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Title: The Jasper news
Uniform Title: Jasper news (Jasper, Fla.)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Creator: Jasper news
Publisher: F.M. DeGraffenried
Place of Publication: Jasper, Fla.
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Publication Date: February 25, 2010
Copyright Date: 2010
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Driver escapes serious harm in crash of semi
A semi-truck slammed into trees on 1-75 in Jennings the afternoon of Feb. 17. Emergency officials said the driver, Duard
Nunnally III of Jacksonville, escaped serious injury. Nunnally told the Florida Highway Patrol he was forced off the road by
another vehicle. Here, locals DJ Hobby, Conan Capps, volunteer firefighter Josh Waters and others look on as the truck is pulled
from the muddy ditch by Dennis Garage. Photo: Stephenie Livingston


Quarter Horse racing

finally on the way?
By Stephenie Livingston
A long awaited form of entertainment and
industry may soon be coming to Hamilton County
- Quarter Horse Racing.
The owner of the proposed Hamilton Downs
has received from the Florida Division of Pari-
Mutuel Wagering a permit for Quarter Horse
racing, state records show.
Hamilton Downs is proposed by Richmond
Entertainment, which also owns the Hamilton Jai
Alai and Poker facility in Jasper located near
Interstate 75 in Jasper. That facility opened in
2005. The horse track will be built on separate
land located on CR 143, just off 1-75 in Jennings,
according to County Coordinator Danny Johnson.
It has been reported that the proposed design of
the track will include a one-mile track with a 550-
yard chute for Quarter Horse races and a seating
SEE QUARTER, PAGE 2A

Deputy's keen eye
leads to arrest for fuel
theft, credit card fraud
By Stephenie Livingston
stephenie.livingston@gaflnews.com
A suspected member of a credit card fraud ring
out of south Florida who was gassing up to cash in
is now running on empty thanks to the keen eye and
instincts of one Hamilton County Sheriffs deputy,
reports show.
During a routine traffic stop last Thursday
evening, Deputy Cecil Brownfield discovered that
Rigel Gonzalez had a hidden fuel tank system in the
bed of his truck, authorities say. The illegal system
was being used to transfer diesel from the truck's
gas tank into a tank hidden by a tarp in the rear of
SEE DEPUTY'S, PAGE 2A


Jasper mourns loss

of beloved teacher
By Stephenie Livingston
A community is shaken after the death Sunday of
North Hamilton Elementary School fourth-grade
teacher Lorrie Joeris, 42.
"This is a tragedy that has shaken us down to our
core," Superintendent Martha Butler said in a
broken voice Tuesday afternoon. "She was a
wonderful, wonderful teacher. She was loved by
everyone and by her students, new and old."
Butler said counselors were brought in from two
other district schools to help with grief counseling
Monday. Butler said it was a long, sad day, but the
students handled the news as well as can be
expected. "It was real sad. Some openly sobbed,
some it took a while to sink in," said Butler.


SEE JASPER MOURNS, PAGE 2A


By Stephenie
Livingston
stephenie.livingston
@gaflnews.com
The Hamilton County
Sheriff's Office has
received a new Fire Arms
Training System worth
$45,000 free of charge.
The Volusia County
Sheriffs Office donated its
FATS system to Hamilton
County after upgrading its
own system two weeks
ago, said Hamilton
County Sheriff Harrell
Reid. The system features
digital technology and
laser-emitting weapons to
simulate the pressure of a
real-life situation. The
training systems integrate
video and digitized
imagery with laser-
emitting firearms that
have the look and feel of
the real thing. The
weapons even recoil and
run out of ammunition.
SEE FIRE ARMS, PAGE 2A


Jasper woman



loses life



in shooting



incident

Ruling on cause awaited
By Stephenie Livingston
stephenie.livingston@gaflnews.com
See obituary, Page 5A.
Lorrie Joeris, 42, died
Sunday night after
receiving a gunshot
wound to the head,
according to Hamilton
County Sheriff Harrell
Reid. Joeris was a North
Hamilton Elementary
School fourth-grade
teacher.
A 9-1-1 call reporting Lorrie Joeris
the incident was made
to the Sheriffs Office at 7:29 p.m. Sunday
from 132 10th Street SW in Jasper by a
family member, Reid said.
Joeris was still alive when she was taken
by ambulance from the scene, said Reid. She
was later pronounced dead by emergency
personnel en route to Shands UF.
Joeris and husband Leonard "Lennie"
Joeris had just finished taking a walk near
their home when the incident occurred,
reports indicate. Returning home from the
walk, Leonard told authorities he heard a
loud noise and looked behind him to see
that his wife had been shot. Lorrie
customarily brought a .38 caliber pistol with
her on walks as protection. Beyond that,
details are unclear, said Reid.
The Florida Department of Law
SEE JASPER WOMAN, PAGE 2A


Deputy Anthony Williams demonstrates the Fire
Arms Training System recently donated to the local
sheriff's office by Volusia County.
- Photo: Stephenie Livingston


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Former NFL
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speak on drug prevention
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Jasper woman



loses life



in shooting



incident

Continued From Page 1A
Enforcement has been called in to assist with the
investigation. The Sheriff's Office and FDLE are
currently waiting on a report by the medical
examiner's office in Jacksonville and results from
other tests, Reid said.
Lorrie and Leonard Joeris have two teenage
children, Westen James Joeris and Elizabeth Joeris.


Jasper mourns loss

of beloved teacher
Continued From Page 1A
Within hours of Lorrie's death,
Facebook and other online social
networks were crowding with concerned
voices.
"This is terrible. I know any one of us
could run up to get a hug from her and
she would make us feel like we were the
most important thing in the world,"
posted one youth.
"My son told me today that though she
wasn't his teacher, every time he saw her
or went into her classroom she would
always smile," said one mother.
"This was my son's teacher this year,
we will miss her terribly. My son loved
Mrs. Joeris and I know she loved him and
all her students. She also taught my older
son who also thought the world of her,"
said another.


Fire Arms Training System
will help deputies take aim


Continued From Page 1A
Deputy Anthony
Williams said by
simulating a risky
situation where an
officer would have to
use his or her firearm,
the system has an
element of psychological
training that live range
training does not
provide.
"It puts you in the real
live situation, it's as close
as you can get to it
without actually being
out there," said
Williams. "It gives you
realistic scenarios."
The system also
provides a less


dangerous form of target
practice, with the use of
non-lethal ammunition
and weapons. This is
important as the FDLE
has already increased the
amount of time officers
are required to train.
Reid said he has high
expectations of his
officers and believes this
new system will greatly
aid in the advancement
of their training.
"Our officers are
required to qualify at
least once a year(on a
live shooting range),"
said Reid. "We'd like to
have them start
qualifying every six
months."


Deputy's keen eye leads to arrest

for fuel theft, credit card fraud


Deputy Cecil Brownfield demonstrates how Gonzalez allegedly pumped stolen gas from a tank hidden under a tarp in the
bed of his truck. Photo: Stephenie Livingston


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Continued From Page 1A
his truck, complete with its own
pump.
Police later confiscated modified
Wal-Mart gift cards containing
personal information stolen from 15
different people to buy fuel,
according to reports.
"It appears he was basically
running up and down the interstate
stealing diesel," said Brownfield. "He
could steal twenty to thirty gallons at
a time." Brownfield said Gonzalez


Continued From Page 1A
area capable of holding 3,000 patrons.
Glenn Richards, who heads
Richmond Entertainment, wasn't
immediately available for comment.


would fill up and flip a switch located
next to the gas tank, which would
drain the diesel into the hidden tank.
Brownfield said Gonzalez appears
to have been part of an organized
crime operation out of south Florida
and was selling the stolen fuel.
Fuel thieft as part of organized
crime is especially wide spread in
Florida due to the high fuel prices,
said Brownfield.
Gonzelaz' truck was confiscated
and he was arrested and put under
bond, according to police.


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010


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World is coming
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* Springs to have some Springs looking like ey are on a treasure hunt, they
un and you may have a may well be. State t is officials have announced
chance to join in. How- a treasure hunt that will promote North Florida's
.ver it may require you cultural, historic and natural amenities. It is called
t learn a new skill The Hidden Treasures of Natural North Florida Geo-
lled geocaching. What caching Contest and offers participants a chance to
igeocaching? Accord- participate in a scavenger hunt along a geocaching
".ing to Wikipedia, "Geo- trail that winds through 12 North Florida counties.
vity in which the partici- White Springs is part of the region included in the
ning System (GPS) receiv- contest. Clues in the contest are provided by a geo-
*chniques to hide and seek caching web site such as www.geocaching.com. The
hes" or "caches") anywhere hidden treasurers are often cleverly hidden in public
places. Once they find a cache, contestants log on to
www.NaturalNorthFlori-
ovating gymnasium da.com, click on the Hid-
den Treasures contest
purpose fitness center logo, and answer ques-
tions about the cache or
its location. Visit Florida
said the prizes include
several vacation get-
aways, paddling or fish-
ing trips, horseback rid-
ing and other awards.
Another Exploritas
(formerly Elderhostel)
group is in town and in-
cludes a couple from On-
tario, Canada. It will be
interesting to hear what
they think of our life and


By Walter M Kenzie




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our weather here in White Springs. Perhaps next
week I will be able to share some of their observa-
tions with you. It's always interesting to me to see
our town through another person's eye. Every year
at the Folk Festival I try to help someone who is
there for the first time find their way through the
wonderful maze of performances and art and crafts.
I do it so that I can see the festival for the first time
all over again, through their eyes. It's one of the big
bonuses of going to the Florida Folk Festival.
For those of you who like to plan ahead, there are
some changes and opportunities in store for you on
the "First Saturdays" of the coming months. For
some time now, the Stephen Foster Park has spon-
sored several events on the first Saturday of each
month. During the day, the park is host to crafts-
men and artists who display their work at "Art in
the Park." In the evening, free entertainment is of-
fered at The First Saturday Coffee House, a chang-
ing program of songs and stories performed by
many well known Florida artists. There is also a
weekly farmers market held on Saturdays.
Now there will be a new dimension to First Satur-
days. Many of our stores and merchants will fea-
ture sales and special events. A sneak peek for
March includes refreshments by our City Manager
and free informal antique appraisals at Spring Street
Antiques. I'm sure that there will be lots of other
promotions going on too. These first Saturdays will
be a good time to schedule yard sales and other


SEE LIFE, PAGE 6A


NFCC gymnasium undergoing renovations to become new multi-purpose fitness center.


Submitted by: NFCC CTi,.' of College
Advancement
MADISON, FL The North Florida
Community College campus is
bustling with activity and anticipation
as NFCC's Colin P. Kelly Gymnasium
undergoes renovations to transform
the old gymnasium into a multi-pur-
pose fitness center. Slated to open in
August, the newly refurbished fitness
center will offer NFCC students and
employees access to state-of-the art fit-
ness equipment, multi-purpose and
recreation rooms, a half-mile outdoor
walking track, and will retain the
building's original basketball court.
"This showpiece facility will provide
some amazing opportunities for fit-
ness and recreation for our students
and staff," said NFCC President John
Grosskopf. "It will become the core of
an overall personal wellness initiative
that will benefit the entire NFCC fami-
ly."
Planning for the remodeling project
began in 2008 with NFCC receiving
PECO (Public Education Capital Out-
lay) funds in 2009 to pay for the $4.9
million building upgrade. PECO funds
are designated for facility improve-


ment and building projects on Florida
college campuses and once granted,
cannot be used toward any other pro-
ject or financial need of the institution.
NFCC is taking steps this month to
rename the building the Colin P. Kelly
Fitness Center in preparation for its
completion and reopening in the fall.
The name will better reflect the build-
ing's new use as a multi-purpose fit-
ness and recreation center. Once reno-
vations are complete, NFCC students
and employees will immediately bene-
fit from access to the new fitness center
and the college will look at adding
membership opportunities to the com-
munity down the line.
"This is an exciting time for our stu-
dents and staff," said Clyde Alexan-
der, NFCC Director of Special Projects.
"We are looking forward to the open-
ing of this facility."
The fitness center will also offer new
classroom space for a variety of NFCC
Community Education courses which
benefits current students, college em-
ployees and the community. For more
information, contact Clyde Alexander
at (850) 973-1609 or email Alexan-
derC@nfcc.edu.


Need Your High School Diploma?

Attend Hamilton County School District's
FREE ABE and GED Prep Courses


Adults who have not received a
high school diploma may register and
enroll at the class site in Jasper at the
JREL Complex, Building 1, Room 8.
This is your "Second Chance" to earn
a high school diploma.
Class Registration: Every Wednes-
day at 1:00 p.m.
1. Need a copy of your Social Secu-
rity card.
2. Students, ages 16-17, must pro-
vide a copy of their withdrawal
form from the last school attended.


3. Registration, including Locator
Test will take 1 hour.
TABE Class Entrance Test: Every
Thursday at 1:00 p.m.
1. Only for adults without a high
school diploma.
2. Must have completed registra-
tion.
3. Test takes approximately 3 hours
and will start promptly at 1:00 p.m.
Call Rex Mitchell (792-6571) or Eve-
lyn Davis (792-6529) for enrollment
details.


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Health Department Corner


Submitted
March is always
round up immuniza-
tions time for pets in
Hamilton County. This
year is especially im-
portant for immunizing
pets due to the in-
creased incidence of hu-
man and animal contact
with rabid animals.
Everyone should
make a special effort to
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ty toward minimizing an
encounter with rabies
and insuring resistance
to rabies if bitten by a ra-
bid animal.
The health department
and cities of Jennings,
Jasper, and White
Springs have scheduled
rabies immunization
clinics for pets for March
2010:
Saturday March 6-
Jasper-Dr. Huston's Vet-
erinary Clinic- 9am-
12:00
Saturday March 13-
Jennings-Jennings Fire
Station-9am-12:00
Saturday March 13-
White Springs-Dr. Hus-
ton's Clinic-lpm-3pm
The pet immuniza-
tions clinics have been
established as a conve-
nience to pet owners in


Hamilton County.
There will be a re-
duced price of 46.00
per pet for rabies
shots at each clinic.
Please use the clinic
most convenient to
you.


A message from Mid-
Florida Area Agency on
Aging (Elder Options)


C14e a3prr Xtu0
Published weekly every Thursday. USPS #755-980
Office located at 105 NE 2nd Avenue,
Bank of America, Jasper, FL 32052
Phone (386) 792-2487 FAX (386) 792-3009
E-mail address: jaspernewsl@windstream.net
Myra Regan .............. Publisher
Robert Bridges ............. Group Editor
Jo Ross ................... Reporter
Louise Sheddan ........... Administrative Assistant
Periodicals postage paid at Jasper, FL.
Annual subscription rate is $17 in county,
$25 out of county and out of state.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to:
The Jasper News, 105 NE 2nd Ave., Jasper, FL 32052

Letter to the Editor and Article Policy
Letters to the Editor and news articles can be mailed,
FAXed or dropped off at the news office located in the
Bank of America Building, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.
till 5 p.m.
Letters to the Editor should be typed, double-spaced if
possible, brief and to the point, approximately 150 to 200
words or less. Not all letters are published. To be consid-
ered for publication Letters to the Editor must be signed,
include the writer's address and phone number, and in
the Jasper News' office on Friday before 5 p.m.
News Releases, 400 or less words, should be typed, dou-
ble-spaced if possible, brief and to the point. Not all articles
are published.
Letters and articles may be edited to fit available space.
Well written letters/articles require less editing.
To mail your letter/article, send it to: The Jasper News,
105 NE 2nd Ave., Jasper, FL 32052 or FAX it to: 792-3009.


physically or emotional-
ly, to threaten them, or
to take their money or
property without con-
sent.
Don't let this happen
to you. Be empowered to
prevent becoming a vic-
tim of elder abuse. Talk
to your clergy, doctor or
someone you trust and
call the confidential El-
der Abuse Hotline at 1-
800-96-ABUSE (1-800-
962-2873), if you or
someone you know is
being abused.
Don't be afraid to ask
for help.


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Notes U
By Lillian Norris
Norris Notes will
not be running dur-
ing the next few
weeks. Mrs. Lillian
Norris will be back as
soon as possible with
her column. Thank
you.


Submitted
Every day, older
adults are abused, ne-
glected and denied their
rights. Older adults have
the right to dignity and
respect; to not be yelled
at, hit or humiliated; and
to make their own deci-
sions. No one has the
right to abuse our elders


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ELECTION NOTICE
The Town of White Springs will hold a Council Election April 27, 2010
for three (3) council vacancies. Qualifying ends Noon March 16, 2010.
Candidates must pick up their packets in person in order to receive
filing instructions and information from Town Clerk, Shirley Heath.

Packets will be available beginning Wednesday. February 24. 2010.

Candidates who DO NOT complete all of the qualifying process and
paperwork by Noon, March 16, 2010 WILL NOT be on the ballot.

Candidates for office shall have been duly registered voters in Hamilton
County and must physically reside in the Town of White Springs for
twelve (12) months immediately preceding qualifying. Any person who
has been currently deprived of his civil rights through conviction for
committing a crime involving a felony or moral turpitude shall not be
qualified to hold office.

Books close for this election March 29, 2010
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Obituaries


Lorrie Hinton Joeris

Lorrie Hinton Joeris,
age 42, of Jasper, FL.
passed away Sunday,
February 21, 2010 in
Gainesville, FL. Lorrie
was born in Valdosta,
Georgia. She taught
fourth grade at North
Hamilton Elementary
School in Jennings, FL.
Survivors include her
husband, Leonard
"Lenny" Joeris, III; her
son, Westen James Jo-
eris; her daughter, Eliza-
beth Joeris; her parents,
Owen Hinton, Jr. and
Sybil Strickland Hinton;
two brothers, Owen
Hinton III and James
Hinton, all of Jasper, FL.
Graveside services
will be held at 4:00 P.M.
Thursday, February 25,
2010 at Evergreen Ceme-
tery in Jasper.
Condolences may be
made online at
www.harrytreidfh.com.
Harry T. Reid Funeral
Home, Jasper, FL. is in
charge of arrangements.

Joe Carson "J.C."
Brown, Sr.

Joe Carson "J.C."
Brown, Sr., age 76, of
Jasper, FL. passed away
Monday, February 15,
2010 at his home. He
was a native and life-
long resident of Hamil-
ton County born to the
late Grover and Cora
Lee Brown. He was re-
tired from Florida Rock
where he worked for a
number of years as a
road construction fore-
man. Mr. Brown was a
member of Calvary Bap-
tist Church and attended
Mercy Baptist Church as
long as his health per-
mitted. He will be re-
membered by his family
as a wonderful husband,
father, grandfather and
great-grandfather.
Survivors include his
wife of 55 years, Annie
Andrews Brown, Jasper;
one son, Joe Carson
Brown, Jr. (Janet),
Leesville, LA.; three
daughters, DeeAnn Ben-
nett (Lee), Perry, FL.,
Cynthia Brown (Dar-


rayl), Jennings, FL., and
Linda Carol Carter
(Kenny), Perry, FL.;
eight grandchildren and
eight great-grandchil-
dren.
Funeral services were
held. Thursday, Feb. 18,
2010 at Harry T. Reid
Funeral Home, Jasper,
FL. with Rev. Mark
Collins and Rev. Chris
Hall officiating. Inter-
ment followed in Ever-
green Cemetery.
Condolences may be
conveyed online at
www.harrytreidfh.com.
Harry T. Reid Funeral
Home, Jasper, FL. was
in charge of arrange-
ments.

Virgil W. Huggins
11/29/1927 02/16/2010

Virgil W. Huggins,
age 82, of White Springs,
Florida passed away
Tuesday evening, Febru-
ary 16, 2010 at Haven
Hospice in Lake City,
Florida following an ex-
tended illness. Mr. Hug-
gins was born Novem-
ber 29, 1927 to the late
Clarence and Clara
Huggins. He served his
country in the United
States Air Force and he
retired from Occidental
Chemical Company
(PCS) in 1987. Huggins
was a member of the
Living Waters Ministry
Church. He will be
missed and remembered
by all.
He is survived by his
wife of 64 years, Effie
Mae Huggins; one son,
John Huggins, White
Springs; two daughters,
Patsy Langford, Jasper,
FL. and Lawanna Mor-
gan, White Springs, FL.;
five brothers, Bobby,
Jimmy, Donald, Moody
and Leonard; two sis-
ters, Betty Jo and Vero-
nia; nine grandchildren
and 21 great grandchil-
dren.
Funeral services were
held Friday, February
19, 2010 in the chapel of
Harry T. Reid Funeral
Home, Jasper, FL. with
Rev. Randy Ogburn offi-
ciating. Interment fol-
lowed in Riverside


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Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to
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West US Hwy 90, Lake
City, FL. 32055. Condo-
lences may be conveyed
online at www.harry-
treidfh.com
Harry T. Reid Funeral
Home was in charge of
arrangements.

John L. Morris

John L. Morris, age 63,
of White Springs, FL.
passed away Friday,
February 19, 2010 in
Shands at Lake Shore
Hospital in Lake City,
FL. following an extend-
ed illness. Mr. Morris
was born in Lake City,
FL. to the late Jimmie
and Louise Milligan
Morris. He was a heavy
equipment operator at
PCS in White Springs,
FL. Mr. Morris was a
Vietnam veteran of the
Unites States Army. He
loved to hunt and fish.
Survivors include his
wife of 42 years, Jean
Morris, White Springs,
FL.; one son, John L.
Morris (Brandy), White
Springs, FL.; two sisters,
Magdeline Kirby, White
Springs, FL. and Rose
Mae Green, Jacksonville,
FL.; two granddaugh-
ters, Brittany and Megan
Morris, grandson, Ad-
dam Morris and step
grandson, Brian Corbett.
Graveside services
were held Monday, Feb-
ruary 22, 2010 at Swift
Creek Cemetery with
Bro. Earnest Cooper and
Rev. Tommy Lindsey of-
ficiating.
Condolences may be
conveyed online at
www.harrytreidfh.com.
Harry T. Reid Funeral
Home, Jasper, FL. was
in charge of arrange-
ments.


FIRST ADVENT CHRISTIAN
N.W. 15th Avenue Jasper
Rev. Wayne Sullivan
Sunday
Sunday School......................10:00 a.m.
Morning W orship....................11:00 a.m .
Wednesday
Prayer Fellowship....................6:30 p.m.
571612-F


NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH
SR 6 West, 6592 NW 48th St.,
Jennings, FL 32053
938-5611
Pastor:Jeff Cordero
Sunday School............................... 0:00 a.m .
Morning W orship............................. 11:00 a.m .
Sunday Evening Worship, Youth Happening,
RA's, G A 's........................... .............. 6:00 p.m .
Wednesday
Supper ........................... .. 6:00 p.m.
Prayer Meeting, Discipleship class for adults,
Youth activities, Children's Choirs.....6:30 p.m.
Van pick-up upon request
571613-F
CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH
1/2 mile East on Hwy 6, Jasper, Fl 32052
792-2275
Sunday
Sunday School.....................10:00 a.m.
Morning W orship ................... 11:00 a.m .
Children's Church................. 11:00 a.m .
Church Training......................6:00 p.m .
Evening Worship............... 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday
Prayer Meeting....................... 7:00 p.m.
571614-F


See School News


in the B Section


of today's paper.



Lee-Abbott Wedding Planned


Trent Robert Abbott and Amber Danielle Lee

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher and Angela
Lee of White Springs, Florida are
pleased to announce the engagement
of their daughter Amber Danielle Lee
r-"


to Trent Robert Abbott, son of Mr. &
Mrs. Gary and Cindy Abbott of Jasper,
Florida.
The bride-elect's maternal grandpar-
ents are Mr. & Mrs. Morris and Faye
Morgan of Jasper. Her paternal grand-
parents are Mr. & Mrs. Douglas and
Katherine Lee of White Springs.
The future groom's maternal grand-
parents are Mr. & Mrs. Jimmie and La-
trelle Ragans of Madison, Florida and
paternal grandparents are Karen West-
erman and the late Bobby Abbott of
Cherry Lake, Florida.
Amber is a 2007 graduate of Florida
Home School Association and Trent is
a 2006 graduate of Corinth Christian
Academy.
The wedding is planned for 5:00
p.m. on April 10, 2010, at the Stephen
Foster State Park. A reception will fol-
low in the Stephen Foster Auditorium.
All friends and family are invited to at-
tend.


ST. THERESE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Three miles north of Jasper U.S. 41
P.O. Box 890, Jasper, FL 32052
Rectory U.S. 90 E., Live Oak, FL
(386) 364-1108
Sunday MASS 8:00 a.m.
571623-F
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CHURCH OF CHRIST
N.W. 3rd St., Jasper
Bldg.: 792-2277
Sunday
Sunday School.....................9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship... ...............10:30 a.m.
Evening Worship................... 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday
Evening................................. 6:00 p.m
571615-F

FIRST UNITED METHODIST
CHURCH
405 Central Ave., Jasper, FL
Pastor- Dale Ames
Phone- 386-792-1122
Sunday
Sunday School..............................9:45 a.m.
.1,:,, r',''.:1',J:, : rll:, 11:00 a.m .
Wednesday
Bible Study................................... 4:45 p.m .
Choir Practice............................ 6:00 p.m.
Family Night Dinner 3rd Wednesday
Clothes Closet 4th Saturday 1-5pm
571616-F


BURNHAM CHRISTIAN CHURCH
4520 NW CR 146, Jennings, FL 32053
938-1265
Pastor: Robert Carter
Sunday
Sunday School...............................9:45 a.m .
W orship... ...... ....... 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service.................... 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday
Prayer Meeting.................... ........ 7:00 p.m.
571617-F

PENTEICOSTA


PENTECOSTAL
DELIVERANCE CENTER
1394 McCall Street
Jennings, FL 32053
Pastor Edgar C. Wood
Sunday School............................10:00 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship............11:00 a.m.
Sunday Night W orship...................6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Night Worship............ 7:30 p.m.
575935-F


FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
204 N.W 3rd Avenue, Jasper, 792-2258
Pastor: Rev. Parrish Jones, 792-8412
SUNDAY
Sunday School ............................ 10:00 a.m.
Worship Service........................... 11:00 a.m.
WEDNESDAY
Prayer in Fellowship Hall...............9:00 a.m.
Choir Practice......................... 7:00 p.m.
571619-F




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To list your church on our

church directory, please call

Nancy at 1-800-525-4182


To place your ad inside

the Church Directory

please call Louise at

386-792-2487


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010


Thank You

The family of Palmer Gene Smith Sr. would
like to thank all who showed their love and sup-
port as well as being so kind and generous dur-
ing our time of loss. All the prayers, food, flow-
ers, calls, cards, donations, and time that were
given are so greatly appreciated. God has giv-
en each of us the strength to continue on
through each day and the comfort to know our
loving husband, father, grandfather, great-
grandfather, brother and friend is rejoicing with
the Lord in Heaven. What a wonderful bless-
ing it is to have so many friends and family who
care. We are so blessed to live in such a caring
and loving community, may God's grace be
with you all.

Thank you again,
Addie Mae Smith, Palmer Gene Smith Jr. (An-
nise), Art Smith (Jesus), Leslie Smith Carter
(Donald)


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Heart Matters


By Angie Land


"This is my Son,
whom I love; with Him
I am well pleased."
The Bible records God's
declaration of love in
Matthew 3:17, following
Jesus' baptism and
marking the beginning
of his ministry here on
earth. The Father was
obviously delighted
with His Son. I have al-
ways believed that God
uses the Father and Son
connection to describe
His relationship to Jesus
so that it would be more
comprehensible for
us...and today maybe I
do understand at least a
hint of what this verse
describes.
My oldest son, Cory,
just celebrated his 21st
birthday... and twenty-
one years ago his Dad-
dy and I experienced
the single greatest
change of our lives!
Admittedly, there were
times over the last sev-
eral years that we won-
dered if we would make
it... (any parents relate?)
But we did...and on this
side there is such an
overwhelming love for
our firstborn and antici-
pation for his future


...and for our second,
and our third. Being
the oldest, Cory always
paved the way for his
brother and
sister...breaking his par-
ents in to all the ups and
downs of raising chil-
dren. More than once
we have realized a bet-
ter way to handle a situ-
ation after going
through it the first time
with him. I guess that
is the burden of being
the oldest, and perhaps
explains the Jewish cus-
tom of the firstborn re-
ceiving the double por-
tion of inheritance.
Maybe they deserve it!
It is easy for us to un-
derstand why God was
well pleased with Je-
sus...after all He walked
through life perfectly
and without sin. Our
children, like their par-
ents, inherited and
struggle with a sin na-
ture. Being "well
pleased" with our chil-
dren can be a daily vari-
able, but what if we
made it a decision that
was based more on who
they are than what they
achieve? I believe it is
intentional that God
pronounced His decla-
ration before Jesus' min-


istry even began...He
had yet to perform any
miracles or preach any
sermons...or complete
His amazing work on
the cross. Yet, God was
pleased with Him...be-
cause of who He was,
not his accomplish-
ments. This perspective
should encourage us not
to discount decisions
our children make that
might not be our prefer-
ence, realizing they are
different and separate
from us. Hopefully it
will also make it easier
for us to relax and allow
our children to make
mistakes, stumble and
learn...and grow, with-
out fear that their strug-
gles reflect some flaw in
us.
So on this anniversary
of being a parent for 21
years and having raised
our firstborn to be a "le-
gal adult", of this we are
sure: Cory...we are
well pleased with you,
because you are created
in the image of God,
and God has fearfully
and wonderfully made
you...to love life, your
family and helping oth-
ers...to enjoy a home-
cooked meal, the history
channel and competi-


tion of any kind. He
made you one of a
kind...unique! We are
well pleased because
out of all the parents
God could have given
you, He gave you to
us...and we are forever
blessed because of it,
and watch with antici-
pation to see how your
life unfolds. We pray
that our love has given
you roots that will help
you find your wings...
"I know the plans I
have for you," declares
the Lord, "plans to pros-
per you and not harm
you, and to give you a
hope and a future." Je-
remiah 29:11

Because Every Heart
Matters...
Angie

Heart Matters is a week-
ly column written by Ang-
ie Land, Director of the
Family Life Ministries of
the Lafayette Baptist Asso-
ciation, where she teaches
bible studies, leads mar-
riage and family confer-
ences and offers biblical
counseling to individuals,
couples and families.
Contact Angie with ques-
tions or comments at ang-
ieland3@windstream.net


I DID A HIKE

The North Florida Trail Blazers are once
again hosting the IDID A HIKE on Saturday,
March 13, 2010 along the beautiful Suwannee
River to benefit the Florida Trail Association
and our chapter. The trail hugs the river much
of the way crossing the Walking Man Bridge,
Falling Creek and Little Shoals. We will be
meeting in White Springs at the Heritage and
Nature Tourism Center, a shuttle will carry you
to the trailhead. Shuttle service begins at 8:00
am until noon. There will be Sag wagons at sev-
eral locations along the way. There will be a $20
charge to get on the shuttle. Bring comfortable
shoes, water and pack a lunch if you like, there
will be refreshments available at some of the
sag points. Contact: Alton Snellgrove,
or dunnams@wind-
stream.net.


Crabb revival
New Hope Baptist Church of Jennings is excited to
welcome "Crabb Revival" which evolved from the
legendary gospel group, "The Crabb Family", in con-
cert on Saturday March 6th at 7:00p.m. There will be
a suggested donation of $10.00 at the door for ages
10 and up, a suggested donation of $5.00 for ages 5-
9 and no suggested donation for under 5. Doors will
open at 6:00p.m. For more information please call
(386)792-0971.


Life in White Springs


Continued From Page 3A

events to take advantage
of the increased traffic in
town.
So I say it once again,
life in White Springs has
a lot to offer! Get up
and get out and enjoy it
and I hope to see you
there.
We sorrowfully report
that Florida Trail Asso-
ciation member, Teddy
Steinhardt, recently had
a heart attack and has


passed away. Teddy,
along with other mem-
bers of the Florida Trail
Association did a lot to
support and maintain
the section of the Florida
Trail that passes
through White Springs.
We appreciate all you
members of the FTA
and we are very sorry
for your loss.
Walter McKenzie
iif,. i tiil;,1 il,. i. i i e;-.
@gmail.com
386-269-0056


Community Calendar


Feb. 26 LifeSouth's Jasper Community Blood
Drive from noon until 5 p.m. at the Hamilton
County Courthouse

Feb. 27 LifeSouth's Jasper Community Blood
Drive from 9a-3p at Hitchcock's Foodway

Mar. 6 Burnham Christian Church Yard Sale,
8 a.m. until at Suwannee Valley Nursing Home.
All proceeds from this event will be donated to the
2010 Hamilton County Relay for Life.

Mar. 6 NFCC's 2nd annual Super Saturday
event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tours, presenta-
tions, entertainment, admissions assistance and
more offered. Open to everyone interested in at-
tending or learning more about NFCC. Call 850-
973-9450 for more information.

Mar. 6 "Crabb Revival" at New Hope Baptist
Church. Doors open at 6pm, concert begins at


7pm. Donations accepted
0971 for more information.


at the door. Call 792-


Mar. 6 Family reunion for all relatives and
friends of James E. Jacobs and Sarah E. Oxendine
starts at 9 a.m. in the Stephen Foster Memorial
Park, White Springs.

Monthly Happenings:
The Jasper Revitalization Committee meets the
3rd Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Jasper
City Hall.

Bible Baptist Church opens their clothes closet
on the 2nd Saturday of each month from lp.m-
3p.m. Call 792-0720 for more information

The Town of White Springs presents "First Sat-
urdays". Community-wide events including free
refreshments, yard sales, retail business-spon-
sored sales and events.


Is Christ In Your Church?


By David H. Matier,
Doctor of Pastoral
Counseling

In Revelation (notice
there is no "s" on the
end of that word) the
Apostle John writes as
he was commanded of
the Holy Spirit about the
7 churches. During his
lifetime these churches
were 7 literal churches
but they also represent 7
ages of the church; 7 pe-
riods that the church
would go through. And
I submit to you that to-
day the church is in the
last age, or the age of the
7th church, the
Laodicean Church (Rev-
elation 3:14-22)
In Revelation 1:19 God


gives you the outline of
the Book of Revelation:
"Write the things which
thou hast seen, and the
things which are, and
the things which shall
be hereafter;" The 7
churches fall under
"which are." Beginning
in Revelation chapter 4
you have the things
"which shall be here-
after." That is why when
someone asks you, "Do
you think we are living
during the time of the
7th seal?" or something
pertaining to something
after chapter 4 in Revela-
tion you know they are
not adhering to sound
doctrine because they
are not following the
outline that the book
gave of itself in itself.
What better outline
could you use?
Too often students of
the Word jump over the
study of these churches.
William R. Newell, in his
book Revelation Chap-
ter-By-Chapter has an
interesting statement at
the beginning of the 2nd
chapter. He states the
portion of the Revelation
the messages to the
churches take up and
then says, "The true stu-
dent of God's word
learns to give most at-
tention to what God
most emphasizes. There-
fore we beg the reader
not to pass lightly over
these seven solemn mes-
sages from the Lord
Himself concerning our
own days, nor to be in
undue haste to get over
into the distinctly
prophetic and more
spectacular part of The


Revelation, beginning at
chapter four" Then he
writes, "Someone truly
says, 'There is always a
tendency in the human
heart to become occu-
pied with the dispensa-
tion in which we are
not.'"
First of all God said to
the Angel of the church -
the messenger or pastor
if you please "I know
thy works" (Revelation
3:15). God knows. He
knows that the church is
not capable of bringing
comfort because it is nei-
ther "cold" nor "hot."
You need to pray like the
two blind men the Lord
encountered along the
wayside. When He
asked them what they
wanted they said, "Lord
that our eyes may be
opened" (Matthew
20:33). In effect, today's
church makes Him sick;
"I wilt spue thee out of
my mouth. Because thou
sayest, I am rich, and in-
creased with goods and
have need of nothing;
and knowest not that
thou art wretched, and
miserable, and poor, and
blind, and naked: I coun-
seled thee to buy of me
gold tried in the fire, that
thou mayest be clothed
and that the shame of
they nakedness do not
appear; and anoint eyes
with eye salve, that thou
mayest see. As many as I
love, I rebuke and chas-
ten: be zealous therefore
and repent" (Revelation
3:16-19). And then in
verse 20, the verse we so
often use in evangelism
the Bible says, "Behold, I
stand at the door, and


knock: if any man hear
my voice, and open the
door, I will come in to
him, and will sup with
him, and he with me."
This verse, in the context
is speaking about the
church. It is time that the
church let Jesus in! It is
about time for the
church to include Jesus
in their services! But the
real problem is most
churches aren't even
aware of his absence!
The Lord Jesus stands at
the door, waiting for you
to repent of "playing
church." Waiting for the
church to say, "Lord,
that our eyes may be
opened." Next time you
go to church claim His
promise "For where
two or three are gath-
ered together in my
name, there am I in the
midst of them"
(Matthew 18:20). This is
a specific promise to
those who come togeth-
er for a specific purpose
- to worship and praise
Him! And watch His
Spirit work in your
midst as you expect Him
to.
Let the children in
your church grow up
seeing the real thing.
Don't let them be like the
young boy, that when
asked to write a letter to
God, by his Sunday
School teacher, wrote,
"Dear God, We had a
good time at church to-
day. Wish You could
have been there." Oh,
that God might work in
our midst!

David H. Matier, DPC
dmatier@windstream. net


2 Female Dogs

Found in Forestown on 31st Terrace off CR 51
in Jasper area. One is a pug-golden in color,
the other black with brown and white markings.
Please call 386-792-3810 if they are yours.

~J 1


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010


Learn all about science, energy

and fun at laboratory open houses


TALLAHASSEE, Fla.
- If you like seeing
things melted, frozen,
launched, levitated,
squeezed and
stretched, then you
won't want to miss the
National High Magnet-
ic Field Laboratory's
open house, taking
place on Saturday, Feb.
27, from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m.
And after touring the
lab (1800 E. Paul Dirac
Drive), plan to walk
around the corner to
2000 Levy Ave. and
learn all about electric
power and energy at
the Florida State Uni-
versity Center for Ad-
vanced Power Systems
and Institute for Ener-
gy Systems, Economics
and Sustainability,
which will be holding
their own open house
at the same time. All
events at both locations
are free and open to the
public.
With something for
young and old alike,
the magnet lab's al-
ways-popular annual
open house features
science demonstrations,
hands-on activities, and
the chance to meet and
talk about science with
some of the world's
leading researchers.
Visitors can see parts
of the lab that they
can't see any other day,
offering an up-close
look at some of the
strongest magnets in
the world, as well as
other powerful research
instruments. A special
"Kids Zone" will fea-
ture science activities
designed especially for
young children, includ-
ing painting with mag-
nets, a bubble wall, and
kiddie pools full of
"non-Newtonian flu-
ids" (better known as
oobleck).
Back this year are
perennial favorites
such as the Potato Can-
non, Einstein Ice
Cream, the Penny
Press, the Magnetic
Shrinking Machine and
lots of cryogenics
demonstrations. Sever-
al demonstrations,
however, are new for
2010, including:
The Plasma Arc:
See what happens
when you place a mate-


rial between a welding
torch containing an
electrode heated to be-
tween 5,432 and 36,032
degrees Fahrenheit,
and a plasma column.
(Hint: there's an in-
tense light that causes
fast, high-temperature
chemical reactions).
Vegetable MRI:
Reaching 21.1 tesla, the
lab's 900-megahertz,
superconducting mag-
net is the highest-field
MRI in the world. (By
way of comparison, a
standard hospital MRI
is between 1 and 3 tes-
la, and a refrigerator
magnet is 0.001 tesla.)
Watch on a big screen
as vegetables are im-
aged in this one-of-a-
kind, locally built mag-
net.
The Avatar Planet:
Over at the lab's Ap-
plied Superconductivi-
ty Center, scientists
will recreate the setting
popularized by the
movie using levitation,
plasma light and more.
In so doing, they will
demonstrate the scien-
tific underpinnings of
some of the movie's
messages: All of the en-
ergy absorbed will be
returned, and every-
thing in nature is con-
nected.
Visitors to the mag-
net lab's open house
are encouraged to do-
nate a can of food or
other nonperishable
food item as the unoffi-
cial price of admission.
All food donations ben-
efit America's Second
Harvest of the Big
Bend.
Meanwhile, just up
the street, Florida
State's Center for Ad-
vanced Power Systems
and Institute for Ener-
gy Systems, Economics
and Sustainability will
put out the welcome
mat for members of the
public who would like
to tour the facilities and
find out about some of
the cutting-edge energy
research taking place
there. The all-ages open
house will offer visitors
the opportunity to:Race
hydrogen-powered
model cars; Build their
own, take-it-home elec-
tric motor; Get a hands-
on introduction to
wind turbines and tra-


ditional power systems
and how they operate;
and learn how super-
conductors and fuel-
cell technologies can
help improve the na-
tion's power grid.
Many other activi-
ties are planned, in-
cluding interactive
learning about Florida
wildlife and live blue-
grass music. On top of
all that, there is plenty
of free parking for all
events behind the facil-
ity.


UF clinic to offer free hearing screenings


Submitted
GAINESVILLE, Fla. The Univer-
sity of Florida Speech and Hearing
Clinic will offer free hearing screen-
ings this spring at its 13th Street loca-
tion.
Hearing loss affects more than 36
million Americans and is the third
most common health condition in the
United States. Although hearing prob-
lems are commonly associated with
the normal aging process, more than
half of people with hearing loss are
younger than 65, according to the
American Academy of Audiology.
With the increased use of MP3 music
players and ear buds, the number of
Americans experiencing hearing loss
at a younger age is growing, said Pa-


tricia B. Kricos, Ph.D., a professor in
the College of Public Health and
Health Professions' department of
communicative disorders.
"If you have trouble hearing con-
versation in a noisy environment such
as a restaurant, are unable to hear peo-
ple talk to you without looking at
them, or have a constant ringing or
pain in your ears, you may have a
problem with your hearing and need
to see an audiologist," Kricos said.
The Speech and Hearing Clinic will
offer free screenings from 11:30 a.m. to
1 p.m. on March 17, March 31, April 7
and April 28. The clinic is located at
1405 NW 13th St., Suites B and C. No
appointment is necessary. For more in-
formation, please call 352-273-0542.


UF researchers: Alcohol, energy drinks add up to

higher intoxication levels, increased driving risk


Submitted

GAINESVILLE, Fla. Energy drinks, favored
among young people for the beverages' caffeine jolt,
also play a lead role in several popular alcoholic
drinks, such as Red Bull and vodka. But combining
alcohol and energy drinks may create a dangerous
mix, according to University of Florida research.
In a study of college-aged adults exiting bars, pa-
trons who consumed energy drinks mixed with al-
cohol had a threefold increased risk of leaving a bar
highly intoxicated and were four times more likely
to intend to drive after drinking than bar patrons
who drank alcohol only. The study appears in the
April issue of the journal Addictive Behaviors.
"Previous laboratory research suggests that when
caffeine is mixed with alcohol it overcomes the se-
dating effects of alcohol and people may perceive
that they are less intoxicated than they really are,"
said the study's lead researcher Dennis Thombs,
Ph.D., an associate professor in the UF College of
Public Health and Health Professions' department of
behavioral science and community health. "This
may lead people to drink more or make uninformed
judgments about whether they are safe to drive."
Experts believe that among college drinkers, as
many as 28 percent consume alcohol mixed with en-
ergy drinks in a typical month.
The UF study is the first of its kind to evaluate the
effects of alcohol mixed with energy drinks in an ac-
tual drinking environment, that is, at night outside
bars. Research on college student alcohol use in cam-
pus communities has traditionally relied on self-re-
port questionnaires administered to sober students
in daytime settings, Thombs said.
Data for the UF study were collected in 2008 from
more than 800 randomly selected patrons exiting es-
tablishments in a college bar district between the
hours of 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. Researchers conducted
face-to-face interviews with participants to gather
demographic information and details on partici-
pants' energy drink consumption and drinking be-
havior. Participants also completed self-adminis-
tered questionnaires that asked about their drinking
history and intention to drive that night. Next, re-
searchers tested participants' breath alcohol concen-


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their intoxication levels and advice about driving
risk.
Bar patrons who reported drinking alcohol mixed
with energy drinks 6.5 percent of study partici-
pants were three times more likely to be intoxi-
cated than drinkers who consumed alcohol only.
The average breath-alcohol concentration reading
for those who mixed alcohol and energy drinks was
0.109, well above the legal driving limit of 0.08. Con-
sumers of energy drink cocktails also left bars later at
night, drank for longer periods of time, ingested
more grams of ethanol and were four times more
likely to express an intention to drive within the
hour than patrons who drank alcohol only.
Consumers of alcohol mixed with energy drinks
may drink more and misjudge their capabilities be-
cause caffeine diminishes the sleepy feeling most
people experience as they become intoxicated. It's a
condition commonly described as "wide awake and
drunk," said study co-author Bruce Goldberger,
Ph.D., a professor and director of toxicology in the
UF College of Medicine.
"There's a very common misconception that if you
drink caffeine with an alcoholic beverage the stimu-
lant effect of the caffeine counteracts the depressant
effect of the alcohol and that is not true," Goldberg-
er said. "We know that caffeine aggravates the de-
gree of intoxication, which can lead to risky behav-
iors."




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Empowering Tabernacle House of Prayer's


First "1st Sunday" Service was held Feb. 7

Submitted

Empowering
Tabernacle House
Of Prayer Out-
reach Ministry, un-
der the leadership
of Pastor Phillip
M. and Mother Le-
dia S. Jackson, will
hold a Youth Min-
istry Service at 5
p.m. every 1st Sun-
day.
The first pro-
gram was held on
February 7th and
the youth present-
ed the "Fruits of
the Spirit". See
photos of scenes
from this first
event below.

All the youth were
presented with cer-
tificates for their
hard work and dedi-
cation by Pastor
Phillip M. Jackson.


The youth opened the "1st Sunday" program with a congregational song.
Photos
submitted


The Little Blessing performed two selections for the congregation


Pastor Phillip M. Jackson samples an orange from Sister The youth presented their "Fruits of the Spirit" projects
Dashia Roberson's "Fruits of the Spirit" project (Faith).


Brother Jamari Howell read
23)


the scripture (Galatians 5:22-
the scripture (Galatians 5:22-


The youth presented their "Fruits of the Spirit" projects


The youth presented their "Fruits of the Spirit" projects


The youth presented their "Fruits of the Spirit" projects


The youth presented their "Fruits of the Spirit" projects


The youth presented their "Fruits of the Spirit" projects


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010





THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010


Apply now for Farm and Ranch

Lands Protection Funding


Submitted

Gainesville, FL., Janu-
ary 08, 2010 The Farm
and Ranch Lands Pro-
tection Program (FRPP)
administered by the
USDA, Natural Re-
sources Conservation
Service (NRCS), is ac-
cepting proposals now
for funding opportuni-
ties. Working through
existing programs,
USDA partners with
State, Tribal or local
governments and non-
governmental organiza-
tions, to acquire conser-
vation easements or oth-
er interests in land from
landowners. FRPP pro-
vides matching funds to
help purchase develop-
ment rights to keep pro-
ductive farm and ranch-
land in agricultural uses
and to protect historic
or archeological re-
sources. USDA provides
up to 50 percent of the
fair market easement
value of the conserva-
tion easement.
The 2008 Farm Bill
provided for a continu-
ous signup to allow eli-
gible entities more op-
portunities to sign up,
but a watching date has
been established for fis-
cal year 2010 funds.
Applications must be
submitted on or before
March 11, 2010, to re-
ceive consideration for
funding in fiscal year
2010.
Land proposed for the
FRPP must meet one of
three eligibility cate-
gories: have prime,
unique or other produc-
tive soil; contain historic
or archeological re-
sources; or furthers
State or local policy con-
sistent with the purpos-
es of the program.
Eligible entities must
secure the appraisal,
survey, and title search,
prepare the conserva-
tion easement deed, and
pay for the closing.
Owners of the parcels
must have an adjusted
gross income of less
than one million dollars
and be in compliance
with the USDA highly
erodible land and wet-
land compliance re-
quirements.
Proposals should be
submitted to the atten-
tion of Ronald Howard,
USDA-NRCS, 2614 NW
43rd Street, Gainesville,
FL, 32606. NRCS will
obligate funding for the
selected parcels in a co-
operative agreement
with the eligible entities
that submitted the se-
lected parcel.


The proposals will be
reviewed and evaluated
based on the entity's eli-
gibility, land eligibility,
and the extent to which
the proposal supports
FRPP objectives. Pro-
posals must include ad-
equate proof of a pend-
ing offer for the subject
land. Adequate proof
includes a written bid,
contract, commitment,
or option extended to a
landowner. Pending of-
fers based upon ap-
praisals completed and
signed by State-certified
general appraisers will
receive higher priority
for FRPP funding.
The proposal shall
also contain the follow-
ing: Acreage of the pro-
posed project area
(acreage needing protec-
tion); Acreage of prime,
unique, and/or locally
important farm land
soils that is estimated to
be protected; Number
or acreage of historic
and archaeological sites
estimated to be protect-
ed on farm or ranch
lands;
FRPP cost per acre;
Rate of land conversion
within the County; Per-
centage of funding
guaranteed to be pro-
vided by cooperating
entities; History of co-
operating entities' expe-
rience with acquiring,
managing, holding, and
enforcing easements (in-
cluding average annual
farmland protection
easement expenditures


over the past five years,
accomplishments, and
staff); Amount of FRPP
funding requested; and
Participating entities'
estimated unfunded
backlog of conservation
easements on acres eli-
gible for FRPP assis-
tance.
For further informa-
tion check out the FRPP
website at
http:/ /www.nrcs.usda.
gov/programs/frpp/ or
contact Ronald Howard,
FRPP State Program
Manager,
ron.howard@fl.usda.gov
, (352) 338-9508.


Submitted
The Suwannee River
Water Management Dis-
trict has created a new
page on its website
(www.mysuwanneeriv-
er.com) to provide more
information about the
new year-round water
conservation require-
ments for landscape irri-
gation that went into ef-
fect Jan. 6.
The webpage also pro-
vides water conservation
tips for homeowners,
utilities, farmers and
other users.
A link to the new page
is provided in the
"Choose Your Days" box
on the District's website
homepage. The website


From USDA, NRCS Jasper Service Center

Funding announced to help Florida

farmers extend their growing season

3-Year Pilot Project to Verify

Effectiveness of High Tunnels


Submitted

GAINESVILLE, FL
(January 28, 2010) The
U.S. Department of Agri-
culture's Natural Re-
sources Conservation Ser-
vice (NRCS) has an-
nounced a new pilot pro-
ject under the 'Know Your
Farmer, Know Your Food'
initiative for farmers to es-
tablish high tunnels also
known as hoop houses -


to increase the availability
of locally grown produce
in a conservation-friendly
way. NRCS will provide
financial assistance to
qualified producers for
the project through the
Environmental Quality
Incentives Program
(EQIP) and the EQIP Or-
ganic Initiative.
"This pilot project is go-
ing to give us real-world
information that farmers
all over the country can
use to decide if they want
to add high tunnels to
their operations. We
know that these fixtures
can help producers ex-
tend their growing season
and hopefully add to their
bottom line," said USDA
Deputy Secretary Kath-
leen Merrigan.
A high tunnel is a
greenhouse-like structure
made of ribs of plastic or
metal pipe covered with a
layer of plastic sheeting, at
least six feet in height,
which modifies the cli-
mate inside to create more
favorable growing condi-
tions for and other spe-
cialty crops grown in the
natural soil beneath it.
High tunnels are easy to
build, maintain and move
and may be used year-
round in Florida, provid-
ing steady incomes to
farmers a significant ad-
vantage to owners of


small farms, limited-re-
source farmers and organ-
ic producers. There may
also be advantages to
Florida's natural re-
sources with high tunnel
production. "There is a lot
less fertilizer use under
the tunnels than what we
would use in an open field
situation," says Skeeter
Bethea, farm manager for
Utopia Farms in Florida.
Qualified participants
can receive funding for
one high tunnel that can
cover as much as five per-
cent of one acre; or ap-
proximately a 30 by 72
foot structure.
Farmers who would
like to sign-up for the high
tunnel pilot in Hamilton
County should call or vis-
it the local USDA- NRCS
Office in Jasper at (386)
792-1105, Ext.3 by March
12, 2010.
General program infor-
mation is available on the
NRCS Florida website at
HYPERLINK "out-
bind:/ /115/www.fl.nrcs.
usda.gov" \o "out-
bind:/ /115/www.fl.nrcs.
u s d a g o v
www.fl.nrcs.usda.gov.
The NRCS is an agency
of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture that helps
people conserve, main-
tain, and improve our nat-
ural resources and the en-
vironment.


also has a link to fre-
quently asked questions
(FAQs) about the new
landscape irrigation rule.
The FAQs are accessible
from the "Resources"
link on the homepage.
Under the new rule,
homeowners and others
within the District are
asked to limit landscape
irrigation to one or two
days per week, depend-
ing upon the time of the
year. The District covers
all of Columbia, Dixie,
Gilchrist, Hamilton,
Lafayette, Madison,
Suwannee, Taylor, and
Union counties and parts
of Alachua, Baker, Brad-
ford, Jefferson, Levy,
and Putnam counties.


-


SRWMD launches webpage for

landscape irrigation limits,

water conservation tips


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Section B
Thursday, February 25, 2010


HCHS students competed in Suwannee


Valley Regional Science Fair 2010


By Rebecca Jackson


Have you ever been so nervous that
you could hear your heart pound?
Feel your blood rushing through your
veins and shake your legs so much
they are about to fall off? Last week
students from Hamilton County High
School experienced all of these things.
Angela Cameron, Javier Gonzalez, Re-
becca Jackson, Belal Jaradat, Sooyean
Jun, Trey Norris, Hetal Thakor, and
Derrick Simmons all competed in the
Suwannee Valley Regional Science
Fair in Lake City at Lake City Com-
munity College.
The students have been preparing
since November of last year, filling
out paperwork, studying research and
getting their materials ready to repre-
sent Hamilton County in Regional
Competition. The students were
judged on their projects on Wednes-
day February 17th and they competed
against students from Suwannee, Co-
lumbia, Union, and Bradford Coun-
ties. Students were judged by two to
four judges. Derrick Simmons said,
"I was nervous when the first judge
came, but when the others came to
judge, I was confident that I could do
well."


Thursday February 18th the stu-
dents returned to the Performing Arts
Center at Lake City Community Col-
lege for awards. All of them were
nervous to find out how they had
done. As categories were called, the
students waited patiently to hear their
names called. Second place award
went to Hetal Thakor. She competed
in the Senior Medicine and Health
Category with her project on extract-
ing DNA from split pears. First place
awards were received by Rebecca
Jackson and Belal Jaradat in the Se-
nior Teams Category and their micro-
biology project compared the disinfec-
tant abilities of both Lysol and Oust.
First place also went to Derrick Sim-
mons who competed in the Senior
Chemistry Category with his project
on how to find fingerprints with su-
perglue. The excitement built when
Derrick also won the Yale Science and
Engineering Award. This is a great
accomplishment. Most exciting was
when they announced that Derrick
was also selected to continue on to
State Competition in Lakeland, FL
this April. Everyone was excited, es-
pecially Ms. Abbey Taylor when she
heard that Derrick was going to State.
Many of the awards at regional


HCHS students who participated in the Suwannee Valley Regional Science & Engineering
Fair 2010 from left to right: Trey Norris, Sooyean Jun, Javier Gonzalez, Hetal Thakor, Re-
becca Jackson, Angela Cameron, Derrick Simmons and Belal Jaradat.
- Photos by Abbey Taylor


competition were sponsored by pa-
trons here in Hamilton County and
the student participants and teachers
would like to thank AFJROTC, Mrs.


Suzette Wiggins, Mrs. Carolyn Simon,
and Mrs. Helen Hobbs for supporting
their hard work in science fair compe-
tition.


S Derrick Simmons took 1st place in the Senior Chemistry
Hetal Thakor won 2nd place in the Senior Medicine and category and won the Yale Science & Engineering award at Rebecca Jackson & Belal Jaradat were 1st place award wir
Health category at the recent Suwannee Valley Regional the 2010 Suwannee Valley Regional Science & Engineering ners in the Senior Teams category at the 2010 Suwanne
Science & Engineering Fair 2010. Fair. He will be advancing to state competition. Valley Regional Science & Engineering Fair.




CHE students enjoy field trip recently


1-
e


Submitted

Ms. Sharon
Byrd's 2nd Grade
Class went on a
field trip recently
to City Hall and
the Fire Station.
The students en-
joyed the tour of
City Hall and
greeted Mr. Lar-
ry Cail. In addi-
tion, students en-
joyed visiting the
Fire Station and
learning new
facts about the
Fire Trucks and
other vital infor-
mation. See
scenes from the
field trip below.


The class enjoyed visiting the fire station and posing for pictures with firefighters.
- Photos submitted


* CHE 2nd-graders toured City Hall and met City Manager
S Larry Cail and Chief Financial Officer Margaret Harper


Ms. Sharon Byrd's 2nd-grade class visited City Hall


Ine class enjoyed visiting tne tire station ana posing tor
pictures with firefighters.


Ms. Sharon Byrd's 2nd-grade class visited City Hall





THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010


News from NHE


NHE Celebrates Literacy Week, Florida!


Submitted

Celebrate Literacy
Florida Week was a
wonderful experience
for the students and staff
of North Hamilton Ele-
mentary! We kicked off
our week with students
engaging in reading
time with each other
across grade levels. The
students enjoyed this ac-
tivity so much we have
already made plans for
future readings.
Several parents,
grandparents, and com-
munity members read
with our students dur-
ing the week so our stu-
dents could experience
family shared time read-
ing at school, while at
the same time their fam-
ilies could learn about
our awesome Accelerat-
ed Reader program here
at NHE.
We had a book drive
and those books are be-
ing distributed to others
in the community as we
work to spread a love of
literacy. Parents donated
several books to our
school library in honor


of their own children.
We were thrilled to have
the family of SaraBeth
Adams donate $100 to
our school library pro-
gram during literacy
week!
Officer Karen
Williams read "The Day
in the Life of a Police Of-
ficer" to all of our
kindergarten and first
grade students and then
answered their ques-
tions about being a law
enforcement officer.
North Hamilton was
honored to have au-
thor/ illustrator Mr.
Patrick Carlson visit our
school and share his tal-
ents. Our students had
the opportunity to buy
an autographed copy of
his book "Too Tall Joe",
a children's book about
being unique and ac-
cepting others for their
differences. It was a real
privilege for us to meet
this gentleman and learn
more about his life, his
writings, and his cre-
ative illustrations.
We also had a coloring
contest for our students
in grades K-2, and a


Officer Karen Williams reads to Kindergarten and 1st grade
classes


poster contest for our
students in grades 3-6.
Our winners were:
PreK (Mrs. D. Con-
bass):
1st- Jasmine Waweru,
2nd-Anayeli Galvez,
3rd-Kenley Brady
Mrs. Boatwright's
Class:
1st- Emilla Salinas,
2nd- Lauren Hatch, 3rd-
Edward Valdez
Mrs. Dechant's Class:
1st- Jearld Smith, 2nd-
Shawn Warren, 3rd-
Maria Silverio-Chung
Mrs. C. Combass'
Class:
1st- Corrin Pulliam,
2nd- Justin Reynolds,
3rd- Jenna Tolle
Mrs. McCall's Class:
1st- Jessica Soriano,
2nd- Jorden Beck, 3rd-
Jocelynn Wooten
Ms. Adams' Class:
1st Tyler Whetstone,
2nd- Landon Adkins,
3rd- David Gause
Mrs. Carter's Class:
1st- Jerrel Tolle, 2nd-
Miguel Thomas, 3rd-
David Knafel
Mrs. Parks' Class:
1st- Zachary Rainish,
2nd- Jalin Hawkins, 3rd-
Blake Selph
Mrs. Alkinson's Class:
1st- Skiler Fountain,
2nd- Aileeka Williams,
3rd- Madison Camp
Mrs. Bennett's Class:
1st- Nicole Aguero,
2nd- Briana Aguero, 3rd-
Richard Arnold
Mrs. Driggers' Class:
1st- Jorge Miguel, 2nd-
Ramsey Reynolds, 3rd-
Thalia Rios
Mrs. McCoy's Class:
1st- Joshua Uuzua-
Diaz, 2nd- Nicholas Mc-
Clain, 3rd- Luke Adkins
Poster Winners:
Third Grade:
1st- Elizabeth Cheshire
(Kennedy), 2nd- Justin
Jackson (Kennedy), 3rd-
Yesenia Ortiz (Kennedy)
Fourth Grade:
1st- Guadalupe Ponce,
(Byrd), 2nd- Alyssa Cul-
breth (Byrd), 3rd- Zac
Murphy (Byrd)
Fifth Grade:
1st- Callie Adams,
2nd- Hannah Carter,
3rd- Bailey Jones
SS~W*' .t ^ --


NHE students enjoyed reading during Celebrate Literacy Florida Week Photos submitted


NHE students enjoyed reading during Celebrate Literacy Florida Week


NHE students enjoyed reading during Celebrate Literacy Florida Week


NHE students pose for group photo during Celebrate Literacy Florida Week


"Thank You" from NHE


Author/illustrator Mr. Patrick Carlson spoke with NHE students


Big Surprise for NHE

Kindergarten & 1st grade


The Tooth Fairy surprised NHE students with a visit and taught them how to take care
of their teeth. Photo submitted

Submitted when the Tooth Fairy came to visit


Kindergarten and first grade stu-
dents at North Hamilton Elementary
School had a huge surprise recently


them! The students learned about
good dental hygiene and they have
big plans to take excellent care of
their teeth.


NHE librarian IVrs. Betty sue Lant and barabeth Aaams Photo submitted


Submitted
North Hamilton Elementary
School wishes to say a big "Thank
you" to the family of SaraBeth
Adams. This family graciously do-


nated $100 to buy new books for our
school library. Mrs. Betty Sue Zant is
our school librarian and fulfilling
this book order is much appreciated
by her and our entire staff.


I


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010


News from NHE


Awards Day Program
Submitted
North Hamilton Elementary
School celebrated student achieve-
ment on February 3, 2010 with
their Awards Day Program for the
2nd nine weeks. Beth Burnam was
the emcee. Leaders for the pledge
of allegiance were PK-2nd grades
Tyler Whetstone and 3rd-6th
grades Chasity Arnold. Sound
technicians for music were Benita
Morris and Alzavier Gandy. Hon-
or roll students will be recognized
in a separate article.


Student of the Quarter

Recognized for
Student of the
Quarter were
PK-Miya War-
ren, Kinder-
garten-Maria
Roja, 1st grade-
Jesse McElwain,
2nd grade-
Nicole Aguero,
3rd grade-
Shawn Burnett,
4th grade-Jesus ,
Carcia,
5thgrade-
Martha Pruitt,
6th grade-Malik
Clay.
Student of the
Quarter is select- Students of the Quarter, left to right: 2nd grade-Nicole Aguero, 1st grade- Jesse McElwain,
ed by the grade Kgn-Maria Roja, PK-Miya Warren Photos submitted
level teachers for
students who
have exhibited
all-around acad-
emic and charac-
ter performance.
Mrs. Wethering-
ton-Zamora pre-
sented the Prin-
cipal's Award to
Jearld Smith for
PK-2nd grades
and to Keyona
Gandy for
grades 3rd-6th in
recognition of
the students' im-
provement in
their overall be-
havior. Principal's Award (3rd-6th)
winner Keyona Gandy Shawn Burnett Jesus Garcia



Accelerated Reader Program


Left to right: Tyler
Whetstone, Awards
Day pledge leader
(PK-2nd), Chasity
Arnold, Awards
Day pledge leader
(3rd-6th), Benita
Morris, Awards
Day sound techni-
cian, Alzavier
Gandy, Awards Day
sound technician
- Photos submitted


Principal Wetherington-Zamora with Principal's Award
(PK-2nd) winner Jearld Smith


Martha Pruitt


Left to
Right:
Frank
Daniels,
Angelina
Gaspar,
Brad
Driggers,
Josefina
Diaz,
Jestyn
Roberts -
Photos
submitted


In the Accelerated
Reader program, nu-
merous students were
rewarded for their
achievement of AR
goals. School-wide, stu-
dents received
pencil/erasers, free
concessions, ice cream,
and movie with pop-
corn/drink.
The Accelerated
Reader trophy winners
were: 2nd grade-Frank
Daniels, 3rd grade-An-
gelina Gaspar, 4th
grade-Brad Driggers,


5th grade-Jestyn
Roberts, and 6th grade-
Josefina Diaz. The AR
trophy is awarded to a
student in each grade
level that has the high-
est percent towards
their individual goals
and at least .'' r. accura-
cy on AR comprehen-
sion quizzes. AR over-
all class winners were
Mrs. Trixie Bennett's
class for grades K-2nd
and Mrs. Menieca
Kennedy's class for
grades 3rd-6th.


NHE's Teacher and Employee


of the Year for 2010-2011


North Hamilton Elementary
School faculty and staff were hon-
ored to recognize 2010-2011


Teacher of the Year, Leeann Com-
bass and Employee of the Year,
Lucille Seymore. These ladies are


examples of the dedication of our
faculty and staff to "changing
lives through quality education".


Positive


Behavior


Program

For the Positive Behavior Program
students are regularly rewarded for
their efforts to follow school behavior
guidelines. Just as soon as the weather
warms up, students achieving the 20
PAWS level and the 40 PAWS level will
be rewarded with outside playtime and
game day.


Leeann Combass is North Hamilton Elementary's 2010- Lucille Seymore is North Hamilton Elementary's 2010-2011
2011 Teacher of the Year. Employee of the Year. Photos submitted


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THE JASPER NEWS, Jasper, FL


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010


Hamilton County



2010 Track Schedule



Date Meet Place Time



Tues. 2/23 Raider Open Santa Fe 3:30


Fri. 2/26 Oak Hall Relays Gainesville 4:00


Tues. 3/2 Mayo, MC, Suw Home 3:30

Sat. 3/6 Raider Inv. Santa Fe 9:00

Fri. 3/12 Bolles Bulldog Jacksonville 1:00
Classic

Sat. 3/20 Hamilton Co. Inv. Home 9:00


Tues. 3/23 Fresh/Soph Inv. Santa Fe 3:00


Thu. 3/25 St. Johns CD Inv. Orange Park TBA


Sat. 4/10 Capitol City Tallahassee 9:00
Classic

Thu. 4/15 District Orange Park 10:00
Championships

Sat. 4/17 Middle School Tallahassee 9:00
Qualifier

Thu. 4/21 Region 1 Jax. Bolles 11:00
Championships

Fri. 4/30 1-A State Winter Park 11:00
Championships


To the Editor:


Jasper Legals

BID SOLICITATION

Re-Advertisement
BID NO. 2009-15

The Suwannee County Board of County
Commissioners, Suwannee County, Flori-
da will receive sealed bids, at the Clerk of
Court Cashier Window at the Courthouse,
Attention: Clerk to the Board, 200 South
Ohio Avenue, Live Oak, FL 32064 until
Friday, February 26, 2010 at 4:00 P.M. at
4:00 PM. Bids will be publicly opened and
read aloud at the Live Oak City Hall Meet-
ing Room, 101 S.W. White Avenue, Live
Oak, Florida 32064 on Tuesday, March 2,
2010 at 9:00 A.M. or thereafter, for the fol-
lowing:

REPLACEMENT OR REPAIR OF FOUR
PIPE A/C SYSTEM LOCATED AT THE
SUWANNEE COUNTY JAIL

The Board of County Commissioners may
accept all or part of any bid. Any bid re-
ceived after Friday, February 26, 2010 at
4:00 P.M., will be retained at the Clerk of
Court Office unopened and will not be
considered. The Board of County Com-
missioners reserves the right to reject any
and all bids, waive formalities and read-
vertise and award the bid in the best inter-
est of Suwannee County.

The Board of County Commissioners
does not discriminate because of race,
creed, color, national origin or handicap
status.

The Board of County Commissioners re-
quires a Sworn Statement under section
287.133(3)(a), FS., on Public Entity
Crimes.

Anyone wishing to obtain bid documents
may contact the Administrative Services
Department, at 386/364-3410. Any ques-
tions concerning the bid specifications
should be directed to Steve Sharpless,
Maintenance Director at (386)364-6524.

All bids must be submitted in triplicate and
labeled on the outside of the envelope as
"ATTENTION: CLERK TO THE BOARD,
SEALED FOR RE-ADVERTISEMENT
BID NO. 2009-15 FOR REPLACEMENT
OR REPAIR OF FOUR PIPE A/C SYS-
TEM LOCATED AT THE SUWANNEE
COUNTY JAIL."

WESLEY WAINWRIGHT, CHAIRMAN
SUWANNEE COUNTY BOARD
OF COMMISSIONERS
2/18, 25


Hamilton County has no hospital. Moreover, most of the time there is no
place in the county for someone with any medical emergency to go. Even a BID SOLICITATION
minor cut can require a trip to the closest hospital, usually over 20 miles BID NO. 2010-01
away. Someone with a serious emergency, like a heart attack, can expect The Suwannee County Board of County
over an hour before arriving at a hospital and a long ambulance trip. Some Commissioners, Suwannee County, Flor-
da will receive sealed bids, at the Clerk of
will die en route that could have been saved if treated sooner. Court Cashier Window at the Courthouse,
When the hospital was sold by the county a fund was established and a Attenton: Clerktothe Board, 200 South
Ohio Avenue, Live Oak, FL 32064 until
board created to administer it. They have a couple of million dollars in the Friday, February 26, 2010 at 4:00 P.M.
Bids will be publicly opened and read
fund. It has been a couple of years since our hospital closed and yet they aloud at the Live Oak City Hall Meeting
have not done anything to get us a facility. Even a quick care with emer- Room, 101S.W. White Avenue, Live Oak,
Florida 32064 on Tuesday, March, 2010
agency services would be a help. at 9:00 A.M. or thereafter, for the follow-
Currently, people that used to get medicine from the hospital are using the ing:
ambulance as a taxi to Lake City for that purpose. How much has that cost HAULING OF LIMEROCK
FOR THE SUWANNEE COUNTY
the taxpayers? What does it do when the ambulances are out on avoidable PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
calls and you really need one? The Board of County Commissioners may
The County Commission is doing what they can to get another hospital accept all or part of any bid. Any bid re-
ceived after Friday, February 26, 2010 at
but having a hospital board, with money, doing nothing is unacceptable. I 4:00 P.M., will be retained at the Clerk of
would call on everyone to let their county and city officials know that the Court Osfie unopened and will not be
considered. The Board of County Com-
present situation is unacceptable and needs to be fixed. Even third world missioners reserves the right to reject any
and all bids, waive formalities and read-
countries have more emergency facilities then Hamilton County has. We vertise and award the bid in the best inter-
need to get a hospital or emergency facility in the county before someone est of Suwannee County
you love dies because of the lack of it! The Board of County Commissioners
does not discriminate because of race,
creed, color, national origin or handicap
Thank you, status.
Robert Clark The Board of County Commissioners re-


quires a Sworn Statement under section
287.133(3)(a), F.S., on Public Entity
Crimes.

Anyone wishing to obtain bid documents
may contact the Administrative Services
Department, at 386/364-3410. Any ques-
tions concerning the bid specifications
should be directed to Jerry Sikes, Public
Works Director at (386)362-3992.

All bids must be submitted in triplicate
and labeled on the outside of the enve-
lope as "ATTENTION: CLERK TO THE
BOARD, SEALED BID NO. 2010-01 FOR
HAULING OF LIMEROCK FOR THE
SUWANNEE COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS
DEPARTMENT."

WESLEY WAINWRIGHT, CHAIRMAN
SUWANNEE COUNTY BOARD
OF COMMISSIONERS
2/18, 25


ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
THE HAMILTON COUNTY BOARD
OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL
RECEIVE BIDS FOR THE FOLLOW-
ING:

ALAPAHA BOAT RAMP
HAMILTON COUNTY, FLORIDA
BAILEY, BISHOP & LANE, INC.
PROJECT NO. T081007HAM

Date & Time for Receiving Bids:
11:00 AM LOCAL TIME
March 15, 2010

Place for Receiving Bids:
Hamilton County Clerk of Courts
207 NE First Street, Room 106
Jasper, Florida 32052
(386) 792-6639

Bid Documents Prepared By:
BAILEY, BISHOP & LANE, INC.
P.O. Box 3717
Lake City, Florida 32025
(386) 752-5640, FAX (386) 755-7771

Bid Documents Available From:
The Engineer's Office

Deposit for Bid Documents:
Prime Contractors for payment of
$150.00 per set with a two (2) set maxi-
mum. Payments of Contractors are non-
refundable. Bidders using partial sets of
documents are fully responsible for any
errors or omissions made due to not re-
viewing the entire set of Construction
Documents.

Project Description:
This Project consists of the construction
of a new concrete boat ramp, dredging,
site clearing, gravel parking area, SWMF
construction, storm piping, and informa-
tion kiosk.

Date of Advertisement:
February 25, 2010

FOR THE HAMILTON COUNTY BOARD
OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
02/25

PUBLIC NOTICE OF INTENT TO
ISSUE AIR PERMIT

Florida Department of
Environmental Protection
Northeast District Office
Draft Minor Source Air
Construction Permit
Project No. 0470002-069-AC
White Springs Agricultural Chemicals,
Inc., Suwannee River/Swift Creek
Complex Hamilton County, Florida

Applicant: The applicant for this project
is White Springs Agricultural Chemicals,
Inc., Suwannee River/Swift Creek Com-
plex. The applicant's authorized repre-
sentative and mailing address is: Mr. W.
K. Thornton, General Manager, Springs
Agricultural Chemicals, Inc., Suwannee
River/Swift Creek Complex, PO Box 300,
White Springs, Florida 32096.

Facility Location: White Springs Agri-
cultural Chemicals, Inc., operates the ex-
isting Suwannee River/Swift Creek Com-
plex, which is located in Hamilton County
at 15843 SE 78th Street, White Springs in
Hamilton, Florida.

Project: This is the final air construction
permit, which authorizes the replacement
of "J" Rotary Drum filter with an equivalent
belt filter at the Acid Clarification Plant
(EU071).

Permitting Authority: Applications for
air construction permits are subject to re-
view in accordance with the provisions of
Chapter 403, Florida Statutes (FS.) and
Chapters 62-4, 62-210 and 62-212 of the
Florida Administrative Code (FA.C.). The
proposed project is not exempt from air
permitting requirements and an air permit
is required to perform the proposed work.
The Permitting Authority responsible for
making a permit determination for this
project is the Department of Environmen-
tal Protection's Air Resource Section in
the Northeast District Office. The Permit-
ting Authority's physical address is: 7825
Baymeadows Way, Suite B200, Jack-
sonville, Florida 32256-7590. The Permit-
ting Authority's mailing address is: 7825
Baymeadows Way, Suite B200, Jack-
sonville, Florida 32256-7590. The Permit-
ting Authority's telephone number is
904/807-3300.
Project File: A complete project file is
available for public inspection during the
normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (except
legal holidays), at the physical address in-
dicated above for the Permitting Authority.
The complete project file includes the
Draft Permit, the Technical Evaluation and
Preliminary Determination, the applica-
tion and information submitted by the ap-
plicant (exclusive of confidential records
under Section 403.111, F.S.). Interested
persons may contact the Permitting Au-
thority's project engineer for additional in-
formation at the address and phone num-
ber listed above. In addition, electronic
copies of these documents are available
on the following web site:
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/alr/eproducts/a
pds/default.asp.

Notice of Intent to Issue Air Permit:
The Permitting Authority gives notice of
its intent to issue an air construction per-
mit to the applicant for the project de-
scribed above. The applicant has provid-
ed reasonable assurance that operation
of proposed equipment will not adversely
impact air quality and that the project will
comply with all appropriate provisions of
Chapters 62-4, 62-204, 62-210, 62-212,
62-296 and 62-297, F.A.C. The Permitting
Authority will issue a Final Permit in ac-
cordance with the conditions of the pro-
posed Draft Permit unless a timely peti-
tion for an administrative hearing is filed
under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S.
or unless public comment received in ac-
cordance with this notice results in a dif-
ferent decision or a significant change of
terms or conditions.

Comments: The Permitting Authority will
accept written comments concerning the
proposed Draft Permit for a period of 14
days from the date of publication of this


Public Notice. Written comments must be
received by the Permitting Authority by
close of business (5:00 p.m.) on or before
the end of the 14-day period. If written
comments received result in a significant
change to the Draft Permit, the Permitting
Authority shall revise the Draft Permit and
require, if applicable, another Public No-
tice. All comments filed will be made
available for public inspection.

Petitions: A person whose substantial
interests are affected by the proposed
permitting decision may petition for an ad-
ministrative hearing in accordance with
Sections 120.569 and 120.57, FS. The
petition must contain the information set
forth below and must be filed with (re-
ceived by) the Department's Agency
Clerk in the Office of General Counsel of
the Department of Environmental Protec-
tion at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard,
Mail Station #35, Tallahassee, Florida
32399-3000 (Telephone: 850/245-2241.


Petitions filed by any persons other than
those entitled to written notice under Sec-
tion 120.60(3), F.S. must be filed within 14
days of publication of this Public Notice or
receipt of a written notice, whichever oc-
curs first. Under Section 120.60(3), FS.,
however, any person who asked the Per-
mitting Authority for notice of agency ac-
tion mayfile a petition within 14 days of re-
ceipt of that notice, regardless of the date
of publication. A petitioner shall mail a
copy of the petition to the applicant at the
address indicated above, at the time of fil-
ing. The failure of any person to file a pe-
tition within the appropriate time period
shall constitute a waiver of that person's
right to request an administrative determi-
nation (hearing) under Sections 120.569
and 120.57, FS., or to intervene in this
proceeding and participate as a party to it.
Any subsequent intervention (in a pro-
ceeding initiated by another party) will be
only at the approval of the presiding offi-
cer upon the filing of a motion in compli-
ance with Rule 28-106.205, FA.C.

A petition that disputes the material facts
on which the Permitting Authority's action
is based must contain the following infor-
mation: (a) The name and address of
each agency affected and each agency's
file or identification number, if known; (b)
The name, address and telephone num-
ber of the petitioner; the name address
and telephone number of the petitioner's
representative, if any, which shall be the
address for service purposes during the
course of the proceeding; and an explana-
tion of how the petitioner's substantial
rights will be affected by the agency de-
termination; (c) A statement of when and
how the petitioner received notice of the
agency action or proposed decision; (d) A
statement of all disputed issues of mater-
al fact. If there are none, the petition must
so state; (e) A concise statement of the ul-
timate facts alleged, including the specific
facts the petitioner contends warrant re-
versal or modification of the agency's pro-
posed action; (f) A statement of the spe-
cific rules or statutes the petitioner con-
tends require reversal or modification of
the agency's proposed action including an
explanation of how the alleged facts relate
to the specific rules or statutes; and, (g) A
statement of the relief sought by the peti-
tioner, stating precisely the action the pe-
titioner wishes the agency to take with re-
spect to the agency's proposed action. A
petition that does not dispute the material
facts upon which the Permitting Authori-
ty's action is based shall state that no
such facts are in dispute and otherwise
shall contain the same information as set
forth above, as required by Rule 28-
106.301, FA.C.

Because the administrative hearing
process is designed to formulate final
agency action, the filing of a petition
means that the Permitting Authority's final
action may be different from the position
taken by it in this Public Notice of Intent to
Issue Air Permit. Persons whose sub-
stantial interests will be affected by any
such final decision of the Permitting Au-
thority on the application have the right to
petition to become a party to the proceed-
ing, in accordance with the requirements
set forth above.

Mediation: Mediation is not available for
this proceeding.
2/25


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
CONCERNING A SPECIAL
EXCEPTION AS PROVIDED FOR
IN THE HAMILTON COUNTY
LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS

BY THE PLANNING AND ZONING
BOARD OF HAMILTON COUNTY,
FLORIDA, SERVING ALSO AS THE LO-
CAL PLANNING AGENCY OF HAMIL-
TON COUNTY, FLORIDA, NOTICE IS
HEREBY GIVEN that, pursuant to the
Hamilton County Land Development Reg-
ulations, as amended, hereinafter referred
to as the Land Development Regulations,
objections, recommendations and com-
ments concerning the special exception,
as described below, will be heard by the
Planning and Zoning Board of Hamilton
County, Florida, serving also as the Local
Planning Agency of Hamilton County,
Florida, at a public hearing on March 9,
2010 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter
as the matter can be heard, in the County
Commission Meeting Room, County
Courthouse located at 207 Northeast First
Street, Jasper, Florida.

SE 09-4, a petition by Hizer Machine Man-
ufacturing, Inc., requesting a special ex-
ception be granted as provided for in Sec-
tion 4.5.5 of the Land Development Regu-
lations to allow a tool and die facility with-
in an AGRICULTURE-4 (A-4) zoning dis-
trict in accordance with a site plan drawn
on February 17, 2005, revised December
13, 2009, revised on January 15, 2010,
and submitted as part of a petition dated
October 20, 2009 to be located on proper-
ty described, as follows:

A parcel of land lying within Section 35,
Township 1 South, Range 15 East, Hamil-
ton County, Florida. Being more particu-
larly described, as follows: Commence at
the Northwest corner of said Section 35;
thence South 0126'17" West, along the
West line of said Section 35, a distance of
571.20 feet; thence South 7218'21" East
91.92 feet; thence North 41027'46" East
446.24 feet to the Southwesterly right-of-
way line of U.S. Highway 41 (State Road
25 and 100); thence South 47033'29"
East, along the Southerly right-of-way line
of U.S. Highway 41 (State Road 25 and
100), a distance of 879.56 feet to the Point
of Beginning; thence continue South
47033'29" East, along the Southerly right-
of-way line of U.S. Highway 41 (State
Road 25 and 100), a distance of 389.86
feet; thence South 00059'47" West 204.75
feet to the South line of the Northwest 1/4
of the Northwest 1/4 of said Section 35;
thence North 89058'36" West, along the
South line of the Northwest 1/4 of the
Northwest 1/4 of said Section 35, a dis-
tance of 300.00 feet; thence North
00059'47" East to the Southerly right-of-
way line of U.S. Highway 41 (State Road
25 and 100), a distance of 462.25 feet and
the Point of Beginning.

Containing 2.28 acres, more or less.

The public hearing may be continued to
one or more future dates. Any interested
party shall be advised that the date, time
and place of any continuation of the pub-
lic hearing shall be announced during the
public hearing and that no further notice
concerning the matter will be published.

At the aforementioned public hearing, all
interested parties may appear to be heard
with respect to the special exception.

Copies of the special exception are avail-
able for public inspection at the Office of
the Land Use Administrator, located at
204 Northeast First Street, Jasper, Flori-
da, during regular business hours.

All persons are advised that if they decide
to appeal any decisions made at the
above referenced public hearing, they will
need a record of the proceedings, and
that, for such purpose, they may need to


ensure that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings is made, which record includes
the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is to be based.
02/25


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Hamilton FFA celebrates national FFA week

Submitted by Keith Wynn, Hamilton FFA Advisor


Hamilton FFA will celebrate Nation-
al FFA Week Feb. 20-27, 2010. Lead
Out Loud is the theme this year as
members pledge to show off what
makes them premier leaders in their
schools and communities. More than
half a million members around the na-
tion will participate in National FFA
Week activities at the local and state
levels.
The focus of National FFA Week is to


tell America about the great opportuni-
ties available for youth in agriculture.
From its beginnings in 1928 as the Fu-
ture Farmers of America, the National
FFA Organization today reaches out to
all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin
Islands. From urban to rural schools,
FFA is committed to developing char-
acter and leadership skills as well as
preparing members for a lifetime of
success in one of three hundred careers


in Agriculture. FFA makes a positive
difference in the lives of students by
developing their potential for premier
leadership, personal growth and career
success through agricultural education.
Pictured are just a few of the events
that we have participated in this school
year. This week we will focus on the
importance of agriculture and FFA in
our county and state, concluding with a
member cookout on Friday.


Hamilton FFA Advisor Keith Wynn and Southern Cattle Herdsman Brandon Faircloth


This school year the Hamilton FFA
Chapter started off stronger than ever.
On August 8, 2009 Southern Cattle


Company of Marianna, FL donated six
registered Angus cattle and one show
steer to our chapter.


Haley Eatmon, Heidi Harris, Chris Stach, William Hughes, Aaron Norris, and Southern Cat-
tle Herdsman Brandon Faircloth.)


On August 22, 2009 a group of
Hamilton FFA members were invited
to participate in a livestock sale at the
Southern Cattle Company Complex.
The members were responsible for


pinning and sorting cattle during the
sale. After the sale they had a tour of
the facility where they learned about
embryo transfer, artificial insemina-
tion, and herd management.


Heidi Harris and Haley Eatmon


Heidi and Haley attended the Flori-
da FFA Chapter President's Confer-
ence in Daytona, Fl On September 5,
2009. At the conference the two offi-


cers learned service, success,
strengths, and leadership skills with
other chapter officers from through-
out the state.


2009-2010 Hamilton FFA Officer Team. Front-Back Heather Morris, Britney Lambert,
William Hughes, Zach Deas, Winston Crosby, Heidi Harris, Tayler Pittman, Haley Eatmon,
and Aaron Norris


On September 25, 2009 the Hamil-
ton FFA Officer team went To Lake
City for a Chapter Officer Leader-
ship Training conference (COLT).
COLT was presented by the 2010


Kyle Stewart and Hugh Hunter

October 1st was the 2009
Hamilton Swine Show and Sale.
This year we would like to thank
Kyle Stewart for his hard work
and dedication in preparing and
showing the chapter hog. On be-


State FFA Officers. The Officer team
learned about leadership, stress
management, and how to deal with
conflicts when they arise among the
chapter.


half of the Hamilton FFA Chapter
we would especially like to thank
Hugh Hunter and the Hamilton
County Merchants for their con-
tinued support of our FFA Chap-
ter.


Left-Right, Back-Middle-Front: Jessup Holdman, Curtis Marlow, Dolton Mcleod, Sage Stephens, Katelynn Umstead, Chaise Mccoy, Winston Crosby, Kaelin Monds, Brian Corbett, Scott
Culbrith, Zach Deas, Justin Culbrith, Tyler Warfel, Katelyn Mitchell, Trey Norris, Tayler Pittman, Heather Morris, Conner Carter, Jeremy Gyr, Brandon Cannon, Eric Santana, Jeffery
Monds, Dawson Adams, Will Curry, and Kyle Dedge


On October 2nd many members participated in the
Farm Judging contest in Mayo, Fl. These members


had to judge crops and animals that are produced in
our area based on quality. One of our teams placed


third, and consisted of Dawson Adams, Jeremy Gyr,
Heather Morris, and Tayler Pittman.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010


THE JASPER NEWS, Jasper, FL


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Hamilton FFA celebrates national FFA week


Back Row Tyler Warfel, Kaelin Monds, Eric Santana, Doug Longshore, William Hughes,
Winston Crosby. Front Row: Louis Newhard, Cady Carter, Jeffrey Monds, Jeremy Gyr,
Trey Norris


On October 8, 2009 Hamilton FFA
was well represented in the Forestry
CDE at Lake City Community Col-
lege. There was one Middle School
team and two High School teams


On October 21, 2009 Hamilton FFA traveled to Moultrie, Ga to attend the Sunbelt Agricul-
tural Expo.


competing. The chapter would like to
thank Doug Longshore, Robert Mar-
vin, Roger Gill, Greg Staten, and
Chad Burnett for helping prepare the
teams.


Jeffrey Monds and Cady Carter


On October 30, 2009 Jeffrey and FFA prince and princess
Cady represented our chapter as the Homecoming events.


Back Row: Wesley Deas, Kevin Morgan, Damon Deas, Dan Buchanan, Bill Erixton, Keith
Wynn Front Row: Rick Young, David Goolsby Jr., Zach Deas, Travis Erixton


On November 25, 2009 members of
the Hamilton County Farm Bureau
teamed up with our FFA Chapter to
prepare and sell Boston Butts for a


chapter fundraiser. We would like to
thank the Farm Bureau members for
their hard work in helping make this
fundraiser successful.


Kyle Stewart, Brandon Cannon


On December 3, 2009 members pre-
pared wild game for our annual FFA
Beast Feast. We would like to thank


David Goolsby Jr. for cooking the wild
game and Mr. Lamar Royals for allow-
ing us to use the VFW home.


On January 14, 2010 thirty FFA ers Farm. Students received hands on
members took a trip to the Deas Broth- training working with livestock.


Holly Crutchfield, Trey Norris, Conner Carter, Crystal Coleman, Elizabeth Lewis, Leah Mor-
gan, Megan Hodges, David Booth, Tyler Warfel.


Louis Newhard, Trey Norris, Austin King, Tyler Warfel


These FFA members traveled to the
Florida State Fair in Tampa to partici-


pate in the State FFA Horse Judging
CDE on February 6, 2010.


On December 10, 2009 FFA members
participated at Sub-District contest in
Madison, Fl. Conner participated in
Tractor Operations, Megan participat-
ed in Creed Speaking, Tyler participat-

Keith Wynn, Kyle Stewart, Chris Stach

On February 15 thru 18 Chris
Stach showed the Hamilton FFA
Chapter steer at the North Florida
Livestock Show and Sale in Madi-
son Fl. On behalf of the Hamilton
FFA Chapter we would especially
like to thank Southern Cattle Com-
pany for donating the Steer and we
would also like to thank PCS Phos-
phate, Jasper Hardware, Lester
Scaff, and Howland Feed Mill for
their support of our FFA Chapter
through their generous sponsor-
ship.


ed in Prepared Public speaking and
Holly, Trey, Crystal, Elizabeth, Leah,
David, and Tyler participated in Open-
ing/Closing Ceremonies CDE's.


during


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THE JASPER NEWS, Jasper, FL


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010









FWC staff recommends random


drawing for hunt permits









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Submitted by Wendy Dial, FWC


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) approved a random-drawing
method of obtaining hunt permits Thursday in-
stead of the first-come, first-served method in use
now.
This change takes place in the 2010-11 hunting
season for all permit hunt types currently using the
first-come, first-served issuance method, other than
recreational use permits, also known as user-pay
permits. Recreational use permits are issued too
early in the year to allow adequate time for
changes in 2010. These will be issued by random
drawing in the 2011-12 season.
"We should add the requirement that you must
have in your possession a wildlife management
area permit when you apply for a limited-entry-
hunt permit," said Chairman Rodney Barreto, after
moving that the Commission accept staff recom-
mendations.
The FWC has been using the Total Licensing Sys-



FWC considering

crossbow use during

archery season


Submitted

The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) is
considering allowing
the use of crossbows by
hunters during archery
season.
The FWC would like
to hear from Florida's
hunters regarding their
views on this rule pro-
posal. Hunters are en-
couraged to go to
MyFWC.com/ Deer for
a detailed summary of
the proposed changes
and, until March 31,
provide online com-
ments and constructive
feedback.
Currently, only com-


pound bows, longbows
and recurve bows may
be used during the
archery season, unless a
hunter qualifies for and
has obtained a disabled
crossbow permit. Only
those persons with that
permit are allowed to
use crossbows during
archery season.
But, if the proposal
were to become law,
any hunter with a hunt-
ing license and archery
season permit could use
a crossbow (or a bow)
during archery season
beginning in 2011.
For more information
on this proposal or to
provide comments, go
to MyFWC.com/Deer.


FWC offers 2010

calendars to

Florida landowners


Submitted

Do you know any
landowners who might
like a free 2010 calen-
dar? The Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission
(FWC) partnered with
other agencies and or-
ganizations to produce
the 2010 Wildlife Habi-
tat Management Calen-
dar. This effort was co-
ordinated by the FWC's
Landowner Assistance
Program.
The calendar recog-
nizes the important
conservation actions
made by Florida's pub-
lic and private land
managers. A limited
supply of calendars is
available at regional
FWC offices across the
state. If you know of a
landowner who would
appreciate a calendar,
please contact a private
lands biologist at the
nearest regional office.
The partnership es-
tablished three goals for
the 2010 calendar: to
encourage landowners
to plan, to motivate
landowners to adopt
wildlife-friendly con-


servation practices, and
to educate landowners
about habitat manage-
ment for multiple re-
sources. The calendar
contains general habitat
management tips and
reminders for each
month. This year's edi-
tion has some new fea-
tures, including a high-
light of some of the ex-
cellent habitat manage-
ment occurring on pub-
lic conservation lands
as well as information
about the Florida
Wildlife Conservation
Guide and the Florida
Invasive Species Part-
nership.
If you would like to
be involved, support
future calendars or sim-
ply have a suggestion
to improve next year's
calendar, please send
an e-mail to FLWildlife-
HabitatCalendar@gmail
.com. An electronic
copy of the calendar is
available at
MyFWC.com/LAP un-
der "Announcements."
For more information
about the FWC's
Landowner Assistance
Program, visit
MyFWC.com/LAP.


ter to process all of its recreational hunting and
fishing licenses and permits since Oct. 1, 2003.
However, problems with the system provided by
an outside vendor have increased over the years
for hunters seeking limited-entry-hunt permits on
a first-come, first-served basis. These problems
have resulted in an inequitable distribution of per-
mits and customer dissatisfaction.
"The FWC will continue to work with stakehold-
ers this year to ensure a smooth and equitable tran-
sition to a random drawing," said Greg Holder,
FWC assistant executive director. He stressed that
the Total Licensing System vendor, Active Out-
doors, does many things well, such as processing
the 2.3 million fishing and hunting licenses and
permits purchased annually.
The first-come, first-served limited-entry hunts
account for only 5 percent of the limited-entry per-


Submitted by Pat Behnke

The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) approved changes to the
nuisance wildlife rule at
Wednesday's Commission meet-
ing in Apalachicola.
The most significant change
offers an option other than eu-
thanasia for live-captured nui-
sance wildlife. Previously, cap-
tured nuisance wildlife could
only be released on the same
property where capture occurred
or transported for purposes of
euthanasia. Under the change,
relocating nuisance animals to
another site will be allowed un-
der certain circumstances. The
nuisance wildlife must be native


Submitted by
Tony Young, FWC

The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) passed new rules
Wednesday affecting deer
hunters, beginning with the
2010-11 season. The new rules
modified zone boundaries and
season dates for deer hunting on
private property.
"These changes will better
align the deer hunting seasons
with the rut and are intended to
increase hunter satisfaction,"
said Cory Morea, Deer Manage-
ment Program Coordinator for
the FWC's Division of Hunting
and Game Management. Morea
noted that the majority of stake-
holders supported these mea-
sures.
Todd Hallman of the Florida
Sportsmen's Conservation Asso-
ciation expressed one concern:
"The South Region is a different
animal. You're going to have us
hunting in hotter, not cooler
weather," he said of the hunting
season changes.
The boundary separating what
used to be called the Northwest
Hunting Zone (renamed Zone D)
from the Central Zone (renamed
Zone C) has been moved a little
farther west.
The new line dividing zones C
and D begins at U.S. 27 at the
Gadsden County/Georgia state
line and runs south on U.S. 27
until it meets S.R. 61 in Tallahas-
see. From there, it follows S.R.
61, running south until it hits
U.S. 319. There, the line follows
U.S. 319, continuing south to
U.S. 98; it then runs east along
U.S. 98 before turning south on


mits issued.
"FWC staff concluded the risk of failures with
first-come, first-served hunts has increased to an
unacceptable level," said Diane Eggeman, director
of the agency's Division of Hunting and Game
Management.
The FWC based the need for this recommenda-
tion on feedback from stakeholders and on docu-
mentation of system problems.
"People seeking hunting permits for alligators
encountered similar problems, so the FWC
switched from the first-come, first-served method
to random drawing for those hunts in 2009, and 59
percent of the public liked the change," Holder
said.
Commissioners directed staff to continue with
the lengthy re-bidding process to replace the cur-
rent TLS contract.


to Florida, and the release site
must be at least 40 contiguous
acres and within the same coun-
ty where it was captured. Writ-
ten permission of the landowner
must be received before releas-
ing the animal. Also, transporta-
tion of the animal may not vio-
late any rabies alert or area
quarantine by county health or
animal control authorities.
The FWC received many re-
quests from the public to remove
bobcats from the nuisance-
wildlife rule, but staff recom-
mended a clarification instead.
Under the changed rule bobcats
may be taken as nuisance ani-
mals only when they pose a
threat to public safety or are
causing, or about to cause, prop-


Spring Creek Highway and con-
tinuing to the Gulf of Mexico.
Changes to season dates on
Zone D push opening day of
archery season back one week.
The first phase of muzzleloading
gun season will have four addi-
tional days and move from No-
vember to December, where it
will fill a gap that was previous-
ly closed to deer hunting in that
zone. As a result, Zone D will
have continuous deer hunting
opportunities from the beginning
of archery through the last phase
of muzzleloading gun season,
and total deer hunting days have
been increased from 123 to 128.
Zone C's new deer hunting
season dates will begin one week
earlier; archery season will begin
on the third Saturday in Septem-
ber every year. Twelve days
were added to give Zone C a to-
tal of 128 deer-hunting days.
New rules also create an addi-
tional hunting zone, made up in
part by the Green Swamp Basin.
This fourth zone, which previ-
ously was the southwest portion
of the Central Hunting Zone,
will be Zone B. This new zone
lies south of S.R. 50, west of U.S.
441 and the Kissimmee Water-
way, north of S.R. 60 and east of
the Gulf of Mexico.
Zone B was created because
the deer in that area have a
much later breeding period.
Deer hunting in this new zone
will start with archery, begin-
ning on the third Saturday of Oc-
tober each year, and run through
the general gun season, ending
in mid-February.
Zone A (formerly the South
Hunting Zone) remains that por-
tion of the state south of S.R. 70.


erty damage.
The changed rule now re-
quires that live traps and snares
used to capture nuisance
wildlife be inspected at least
once every 24 hours, and live-
trapped nuisance wildlife must
be released or euthanized within
24 hours. The change also allows
euthanasia as described by both
the American Veterinary Med-
ical Association and the Ameri-
can Association of Zoo Veteri-
narians.
The rule now clarifies that
chemical repellents are not ap-
proved as an "exclusion device"
for bats.
For more information on the
FWC's nuisance wildlife rule, go
to MyFWC.com/License.


Its deer season will start nearly a
month and a half earlier than be-
fore, with July 31 as the opening
day of archery next season. The
other major change is that there
will be a split general gun sea-
son. Deer hunting will be
closed five weeks next season,
between Oct. 18 and Nov. 19,
and reopen every year on the
Saturday before Thanksgiving
and always ending on the first
Sunday in January. Depending
on how the dates fall in each
year, Zone A's total deer hunting
days will be between 121 and
128, an increase from 116 previ-
ously.
These changes to Florida's pri-
vate land deer-hunting zones
and season dates take into ac-
count hunter suggestions and
updated biological data, aiming
to increase hunter satisfaction.
The new zones and correspond-
ing dates are now better aligned
with when deer breed through-
out the state.
According to law, Florida's fall
turkey season dates are based on
each zone's general gun seasons.
Therefore, since the FWC passed
rules that added a fourth hunt-
ing zone and modified existing
zones and corresponding general
gun season dates, the fall turkey
season dates also have been
modified to reflect the new
zones. Next season, the fall
turkey season will be:
Zone A: Oct. 4-17, 2010 and
Nov. 20, 2010 -Jan. 2, 2011
Zone B: Dec. 4, 2010 Jan. 30,
2011
Zone C: Nov. 6, 2010 Jan. 2,
2011
Zone D: Nov. 25-28, 2010 and
Dec. 11, 2010- Jan. 16, 2011


FWC moves forward with

changes to nuisance wildlife rule


Deer hunters get better-aligned


zones and season dates


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010


THE JASPER NEWS, Jasper, FL


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Arrest

Reports

Editor's note: The
Jasper News prints the
entire arrest record each
week. If your name ap-
pears here and you are
later found not guilty or
the charges are dropped,
we will be happy to make
note of this in the newspa-
per when judicial proof is
presented to us by you or
the authorities.
The following abbre-
viations are used be-
low:
DAC Department of
Agriculture Commis-
sion
DOA Department of
Agriculture
DOT Department of
Transportation
FDLE Florida De-
partment of Law En-
forcement
FHP Florida High-
way Patrol
FWC Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission
HCDTF Hamilton
County Drug Task
Force
HCSO Hamilton
County Sheriff's Office
ICE Immigration
and Custom Enforce-
ment
JAPD Jasper Police
Department
JNPD Jennings Po-
lice Department
OALE Office of
Agricultural Law En-
forcement
P&P Probation and
Parole
SCSO Suwannee
County Sheriff's Office
WSPD White
Springs Police Depart-
ment

Feb. 16, Michele Anne
Brown, 22; 926 Wiler-
merling Road, Braden-
ton, FL; driving under
the influence, open con-
tainer, possession of
drug paraphernalia;


HCSO
Feb. 16, Jadie H.
Hawkins, 27; 1636
Suponic Avenue, Sara-
sota, FL; possession of
drug paraphernalia,
open container; HCSO
Feb. 16, Lyndell J.
Cooks, 23; 16744 Branch
Street, White Springs;
violation of probation-2
counts; HCSO
Feb. 18, Stephanie
Gilbert, 35; 5936 SW
61st Avenue, Jasper; vi-
olation of probation;
HCSO
Feb. 18, Rigel Gonza-
lez, 29; 6727 Brande-
mere Road North, Jack-
sonville, FL; unlawful
conveyance of fuel, traf-
ficking in counterfeit
credit cards; DTF
Feb. 19, Jay Floyd
Laird, 39; Jacksonville,
FL; violation of proba-
tion; HCSO
Feb. 19, Kenneth
Charles Coffee, 46; 2662
NW 6th Drive, Jen-
nings; in to serve 3rd
weekend; HCSO
Feb. 19, Pedro
Gomez, 31; 152 Cook
Road, Moultrie, GA; no
drivers license; HCSO
Feb. 19, Flor N. Louis,
26; 2441 SW Burley,
Lake City, FL; serving
120 days on weekends;
HCSO
Feb. 19, Jett Joseph
Jones, 26; 14088A Col-


lege Park, Tampa, FL;
violation of probation-
hold for Hillsborough
County; HCSO
Feb. 19, Julian Daniel
Shaw, 26; 83rd Trail,
White Springs; serving
4th weekend; HCSO
Feb. 20, Latoya
Owens, 26; 10808 NW
38th Terrace, Jasper;
failure to appear; JAPD
Feb. 20, Terri LaShan-
da Wright, 31; 202 NW
10th Avenue, Jasper;
hold for Columbia
County on worthless
checks; JAPD
Feb. 20, Frankie
Desravines, 26; 5117
Lawndale Road, Orlan-
do, FL; possession of
contraband in prison,
possession of controlled
substance; HCSO
Feb. 20, Robert James
Norder, 30; 2260 Keane
Avenue, Naples, FL; vi-
olation of probation;
HCSO
Feb. 21, Mark Daniel
Judd, 41; 724 N. Main
Street, Swainsboro, GA;
operation vehicle with
valid foreign license
suspended in Florida;
JAPD
Feb. 21, Devon Hall,
20; 196 Jim Bryant
Road, East Palatka, FL;
driving while license
suspended, failure to
stop for inspection;
DOA


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SRWMD employee


among five chosen for

engineering achievements


Kevin Wright
- Photo submitted


Submitted

LIVE OAK, FL,- Kevin Wright, of
the Suwannee River Water Manage-
ment District (District), is one of 16
young engineers across the nation
nominated by the American Society of
Agricultural and Biological Engineers
(ASABE) for the National Engineers
Week Foundation New Faces of Engi-
neering 2010. Of that group, Wright
was among five selected to represent
their profession as top engineers.
The New Faces of Engineering pro-
gram highlights the interesting and
unique work of young engineers and
the resulting impact on society. Young
engineers two to five years out of
school are the focus of the program.
Wright was hired by the District in
2006 to review environmental re-
source permits, which consider
stormwater runoff quality and flood-
ing potential. He later became the pro-


ject coordinator for the District's ef-
forts with the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) Map
Modernization Program, managing a
budget of more than $4.2 million.
While working with FEMA, Wright
helped develop several website appli-
cations, enabling residents to view
and print flood zone maps, determine
flood elevations and answer common
questions about the National Flood In-
surance Program.
Wright's current duties include
working on water supply planning in
order to plan for future water supplies
and assisting with the formation of the
Nature Coast Regional Water Author-
ity, which will connect four munici-
palities and two counties with drink-
ing water and wastewater.
A member of ASABE since 2004,
Wright holds a bachelor's degree in
agricultural and biological engineer-
ing from the University of Florida,
where he is pursuing a master's of en-
gineering and where as an under-
graduate he served as president of the
ASABE student chapter.
"It is an honor to be nominated for
the New Faces of Engineering pro-
gram, considering the high caliber of
agricultural and biological engineers
in the nation," Wright said. "I would
like to thank the District for support-
ing my continued education and al-
lowing my diverse workload."
Wright said he encourages any stu-
dent interested in engineering to visit
www.DiscoverEngineering.org. "Our
nation needs young engineers to help
solve the problems our country will
face in the future," he said.
The ASABE is an educational and
scientific organization dedicated to
the advancement of engineering ap-
plicable to agricultural, food and bio-
logical systems. Founded in 1907 and
headquartered in St. Joseph, Mich.,
ASABE comprises 9,000 members in
more than 100 countries.


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