of New York Mellon Trustee,
Amortizing Residential Collateral
Trust 2002-BC1, James E Morrison,
and Sarah Trinity to Bank of New
York Mellon Trustee and Amortizing
Residential Collateral Trust 2002-
BC1, certificate of title, $10.00, Lots
34-38 Block B Sun N Fun Unit 6, on
Betty S. May to Will Gray May,
Jr. Trustee and the Will Gray May,
Jr. Revocable Living Trust, warranty
deed, $10.00, on 1/20/2012.
Will Gray May, Sr. to Donald
Eugene May Trustee 'and the Don-
ald Eugene May Revocable Living
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Land Transactions


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The Effectsof Exercise r. o.
on Blood Glucose

Aubrey Cook, a fifth grade student in Mrs. Sanders' class at Bell El-
ementary School, won first place with her science project, "The Effects
of Exercise on Blood Glucose."

Cook wins district

science fair

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Austin Bagby, a fifth grade student in Mrs. Hutto's class at Bell El-
ementary School, placed second in the district science fair with his
project "Does Limestone Dissolve in Liquid Acids?"

IT .

Trenton Middle School's Zakary Taylor, who is a fifth grade student in
Mrs. Carhart's class placed third with his project "Paper Towels-Are
They Really That Strong?"

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stop for eight hours!" Durden said of
the monthly bus trips to Chiefland.
Conti, who has been known to wear
outlandish costumes in public, gra-
ciously accepted the award saying,
"Glory to the Lord! It is very reward- -
ing to be a volunteer when a 93-year-
old lady at the senior center puts her
arm around my neck and says thank
you...that makes it all worthwhile."
Natalie Rankin presented the 2011
Civic Organization of the Year Award
to Gilchrist County 4-H. A past mem- A..
ber, who now has children actively
involved in 4-H, Rankin spoke from
the heart when she said, "It's not all ;I,: ..
cows and cooking!"
Rankin, talked about the valuable '.
lessons children learn through 4-H,
from raising an animal for the fair to
learning to bake a cake from scratch.
While accepting the award, 4-H
Agent Chris DeCubellis thanked the
parents of Gilchrist County for trust-
ing him with their most precious re-
source, their children. l
Michael McElroy presented Capi-
tal City Bank in Bell.with the Busi-
ness of the Year Award.
"Clients in Bell are treated with
hometown kindness and top notch
service," McElroy said. "If you attend
any local event you will see these la- Outstanding Civic Organization of the Year was presented to Gilchrist County 4-H program. Natalie
dies out and about visiting clients'and Rankin, left, presented the award to Marvin Weaver, Extension Director and Chris DeCubulis, 4-H
making contacts. Their warm and Agent.
friendly style of banking keeps their
balance sheet growing, as well as the
admiration of their clients."
In 1992 Capital City Bank built a
branch office in Bell to better serve
residents living in north Gilchrist
County. At the time there were just
three employees. Twenty years lat-
er, the bank now has a staff of five
employees and in 2009 underwent a
renovation and expansion.
Lancaster Correctional Institute
was awarded the 2011 Outstanding
Community Service Award. Present-
er Julie Thomas thanked the officers
and inmates at Lancaster for'working
to make events like the Education
Foundation's Wild Beast Feast and
the Chamber's Christmas on Main
Street possible.
The evening ended with local at-
torney Sheree Lancaster winning the
horse race drawing, which came with
a number of prizes including a two
night stay in Cedar Key.

About the


Master of Ceremonies Jim
Troke and Michael McElroy kept
the audience laughing throughout
the evening.
Dinner was catered by Sim-
ply Delightful, Inc. and included
a wide range of items in keeping
with the "Dinner at Tiffany's"
theme. From Manhattan Meatballs
and Long Island Iced Tea to Loaded
Metro Mashed Potatoes and Bronx
Brownie Bites.
New to the Chamber in 2011:
16 new members
Website: The Gilchrist County
Chamber of Commerce website
had 11,817 visits in 2011. Of those,
8,269 were unique. On the web-
site, 50,391 pages were reportedly
Chamber involvements in
2011: Education Foundation Walk-
a-thon, Suwannee Valley Quilt and
Old Time Craft Festival, Antique
Appraisal Show, Education Foun-
dation Beast Feast, Relay For Life,
Christmas on Main Street, Gover-
nor's Conference, Pure Water Wil-
derness and much more!

Capital City Bank Bell office received the 2011 Business of the Year. From left are Stephanie Holder, Debbie
Hurst, Shelly Irvin, and Connie Moore. Jenny Sloan not pictured.

Outstanding Service Organization of the Year was presented to Lancaster Correctional Institution. Julie
Thomas, left, presented the award to Major William Malloy, Officer Derek Koonce and Sergeant Carl

Aubrey Cook was awarded first
place in the Gilchrist County District
Science Fair on Monday.
A fifth grade student in Mrs. Sand-
ers' class at Bell Elementary School,
Aubrey studied the effects of exercise
on blood glucose.
Aubrey was one of 30 students,
ranging from third to fifth grade, who
qualified for the School District's El-
ementary Science Fair. The students
represented Bell Elementary School,
Trenton Elementary School and Tren-
ton Middle Schodl.
According to Wendy O'Steen, di-
rector of elementary education for
the Gilchrist County School District,
the students arrived at Trenton High
School to compete in the district con-
test on Thursday, Jan. 19.
On the day of the District Science
Fair, students visited middle/high
school science classes and visited a
presentation on Florida Wild Life by
Travis Cooper, a FWC officer.
After talking with the students,
O'Steen reported that their favor-
ite part of the day was the judging,
where judges took the time to talk
with the students and ask questions
about their projects. Judges also gave
pointers on the projects.
Second place in the District Sci-
ence Fair went to Austin Bagby and
third place winner was Zakary Tay-

Plant raffle will benefit

Trenton Tiger baseball team

This beautiful Billbergia nutans, or Queen's-Tears, is searching for a
new home. This plant is being raffled off as a fundraising effort after
it was donated by a sports enthusiast supporting the THS Baseball
team. A $1 per ticket donation can be picked up at the Journal office to
win this very hardy plant. At blooming time pendulous pink flower
clusters on long stems can be seen at any time of the year.

The Weaver and Hitchcock families attended the banquet to support Kathy Weaver. From left to right are
Devon Weaver and son Eli, Laura Brown, Marvin Weaver, Kathy Weaver with granddaughter Olivia,
Alan Hitchcock, Mrs. Betty Hitchcock, and Cathy Hitchcock.

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