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By TONY BRITTtbritt@lakecityreporter.comLisa Garrison stood outside the Howard Conference Center at Florida Gateway College Friday afternoon with a sense of accomplish-ment, pride and self satis-faction. Her smile was a mile wide. Minutes earlier, with her family present, she had got-ten her diploma from Saint Leo University, Lake City Center. Fridays commencement ceremony marked the larg-est graduating class to date for the Saint Leo University Lake City Center with 110 graduates: 94 Bachelor of Arts, eight Bachelor of Science (one student also received a BA degree), two Bachelor of Applied Science and seven master degrees. Approximately 95 students were able to attend the cer-emony. Garrison said receiving the degree was an unforget-table experence. It feels wonderful to graduate and get my diploma, said Garrison, 45, who got her masters degree in educational leadership. Its lifelong learning and thats important. Garrison has three children. Her oldest two saw her get her bachelors Vol. 138 No. 78CALL US:(386) 752-1293SUBSCRIBE TOTHE REPORTER:Voice: 755-5445Fax: 752-9400 Opinion ................ 4A Business ................ 1C Obituaries .............. 5A Advice ................. 5D Calendar ................ 6ATODAY IN PEOPLESome favorite sitcom moms.COMING TUESDAYLocal news roundup. 85 63 T-Storm Chance WEATHER, 8A Stepping stone to recovery: Meridian marks 40 years in community. Mothers Day donts: Dish gloves, cougar shirts. Lake City ReporterSUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012 | YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER SINCE 1874 | $1.00 LAKECITYREPORTER.COM 1C 6D ST. LEO continued on 7A JASON MATTHEW WALKER/Lake City ReporterLongtime customer Mark Ammons, of Lake City, gives his co ndolences to Nirav Patel, 28, as he buys a lottery ticket Fr iday at the A&M Discount Beverage store. Patels father, Rajnikan t, 55, was shot to death after two suspects robbed the store on April 27. I always liked them. I couldnt believe it, sai d Ammons, who said he was in the store 10 minutes before the robbery occurred.Family keeps going after fatal robbery LAURA HAMPSON/Lake City ReporterDaniel Benjamin, 7, laughs after going down a giant infla table water slide Saturday at the May Day Community Festival at Memorial Stadium. The event featured games, activities, local singers and step club performances. Flag football games between mens and womens Lake City and Live Oak teams wrapped up the afternoon. See another photo, Page 5A. Community Festival fun Convenience storescustomers show theirsupport after shooting. By LAURA HAMPSONlhampson@lakecityreporter.comNirav Patel greets customers, cashes in winning scratch off tickets and rings up cigarettes at A&M Discount Beverage in Lake City, where his father worked 14-hour days for more than a decade. As if Patel could forget that his father was gunned down in a violent robbery just over two weeks ago, well-meaning customers and com plete strangers stream into the store, which re-opened Tuesday, to offer condolences. We are so sorry for your familys loss, they say. Tell your mom Im praying for her. Your father was a good guy. Those men didnt have to do that, others say. Thank you, Patel says.Patels father, Rajnikant K. Patel, 55, was shot and killed April 27 during a store robbery. At about 1:36 p.m. two men entered the store. One suspect took money and fled, while the second suspect shot Patel as he was coming out of another room. Patels wife of more than 30 years, Daxa Patel, was shot at multiple times while she was behind the counter, but survived unhurt. I dont think Im gonna let my mom back in here after the trauma of witnessing the shooting, said Nirav Patel, 28. His mother and father worked together every day, he said. Ill be running the store for the foreseeable future, Patel said. People from all ethnic backgrounds have shared sympathy and hope for catching the suspects since his fathers death, he said. The commu-nity has definitely been supportive, he said. Even in small talk, Patel said his father got to know customers, who would share pictures and news about children and grandchildren. The store has regular customers, some even come in several times a day, he said. After moving to the U.S. when he was 10 years old, Patel said he helped his father open the store when his was 13 and worked there regularly growing up. Patel, a 2001 graduate of Columbia High School, said his father was a normal dad who worked long hours and encouraged his children to work hard for what they wanted. Although he didnt have to, Patel said his father worked at least 14 hours a day to accommodate cus-tomers. His life was always about work. Patel said his mother and sister, Niki Patel, are coping as best as they can. When people ask how he and his family are doing, Patel said he doesnt have a good answer. The reality of his fathers death still hasnt hit, Patel said. It feels more like a movie set or a dream. Ok, Ill wake up and everything will be all right then, he said. Even when he got the phone call SVTA looks to be on road to recoveryDoubts remain as agency worksto reinvent itself.By HANNAH O. BROWNhbrown@lakecityreporter.comAfter owing $609,000 to over 18 contracted trip pro-viders, the Suwannee Valley Transit Authority has trans-formed the way it handles business. As a result, indebted trip providers have been repaid in full, the operating sys-tem has been converted to a digital format and the authority is hoping to be in the black by the end of the year. The antiquated manual accounting system of years past has undergone a dras-tic evolution into the realm of 21st century technology. Dual screen desktop computers have taken the place of typewriters. The disinte-grating cable wires nested in the walls were pulled out and replaced. The previous 3-line telephone system, used to answer over 300 calls a day, was expanded to a 23-line system. The SVTA provides transportation for medical ser-vices to eligible residents of Columbia, Hamilton and Suwannee counties. Using Medicaid and the Department of Transportation to fund a large percentage of its oper-ations, SVTA offers rides to those in need of medical care. The agency travels as far as Tampa to bring rid-ers to the doorsteps of the treatments for their specific medical needs. The agency owns a limited number of buses, a less than sufficient amount for the 500,000 rides provided each year. Because of this vehicle shortage, SVTA frequently contracts with other trans-portation services to provide rides for the overflow of people requesting ser vice. We didnt have the capacity, current director of SVTA Gwendolyn Pra said. We didnt have the buses. We didnt have the vehicles nor did we have the drivers. Thats not a good situation to be in. Pra said she was caught by surprise at the amount of money owed to vendors when she began working at the agency in August. I did know that occa sionally they called on trips but I thought there were 110 receive diplomasfrom St. Leo JASON MATTHEW WALKER/Lake City ReporterDr. Robin Hall, assistant director of the Saint Leo University Lake City Center, speaks during the com-mencement ceremony Friday. Hall announced she will be retiring from her position in August.Local woman joins cast of Ax Men tonightBy TONY BRITTtbritt@lakecityreporter.comCasey Daugherty is accustomed to bodybuild ing contests, where she gets to flex her muscles and show off her physique. Sunday night, shell get to show off her acting skills as well. Daugherty, of Lake City, will appear on an episode of Ax Men, a History Channel reality show that chronicles the adventures and lifestyles of loggers. Daughertys episode will appear Sunday at 9 p.m. on the History Channel (Comcast channel 49). She describes her introduction to being a part of the show as weird. I was down at the Suwannee River having a good time with friends and the whole camera crew and characters -Uncle TONY BRITT/Lake City ReporterLake Citys Casey Daugherty ROBBERY continued on 3A SHOW continued on 3A SVTA continued on 7A
CORRECTION The Lake City Reporter corrects errors of fact in news items. If you have a concern, question or suggestion, please call the space. And thanks for reading. AROUND FLORIDA Daily Scripture Celebrity Birthdays Actor Harvey Keitel is 73. Singer Stevie Wonder is 62. Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman is 51. Actor-comedian Stephen Colbert is 48. Singer Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish) is 46. PEOPLE IN THE NEWS Why settle for one great mom when, as any TV viewer knows, you can adopt a series of them? Heres five of the best, from the demure 1950s version to the freewheeling 21st-century incarnation. These fictional mamas may have set the bar high for generations of real ones, but they did something in return: kept families entertained so theyd give mom a break, if only until the next commercial. No Mothers Day card is necessary, but lets give each of these TV moms a big hug for her holiday: June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley), Leave It to Beaver, 195763. Yes, June wore pearls around the house. And high heels. But her real trademark was her loving but no-nonsense approach to rambunctious sons Wally and Beaver. She met misbehavior with a knowing look and even tone, making surrender the only option. Clair Huxtable (Phylicia Rashad), The Cosby Show, 1984-92. With five children and a husband whos a great partner but a big kid himself, whats a mother to do? Clairs answer: Be the calm center of a whirlwind of activity, while tending to a legal career and reminding Cliff (Bill Cosby) hes a lucky, lucky man. Roseanne Conner (Roseanne Barr), Roseanne, 1988-97. There are many ways to be a good mother and Roseannes was unmistakably hers, with bark and loving bite (and definitely no pearls). She was funny and rowdy and unfailingly committed to keeping her family afloat through tough times, whether financial or emotional. Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), The Gilmore Girls, 200007. A young, fiercely devoted single parent, Lorelai had her own growing up to do. But she always put daughter Rorys needs first as, in tandem, mom and teenager stumbled uncertainly toward making the best life and brightest future possible. Gloria Pritchett (Sofia Vergara), Modern Family, 2009-present. If young Manny is a mamas boy, then hes keeping ideal company. Gorgeous, exuberant, devoted Gloria kept their dreams alive when the pair were on their own. New stepdad Jay is in the picture now and wants to weigh in, but this savvy mother knows best. And remember, guys, these are Mothers Day hugs.Friends remember Goober Pyle actor George LindseyNASHVILLE, Tenn. Actor George Lindsey was remembered Friday as the grinning Goober who made television viewers laugh for three decades on The Andy Griffith Show and Hee Haw. A public memorial service drew an estimated 400 people who paid last respects to Lindsey, 83, who died Sunday. He was the beanie-wearing Goober on The Andy Griffith Show from 1964 to 1968 and its successor, Mayberry RFD, from 1968 to 1971. He played the same jovial character, a mechanic, on Hee Haw from 1971 until it went out of production in 1993. Reruns of those shows are still seen on TV. Griffith did not attend, but sent a statement that was read by country music broadcaster Keith Bilbrey at the service at Westminster Presbyterian Church. George was a better joke teller than me, and I will say here that I borrowed jokes from George that he may have borrowed from Minnie Pearl, Griffith confessed. George told me his fondest memories in show business were the years he spent working on The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry RFD. They were for me, too. Singer Ray Stevens performed Everything Is Beautiful during the service. He warmed a lot of hearts with his brand of humor wholesome, American humor, Stevens said before the service. Actor Ernest Borgnine, Lindseys close friend, sent a video tribute which was played at an informal gathering before the memorial. In it, Borgnine recalled the pranks they enjoyed playing down through the years. We loved to outdo each other, Borgnine said. It was like therapy. Also shown at the casual gathering in the churchs fellowship hall were clips from Lindsey on Hee Haw. One of them: Where was Solomons temple? Minnie Pearl asked him. Right on the side of his head, Lindsey responded. Kenneth Junkin of Gordo, Ala., drove 300 miles to attend the service. He brought happiness into my life, Junkin said. I had to come. Several fellow performers from the two shows are dead, including Don Knotts (Barney Fife), Frances Bavier (Aunt Bee), Buck Owens, cohost of Hee Haw, and Minnie Pearl. (AP)[Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character] A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Proverbs 31:10, 27-28 NIV Nearly 200,000 Florida voters may not be citizensTALLAHASSEEFlorida officials are now saying that nearly 200,000 registered voters may not be U.S. citizens. Earlier in the week, state election officials announced they had identified more than 2,600 people who are in Florida legally but ineligible to vote. The Department of State is asking county election officials to verify the information. Election supervisors are contacting voters and if someone is not a citizen, their name will be dropped from the voter rolls. But an initial list drawn up by the state and not widely released shows that a comparison of voter lists and drivers license information turned up a list of nearly 182,000 people who may not be U.S. citizens. State officials, however, note that some of those on list may have become citizens after first getting their drivers licenses. Still, the decision to screen the voter rolls for non-citizens could result in tens of thousands voters being dropped in the middle of a critical election year. President Barack Obama won Florida four years ago, but recent polls have shown that he is neck-and-neck with likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney. The 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore was decided by just 537 votes in the Sunshine State. The Department of State has a duty under both state and federal laws to ensure that the voter registration rolls are current and accurate, said Chris Cate, a department spokesman. There are currently more than 11 million active registered voters in the state. Florida law requires voters to be a U.S. citizen residing in the state. Florida also does not allow someone to vote if they are a convicted felon and have not had their civil rights restored. State officials said they did not know yet if any of the people on the list voted illegally in past elections. The state has been responsible for helping screen voters since 2006 when it launched a statewide voter registration database. Prior to the launch of the database, Florida had come under fire for previous efforts to remove felons from the voting rolls, including a purge that happened right before the 2000 presidential election. An effort to remove felons back in 2004 was halted after it was discovered that the list drawn up by the state had problems. The state database is supposed to check the names of registered voters against other databases, including ones that contain the names of people who have died and people who have been sent to prison. Drivers license numbers had been used to verify the identity of someone who had registered to vote but apparently the state was not checking citizenship status prior to last year. The state does not give drivers licenses to illegal immigrants, but it does grant them to legal visitors. Cate said the list of 182,000 people was drawn up by checking first and last names, date of birth and either a drivers license number, a Social Security number or an address. Most of the matches had identical drivers license numbers, names and birthdates. A state document shows that out of the nearly 182,000 identified that more than 172,000 were active voters, meaning they had cast ballots in recent elections or registered recently. The state is taking the matches using other databases to try to confirm if the voter is not a U.S. citizen. Florida has asked for access to a federal database maintained by the Department of Homeland Security but so far the U.S. government has turned the state down. The initial list of more than 2,600 voters given out by the state to supervisors shows the names of people who registered all the way from the late 50s to as recently as 2011. One Hillsborough County man on the list registered to vote in 1959. Some have questioned the timing of the states push to remove voters from the rolls. It comes while Florida is still in court over a 2011 law that curtailed early voting hours and tightened rules for groups registering voters. Legislators said the law was needed to protect the integrity of the states elections, but the U.S. Department of Justice has questioned some of the changes. Of course Floridians are entitled to have confidence in the integrity of the voter rolls, and anyone not eligible should be removed and not permitted to vote, said Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. But the potentials, possibles, might-bes that are the basis for this initiative by the Secretary of State dont yet add up to voter fraud. Based on Floridas regrettable experience with voter purges, it would be a mistake to rely on the accuracy of the states data.Top Scott aide resigns in wake of disclosuresTALLAHASSEE Gov. Rick Scotts chief of staff is resigning from his job amid a series of news stories detailing his on the job performance and handling of contracts. Steve MacNamara announced on Saturday in an email that he would step down from his post July 1. MacNamara, who is also a professor at Florida State University, was hired last year to help Scott after the governors first few bumpy months in office. He was credited with helping the governor strengthen his relationship with the GOPcontrolled Legislature. MacNamara was previously the chief of staff for Senate President Mike Haridopolos. The Associated Press recently reported that while working for the Senate MacNamara helped steer a $360,000 no-bid consulting contract to a friend who now leads a task force rooting out state government waste.Men denied bond in deaths of two teensORLANDO Two men charged with murder in the deaths of two teenagers whose bodies were found engulfed in flames along a central Florida trail were denied bond Saturday. Jesse Brandon Davis and Hector Manuel Rodriguez made their first appearance before a judge since being charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping in the deaths of Nicholas Presha, 16, and Jeremy Stewart, 18. Davis was arrested last month on unrelated charges; Rodriguez was arrested Friday. The teens met Davis, 30, and Rodriguez, 31, in April with the intention of selling them two stolen handguns. Instead the men robbed and shot them to death, the Orange County Sheriffs Office said. A passerby later discovered their bodies engulfed in flames along a popular trail. Detectives believe Presha and Stewart had stolen the guns from the Winter Park area, a small city near Orlando where both teens were close friends and went to school. The suspects have lengthy criminal records; Rodriguez has previous convictions for charges including theft and battery; Davis record includes a conviction for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, among other charges. Davis was serving three years probation at the time of the killings for attacking a man in a 2008 road rage incident, the Orlando Sentinel reported. He was identified as a delusional schizophrenic who was institutionalized in a mental hospital 2009, according to court records. Davis is also facing an attempted first-degree murder charge in the shooting of a man in an attempted robbery in early February, the newspaper reported. (AP) Saturday: Not available. Saturday: Not available. Saturday: Afternoon: 4-3-2 Evening: 7-5-8 Friday: 21-32-33-34-36 Friday: 13-14-25-39 142A LAKE CITY REPORTER SUNDAY REPORT SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012 Saturday: Afternoon: 2-0-1-9 Evening: 4-1-7-6 Five sitcom moms to remember HOW TO REACH USMain number ........ (386) 752-1293 Fax number .............. 752-9400 Circulation ............... 755-5445 Online ... www lakecityreporter com The Lake City Reporter, an affiliate of Community Newspapers Inc., is published Tuesday through Friday and Sunday at 180 E. 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Buck, Swillie and the Smith Brothers -all came up and were talking to me, she said. Daugherty said they asked whether she had ever watched the show. They proceeded to tell her about it, inviting her to be on camera for an upcoming episode. They were like We love your physique and you look like you have a good time when youre hanging out with friends, she said. I took it and ran with it and the very next day, I met them at 8 a.m. at Sandy Point. We were on the Suwannee River for at least 12 hours shooting. Daugherty, 29, is a personal trainer at Future Fitness in Lake City and said her role on the show was just to go with the flow. Basically my role was The Mermaid of the River, she said. I grew up on the river and I was showing them where the logs were. Daugherty said she would snorkel around and try to find logs. I didnt have to dive down, she said. They just wanted me to show them the hotspots where every-thing was at. Daugherty is eagerly anticipating her upcom ing national television pre-miere. Shes never been on a national show before and called it wonderful and a great experience. Im excited but I wont know (how it went) until I see the show, she said. This is exciting for me. Im from a small town and when you have someone like that on national television every-one comes together. Ive gotten phone calls, I put it on Facebook and it blew up. It feels good because you know you have so much support from your home town. Daugherty has also been featured in the teaser com-mercial about the episode of the show where she will appear and she said shes gotten calls from several friends and family members who saw her on the promo. She said she was not really familiar with the show before the crew approached her. I had watched the show here and there before, but I actually never watched every Sunday like a die-hard fan, she said. Now, since they brought it to my attention, I watch it every Sunday. Daugherty will only appear in one episode for the time being, but noted she is in talks where she is trying to work things out with show representa-tives to appear in future epi-sodes. Ive gotten some phone calls and were going to try to work something out, she said. LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL & STATE SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012 3ASHOW: The Mermaid of the River Continued From Page 1A QQQQQQQ ?K>>ik^`gZg\rm^lmlbgma^h_\^Zg] Outstanding Leader of Inpatient TherapyOur therapy program is designed to rehabilitate individuals back to their highest level of independence and functioning. 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Nothing ever made the fam-ily fearful for their life, Patel said. A fatal shooting could happen anywhere, but in a small town with a police station just down the road, they just didnt expect it, he said. In a small town like this, whens the last time its hap-pened? he said. Patel said he thinks the men are local. They knew where the money was, he said. Customers have expressed their anger at the needless violence of the robbery, he said. They say they wish they could get their hands on the men. Patel said he hopes police can find the suspects and make it an example for other would-be criminals. In order for small business owners to feel comfortable, I think they need to catch them, he said. They are professionals. Hopefully they do their job, he said. With his father gone, Patel said he will run the store without fear or res-ervation and be there for his mother and sister. I am that role now, he said. This was my dads life, thats why I keep running it. Officials are still inves tigating the case and fol lowing leads and tips, said Steve Shaw, Lake City Police Department public information officer. Anyone with information is encour-aged to come forward, no matter how insignificant the information may seem, he said. There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the robbery and shooting suspects. The Lake City Police Departments tip line is 386-719-2068. The man suspected of robbing the store is described as a young black male, about 57 and 180 pounds. He had short hair and was wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans at the time of the robbery, according to police. The shooter is described as a light-skinned black male in his 30s, weighing about 230-250 pounds. He was wearing a straw hat, a white shirt and blue jeans at the time of the shooting. He had white tape across his nose and a white bandage on the side of his neck, according to police. He may also walk with a limp. JASON MATTHEW WALKER/Lake City ReporterThe A&M Discount Beverage store, located at 394 E. Duval S t., reopened Tuesday following the death of owner Rajnikant K. Patel, 55, during an April 27 robbery. "Im excited but I wont know (how it went) until I see the show." u:Xj\p;Xl^_\ikpLake City womancritical after accidentFrom staff reportsA Lake City woman was in critical condition Saturday after a two-car accident near the intersec-tion of State Road 47 and Marvin Burnett. Florida Highway Patrol deputies said Janie Jones, a passenger in a vehicle driven by Everett Virgil Ferguson, was transport ed to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. Ferguson, also of Lake City, was listed in serious condition and was taken to Shands as well. Deputies said the sec ond vehicle, driven by George Timmons Jr. of Apopka, turned from Marvin Burnett onto SR 47 at approximately 4:20 p.m., failing to yield the right-of-way. Timmons was transported to Lake Shore Hospital and was listed in serious condition.Farmers markets to take food assistance cardsTALLAHASSEE Farmers markets in Florida will soon be able to begin accepting food assistance cards, even if they lack tele-phone lines or electricity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday announced it was giving the state nearly $79,000 to help farmers markets purchase wireless equip ment so they can handle purchases made with the electronic cards that have replaced food stamps. The funding is being funneled through the state Department of Children and Families, which over-sees welfare programs in Florida. Department Secretary David Wilkins said the grant money will give recipients access to local, healthy fresh food as well as provide more customers for small businesses. -Associated Press Turtles back at centerAssociated PressDAVIE Two turtles have been returned five days after being snatched from a South Florida wildlife center. The South Florida SunSentinel reports Zippy and Florida the turtles were anonymously returned to the Flamingo Gardens in Davie on Friday. They were left at the sanctuary in a blue pil lowcase and in good condi tion. Davie police have been looking for two teens that shouted obscenities and threats at guests and employ ees and may have been involved in the turtles disap pearance. Capt. Dale Engle says officers are processing the blue pillowcase for DNA. Investigators tried to look for fingerprints on the turtles but Engle says they did not cooperate.Palm Beachschools probedAssociated PressWEST PALM BEACH An official from the U.S. Department of Justice has visited eight schools in Palm Beach County as part of a probe into the treatment of English language learners. The Palm Beach Post reports the department is investigating whether the district is too slow to arrange special education services for English learn ers. The departments civil rights division is also inves tigating the suspension of English learner students, and how the district enrolls students who are illegal immigrants.
ONE OPINION LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Obama continues to rescue us Lake City Reporter Serving Columbia County Since 1874 The Lake City Reporter is published with pride for residents of Columbia and surrounding counties by Community Newspapers Inc. We believe strong newspapers build strong communities Newspapers get things done! Our primary goal is to publish distinguished and profitable community-oriented newspapers. This mission will be accomplished through the teamwork of professionals dedicated to truth, integrity and hard work. Todd Wilson, publisher Robert Bridges, editor Sue Brannon, controller Dink NeSmith, president Tom Wood, chairman LETTERS POLICY Letters to the Editor should be typed or neatly written and double spaced. Letters should not exceed 400 words and will be edited for length and libel. Letters must be signed and include the writers name, address and telephone number for verification. Writers can have two letters per month published. Letters and guest columns are the opinion of the writers and not necessarily that of the Lake City Reporter BY MAIL: Letters, P.O. Box 1709, Lake City, FL 32056; or drop off at 180 E. Duval St. downtown. BY FAX: (386) 752-9400. BY E-MAIL: email@example.com Q The Washington Times OPINION Sunday, May 13, 2012 www.lakecityreporter.com 4A In response to Marian Lewis letter to the editor from May 8, (What Secret Plans?), normally responding to this kind of edi-torially-rambling gibberish is a waste of time. His editorial is replete with lies, distortions, accusations, innuendoes ... and it proves my point. Whether you believe or realize it or not, the economy, according to knowl-edgeable and reputable authori-ties, is on the rebound. Lewis editorial is laced with the word race and racial threats. Why? His vitriolic response shows throughout his editorial. He mentions race six (6) times; the word race is not mentioned in my editorial. Who appears to be race-baiting? Read the book What Good We Do written by Robert Draper and you wont have to ques-tion what secret? The book describes the secret meeting of Newt Gringrich, Paul Ryan, John Kyl, Eric Cantor and other so-called high-ranking, conniv-ing Republicans. By the way, since when is an individual elected to Congress for the sole purpose of stop-ping Obama from doing any-more harm to our country. This is ludicrous! The harm was caused for the most part by Republicans and their poli-cies. The country was saved by President Obama and his administration. Policemen, fire-men, teachers, and many others would have been laid-off in high numbers -sending the country into a deeper economic spiral. President Obama rescued America, in spite of the denial and foot dragging by some Republicans. The auto industry was saved and has rebounded as the number one auto indus-try in the world. GM is now the number one auto maker in the universe. The war in Iraq was ended. Lives and money have been saved! The Afghan war is in closure mode. Look, America has fallen to 25th in math in the world order, yet Republicans continue to cry for the drastic slashing of dollars from educa-tion. Education is the key to a free America! President Obama, Mr. Lewis, has not failed me nor you, and in my evaluation of him he appears to be more intelligent, honest, eloquent, truthful, well-dressed, handsome, a polished speaker, an ideal family man, and of good character, than most of Americas past presi-dents and contenders. May God continue to bless America!Glynnell PresleyLake CityTrain troubles My name is James Snowberger, I have lived here in Lake City since I was born and I have always valued the peace and quiet around here. That is why I am troubled by the bla-tant disregard the train opera-tors (since last September) have for the people who have to put up with continuous horn blasts while they slowly cruise through town at 3 a.m. I have contacted CSX twice as well as City Code Enforcement with less than favorable results. Basically, the citys hands are tied and CSX has final say on all matters concerning their internal affairs. Each time I called, CSX responded with official letters. The first letter states that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) train horn rule requires four whistles at all crossings; two long, one short, and one long. The horns at the intersections are not the prob-lem here. What I am complaining about are train operators who hold down the horn, sometimes for 10 seconds or longer. The time of day from 11 p.m. to -7 a.m., when people are sleeping, is the real problem. The other issue is the continuous sounding of train horns when the train has already passed through the intersection. On several occa-sions I have even heard train operators simply hold down the horn all the way through town where there are no intersec-tions. The second time I called CSX they abruptly sent me a letter stating that they had done extensive research into solving the problem but there was noth-ing further that they could do. I am not satisfied with this out-come so I want to appeal to the people of Lake City and ask that all of you express your concerns to CSX. If enough people complain about incessant train horns at all hours of the day, they will have to listen. See more about FRA train horn rules at www.fra.dot.gov. To call in a complaint about abusive train horn use, please call: 1-877-TellCSX (1-877-835-5279). At the menu, press 8 to complain about train horns.James SnowbergerLake City ANOTHER VIEW I ts scientifically safe to make plans for 2013. The world will not end on Dec. 21 or the default date of Dec. 23, according to a newly discovered Mayan calendar. If an incomplete ancient Mayan calendar, enthusiastically embraced by New Age cultists and those of an exceedingly gloomy pessimism, were to be believed, it didnt matter who won the November election because neither the candidates, the voters who elected the win-ner nor, indeed, the whole rest of the world, would be around for the inauguration. If the Mayans were so smart, you might ask, how come their civilization is no longer around, having collapsed in 900 A.D., leaving behind spectacular, if overgrown and crumbling, ruins and at least one calendar to ter-rify the gullible. But a team of scientists, led by archeologist William Saturno, found the workshop of an ancient Mayan calendar maker, in the unexcavated Guatemalan city of Xultun, largely unexplored except by looters. One day while exploring the looters trenches with a student, Saturno came upon a small, rel-atively intact building and made two amazing discoveries. One was the earliest known intact Mayan painting -a king painted bright blue and adorned with an ornate costume of feath-ers and jewelry. Except for the color, the jewelry and the feath-ers, it seems to have been the equivalent of the large portrait photographs of the current U.S. president that hang in every government office. More important, Saturno found extensive columns of fig-ures, tracking the movements of the moon, Mars and Venus. Each column was headed by a representation of one of the three moon gods -a jaguar, a woman and a skull, at least as exciting as todays calendars with representations of cute kit-tens and excavating equipment. The calendar spans 7,000 years and we seem to be half-way through, meaning dooms-day is still 3,500 years off. So much for the supposed end of the world, said Saturno. We wouldnt exactly call his discovery a killjoy -we are talk-ing about the end of the world, after all -but it does detract mightily from our sense of antic-ipation for December. And well still have to report for work on Jan. 2. According to the calen-dar of our current civilization, thats a Wednesday. So well see 2013 after all Q Dale McFeatters is editorial writer for Scripps Howard News Service. Dale McFeattersmcfeattersd@shns.com P resident Obamas newly adopted stance regarding same-sex mar-riage is overhyped. At a certain point, Ive just concluded that for me person-ally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married, he said. This merely reflects that he was forced to come out because he needs his extrem-ist base in an election year. Voluble Vice President Joe Biden unexpectedly pulled the issue into the spotlight with his own personal declaration on a weekend news show, a blunder for which he apolo-gized. Mr. Obama was seeking to motivate openly homosexual fundraisers who were holding back on their efforts until they saw movement on the issue. So rather than a profile in cour-age, the change in position was exposed for being what it is: election-year expediency. Mr. Obamas personal declaration has no legal relevance. The White House has resisted signing a proposed executive order banning federal contrac-tors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In his sup-posedly historic statement, the president added that he continues to believe, this is an issue thats going to be worked out at the local level because historically this has not been a federal issue. In this respect, he is in line with many conservatives who argue that the matter should be left up to the states, where by the way 31 governments already have passed bans on homosex-ual marriage. If Mr. Obama applied this state-centric logic to the rest of his big-govern-ment thinking, the national debt wouldnt be $15.7 trillion. The statement came a day after voters in North Carolina approved a state constitutional amendment affirming that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state. Robin Roberts of ABC News called Mr. Obama on this, saying his approach in essence validated the outcome in the Tar Heel State. The president equivocated, explain-ing, different states are com-ing to different conclusions and suggested many support-ers of such measures are not coming at it from a mean-spir-ited perspective. For the most part, homosexual activists and the liberal media are pretend-ing to ignore this transparent attempt at triangulation. Appearing to take a stand for same-sex marriage tempo-rarily roused the Democratic base, but overall it will hurt Mr. Obamas re-election effort. The issue has the potential to be a boon for Republicans. The Obama team was trying to avoid the issue because its a liability in critical swing states. In 2008, Mr. Obama won seven states Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Florida and Minnesota that either have state laws or constitutional amendments banning same-sex unions. Together, they represent 117 electoral votes. Mr. Obama cannot win in November without most or all of them. While this con-troversy may not be decisive this year the dismal economy is much more pressing with most voters the issue clearly doesnt help the president. Obamassame-sexstance ispolitical T he official unem-ployment rate is 8.1 percent, but the turmoil in the American labor market is worse than that number suggests. Bad policy and eco-nomic circumstances are com-bining to create a European-style permanent underclass on our shores. Its telling that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently revised the definition of long-term unemployment. Previously, the longest term measured was two years. Now, BLS will have a category for Americans who have been without a job for as long as five. This change reflects the reality that the average length of long-term unemployment has con-tinued to increase even though the economy is technically in a recovery. In November 2009, the average length of unemployment was just over 29 weeks. In April 2012, that number was 34.5 weeks. Almost a third of the more than 13 million unem-ployed Americans that is, almost 4 million people have been idle for more than year, according to the most recent Pew Trust report. As Pew noted, the problem of long-term unemployment is worse now than it was in 2008, the official start of the Great Recession. Congress is making the situation worse by continually extending the length of unem-ployment benefits. When peo-ple are paid not to work, they dont work. Pew projects spend-ing for jobless compensation for 2012 at $99 billion, which is a big number even by profligate Washington standards. There are no easy fixes, but if this nation doesnt address the root causes of unemploy-ment, its only going to get worse. America cant afford to lose 4 million people to learned hopelessness.Job marketnot reallybetter Q The Washington Times
George J. Combs Sergeant First Class Retired, George J. Combs, age 82, of Lake City, passed away peace fully while surrounded by his family late Friday evening, May 11, 2012 at his daughters residence. A native of Olustee, Florida, Mr. Combs had been a resident of Lake City since 1969 having moved here from Co lumbia, South Carolina. The son of the late Travis Roper Combs and Rosa Lee Alford Combs, Mr. Combs served in the United States Army for twenty years prior to retiring. During his time in the Army, Mr. Combs fought in both the Korean War and awarded a Bronze Star for his meritorious service. Follow ing his retirement Mr. Combs building race cars and NASCAR Combs was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joyce Davis Combs. Penny and Jerry Stanley of Lake City; Dottie and Darrell Craw ford of Jacksonville, Florida and Randy and Kim Combs of Lake City; a brother, Maurice Eugene Combs (Geraldine) of Glen St. Mary, Florida; and sisters, Inet Salano and Goldie Mae Davis both of Jacksonville, Florida; his grandchildren, Tammy Durrance (Ricky), Mendy Warner (Winston), Nick Crawford (Stephanie), Jared Combs (Amy) and Ashley Nash (Bubba), and his great-grand children, Morghan Warner, Jayden Combs, Graceanne Durrance, Austin Nash, Chloe Combs, Caitlin Crawford and Baylee Crawford. Numerous other family members and friends also survive. Funeral services for Mr. Combs will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 in ing. Interment will follow in the etery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 on Monday evening in the chapel of the Dees-Parrish Family Fu the family requests that memo rial donations be made to the 90 West, Lake City, FL 32055, feeder program. Arrangements are under the di 458 S. Marion Ave., Lake City, FL 32025 752-1234 Please share your thoughts and wishes for the family our on-line family guestbook at parrishfamilyfu neralhome.com Mr. John Wayne Webber Mr. John Wayne Webber, age 55, of Lake City, Fla. passed away suddenly on May 9, 2012. ing father and grandfather and cherished uncle, friend and broth very hard worker and proud of nee County Correctional Institu Marine veteran of the Vietnam war, loved the Penn State foot ball team and attended the Provi dence Village Baptist Church. and had resided in Ft. Lauder dale, Fla. before moving to Lake in death by his mother Caroline vived by his wife Rosie Webber ter Jennifer (Daniel) Courson father Bobby Webber of Clin ton, Tenn.: One granddaughter man, Mt., Danny (Cheri) Web ber of Liberty Township, Ohio, Dora Webber and Cora Webber both of Ocala, Fla. and Bobby Webber of Las Vegas, Nv. Fu neral services will be conduct ed at 10 A.M. Tuesday, May 15th, in the Providence Village Baptist Church with Rev. Dax Interment will be in Florida Na tional Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 A.M. Tuesday at his church, (One hour before service). Please make memorials to Chil dren of Fallen Soldiers relief fund www.cfsrf.org. GUERRY Main Blvd., Lake City, Fla. is charge of arrangements. www. guerryfuneralhome.net Obituaries are paid advertise ments. For details, call the Lake City Reporters classified depart ment at 752-1293. LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012 5A 5A *See Players Club for complete details. Must be at least 21 years old and a Seminole Players Club member to participate. Valid ID required. Management reserves all rights. Offers are non-negotiable, non-transferable and must be redeemed in person at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa. Offer is for the slot and gaming machine of your choice, not valid for live Poker or Table Games. No cash value. 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For group charter information, please call the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 877.529.7653 For more information call FABULOUS COACH LINES at 1.866.352.7295 or visit their website at fabulouscoach.com HOP ON THE BUS GUS YOU PAY: $ 35 00 From Valdosta From Lake City & Gainesville TUESDAYS & SATURDAYS VALDOSTA MALL VALDOSTA, GA 1700 Norman Drive LAKE CITY MALL LAKE CITY 2469 West US Hwy. 90 OAKS MALL GAINESVILLE 6419 Newberry Road 8:15 AM 7:00 AM 9:00 AM To Candidates for Floridas Columbia County School District Superintendent: Gentlemen, I await a response. Am I correct when I proclaim to you that Columbia High School students are created in the image of God and that they did not evolve from a hominid? The three possible answers are YES or NO or PCSR ( P olitically C orrect S idestep R esponse). Kenny Merriken 386-344-7339, firstname.lastname@example.org (Compare Holy Bible versus Florida Biology 1 End-if-Course Assessment Test Items Specications, page 32 SC.7.L.15.1; page 52 SC.912.L.15.10 http://fcat.doe.org/eoc/pdf/BiologyFL11Sp.pdf) Paid for by Kenny Merriken May 13, 2012 Ephesians 6:12, I John 4:1 but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. WILSONS OUTFITTERS 1291 SE Baya Dr, Lake City (386) 755-7060 WilsonsOutfitters@comcast.net Sandals Mens Women Childrens Water Bottles NEW Nascar & Harley Davidson Tervis Cups From staff reports Old Town man injured by sturgeon on Suwannee River An Old Town man was injured Friday when he collided with a sturgeon that had jumped out of the Suwannee River in front of his boat. Christopher Jordan Marlo (DOB 09/18/80), received non-life-threatening injuries, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators. Marlo was operating the 14-foot john boat that belonged to his passenger, John Garrett Cobb (DOB 06/05/75) of Cross City. They were just south of Rock Bluff near the County Road 340 bridge. The two had been fishing and were headed back to the Gornto Springs boat ramp, where they had launched at 7 a.m. According to investigators, the two were traveling about 10 to 15 mph. At about 10:30 a.m., a sturgeon jumped up in front of the vessel, striking Marlo. Neither man saw the fish. However, Cobb reported he saw something splash off the right side of the boat and the boat turned hard to the right. He looked back to see Marlo slumped over the left side of the vessel. Cobb got Marlo back into the boat and went to the Rock Bluff boat ramp. From staff reports Authorities arrested two Columbia County men while serving a search war rant on a Columbia County home Thursday night. More than $5,000 in cash, a pistol and narcotics were seized during the ensu ing investigation. Timothy Tamel Morgan, 25, 239 SE Hanover St. and Travis Denard Mullins, 27, 1094 SW McFarlane Ave., were both charged with trafficking in narcotics, pos session of over 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in con nection with the case. Both were booked into the Columbia County Detention Facility on $31,000 bond. According to Columbia County Sheriffs Office reports, around 10:15 p.m. Thursday, CCSO detectives assigned to the Multi Jurisdictional Task Force served a search warrant at 3851 NW Archer Rd. where they found marijuana, prescription medi cations and a firearm in the home. The Columbia County Multi Jurisdicational Task Force is comprised of detectives from the Columbia County Sheriffs Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Lake City Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Both suspects were taken into cus tody without incident and booked into the Columbia County Detention Facility, said Sgt. Ed Seifert, Columbia County Sheriffs Office public information officer. Additional arrests and/or charges are possible as this moves forward. Detectives seized approximately 247 grams of marijuana and approximately 16 grams of Oxycodone. A loaded semiautomatic handgun, as well as more than $5,000 in U.S. currency, were also seized. This was a brief but thorough investi gation conducted by the MJDTF, Seifert said. The two suspects that were arrested are alleged to be involved in the sale of illegal narcotics. Detectives believe that the home where the search warrant was served is connected to this illegal activ ity and that is why the two suspects were arrested there and not at their own resi dences. Search warrant nets pair of drug arrests Mullins Morgan OBITUARIES Fredrick Harrell, 7, gets his face painted by Kim Carter Saturday at the May Day Community Festival at Memorial Stadium. The inaugural event was hosted by the Columbia County Recreation Department to bring the community together. May Day! LAURA HAMPSON/ Lake City Reporter From staff reports A Suwannee County woman was seriously injured Friday afternoon in a single vehicle wreck on Interstate 10 when her sports utility vehicle left the roadway, went air borne and struck a tree with its roof. Sandra Lee Countryman, 49, of Live Oak, was taken to Shands at Lake Shore with injuries suffered in the wreck. The wreck occurred around 12:10 p.m. Friday on I-10, approximately four miles north of Lake City. According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, Countryman was driving a 1995 Chevy SUV west on the roadway and failed to negotiate a curve and trav eled into the median. The SUV struck the ground several times and then traveled approxi mately 15 feet in the air and struck a tree with its roof before coming to rest on the drivers side, on the roadways grass shoulder. Countryman was charged with careless driving, reports said. Wreck injures Suwannee woman Airborne sturgeon injures Old Town man on Suwannee
May 13Mothers Day serviceThe Falling Creek Missionary Baptist Church family will honor Mothers Day on May 13 at 11 a.m. The speaker will be evan-gelist Sandra Price of lake City. We are inviting you to come and fellowship with is on this great occasion. May 14Republican women meetThe Columbia Federated Republican Women meets the second Monday of each month. On Monday, May 14 we will meet at Rays Deli and Grill on Highway 247. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Good food and good friends. For information call 386-303-2616. May 15SAT campThe Florida Education Fund is offering a Free SAT and College Preparation Summer Camp. It is being offered through the North Florida Center of Excellence June 11 to 28 at Columbia High School. It will run Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Students may earn credit as an elective. Students will work with cer-tified teachers to sharpen skills in mathematics, criti-cal reading, writing, and learn test taking strategies that will enhance scores on the SAT test and other tests, such as the FCAT and ACT. Students will also attend workshops that will pro-vide pre-college and career guidance. Applications are available at Columbia Highs School, Lake City Middle School, and Richardson Middle School. The camp is opened to upcoming advanced 8th graders and to all upcoming 9th-12th graders. The application deadline is May 15. For more information please contact Gloria McIntosh at Columbia High School at 755-8080 ext. 293 or email@example.com.Square dance lessonsThe Dixie Dancers Square Dance Club will be holding square dance les-sons for new dancers start-ing May 15. The classes will start at 6:45 p.m. and will be held at the Teen Town Recreation Center, 533 NW Desoto Street. Anyone 12 years of age and older is welcome to attend. Come and join us and see how much fun it is square dance. For more informa-tion call 758-3654 or 754-1478.Art League meetingThe Art League of North Florida is holding the reg-ular monthly meeting on May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. The com-munity is invited as guests. There will be refreshments, fellowship, a short meeting and speaker Dr. Fran Rossi, a well-known educator and artist. Traffic safety meetingThe Columbia Traffic Safety Team meets Tuesday, May 15 at the FDOT Operations Complex on Lake Jeffery Road in the Crew Room. The Team is made up of enforcement, engineering, emergency services and educators who tackle traffic safety issues brought to them by resi-dents of Columbia County. The meeting is open to the public. Call Gina Busscher at FDOT at 758-3714 for more information or if you want to be placed on the next agenda. May 16Summer camp beginsGirls Club registration for our Summer Program starts Wednesday, May 16 at 8 a.m. at 494 NW DeSoto St. We will continue regis-tration until camp is full. First come, first served. The cost for the camp is $225. It is open to girls ages 6 years old, who have com-pleted first grade, through 13 years old. Call 719-5840 for information. Class of 1946 luncheonThe Columbia High School graduating class of 1946 will have the quar-terly luncheon meeting on Wednesday, May 16 at Phish Heads Restaurant from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost for the meal has already been taken care of by a class member, so there is no cost for attending. May 17Retired educators meetThe Columbia County Retired Educators will meet 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at Ole Times Country Buffet. For more information call 752-2431. Butterfly gardeningSeparate gardening for butterflies classes will be held Thursday, May 17 at 5:45 p.m. and Saturday May 19 at 2 p.m. at the Fort White Public Library, locat-ed on Rt. 47 across from high school. Movement in the garden adds another dimension of viewing enjoyment. Learn the main components of a Successful Butterfly Garden. This is a free UF/IFAS Extension workshop and everyone is welcome.Cooking classThe UF/IFAS Columbia County Extension is offering a 5 for 5 class, Thursday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m. Learn how to cook 5 nutritious meals in under 5 minutes, and the cost of each meal is less than $10 (for 2+ people). Samples will be provided for tasting. Class is $5 per person and is limited to the first 20 peo-ple. Registration deadline is May 17. Class will be held at the Columbia County Extension Office located at 164 SW Mary Ethel Lane at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. To register or for more information please contact Jenny Jump at the Extension Office at (386)752-5384.May 19Coachs retirementA retirement reception for Coach Mason Farnell of Eastside Elementary School will be held at Berea Baptist Church fel-lowship hall, Saturday on May 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. for anyone in the commu-nity who would like to drop in and wish him a happy retirement after 42 years of teaching and coaching in the Columbia County School System.Blood driveLifeSouth Community Blood Center will have a blood drive May 19 at the Lowes Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Moes Southwestern Grill from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., where donors will recieve $5 in Moes bucks. All donors receive a recognition item from LifeSouth.Test drive fundraiserTest Drive a New Lincoln Automobile and $20 goes to Fort White High School during Drive Smart For Your School at Rountree-Moore Ford Lincoln, Hwy 90 West, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Charity golf tournamentRelay for Life will have a Charity Golf Tournament Saturday, May 19 at Quail Heights Country Club, 161 SW Quail Heights Terrace. Cost is $75 per player, $275 per 4 man team, $300 team with hole sponsorship, $50 partial hole sponsorship only, or $150 entire hole sponsorship w/option to set up tent & advertise. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. Enjoy a complete program of special events, 18 holes of golf (including cart), lunch, door prizes for each player and an exciting awards luncheon/banquet. Call Kim Nicholson at 288-2871 to pre-register. Free piano concertFirst Presbyterian Music Department will present Joseph Martin in concert Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m. Mr. Martin is a prolific composer and outstanding pianist. The concert will also include some of his anthems sung by a choir he will have rehearsed earlier in the day. A reception will follow. For more informa-tion call Bill Poplin at 365-4932.Daylilly saleThe Suwannee Valley Daylily Society will be hold-ing a Daylily Show & Sale May 19 at the Lake City Mall, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information contact Gene Perry, 386-754-3741. May 20Community ConcertsThe Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra per-forms 3 p.m. May 20 at the Levy Performing Arts Center. The full Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra pres-ents a rousing Patriotic Pops Spectacular program featuring popular works by John Williams, Gershwin, Bernstein, Berlin, Sousa, and other season favorites. Ticket and membership information is available at www.comunityconcerts.info.Senior celebrationNew Mt. Pisgah A. M. E. Church will be celebrat-ing with the Class of 2012 with Senior Day on Sunday, May 20 beginning at 10:30 a.m. You are cordially invit-ed to come join us while we uplift this class in this glorious occasion. Dinner will be served.Summer concertsThe City of High Springs will present a free sum-mer concert in the park series, featuring local musi-cians and talent at James Paul Park, 110 NW 1st Avenue in High Springs. Dubbed Summer Sundays, this a great opportu-nity to explore High Springs. Bring your own blankets, lawn chairs and Refreshments! Enjoy our beautiful downtown area with your family and friends on a Summer Sunday afternoon. Summer Sunday runs May 20, June 17, July 15 and August 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.May 22Author programMark Mustian, author of The Return and The Gendarme, will speak at the Main Library Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. In addi-tion to his writing, Mark Mustian is also an attor-ney and a Tallahassee City Commissioner. A native Floridian and a graduate of the University of Florida, Mark Mustian also serves as the chair of the Lutheran Readers Project, a nation-al program that strives to serve as a bridge con-necting Lutheran readers and writers. His critically acclaimed second novel, The Gendarme, is a Florida Book Award Gold Medal winner. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Columbia County Public Library.Financial literacy classJenny Jump of the Columbia County UF/IFAS Extension Office will pres-ent Money Matters, a free, informational program about financial literacy at the Main Library. This pro-gram is a 3-part series on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am, beginning on Tuesday, May 22 and ending on Tuesday June 5.Loss support groupHaven Hospice is hosting a grief and loss sup-port group May 22 at the Suwannee Valley Hospice Care Center Community Room, 6037 West US Highway 90. This group will meet every Tuesday at 10 a.m. from May 22 through June 26. For more information, please contact the local Haven Hospice office at 352-378-2121.May 23Quilters meetingThe Lady of the Lake Quilters Guild will meet on Wednesday, May 23 at 10 a.m. with social time at 9:30 a.m. at Teen Town, 533 NW Desoto St., Lake City. The program this month will be the Completed Resolutions Program. Bring one fat quarter for each resolu-tion you did not complete. Those who completed their resolutions will be reward-ed with your fat quarters.May 2472 class meetingClass of 1972 Reunion Meeting at Beef OBradys May 24 at 7 p.m. Contact George H. Hudson Jr. 386-623-2066 for information.Landlords meeting There will be a workshop meeting for owners and rental agents May 24 at 6 p.m. at Shands Lake Shore Regional Medical Center conference room. This is the last meeting until September. May 26Flower arranging classBruce Cavey of The Gardeners Emporium will present a hands-on, instructional program on flower arranging Saturday, May 26 at 1 p.m. at the Fort White Branch Library. 6A LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012 Page Editor: Rick Burnham, 754-0424 COMMUNITY CALENDAR Q Submit Community Calendar announcements by mail or drop off at the Reporter office located at 180 E. Duval St., via fax to (386) 752-9400 or e-mail lhampson@ lakecityreporter.com. Lake City Police Department Crime Prevention Unit officer Mike Lee, speaks about the departments Police Explorer Program during a recent p resentation. More than 20 people, including adults and prospective Explorer Program app licants attended the two informational meetings. Seeking explorersTONY BRITT/ Lake City Reporter
about four or five. I did not dream that there were 18 and that they were heavily in debt to them, Pra said. Lack of resources, com pounded with an antiquated operating system, an absence of financial monitoring and overworked employees resulted in a fiscal spiral downward. According to Columbia County Commissioner Ron Williams, the problems were further exacerbated by trip providers booking trips directly with individuals without any documentation. Transactions were tracked completely with a manual paper-based system. Poorly kept records allowed the agency to rapidly fall into debt. What I learned when I came was that there were a lot of trip vendors who had been engaged to provide trips for the agency but were not under contract. So there was, more or less, a handshake agreement, Pra said. That is not a good way to do business because as certainly we saw, when it got time to get out of business, you know for that part of the arrangement, theres no rules. Theres no guidelines to tell you how you are going to close this thing out. Suwannee County Commissioner and former SVTA board member Ivie Fowler said the agency has been mismanaged for the past three years. The previous director, Jimmy Swisher, managed SVTA for 26 years prior to Pras arrival in August. The boss is the one that makes things work or doesnt, Fowler said. Hes a good man, a good person. The last few years he was just letting it run. You can get rid of a lot of money like that. Fowler said the agency had a number of problems such as not holding meetings and not reporting financial information. Fowler claims to have requested financial reports from the SVTA for two years and received nothing. Fowler eventually became too frustrated with the agency to stay involved and resigned from the board. There was no absolutely no misuse of any money, there was no fraud, Pra said. What had happened was Mr. Swisher over-purchased transportation. He was too good. He was trying to provide trips to everybody. Swisher said the situation got out of hand because so many trip providers were used without establishing a formal contract. The job, he added, was also made difficult by the uncertainty of funds coming into the agency each year. SVTA is funded through the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, non-emergency Medicaid funds as well as federal support from the Department of Transportation. You never know from year to year the amount of funding that your going to have, Swisher said. You are never certain until Congress passes its budget. Assistant Director of the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged Karen Somerset said she has seen a shift in the operation of the organization. Its bad because it casts a negative light on SVTA, but I dont think it should cast a negative light on what they have been and are doing to turn it around, Somerset said. According to Pra, the agency was very reliant on funds from Medicaid prior to her arrival -a situation she deemed potentially disastrous. The other thing that is not a good situation to be in is that I found that the budget was 82 percent Medicaid, Pra said. That means that without Medicaid youre almost done for, and you never want that to be the case. You always want to have many different kinds of funding sources. A 2010 audit of the agency exposed multiple red flags on management such as no invoices for many transactions, overbilling, outdated accounting procedures and a failure by the board to meet at quarterly intervals. The audit warned that the debt of the agency and decrease in fund balance raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern. Columbia, Hamilton and Suwannee counties annually provide financial support to SVTA. Its a help, its not a lot of money, Pra said. Its about $54,000 for all three counties a year. And our budget is a little under $4 million. SVTA requested a loan of $300,000 from Columbia County in March to assist in the repayment of an overwhelming number of trip contractors. The commission initially approved the concept of the loan with a string of stipulations attached for the money to be granted. The SVTA decided not to further pursue the loan and instead to better manage their own funds to dig their way out of debt. About midway through we realized that we really needed to get this behind us if we were going to move forward and be a transit agency and have a full recovery, Pra said. Columbia County Commissioner Stephen Bailey said the SVTA has not been as transparent with information as he would like it to be. I think they are a very good organization, the problem is there is some internal issues theyve got to get fixed, Bailey said. Pra took over as director of the agency in August. Under her control and with input from Operations Manager Bill Steele, the business has undergone significant changes in its overall infrastructure. She has changed SVTA 100 percent to the positive, Williams said. Employees formerly had to fill out around 8 pieces of paper for each individual trip booked. Typewriters were used daily to individually list every trip scheduled. There were no computers. The typewriters are now retired, stacked in an empty hallway. We had equipment that was over 18 years old, Pra said. It was just an agency that was not updated and to nobodys personal fault. It was just a different management style. Suwannee County Commissioner Wes Wainwright said the organization has clearly improved since Pra took over. Based on the financial information provided to the commissioners, there has been a tremendous improvement, Wainwright said. Carlene Kennedy, owner of Peelers Medical Transport, a contract trip provider with SVTA since 2004, said the SVTA was more economically viable since Pra took control. Shes done a good job, Kennedy said. Though Pra says she can now see the light at the end of the tunnel, the work updating SVTAs business practices is far from done. Technical issues with new software and irate customers who are unsettled by changes in procedure continue to plague the organization. Still, the SVTA has plans for growth and increased community involvement. Pra said the SVTA plans to run a public transportation route in the next month or so that would provide a means for those without transportation to meet their non-medical transportation needs. We are moving toward a public transportation system paralleled with serving the needs of human services, Pra said. LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL & ST A TE SUNDAY MAY 13, 2012 7AST. LEO: Rep. Porter is commencement speakerContinued From Page 1A Page Editor: Xxx, 754-xxxx LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL & ST A TE SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012 7A7A Shout it from the Mountain Top!Tell everyone how proud you are Sunday, May 20th!MY KID HAS GRADUATED!2012 2012 Graduation We are so proud of you! You're hard work has really paid off! Amanda CheyenneBROWNLove, Mom & Dad2 Ads Sizes1 column by 4 inches (pictured)$462 column by 4 inches$85 Lake City ReporterPUBLISHING Sunday, May 20 DEADLINE Sunday, May 14 Dont forget to send in your photo.180 E. Duval St., Lake City, FL 32055Bring your graduates informatin by theReporter oce or call 754-0417for additional information and sending options. Page Editor: Xxx, 754-xxxx LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL & ST A TE SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012 7A7A Shout it from the Mountain Top!Tell everyone how proud you are Sunday, May 20th!MY KID HAS GRADUATED!2012 2012 Graduation We are so proud of you! You're hard work has really paid off! Amanda CheyenneBROWNLove, Mom & Dad2 Ads Sizes1 column by 4 inches (pictured)$462 column by 4 inches$85 Lake City ReporterPUBLISHING Sunday, May 20 DEADLINE Sunday, May 14 Dont forget to send in your photo.180 E. Duval St., Lake City, FL 32055Bring your graduates informatin by theReporter oce or call 754-0417for additional information and sending options. SVTA: Poor record keeping led agency to fall in debtContinued From Page 1A degree from Florida A&M University and her youngest child was able to see her get her masters degree Friday. She said having other family members in attendance added to the occasion. The keynote speaker for the commencement was State Representative Liz Porter (R-Lake City), who told the graduates to embrace change in the world. Never be afraid to try something new, she said. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. Porter told how she became a politician and how it has changed her life. She added that the graduates have done the right thing for themselves, their families and their community by choosing to continue their education. Any one of you here tonight could be the catalyst that changes our world, she said. Following Porters address and as the ceremony progressed, the graduation candidates were each called to walk across the stage and get their diplomas. Moments later, Gale Hunter led the students in the turning of their tassels and welcomed them as alumni. Elizabeth Parks, 26, of Lake City, got a Bachelors of Arts degree in business administration with a mar keting specialization during Fridays commencement ceremony. It feels great to get my college diploma, she said. Ive worked really hard here at Saint Leo University and also to earn my associates degree. I really have my family and friends to thank in helping me get through this and also the staff her at Saint Leo University, Lake City Center. Patrick Bowman, of Lake City, also walked across the stage to receive his diploma a diploma he said it took him 21 years to earn. He said some of his adventures in life before he got his college diploma included raising and family and serving in the military. It took a long time, he said, explaining what graduating in front of his family meant to him. Never give up. Thats the most important thing in my life so far, being an example to the kids especially at my age. Dr. Robin Hall, assistant director of the Saint Leo University, Lake City Center, said the Class of 2012 will be remembered for being a very cohesive, hard-working class. The students were motivated, they had a goal and they were driven to complete the goal, she said. It was really a great class. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the students. Theres nothing more pleasurable than working with someone who has the desire to learn and go to the next step in his or her life. Theyve been welltrained and will represent Saint Leo University well. During the ceremony it was also announced that Hall would be retiring in a few months. Ill be staying with Saint Leo University until mid August, she said. I wanted to be there to help students get registered and ready for fall semester and to get someone trained in the position so the students will continue to be served at the high level that they need to be served at. JASON MATTHEW WALKER/Lake City ReporterStudents from the Saint Leo University Lake City Center march out of the Florida Gateway College Wilson S. Rivers Library & Media Center Friday for the Class of 2012 Commencement Ceremony. Approximately 95 of the 110 graduates walked to receive their degrees and certificates.I-75 to see lane closures for repavingFrom staff reportsAnother segment of set for Interstate 75 in North Florida is set for repaving starting Monday night. A 5-mile section in Columbia County between State Road 47 (Exit 423) and three miles north of US 41/441 (Exit 414) will be repaved with nighttime lane closures starting at 9 p.m. and ending each day at 6 a.m., according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Only the outside lanes will be resurfaced in this project but the removal of the existing pavement will encroach into the center lane. Since the process will require 3 to 6 inches of asphalt removed nightly from half-mile sections, the double lane closure is needed to provide safety to motorists as well as the workers. Plans are to start at State Road 47 and work south. All work should be completed by the end of June. The FDOT hired Anderson Columbia Company Inc., of Lake City to do the work at a cost of $1.8 million. During lane closures, the speed limit is reduced to 60 mph which will be enforced by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). Motorists are reminded that speeding fines are doubled in construction work zones when workers are present. No work will be allowed from 6 a.m. Friday until 9 p.m. Sunday because of the increased volumes of traffic on the interstate on weekends. Interstate 75 is also being resurfaced in Hamilton County between the Suwannee County line at the Suwannee River Bridge and US 129 (Exit 451). This 9.5mile long project will be completed in the Fall. Currently, nighttime lane closures are occurring weeknights to resurface the center lane. For updates on I-75 projects, contact the FDOT Public Information Office at 800-749-2967, follow FDOT on Twitter @MyFDOT_ NEFL or @FL511_northeast or dial 511 to get traffic incidents on I-75.Vets see WW II memorialPORT ST. LUCIE A group of World War II veterans from Florida are en route to Washington to see the national monuments. Eighty-five veterans from the war gathered at Port St. Lucie City Hall on Saturday to share stories and eat breakfast before catching a flight to Washington, D.C. Associated Press
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Lake City Reporter SPORTS Sunday, May 13, 2012 www.lakecityreporter.com Section B FROM THE SIDELINE Brandon FinleyPhone: (386) firstname.lastname@example.org Story ideas?ContactTim KirbySports Editor754email@example.com Q Brandon Finley covers sports for the Lake City Reporter Purple picks up 13-0 win against Gold in spring. CHS continued on 3B Door open for CHS to return O nly one team can be crowned champion at the end of the season. Unfortunately for Columbia Highs baseball team, it will have to watch another team wear that crown. But a lot of good has come from the Tigers season. Two playoff wins have shown the Tigers that they have what it takes to compete on a championship level. And with a young team, Columbia is poised to make a return trip to the playoffs next season. But Columbia cant be satisfied with how far it has come. Theres obviously talent there to continue to improve on what the Tigers have already accomplished. Four sophomores were in the starting lineup against Pace High in the Tigers elimination from the playoffs. That leaves two more years for the Tigers to reach its next goal and thats to move onto the Final Four. The bar has been set for Columbia now. Theres no reason to be complacent. Sure, the feeling of being eliminated is going to hurt for a while, but now the Tigers know what it takes to compete at that level. Columbia has had a taste. That taste should be fuel for next year. It cant be about looking back at what might have been. It must be looking into the future to find out what can be. The scenario is similar to that of the Lady Tigers a few years ago. When this years crop of softball players were freshman, they set off what turned into an incredible three-year run. Clark has to be looking for the same thing out of this group. Pitching should still be adequate even without Kellan Bailey next season. Though losing his 10-0 record and 0.00 ERA will certainly not be easy to replace, Alan Espenship and Jayce Barber have proven theyre more than capable of doing the job. Batting cant be any worse than it was this year either and the Tigers still won two playoff games. Columbia took its bruises this season, but still made something out of it. Once those bruises heal, it should be a rougher, tougher group of Tigers next season. Prototype of potential JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterA pass intended for Antonio Pelham (10) is picked off i n the air by Trey Marshall (21) during the Purple and Gold game Friday. TIM KIRBY /Lake City ReporterFort White High football players cool off between scrimmag e sessions at Madison County High on Saturday. Indians get double dose of spring footballBy TIM KIRBYtkirby@lakecityreporter.comMADISON Fort White Highs football team divided up, then reunited to double up on spring scrimmages. The two-day scrimmage session began with the Red & Black game on Friday at Arrowhead Stadium. Coach Demetric Jackson and his staff split up the varsity and each offense ran four series before turning over the rest of the evening to the junior varsity. The Black offense opened with the ball. Tavaris Williams took some shots at the line and quar-terback Andrew Baker ran the ball twice for 23 yards. The Black gained one first down, but had a turnover when Cameron White recovered a fumble for the Red. Switching sides, the Red Fort White divides up, then reunites in Madison. INDIANS continued on 3B By TIM KIRBYtkirby@lakecityreporter.comColumbia High football rolled out a prototype of its potential for the 2012 season at the Purple & Gold game on Friday. The machine was missing a main part with returning quarterback Jayce Barber joining the Tigers baseball team in a third-round play-off game at Pace High. You expect a little bit of letdown without your senior quarterback, Tigers head coach Brian Allen said. It gives another kid a chance to get some valuable experi-ence under the lights. Austin Williams took the snaps for both teams and new offensive coordinator Mitch Shoup turned him loose. Williams threw 14 times for the Gold and completed six for 35 yards. He was picked off twice by Trey Marshall. Darren Burch had two catches for 26 yards and Braxton Stockton added two catches for six yards. Shaq Johnson and Andre Williamson also had catches. For the Purple team, Williams was on fire. He completed 4-of-5 passes for 93 yards. Desmon Mayo caught three for 94 yards including a 22-yard touch-down late in the game. Roc Battle also had a catch. Brayden Thomas added BRANDON FINLEY /Lake City ReporterColumbia High players celebrate after Levi Hollingswor th hit a home run during Fridays playoff loss to Pace High in Pensacola.Down and out in the PanhandleBy BRANDON FINLEYbfinley@lakecityreporter.comPENSACOLA Columbia Highs road to the Final Four came to an abrupt end as the Tigers fell, 9-3, against Pace High in Pensacola on Friday. The Tigers trailed throughout the game after the Patriots put three runs on the board in the second inning. After Patrick Maddox reached on an error, he was moved over to third by Clay Benefield on a double. Maddox scored the first run of the game when Daniel Hampton hit a sacrifice fly Columbia falls against Pace High in Elite Eight. TIGERS continued on 3B
SCOREBOARD TELEVISIONTV sports Today AUTO RACING 7:30 a.m. SPEED Formula One, Spanish Grand Prix, at Barcelona, Spain 1 p.m. SPEED Rolex Sports Car Series, Global Barter 250, at Millville, N.J. CYCLING 5 p.m. NBCSN Tour of California, first stage, at Santa Rosa, Calif. GOLF Noon TGC PGA Tour, The Players, final round, at Ponte Vedra Beach 2 p.m. NBC PGA Tour, The Players, final round, at Ponte Vedra Beach HOCKEY 9 a.m. NBCSN IIHF World Championships, pool play, United States vs. Finland, at Helsinki NHL 8 p.m. NBCSN Playoffs, conference finals, game 1, Los Angeles at Phoenix MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2 p.m. TBS Atlanta at St. LouisWGN Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee 8 p.m. ESPN L.A. Angels at Texas MENS COLLEGE LACROSSE 1 p.m. ESPN NCAA Division I, playoffs, first round, Princeton at Virginia MOTORSPORTS 4 p.m. SPEED FIM World Superbike, at Derby, England (same-day tape) NBA 1 p.m. ABC Playoffs, first round, game 7, L.A. Clippers at Memphis 3:30 p.m. ABC Playoffs, conference semifinals, game 1, Indiana at Miami NHL 8 p.m. NBCSN Playoffs, conference finals, Los Angeles at Phoenix SOCCER 9:30 a.m. ESPN2 Premier League, Queens Park at Manchester City 10 a.m. FX Premier League, Manchester United at Sunderland FSN Premier League, Arsenal at West Bromwich SPEED Premier League, Blackburn at Chelsea 12:15 p.m. ESPN2 MLS, New York at Philadelphia Monday CYCLING 5 p.m. NBCSN Tour of California, stage 2, San Francisco to Santa Cruz, Calif. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m. ESPN Chicago Cubs at St. Louis NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. TNT Playoffs, conference semifinals, game 2, Philadelphia at Boston NHL HOCKEY 8 p.m. NBCSN Playoffs, conference finals, game 1, New Jersey at NY Rangers OR Washington at New JerseyBASKETBALLNBA playoffs FIRST ROUND Thursday Philadelphia 79, Chicago 78, Philadelphia wins series 4-2 Boston 83, Atlanta 80, Boston wins series 4-2 Denver 113, L.A. Lakers 96 Friday Memphis 90, L.A. Clippers 88 Saturday Denver at L.A. Lakers (n) Today L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 1 p.m. CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS Saturday Philadelphia at Boston (n) Today Indiana at Miami, 3:30 p.m. Monday Philadelphia at Boston, 7 p.m Tuesday Indiana at Miami, 7 p.m. Sixth Man Award NEW YORK Voting for the 2011-12 NBA Sixth Man award:Player 1st 2nd 3rd Tot James Harden 115 3 -584Louis Williams 3 62 30 231Jason Terry -20 21 81Al Harrington -9 15 42Manu Ginobili -9 1 28Taj Gibson 1 5 8 28O.J. Mayo -2 12 18 Mo Williams -1 11 14Thaddeus Young -2 4 10 Kyle Korver -1 1 4Zach Randolph -1 -3C.J. Watson -1 -3Carl Landry -1 -3 Jamal Crawford --3 3 Gary Neal --2 2 Mike Dunleavy --2 2Tyler Hansbrough --2 2J.R. Smith --1 1George Hill --1 1Andre Miller --1 1BASEBALLAL standings East Division W L Pct GB Baltimore 21 12 .636 Tampa Bay 20 13 .606 1 New York 18 14 .563 2 12 Toronto 18 15 .545 3Boston 13 19 .406 7 12 Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 18 14 .563 Detroit 16 16 .500 2 Chicago 16 17 .485 2 12 Kansas City 11 20 .355 6 12 Minnesota 9 23 .281 9West Division W L Pct GB Texas 22 11 .667 Oakland 17 16 .515 5 Seattle 15 19 .441 7 12 Los Angeles 14 19 .424 8 Late Thursday Baltimore 6, Texas 5, 1st gameN.Y. Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 3Cleveland 8, Boston 3Texas 7, Baltimore 3, 2nd gameToronto 6, Minnesota 2Detroit 10, Oakland 6 Fridays Games N.Y. Yankees 6, Seattle 2Baltimore 4, Tampa Bay 3Boston 7, Cleveland 5Texas 10, L.A. Angels 3Chicago White Sox 5, Kansas City 0Minnesota 7, Toronto 6Oakland 11, Detroit 4 Saturdays Games L.A. Angels 4, Texas 2N.Y. Yankees 6, Seattle 2Baltimore 5, Tampa Bay 3Boston 4, Cleveland 1Kansas City 5, Chicago White Sox 0Toronto 2, Minnesota 1Oakland 3, Detroit 1 Todays Games Seattle (Beavan 1-3) at N.Y. Yankees (Pettitte 0-0), 1:05 p.m. Cleveland (Masterson 1-2) at Boston (Bard 2-4), 1:35 p.m. Tampa Bay (Shields 5-1) at Baltimore (Arrieta 2-3), 1:35 p.m. Kansas City (Duffy 2-2) at Chicago White Sox (Humber 1-2), 2:10 p.m. Toronto (R.Romero 4-0) at Minnesota (Diamond 1-0), 2:10 p.m. Detroit (Verlander 3-1) at Oakland (Parker 1-0), 4:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (Weaver 5-0) at Texas (Feliz 2-1), 8:05 p.m. Mondays Games N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.Seattle at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Kansas City at Texas, 8:05 p.m.Cleveland at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. Oakland at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. NL standings East Division W L Pct GB Washington 20 12 .625 Atlanta 20 13 .606 12 New York 18 14 .563 2 Miami 17 15 .531 3 Philadelphia 15 18 .455 5 12 Central Division W L Pct GB St. Louis 20 12 .625 Cincinnati 16 15 .516 3 12 Houston 15 17 .469 5 Milwaukee 14 18 .438 6Pittsburgh 14 18 .438 6 Chicago 13 19 .406 7 West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 21 11 .656 San Francisco 15 17 .469 6 Arizona 15 18 .455 6 12 Colorado 13 18 .419 7 12 San Diego 11 22 .333 10 12 Late Thursday Washington 4, Pittsburgh 2 Fridays Games Houston 1, Pittsburgh 0Philadelphia 7, San Diego 3Miami 6, N.Y. Mets 5Washington 7, Cincinnati 3Milwaukee 8, Chicago Cubs 7, 13 innings Atlanta 9, St. Louis 7, 12 inningsArizona 5, San Francisco 1L.A. Dodgers 7, Colorado 3 Saturdays Games Milwaukee 8, Chicago Cubs 2N.Y. Mets 9, Miami 3Pittsburgh 5, Houston 2San Diego 2, Philadelphia 1Washington 2, Cincinnati 1Atlanta 7, St. Louis 2San Francisco at Arizona (n)Colorado at L.A. Dodgers (n) Todays Games N.Y. Mets (Niese 2-1) at Miami (Zambrano 1-2), 1:10 p.m. Washington (E.Jackson 1-1) at Cincinnati (Arroyo 2-1), 1:10 p.m. Houston (W.Rodriguez 3-3) at Pittsburgh (A.J.Burnett 1-2), 1:35 p.m. San Diego (Suppan 2-0) at Philadelphia (Hamels 4-1), 1:35 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 4-1) at Milwaukee (Estrada 0-2), 2:10 p.m. Atlanta (Hanson 3-3) at St. Louis (Lynn 6-0), 2:15 p.m. Colorado (D.Pomeranz 0-2) at L.A. Dodgers (Lilly 4-0), 4:05 p.m. San Francisco (Zito 1-1) at Arizona (J.Saunders 2-2), 4:10 p.m. Mondays Games Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 7:05 p.m.Houston at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.San Diego at Washington, 7:05 p.m.Cincinnati at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.Milwaukee at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.Pittsburgh at Miami, 7:10 p.m.Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.Colorado at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.AUTO RACINGRace week FORMULA ONE SPANISH GRAND PRIX Site: Barcelona, Spain.Schedule: Today, race, 8 a.m. (Speed, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). Track: Circuit de Catalunya (road course, 2.89 miles). Race distance: 190.8 miles, 66 laps.HOCKEYNHL playoffs CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS Saturday Washington at N.Y. Rangers (n) CONFERENCE FINALS Today Los Angeles at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Monday New Jersey at NY Rangers OR Washington at New Jersey, 8 p.m. 2B LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012 Page Editor: Tim Kirby, 754-0421 MEETINGSheriff Hunter (Columbia Co.) Sheriff Cameron (Suwannee Co.) other Sheriffs race candidates Thursday, May 10th7:00 P.M. 128 SW Birley Ave. (386) 935-0821 COURTESY PHOTOGators win Directors CupThe North Florida Gators 9-under baseball team won the US SSA Directors Cup championship in Daytone Beach the weekend of May 5-6. The Gators were 5-0 in tournament play. Pitcher Quinten Rawls won two games, including getting the decision in the Gators 15-4 victory in the championship game. Jeff Chaillou also wo n two games, allowing one run in eight innings. Skyler Shatto closed out three of the wins fo r his first saves of the season. The offense was lead by Gregory Falck and Logan Dicks, who hit his first home run of the season. It was the Gators fourth tournament win this season and qua lifies them to play in the USSSA World Series in July. Team members are (front row, from left) Logan Dicks, Greg Falck, Quinten Rawls, Jacob Thornton and Jeff Chaillou. Second r ow (from left) are Yawuum Accad, Luke Ridley, Ethan Tam, J.J. Chaillou and Skyler Shatto. Ba ck row coaches (from left) are Bryan Ridley, Ryan Tam, Jeff Chaillou and Glen Falck. BRIEFS BOYS CLUB Summer program registration open The Boys Club of Columbia County has a summer program from June 4 through Aug. 10 for girls and boys ages 6-14. A variety of activities are offered including sports, game rooms, arts and crafts, and special events. Cost is $250. For details, call 752-4184. SUMMER CAMP City outdoor camp registration The Lake City Recreation Department has a Summer Outdoor Camp for ages 6-13 from June 11 through Aug. 10. Registration is under way and is limited to the first 60 campers to sign up. Cost is $225. Trips to Wild Waters, Adventure Landing, Chuck E. Cheeses and Wild Adventure are planned, along with skating and movies. For details, call Wayne Jernigan at 758-5448.County sign-up under way Columbia County Recreation Department has a Summer Camp from June 11 to Aug. 3. Registration is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Richardson Community Center. Cost of $225 per child includes weekday breakfast and lunch, plus mini camps and field trips. The camp is limited to the first 60 applicants. A $10 discount is offered through www.lakecityreporter.com For details, call Nicole Smith at 754-7095. YOUTH BASEBALL Tigers travel team tryouts this week The Lake City Tigers 10-under baseball travel team has a tryout set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Southside Sports Complex. For details, call Bobby Hingson at (386) 205-0398. YOUTH SOCCER Tryout for 12U travel team A tryout for a premier level under-12 boys travel team is 6-8 p.m. May 24 at the CYSA complex. For details, call Sheila at 697-4379 or Colleen at (386) 344-3091. WOLVES FOOTBALL Spring game set for May 25 Richardson Middle Schools spring Orange & Green game is 1:30 p.m. May 25 at the practice field behind the school. Cost is $3 for adults. For details, call Kaleb Watkins at 755-8130. GOLF Kiwanis tourney tees off Friday The annual Coach Joe Fields Kiwanis Golf Tournament is Friday at The Country Club at Lake City. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and a 1 p.m. tee time. Entry fee is $60 per player. Hole sponsors are $50, or $100 for golf and hole sponsors. For details, call committee chairman Jordan Wade at 288-2729.Relay for Life tournament An American Cancer Society/ Relay for Life benefit golf tournament is Saturday at Quail Heights Country Club. Registration for the four-person scramble is 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Cost is $75 per player or $275 for four-person team. For details, call Kim Nicholson at 288-2871, April Hentzberry at 867-0066 or Mike Nelson at 867-1119.Q From staff reports
Page Editor: Brandon Finley, 754-0420 LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012 3B TIGERS: End season 17-13 Continued From Page 1B INDIANS: Travel to Orange Park for spring game Continued From Page 1B CHS: Travels to Dunnellon High on Friday Continued From Page 1Bthe extra point after Mayos touchdown to give the Purple squad a 13-0 win. The other Purple score came during its first pos-session when Lonnie Underwood broke a dive play for 85 yards. Underwood carried four more times and finished with 107 yards rushing. Trey Marshall, Jessie Nolan and Battle had carries for the Purple. Ronald Timmons (5 rushes-10 yards) and Stockton (4-11) split the carries for the White team. The kids competed and our backs ran hard, Shoup said. When it was No. 1 vs. No. 1, our No. 1 defense is as good as any we will see all year. We were trying to get kids in the game and on film. Both defenses kept Williams under pressure. Barnaby Edouard, Tyrone Sands, Javere Smith, Dugan Dotson and Malachai Jean were in on sacks. Not a bad outing defensively, said Allen, who viewed the action from the middle of the field deep behind the defense. It gives me the ability to see what everybody on defense is doing from corner to corner. I can see whos missing blocks and who is running the right routes. Allen and the Tigers now turn their attention toward the spring game at Dunnellon High this Friday. We wanted to see who will compete, Allen said. To see who will be the sur-prise of the spring and put them in the game. offense gained four yards in six plays before putting together a drive. Trey Phillips carried twice for 15 yards to start the drive, and Melton Sanders added 14 more yards on two keepers. Sanders hit Brandon Myers for eight yards and Kellen Snider pounded the line for a first down. On third down, Sanders threw a dart to Phillips for a 26-yard touchdown and the varsity called it a night. In the scrimmages hosted by Madison County High, Fort White opened with East Gadsden High. The teams alternated run-ning eight plays starting at the 35-yard line. They later moved to the 10 for another set of plays. The Indians started their offense set with four runs by Williams. Baker completed one of three passes, to Caleb Bundy for a short gain. Baker was 3-of-4 pass-ing on the next series with two completions to Phillips and one to Williams. Phillips had a couple of runs for eight yards on the third series, but the Indians couldnt punch it in the end zone. Fort Whites first defense held on the Jaguars opening series and turned in a sack. On the next series, East Gadsden had a couple of touchdown passes. The Jaguars had two touchdown passes on their series from the 10. The opening session began at 10 a.m. and lasted an hour. Fort White was to play twice more, against the host Cowboys and a re-match with East Gadsden. Fort White travels to Orange Park High at 7 p.m. Friday for a spring game. JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterLonnie Underwood (24) blazes through a hole in the defensive line and scrambles down the field to score a touchdown. SCENES FROM SPRING JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterColumbias Trey Marshall (21) nearly intercepts a pas s intended for Ronald Timmons (23). for a 1-0 lead. Brandon Peterson laid down a bunt for a base hit and scored Benefield for the 2-0 lead. The Patriots final run of the inning came off a Patrcik Ervin hit to score Peterson and give Pace a 3-0 lead after two innings. Pace did even more damage in the bottom of the third inning. Benefield continued a hot night at the plate with a three-run homer to score Steven Jernigan and Maddox. Both reached on walks. After four innings, the Tigers trailed 7-0. The Patriots added one run in the bottom half of the inning when first-round prospect Addison Russell hit a double to score Elliot Pearson. Columbia fought its way back into the game, how-ever, with a pair of home runs in the top of the fifth inning. Jayce Barber hit a two-run bomb to score Kellan Bailey and Levi Hollingsworth fol-lowed with a solo shot to cut the lead to 7-3. The Patriots were too much at the plate, however, and added two more runs for insurance in the bottom half of the fifth. Russell again did the damage. This time he took it out of the park with a home run to score Pearson and give the Patriots a 9-3 lead. Hollingsworth led the Tigers at the plate with two hits and a walk. Caleb Vaughn had two hits and Dalton Mauldin reached base on a walk. The season didnt end the way we wanted it to, but unfortunately only one team gets to end it that way, Columbia head coach J.T. Clark told the team after the game. The Tigers set a new record for their longest-playoff run this year fall-ing only one game short of the Final Four. Its something Clark hopes the team can build on next year. Weve done a lot of good things this year and really came together as a team toward the end, he said. The seniors did a great job of leading this team and hopefully theyve set the bar a little higher for years to come. Its going to be hard to replace Bailey, who was 10-0. In fact, you cant replace 10-0. Thats pretty special, but he taught us how to win. The good thing is you look at the lineup and were starting four juniors. Now weve got a taste of this and well try to come back and have some of the excitement Pace had tonight. Columbia finished the season at 17-13. JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterColumbia High quarterback Austin Williams (12) throws the ball to an open receiver while under pressure during the Purple and Gold game Friday
4B LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012 Page Editor: Brandon Finley, 754-0420Na takes lead at Players ChampionshipBy DOUG FERGUSONAssociated PressPONTE VEDRA BEACH Kevin Na is slow to pull the trigger, and quick to make fun of himself. In what made for painful viewing Saturday in The Players Championship for fans at the TPC Sawgrass and those watch-ing from home Na took hundreds of waggles as he set up over the ball, backed off the shot if he didnt feel comfortable and a couple of times purposely missed so he could start over. The only number that mattered was a 4-under 68, one of only three bogey-free rounds on a dangerous golf course. Backing off only once in the 18th fair-way, he hit his approach to 15 feet for birdie and took a one-shot lead over Matt Kuchar (69) going into the final round. Theres so much on the line that I just have to sometimes back off, Na said. Or Ill force myself to take it back, and on the way down Ill pull up and go over the top (of the ball). As ugly as it is, and as pain-ful as it is, believe me, its really tough for me. And Im trying. Kuchar had the lead until hitting wedge into the water at the island-green 17th and escaping with bogey, and he saved par from the rough-covered moguls to the right of the 18th green. He had one stretch of eight holes without a par, making six birdies and a bogey. Rickie Fowler, coming off his first PGA Tour win last week at Quail Hollow, was dynamic as ever as he shot up the leaderboard. Fowler didnt make a bogey until the last hole but still had the best score of the third round with a 66 and was two shots behind. He is trying to become the first player since David Duval in 1997 to win his first two PGA Tour titles in consecu-tive weeks. Na, playing with Zach Johnson, was on the clock throughout the back nine, and he was given a bad time on the 16th hole. He made an unsuccessful appeal, claiming he went over the allotted time because his caddies shadow was in the way. Na is not oblivious to how bad it looks, how slow he plays or the reaction from all corners. Trust me, I get ripped a lot, he said. I know TV, Twitter and fans are tired of me backing off. I under-stand people being frus-trated with me backing off, but all I can tell you guys is honestly, Im trying. And its hard for me, too. But just bear with me, and hopefully we get that tomorrow round in. Na, who won for the first time last fall in Las Vegas, was at 12-under 204. The 54-hole leader has not won The Players Championship since it moved to May in 2007, and a one-shot lead is never safe at Sawgrass. Texas Open champion Ben Curtis also played bogey-free. He just didnt have as many birdies, miss-ing from inside 10 feet on his last two holes for a 70. He was five shots behind, along with Johnson, who bogeyed the last hole for a 73. Tiger Woods never came close to getting into conten-tion, though he gave him-self plenty of chances. The card shows two birdies, two bogeys and a 72 that left him 10 shots out of the lead going into the final round. It was hard for him to digest. I played well today and didnt get anything out of that round, Woods said. It was probably the most solid Ive hit the golf ball all year, actually. Even though I hit a couple off line, they were just hit dead flush. I just got nothing out of the round. Na, long known as one of the slowest players in golf, attributes his bizarre rou-tine of waggles and whiffs to a swing change. He and Johnson, also known for his slow pace, were on the clock throughout the back nine. Na was given a bad time on the 16th hole while on the clock, meaning one more bad time and he would have become the first PGA Tour player in 20 years to get a one-shot penalty. He appealed the bad time and lost claiming his caddies shadow was in the way and he had to back off. Na was not on the clock playing the last two holes. Na is equally famous for taking a 16 on one hole in the Texas Open last year. It didnt take nearly as much time to take those 16 shots, though Na explained he plays more quickly when hes in trouble. He said its takes longer to get a clear picture in his head when playing from the fairways. Its probably when Im in the trees I hit it faster, he said. But I dont want to play from the trees. Na said players tell him they get the short straw when paired with him, and they are only half-kidding. After backing off one shot on the sixth tee, he apolo-gized to Johnson. Im good friends with Zach, and Zach under-stands, Na said. I think the only guy that would really understand is Sergio (Garcia) if I played with him, because hes gone through it. Garcia struggled with regrips and waggles in 2002 and was hammered by the New York gallery in the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. Na better get this fixed quickly The Barclays is going to Bethpage in August. I know its frustrating, he said. Its frustrating for me. I want to pull the trig-ger. ... Its getting better little by little. Hopefully, it will go away by the end of the year. The first step is getting through Sunday. Kuchar, who also challenged at the Masters, is getting by with control of his driver and his emotions. Even on a poor tee shot at the 14th, the worst Kuchar could say was, Oh, stink-er! What cost him more was a ball sinking to the bottom of the pond at the 17th, though Kuchar cant argue with his position in the last group Sunday. It was exciting, Kuchar said. A lot of birdies and a lot more bogeys than I normally make. But I knew today was going to be a tricky day. I knew there were going to be a lot of bogeys. I knew there were dangers around every cor-ner. Fowler still sees himself as an underdog, even though he broke through last week at Quail Hollow to win in a playoff that includ-ed Rory McIlroy. The last player to win consecutive weeks on tour was Woods in 2009. Woods, Tom Kite in 1989 and Raymond Floyd in 1981 are the only play-ers to make that second straight win The Players Championship. Fowler fig-ured no one gave him much of a chance. That might change now.I feel like Im in kind of an underdog position maybe overlooked at the start of the week, won last week, maybe a little tired, Fowler said. Im ready to go. Like I said last week, its all about giving yourself chances out here, and I gave myself a chance last week on Sunday and took advantage of it. Go out tomorrow, have some fun, give it our best shot and see where that puts us. ASSOCIATED PRESSKevin Na hits from a bunker on the 11th hole during the third round of the Players Championship golf tournament a t TPC Sawgrass on Saturday in Ponte Vedra Beach. ASSOCIATED PRESSSurrounded by teammates, Miami Heats LeBron James spea ks after having accepted the NBA MVP trophy on Saturday in Miami. Calling the honor overwhelming but pointing to a bigger goal, James on Saturday became the eighth player in NBA history to win the MVP award three times.James wins 3rd NBA MVP awardBy TIM REYNOLDSAssociated PressMIAMI Calling the honor overwhelming but pointing to a bigger goal, LeBron James on Saturday became the eighth player in NBA history to win the MVP award three times. James accepted the trophy and will get to show it off to Miami Heat fans Sunday afternoon when hes presented with the prize again by Commissioner David Stern before Miami faces Indiana in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series. Heat nation, we have a bigger goal, James said. This is very overwhelm-ing to me as an individual award. But this is not the award I want, ultimately. I want that championship. Thats all that matters to me. James won the award for the third time in four seasons. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone have won at least that many MVP trophies. Abdul-Jabbar won six times, Jordan and Russell five times each, Chamberlain four times. Now, theyre the only play-ers with more than James. We love you, Heat President Pat Riley told James during the ceremony. Not just because of this, but because of what you mean to our organization. James received 85 of a possible 121 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league, as well as one collective fan vote on NBA.com. He fin-ished with 1,074 points, topping Oklahoma Citys Kevin Durant (889 points, 24 first-place votes), the Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul (385, six first-place votes), the Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant (352, two first-place votes), and San Antonios Tony Parker (331, four first-place votes). James credited several of the leagues best play-ers for being part of his inspiration to play at the highest level. We do not take LeBron James for granted, not here in this organization, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. And he apparently does not take the organization for granted, either. James voice broke a couple of times as he spoke, and he confessed he was more nervous than he anticipated. James relayed a story about his reaction when the news broke pub-licly Friday night, telling family he was with at the time that this is crazy. I see my two sons, I do what I do and I try to per-form at the highest level every night, and a big part of the reason is those guys. I dont want to let them down, James said. James averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists making him only the fourth player with those totals in at least two seasons, according to STATS LLC, joining Oscar Robertson (five times), John Havlicek (twice) and Bird (twice). Johnson gives Hendrick 200th victory Saturday By PETE IACOBELLIAssociated PressDARLINGTON, S.C. Jimmie Johnson broke free on a restart three laps from the end in the Southern 500 and held on Saturday night to give Hendrick Motorsports its 200th Sprint Cup victory. Johnson seemed short on fuel and tires and looked vulnerable with Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch right behind and ready to pounce after Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman spun out with six laps left at Darlington Raceway. But Stewart had trouble once the green flag dropped and Johnson flew into the lead and cruised to his first victory since Kansas last October, breaking a 16-race winless drought for the five-time NASCAR champion and the Hendrick team. Denny Hamlin was second, followed by Stewart and Kyle Busch. Danica Patrick lasted until the end of her second Sprint Cup race, finishing six laps behind Johnson in 31st.ASSOCIATED PRESSJimmie Johnson picks up the checkered flag as he celebrates his win at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Darlington Raceway on Saturday in Darlington, S.C Johnson broke free on a restart three laps from the end i n the Southern 500 and held on with Tony Stewart and Kyle Bus ch right behind Saturday night to give Hendrick Motorsports its 200th Sprint Cup victory.
Page Editor: Tim Kirby, 754-0421 LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012 5B COURTESY PHOTOShrine Club hold emThe Lake City Shrine Clubs monthly Texas Hold em fund raiser was May 4. Twelve players competed and raised $320 for the club. Tournament winner s were: Paul Thomas, second (from left); Amanda Green, first; Jason Benitez, third. Thomas a nd Green split $350, and Benitez won $90. Ladies, Lets Go FishingCommission releaseThe next Ladies, Lets Go Fishing! seminar is May 18-20 at the Pirates Cove Resort and Marine, 4307 Southeast Bayview St. in Stuart. Held in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Ladies, Lets Go Fishing! is a national organization dedicated to attracting more women to sport fishing and to promoting conservation and responsible angling. For details, visit ladies letsgofishing.com call 954-475-9068 or email info@ ladiesletsgofishing.com Fort White soccer awardsLEFT: Fort White High soccer varsity girls award winners are Kasey Blanchard, 3 Dimensional: Dedication, Determination, Desire (from left); Carolee Morrow, Coachs Award; Alexa Hatcher, Academic Award; Kimmie Congi, Academic Award; Ashley Beckman, Outstanding Attacking Player; Lync Stalnaker, Outstanding Midfielder; Ali Wrench, Coachs Award and Most Outstanding Player; Becky Onorati Most Versatile Player; Caitlin Congi, Outstanding Defense Award. Cheyenne Patterson and Ashley Welder received Young Gun Awards.COURTESY PHOTO COURTESY PHOTO COURTESY PHOTO COURTESY PHOTOLEFT: Fort White High soccer varsity boys award winners are Josiah Miller, Captains Award (from left); Brandon Moulto n, Captains Award; Brandon Sharpe, Captains Award and Josh Barton Memorial; Colton Jones, Captains Award; Billy Whitney, Best All Around; Anthony Gonzalez, Goalie Award; Kodey Owens, Academic Award.BELOW: Fort White soccer middle school girls award winners are Sophia Miller, Academic Award (from left); Leslie Quinones, Most Improved; Samantha Tusing, Solid as a Rock Consistency Award, Captains Award and Academic Award; Caycee Collier, Most Improved. Other award winners are Caitlyn Frisina, Rising Star Award; Caitilyn Haight, Te am Spirit Award; Sarah Sweetapple, Captains Award.BELOW LEFT: Fort White soccer middle school boys award winners are Logan Greenwald, Most Improved Player (from left); Chris Rodriguez, Young Gun Award; Kyle Sharpe, Captains Award and Academic Award, Other winners are Josh Sharpe, Captains Award and Academic Award; John Reid, Young Gun Award; Logan Koon, Top Newcomer Award; Wyatt Kesead, Captains Award and Best All Around; Jorge Gonzalez, Academic Award.
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situational and some are chemical. We are all one step away from something bad happening, Houston said. In 2011, Meridian enrolled 13,581 clients into services at one of their many loca tions, covering 11 counties in North Central Florida. In Columbia County, almost 2,000 residents were treated in 2011. Meridians campus in Lake City is the second largest facility in the company, with 125 workers employed at the center. The Lake City campus, located at 439 SW Michigan St., has several facilities, each offering its own unique service. Less than two years ago, the Boys Recovery Center opened in Lake City--the only service of its kind in North Central Florida. At the recov ery center, young men between the ages of 12 and 17 who suffer from substance abuse and mental illness spend six months at the facility. Boys sleep on bunk beds in dormitory style rooms. A pool table and entertainment center occupy the lounge of the building. Shiny large screen computers flank the walls of the classroom. The boys follow basically the same curriculum as the Columbia County school system, Development Director Mark Johnson said. Boys at the recovery center are responsible for completing chores and other tasks. If they behave accord ingly, the earn the opportu nity to travel on field trips to local springs. At 6:30 in the morn ing, the Opioid Treatment Center (another Meridian facility) is bustling with recovering individuals who suffer from addictions to pain medicines and other opiates. Clients come in before their day of work to take a dose of methadone and communicate with therapists at the center. The aim of the center is to treat the symptoms of opiate addiction while slowly wean ing each client off the physi ological and psychological dependencies of the drug. Approximately 100 people are currently using the cen ter in Lake City every day. Houston said the center was more than a dose and go facility. Mandatory ther apy sessions are included in the treatment plan for clients at the center, a component of treatment that many similar institutions do not require. A residential facility called Williams Manor houses individuals suffering from substance abuse or mental illness on a long-term basis. Many are in for years, Houston said. The Lake City campus also has a Crisis Stabilization Center, where Columbia County residents who have been Baker or Marchman acted are housed for a peri od of 72 hours. The lock-down facility only takes adult patients who are monitored by psy chiatrists and other person nel. A treatment plan for each individual is developed during the initial 72-hour stay. In-patient and out-patient services are offered by the center. An emphasis on indi vidualized care is taken by the organization. Theres no cookie cutter here, Johnson said. The person presents to us with certain issues or concerns or problems and what our job is to do is to come up with a treatment plan that kind of meets that per son. To ensure each individuals invest ment in their own treatment, clients are required to pay some portion of their treatment fee. Nobody comes to Meridian for free. We want to be sure that you are invested in your recovery, Houston said. Meridian receives fund ing from Medicaid, the State Department of Mental Health and money from each county based on the number of residents using their services. Meridian has an annual budget of about $32 million, with around $1.8 million donated by the organization to charity care. Although we offered $1.8 million in charity care last year, we really have to be wary of how much of that we do because we operate on a thin margin. So its diffi cult sometimes to be able to provide that level of compen sated care, Johnson said. Though the number of treated residents is on the rise, Houston said the social of stigma of being labeled with a mental illness often keeps individuals suffering from mental illnesses from getting treatment. People look at you with distaste when you have a mental illness, Houston said. Many people dont get treatment because its embarrassing to get treat ment. In an attempt to spread awareness about mental illness, May has been desig nated Mental Illness Month. In July, Meridian will be celebrating their 40th anniversary at their main campus in Gainesville. 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By CHRIS KAHNAssociated PressNEW YORK Gasoline prices likely wont set any records this summer, thanks to a recent drop in the price of oil. The government on Tuesday slashed its forecast for average gas prices to $3.79 per gallon for the sum mer driving season. Thats down from an initial estimate of $3.95 and below 2008s record average of $3.80. The Energy Information Administrations revised fore cast is encouraging news for the economy. Some econo mists blame high pump pric es for so-so consumer spend ing this year. They were also seen as a factor in the loss of 35,000 retail jobs in February and March. Gasoline prices soared 20 percent from January to early April. A few analysts warned driv ers they could pay as much as $5 this summer, eclipsing the 2008 record of $4.11 per gallon. Not anymore. The price of benchmark crude has dropped about $8 per bar rel since early April. Retail gas prices have followed, fall ing 17 cents since reaching $3.936 on April 5. Its almost like a tax cut, said Jared Bernstein, a senior fellow Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. EIAs pre diction means that motorists will spend about $10.7 billion less on gasoline than previ ously anticipated. Last year, drivers paid an average of $3.71 per gallon from April to September, a period the government con siders the peak driving sea son. Gasoline will likely become less of a campaign issue. Republican presiden tial candidates hammered at President Obama as pric es jumped this year, even though presidents have little sway over pump prices. If gasoline gets even cheaper, experts think it will likely get knocked from the top tier of campaign issues. To not have gas prices nipping at your heels in an election is obviously favor able to the incumbent, said Bernstein, who was formerly an economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden. Its still a bit of a mixed bag for the president. Part of the reason oil prices have declined during the past month is sluggishness in the U.S. economy, highlighted by a disappointing jobs report last week. Europe helped sink oil pric es as well. Some European countries are in recession and election results in France and Greece over the week end threaten to derail the eurozones plan for recovery. Oil is down nearly 12 per cent since peaking near $110 per barrel in February. As oil prices fall, it becomes cheaper for refineries to make gasoline and other fuels, and some of that sav ings eventually gets passed along in the form of cheaper pump prices. Gasoline prices have tracked oil lower. The nation al average for gas is now $3.76 per gallon, according to auto club AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. Thats 20 cents cheaper than a year ago. The EIA says that gasoline prices should average $3.71 per gallon for all of 2012, down 10 cents from Aprils estimate. The EIAs forecast for next year is $3.67 per gallon. LAKE CITY REPORTER BUSINESS SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012 3C March indicators are strong for local tourism According to the Florida Department of Revenue, bed tax collections for the month of February totaled $57,012, an increase of approximately $4,000 over the same month in 2011. A combination of the Olustee Battle Festival, Speed Weeks at Daytona Beach and the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville all played a factor in the strong performance. Meanwhile, Smith Travel Reports showed an impres sive 20.5% increase for local occupancy rates in March with Average Daily Rate up 2.6% to $71.70. Revenue per available room was $44.11, an increase of 23.6% over March of 2011. Total room revenues were also up an impressive 24% for the month. TDC submits application for international accreditation The Columbia County Tourist Development Council submitted on April 30 its appli cation for accreditation from the Destination Marketing International Association (DMAI) which is based in Washington, D.C. In addition to joining DMAI, we submit ted an 88 topic questionnaire which gauges our level of professionalism in 16 differ ent categories of the work done by our office. At present, there are only 125 Destination Marketing Organizations in the world that hold DMAI accreditation and if selected we would be one of the small est agencies to earn this dis tinction. We expect to receive word on our application by the end of July. Who is coming to Florida and why? Vicki Allen of VISIT FLORIDA conducted a session on tourism in the state and shared a number of interesting statistics. The total number of visitors to the state in 2010 was 85.9 million, an increase of 4% from 2009. Of that total 53% arrived by air with 41% here for vacation, and 25% planning to visit friends and relatives. The average size of the party was 2.3 people and the length of stay was 5.5 days and 55% stayed in hotels or motels. In terms of activities that visitors wanted to accomplish, the #1 item was shopping with visit ing a beach second and attrac tions being third. For our area of Florida, the top generator of visitors is Georgia, followed by Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Illinois. A busy time upcoming for sports tournaments May, June and July will see an abundance of sports tourna ments coming to our area with 14 events scheduled over the next 90 days. CAMPBELL: Tourism Week Awards Luncheon Continued From Page 1C By DAVE CARPENTERAssociated PressC HICAGO Moms are on the front lines of doling out allow-ances and shaping their childrens money habits. And mothers who work in finance have extra knowl-edge to pass along about how to earn, save and spend it responsibly. To Rita Cheng, a financial adviser and mother of three in Potomac, Md., there arent many more important skills a parent can teach than managing money. Its not that she schools her kids on the niceties of annuities, exchange-traded funds or some other com-plex concept. Her money talk is more about how they should handle their time and their money and what opportunities that can cre-ate. Those are lifelong skills that will serve you well in all areas of your life, she says. Plus, she adds with a laugh, she needs to be ready with an intelligent response when her 13-year-old son accuses her of being cheap for not buying what he wants. Moms who work as certified financial planners shared the best advice they gave their kids about money -tips suitable for offspring of all ages. Their five top tips: 1. KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NEEDS AND WANTS. Cheng, who works for Ameriprise Financial, talks a lot about needs versus wants with her son, Christian, and daughters Sarina, 16, and Karolina, 7. Sometimes its difficult to tell the two situations apart, she acknowledges. Other times its clear, such as when Karolina, a second-grader, said I need a cell-phone! It was different when Sarina, a high schooler, made the case for getting a smartphone. She was on the move a lot from school to babysitting to piano les-sons and, in part, wanted to be able to access homework assignments online. Cheng agreed that Sarina needed a smartphone and bought her one for her 16th birthday. But Cheng real-izes that needs and wants differ by family, community and income level. In this day and age it is really hard for parents to differentiate, she says, not-ing that its not easy to keep kids grounded. 2. DONT SPEND IT ALL IN ONE PLACE. Money that kids receive as gifts can provide a valu-able teaching opportunity. When she was a pre-teen, Eleanor Blayneys daugh ter, Elizabeth, would get $25 from her grandma as a birthday present. Elizabeth would immediately ask, OK, what costs $25 that I can spend money on? That gave Blayney the chance to emphasize that money is divisible. You dont have to spend it all in one place, says Blayney, consumer advo cate for the CFP Board in Washington. You can spend some, save, invest, give. Some parents convey that message by labeling containers for children to divide their money among savings, spending, invest ing and charity. As part of the lesson, Blayney insisted that half of what Elizabeth later made from part-time jobs had to go into savings. 3. LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS. Lynn Ballous approach for giving advice to her kids as well as her clients is to embrace her role as a Jewish mom -meaning, she says, being direct and honest about money with a bit of fun thrown in. Her tips include Dont spend money on crap! and Dont be afraid of the b-word (bud-get)! But she says the most important piece of financial advice she gives to her chil-dren -daughter Meredith and son Nicholas, both in their early 20s -or anyone else is to live within his or her means. If you think your gross (income) is what you make, its not, says Ballou, man-aging partner of Ballou Plum Wealth Advisors in Lafayette, Calif. Find out what your take-home is, and learn to live on your take-home. If you cant, you need to do something else. 4. WAIT BEFORE BUYING. Impulse buying is a big trap for children and adults alike. Blayneys advice to her daughter was that if she really wants something, resist the initial urge and sleep on it. Put a little space between you and an impulse purchase. Its amazing how much the impulse to spend goes away if you give it time, Blayney says. So, give it time, give it time. The equivalent advice for clients at the Directions for Women financial advisory service in McLean, Va., where she is president, is to get a good nights rest and to shop with a list. Just dont make going to the mall, or shopping, a source of plea-sure and entertainment. 5. WORK AT BEING A SMART CONSUMER. Being a smart consumer starts early, as good money moms know. Cheng uses simple discount coupons as one way to teach her kids to focus on saving and frugal spending. She got them started on clipping coupons out of the Sunday paper, with the sav-ings going toward buying iTunes gift cards for family entertainment. Its a way to encourage the habit of savings but also make it fun, she says. Sometimes the kids even compete to see who gets the coupons first. They like it, she says. I really want them to be good consumers.ASSOCIATED PRESSRita Cheng, 45, (right) a certified financial planner, righ t, poses recently for a portrait with her children Christian Haryanto, 13, (left) Sarina Haryanto, 16 and Karolina Haryanto, 7, at their home in Potomac, Md. 5 money tips from savvy financial moms Summer gas prices likely wont set record ASSOCIATED PRESSThis recent file photo shows a gas pump displaying a $1 00 sale in Barre Vt. The government said Tuesday that gasoli ne will be cheaper this summer than previously expected th anks to a drop in the price of oil. The Energy Department says drivers should pay an average of $3.79 per gallon at the pu mp from April through September. By TRACIE CONEAssociated PressDog breeders who skirt animal welfare laws by selling puppies over the Internet would face tighter scrutiny under a rule change proposed Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The change would sub ject dog owners who breed more than four females and sell the puppies electronical ly, by mail or over the phone to the same oversight faced by wholesale dealers as part of the Animal Welfare Act. That law, written in 1966, set standards of care for ani mals bred for commercial sale and research. Retail sales were exempt from inspec tions under the assumption that anyone who visited the store could see whether the animals appeared healthy and cared for. The Internet opened a new venue for puppy sales, and thousands of large-scale breeders who advertise there have not been subject to oversight or inspection. The proposed change seeks to close that loop hole by ensuring that any one who sells pets over the Internet, by phone or mail order can no longer do so sight-unseen. Sellers either must open their doors to the public so buyers can see the animals before they purchase them, or obtain a license and be subject to inspections by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. We feel this is certainly a much-needed change to an outdated system, said Rebecca Blue, deputy under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs. The change does not affect backyard breeders who sell puppies from their homes or other physical locations. Blue said its designed to ensure that dogs sold and shipped to buyers are healthy, treated well and genetically sound. This is a very signifi cant proposed federal action, since thousands of large-scale breeders take advantage of a loop hole that allows them to escape any federal inspec tions, said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. USDA seeks change to regulate Internet pet sales Associated PressWASHINGTON Average U.S. rates for 30-year and 15-year fixed mortgages fell to fresh record lows this week. Cheap mortgage rates have made home-buying and refinancing more affordable than ever for those who can qualify. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year loan ticked down to 3.83 percent. Thats the lowest since long-term mortgages began in the 1950s. And its below the previous record rate of 3.84 per-cent reached last week. The 15-year mortgage, a popular option for refi-nancing, dropped to 3.05 percent, also a record. Thats down from last weeks previous record of 3.07 percent. Low mortgage rates havent done much to boost home sales. Rates have been below 4 per-cent for all but one week since early December. Yet sales of both previously occupied homes and new homes fell in March. There have been some positive signs in recent months. January and February made up the best winter for sales of previously occupied homes in five years. U.S rate on 30-year mortgage hits record 3.83 percent
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LIFE Sunday, May 13, 2012 www.lakecityreporter.com Section D Many people believe that the daylily is the perfect perennial flowering plant. Why? First of all, this flower survives with very little care. There are few insects or diseases that are bothersome to the daylily, and drought rarely seems to be a problem. Throw in the facts that they grow just about anywhere, come in many colors and sizes, and have a long season of bloom. This is my kind of plant. Hemerocallis, the scientific name for daylily, comes from Greek words meaning beauty and day. Each single blossom will open and last for only one day. Each flower stalk has many buds, however, so the plant will continue to bloom for a long period of Daylily is my kind of plant Story ideas? Contact Robert BridgesEditor firstname.lastname@example.org Lake City Reporter LIFESunday, May 13, 2012 www.lakecityreporter.com Section D Story ideas? Contact Robert BridgesEditor email@example.comLake City ReporterBE JANEBeJane.com 1DLIFE 1DLIFE What should I look for in a breast imaging center? GARDEN TALK Nichelle Demorestdndemorest@ufl.eduGARDEN TALK continued on 2D Gardening can enocurage kids to add healthy foods to their dietsBy LAURA HAMPSONlhampson@lakecityreporter. comIf you think its hard getting kids to eat their vegetables, wait until you try recruiting them for garden work. But the challenge is worth it: Gardening offers a cornucopia of learning experiences and children just might add more healthy foods to their diet if theyve grown them themselves. Gardening is also a fun educational experience, said Jen Chasteen, Columbia County 4-H program assistant. Even young children can learn hands-on about the science of growing living things, she said. Gardening also helps children discover where their food comes from, Chasteen said. Beyond the grocery store, many children may not realize how food is made, she said. If a child grows herbs or vegetables, they will try them at least once, said Mike Ferraro, whose Preferred Commerce Co. produces Growums, an animated Incentivesgarden program that uses online gaming technology to teach children how to raise fresh edibles and have fun doing it. When theyre done, theyre so proud of it they want to eat it, he said. Youre never too young to garden, although results for the youngest gardeners might be mixed, said Susan Robbins of the National Gardening Associations Gardening With Kids program. Some plants are bound to fail, so ASSOCIATED PRESSAustin Mezera, winner of the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program for the State of Wisconsin in 2011, is seen in a photo from Bonnie Plants. If you think its hard getting kids to eat their vegetables, wait until you try recruiting them for garden work. But the challenge is worth it, since children might be more likely to add healthy foods to their diet after growing them.FUN INCENTIVES continued on 2D
dont react by secretly replacing your preschoolers veggies, Robbins said. Failures are a good way for children to understand that the process doesnt always work and that you shouldnt give up, she said. Reactive gardening makes them better adults. Chasteen said failures are a learning experience in itself, as children can use critical thinking skills to remedy pests and condition problems. Some steps you can take to feed a childs hunger for learning in the garden: Involve them in the planning. Set aside a site and let the kids decide what to grow. Add fun to their gardening menu. Pay a bounty for the weeds they pull, plant surprises in their growing beds or introduce them to tickleme plants a houseplant (Mimosa pudica) that closes its leaves and lowers its branches when touched. As a schoolteacher, I have found that growing a tickle-me plant excites youngsters about science and nature as well as making them more sensitive about to how to care for plants and other living things, said Mark Chipkin, educational project director for TickleMe Plants Co. Inc. Build their attention spans. Introduce theme garden mixtures like pizzas (tomato, oregano, basil and bell pepper plants), tacos (cilantro, jalapeo, lettuce and tomato) and salads (lettuce, carrot, cucumber and tomato). Plants that germinate quickly, such as sunflowers, daisies and cucumbers, also keep kids engaged. Let them do some of the dirty work. Even a toddler can aim a water hose. Buy child-size tools and build raised beds to make it easier for children to maneuver. Use pots or containers to make their job less daunting. Encourage them in their homework. Each year, Bonnie Plants, an Alabama-based wholesaler, distributes more than a million free cabbage plants to third-grade classrooms around the nation. Students grow the seedlings in their family gardens. Bonnie awards a $1,000 scholarship to one student from each state after teachers submit the names of their class winners. The reason Bonnie chose the O.S. (oversize) Cross Cabbages is because the variety has the potential to grow to be 40 to 50 pounds, and it makes it really fun and engaging for the kids to watch it grow, said Joan Casanova, a spokeswoman who helps coordinate the 48-state program. The program not only teaches kids about gardening and where their food comes from, (but) it also teaches kids lessons in responsibility, nurture, nature and builds selfconfidence, she said. The UF/Columbia County Extension Service has resources available to children, teachers, parents, day cares and summer programs interested in gardening projects and 4-H activities. Horticultural agents and master gardeners are also available at the extension office, 164 SW Mary Ethel Lane, to answer questions and offer solutions. For more information call 7525384. The Associated Press contributed to this story. 2D LAKE CITY REPORTER LIFE SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012 FUN INCENTIVES: Gardening and kids Continued From Page 1D 2D LAKE CITY REPORTER LIFE SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012 Page Editor: Xxx, 754-xxxx2DLIFE Stop by the Lake City Reporter for your complimentary engagement package. Aisle Style Complimentary Engagement Package 386-243-8298 800-595-7760 752-5470 754-1411, ext. 106 Conference Center 386-364-5250 758-2088 156 N. Marion Ave. Lake City Downtown 752-5470We know exactly what they want in a wedding or shower gift. We update their list as gifts are purchased, and gift wrap.Haley Drake Angel Caban May 19, 2012 ~ Mary Beth Millikin Chad Everett May 26, 2012 ~ Kristina Rodriquez Eli Tuggle June 2, 2012 ~ Holly King Chris Tomlinson June 2, 2012 ~ Becky Carswell Jim Carruth July 21, 2012 China, Crystal, Flatware and GiftsCouples registered: Engagement announcementRodriguez-Tuggle Anthony A. and Caridad Rodriguez of Lake City announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kristina Elena of Lake City, to Elijah Allen Tuggle of Lake City, son of Allen and Lisbeth Tuggle of Lake City. The wedding is planned for Saturday, June 2, at First United Methodist. The brideelect is a 2006 graduate of Columbia High School and a 2011 graduate of University of Florida with a masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology, and a minor in elementary education. She currently is employed at Fundamental Therapy Solutions in Gainesville. The future groom is a 2010 graduate of Lake City Community College and is finishing his education at Auburn University. The couple will reside in Auburn, Alabama. time. Bloom times vary by cultivar and range from March through summer. Stretch your daylily color display by carefully choosing cultivars from each bloom period. There are many uses for this versatile plant in the landscape. If you are focusing on an edible landscape, the flower buds and petals may be eaten raw in salads and as lovely garnishes. The flowers and buds can be boiled, stir-fried, steamed, or batter fried to make tasty side dishes. Dried flower petals, called golden needles, are often used in Chinese cooking. The leaf form of the daylily is grass-like and clumping. Short forms of 12 inches or less are ideal for edging plants and garden borders. Tall forms with leaves reaching 36 inches work well in foundation landscape plantings. They also make an attractive background for shorter plants even when they are not in bloom. When used around water, such as a garden pool or pond, they add a naturalized look. Daylilies will grow in just about any Florida soil, but theyll grow best in slightly acidic soil amended with organic material. Darker varieties tend to grow best in partial shade, or filtered sunlight such as under pines. Lighter pastel colored varieties need full sun to develop their full potential. Avoid areas of heavy shade. Although daylilies are tolerant of drought conditions, supplemental water during extended dry periods will keep plants healthy and more able to cope with other stressors such as insects and diseases. Most plants benefit from morning irrigation, but researchers have found that daylilies benefit the most from moist soil during the evening hours. For more research based information on daylilies, go to http:// edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep006 or call the Master Gardeners at 752-5384. Come to our free workshop on Gardening for Butterflies on May 17, 5:45 at the Fort White Public Library, and on May 19, 2 pm at the Public Library in downtown Lake City. D. Nichelle Demorest is a horticulture agent with the Columbia County Extension of the University of Florida GARDEN TALK: Daylily plantContinued From Page 1D 2D LAKE CITY REPORTER LIFE SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012 Page Editor: Xxx, 754-xxxx2DLIFE Stop by the Lake City Reporter for your complimentary engagement package. Aisle Style Complimentary Engagement Package 386-243-8298 800-595-7760 752-5470 754-1411, ext. 106 Conference Center 386-364-5250 758-2088 156 N. Marion Ave. Lake City Downtown 752-5470We know exactly what they want in a wedding or shower gift. We update their list as gifts are purchased, and gift wrap.Haley Drake Angel Caban May 19, 2012 ~ Mary Beth Millikin Chad Everett May 26, 2012 ~ Kristina Rodriquez Eli Tuggle June 2, 2012 ~ Holly King Chris Tomlinson June 2, 2012 ~ Becky Carswell Jim Carruth July 21, 2012 China, Crystal, Flatware and GiftsCouples registered: BY DAVID CRARYAssociated PressNEW YORK Long a lightning rod for conservative criticism, the Girl Scouts of the USA are now facing their highest-level challenge yet: An official inquiry by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. At issue are concerns about program materials that some Catholics find offensive, as well as assertions that the Scouts associate with other groups espousing stances that conflict with church teaching. The Scouts, who have numerous parish-sponsored troops, deny many of the claims and defend their alliances. The inquiry coincides with the Scouts 100th anniversary celebrations and follows a chain of other controversies. Earlier this year, legislators in Indiana and Alaska publicly called the Scouts into question, and the organization was berated in a series aired by a Catholic broadcast network. Last year, the Scouts angered some conservatives by accepting into a Colorado troop a 7-year-old transgender child who was born a boy but was being raised as a girl. Some of the concerns raised by Catholic critics are recycled complaints that have been denied by the Girl Scouts head office repeatedly and categorically. It says it has no partnership with Planned Parenthood, and does not take positions on sexuality, birth control and abortion. Its been hard to get the message out there as to what is true when distortions get repeated over and over, said Gladys Padro-Soler, the Girl Scouts director of inclusive membership strategies. In other instances, the scouts have modified materials that drew complaints for example, dropping some references to playwright Josefina Lopez because one of her plays, Simply Maria, was viewed by critics as mocking the Catholic faith. The new inquiry will be conducted by the bishops Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. It will look into the Scouts possible problematic relationships with other organizations and various problematic program materials, according to a letter sent by the committee chairman, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne, Ind., to his fellow bishops. The bishops conference provided a copy of the letter to The Associated Press, but otherwise declined comment. Girl Scout leaders hope the bishops apprehensions will be eased once they gather information. But theres frustration within the iconic youth organization known for its inclusiveness and cookie sales that it has become such an ideological target, with the girls sometimes caught in the political crossfire. I know were a big part of the culture wars, said the Girl Scouts spokeswoman, Michelle Tompkins. People use our good name to advance their own agenda. For us, theres an overarching sadness to it, Tompkins added. Were just trying to further girls leadership. With the bishops now getting involved, the stakes are high. The Girl Scouts estimate that one-fourth of their 2.3 million youth members are Catholic, and any significant exodus would be a blow given that membership already is down from a peak of more than 3 million several decades ago. The inquiry coincides with a broader effort by the bishops to analyze church ties with outside groups. Rhoades committee plans to consult with Girl Scouts leaders and with the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, which has been liaising with the Scouts for two years about various complaints. The federations executive director, Bob McCarty, praised the Girl Scouts for willingness to change some program content. I dont think any of this material was intentionally mean-spirited, McCarty said. I think a lot of it was lack of attention. However, McCarty expressed doubt that the Girl Scouts most vehement critics would be satisfied regardless of what steps are taken. Its easier to step back and throw verbal bombs, he said. It takes a lot more energy to work for change. Mary Rice Hasson, a visiting fellow in Catholic studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a conservative think tank in Washington, accuses McCarty of whitewashing Girl Scout programs and policies that struck some Catholics as counter to church teaching. They just repeated the Girl Scouts denials, Hasson said. Families concerns were minimized or ignored. Hasson is pleased that the bishops are launching their own inquiry but is skeptical that further rifts can be avoided. A collision course is probably a good description of where things are headed, she said. The leadership of the Girl Scouts is reflexively liberal. Their board is dominated by people whose views are antithetical to the teachings of the Catholic Church. One of the long-running concerns is the Girl Scouts membership in the 145-nation World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. The association, known as WAGGGS, is on record as saying girls and young women need an environment where they can freely and openly discuss issues of sex and sexuality. It also has called for increased access to condoms ASSOCIATED PRESSGirl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chavez, foreground, stands with members of Girl Scout Troop 1774, from left, Megan Zimmerman, 17, Molly Gulden, 15, Jessica Krehbiel, 16, Shelby Johnstone, 15, and Lauren McCabe, 16, all of Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix in this recent photo. Long a lightning rod for conservative criticism, the Girl Scouts of the USA are now facing their highest-level challenge yet: An official inquiry by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Girl Scouts under scrutiny from Catholic bishops GIRL SCOUTS continued on 3D
LAKE CITY REPORTER LIFE SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012 3DGIRL SCOUTS: Under scrutiny Continued From Page 2DBy JESSICA GLAZERAssociated PressMy father was recovering from a heart attack, flipping through a magazine at the library, when he decided to build his first boat. He saw an ad for a wooden kayak kit, and something about the grace of the con-struction and the fact that it was done by hand struck him. Despite a lack of wood-working skills, he decided to try building one himself. The process was slow and plodding, he said. But then a light bulb goes off in your head and you realize why it was designed that way, why it fits that way. That was back in 2001, and there have been other proj-ects since: a 14-foot sailboat, a second kayak and a guitar. Working with wood is a con-stant learning experience for my dad, Russ Glazer. On the phone, hell launch into a breathless discussion of scarf joints, rolling bevels or Brazilian blood wood. He studies diagrams, calls man-ufacturers, browses online forums, reads instructions, and collects purple bruises and bloodied fingers. Its human nature to challenge yourself, he said. There are plenty of do-ityourself projects out there: growing a garden, brewing beer, making jewelry, sew-ing clothes. Building boats requires a particular kind of commitment. Its complex and expensive. It can take months or years. And it can be addic tive, working out in the garage, sawdust clinging to your clothes, making mistakes and finding the solutions yourself. After the wood is sanded, chis-eled and planed, the boat is not merely assembled, but carved and coaxed into graceful curves that allow it to glide through water. In the end, youre left with a product that can either deliver you safely to harbor or not, depending on the quality of your labor. Because the lesson is so clear work hard, get a boat that floats John Goodman, an interior designer from Houston, saw an opportu-nity to teach his kids the value of diligence and proper planning. He spent six months building a Goat Island Skiff with his daugh-ter Desiree and son David, and when it was done, he and David, then 12, sailed it 200 miles along the coast in the 2010 Texas 200 race, camping ashore at night. Many people advised against the trip, including, initially, the skiffs designer, Michael Storer, who said it was designed for calmer conditions. A Goat Island Skiff is similar to a rowboat with sails. It lacks the sta-bility of a larger fiberglass boat. Shift your weight too abruptly or turn the tiller too fast and the boat jerks to the side like a spooked horse. Even in sheltered waters, wind changes can present a challenge. Yet the Goodmans forged ahead. The trip was com-pleted successfully, and so was the parental lesson. We built something that our lives depended on, a lifeboat, said Goodman. They have great pride in that. Another boat builder, Nick Offerman, portrays the gruff Ron Swanson, a disgruntled city employ ee, on NBCs Parks & Recreation and, like the character, enjoys building canoes. Offerman grew up working on a family farm in Illinois where he learned to fix barns and build fences. In Chicago, he built sets to help support himself as a young actor. Then, when he moved to Los Angeles and married actress Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), he wasnt ready to leave woodworking behind. He found a warehouse near the Golden State Freeway where, on his days off, he builds furniture from fallen trees. I needed a response (to the city). There is so much plastic and glitter to this town, said Offerman, sit ting in the cav-ernous wood working studio. The warehouse is filled with slabs of wood stacked against the walls, tools hanging from hooks, and two canoes suspend-ed from the ceil-ing. It was a way for me to keep attached to my family, and feel that I was main-taining my manhood, he added. Offerman has built many things but building a canoe was different, requiring more eyeballing, more judg-ments made without pre cise measurements. With the boat, as with his other woodworking projects, he takes pride in sturdy con-struction. I wanted to learn how to build things the way people built them when they last-ed, he said. You can watch Offerman build his first canoe in a video at his website OffermanWoodshop.com. He narrates with the same deadpan voice as the char-acter he plays, but there are moments when a childlike giddiness comes through. OK, so far its working, he says at one point and giggles with joy as he watches the canoe take shape beneath his hands. That sense of accom plishment is what led Adam Green of New York City to found Rocking the Boat, a nonprofit that recruits teen-agers from the South Bronx to build boats after school. In a warehouse along a spar-kling stretch of the Bronx River, students who have never taken a shop class learn how to use power tools, read blueprints and problem-solve. They build sailboats and rowboats under 20 feet, and are work-ing on a 30-foot whaling boat commissioned by the Mystic Seaport museum, in Mystic, Conn. The whaling boat will take more than two years and 24 students to complete. Green uses boat-building to teach independence, follow-through and confi dence. So many of our efforts go physically unrewarded, said Green. It feels good to build something and touch what you make, especially in this digital age. We are creatures who can make things, he said, and that gives us a reason for living.ASSOCIATED PRESSNick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on NBCs Parks & Recreation, stands next to one of two canoes he built as shown in his Woodworking Stu dio in Los Angeles in this recent image released by Jessica Glazer. Building boats requires a particular kind of commitment. Its complex and expensive. It can take months or years. And it can be addictive, working out in the garage, sawdust clinging to your clothes, making mistakes and fin ding the solutions yourself. Boat building offers rewards of doing it yourself You can watch Nick Offerman build his first canoe in a video at his website OffermanWoodshop. com. He narrates with the same deadpan voice as the character he plays, but there are moments when a childlike giddiness comes through. to protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Some critics want the Girl Scouts of the USA to pull out of the world group; the scouts arent budging. Our world is becoming smaller and our young people need to have those opportuni ties to engage with their peers from around the world, said the Girl Scouts CEO, Anna Maria Chavez. But simply being a member does not mean that we will always take the same positions or endorse the same pro grams as WAGGGS. To the Girl Scouts, some of the attacks seem to be a form of guilt by associa tion. Critics contend that Girl Scouts materials shouldnt contain links to groups such as Doctors without Borders, the Sierra Club and Oxfam because they support family planning or emergency con traception. One repeated complaint, revived in February by the Catholic broadcasting network EWTN, involves an International Planned Parenthood brochure made available to girls attending a Girl Scout workshop at a 2010 United Nations event. The brochure Healthy, Happy and Hot advised young people with HIV on how to safely lead active sex lives. The Girl Scouts say they had had no advance knowl edge of the brochure and played no role in distributing it. Another complaint involved a Girl Scout blog suggesting that girls read an article about Chavez who is Catholic in Marie Claire magazine. Critics said the blogs link led to a Marie Claire home page promoting, among other items, a sex advice article. The Girl Scouts website addresses some of the recur ring criticisms. Parents or guardians make all decisions regard ing pro gram par ticipation that may be of a sensitive nature, it says. And although its a secular organiza tion, the Girl Scouts embrace partnerships with religious groups. Scouts can earn a My Promise, My Faith pin for activities linked to their religious beliefs. The Girl Scouts have been entangled in the culture wars as far back as the 1970s, when some conservatives became irked by the prominence of feminists such as Betty Friedan in the organizations leadership. In 1993, Christian conser vatives were outraged when the Girl Scouts formalized a policy allowing girls to substitute another word for God such as Allah or Buddha in the Girl Scout promise that reads: On my honor, I will try to serve God and my country. Among the disgruntled was Patti Garibay, a troop leader in Cincinnati whod raised three daughters as Girl Scouts. In 1995, she founded the American Heritage Girls, which calls itself a Christ-centered alternative and now claims 19,000 members in 45 states. Garibay said many of the newest members are from Catholic families disenchant ed with the Girl Scouts. One uneasy Catholic par ent is Jody Geenen of West Bend, Wis., a troop leader for the past 14 years as her three daughters now 18, 14 and 12 became Girl Scouts. She complains about some program materials adopted by the Girl Scouts in recent years. One exam ple she gave: a patch honor ing Hispanic labor organizer Dolores Huerta, whose shortcomings in the eyes of some Catholics include a 2007 award from Planned Parenthood. Geenen hopes the Scouts will change their ways. I love the Girl Scouts, she said. But it cant remain the way it is. American Heritage Girls signed a memorandum of mutual support in 2009 with the Boy Scouts of America, and some local units con duct joint activities. The Boy Scouts have no equivalent pact with the Girl Scouts, and the two organizations have, to an extent, become polarized ideologically. Even in the face of criti cism, the Boys Scouts stand by their policy of excluding atheists and barring gays from leadership roles. The Girl Scouts have no such policies. When you have a leader ship brand like Girl Scouts, its natural that we would have some critics, said Chavez. Were proud of our inclusive approach because that is what has always made this organization strong. Girl Scout controversies surfaced recently in two state legislatures. By KIM COOKAssociated PressSome of us are shower people, and some are bath ers. But theres a way to be both, as the Japanese dis covered centuries ago when they developed the ofuro, or soaking tub. Traditionally, the Japanese get clean with a shower or hand bath and then step into an ofuro, a deep tub full of clean hot water. These tubs are often large enough that several family members can have a communal soak. Its considered a relaxing and important ritual. The idea has caught on here, and there are now sev eral manufacturers making ofuro tubs suitable for one bather or a couple. Usually about 27 inches deep, the tubs typically have built-in seats, and often a grab bar. Theyre available in acrylic, composite, wood, even stain less steel and copper. Here are the steamy details on some options, and what you should consider before adding one to your home: Wooden tubsBill Finlay owns Sea Otter Woodworks in Haynes, Alaska. While hed been making outdoor hot tubs for a few years, he made his first ofuro at the request of a business associate, and that sparked an interest in per fecting the craft. I made a couple of factfinding trips to Japan, then developed my own tech niques, he says. Finlay makes the Hinoki Ofuro in a couple of sizes, suitable for one or two people. The material is an aromatic cypress native to Japan; the resin is bacteriaand rot-resistant and with stands humidity. The citrusy fragrance is a common aro matherapy component. Acrylic and composite tubs Wykoff, N.J.-based bath designer Holly Rickert recently won an industry award for a design that incorporated an English soaking tub into a Japanese-style bath. One of her clients was of Japanese heritage, and had given her some brochures from Japanese hot spring spas. She placed the tub, Cabuchons curvy Pleasance Plus model, on a bed of river rocks in front of a window with forest views. My aim was to replicate the ofuro experience for her, says Rickert. Made of a proprietary solid composite called Ficore, Cabuchons tubs arent heavy. The maker says they retain heat better than most acrylics, dont chip and can be custom colored. Kohler makes the Greek acrylic soaking tub, a 4-foot-long, 23-inch-deep, one-person bath well-suited to a smaller bathroom. Kallistas Perfect Deep Soak bathtub has two raised corner seats at different heights. Metal tubsDiamond Spas in Frederick, Colo., welds recycled copper and stain less steel into tubs that are lined with foam insulation, then buffed to a nice Old World finish. Like kitchen pans, the copper tubs can be left to develop a patina, or rendered shiny with a polishing compound. Soaking tubs arent as complicated to install as you might think. If youre putting in a smaller, oneor two-person tub, youll actually use less water than a conventional tub. But a four-person ver sion can hold a lot of water close to 250 gallons, com pared to around 50 forz a conventional tub. So floor joists need to be able to hold the weight of the water, not just the tub. Also, make sure youll be able to get the tub sideways through doorways. Many tubs come with an overflow failsafe built in, but you should have a drain in the bathroom floor as well. The river rock bed is an attractive way to hide a drain ing floor system, but you can also tile the bathroom floor and install a drain. Some critics want the Girl Scouts of the USA to pull out of the world group; the scouts arent budging. Japanese soaking tub makes bathing a Zen experience A stainless steel elliptical soaking tub from Diamond Spas is situated amongst white river rocks in a sleek, Asian-inspired tiled bath as shown in this undated handout photo released by Diamond Spas. ASSOCIATED PRESS
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DEAR ABBY: I hope you will print this on Mothers Day. This Mothers Day greeting is for all those incredibly unselfish moth-ers who chose to place their child up for adoption. I am an adopted child whose life has been a won-derful journey. If I could send a message to my birth mother, it would be one of eternal gratitude for allowing someone else to give me the life she was unable to provide. My adoptive par-ents love me and instilled a value system and belief in God that have carried me through every chal-lenge life has sent my way. I never felt abandoned, but knew that I was chosen by people who were unable to have children. There is no love like a mothers love. That is why I want to tell all those mothers out there who gave their children to another parent to love and nurture that their sacrifice and heartache became a miracle for so many of us. God bless all of you on this Mothers Day. -THANKFUL DAUGHTER DEAR THANKFUL DAUGHTER: Im pleased to print your Mothers Day greeting, and I hope it will bring comfort and reassurance to any woman out there for whom today is a reminder of a painful sacrifice. I would also like to wish a happy Mothers Day to all mothers, be they birth mothers, adoptive and fos-ter mothers, or stepmoth-ers. I applaud you all. DEAR ABBY: As graduation time approaches, I begin to shudder. Graduation ceremonies have become more like rock concerts than a time to acknowledge student achievements. Families, friends and graduates behave horribly, making it impossible to watch or lis-ten to the proceedings. As both a parent and an edu-cator, may I please offer some etiquette advice? 1. Do not yell, blow horns or leap into the air as your special graduate crosses the stage. Its rude, immature, inappro-priate and prevents those around you from hearing the names being called and seeing the next gradu-ates. The noisemaking instruments hurt sensi-tive ears, so leave them at home. Your special person knows you are there and proud of him or her. 2. Honor ALL of the graduates. Each one deserves the same audi-ence as the first to cross the stage. Do not disrupt by leaving after your grad has had his/her moment. Stay seated until all have been recognized. 3. Small children do not belong at graduations. They get bored, cry, run around, etc., and I dont blame them. Hire a sitter. 4. The presenters have worked hard to prepare for the ceremony. Listen to them and behave like the mature, thoughtful adults you expect the graduates to become. 5. Have the wild party AFTER the formal cer-emony. -FRUSTRATED IN COLUMBUS, GA. DEAR FRUSTRATED: I agree that there are cer-tain rules of conduct that should be followed. Im printing your very basic rules of behavior in the hope that they will serve as a reminder to those who have forgotten their manners or never learned them in the first place. DEAR ABBY HOROSCOPES ARIES (March 21-April 19): Keep your finances a secret. You dont want to give anyone the impression that you can lend or donate when you are budgeting for something that will help you. Investing in your future will allow you to reach your goals. ++++ TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Dont overreact when whats required is your undivided attention to fin-ish what you began. You can make a difference if you take a unique approach to a problem you face. Prepare to receive recognition for your contribution. ++ GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Honesty and integrity will be the deciding factor when it comes to who wins a position, challenge or competition. If you trust in your ability and dont devi-ate from the truth, you will maintain your reputation and be victorious. +++++ CANCER (June 21-July 22): Youve got the charm to get others to do things for you. Call in a favor or col-lect an old debt. Short trips will inspire you to take on a project that can lead to home and family improvements. Change whats necessary only. +++++ LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Size up your situation. Its vital that you dont take on too much or make promises you cannot keep. Consider making a change that will lower your overhead or help you find a position that will increase your income. +++ VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Keep things simple and dont let an emotional mat-ter turn your day into chaos. Avoid anyone who is trying to push you in a direction that makes you feel uncom-fortable. Search for informa-tion that will help you make the right decision. +++ LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Look for a unique way to make extra cash or to budget for something you want. Its important to make sure that you are working with instead of against the people in your life who share your work or personal space. +++ SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You are in control and can make a fantastic move that will lighten your work-load and lower your stress. A partnership will be enhanced by the choice you make and the alterations you imple-ment in your living arrange-ments. +++++ SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22Dec. 21): Stay out of trouble. Problems while traveling or discussing rules and regula-tions with authority figures will lead to altercations that will detain you from reach-ing your goals. Charm will get you much further ahead than sarcasm. ++ CAPRICORN (Dec. 22Jan. 19): You can afford to take a chance regarding money, home and fam-ily matters. Fixing up your residence or adding to your comfort will boost your rep-utation with the people who count. An unusual idea can turn into a money. ++++ AQUARIUS (Jan. 20Feb. 18): Be direct to avoid giving someone the wrong impression. Too much of anything will lead to disas-ter. You have to gauge your time and focus on whats important if you want to avoid trouble and achieve greater stability. +++ PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A dose of realism will help you rethink your next move and whom you should consider connecting with in the future. Backtracking can make more sense, if it will cost you less. 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6D LAKE CITY REPORTER LIFE SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012 H MWe celebrate special women who have taken care of us and encourage them to take the time to take care of their health.A M. W, M.D.Gainesville Womens Center for Radiology Member American College of Radiology Diplomate, American Board of Radiology Accredited in Mammography by the American College of Radiology & the FDAWe participate in most insurance plansFor an appointment please call: (352) 331-0115 B y LEANNE ITALIEAssociated PressNEW YORK What were they thinking? Through plastic smiles or gritted teeth, moms have to suck it up sometimes when Mothers Day means a gifted toilet, unsolicited wash tub or anti-aging cream. It wouldnt be Mothers Day if some mom somewhere wasnt disappointed or downright piqued at gift time. Many arent looking to break the bank, though the National Retail Federation expects Americans to spend $19 billion on the holiday this year. But unrequested sex toys? A chainsaw? Dave Hochman learned the hard way last year when he presented his five-yearsolder wife with a Cougar T-shirt, a freebie from a client, no less. While she does have a great sense of humor, lets just say it wasnt the best idea Ive ever had, said Hochman, in Monmouth, N.J. Glenna Toomans uh-oh moment was when her nowgrown son, Bill, was 10 or 11. He disappeared on his bike in Boise, Idaho, only to return with a Mothers Day gift that kept on giving, a tiny bunny. I was very surprised. Its the last thing youd expect for Mothers Day, she said. He spent his allowance money on it. We named him Garfunkel. We had him for years. A rabbit might be better than what a good chunk of moms surveyed in March by the website Cafemom received last year absolutely nothing. And, while vacuums have come a long way in design and efficiency, they still ranked among the worst Mothers Day gifts ever received. So do unrequested sex toys, guys. Like the vibrator an exhausted Ashley Largent home with a 7-month-old got for her first Mothers Day in 2004, from her now ex-husband. That was the only present I ever received from him for Mothers Day, said Largent, in Gaffney, S.C. After that I told him that I didnt want anything. In San Francisco, Heddi Cundle joked that her mother back home in England hasnt quite forgiven her for a particular Mothers Day gift: A plastic wash tub with dish gloves and a scrub brush, all from the dollar store. Said her mom, Bev Cundle, in Leeds: What can I say? How does a mother smile through gritted teeth. A washing bowl in blue, not my favorite color, a square shape to fit in a round sink! And a brush to clean out mugs. How do you make it disappear? Other, er, unusual items to make the worst-gift list at Cafemom: a Cuban cigar and stale candy left over from Easter. One mom, RoseMarie Luevano in San Antonio, Texas, received a chainsaw two years ago. My husband had been wanting it so he kept telling his family about it, but they thought it was me (who wanted it) and Mothers Day was just around the corner, she said. I really wanted a certificate for a spa. Becky Jackson has no use for fussy spas, flowers or jewelry. She lives on a ranch in Lewistown, Mont., and her jaw dropped a few years ago when her husband presented her with a long, nicely wrapped cardboard box that screamed long-stem roses. I tried to hide my disappointment as I slowly undid the ribbon and wrapping paper, trying to figure out how, after almost 20 years of marriage to my rancher husband, he still didnt know I wasnt big on flowers, Jackson said. Inside was a new .22-caliber rifle, perfect for packing around on my four-wheeler to help rid our ranch of pesky critters, she said. Big boxes aside, moms surveyed by the site PlumDistrict said theyd choose handmade gifts over storebought ones. And while breakfast in bed is a sweet gesture, theyd choose another one: sleeping in. In potentially difficult news for any eager giftgiver now scratching the chainsaw off his list, the surveyed moms also agreed theyd rather not have to be in on buying their own Mothers Day gift. Judith Schmelzinger in Hamburg, N.Y., might be the exception to that rule. She accepted a toilet in 2010, when there was no money for romantic extras for her first Mothers Day. Thats what we needed at the time, she said grimly. Nancy Nolan recalls a useless but memorable gift 40 years ago, when her husband took their then 6-year-old son shopping for a Mothers Day gift and returned with a jar of cream to fade age spots. She was only 28. I just hugged him and thanked him for the wonderful gift, she said, and he just beamed. He was so proud.Mothers Day donts: Dish gloves, cougar shirts ASSOCIATED PRESSBecky Jackson, poses with a rifle she received as a Mothers Day present at her ranch in Lewiston, Mont., in this recent photo provided by Robbie Jackson. Jackson has no use for fussy spas, flowers or jewelry. Her jaw dropped a few years ago when her husband presented her with a long, nicely wrapped cardboard box that screamed long-stem roses. Inside was a new .22-caliber rifle, perfect for packing around on my four-wheeler to help rid our ranch of pesky critters, she said. Big boxes aside, moms surveyed by the site PlumDistrict said theyd choose handmade gifts over store-bought ones. And while breakfast in bed is a sweet gesture, theyd choose another one: sleeping in.