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Serving Gilchrist County and Surrounding Area for over 83 Years 207 North Main Street, Trenton, Florida 32693 Vol. 83 No. 34 Phone (352) 463-7135 Fax (352) 463-7393 www.gilchristcountyjournal.net Trenton, Florida 32693 Thursday, January 9, 2014 Price 50 $22.00 A Year In Tri-County Area (Gilchrist, Dixie & Levy Counties), $28.00 Other Areas Of Florida, $32.00 Out Of State January 9, 2014 THE GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL WAS PLACED IN THE MAIL TO ALL SUBSCRIBERS ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. IF IT ARRIVES LATE, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR POSTMASTER. Trenton business owner arrested for cocaine By Carrie A. Mizell A Trenton business owner got an unwelcome wake up call on and the Trenton Police Department knocked down his door. James Hampton, 31, was asleep inside a Trenton home, located at executed a search warrant at 5:30 a.m. Hampton was taken into custody without incident, explained Lt. Jeff at the Gilchrist County Sheriffs Hampton was charged with the Sale and Possession of Cocaine after a search of the home yielded an U.S. currency. After being given control of all law enforcement activities in the City of Trenton, the Gilchrist County from the Trenton Police Department illegal drugs, Lt. Manning stated, following the arrest. At press time, Hampton was being held at the Gilchrist County Jail on a $460,000 bond. James Hampton County calls for gas pipeline meeting By John M Ayers Gilchrist County Commissioner John Rance Thomas wants Gilchrist County to set up a public meeting with Sabal Trail Transmission to allow county residents an opportunity to ask their questions on the proposed gas pipeline. Commissioner Thomas represents District 4, which borders the Santa Fe River to the north. Residents and property owners in District 4 are facing the greatest uncertainty in terms of the proposed construction of this 36 natural gas pipeline. I have received calls from residents saying survey crews have stuck up survey stakes in peoples back yard, they call me wanting answers and the Sabal Trail group wont return my calls or communicate with me either, Thomas explained to his fellow commissioners on Monday afternoon. Commissioner Sharon Langford said, We need to have a meeting to allow the public to learn more information about this project and get questions answered involving where they plan to construct this pipeline through Gilchrist County. Commissioner John Rance Thomas further explained that he has attended informational meetings hosted by Sabal Trail Transmission that were held in Bell and Branford over the last six months. Sabal Trail Transmission has designated three to four different proposed routes that all run through Gilchrist County, but an exact route has not been determined. Sabal Trail has until March 2014 to determine the exact route and submit it to the federal government, John Rance Thomas explained. The county commissioner suggested a public meeting with Sabal Trail be held as soon as possible so questions can be answered before the March deadline. Commissioner Todd Gray recommended the Commission establish an advisory committee to communicate with the Board and allow the public to be informed through this group, which could be made up of county residents and property owners. Ultimately, the Commission advised County Administrator Bobby Crosby to contact Sabal Trail Transmission and get them to agree to a meeting in Gilchrist County as soon as possible, so that residents concerns can be heard and their questions can be answered. Im tired of hearing and seeing smoke and mirrors, Commissioner John Rance Thomas said. We need to know where they plan to construct this gas pipeline. By John M Ayers The Gilchrist County Commission denied a request by Ellie Rays Resort to allow for alcohol sales on Sundays. Tom Sturgis, president of Ellie Rays Resort, which is located on the Santa Fe River, requested an ordinance change to allow his parkrecreation resort to sell alcohol on Sunday. It is affecting my market for camping and RV visitors to stay at Ellie Rays Resort wants to sell alcohol on Sundays our park in the future, Sturgis said. I would like for the people coming into our park to be able to purchase what they need over the weekend and enjoy themselves without having to leave Gilchrist County to purchase what they want. Sturgis said the sale of alcohol on Sunday in Gilchrist County would sales tax, and more, in the future. Ellie Rays operates a small grocery store at the resort to meet the needs of visitors. The resort owner pointed out to the Gilchrist County Commission that in neighboring Suwannee County, voters recently approved the sale of alcohol by vote on an election ballot. According to Sturgis, Suwannee County was able to get 6,000 signatures on a petition in order to put the alcohol referendum on the ballot. In Gilchrist County, the current alcohol ordinance allows the sale of beer, wine and liquor, Monday through Saturday, but prohibits alcohol sales on Sunday. David M. Lang, Gilchrist County attorney, explained during the Board meeting that in Gilchrist County, it is all governed by home rule authority. The municipality where the retailer is located is governed by the local ordinance that is in effect. In Fanning Springs, the municipality allows the sale of alcohol on Sunday. In Trenton, the municipality does not allow the sale of alcohol after 12 a.m., on Saturday, with the exception of Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Commissioner Todd Gray explained, I am a supporter of small business, but I would have a hard time changing an ordinance that has been in place since July of 1980 to allow the sale of alcohol on Sunday. Six days with the sale of alcohol is enough, I think Sunday should be kept with people being able to travel on the highways and not have to Continued to page 8 By Carrie A. Mizell Cannon Farm, a 19th century board and batten farmstead near landmark listed to the National Register of Historic Places. In late 2013, the National Park Service acknowledged the the categories of agriculture and architecture. Bob Cannon married Beulah Weeks in 1928 at the Weeks home north of Bell. Bobs parents were William Jackson Cannon and Henrietta (Townsend) Cannon. Beulahs parents were Bedford Doke Weeks and Areea Beulahs parents deeded Bob and Beulah 60 acres that included the Townsend School, which was a one-room schoolhouse, constructed in 1898 and used up until 1928. From 1928 to 1931, it was used as the Weeks farm storage. It wasnt until the fall of 1931, that the structure became Cannon Farm. Not only did Bob farm his land, growing watermelons, peanuts, drove the school bus for many years. According to Miles Prescott, his great uncle, Bob Cannon established a prosperous familyrun farm that contributed to the local economy. Bob Cannons niece Martel gave the following account of life on Cannon Farm: When [my] daddy Miles Hall passed away on October 3, 1944, he left a 35-year-old wife with six daughters between ages 3-12, on a 200 acre farm. Down the road, a quarter of a mile, lived her baby brother, Bob Cannon with his wife, Beulah, and four children (Clark, Wallace, Yvonne and Ray). After daddys funeral, Uncle Bob told mama he would farm her place Cannon Farm listed on National Register of Historic Places and his. Almost instantly, we became a family of 13We were one big family working together in every work detail that needed to be done. and worked side by side. Sometimes we rode in the back of Uncle Bobs little truck. That was really fun for us. The Lord really looked over us because we did some stupid things sometimes, like running behind the truck holding onto the tailgate, or dragging our feet in the sand as he drove down the sandy roads. Most the wagon. It must have been some picture, all of us heading down rows to be hoed, or with buckets of lime going up and down the rows putting a handful on each plant. We could watermelons, or tobacco in no time with 10 or 11 people pitching in. Pulling fodder and breaking corn went pretty fast too. It was fun to ride on top of a wagon load of fodder. I think we had a mule named Kitt and one named Kate. They were brown in color. Uncle Bobs horse was white, and I dont remember its name. I remember them planting rows they were ready for canning, we all loaded into the truck with several number three wash tubs and went to the pea patch. Each had a bucket to put the peas in as we picked. The tubs were left at the end of the rows, by not taken us long to pick them, or to shell them for canning. For some reason, on canning days, we girls had to hunt up all the canning jars and wash them. Must be we played with them and they were not stored in the fruit room where they should have been. While mama, Uncle Bob and Aunt Beulah and June prepared dinner or noon meal for everyone, bless her soul. She sure cooked a lot of pots of beans, peas, corn, butter beans, squash, okra, potatoes, ham and bacon and hundreds of spiders [a cast iron frying pan] of cornbread and biscuits. We must have gone through a zillion gallons of iced tea or cool aid. Uncle Bob always said grace, or asked the blessing. We always had a rest time after eating. Also this was the hottest part of the day. About 2:00 it was time to go back to work. Cannon Farm is a square-shaped, 25 foot wide by 34 foot long wood frame house located west of US 129, in northwest Gilchrist County. The current farm consists of 10 acres, with one acre nominated to the National Register. The oldest part of the house was built in 1898 with several later additions. Today, the farm consists of three historic buildings and one historic structure, including a corn crib, sugar kettle shed, tobacco barn and pack house. After Cannon Farm was deemed a Century Pioneer Family Farm by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in 2000, Miles Prescott began working toward the National Register of Historic Places designation. It was a lengthy process that came to fruition on November 12, 2013 from the Florida Department of State stating that Cannon Farm would forevermore be deemed one of the nations historic places worthy of preservation. Descendants of the Cannon family extend their grateful appreciation to Florida Historic Preservationist Bob Jones for the assistance and support during the Cannon Farm National Register nomination process. Cannon Farm is privately owned and is not open to the public for visitation. Bob and Beulah Cannon were married 57 years.
Page Two THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2014 GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL Gilchrist County Journal USPS-218-620 PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY IN GILCHRIST COUNTY, 207 N. MAIN TRENTON, FLORIDA Less than 75% advertising We reserve the right to shorten articles, letters, etc. and delete any part or leave out in its entirety if we judge such to be offensive. SUBSCRIPTION RATES $22.00 A Year In Tri-County Area $28.00 All Other Areas In Florida $32 Out Of State CARRIE AYERS MIZELL ASSOCIATE EDITOR Cindy Jo Ayers, Mark Schuler, Megan Stalvey, Donna Jones, and Chris Rogers ASSISTANTS Entered as Periodicals at the Post Office at Trenton, Florida, under the act of March 3, 1879. POSTMASTER Please Send Address Change To: Gilchrist County Journal, 207 N. Main Street, Trenton, Florida 32693 JOHN MIN AYERS II EDITOR, PUBLISHER AND OWNER Community Events Dear Journal Subscriber, As an added convenience to you, the renewal date for your subscription has been printed alongside your address. You may renew your paper at any time during the year. If your paper is past due, you will receive a postcard bill in your mail. We just wanted to bring this to your attention to save on postage costs and to eliminate any chance of a subscription becoming delinquent. Thank you for your business. Gilchrist County Journal FAX SERVICE 463-7393 Tide Tables For The Week of 1/9 to 1/15 for the mouth of the Suwannee River W. Wesley Roberts, CPA, P.A. Certified Public Accountant (352) 463-9414 Over 18 years of experience Services provided include: Tax Preparation and Planning for Corporations, Partnerships, and Individuals Small Business Consulting QuickBooks Consulting Payroll Services and Monthly Accounting Office located at the corner of NE 5th Street and SR-26 in Trenton Appointments Preferred "NEED A FENCE OF ANY KIND CALL DANNY ANYTIME." Barb Wire Woven Wire Chain Link Board Danny Hodge (352) 463-1832 -Mobile (352) 493-5345 4110 S.W. 25th Street -Bell, Florida WOLFE PLUMBING, INC. Guaranteed Plumbing Service Drain Cleaning, Repairs, Leak Detection, New Construction 7-Day Service 352-463-2202 386-935-0616 Lic # CFC051621 Senior & Veteran Discounts Say what you want to about the South, but nobody retires and moves up North. This morning when I woke up my mind immediately started thinking about swamp cabbage, who knows, I may have been dreaming about them and woke up in the middle of my dream. You are probably thinking that ol gal is crazy as a bed bug. Truly, it is not my fault, my brother called me last week to tell me about this extra special pot of swamp cabbage he had cooked down at the camp. Ever since then Ive had swamp cabbage on my mind. That is just how it is when you are a born foodie, you always have food on your mind. Its even worse when you are a Cracker foodie, you just walk outside and see food everywhere. The deer you almost hit looks young and tender; that cabbage palm growing in the your eye and you think, its about time somebody cuts that cabbage down so we can eat it. You see a dove sitting on an electric line and think, Oh my, wouldnt his little breast be good brushed with mustard, wrapped in bacon and grilled, or I could round up a few of his friends and make my grandmothers dove pie. John caught a nice mess of mullet a week or so ago and bless his heart he cleaned the gizzards. We had fried mullet, fried gizzards, and fried yellow and white roe for a big pot of stone ground grits that were cooked low and slow with ample amounts of organic butter. If you grew up around here, Im sure your mouth is watering about now. There are only two things I can think of that would have made our mullet supper better. A big old pot of Mikes swamp cabbage and a handful of Bubba Castells hush puppies would have rounded out our meal nicely, man its tough being a Cracker foodie. Fried mullet brings to mind sweet pickles. Have you tried Wickles, a wickedly delicious pickle? If not, you should give them a try. Now they are a tad hot, in fact just warm enough to make them really good. They are made with dill, garlic, spices, sugar and hot peppers. Even though you can taste the dill and a little heat they are basically a sweet pickle. Oh, by the way, Wickles are a Southern pickle, made in Alabama, using a 70 year old family recipe. A lot of area grocery stores are now stocking them, so check it out. Cinnamon Orange Apple Dumplings 1 8-ounce tube refrigerated crescent rolls 2 Granny Smith Apples Cinnamon 6 tablespoons butter 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup orange juice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/3 cup chopped pecans 1/2 teaspoon orange zest, optional Peel, core and quarter apples. Unroll and separate crescent roll dough into triangles. Wrap each apple quarter in dough. Keep mashing the dough until the entire apple is covered with dough. Arrange in an 8x8 pan or baking dish. Sprinkle cinnamon over dough covered apples. In a medium sauce pan melt butter, add sugar and orange juice. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stir often. Remove sauce pan from heat, add vanilla and orange zest, stir well. Pour the butter orange sauce over the apple dumplings and sprinkle pecans over the top of each dumpling. Bake for 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. To serve place dumpling on plate and spoon sauce from pan over the dumpling. These apple dumplings are good served with vanilla ice cream. The AARP Smart Driver course is available at several locations. online and visit: http://www.aarp. org/home-garden/transportation/ driver_safety/ or call toll-free (877) 846-3299 Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominations of people giving exemplary effort who have changed things for the better, and who are service. This special citizen could display a broad range of contribution and achievement, or be an individual unsurpassed in commitment to provide for a particular cause. the Year will be announced at the on February 25, 2013. The Chamber Board of Directors decision is entered into. Chamber, P.O. Box 1397, Fax to (352) 493-0282, or drop off Train Depot at 23 SE 2nd Avenue, The Dudley Farm Historic State Park will host Plow Days on Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. View farming as it was a century ago as draft horses plow the Dudley Farm experience for the entire family with old time music, demonstrations and more. Admission is $5.00 per vehicle up to eight occupants. Dudley Farm is located at 18730 W. Newberry Rd. Newberry. For more information please call (352) 472-1142 or visit www.friendsofdudleyfarm.org Join River Cross Cowboy Church on Sunday morning January 12, at 9:30 a.m., for church services at the Rodeo Arena on US 129 (Gilchrist County Agricultural Complex). The Strut Your Stuff barrel racing event will have exhibitions from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Pee Wee class beginning at 12:30 p.m. and Youth Division at 12:45 p.m. Immediately after Youth is a $2,000.00 added Open 4D Barrel Race, with the champion of the Open receiving a buckle. This is a great family event and is free to the public. BBQ will be provided by Smokin Ts BBQ with a choice of pulled pork or brisket. The Sparkleberry Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet the second Tuesday of the month, January 14, 2014, starting at 6:30 p.m., at Hatch Park, Branford (403 SE Craven Street). The Chapters presenter will be Troy Springer, of Springer Environmental Services, who will discuss how you should approach building and maintaining your property to be aesthetically pleasing, yet functioning properly ecologically. For more information contact Chapter President Betsy Martin at (386) 719-0467. Program details can be obtained by contacting Kathleen Elbare at (813) 784-6406, or The purpose of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation and plant restoration of the native plant communities. For more information on the Florida Native Plant Society you may visit www.fnps.org Directions: Once you have turned onto 247 in Branford, SE Craven St. is the 7th block from Hwy. 129; af ter you make a right onto SE Craven, Hatch Park is a few blocks down the road on the left. The public is in vited. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, the Suwannee River Water Management Districts Governing Board will meet at 9:00 a.m., at District Headquarters, is to consider District business and conduct public hearings on regulatory, real estate, and other various matters. A workshop will follow after the Governing Board meeting. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by visiting the Districts website at www.mysuwanneeriver.com All meetings, workshops, and hearings are open to the public. Please join us on Monday, Jan. 13, at 7:00 p.m., for our monthly theatre meeting. We will be discussing current topics with the theatre and upcoming shows. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome and no theatre/acting experience is necessary! Please note that the monthly general membership meeting will now be held on the second Monday of the month instead of the third Monday. The meeting is held at the Chief Theatre at 25 E. Park you can leave a message by calling (352) 493-ARTS or email us at You can also get information from our website SVPlayers.org or follow us on Facebook. The Trenton Senior Center will be holding Tai Chi classes starting January 28. The class will meet on Tuesday and Thursday for 12 weeks from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Please arrive by clothing is highly recommended. Class space is limited! Register early to reserve your spot! The Trenton Senior Center is located at 1439 SW County Road 307A Trenton. For additional information, call (352)-692-5252 or (352)-692-5219. River Cross Cowboy Church to host services for barrel racing event Tai Chi at the Senior Center SVP will meet Jan. 13 Plow Days at Dudley Farm AARP Smart Driver SRWMD governing board to meet Friends of Chieand Library behind City Hall), at 11:00 a.m., on January 9, 2014. and through fund-raising projects to purchase of reading materials, books on tape, videos, operating supplies and minor equipment. Prospective members and guests are welcome at the meeting. president Ann Brown at (352) 2267413. Nominate someone for Chieand Citizen of the Year Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Nominations MUST be received Wednesday, February 7, 2013 If you have any questions or need more information, please call the Learn about maintaining eco-friendly landscape Chamber Banquet The Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Winter Membership Banquet on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. at Trenton Elementary School. Tickets are $30 each and on sale now!
GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL Page Three THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2014 Trenton Office 308 N. Main Street 463-7381 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Andrew Nguyen, M.D. General Practice Medicare, Medicaid, Medipass, Blue Options, Av-Med Approved APPOINTMENTS PREFERRED Weight-Loss Counseling Available Newberry Office 50 SW Main Street 472-2275 Tuesday & Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. BELL ELEMENTARY 1/9 3:00-6:00pm AR Afternoon 3:00pm Chorus 1/14 8:30am PTO am Meeting/District Science Fair 1/15 Report Cards go Home BELL HIGH SCHOOL 1/9 4/5 pm MSG/MSB basketball game vs/Bronson @BHS 6:30pm JVG basketball vs/The Rock @BHS 1/10 Junior Class Free Tux Drawing @Basketball Games 3:30/5/6:30/8 pm JVG/JVB/VG/VB basketball vs/Trenton @BHS 4/5 pm MSG/MSB basketball vs/Trenton @Trenton 1/13 4:30/6/7:30 pm JVB/VG/VB basketball vs/Dixie County @Dixie 1/14 4/5 pm MSG/MSB basketball vs/Branford @BHS 6:30/8 pm JVG/VG basketball vs/Hamilton County @BHS 1/15 Report Cards go Home TRENTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1/14 3-6 Family AR Night JV Cheerleaders Sell Krispy Kreme Donuts 1/16 Report Cards go out TRENTON MIDDLE SCHOOL/TRENTON HIGH 1/9 4:00 Girls Weightlifting Meet v Bell 4:30/6/7:30 JV/VG/VB Basketball v Chiefland 1/10 4:00/5:00 MSG/MSB Basketball v Bell 4/5:30/7 JVB/VG/VB Basketball at Bell 1/13 4:00/5:00 MSG/MSB Basketball at Mayo 4:30 Girls Weightlifting at Chiefland 4:30/6/7:30 JVB/VG/VB Basketball v Mayo 1/14 4/5:30/7 JVB/VG/VB Basketball at Hawthorne Girls Weightlifting v Bell 5:00/6:00 MSG/MSB Basketball v Bronson 1/16 Report Cards go out 5:00/6:00 MSG/MSB Basketball at Branford www.gilchristschools.schoolfusion.us CALENDAR OF EVENTS Gilchrist County Superintendents Office 1-800-884-9131 Transportation Office 1-800-833-5702 January 2, 2014 Notice To: Ryan K. Beach 5620 SW CR 341, Trenton, Florida 32693 Mary J Boyd 1360 NW 60th St, Bell, Florida 32619 Clifford Edwin Holton, Jr. 7200 SE 82nd Lane, Trenton, Florida 32693 You are potentially ineligible to register to vote. After this published date, you will have 30 days to respond, to determine your eligibility by the Supervisor. This could result in the removal of your name from the statewide voter registration system. 98.075(7), F.S. If further assistance is needed, please contact the Supervisor at 352-463-3194 or 1-800-471-8083. Supervisor of Elections Connie D. Sanchez & Gift Shop Socials Jim and Helen Floyd will celebrate 50 years of marriage on January 10. Jim and Helen Floyd celebrate 50 years of marriage A large group of family members went to Priscilla Baptist Church this past Sunday morning for a surprise celebration of Jim and Helen Floyds 50th wedding anniversary. Fifty red roses arrayed the church altar in their honor. The Floyds were married on Janu ary 10, 1964 at Lee Baptist Church in Lee. Mr. and Mrs. Floyd have three sons and seven grandchildren. What a blessed day for them to worship the Lord Jesus Christ to gether. Daryle Higginbotham, 51, and Barbara Lynn Martin, 46, both of Old Town, were married on December 31, 2013, by Verna Wilson, notary public. Johnny Clayton Hockaday, 39, and Debra Nichol Shamblin, 30, both of Trenton, were married on January 2, 2014, by Verna Wilson, notary pub lic. Happy Birthday wishes to Bryce Carlisle, John Spaulding, and Bud Beauchamp, Heather Carlisle, Troy Dunn, Laura Deen, Tina Adkins, Mary Kate Colson, and Jonathan Shawn Manders, Megan Harding Stalvey, Sim Grimes, and Sophia Marie Harlee Whitwood on January ton, Helen Phillips, and Ron Koltz on Amy Adkins, Crystal D. Rodgers, Jean Benson, and Gay Howard on Charles Howard, Jerry Smagacz, Sta cy Pugh, Mark Lee, Karen York, and Hunter Parrish on January 15th. Happy Anniversary wishes to Mr. Lin and Martha Bass on January 14th. Thank you to Sheriff Bobby Schultz and his deputies for holding the vigil for A.M. Kelly, Jr. I would also like to thank those that spoke, namely David Halter for his prayer and his scripture reading, Frank Paleaz for song leading, a friend Randall Roberts, my two granddaughters, Samantha Culpepper and Shanna Burke. I would also like to thank all the volunteers. Please remember A. M. Kelly, Jr. in your prayers and pray that whoever did this will be caught and brought to justice. Mildred Culpepper Thanks By Angie Rexroat, Activities Director Ringing in the New Year right, partying as always at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation! We get to make it extra special and memorable for our residents by celebrating the family, friends, music, food, and fun! We began with lots of carolers through the month, marching in and out of our neighborhoods singing their little hearts out! Next we invited Mr. and Mrs. Claus to help us pass out gifts, to our residents, that were collected from our partners, followed by our annual Christmas dine-in for our residents families to come to Ayers and eat a Christmas meal with their loved ones. Last, but certainly not least, we had our New Year celebration! We had our hats, noise makers, sparkling cider, and snacks ready to see what this New Year has in store for us! The best thing about all of this, is that we do it as a family, a cohesive unit, acting as a team. If you would like to join in all the fun, please feel free to contact Carmen Law or Angie Rexroat at (352) 4637107 ext. 177 to become a volunteer at Ayers. High school students are welcome! Happy New Year! Minnie Hodge is shown with Santa
D&L cannot perform and supervise the excavation work that will be done on the parking lot area. Commissioner Thomas told and the project engineer has stated that they felt assured that the bid recipient could perform the work necessary to complete the project. Commissioner John Rance Thomas made a motion to deny the bid appeal on the Log Landing boat ramp project. Commissioner Sharon Langford gave a second in support of the motion. I appreciate you coming to Gilchrist County, Commissioner Todd Gray told Buchanan, and I think you did a great job constructing the boat ramp renovation at Shingle Landing recently in Gilchrist County. I hope you will continue to work with us in helping Gilchrist County improve our boat ramps and other construction projects, Gray added. Commission Chairman D. Ray Harrison, Jr. called for a vote and the Gilchrist County Commission approved the denial of the appeal by a 4-0 vote. Page Four GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2014 Church News (One Block Past Otter Springs Resort) Sunday School 10 am Sunday Morning Worship 11am Sunday Evening Worship 6 pm Wednesday Bible Study 7 pm Pine Grove Baptist Church 16655 N. W. CR-339 Trenton, Florida 32693 352-463-2151 www.pgbcfl.net Sunday School ............................................................ 9:15 a.m. Worship Service ........................................................ 10:30 a.m. Evening Worship ......................................................... 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Night Services: Kids Konnection ......................................................... 6:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting, Youth, College & Career ..................... 7:00 p.m. ~ Nursery provided for all services ~ Dr. Greg Douglas, Senior Pastor Pastor Rickey Whitley, Assoc. Pastor/Youth Pastor Emanuel Harris, Education/Children/Music Pastor Jared Douglas, Collegiate/Missions PRISCILLA BAPTIST CHURCH Come enjoy a relaxing night of Southern Gospel Music featuring the FRIENDS SINGERS from Friendship International at Priscilla Baptist Church 5509 S.W. County Road 232, Bell, Florida (2.5 miles West of SR 129 Between Trenton & Bell) Monday Night, Jan. 20, 7:00 pm This ensemble includes singers from Romania and the United States! DONT MISS THE BLESSING!! For more information (352) 463-1562 Come join us! Meeting every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm. Sunday Services 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month, breakfast @ 10am Service @ 10:30am. At River Cross Cowboy Church our purpose is to share Gods love with people who live or love the country, cowboy lifestyle. No walls, no pews. Just bring a chair if you have one, and come as you are! Go to www.rivercrosscowboychurch.org for more information or visit us on Facebook. We meet at 3560 SW CR-334, Trenton, FL 32693. F.A.I.T.H.H. van will visit Bell on January 16 Bethel Baptist Church 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. Pastor: Stephen Ahrens Music Minister: Rick Reed Youth Director: Aaron Bachle 352-463-2028 7070 S.W. CR-334A Trenton, FL 326 93 "Committed to living and sharing the message of God's love." email@example.com www.bethelbaptisttrentonfl.com eternal vision Multi Award Winning Gospel Group IN CONCERT Pleasant Hill Baptist Church County Road 232 Bell January 11, 2014 6:00 p.m. RIVERSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH 10760 NW 5th Avenue Branford, FL 32008 Pastor Arnold OSteen Church Office: 386-935-3935 Sunday School 9:45 am Evening Worship 6:00 pm Morning Worship 11:00 am Wednesday Prayer 7:00 pm CFC1428141 SMITH SALES & SERVICES, INC. ONE CALL DOES IT ALL! ELECTRICAL PLUMBING ER0004960 WELL PUMP SERVICE WATER SOFTENER COMPLETE PLUMBING SERVICE SEPTIC & DRAIN FIELD DRAIN CLEANING & VIDEO INSPECTION Submitted Are you serious about a change in your life? The Celebrate Recovery program has helped thousands become overcomer from addictions and other stronghold in their lives. This program offers a safe place to share your hurts, habits or hangups. The Celebrate Recovery program encourages fellowship and celebrates Gods healing powers in our lives as we work our way along the road to recovery! Eternal Vision to perform at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Pleasant Hill Baptist Church will be hosting Eternal Vision a multi-award winning gospel group, on Saturday, Jan. 11. The concert will start at 6:00 p.m. Pleasant Hill Baptist Church is located on County Road 232 in Bell. On Wednesday evening January 15, at 7:00 p.m., River Cross Cowboy Church presents Christian Country Music Star Hunter Erwin. He was awarded the 2012 Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year for CCMNow. With his rich baritone voice, this southern country boy dedicates his talents to serving God and has had his share of success in the radio industry with two radio releases, both hitting the Christian Country Charts, as well as award winning music videos. Hunter has been blessed to have shared the stage in Nashville with such artists as Del Way Mike Hammock, Mike Manuel, Tommy Brandt, The Fox Brothers Charlie Daniels, and Lonestar to name a few. Hunter will be performing songs from all three of his albums, so gather up the family and head over to Cowboy Church located at the Rodeo Arena on US 129 between Trenton and Bell (Gilchrist County River Cross Cowboy Church welcomes Christian country music star Agricultural Complex). River Cross Cowboy Church meets every Wednesday evening with services starting at 7:00 p.m., and a fellowship dinner served at 6:30 p.m. For more information please call (352) 494-8973 or visit www. rivercrosscowboychurch.org Hunter Erwin Faith Baptist Church to hold Celebrate Life Recovery Program non-denominational program offered free to any one that is seeking help, with no discrepancy concerning race or background. Faith Baptist Church is pleased to bring this program to you. The church is located on 55A in Old Town. We Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. For more information you may call Pastor Dwayne Kight at (352) 210-6389, Andrew Knight at (352) 210-9168, or Helen Liles at (352) 578-4584. The F.A.I.T.H.H. Mobile Food Pantry will be in Bell at the Club house behind City Hall on January 16, 2014, at 9:45 a.m. For more in formation, call (352) 372-0294. E-mail church news to the Gilchrist County Journal at gilchristjournal@ bellsouth.net By John M Ayers The Gilchrist County Commission awarded the resurfacing and widening of CR 341 to Anderson Columbia Co., based on a low bid of $947,341.77, during their Monday, January 6, meeting. Bobby Crosby, Gilchrist County were received for the widening and resurfacing of a 4 mile portion of CR 341, from CR-342 west of Bell north to CR-340, near Rock Bluff in Gilchrist County. The bids received ranged from $947K to $1.25 million. in the following order by Mills Engineering Co.; V.E. Whitehurst Construction, $1,070,273.34; Hipp Construction Co. $1,104,085.22, Art Walker Construction $1,211,033.00, and APAC Southeast $1,252,399.22. By John M Ayers The Gilchrist County Commission heard a request for a bid appeal on the Log Landing boat ramp renovation project Monday. Basil Buchanan, president of Construct Co. Inc., a licensed general contractor, requested the bid appeal hearing during the Commissions January 6 meeting. The bids for constructionrenovation of Log Landing boat ramp were opened, reviewed and awarded before the December 2, 2013 Commission meeting. The low bidder was D&L Contracting of Suwannee, Florida for $319,192.69. Construct Co, Inc. of Orlando submitted a bid of $400,020.15 for the project and Florida Fill & Grading submitted a bid of $441,227.00 representing the third bid for the construction project. David M Lang, Jr., Gilchrist County attorney told the public attending this meeting, the appeal hearing conducted by the County Commission was a quasi-judicial hearing and all of the information presented to the Commission would be absolute fact, based on information involving the bids and the license that each of the construction groups hold. He explained that each of the bidding companies would have an opportunity to address the Commission and the board members would be able to ask questions to both construction groups in attendance. Lang pointed out that if the Commission approves the bid appeal, they must also determine where the additional $80,827.46 would come from to fund the second highest bid submitted for this project. Buchanan addressed the board his interpretation of the difference involving a licensed general contractor and a marine specialty contractor. He stated that the low bidder, D & L Contracting has a marine specialty construction license, but does not have a general contractors license. This company is not licensed to perform the excavation work that must be done on this project involving the parking lot, Buchanan told the Commission. David Colson, president of D&L Contracting was asked by the Commission to step to the podium to answers some questions from the board. Colson explained that his County denies Log Landing bid appeal company has been in the construction business 27 years. We have built and renovated many boat ramp projects like this one in North Central Florida, Colson told the Commission. The engineering company involved in the Log Landing project, Mills Engineerings representative Andrew Carswell told the commission that he was familiar with D&L Contracting perform the construction involved in this project. Frank Ritter, Gilchrist County that Gilchrist County did not require a license for the excavation work that would be completed on this project. Ritter told the board that he felt D&L Contracting would be able to perform the work required to meet their bid Buchanan told the Commission Desist order with the State of Florida licensing department to stop the construction of this project. Commissioner John Thomas asked Buchanan what part of this construction project did he feel that D&L Contracting was not licensed to perform. Buchanan explained that Anderson Columbia will widen, resurface County Road 341 Commissioner Sharon Langford made a motion to approve the recommended lowest bid, from Anderson Columbia Co for $947,341.77, for the widening and resurfacing of CR 341 in Gilchrist County. Commissioner Todd Gray gave a second to the motion, before the Commission voted 4-0 to approve the motion. The construction project, which involves widening and resurfacing of this county road is made possible by the approval of the Florida Department of Transportation SCOP program. The FDOT budget to complete this road improvement is $1,104,500.00. Construction is expected to begin as soon as the details are worked out with Anderson Columbia. Temperatures in Gilchrist County dropped into the low 20s overnight on Monday, Jan. 6, causing many weatherrelated problems throughout the county, Rescue, and Trenton Fire Department cooperated in responding to these According to David Peaton, emergency management director, a power City of Trenton. Trenton residents were without power for two hours, Peaton explained. quickly. Duke Energy also responded and assisted with the power lines. Also, a mobile home burned on SW 80th Trail in Fanning Springs early Tuesday morning, Peaton said. There was one occupant in the home, Patrick though Peaton encourages all citizens to use caution this winter with indoor space heaters. Cold weather power outage
for Friday, Jan, 3, 2014, at HiersBaxley Funeral Home. Visitation was at 1:00 p.m., and the service was at 2:00 p.m. A graveside service fol Cemetery. Flowers are being handled by Fern to Hospice of Citrus County, 3350 W. Audubon Park Path, Lecanto, FL 34461, 352-746-6578. Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of be offered by visiting their website at www.hiers-baxley.com _______________ Ms. Connie Lee Hootman Ms. Connie Lee Hootman, 67, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, after receiving fatal injuries in an au tomobile accident, in Trenton. Connie was an incredible mother, sister, friend, and person. She lived life fully, always looking forward. Family was her focus in life. Born in Pinellas County, she traveled across the country before marrying and be coming a mother of four, a grand mother of 16 and a great-grandmother of three, most of whom live in the tricounty area. She has been a waitress, farmer, small business owner, and a hotel department manager. Connie was well known in North Affordable Flooring for more than eight years. She enjoyed playing on the water and going on adven turous outings, seeing new places, honest, warm-hearted, kind and car ing, happy, healthy lady with a great sense of humor. She had a love for convertibles, and would ride with the wind in her hair. She was very pas sionate about life, family, friends, and work. She was considered by others to be very intelligent, and en joyed the company of people with in tegrity. She will be painfully missed by many, young, and old. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gerald Eldon Hootman (1917 -1967) and Edna Anthea Ber trang Hootman Latta (1918 -2001) and by 2 husbands, James Cecil Mc Daniel (1942-1998) and John Wil liam Hulsey (1948-2003). She is survived by her brothers Dennis, Terry, Bill, Jeff and Curt Hootman of the Tampa Bay area; sister, Marci Roth of the Tampa Bay area; sons, John, Rick and James Mc Daniel; daughter, Sheri Jay Ritchey; and her many grandand great-grand children. A memorial service has been sched uled for January 12, 2014, at 1:00 in the Spring House Lodge. Dinner will be served. Pastor David Jones of Fanning Springs Community Church THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2014 Page Five Lindsey Lander Attorney Obituaries Mrs. Eula Mae Davis Town, passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at the Tri-County Nursing Home. ago. She was a homemaker and mother who enjoyed gardening and watching Gator football. She was a Baptist. Mrs. Davis is survived by her son four grandchildren; nine great-grand children; and four great-great-grand children. 7, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home of Cross City. _______________ Mr. Daniel Ray Graves Mr. Daniel Ray Danny Graves, 55, of Trenton, passed away on Janu ary 4, 2014, at North Florida Region al Medical Center. Mr. Graves was and worked his entire career life for the Florida Highway Patrol, Levy County Sheriffs Department, and the Williston Police Department. He was a member of the Hardee town Baptist Church, Masonic Lodge over 10 years with the Trenton Vol unteer Fire Department. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Myrtis Graves; his sister and brother-in-law, Carole and Steu Akers; brother in Law, John Bennion. Mr. Graves is survived by his wife, Anita Ann Graves of Trenton; a son Daniel (Sonya) Graves of Jackson ville, North Carolina; a daughter, Juanita (Michael) Holman of Calla la; eight grandchildren, Nicholas Jr., Jamison, Gunner, Camron, AJ, Josh, Hayden, and Tatum; a nephew, John Bennion; a niece, Dawn Gavet; and many friends. Danny enjoyed life and serving people, with many acts of kindness. He loved his Gator Football, all being able to travel at the spur of a moment. He also enjoyed gospel mu sic. Funeral Services will be Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., at HiersBaxley Funeral Services Chapel. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., just prior to the service. Burial will follow Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com _______________ Mrs. Megan Vermont Vee (Hinson) Hicks Mrs. Megan Vermont Vee (Hin son) Hicks, 80, of Beverly Hills, Florida, died January 1, 2014, at Hos pice of Citrus County in Lecanto, af ter a long battle with cancer. She died peacefully surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of Philip Hicks of Beverly Hills, Florida. Mrs. Hicks was born on August 28, 1933, in Gulf Hammock, to John W. and Lonie Birge Hinson. She gradu ated from Bronson High School in 1951. After high school she was mar two children, Wallace Gregory and marriage she became active in the Gainesville Womens Club and in various local civic organizations. She married Philip Hicks in 1971. During their 42 years of marriage New Mexico, and Atlanta, due to his career as an engineer, college profes sor, and consultant. After retirement they settled in Beverly Hills, Florida. Mrs. Hicks was very interested in genealogy and through her track ing of family history was honored to gain membership in the DAR and Daughters of the Confederacy. She remained active in Republican wom ens organizations throughout her life and is a past president of the Winter Park Republican Womens Club. She also enjoyed studying the history of who was published locally. love was for her husband and family, both the children and grandchildren dren and their families from her sec ond marriage. She was always posi tive in her outlook, unfailingly kind and generous to those she met in life. She was a wonderful cook, gracious hostess and always a loving wife and mother. She was predeceased by her par she is survived by a host of family. Funeral Services were scheduled Mrs. Ada Theresa Nordquist Mrs. Ada Theresa Nordquist, 96, of Steinhatchee, passed away Satur day, Jan. 4, 2014, at her nieces home in Perry. Mrs. Nordquist was born in Al and, Finland, on April 18, 1917. She was a member of the Salvation Army most of her life serving in the Swed ish Scandinavian Division before coming to the United States. She nia, and New York areas. She moved to Steinhatchee in 1981 after retir ing where she was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church and lead a Steinhatchees Ladies Bible study until becoming ill. Her hobbies in cluded baking (especially cookies), knitting, and bible studies. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Nordquist. She is survived by her son Arne (JoAnn) Nordquist of Jacksonville; grandson, Arne Nordquist, Jr.; three great-grandchildren; nieces, Mari on Nelsen of Perry, Barbara (Paul) Schotte of Dover, Delaware, and nephew, Ralph (Alice) Sundstrom along with their extended families; sister-in-law, Martha Nordquist; and family in Mississippi. Funeral services will be held at Fellowship Baptist Church, Stein hatchee, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., with Reverend Aaron low at Waters Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home of Cross City. _______________ Mr. Howard Frederick Peters Mr. Howard Frederick Peters, 80, Dec. 30, 2013. Mr. Peters was born on December 8, 1933, on Paris Hill in the Town of Marshall, New York, to the late Glenn (Adams) Peters. He worked many various jobs including; dairy farm ing, backhoe service, truck driver, vocational arts teacher and mechanic for Hubbard Construction Company, Vestal Asphalt, Long Farms, Long Farms North, and Long and Scott Farms. He was a member of the Lake Square Presbyterian Church but at Church after moving here in 2012 from Weirsdale. He was preceded in death by his parents; and wives, Wynnette Peters and Sandra Peters; and a brother, Stu art Peters. He is survived by sons, Allen (Ma Guiles and Emily Guiles both of New York; and brother, Lynn Peters of New York. Funeral services were held Mon day, Jan. 6, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Carl Rainear and Chaplain ment followed at Sorrento Cemetery. A visitation was held at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. made to Hospice of Citrus County of Beverly Hills, FL 34464, in person at www.hospiceofcitrus.org in memory of Howard Peters. Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home of Cross City. _______________ Mrs. Carrie Bell Wimberly Mrs. Carrie Bell Wimberly, 88, of 23, 2013, at Palm Gardens in Gaines ville. She was born in St. Petersburg and moved to this area in 1990. Car rie attended and completed courses at the Houston Millinery School in Houston, Texas, in June of 1988. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Hat Society, and a member of Eastern Star since 1968. She handmade origi nal, one-of-a-kind, hats. She enjoyed crafting, gardening, sewing, watch ing nature, and writing stories. Her greatest enjoyment came from her grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, John Wimberly; son, Rob ert; and daughter, Mary. She is survived by her daughter, Martel Luper of Cross City, Barry Bertran Johnson of Tampa; sister, Grace Summer of St. Petersburg; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grand children; and numerous friends and neighbors. Funeral services were held on Sat urday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 12:00 p.m., at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of munity Cemetery. Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of be offered by visiting their website at www.hiers-baxley.com _______________ Card of Thanks We are so thankful for all the cards, calls, visits, food, your prayers, and at Ayers Rehabilitation Center and after her passing. She went home during her birthday party with family and lots of friends present. We are so grateful to Sheriff Bobby McCallum and the Levy County Sheriffs De partment, Mary Cowart, Citizen Pa trol for the escort and allowing us to take her down US 19 one more time. and Brother Gordon Keller for the perfect service and also the ladies of the church for the wonderful meal. Most of all, to her family and friends at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation for taking such great care of her. She loved all of them and they loved her. We are truly blessed. The Doris Rogers Family _______________ Jennings Lake Cemetery Board Meeting Lake Cemetery Board will be on Thursday Jan. 23, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Akins BBQ Restaurant in Bell at 6:00 p.m. The current board members would like to encourage all family members of people buried in the cemetery to come to the meeting because new board members will be elected at this board, at least come to the meetings and help make decisions about care of the cemetery.
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ELECTRICAL Sales, Service & Installation All Makes & Models Residential & Commercial Service Installation RA0016184 ER0004960 Legal Notices SECTION 00020 INVITATION TO BID CDBG 12 NR STREET & DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS CDBG CONTRACT NO. 12DB-OH03-30-02-N38 TOWN OF BELL GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA Sealed BIDS will be received by the Town Manager, Town Hall, 3240 West Railroad Lane, (P.O. Box 116), Bell, Florida 32619 until 2:00 p.m. local time on February 11, 2014, at which time and place they will be publicly opened and read aloud. The work consists of furnishing all la bor, materials, equipment, incidentals and taxes to furnish and install approxi mately 2,500 LF of asphalt pavement re construction, 4,300 LF of asphalt paving on existing dirt roads, and restoration of an existing picnic shelter including a new metal roof. In order to be considered, Bidders must be suitably licensed as a contractor in the State of Florida for construction of storm water collection systems and street pav ing in accordance with the requirements contained in the Instructions to Bidders. The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined at the following locations: Town Hall, 3240 West Railroad Lane, Bell, Florida 32619, (352) 463-6288, and Mittauer & Associates, Inc., Consulting Engineers, 580-1 Wells Road, Orange Park, Florida 32073, (904) 278-0030. Copies of the CONTRACT DOCU of Mittauer & Associates, Inc., (904) 278-0030 upon payment of a non-refund able charge of $125.00 for each set. Only will be distributed. The Owner reserves the right to waive technical errors and informalities and to reject any or all bids. The Town of Bell, Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employ er. Engineers Estimate: $540,000 Project Location: Bell, Florida END OF SECTION Published January 9, 2014b. ______________ PUBLIC NOTICE The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners hereby gives notice that bids will be accepted from bidders for the following work: Purchase and moving of Wilkerson House located at 204 E Wade Street, Trenton, Florida 32693. the Gilchrist County Administrator, 209 SE First Street, Trenton, Florida, until 4:00 P.M. (local time), Thursday, January 30th, 2014. All work is to be done in accordance with bid document. Bid documents may be obtained from the Gilchrist County web site (gilchrist. First St, Trenton, Fl. The County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Published January 9, 16, 2014b. ______________ CITY OF FANNING SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the City Council of the City of Fanning Springs will meet in a Workshop on Jan. 15, 2014, at 2:00 pm at the Fanning Springs, City Hall, 17651 NW 90th Ct., Fanning Springs, FL. The Agenda is: 1. Water Rates for Nature Coast Regional Water Authority PLEASE TAKE NOTICE Pursuant to Florida Statutes 286.0105 that if a per son decides to appeal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at such meeting he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made. Which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. DATED this 6th day of Jan. 2014, By Sheila Watson, City Clerk, City Of Fanning Springs, Florida. Published January 9, 2014b. ______________ NATURE COAST REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING The Nature Coast Regional Water Au thority (Authority) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. at Fanning Springs City Hall, 17651 NW 90th Court, Fan ning Springs, Florida 32693. The Au thority Board will consider the approval of meeting minutes, the Treasurers Re port, and the Old Town Project. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and provide comment at the meeting, which may be continued to a date and time certain as announced at the meeting. For more information, includ ing a copy of the agenda, please contact Taylor Brown at (352) 463-4000 or by accordance with the Americans with Dis abilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations at the meeting should contact Taylor Brown at the contact infor mation provided above. If you are hear ing or speech impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service at (800) 955-8770 for aid in contacting Taylor Brown at (352) 463-4000 at least two (2) days prior to the date of the meeting. Each person who decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the meeting is advised that such person will need a re cord of the proceedings and, accordingly, the person may need to ensure that a ver batim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which such appeal is to be based. Published January 9, 2014b. ______________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION File No. 21-2013-64 Division CP IN RE: ESTATE OF JOYCE MAE BURROW Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE The administration of the estate of Joyce Mae Burrow, deceased, whose date of death was July 24, 2013, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gilchrist County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Clerk of Court 112 South Main Street, Trenton, Florida 32693. The names and addresses of the personal representa tive and the personal representatives at torney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICA TION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or de their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NO TICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. tice is January 9, 2014. Attorney for Personal Representative: /s/ Ray E. Thomas Jr. Ray E. Thomas, Jr. Attorney for Jason Albert Burrow Florida Bar Number: 0978205 P.O. Box 39 Bell, FL 32619 Telephone: (352) 463-0077 Fax: (352) 463-0090 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Published January 9, 16, 2014b. ________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 21-2012-CA-000084 DIVISION: BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LP, Plaintiff, vs. JUDY K. MONEY et al, Defendant(s). ____________________________/ NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated November 18, 2013 and entered in Case NO. 21-2012-CA-000084 of the Circuit Court of the EIGHTH Judicial Circuit in and for GILCHRIST County, Florida wherein BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LP, is the Plaintiff and JUDY K MONEY; DAVID RUSSELL MONEY, JR; DAVID RUSSELL MONEY, SR.; JUDY LEE MONEY; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at SOUTH DOOR OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY COURTHOUSE at 11:00AM, on the 27th day of January, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: THE WEST 220 FEET OF THE NORTH 990 FEET OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTHWEST 1/4 OF THE NORTHWEST 1/4 OF SEC TION 20, TOWNSHIP 8 SOUTH, RANGE 15 EAST, GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA. SUBJECT TO AND TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN GRANT OF EASEMENT OVER THE NORTH 20 FEET OF THE NORTHWEST 1/4 AND THE NORTH 20 FEET OF THE NORTHWEST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SEC TION 20, TOWNSHIP 8 SOUTH, RANGE 15 EAST, AS DESCRIBED IN INSTRUMENT 2003003217, GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 1849 NW 30TH STREET, BELL, FL 32619 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on January 3, 2014. Todd Newton Clerk of the Circuit Court By: L. Ayers Deputy Clerk **See Americans with Disabilities Act If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in or der to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact: Ms. Jan Phillips Human Resources Manager Alachua County Family/Civil Court house 201 E. University Avenue, Room 410 Gainesville, FL 32601 Phone: 352-337-6237 Fax: 352-374-5238 Published January 9, 16, 2014b. ______________ PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF TRENTON REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING The Trenton City Commissioners will meet in Regular Session Tuesday, Janu ary 14, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., in the Trenton Community Center located at 214 SE 3rd Avenue, Trenton, Florida. Items included on the agenda are as follows: A. Call to Order B. Adoption of Agenda C. Swearing-in, Mayor Thigpen, Commissioner Heaton 1. Selection of Vice-Mayor 2. Committee Assignments D. Scheduled Guests E. Unscheduled Guests F. Consent Items 1. Minutes Regular Commission Meeting December 10, 2013 2. November Financial Reports and Expenditures G. Staff Reports 1. Code Enforcement December 2. Fire Department December 3. Police Department December H. Action Items 1. Resolution 2014-01 Reduced DEP Permit Processing Fees I. Tabled Items 1. Delegate to the Tourist Development Committee J. Discussion Items 1. Nominations for the Trenton Hall of Fame K. Board Member Requests L. City Attorney Report M. City Manager Report N. Public Comments O. Adjourn PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter con sidered at this meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testi mony and evidence upon which the ap peal is to be based. Taylor Brown City Manager Published January 9, 2014b. ______________ December 31, 2013 Holly Drury Galloway, 34, of Live Oak, was arrested by Deputy Jeff Davis, Gilchrist County Sheriffs Substance X2, Purchase of a Schedule II Controlled Substance X4, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Unauthorized Possession of a Driver License, $17,000.00 bond. Richard D. Thomas, 39, of Lake City, was arrested by Deputy Jeff Davis, Gilchrist County Sheriffs Substance X4, Driving While License Suspended/Revoked, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Purchase of a Schedule II Controlled Substance X4, $16,000.00 bond. January 1, 2014 Gregory James Miller, 26, of Gainesville, was arrested by With Violence and Battery on an January 4, 2014 Cesareo Romulo, 47, of Live Oak, was arrested by Sergeant Stephen Stalvey, Gilchrist County Sheriffs Jimmy Lee Bell, 34, of Trenton, Trenton Police Department, for a DUI, $15,000.00 bond. Chester Emmitt Simpson, 25, of High Springs, was arrested by Deputy Scotty Douglas, Gilchrist County more than 20 grams of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, $5,000.00 bond. January 5, 2014 Trenton Police Department, in conjunction with the Gilchrist County a Drug Dwelling, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Sell of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Sell of a Controlled Substance, $460,000.00 bond. January 6, 2014 Jeffrey Dale Williams, 54, of Brittany Lee, Gilchrist County Probation-DUI and Refuse to Submit, no bond. Arrest Report Suwannee Stitchers News The Suwannee Stitchers, the Trenton chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America, will have their meeting on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will take place in the Suwannee Valley Cross Stitch store located at 409 N. Main Street in Trenton. The mission of the EGA is o stimulate appreciation for and celebrate the heritage of embroidery. We try to do this by advancing the highest standards of its practice through education, exhibition, preservation, collection, and research. Each month we have a program in which we teach all methods of embroidery, or if you are a budding artist who wants to learn, please join us. Our members range from beginners to master stitchers and all levels in between. Please join us and share our love of this beautiful style of needlework. As we say, If you didnt inherit any needlework, be sure your children and grandchildren do! For more information please contact Cathleen Rodgers, president, at (352) 949-4331. By Lois Scott, publicity The members of Springhouse Quilters are looking forward to another great year of quilting. The be on January 14, at 9:00 a.m. at the Springhouse Quilt location at Lottieville. Members are encouraged Springhouse Quilters News the year and get involved in the new quilting ideas that will be presented by Norma Birman, Program Chairman. Kathy Beaulieu will continue as President for another year leading Springhouse into new quilting ideas and projects. Submitted The Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate all of the winners of our 2013 Holiday Lighting Contest. Residence Category 1st PlaceRaymond and Pasty Avery 2nd PlaceMaxine Parrish 3rd Place Doug and Lisa Johnson 4th Place Pat and Peggy Sellers Business Category 1st Place Bell Library 2nd Place Grace Ministries Government Category 1st Place Bell Town Hall 2nd PlaceThe Gilchrist County Courthouse Best Nativity Scene Dr. Robert and Joan Vaughan Best Window Display Trenton Floral and Gifts out at our Winter Membership Banquet, January 16, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., at the Trenton Elementary School Cafetorium. Tickets are $30 per person and available at the 2013 Chamber of Commerce Lighting Contest Winners
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Wade Street (SR-26) Trenton, Florida 32693 Jean Troke (1st cell) (352) 493-3539 Paul Troke (cell) (352) 221-2999 Jean Troke (2nd cell) (352) 493-5237 Serving the Tri-County Area Since 1983 Professional Service With A Personal Touch WELL-KEPT CB/S-Blt. HOME IN TRENTON: 3BR/2BA: Very nice CB/Stucco-blt. home (pictured on the left), on a landscaped lot in town (just one block off from SR-26). Has large rock/gas-fireplace in spacious living room, updated kitchen, large back screened-in porch & lots more Seller has asked for all offers to be presented$129,900. NEAT / CLEAN CRACKER FRAME-Blt. HOME IN TOWN: 3BR/1BA: Nice, well-kept frame blt. home (pictured on the right), on a landscaped & fenced/gated -acre tract in NE Trenton. Home has wood floors, cabinetry & ceilings, tile flooring in Kitchen & BA, 2-vehicle pole-barn/workshop in back, att. side porch/patio & lots more Sellers are Motivated$89,900. Advertising Pays! Meridian Behavioral Healthcare CAREER OPPORTUNITIES! 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Page Eight THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2014 GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL worry about someone driving while they have been drinking, Gray said. Commissioner Sharon Langford No alcohol sales on Sunday Continued from page 1 HOSTED BY Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce Winter Membership Banquet January 16, 2014 Dinner at 6 p.m. T renton Elementary School Cafetorium 1350 S W State Road 26 T renton, Florida T ickets $30 per person RSV P to Kim Corbin at 352.463.3467 HOSTED BY Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce Winter Membership Banquet January 16, 2014 Dinner at 6 p.m. T renton Elementary School Cafetorium 1350 S W State Road 26 T renton, Florida T ickets $30 per person RSV P to Kim Corbin at 352.463.3467 352-463-3555 Corner of Hwy. 129 & S.R. 47, Trenton (Across from Trenton High School) Owners/Directors Amy Wesley Woods Holly Wesley Bussard Low Ratios Free VPK Pre-K Program Free Breakfast & Lunch Reduced Fees Available FCCPC Certified Teachers CPR/First Aid Certified Ages 2-12, 7am-6pm NAC Accredited License #C03GI0006 Kid's World Pre-School Learning Center, Inc. A private school for your childs early learning years. Reduced fees, based on your income, are available through the Early Learning Coalition. Stop by for a tour of our facility and pick up an application. It would be our pleasure to serve you and your child. TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY INFORMATION 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 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 income. Who must file? A. Anyone in possession of assets on January 1 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. 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. If you receive a return, it's because our office has determined that you may have property to report. If you feel the form is not applicable, return it with an explanation. Either way, the form MUST be returned. Failure to receive a Personal Property Tax Return (DR-405) does not relieve you of your obligation to file. How can I obtain this form? A. At the beginning of the year a return is mailed to Tangible Personal Property owners. If you do not get one, contact the Property Appraiser's Office. What if I have no assets to report? Do I still have to file a return? A. Yes, if you feel you do not have anything to report, fill out items 1 through 9 on the return, and attach an explanation of why nothing was reported. However, almost all businesses and rental units have some assets to report even if it is only supplies, rented equipment or household goods. If I am no longer in business, should I still file the return? A. Yes, if you were not in business on January 1 of the taxing year, follow this procedure: 1) On your return, indicate the date you went out of business and the manner in which you disposed of your business assets. Remember if you still have the assets, you must file on them. 2) Sign and date the return. 3) Have your signature notarized. 4) Mail the return back to this office. What is an office or field review assessment? A. When a tax return is not filed by April 1 we are required to place an assessment on the property. This assessment represents an estimate based on the value of business with similar equipment and assets. Being assessed does not alleviate your responsibility to file an accurate return. What if I don't agree with the assessed value that appears on the notice of proposed property taxes that I receive in August of each year? A. Call this office or come in and discuss the matter with us. If you have evidence that the appraised value is more than the actual fair market value of your property, we will welcome the opportunity to review all the pertinent facts. Q. Q. Q. Q. Q. Q. Q. Q. HELPFUL HINTS AND SUGGESTIONS 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 assessment. 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 the taxes due, the owner on January 1 would be responsible for the difference. 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 I 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 fully 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. Even though the assets are assessed to the owner, they must be listed for informational purposes. Q. Is there a minimum value that I do not have to report? A. No, there is no minimum 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 which lists your personal property. Items that should be listed include: Draperies, furniture, appliances and any other personal property included in the rental unit. Q. Are there deadlines and penalties? A. The deadline for filing a timely return is April 1. After April 1, Florida Statutes provide that PENALTIES be applied at 5% per month or portion of a month that the return is late. A 15% penalty is required for unreported property, AND A 25% PENALTY IF NO RETURN IS FILED. $25,000 Tangible Personal Property Exemption In order to receive this new exemption, you must file a Tangible Personal Property Return by April 1, unless an exemption has been granted. Tangible Property Return shall be considered an application for the exemption and will be applied to the first $25,000 of assessed value for the TPP account. echoed Commissioner Grays statement. With the present ordinance in place 33 years, I dont think it needs to be changed at this time, Commissioner John Rance Thomas said. Sturgis countered, This ordinance has been in place over 30 years, dont you think the county needs to start thinking outside the box to improve things. Gilchrist County resident Steve Gladden asked the Commission if their ordinance regulates all guidelines involving the sale of alcohol in Gilchrist County. The county attorney explained that the countys ordinance could stipulate the sale of alcohol in the unincorporated areas of the county. The State of Florida approves the regulations involving the license for the sale of alcohol by both package sale and the sale of drinks in a restaurant or bar. Commissioner Sharon Langford made a motion to deny the request to amend the ordinance to allow for Sunday sales in the unincorporated areas of Gilchrist County. Commissioner Todd Gray gave a second to the motion. Chairman D Ray Harrison, Jr. called for a vote and the Commission approved this measure by a unanimous decision. By Carrie A. Mizell Southeast Food Service News, a specialty regional food service magazine, with more than 18,000 readers, featured Gilchrist Countys own Burger Spot in its December/ January issue. May 31, 2014 will mark Burger Spots 10th anniversary in Trenton and the popular local hamburger restaurant will offer specials to celebrate the milestone. Business partners Terrie Deen and Clif Bradley opened Burger Spot in Trenton on Memorial Day in 2004. The name of the business came from a 1940s hangout in Trenton known as The Spot. Deen and Bradley added the word Burger, and Burger Spot was born. It wasnt until September 2009 that Burger Spot in Bell opened. Deen has worked in the food service industry for 30 years and through Burger Spot gives many high school Spot has 24 employees, fourteen at the original location in Trenton and 10 employees at Burger Spot in Bell. As Deen told Southeast Food Burger Spot featured in food service magazine Service News, local businesses are pillars of the community that promote civic values. Burger Spot has a shop local mentality, keeping their money local by using local merchants and food suppliers. Burger Spot also gives back to the community, donating money, supplies and time to Trenton and Bell schools and civic organizations throughout the county. Theres no question that rising costs across the board and the arrival of a larger hamburger chain in Trenton has hurt Burger Spot. A penny saved is a penny earned to survive, Deen said. Were going back to old school. As a small business, Deen said she cannot buy in bulk the way larger hamburger chains can, therefore she cant offer a .99 cent hamburger, because she has more than that in the hamburger. Though she doesnt have any ill will towards the larger chain restaurants, Deen said she keeps a list of local restaurants that have closed in the last 10 years hanging in her staying in business, especially during times of trial. Its not an easy business to be in, Deen said, but this community is full of loyal customers who will stand behind you. Burger Spot owner Terrie Deen