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95 72 T-Storm Chance WEATHER, 2ALake City ReporterWEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2013 | YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER SINCE 1874 | 75¢ LAKECITYREPORTER.COM CALL US:(386) 752-1293SUBSCRIBE TOTHE REPORTER:Voice: 755-5445Fax: 752-9400 Vol. 139, No. 136 People ................. 2AOpinion ................ 4AHealth ................. 6AAdvice & Comics......... 4BPuzzles ................. 3B TODAY IN PEOPLE Water workers recognized. COMING THURSDAY Local news roundup. By AMANDA WILLIAMSONawilliamson@lakecityreporter.comAs the first day of school approaches, the Columbia County Health Department will soon be packed with students waiting to get their required vaccinations. But health department officials warn parents not to wait until the last day. School starts on Aug. 19, and students must have their immu-nizations before then. Our lobbies will be jam packed, director of nursing Marjorie Rigdon said. Currently were seeing 20 to 30 patients per day in the immunization clinic alone. So as we get closer to school, that number will increase. Incoming kindergarten students will need to have five DTaP vaccines, three hepatitis B vac-cines, two MMRs, two chicken-pox vaccines and four polio vac-cines before starting school. The DTaP vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertus-sis. MMR vaccinates against measles, mumps and rubella. Students entering seventh grade are required to get the Tdap, or the tetanus, diphtheria and per-tussis vaccine. The Columbia County Health Department also recommends that children 11 years old or older get the meningococcal vac-cines, a guard against the lead-ing cause of bacterial meningitis in children. You vaccinate now because By AMANDA WILLIAMSONawilliamson@lakecityreporter.comS eventy-two members of the Columbia High School Band filled the grassy lot next to Berea Baptist Church on Tuesday for the second day of band camp. As cars cruised down State Road 47, they honked at the formation of students marching on the makeshift football field, readying for Columbia Highs first football game of the sea-son. The required band camp lasts from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. through Friday. Theyre so committed, said Deborah Rivera, band mom to Elijah Rivera. Who else would stand out in 90-degree weather working on music from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. for a whole week in the summer? This is the first year band camp is being conducted away from CHS, providing the stu-dents access to air conditioning and a shorter walk from the practice field. According to the band director Ryan Schulz, the week-long camp teaches fundamental drills on marching, proper ways to hold an instrument and the formations for the football half-time shows. With 38 new band members coming from middle school, one of the main goals of the camp is to build cooperation among the students, he added. So much of the year is spent at football games, band practice, concerts, competitions and parades that the children have to know how to work together. When they come over here, its a totally different role than TRIM notices to go out Tuesday By TONY BRITTtbritt@lakecityreporter.comThe Columbia County Property Appraisers Office will mail 2013 proposed TRIM (Truth In Millage) notices to approximately 37,000 Columbia County property owners next week. Doyle Crews, Columbia County property appraiser, said the pro-posed ad valorem tax notices will be mailed Tuesday. Its a very important notice, and it has the assessed value of someones property from 2012, the current value and all the exemp-tions and taxable values on the notice, he said. The TRIM notice also contains the proposed millage rates that taxing authorities for Columbia County intend to levy. The taxing authorities are the Columbia County Board of County Commissioners, Suwannee River Water Management District, City of Lake City, Lake Shore Hospital Authority and the Columbia County School Board. The property appraisers office assesses all the properties in Columbia County and certifies to each taxing authority the amount of taxable value in the county. The taxing authorities then take their budgets, divide them into the amount of taxable value and come County appraisers office ready to mail property tax data. NOTICES continued on 3AWomans sentence appeal pendingBy MARGIE MENZELThe News Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE Members of the Florida Cabinet said Tuesday its too soon to consider a pardon for Marissa Alexander, a Jacksonville woman who was sen-tenced to 20 years in prison after firing a shot into a wall during a domestic dispute. But an appeals court will decide whether Alexander should have been able to use a stand your ground defense to fight the charge. Alexander, a 32-year-old mother of three, was sentenced last year under Floridas 10-20-Life man-datory-minimum law. She argued that the stand your ground self-defense law should apply, but a judge ruled against her because she ran to the garage for her gun and returned with it instead of escaping. A jury later found her guilty in 12 minutes of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to filings at the 1st District of Appeal in Tallahassee, Alexanders attorneys contend that the trial court erred in denying APPEAL continued on 5A Photos by JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterColumbia High School marching band members practice their formation during band camp at the Berea Baptist Chur ch on Tuesday. GETTING IN STEP CHS band plays through heatMembers learning drills they will do for halftime shows. SHOTS continued on 3A Dont forget kids shots for schoolHealth department in its busy season for vaccinations. BAND continued on 5A State Cabinet cool to granting clemency in controversial case. Woodwind captain Juliana Snowden (right), 17, uses a tun er application on her cellphone to determine if William Delisle, 15, is on key while playing the tenor saxophone.1A
CORRECTION In a Tuesday, Aug. 6, article titled, Suwannee teachers union pilfered, the Lake City Reporter incorrectly said the current treasurer and former president allegedly wrote u nauthorized checks until March 21, 2013. The date should hav e read, May 21, 2013. PEOPLE IN THE NEWS Celebrity Birthdays Q Writer-producer-humorist Stan Freberg is 87. Q Actress Verna Bloom (Animal House) is 74. Q Humorist Garrison Keillor is 71. Q Actor John Glover is 69. Q Actor David Rasche is 69. AROUND FLORIDA Sheriffs deputy fatally shot PORT CHARLOTTE A Charlotte County Sheriffs sergeant was fatally shot Monday while investigating a domestic disturbance at an apart-ment complex. The shooting occurred about 8 p.m. at the Lakes of Tuscana Apartments in Port Charlotte. Sgt. Michael Wilson, a 20-year veteran, was responding to a physical fight involving 49-year-old Jay Vanko, his wife and son. Police said Vanko immediately shot Wilson from the top of a second-story stairwell, creating a fatal funnel and striking the officer in the chest above his bullet-proof vest. Investigators believe Vanko then turned the gun on himself. Deputies, with assistance from the Sarasota County Sheriffs Office SWAT team, used a tacti-cal robot and found the suspect dead inside the apartment. Authorities said Vanko had no criminal record but media outlets report that police had responded to prior domestic disturbanc-es at the apartment. The 42-year-old Wilson is survived by his wife and three children. Cabinet approves exhumations TALLAHASSEE Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet are let-ting university researchers identify human remains at a defunct reform school. Scott and the Cabinet on Tuesday approved a permit that will allow University of South Florida researchers to exhume bodies buried at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. The vote drew a round of applause from former students of the reform school in the audience. State officials said in July that they lacked the legal authority to grant the evacuation of the site locat-ed about 60 miles west of Tallahassee. Attorney General Pam Bondi pushed to get the Cabinet to take up the permit request. USF researchers have stated previously there are children who died at the school whose remains have been not been locat-ed.FBI arrests 2 Florida mayors MIAMI The FBI has arrested two South Florida mayors on bribery-related charges. The Miami Herald reports agents arrested Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi and Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Manny Marono at their offices on Tuesday. Both were expected to appear in federal court for first appearance hearings Tuesday afternoon. Pizzi is in his second term as mayor. Hes an attorney who once worked for a high-profile criminal defense firm in Miami. He was elected in 2008. Marono, a member of the Sweetwater City Commission since 1995, became mayor in 2003. Daily Scripture All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal. Psalm 119:160 ABC announces new Bachelor NEW YORK W hat Juan Pablo Galavis lacked in airtime on The Bachelorette, he made up in popularity among viewers. Now the former pro soccer player will be ABCs next Bachelor, where 25 women begin the show vying for his heart. The 32-year-old was born in Ithaca, N.Y., but moved to Venezuela when he was 2. He returned to the U.S. to play college soccer and then went pro. Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock rejected Galavis, sending him home on the shows sixth episode. Im really excited. I hope he finds the love of his life, she said in an interview Tuesday. Galavis has a young daughter named Camila. The Bachelor begins production next month and will begin airing in January.Escape artist pulls off locked coffin skydive OTTAWA, Ill. An escape artist has parachuted safely to the ground after freeing himself from handcuffs and a locked coffin while it was fall-ing from 14,500 feet in the air. Anthony Martin waved to a crowd after landing softly Tuesday in a field in Serena, Ill., about 70 miles south-west of Chicago. He says after freeing himself, he watched the box plummet to the ground. He first performed the stunt 25 years ago. The 47-year-old Wisconsin man was locked in the casket with his hands cuffed to a belt and his right arm chained to the inside of the box. Two skydivers held the outside of the box to help steady it as Martin tried to escape from it.Rep: Jazz keyboardist George Duke dies at 67 NEW YORK George Duke, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul in a 40-year-plus career, has died. He was 67. A representative for Duke said the performer died Monday night in Los Angeles. Duke was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Dukes son, Rashid, thanked his fathers fans in a statement Tuesday. The outpouring of love and support that we have received from my fathers friends, fans and the entire music community has been over-whelming, he said. Thank you all for your concern, prayers and sup-port. Duke was born in San Rafael, Calif. He appeared on a number of Frank Zappa albums and played in the Don Ellis Orchestra, Cannonball Adderleys band and with jazz musician Stanley Clarke. Duke also played keyboard on Michael Jacksons multiplatinum 1979 album, Off the Wall. 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up with a millage. The tax-ing authorities determine the amount of millage against the assessed value to figure a portion of their budgets. For the first time since 2008, Columbia County tax rolls have increased slight-ly, Crews said. The taxable value has increased about $13 million for 2013, he said. Were seeing a little increase in residential values, some new construction is includ-ed in that, new houses are being built and new busi-nesses and that all adds in together to slightly increase the tax roll over last year. Jeff Hampton, Columbia County assistant property appraiser, said the 2013 proposed total tax millage rate is expected to generate $43.7 million. The $43.7 million is an increase from last years total tax millage based on a 0.25 percent increase in market value and a 0.34 per-cent increase in assessed values. Its slight increase and its based on new construc-tion, a little increase in value and the proposed mill-age rate increase on Lake Shore Hospital Authority, Hampton said. Taxpayers have 25 days, from Aug. 13 to Sept. 6, to discuss value exemption matters with the property appraiser. If someone has a question about their (assessed) values or exemptions, they need to see the property appraiser and well discuss it with them, Crews said. If residents have questions about where their money is going to the taxing authori-ties, they need to go to the budget hearings, which is spelled out on the TRIM notice with the time, date and location. Crews said residents need to check their person-al information on the TRIM notices to verify that all the information is correct. They need to make sure the exemptions are correct, Crews said. If exemptions have not been applied for and residents are eligible, residents can still come in until Sept. 6 and apply for homestead, veteran, disability, widow and other exemptions. For more information to help with questions, go to the county appraisers website at: www.appraiser.columbiacountyfla.com or call 758-1083. Page Editor: Jim Barr, 754-0424 LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2013 3A NOTICES: Property tax information being sent Continued From Page 1A SHOTS: Health Department busy with vaccinations Continued From Page 1Awere starting back to school, said Health Department director Mark Lander. With kids in close quarters, the opportunity to spread diseases is greater. According to Lander, the shots are free for children under 18 years old. The county doesnt even collect the insurance co-payment. Recently, Florida and Columbia County have seen a rise in whooping cough cases, Rigdon said. We have literature on communicable diseases. Really, thats what were trying to prevent, Lander said. I think a lot of that is just getting the education on what vaccine theyre receiving and the reason. ... Theyre preventable ill-nesses through the vac-cine process. The health department offers three ways to acquire the immunization: walk-ins, the Richardson Community Center Backpack Giveaway on Saturday and Operation Backpack at the Columbia County Fairground on Aug. 17. On Saturday, health department staff will be at Richardson Community Center for the backpack giveaway from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. The health department will be on site providing free immunizations, dental information and Tobacco Free Florida information. It will offer the same services at Operation Backpack on Aug. 17, as well as public health preparedness infor-mation. Walk-in patients do not require an appointment, but people are welcome to schedule one. The clinic is open Monday through Friday during regular business hours, except on Thursday when the clinic is closed until after 12 p.m. Parents who need to access their childrens shot records can acquire a user-name and password from their private physician or the health department to access Florida Shots, a database that aggregates a childs shot record. To schedule an appointment or to receive more information, contact the Columbia County Health Department at (386) 758-1068. Lake City Reporter 3A Dr. Robert J.Harvey752-2336Open6 DaysAWeekMon. Sat.EveningAppointmentsAv ailable www.theaspendentalgroup.com1788 S.W.Barnett WayHwy. 47 SouthTeachers dont forget to see us before you go back to school! 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We are an insurance agency providing auto, home and commercial insurance to individuals and businesses in North Florida. Full time position Competitive wages/LIH'HQWDO5HWLUHPHQW%HQHWVEmail resume to: CSRlakecity@gmail.com Fax resume to: 386-752-9802 NOTICE OF HEARING TO RE-IMPOSE AND PROVIDE FOR COLLECTION OF FIRE PROTECTION SPECIAL ASSESSMENTSNotice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Lake City will conduct a SXEOLFKHDULQJWRFRQVLGHUUHLPSRVLQJUHSURWHFWLRQV SHFLDODVVHVVPHQWVIRUWKH SURYLVLRQRIUHSURWHFWLRQVHUYLFHVZLWKLQWKH&LW\RI/D NH&LW\VHHPDSRI&LW\ below) for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2013.The hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. on September 3, 2 013, in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, 205 North Marion Avenue, Lake Ci ty, Florida, for the purpose of receiving public comment on the proposed assessments. All affected property RZQHUVKDYHDULJKWWRDSSHDUDWWKHKHDULQJDQGWROH ZULWWHQREMHFWLRQVZLWKWKH&LW\ Council within 20 days of this notice. 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A fter seven months of having done almost nothing, Congress is taking a five-week break from the strain of not doing its job. Indeed, lawmakers constituents might be doing the country a favor by refusing to let them return to the Washington that these lawmakers profess to disdain so much. The country could run at least as well on automatic pilot, as it does most years when Congress fails to complete its work. It might run even better in the hands of the senior civil servants, who, thanks to a revolving door of political appointees, seem to run it anyway. Fittingly, the final act of the House was to vote for the 40th time to repeal the presidents health care law, Obamacare, an effort fore-doomed to failure. That followed an embarrassing GOP face plant, when the leadership had to pull a routine transportation and housing bill because House Republicans couldnt agree on the same measure whose outlines they had agreed to months earlier. Earlier, Republican tea partiers had blocked a routine farm bill, already passed on a bipartisan vote by the Senate, because it contained money for food stamps for poor people. The Senate also passed by a 68-32 bipartisan vote a modest immigra-tion bill that would seem to include most of what the GOP said it want-ed. Now, House Republicans are saying theyre not so sure. They say theyll come up with something bet-ter, although theyre not sure what, in the fall. In fairness, the two parties did approve a group of stalled Obama nominees, approved a new student loan bill, postponed until fall a potentially crippling fight over the debt ceiling, approved -after an awkwardly long wait -relief funds for Superstorm Sandy, and, in a measure sure to thrill baseball fans everywhere, standardized the size of Hall of Fame commemorative coins. Miraculously, given Congress past performance, and especially the Senates, both houses passed budgets: $967 billion in the House version, $1.058 trillion for the Senate. Technically, the two bills must be merged into one before Oct. 1, but Congress has given itself only nine working days to accomplish that after returning tan, rested and ready from vacation. Then the fun starts. The government runs on 12 funding bills. The tea partiers -led by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, drawing on all seven months of his experience in the Senate -have vowed to knock out any funding in the bills for Obamacare. Even if this were as legislatively easy as it sounds, it could still lead to the shutdown of individual government depart-ments. If that doesnt work, and it likely wont, they are promising to block an increase in the debt ceiling in November. That not only would shut down the gov-ernment but would drive it for the first time into default, unless the White House agreed to kill Obamacare. Fat chance of that happening. It could be an entertaining fall -unless you rely on your government for nonpoisonous food, breathable air, drinkable water, lifesaving medi-cal research and bridges that dont collapse. Then, you might be in trouble. F lorida House Speaker Will Weatherford hasnt given up on reforming the state pen-sion system, and thats good news for tax-payers and state employees. Weatherfords effort to phase out the pension plan for state workers last session failed to win support in the Senate. He plans to try again, and this time we hope the Senate cooperates. As Weatherford points out, the transition to a defined contribution plan is not aimed solely at protecting tax-payers from paying for a defined lifetime retirement benefit, regardless of how the market performs. About 60 percent of state workers enrolled in the defined benefit plan dont get a cent, Weatherford recently told us. The reason?It takes eight years to be vested in the Florida Retirement System. Participants in a defined contribu-tion plan like those used in most private businesses can be vested in a year. Under this 401(k)-type plan, the state would make an annual per-employee payment, and it would be matched by an employee, with the money invested in the stock market. The fund would be portable, should the employee take another job. Now, state employees essentially lose the benefit if they leave before being vested. A common argument is that state employees wont be able to effectively manage their money in the mar-ket. This is nonsense. As private-sector workers have found, there are numerous safe investments available and numerous ways to educate yourself about how to pick them.... The state pension, to be sure, is well-funded compared to most. Florida does not face the scary short-falls that some states do. For instance, Illinois, according to a study by Moo dys Investors Service, has a pension bill equal to 241 percent of its revenue. In contrast, Florida has a pen sion liability equal to only 19.2 percent of its revenue The Florida Retirement System is funded at about 86 percent. Thats considered healthy, because people retire over time, not all at once. Still, the unfunded obli-gation can fluctuate rapidly. And as Weatherford points out, Florida contributes about $500 million a year from general revenue to make the plan solvent. That is money that could go to schools, health care, roads and the environment. Florida shouldnt wait for a crisis to tackle the issue.As weve written before, a 401(k)-type plan may require public workers to assume more risk, but it also gives them control of their retirement investments and enables them to take another job without penalty. Moreover, a defined contribution plan is fully funded. The state does not have to do any guesswork about its future obligations. Weatherford is open to different ideas but rightly wants the state to eventually free taxpayers from the pension gamble. And he asks a simple question that merits lawmakers attention: Shouldnt we want people to take responsibility for their finances? L ast night I went swim-ming in the moonlight. I do that every chance I get. Ive swum at night in rivers and lakes and once in the ocean, though that time I kept thinking about sharks, and I cant say it was much fun. Night swimming is a different sort of pleasure from swimming by day. If you cant see whats in front of you, or behind or below, if you dont know what might be lurking out of sight, it requires a substantial act of faith. Even in a swimming pool in your own backyard. Who knows what could be hiding in there? My husband loves to tell the story of how, as a boy, he and his buddies cannonballed into the deep end of the public pool one morning only to discover, just below them, a shark. It was dead, dumped apparently the previous night by vandals. The fact that the boys didnt know it was dead makes it a better story. That, plus the fact that the pool had to be closed for some, um, major clean-ing. I dont worry much about sharks in my backyard. But what about birds or rabbits or, hepmejeezes, roaches? They fall in and drown, then float around dead waiting for me to find them. I feel for them, yes, but I do not want to find them. Fear should never hinder us from things that make us happy. Im proud to say it doesnt stop me. I just make my husband go in first and skim the pool. So there I was last night, floating in bath-warm water, with a breeze ruffling the palm trees, city lights in the distance, a sky full of stars, a fat desert moon and a good man near-by to scoop up floating carcasses. I felt lucky. As well I should. Life is good and I am grateful. Thereve been times in my life, as there may have been in yours, when I did not feel lucky at all, when I feared waking up to face some long-dreaded news. The loss of a job. The end of a dream. The worry for a child. The anguish for a friend. The death of someone I couldnt fathom living without. Heartache, like happiness, is part of life. Live long enough, and youll likely see some of both. They tend to come in waves -uneven, unpre-dictable and entirely uncontrollable. Some say it all balances out in the end. Maybe so. But Ive known too many good people who seemed to get a lot more heartache than hap-piness. What I remembered last night in the moonlight was something my stepfather once told me. Our family had been through a hard spell, a 10-year ordeal of worry and waiting, hospitals and surgeries and long, sleepless nights, leading to the deaths, two years apart, of my mother and then my first husband. Three years after the last funeral, we sat on his porch, my stepdad and I, enjoying a rare visit just for pleasure. Cicadas sang in the hickory trees. Thunder rumbled off the mountain. Sweat rolled down my neck. Finally, he spoke. Weve been through some hard times, he said, steadying his voice, but this is a good time right now in our family. Nobodys got cancer. Nobodys suffering. Everybodys got work. Were doing all right. Its a good time. We need to remember it. Three years later, my brother would lose his wife to cancer. And two years after that, my stepfather would be gone. At his funeral, and often since, just as I did last night, I thought of what he said to me on the porch. He was right. You cant help notic-ing bad times; they scream for attention. But good times are easy to miss. To see one clearly, you need to slow down, pay attention and watch closely. When you spot it coming, reach out and grab it. Hang on tight. Clutch it to your heart. Lift it up for all to see. Point it out like a shooting star, stand in awe and watch it shine. Life is like a moonlight swim. Scary, yes. An act of faith, to be sure. But oh, what a pleasure. This is a good time for my family. I need to remember it. 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Page Editor: Jim Barr, 754-0424 LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL & ST A TE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2013 5A BAND: Musicians play through summer heat to learn new routines Continued From Page 1A what theyre used to at middle school, Schulz said. Its a really good freshman class. Theyre working really hard, and keeping up with the upperclassmen. Adriana Medina, 13, started band at CHS this summer after leaving mid dle school. She said the program seems a lot more disciplined than what she is used to. There are other stu dents who have been play ing longer, said Medina, who has been playing clarinet since sixth grade. The whole band sounds better. Drum majors Greg Lambert and Colby Hollingsworth, as well as field commander Elijah Rivera, said this year is a big change from previous years on the Columbia High field. Theyve enjoyed the air condition ing and the chance to prepare for the upcoming school year. Preparation for the first football game of the season, Schulz said, could not be accomplished if the class did not have band camp over the sum mer. According to him, the camp provides a jump start. Its like pre-K for band, Lambert said. According to the three leaders, the incoming class of freshmen is like a new addition to the big band family. And the group played an assort ment of fun, stress-free games to break the ice between the older band members and the new bies, including a game called Me Too that required all participants who shared a specific trait to stand. Were a big fam ily, Schulz said. The programs growing. Were getting bigger and bigger each year. Were looking forward to playing for the community this coming school year. Aside from concerts and football games, com munity members can expect to see band mem bers at several local fund raisers, including Drive 4 Ur School. The group is trying to raise $40,000 to purchase new band uniforms to replace the 13-year-old ones they currently use. Some of the band mem bers, Deborah Rivera said, will be as old as their band garb. The uniforms sell for $400 a piece, and the school is trying to acquire 100 of them. First Federal Bank recently donated $5,000 toward the cause, and the band plans to start selling candy as soon as school starts. The band needs com munity support, Deborah Rivera said. It cant hap pen without them. APPEAL: Womans case pending before court Continued From Page 1A Alexanders pretrial motion for immunity based on stand your ground. They wrote that due to the history of domestic violence in the relationship with her hus band, Rico Gray, Alexander had reason to fear bodily harm and had no duty to retreat. They also argued that the trial courts instruction to the jury erroneously shifted the burden of proof, requiring that Alexander prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she was in dan ger of imminent harm in order to invoke self-def Alexanders case drew enormous attention when she was sentenced in May 2012. It returned to the spotlight last month, when a Sanford jury acquitted George Zimmerman of sec ond-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman did not use a stand your ground defense, but the case has sparked widespread debate about the law. Approved in 2005, the law says a person who is not doing anything illegal and gets attacked has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to pre vent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself. Alexanders case also has become part of a sit-in at the state Capitol, where a group called the Dream Defenders has occupied Gov. Rick Scotts waiting area, demanding a special legislative session on the stand your ground law. Tuesday marked the third week of the sit-in. Members of the Dream Defenders have followed Alexanders case, and their political director, Ciara Taylor of Jacksonville, was in court when Alexander was sentenced. One good thing to come out of the verdict, Taylor said Tuesday, is the need to explore cases like Alexanders cases involv ing the black-and-white disparity within using stand your ground. She also said its important to talk about domestic violence against women in this country. On Monday, state Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, wrote to Scott and the Cabinet, asking them to pardon Alexander when they next sit as the clem ency board. Bullard noted that Alexander had reason to fear because her hus band had battered her in the past. Scott and Cabinet members could take up Bullards call for a pardon for Alexander on Sept. 25, when the clemency board meets. But on Tuesday, they were noncommittal. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Pam Bondi said that because Bondis office is representing the prosecu tion in Alexanders crimi nal appeal, it would not be appropriate to discuss clemency-related matters until the court has made a determination regarding the disposition of the crimi nal appeal. The appeal is also based on what Alexanders attor neys argue are two addi tional errors by the trial court: denying her the right to consult her attorney dur ing the single overnight recess of her two-day trial, and giving the standard jury instruction on the use of force. 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6A LAKE CITY REPORTER HEALTH WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2013 Page Editor: Jim Barr, 754-0424 By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON A label that reads gluten free will now mean the same thing for all food, regardless of which kind you buy. After more than a sixyear delay, the Food and Drug Administration has set a new standard for labels that will make shop ping easier for consumers on gluten-restricted diets. Until now, the term gluten free had not been regu lated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means. Under an FDA rule announced Friday, prod ucts labeled gluten free still wont have to be tech nically free of wheat, rye and barley and their deriva tives. But they will have to contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. That amount is generally recognized by the medi cal community to be low enough so that most people who have celiac disease wont get sick if they eat it. People who suffer from celiac disease dont absorb nutrients well and can get sick from the gluten found in wheat and other cereal grains. Other countries already have similar stan dards. Celiac disease affects up to 3 million Americans. It causes abdominal pain, bloating and diarrhea, and people who have it can suffer weight loss, fatigue, rashes and other long-term medical problems. Celiac is a diagnosed illness that is more severe than glu ten sensitivity, which some people self-diagnose. Only a very small num ber of people wouldnt be able to ingest the amount of gluten that will be allowed under the new rule, FDA officials said. Adherence to a glu ten-free diet is the key to treating celiac disease, which can be very disrup tive to everyday life, FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg said. The FDAs new gluten-free defini tion will help people with this condition make food choices with confidence and allow them to better manage their health. 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Lake City Reporter SPORTS Wednesday, August 7, 2013 www.lakecityreporter.com Section B Story ideas? Contact Tim Kirby Sports Editor 754-0421 firstname.lastname@example.org COURTESY Columbia High has hired Lee Trawick as its new varsity head baseball coach. Tigers tab Trawick as new head coach BY BRANDON FINLEY email@example.com Pending school board approval, Columbia High has its new baseball coach. Lee Trawick, a Mayo prod uct, will take the helm with the Tigers in his first head coaching job. Trawick graduated Lafayette High in 1997 and went on to play at the University of North Florida before playing a year in the Cincinnati Reds farm system. After that Trawick joined the Army and was eventu ally medically discharged before becoming a firefight er in Live Oak. An injury forced Trawick to leave the fire department and thats when he got involved with Lafayette, where he was an assistant coach until taking the Columbia job. This is my first head coaching position and thank the good Lord for it, Trawick said. For the past six years, Ive been president of the Babe Ruth program in Mayo, so Ive been involved in the game for a long time. Trawick has a vision for the program and wants to develop the Tigers into a perennial power. I plan on bringing a lot of small ball, Trawick said. I want to up the percent age on the field. If a guy gets on base in high school, its a 35.5 percent chance to score. If you play a lot of small ball, you can up your percentage to 80-85 percent. But scoring runs is only half the battle for Trawick. I plan on getting kids to the next level through aca demics, Trawick said. I know a lot of minor league coaches. The main thing Im going to need from them is their grades to be solid. Trawick said that he thinks his approach will be enough to motivate the Tigers. The main thing I bring to the field is a positive attitude, Trawick said. I feel that will go a long way. Ill stay upbeat, continue to work and work hard. Were just going to play small ball, make good grades and get involved in the community. We need to have it an honor to play at Columbia and not just a right. Im going to start that down from the Babe Ruth level. Trawick knows one of his biggest task will be getting CHS baseball has man pending board approval. CHS continued on 3B 1BSPORTS Community Relations Manager Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc. has a job opening for a Community Relations Manager. This position reports directly to the Executive VP/CEO and its purpose is to promote communications, public relations and economic development programs aligned with the Cooperative business priorities; assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies, plans and operational management of public relations; promote effective community and governmental relationships with local and state governmental agencies, business and community organizations. This position requires a minimum of 2 years of college or, one year of related job experience with one year of college. Applications and Resumes are being accepted on our website at www.svec-coop.com under about us. The deadline for accepting applications is Friday, August 9, 2013. SVEC is an equal opportunity employer.
SCOREBOARD TELEVISIONTV sports Today CYCLING 4 p.m. FSN Tour of Utah, stage 2, Panguitch to Torrey, Utah GOLF 3 p.m. TGC USGA, U.S. Womens Amateur Championship, first round matches, at Charleston, S.C. LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon ESPN2 Playoffs, Midwest Regional semifinal, at Indianapolis 2 p.m. ESPN2 Playoffs, Southeast Regional semifinal, at Warner Robins, Ga. 4 p.m. ESPN2 Playoffs, Midwest Regional semifinal, at Indianapolis 6 p.m. ESPN2 Playoffs, Southeast Regional semifinal, at Warner Robins, Ga. 8 p.m. ESPN2 Playoffs, Southwest Regional final, at Waco, Texas MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 12:30 p.m. MLB Oakland at Cincinnati 8 p.m. ESPN L.A. Dodgers at St. LouisBASEBALLAL standings East Division W L Pct GB Boston 68 46 .596 Tampa Bay 66 45 .595 Baltimore 61 51 .545 6New York 57 54 .514 9 Toronto 52 60 .464 15 Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 65 45 .591 Cleveland 62 50 .554 4Kansas City 57 52 .523 7 Minnesota 48 61 .440 16 Chicago 41 69 .373 24 West Division W L Pct GB Oakland 64 47 .577 Texas 63 50 .558 2 Seattle 52 60 .464 12 Los Angeles 51 60 .459 13 Houston 37 74 .333 27 Todays Games Oakland (Colon 14-3) at Cincinnati (H.Bailey 6-10), 12:35 p.m. Baltimore (Mig.Gonzalez 8-5) at San Diego (Stults 8-10), 3:40 p.m. Toronto (Happ 2-2) at Seattle (Harang 5-10), 3:40 p.m. Detroit (Fister 10-5) at Cleveland (Salazar 1-0), 7:05 p.m. Boston (Dempster 6-8) at Houston (Cosart 1-0), 8:10 p.m. Minnesota (Deduno 7-4) at Kansas City (W.Davis 5-9), 8:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 9-10) at Chicago White Sox (H.Santiago 3-7), 8:10 p.m. Tampa Bay (Archer 6-4) at Arizona (Spruill 0-1), 9:40 p.m. Texas (Ogando 4-3) at L.A. Angels (Hanson 4-2), 10:05 p.m. Thursdays Games Detroit at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m.Boston at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m. NL standings East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 68 45 .602 Washington 54 58 .482 13Philadelphia 50 61 .450 17 New York 49 60 .450 17 Miami 43 67 .391 23 Central Division W L Pct GB Pittsburgh 67 44 .604 St. Louis 65 46 .586 2 Cincinnati 61 51 .545 6 Chicago 49 62 .441 18Milwaukee 47 65 .420 20 West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 62 49 .559 Arizona 56 55 .505 6 San Diego 52 60 .464 10 Colorado 52 61 .460 11 San Francisco 50 61 .450 12 Todays Games Oakland (Colon 14-3) at Cincinnati (H.Bailey 6-10), 12:35 p.m. Baltimore (Mig.Gonzalez 8-5) at San Diego (Stults 8-10), 3:40 p.m. Atlanta (Medlen 8-10) at Washington (Zimmermann 13-6), 7:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 7-8) at Philadelphia (Hamels 4-13), 7:05 p.m. Miami (Koehler 3-6) at Pittsburgh (Morton 3-3), 7:05 p.m. Colorado (Bettis 0-1) at N.Y. Mets (Harvey 8-3), 7:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Nolasco 7-9) at St. Louis (S.Miller 11-7), 8:15 p.m. Tampa Bay (Archer 6-4) at Arizona (Spruill 0-1), 9:40 p.m. Milwaukee (Gorzelanny 2-4) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 11-6), 10:15 p.m. Thursdays Games Colorado at N.Y. Mets, 12:10 p.m.Miami at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m.Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia, 1:05 p.m.Milwaukee at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m.L.A. Dodgers at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.FOOTBALLNFL preseason Thursday Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.Washington at Tennessee, 8 p.m.Cincinnati at Atlanta, 8 p.m.St. Louis at Cleveland, 8 p.m.Denver at San Francisco, 9 p.m.Seattle at San Diego, 10 p.m. Friday N.Y. Jets at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.Miami at Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m.New England at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.Houston at Minnesota, 8 p.m.Kansas City at New Orleans, 8 p.m.Arizona at Green Bay, 8 p.m.Chicago at Carolina, 8 p.m.Dallas at Oakland, 10 p.m. Saturday N.Y. Giants at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Sunday Buffalo at Indianapolis, 1:30 p.m. WEEK 2 Thursday, Aug. 15 Atlanta at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.Detroit at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.Carolina at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.San Diego at Chicago, 8 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Aug. 16 Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.Oakland at New Orleans, 8 p.m.San Francisco at Kansas City, 8 p.m.Tampa Bay at New England, 8 p.m. (FOX) Saturday, Aug. 19 Dallas at Arizona, 4:30 p.m.Tennessee at Cincinnati, 7 p.m.Jacksonville at NY Jets, 7:30 p.m.Green Bay at St. Louis, 8 p.m.Miami at Houston, 8 p.m.Denver at Seattle, 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 Indianapolis at NY Giants, 8 p.m. (FOX) Monday, Aug. 19 Pittsburgh at Washington, 8 p.m. (ESPN)BASKETBALLWNBA schedule Thursday Los Angeles at Indiana, 7 p.m.Washington at Minnesota, 8 p.m.GOLFPGA Championship PITTSFORD, N.Y. Facts and figures for the PGA Championship: Event: 95th PGA Championship.Dates: Aug. 8-11.Site: Oak Hill Country Club (East Course). Length: 7,163 yards:Par: 35-35_70.Field: 156 players (136 tour pros, 20 club pros). Prize money: TBA ($8 million in 2012). Winners share: TBA ($1.445 million in 2012). Defending champion: Rory McIlroy.Last year: Rory McIlroy won his second major in as many years with a performance every bit as dominant. He closed with a 6-under 66 at Kiawah Island for an eight-shot victory, breaking the PGA Championship record for largest margin that Jack Nicklaus set in 1980. At 23, he became the youngest player since Seve Ballesteros with two majors. McIlroy finished off a 67 on Sunday morning to complete the storm-delayed third round and build a three-shot lead. Major champions at Oak Hill: Shaun Micheel (2003 PGA), Curtis Strange (1989 U.S. Open), Jack Nicklaus (1980 PGA), Lee Trevino (1968 U.S. Open), Cary Middlecoff (1956 U.S. Open). Tracking Tiger: Tiger Woods is now 0-for-17 in the majors since winning his 14th at the 2008 U.S. Open. Key statistic: There have been 16 times when a player had all four rounds in the 60s at the PGA Championship, the most of any major. Noteworthy: The last three winners of the PGA Championship have all been in their 20s, the longest such streak in any major in nearly 50 years. Quoteworthy: You have so many good players today that I think will like Oak Hill, will enjoy playing the golf course and could have an opportunity to win. To try to pick one of them out of there is pretty difficult right now. Jack Nicklaus, who won the 1980 PGA Championship at Oak Hill. Television: Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., TNT Sports. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., TNT Sports; 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. CBS Sports. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., TNT Sports; 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., CBS Sports.Golf week U.S. GOLF ASSOCIATION U.S. WOMENS AMATEUR Site: Charleston, S.C.Schedule: through Sunday.Course: Country Club of Charleston (6,488 yards, par 71). Television: Golf Channel (Today, 3-5 p.m.; Thursday, 2-4 a.m., 4-6 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 1-3 a.m., 4-6 p.m.; Monday, 1-3 a.m.). Online: http:// www.usga.org WEB.COM TOUR PRICE CUTTER CHARITY CHAMPIONSHIP Site: Springfield, Mo.Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.Course: Highland Springs Country Club (7,115 yards, par 72). Purse: $675,000. Winners share: $121,500. Television: None. LPGA TOUR Next event: Solheim Cup, Aug. 16-18, Colorado Golf Club, Parker, Colo. Last week: Stacy Lewis won the Womens British Open at St. Andrews, birdieing the final two holes for a two-stroke victory. Inbee Park finished 14 strokes behind in her bid to become the first professional to win four straight majors in one season. Online: http:// www.lpga.com CHAMPIONS TOUR Next event: Dicks Sporting Goods Open, Aug. 16-18, En-Joie Golf Course, Endicott, N.Y. Last week: Tom Pernice Jr. won the 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn., birdie-ing the final two holes for a one-stroke victory over Jeff Sluman and Corey Pavin. OTHER TOURNAMENTS MEN NGA TOUR: Honda PowerSports Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Country Club of South Carolina, Florence, S.C. Online: http:// www.ngatour.com WOMEN SYMETRA TOUR: IOA Golf Classic, Friday-Sunday, Innisbrook Golf Resort, Island Course, Palm Harbor. Online: http:// www.symetratour.com 2B LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2013 Page Editor: Tim Kirby, 754-0421 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP TEE TIMES BRIEFS Thursday-Friday Hole 1-Hole 107:10 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Rob Labritz, United States; John Senden, Australia; Shane Lowry, Ireland 7:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand; Bob Gaus, United States; Luke Guthrie, United States 7:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m. Marc Leishman, Australia; Josh Teater, United States; Pablo Larrazabal, Spain 7:40 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Tommy Gainey, United States; Ryan Palmer, United States; David Hearn, Canada 7:50 a.m.-1 p.m. Michael Thompson, United States; Marcel Siem, Germany; Bo Van Pelt, United States 8 a.m.-1:10 p.m. Shaun Micheel, United States; Rich Beem, United States; Mark Brooks, United States 8:10 a.m.-1:20 p.m. Richard Sterne, South Africa; Scott Brown, United States; David Lingmerth, Sweden 8:20 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Ben Curtis, United States; Marcus Fraser, Australia; Peter Hanson, Sweden 8:30 a.m.-1:40 p.m. Stewart Cink, United States; Paul Lawrie, Scotland; Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Spain 8:40 a.m.-1:50 p.m. Thorbjorn Olesen, Denmark; Brian Gay, United States; David Lynn, England 8:50 a.m.-2 p.m. Stephen Gallacher, Scotland; David McNabb, United States; Branden Grace, South Africa 9 a.m.-2:10 p.m. Caine Fitzgerald, United States; Kevin Streelman, United States; Bernd Wiesberger, Austria 9:10 a.m.-2:20 p.m. JC Anderson, United States; Jaco Van Zyl, South Africa 12:25 p.m.-7:15 a.m. John Huh, United States; Ryo Ishikawa, Japan; Danny Balin, United States 12:35 p.m.-7:25 a.m. Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland; Tom Watson, United States; Paul McGinley, Ireland 12:45 p.m.-7:35 a.m. Kohki Idoki, Japan; Rod Perry, United States; Nick Watney, United States 12:55 p.m.-7:45 a.m. Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium; Jason Day, Australia; Brandt Snedeker, United States 1:05 p.m.-7:55 a.m. Tim Clark, South Africa; Lee Westwood, England; Bubba Watson, United States 1:15 p.m.-8:05 a.m. Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spain; Webb Simpson, United States; Angel Cabrera, Argentina 1:25 p.m.-8:15 a.m. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland; Vijay Singh, Fiji; Martin Kaymer, Germany 1:35 p.m.-8:25 a.m. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Spain; Luke Donald, England; Jordan Spieth, United States 1:45 p.m.-8:35 a.m. Adam Scott, Australia; Justin Rose, England; Phil Mickelson, United States 1:55 p.m.-8:45 a.m. Lucas Glover, United States; Ian Poulter, England; Zach Johnson, United States 2:05 p.m.-8:55 a.m. Kevin Chappell, United States ; Christopher Wood, England; Mike Small, United States 2:15 p.m.-9:05 a.m. Kevin Stadler, United States; Chip Sullivan, United States; Chris Stroud, United States 2:25 p.m.-9:15 a.m. Sonny Skinner, United States; Richie Ramsay, Scotland Hole 10-Hole 17:15 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Charley Hoffman, United States; Bob Sowards, United States; Matt Every, United States 7:25 a.m.-12:35 p.m. Mark Sheftic, United States; Robert Garrigus, United States; Hiroyuki Fujita, Japan 7:35 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Hunter Mahan, United States; Paul Casey, England; Billy Horschel, United States 7:45 a.m.-12:55 p.m. Hideki Matsuyama, Japan; Steve Stricker, United States; Jason Dufner, United States 7:55 a.m.-1:05 p.m. Sergio Garcia, Spain; Matt Kuchar, United States; Rickie Fowler, United States 8:05 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland; Ernie Els, South Africa; Bill Haas, United States 8:15 a.m.-1:25 p.m. David Toms, United States; Padraig Harrington, Ireland; Y.E. Yang, South Korea 8:25 a.m.-1:35 p.m. Henrik Stenson, Sweden; Dustin Johnson, United States; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa 8:35 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Davis Love III, United States; Keegan Bradley, United States; Tiger Woods, United States 8:45 a.m.-1:55 p.m. Peter Uihlein, United States; Jim Furyk, United States; Thomas Bjorn, Denmark 8:55 a.m.-2:05 p.m. K.J. Choi, South Korea; Ryan Polzin, United States; Jonas Blixt, Sweden 9:05 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Scott Stallings, United States; Jason Kokrak, United States; Jeff Sorenson, United States 9:15 a.m.-2:25 p.m. Scott Jamieson, Scotland; Roberto Castro, United States; Stuart Smith, United States 12:20 p.m.-7:10 a.m. Mark Brown, United States; Scott Piercy, United States; Brooks Koepka, United States 12:30 p.m.-7:20 a.m. Derek Ernst, United States; Jeff Martin, United States; Charles Howell III, United States 12:40 p.m.-7:30 a.m. Ken Duke, United States; Matteo Manassero, Italy; Jimmy Walker, United States 12:50 p.m.-7:40 a.m. Danny Willett, England; Joost Luiten, Netherlands; Russell Henley, United States 1 p.m.-7:50 a.m. Freddie Jacobson, Sweden; George Coetzee, South Africa; Harris English, United States 1:10 p.m.-8 a.m. Boo Weekley, United States; Francesco Molinari, Italy; Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand 1:20 p.m.-8:10 a.m. Jamie Donaldson, Wales; Ryan Moore, United States; Alex Noren, Sweden 1:30 p.m.-8:20 a.m. Brett Rumford, Australia; Geoff Ogilvy, Australia; John Merrick, United States 1:40 p.m.-8:30 a.m. Sang-Moon Bae, South Korea; Woody Austin, United States; Martin Laird, Scotland 1:50 p.m.-8:40 a.m. Carl Pettersson, Sweden; D.A. Points, United States; Mikko Ilonen, Finland 2 p.m.-8:50 a.m. Graham DeLaet, Canada; Kirk Hanefeld, United States; Kyle Stanley, United States 2:10 p.m.-9 a.m. David Muttitt, United States; Charlie Beljan, United States; Brendon de Jonge, United States 2:20 p.m.-9:10 a.m. Lee Rhind, United States; Chris Kirk, United States; Marc Warren, Scotland CHS FOOTBALL Tiger Classic golf tournament The 2013 Tiger Classic golf tournament is Aug. 16 at The Country Club at Lake City. Format is four-person best ball at a cost of $60 per team member. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. There will be longest drive and closest to the pin contests. First place is two season tickets and a parking pass, plus $50 per player. Second place is $50 per player. Sign up at Brians Sports or The Country Club at Lake City. For details, call Russell Taylor at 697-1414 or 754-1167.Season tickets at McDuffies Columbia High football season tickets, corporate sponsor gifts and booster parking passes are at McDuffie Marine & Sporting Goods on U.S. Highway 90 west. For details, call Alan Moody at 288-8408. CHS CROSS COUNTRY Parents meeting on Thursday A Columbia High cross country team parents meeting is 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the track. For details, call coach Brooke Solowski at (352) 507-3091. CHS GIRLS GOLF Tournament at Quail Heights The Columbia High girls golf team has a three-person scramble on Saturday. The fundraiser tournament begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Format is three-person captains choice with gross and net prizes. Cost of $75 per player includes golf, lunch, prizes and a cash payout for the gross and net team winners. For details, call the pro shop at 752-3339. FORT WHITE VOLLEYBALL Tryouts today at high school Fort White Highs volleyball team has tryouts today at the gym. 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Page Editor: Brandon Finley, 754-0420 LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2013 3B CHS: Trawick set to take over Tigers Continued From Page 1Bthe current Tigers to buy into a new system, but he also has a plan for that. I want to bring the team some chemistry, he said. I want to find the leader on the field. I was asked last year to come over by coach (Jonathan) Ulsh and I know a little bit about them from that. One thing that I feel was lacking was leadership on the field. They have to have that guy that you can count on. We have to have a quarterback on the field. The New York Yankees are a prime example. When Derek Jeter went down in the playoffs, they didnt score another run. I dont want to bring nine guys out onto the field, but one team. Trawick said hes given thought to assistant coach-es, but doesnt know if any of the former coaches will be back or not at this point. Once Im there and established, I may talk to some of them, Trawick said. Right now, theres a little bit of a black eye on the program, and thats nothing against the coach-es. Circumstances are cir-cumstances. Theyre good guys, but things happen. I think the administration would like to give it a year. The wounds are still a little too fresh. I would like to talk to (Ulsh). We are good friends. I want to get his advice and stuff like that, but to be one of my main assistants now, I dont think that will happen in the first year. Trawick does have his eye on a few players that have connections with the program however. Theres a few names that I have mentioned, he said. Heath Phillips is one that Id like to talk to. He has 10 years of major league experience. Jay Milton is another guy Id like to talk to. Blake King was an assis-tant with the junior varsity last year and Id like to keep him. Id like to have him bounce back and forth between the JV and varsity, but right now, Im not dead set on my assistants. Trawick has experience on a district championship team and said he intends on having Columbia contend each year. I was an assistant coach for Gerald Powers at Lafayette for three years, he said. We were pretty successful. We won a district title. Mainly, Im a defen-sive coach and was able to turn that around. They averaged over three errors a game when I came in. I told them that we wouldnt make 25 errors in 29 games during my first season. For every error we had, we ran. We ended the season with only 23 errors after averag-ing three a game. We went from three to less than one per game. As far as returning Tigers, Trawick is familiar with one that he thinks will be crucial to his first sea-sons success. I know that we have five seniors coming back and Caleb Vaughn is one of the main guys that Im going to be looking to carry the torch in my first year, Trawick said. I want him to be able to relay my message to the program. Im going to lean on him and my seniors. Ive got to get him to buy in first to get the rest to buy into the program. I feel like if I can get him to buy in, theyll follow. Trawick also sees a tremendous future with the program. I know that there are a lot of underclassmen com-ing up and the freshman class from last year is rich with talent, Trawick said. We have a couple of strong pitchers that lacked experi-ence last year. A couple of games might have been too big for them at the time, but I expect them to come back a lot stronger this sea-son. We also have a lot of speed coming back, which will help out with the small ball. Off the field, Trawick also has big things in his future. Hell be moving to Lake City and hes get-ting married to Lake City native Tara Trespalacios in November. For now, hes enjoying the honeymoon days of his new coaching gig. COURTESY PHOTOKeith Sandstrom shows off his scorecard after making two holes-in-one during the same round on Sunday.Sandstrom aces twice in unbelievable round Florida Gateway member Keith Sandstrom did something on Sunday that is so rare, I am not too sure if it has been done before. Sandstrom was playing his normal Sunday skins game with his buddies when the unthinkable happened. He started his round out with a birdie, then eagled the par 5 No. 3. After a par on No. 4, he aced No. 5 for the fourth hole-in-one of his career. After a par and a bogey, Sandstrom stepped up on No. 8 and playfully asked his playing partners before he teed off if this was good, meaning his tee shot because of his previous hole-in-one. After all laughed and said no, Sandstrom respond-ed by hitting his iron shot in the hole on the fly for his second hole-in-one in four holes. Sandstrom ended with a nine-hole score of 31, but the most important part of the round was that he had three eagles, with two of them aces. His accom-plishment wont soon be forgotten, and probably will be hard to duplicate ever again. On July 27, an 18-hole, three-man scramble was played. The team of Johnny Chambliss, Mike Sayer and Robert Brown carded a 65 to win by one shot over the team of Bob Budwick, Ted Miller and Sally Rivers. The participation for this event was very good, so there will be another 18-hole, Saturday scramble early in September. The Monday/Thursday night scrambles have been going very well, with three in the last two weeks and only one being rained out. On July 25, the team of Johnny Chambliss, Carl Taylor and Robert Brown won with a score of 4 under par. The pot hole was No. 5. No birdies were recorded, so the pot car-ried over. On July 29, the team of Bob Budwick, Clyde Amerson and Sally Rivers dominated the scramble by firing a score of 6 under par in tough conditions. The pot was a carryover for the evening with two birdies on No. 6. The Thursday scramble last week went to the team of Ed Touchton, Buck Roberts, Keith Merfeld and James Cooper. All the play-ers were on fire and their 8-under-par total tied the best score in a scramble. They won over Budwicks team who shot a very good round of 6 under. The pot hole was No. 8, with Touchton and Cooper winning half the pot. Roberts and Merfeld were not in the pot, and the other half of the pot carried over. Come out and join us for the weekly Monday and Thursday night scrambles. They are open to all play-ers. Captains pick teams at 4:50 p.m., and tee off is at 5 p.m.. The cost is $8 for the scramble, cart fees, with an optional $4 for the pot. Please call Bob Budwick at the pro shop (792-1990) by 4:30 p.m. to sign up on these days. FLORIDA GATEWAY COUNTRY CLUB Bob Budwick Only time will tell if A-Rod has anything leftBy MIKE FITZPATRICKAssociated PressNEW YORK Alex Rodriguez is allowed to play. Now well find out if he can anymore. Coming off his second hip surgery in four years, the 38-year-old third base-man finally made his sea-son debut Monday night for the New York Yankees hours after he was sus-pended through 2014 by Major League Baseball as part of the Biogenesis drug investigation. The embattled slugger promised to appeal his pen-alty, which probably keeps him in pinstripes for the rest of this year. After that, who knows if hell ever take the field again? So hes not banned yet, but maybe hes all but fin-ished. At least as A-Rod the All-Star. I just hope that theres a happy ending there some-where, he said. Time will tell.Time, and a steady dose of big league pitching. Time, and the daily grind of a major league schedule. Time, and the way his bro-ken-down body rebounds after sliding into second or diving for a grounder. Four months on the sidelines is a long stretch for any player, especially one so late in his career. Not to mention, Rodriguez wasnt exactly tearing it up before his latest injury. He went 3 for 25 (.120) without an RBI in the 2012 playoffs and wound up get-ting benched. Against right-handers, he was 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts. The last time I was on the field it wasnt pretty, Rodriguez said. I was hor-rific. The three-time MVP blooped a single to left field in his first at-bat of the season Monday night, but wasnt much help other-wise. Booed loudly all night in Chicago, he went 1 for 4 with two flyouts and took a called third strike his final time up. He made all his plays in the field, but acknowl-edged feeling rusty. His bat looked a little slow, though he said he felt pretty good up there. Meanwhile, the last-place White Sox snapped a 10-game losing streak with an 8-1 victory over New York. Its been crazy, but from this point on Im going to do my very best to focus on baseball, said Rodriguez, who strained his quadri-ceps during a minor league rehab stint, delaying his return for two weeks. Its good to get the first one behind me. Fading fast in a crowded playoff chase, the aging Yankees are desperate for power. Their third basemen have been among the most inept in the majors all sea-son. They need a genuine boost right now not a question mark in the mid-dle of the lineup. On the same day Rodriguez was suspended, shortstop Derek Jeter went back on the disabled list with a strained right calf, the latest leg injury in his lost season. Old reliable Andy Pettitte got rocked and couldnt make it through the third inning. It wont be easy for A-Rod, either. Boos and Steroids! chants are sure to follow wherever he goes, even at home in the Bronx. 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DEAR ABBY: Im hoping you will pass this on to your readers. Many of us these days have to work two jobs to make ends meet. In addition to a full-time job, I work a second one in a call center. Yes, Im one of those dreaded people who call and ask you to do a phone survey. I have been cursed at and called names you cant print in your column. I have had the phone slammed in my ear. A little courtesy would go a long way. If you dont want to participate in the survey, thats fine. We understand that. But were simply try-ing to do a job and pay our bills like everybody else. -HAPPY TO BE EMPLOYED DEAR HAPPY: I am not excusing poor manners, and I do sympathize with your position. But when companies make these incessant calls, they are entering peoples homes without being invited, and it can make some of them very angry, particularly if they have been interrupted while were eating, work-ing, napping or caregiving. The people you call might be less hostile if they hadnt been called repeatedly and asked to participate in these sur-veys after they had refused four, five or six times and had asked not to be called again. They might be more polite if they hadnt regis-tered on a Do Not Call list that was ignored. ** ** **DEAR ABBY: I am recently retired. I enjoy it, and my daily routine is filled with activities that keep me busy. My problem is relatives who retired a few years ago who are bored out of their minds. I am not interested in baby-sitting these people so their wives wont have to put up with them. What should I do? -RETIRED IN BOSTON DEAR RETIRED: Tell your relatives -nicely -that you have a definite routine and things scheduled that you must attend to. Suggest that they drop by a senior center and ask about what activities it offers or look for volunteer opportunities in the community. Then suggest that instead of drop-ping by, they CALL FIRST. ** ** **DEAR ABBY: My best friends mother has dementia. It is usually worse in the evenings, but she can function during the day -somewhat. My friend and her husband both work, leaving the mother alone at home dur-ing the day with the door locked from the outside so she cant wander off. I have told my friend many times how danger-ous this is, but she con-tinues to do it. It makes me sick worrying about her mother, but I dont know what to do about it. -FRIEND IN FLORIDA DEAR FRIEND: Your friend and her husband may have the best of intentions, but locking a demented person inside the house is not the answer to their problem. If a fire were to start, she might not be with it enough to know how to put it out or summon help. She could also fall and injure herself. A better solution would be to find a day-care pro-gram where the mother would have company, be entertained and safely looked after. However, if they are not receptive, Adult Protective Services should be notified because the womans life could depend on it. DILBERT BABY BLUES HOROSCOPES DEAR ABBY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Youll face opposition if you are too open regard-ing your plans. Finish personal chores quickly before anyone has a chance to complain. Make plans to have fun with friends once youve taken care of your responsibili-ties. +++++ TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Get as much out of the way as possible. Expect to be forced to deal with people who talk big and produce little. Be proud of your accomplishments, and dont refrain from let-ting others know where you stand and what youve done. ++ GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Stick close to home, where you can accomplish the most. Ulterior motives behind gestures of friendli-ness from outsiders will lead you in the wrong direction. Get informa-tion firsthand if you have questions regarding whats expected of you. ++++ CANCER (June 21-July 22): Excess will be your downfall. Dont take on too much or overreact to whats being asked of you. Stay calm, and youll be capable of making any situ-ation work in your favor. Love is on the rise. +++ LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Emotions will be height-ened, making it important that you think before you react. Added responsibili-ties may get you down, but getting them out of the way without complaining will impress someone you will need on your side in the future. +++ VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Take an unusual approach to the way you deal with groups, organi-zations or partners. Your innovative imagination will result in solutions that will make you look good. Updating your image will also result in a high-five from someone special. +++ LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Stick to basics and what you know and do best. Offer assistance and leave no room for error or for complaints. Change may be necessary, but in the end it will be to your advantage. Seize the moment and follow your intuitive intelligence. ++++ SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Travel and commu-nication are highlighted. Problems with someone you work with will cost you if you dont protect your reputation. Speak diplomatically, but show appreciation and give credit whenever possible. Love is encouraged, and romance will enhance your personal life. ++ SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Protect your health and physical well-ness. Use caution while traveling or when involved in activities that can be strenuous. Stick close to home and concentrate on the alterations that will make your life hap-pier and more efficient. +++++ CAPRICORN (Dec. 22Jan. 19): Make time for an older relative or col-league who can use a little help. What you receive in return will be experience, knowledge and a chance to incorporate what you have gained into your everyday routine. Romance is in the stars. +++ AQUARIUS (Jan. 20Feb. 18): Expect life to be hectic. Not much will go as planned. Enjoy the moment and do the best you can to finish what you start. Keeping up should be your main concern, along with nurturing the relationships that mean the most to you. +++ PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Engage in activities that allow you to show your attributes, skills and talents in general. In other words, show off. Youll attract attention and the assistance you need to get your own projects up and running. Contracts are looking good. +++ CELEBRITY CIPHER Abigail Van Burenwww.dearabby.com BLONDIE BEETLE BAILEY B.C. FRANK & ERNEST FOR BETTER OR WORSE ZITS HAGAR THE HORRIBLE SNUFFY SMITH GARFIELD THE LAST WORD Eugenia Last Harried phone survey taker pleading for a little respect Q Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. CLASSIC PEANUTS Page Editor: Emogene Graham, 754-0415 LAKE CITY REPORTER ADVICE & COMICS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2013 4B