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By TONY BRITTtbritt@lakecityreporter.comAn estimated 2,000 people braved Saturday morning rain showers for free backpacks and other school supplies. The 15th annual Operation Backpack took place at the Columbia County Fairgrounds exhibition hall. The annual event is part of the Christ Central Ministries community outreach program for kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Although the event didnt begin until 9 a.m., by 8:20, the line of people stretched from the exhibi-tion halls doors to the gates on the west side of the fairgrounds. Trina Overy and her children went to the exhibition center after the backpacks had been given away but they were able to stock up on school supplies. We were able to get everything from pencils, pens, paper, rulers and a haircut, she said. Overy said this years event marked the second year she attended Operation Backpack. I like the event because of the Christian, nice people here, she said. Event organizers said an estimated 2,000 waited in the rain for their school supplies; 1,500 snow cones were given away, 65 school CALL US:(386) 752-1293SUBSCRIBE TOTHE REPORTER:Voice: 755-5445Fax: 752-9400 Opinion ................ 4ABusiness ................ 5AObituaries .............. 6A Advice & Comics ......... 8B Puzzles ................. 2B TODAY IN PEOPLE Kids fiddle at music park. COMING TUESDAY City council coverage. 91 64 T-Storm Chance WEATHER, 2A People.................. 2AOpinion ................ 4AObituaries .............. 5AAdvice.................. 5DPuzzles .............. 2B, 3B 92 72 T-storm Chance WEATHER, 8A Lake City ReporterSUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013 | YOUR COMMUNITY NE WSPAPER SINCE 1874 | $1.00 LAKECITYREPORTER.COM Back-to-schoolbusiness boomingfor local retailers. Farmers markethas temporary new home. SUNDAYEDITION Vol. 139, No. 144 1D 1C 1ASchool year to start Monday Fire fee changes public sessions slatedBy STEVEN RICHMONDsrichmond@lakecityreporter.comCounty staff will be holding a series of com-munity meetings to explain proposed fire assessment changes for county resi-dents, including a large fee increase for residential properties. In order to maintain its current ISO rating, a mea-surement of fire service capability and readiness, the county has considered adopting changes, such as the addition of three to four fire stations. The proposed rate increase woud put the fire assessments for By TONY BRITTtbritt@lakecityreporter.comColumbia Countys unemployment rate rose a tenth of a percentage point in July, marking the third consecutive month the local jobless rate has increased. However, the local rate remains below the state fig-ure. According to information released Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Columbia Countys unem-ployment rate for July was 7.0 percent. In June the fig-ure was 6.9 percent. Floridas unemployment rate in July was 7.1 per-cent, while the nations jobless rate was 7.4 Hundreds line up for school suppliesBACKPACKS continued on 7A MEETINGS continued on 3A County to hold four meetings to explain hike. 500 backpacks given out quickly during 15th annual event. Small increase experienced for 3rd month in row. JASON MATTHEW WALKER/ Lake City ReporterLake City resident Jenna Richards, 6, laughs while bein g digitally fingerprinted by Bill Robbins, a volunteer w ith the Columbia County Sheriffs Office Citizens Service U nit, at Christ Central Ministries 15th annual Operation Backpack held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on Satu rday. County jobless rate ticks up againTONY BRITT/ Lake City ReporterLana Menger grabs a backpack as she stands with her b rother, Roger Menger and Kiara Fryer, during Operation B ackpack on Saturday. An estimated 2,000 people attended the event. By TONY BRITTtbritt@lakecityreporter.comThe 2013-14 school year starts Monday and the districts top administrator says hes ready. Im as excited about the first day as I was 34 years ago on my first day in the classroom, said Terry Huddleston, Columbia County superintendent of schools. There is just something special about the first day of school. You only have one time to make a great first impression. The first day of school is the most impor-tant day of the school year for our teachers. Huddleston said there have been many new principals and assistant principals hired during the summer. Weve got a lot of new faces at schools as principals, assistant principals, curriculum resource teachers, reading coaches and new teachers, he said. Were excited about the new teachers we were able to hire, theyre excited about the first day and we look forward to a great school year. Huddleston said he thinks the district hired approximately 40 new teachers for the 2013-14 school year. The school district implemented a school staffing formula that allocated instructional and non-instructional positions based on student population. A staffing formula equalizes the staffing across the dis-trict and helps maintain costs, Huddleston said. He said salary and benefits for school district employees rep-resent more than 80 percent of the school districts budget and an intense focus was placed on how many instructional and non-instructional employees were New principals, teachers await kids at many facilities. OPERATION BACKPACK JOBLESS continued on 3A SCHOOL continued on 6A
PEOPLE IN THE NEWS Celebrity Birthdays Movie director Roman Polanski is 80. Actor Robert Redford is 77. Actor Christopher Jones is 72. Singer Sarah Dash of LaBelle is 70. Actor-comedian Martin Mull is 70. Comedian Elayne Boosler is 61. Country singer Steve Wilkinson of The Wilkinsons is 58. Comedian-actor Denis Leary is 56. Actress Madeleine Stowe is 55. Actor Craig Bierko is 49. Daily Scripture But, let the one who boasts boast in the Lord. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one who the Lord commends. 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 CORRECTION The Lake City Reporter corrects errors of fact in news items. If you have a concern, question or suggestion, please call the executive editor. Corrections and clarifica tions will run in this space. And thanks for reading. AROUND FLORIDA Friday: 2-14-26-27 11 Friday: 8-9-10-34-35 Saturday: Afternoon: 1-6-5 Evening: N/A Saturday: Afternoon: 5-3-2-5 Evening: N/A Wednes day: 3-6-16-30-31-40 x5 Political debate erupts over Floridas economy TALLAHASSEE Floridas unemployment rate remained flat for a third straight month, but that didnt stop Gov. Rick Scott and Republicans from using the latest round of economic news as a way to criticize poten tial opponent Charlie Crist. The back-and-forth over the routine release of jobs numbers Friday was yet another signal that the GOP wants next years election to focus squarely on the economy and how it has fared since Scott suc ceeded Crist. State officials announced that the states jobless rate was at 7.1 percent and that some 665,000 people in the state were out of work. The rate remains lower than the national average of 7.4 percent and it is at its lowest rate since September 2008. Scott didnt focus on the unemployment rate remaining relatively steady. Instead, during a stop at a Jacksonville man ufacturing plant, he touted a separate set of numbers that showed that the state added thousands of jobs last month. I am proud to say that Florida families are get ting back to work and that Florida has the best climate for business, Scott said in statement. He proclaimed that with the latest job creation numbers he was now more than halfway to his 2010 campaign promise of creat ing 700,000 jobs in seven years. Scotts 7-7-7 plan called for deep cuts in spending and large tax cuts as part of a strategy to stimulate the economy. While spend ing did drop initially, the size of the state budget increased this year. GOP legislators have also reject ed some of the larger tax cuts sought by Scott. Scott on Friday didnt mention Crist by name, but noted that the states unemployment rate went up in the four years before I took office. The Republican Party of Florida, however, did hit Crist, who switched to the Democratic Party last year and is considered a likely challenger in 2014. The party released a Web video highlighting the rising unemployment rate during Crists time in office and even included a clip of the former gov ernor saying in 2011 that Scott was laser focused on jobs. Democrats responded forcefully, maintaining that the gradual recovery in the state should be seen as vindication of the job that President Barack Obama is doing. Rick Scotts claim that he is responsible for Floridas slowly growing economy is a cheap reelection gimmick, said Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant. The truth is that Floridas slow recovery is part of a national economic turn around under President Obama. Protesters end Capitol sit-in TALLAHASSEE A small but determined group upset by the acquit tal of George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martins kill ing ended a 31-day long protest Thursday at the Florida Capitol. Protesters first arrived in July with a demand that Florida Gov. Rick Scott call a special session to have legislators repeal the states stand your ground law. Scott steadfastly refused to grant the request. But Phillip Agnew, executive director of the Dream Defenders, the main force behind the protest, said that while the group was leaving, it had accom plished many of its goals, including drawing atten tion to state laws that his group contends discrimi nate against minorities. Our work and power has grown too big for these halls, its time for the movement to continue, Agnew said. ...This isnt the last that you will hear of the Dream Defenders. This isnt the last you will hear of our work. Coyotes attack man and dogs OCALA An Ocala man and his two small dogs were attacked by coy otes while walking in his suburban subdivision. The Star-Banner reports that Jack Miller was near his front door with his poodle, Tinkerbell, and his Maltese/Chihuahua mix, Jax, when at least five coy otes surrounded them. Miller said Tinkerbell jumped between him and the coyotes like a pitbull, while Jax cowered. He punched one of the coyotes but said he couldnt fend off the ani mals. One grabbed Jax and bolted off. Tinkerbell was unhurt. Joy Hill, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said coyotes are increasingly becoming a problem in Florida as well, as the species popula tion grows and develop ment encroaches on their habitat. Jville church named basilica JACKSONVILLE The oldest Catholic church in Jacksonville has been named a minor basilica. According to an official letter from the apostolic office in Rome, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is now one of 77 Catholic church es in the United States and six in Florida to have the designation. There are more than 1,400 minor basilicas across the world. News reports said that the Rev. Ed Murphy announced the new desig nation during Thursdays noon Mass. The comments I have gotten is it was long in coming and this is a great compliment to this great parish, Murphy said. The churchs previ ous pastor, the late Rev. Antonio Leon, had first requested the designation eight years ago, but the paperwork had been lost. Murphy said. MIAMI B eyonce and Jay-Z sur prised fans gathered outside a beachfront mansion in Miami where Beyonce was shooting a video. Police blocked off part of Golden Beach while Beyonce was filming Thursday night. Residents were told if they didnt film or take pictures during the shoot that the couple would come out after they wrapped and mingle. Jay-Z was in South Florida performing the final leg of his Legends of Summer tour with Justin Timberlake. The Miami Herald reports that witnesses said the couple was very kind and playful with the young kids and teens waiting outside. Nicole Farchi Segal said the super stars were incredibly nice. Police escort LeBron on way to concert MIAMI GARDENS NBA MVP LeBron James says he needed an assist to get to a Justin Timberlake and Jay Z concert Friday night. The Miami Heat star posted a video of him saying he was following a police escort on the wrong side of the street to get to the concert at Sun Life Stadium. The eight-second video shows James vehicle behind others with police lights flashing, as oncoming traffic on the three-lane side of the road allowed them to pass. It was unclear what law enforce ment agency was providing the escort, which appeared to be taking place in the vicinity of the stadium. Traffic around much of the area was clogged because of the concert. The video was posted to James social media accounts. Puerto Rico gay boxer Orlando Cruz to marry SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz has pro posed marriage to his partner after announcing last year that he is gay. Cruz made the proposal on his Facebook page and his boyfriend has accepted. Id like to say, and share it with your friends, and with my friends: Do you want to marry me? Cruz said on a video of about 2 minutes posted on the social media site Wednesday. Its an important step, its a step Ive thought about, its a step that we have thought about. Cruz also mentioned the proposal on his Twitter account, saying he had taken an important step in his life and wants happiness for him and his partner. Puerto Rican gay activist Pedro Julio Serrano, spokesman for the U.S.-based National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said he will attend the wedding. The date and location of the wed ding remains unknown. Same-sex marriage is not allowed in Puerto Rico or Florida, where Cruz has a home. Cruz announced his sexual ori entation in October, becoming what is believed to be the first pro boxer to come out as openly homosexual while still competing. The boxer is a featherweight fight er and 20-2-1 with 10 knockouts. Jennifer Lawrence: I knew Id be famous NEW YORK Jennifer Lawrence says growing up in Kentucky she always knew she would be famous. The best-actress Oscar winner for Silver Linings Playbook tells the September issue of Vogue magazine that she used to lie in bed and won der about what would make her well-known. She says, It wasnt a vision. But as its kind of happening, you have this buried understanding: of course. Beyonce, Jay-Z surprise fans in Miami Wednes day: 4-11-17-43-51 PB 20 2A LAKE CITY REPORTER SUNDAY REPORT SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013 Page Editor: Jim Barr, 754-0424 HOW TO REAC H US Main number ....... 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Page Editor: Jim Barr, 754-0424 LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013 3A3A 934 NE Lake DeSoto Circle, Lake City, FL(Next to Courthouse) SPECIALIZING IN:Q Non-Invasive Laparoscopic Gynecological SurgeryQ Adolescent Gynecology Q High and Low Risk Obstetrics Q Contraception Q Delivering at Shands Lake Shore Q In-Ofce ultrasounds for our patients Q 3D/4D Entertainment Scans New Patients Welcome Call today for a personal appointment:386-755-0500 449 SE Baya Drive Lake City, Florida 32025 www.dainagreenemd.comWE ARE WOMEN, WE ARE MOTHERS, WE UNDERSTANDBoard Certied Healthcare Provider?K>>ik^`gZg\rm^lmlbgma^h_\^Zg] offering DaVinci Robotic Surgeries. Daina Greene, MD Marlene Summers, CNM By TONY BRITTtbritt@lakecityreporter.comFor the first time in weeks the Santa Fe River has fall-en below flood stage. The Santa Fe River at Three Rivers Estates is at 16.4 feet and continuing to decline, said Shayne Morgan, Columbia County Emergency Management director. The flood stage is 19 feet. Right now its expected to continue to drop. According to information released Friday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, floodwaters at the Three Rivers gauge fell below 17 feet earlier in the week, allowing authorities to deactivate boating restric-tions that had been in effect since July 12. Debbie Rodriguez, a clerk at the M&M conve-nience store on Wilson Springs Road near Three Rivers Estates, said several of the stores customers have been concerned with the water levels. A few customers last week said the water lev-els were really high, she said. So far this week, Ive had two or three custom-ers say they were going to go check on their property because the water level was going down. Everyone is checking this weekend because the rain came in. Theyre checking to make sure the water level is not coming up to their house. No property damage has been reported to the Columbia County Emergency Operations Center due to high water levels along the Santa Fe. Weather forecasters with the Southeast River Forecast Center said they expect the river to continue to drop. Its been at least a week or so since the river has been over flood stage. This past Monday it was at 17.66 feet, Morgan said. There are four different stages of flooding on the SERFC (Southeast River Forecast Center) scale action, minor, moderate and major flooding. If the river was coming up, we would be in what is known as the action stage, which is where residents prepare for impacts from the flooding that may be coming, Morgan said. Since the river is going down, residents may have taken the necessary pre-cautions in case flooding was to occur. Were in the action stage even though the river is continuing to go down. Morgan said the action stage is initiated when river water levels exceed the banks but dont necessar-ily cause damage to private property. The one thing that could increase the river levels would be the amount of rainfall that has fallen in the Georgia rivers from the tropical moisture that weve received in the Southeast the past couple of days, he said. The Santa Fe River crested on July 30 at 19.30 feet. The July crest was the 26th highest in the history of that water gauge. Morgan said the historic high for a river crest at the Three Rivers Estates gauge was 34.20 feet on April 12, 1948.JASON MATTHEW WALKER/ Lake City ReporterA family canoes up the Santa Fe River Saturday morning. B oating restrictions on the river were called off Friday a s the water level continues to recede. Santa Fe River falling slowlyFWC deactivates boating warning as water subsides.From staff reportsThe circus didnt come to town Saturday, it turned out. Circus Pages had been scheduled to give two per-formances, at 3 and 6 p.m. at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. However, weather complications resulted in can-celation of both shows. It is not clear Saturday whether the shows will be rescheduled. Tickets were to be sold at the gate.From staff reportsA Branford woman who was reportedly lying in the roadway was struck and killed by a vehicle in Lafayette County early Friday, according to a Florida Highway Patrol news release. Wendy Ann Howard, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene, the release said. According to FHP, Katie Lynn Turner, 23, of Cross City, was northbound on State Road 349 at 1:45 a.m. when she struck Howard with her 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser. According to a witness, Howard was lying in the roadway before she was hit, the release said. FHP said Turner was unable to avoid hitting Howard. JOBLESS: County rate still below states Continued From Page 1Apercent. Floridas unem-ployment rate has held steady at 7.1 percent since May and has been lower than the national rate for five straight months. In July, Monroe and Walton counties had the states lowest unemploy-ment rates at 4.2 percent each, while Hendry County had the states highest unemployment rate at 15.5 percent. Darlene Strimple, Florida Crown Workforce Board project director in Lake City, said the local unem-ployment rate increased slightly due losses in employment primarily in the government, utilities and manufacturing sectors. This was also compounded by seasonal unemployment factors, Strimple said in an e-mail Friday. During Floridas steamy months, agricul-tural jobs are at their low-est peak. Although tourism decreased statewide, our area holds an advantage over the central and south-ern parts of the state due to milder temperatures and an abundance of springs and parks for summer recreational purposes. Strimple said she does not expect the local jobless rates to keep climbing. Since students will be returning to school in the next couple of weeks, our unemployment should begin to decline once again, she said. As the temperatures begin to drop, tourism and agricul-ture will begin to pick up in the area. Florida Crown (Region 7), which includes Columbia County, has a labor force of 49,293 people, with 3,545 individuals unemployed. Although the unemployment rate in the Florida Crown Workforce Region 7 was 7.2 percent for July 2013, Strimple pointed out that was a decrease of 1.8 percent when compared to a year ago. Additionally, this was 0.2 percent below the July 2013 state aver-age. In July there were 30,929 people in the Columbia County labor force and 28,778 had jobs. An esti-mated 2,151 people were unemployed, which result-ed in the 7.0 percent unem-ployment rate. In June the local labor force was composed of 31,268 people and 29,117 had jobs. An estimated 2,151 people were jobless, accounting for the 6.9 per-cent unemployment rate. In July 2012 when the local unemployment rate was 8.6 percent, there were 31,203 people in the local labor force and 28,506 were employed, while 2,697 were jobless. Strimple said the local unemployment rate will be impacted when the school year begins. The opening of schools creates a scurry of activity as parents, students, and teachers prepare for school to begin, she said. School clothes are purchased. The school supply list is taken to the store to be filled. Haircuts are secured; and for many, a day is made out to shopping with a meal at a favorite eating establish-ment. All of this impacts on our unemployment and economy, with the big-gest impact being on our seasonally adjusted unem-ployment rate. As school personnel return to school, they no longer are included in the unemployment num-bers. At a statewide level, Florida showed a 0.4 per-cent increase in employ-ment, compared to this same time period last year. Florida has gained jobs for the last 36 months, with 8 out of 10 major indus-tries showing employment growth, Strimple said. Jobs were lost statewide due to seasonal adjust-ments. Unlike our local area, the greatest job growth at a state level was in the areas of food and beverages and food estab-lishments. Although the local unemployment rate continues to rise, Strimple said local employment opportunities are available. Professional and business services showed the biggest increase with the addition of 562 jobs, she said. Manufacturing added another 241 jobs, with edu-cation and health services adding 95. The leisure and hospitality industries added 39 jobs, with construction adding the least with 17 (jobs). MEETINGS: Four slated Continued From Page 1Aresidential properties at $183.32. That figure, how-ever, is a maximum and could be lowered, but not raised, pending a public hearing on Sept. 5. The current fee for residental properties is $77. There are four main points to the meetings. First, no matter what happens, the assessment has to go up, county safe-ty manager David Kraus said. We have no control over that. The second point outlines the fact that past assessments did not cover the entire cost of fire ser-vices, while the new one will cover it entirely, Kraus said. Third, if the county loses its current ISO ranking, county staff predict insur-ance premium increases for homeowners would exceed the countys pro-posed increases. Fourth, an $11 addition to the fire assessment but included in the $183 total would cover approximately an addition-al 3,000 people around the county. According to Kraus, new stations funded by that fee would cover citizens situated around Fort White, High Springs and north of Interstate 10 near Deep Creek and Suwannee Valley. Kraus and Columbia County Fire Rescue Chief David Boozer will be con-ducting the meetings. Kraus said additional county staff may or may not be present at each meeting, but stressed that they are aware the meet-ings are taking place. We want people to come out and ask questions, Kraus said. We want to get the publics input on this. Why are you raising it? Whatre you getting for my money? How does it affect my neighbors? We will answer any and all questions, were not shy. There will be four meetings: Monday, Aug. 19 at the Columbia School Administration Building; Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Winfield Community Center; Monday, Aug. 26 at the Westside Community Center; and Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Fort White Recreation Center. All meetings will be at 6 p.m. David Kraus can be reached for questions at (386) 758-1178.Weather cancels circusBranford pedestrian hit, killed by vehicle From staff reportsThe stakeholder advisory committee of the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at Florida Gateway College, 149 S.E. College Place. The meeting will be in the Wilson S. Rivers Library and Media Center, Building 200, Room 102. The agenda includes: an update and discussion about the Lower Santa Fe and Ichetucknee riv-ers and springs minimum flows and levels prevention and recovery strategies; a briefing on an aquifer recharge study co-funded by the water manage-ment districts to augment recharge in north Florida; a briefing on evapotrans-piration data; a discus-sion and feedback about water conservation strat-egies; a briefing by the U.S. Geological Survey on water data collection. The meeting is open to the public, and there will be an opportunity for pub-lic comment. Water group to meet
U nless you experienced the sequesters collat-eral damage -unpaid furloughs, canceled gov-ernment contracts, the disappearance of a promised govern-ment job -the fiscal year so far has been pretty good. (It ends Sept. 30.) The deficit for the first 10 months was $607.4 billion, 38 percent less than last years $973.8 billion deficit at this time, the government report-ed Monday. Julys deficit of $97.6 billion puts the country on course for the lowest deficit in five years. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the country will end the fiscal year with a deficit of $670 billion, down from $1.09 trillion last year. As The Associated Press notes, it would mark the first time since 2008 that the gap between income and expenditures has nar-rowed to less than $1 trillion.... The progress was due to several factors. Some, such as steady eco-nomic growth, will last, we hope. Others, such as higher taxes and the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac divi-dends, are at the whim of Congress. One key element thats unlikely to last is the sequester, the automat-ic across-the-board spending cuts that took effect March 1. Congress is chipping away at it as the cuts affect such areas as military readi-ness and medical research. The improved figures have postponed a dangerous political flash-point: the date at which Congress must approve an increase in the federal borrowing limit. Failure to raise that limit would push the gov-ernment into default and increase borrowing costs by lowering the U.S. credit rating. Senior House Republicans have sensibly said they will not play chicken with the debt limit, as the House did two years ago, to try to extract concessions from Democrats. That still leaves the problem of the 2014 budget.... Conservative Republicans say they wont vote for any spending measure that includes money for the universal health care reforms informally known as Obamacare. ...Without passing all or part of the budget ... by Sept. 30, the government will begin shutting down.... All of this makes for a standoff that will markedly decrease federal spending and make our budget pic-ture look good -at the cost of piling up spending obligations that will have to be paid for down the road. Only a fiscal masochist will enjoy this fall in Washington.S tarting tomorrow, county officials will stage a series of town hall meet-ings over proposed hikes in local fire assessment fees. We strongly encourage all to attend. Fees could rise from the current $77 to as high as $183 per year. The final decision wont be made until a Sept. 5 public hearing, but the town hall ses-sions are designed to get input from the public and to make sure everyone has all the facts. The facts, as presented by county officials, are these: In order to maintain the countys current Insurance Services Office, or ISO, rating, various upgrades are required to Columbia County Fire/Rescue. ISO ratings help determine what you pay for fire insurance. Without the upgrades, fire premiums for many homeowners could rise higher than the proposed assessment hike, county officials say. According to county Safety Manager David Kraus, past assessments did not cover the entire cost of fire services. The new fee will, he said. Beyond that, $11 of the increased fee would go to providing fire protection for areas near Fort White and High Springs, along with some areas north of I-10. Compared with the proposed increase in assessment fees, there are other, arguably more momentous, issues on the table concern-ing fire protection here. Most notably, the pos-sible consolidation of county and city services. These meetings have nothing to do with that contentious topic. But they are highly important in their own right, as the proposed changes will hit you right in the wallet. Your questions, and opinions, are welcome, were told. The meetings are set for: Monday, Aug. 19 at the Columbia County School Administration building; Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Winfield Community Center; Monday, Aug. 26 at the Westside Community Center; and Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Fort White Recreation Center. All meetings start at 6 p.m.T he purging of Grammy Award winner Donnie McClurkin from per-forming at a concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s I Have a Dream speech should serve as yet another wakeup call to Christian black Americans. McClurkin, a black pastor and gospel music superstar, was asked to step down from his featured performance by Washington Mayor Vincent Gray as result of pres-sure from homosexual activists. McClurkin preaches against the homosexual lifestyle from his pul-pit and says he himself departed and was saved from this lifestyle through Gods mercy. Political correctness and a militant campaign to delegitimize religion and traditional values in America have become more impor-tant than our constitutionally guar-anteed rights to freedom of speech and religion. Lets recall that earlier this year, the Rev. Louie Giglio of Atlanta, selected by President Barack Obama to give the benediction at his inaugural, was asked to step aside when it was found that over a decade ago he gave a sermon decrying homosexual behavior and lifestyle. Anyone who thinks this is a good thing, or thinks it doesnt matter, simply doesnt care or get what a free country is about. When King spoke on the National Mall 50 years ago, he said he came to cash in on behalf of black Americans the promissory note guaranteeing the riches of freedom and the security of justice transmit-ted in the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. The Constitutions First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of religion. What kind of outrage is it that blacks should be willing to accept, in a ceremony commemorating a signature event in civil rights histo-ry, that we witness both abrogation of freedom of speech and freedom of religion? We live in a free country. Those who dont wish to read the Christian Bible are not forced to. Those who dont wish to live as Christians are not forced to. But it is quite another thing when traditional Christian values are used as the reason to blacklist a pastor, particularly from an event com-memorating black civil rights. Lets be aware of the concerted effort on the left to purge from memory that Dr. King was a Christian pastor, inspired by the truth of the gospel, who led an organization called the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. No reference is made at all to Kings Christianity at the new memorial to him on the national mall. I would argue that it is these very efforts to purge Christian values and replace them with political power that has limited the success and achievement of the civil rights movement. It is the collapse of black family life, the escalation of crime and disease -much tied to irresponsible sexual behavior -that has occurred over the 50 years since the March on Washington that has been so del-eterious to black progress. The civil rights movement was a Christian movement. It is high time that the black pastor, rather than the black politician, return to lead-ership in black American life. It is time for the Bible, rather than politi-cal answers, to define black life. In a poll done by Zogby International earlier this year, com-missioned by BET founder Robert Johnson, 28 percent of blacks agreed and 55 percent disagreed that gay rights are the same thing as rights for African-Americans. Yet homosexuals have hijacked the civil rights movement. And in doing so, they have interjected the very values that are destroying black communities. Lets take back our movement.Rebuild black families by restoring the centrality of traditional Christian values to black life. Only support politicians who sign onto this agenda. And give black parents the choice to get their kids out of public schools and send them to church schools. OPINION Sunday, August 18, 2013 www.lakecityreporter.com 4A Lake City Reporter Serving Columbia County Since 1874 The Lake City Reporter is published with pride for residents of Columbia and surrounding coun-ties by Community Newspapers Inc. We believe strong newspapers build strong communities Newspapers get things done! 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BY EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Attend fire assessment meetingsPastors must take back civil rights movement Q Scripps Howard News Service Budget deficit drops, but not necessarily for good reasons Q Star Parker is president of CURE, Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (www.urbancure.org) and author of three books. Star Parkerparker@urbancure.org4AOPINION
Aug. 18Homecoming serviceParkview Baptist Church, 268 NW Lake Jeffrey Road, will have a homecoming service starting at 10:30 a.m., with David Cox in concert, followed by Jay Huddleston delivering the message. There will be a covered-dish dinner in the Fellowship Hall immediate-ly after the service. There will be no Sunday school that morning and no eve-ning worship service. For more information, call (386) 752-0681.Church homecomingPine Grove Baptist Church, 1989 N Highway 441, will its 67th homecom-ing service at 10:30 a.m. Doyle Harper will be guest speaker, and The Harper Brothers will provide the music. A covered-dish lunch will follow at noon. Nursery will be provided. For more information, call (386) 752-2664.Family and FriendsThe Church of Faith and Deliverance Through Christ Inc. will have its annual Family and Friends service at 4 p.m. The speaker will be Pastor Pamela D. Johnson of Alpha and Omega Restoration Outreach Ministries Inc. of Jasper. Minister Brian Presley and the Anointed Gospel Wonders of Jonesville will provide the music, along with Lake Citys The Gospel Harmoneers and B2P (Born to Praise). For more information, call Pastor Evangelist Minnie Williams Gomes at (386) 758-1886.Church anniversaryNew Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Inc., 550 NE Martin Luther King St., will celebrate its 145th anni-versary at 11 a.m. Pastor Anthony Robinson of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Palatka will deliver the message.Food InternationalThe Columbia City Seventh-Day Adventist Church will hold its annual Food International event at 2 p.m. at the Womens/Garden Clubs Clubhouse at 257 SE Hernando Ave. in Lake City. People repre-senting about 20 countries will have non-meat cuisines to sample. Each will also be in their countries indig-enous dress. The event is free, but reservations are required. To reserve a spot or for more information, call Jacqueline Bowles at (386) 755-6547.Mens DaySt. Paul Missionary Baptist Church will have a Mens Day program at 4 p.m. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Larry T. Walthour II of St. Andrew MB Church in Opa-Locka.Church homecomingTrinity United Methodist Church of Lake City will have its annual homecom-ing service at 4 p.m. The speaker will be the Rev. Walter Monroe, South Central District superinten-dent, of Plant City.Aug. 19SCORE workshopSCORE is holding a free entrepreneurs interac-tive workshop on from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Columbia County Public Library, 308 NW Columbia Ave. By BEA COKERSpecial to the ReporterHow do the brightest young people from the community spend their summer, in order to main-tain their high academic standards yet have a little fun at the same time? We asked some of them and here are their answers.Victoria CokerVictoria, a 7-year-old, second-grader at Westside Elementary School boasts straight As and perfect attendance. Victoria danc-es for Lake City Dance Art, plays basketball, and is gearing up for violin les-sons. Victoria spent her summer at camp sponsored by the Ambassador Leadership Council, held at Lake Shore Hospital Authority. I did a lot of reading, math and worked on my manners, she said. I made new friends and learned about poetry. I loved hav-ing fun learning and really like reading to the smaller children. We prepared meals and delivered them to the older people in the community. My summer was great and I feel smarter.Sidney Williams Jr.Sydney is a third-grade student at Melrose Park Elementary. Sidney is proud to have made honor roll all year. He loves col-lecting video games and track and field is becoming his favorite sport. Sidney spent his summer at Teen Towns boys program. They enjoyed daily field trips and edu-cation on Health and Safety Awareness, Arts and Crafts, Environmental Consciousness and Educational Enhancement. I loved the field trips, he said. I made a marsh-mallow man and that was fun. Camp wasnt like school and that was good. I am looking forward to schoil starting and seeing some if my old friends.Alexia ScottAlexia is a 10th-grader at Columbia High School with nearly a 4.0 GPA. Alexia is a gymnast with Fancy Dancers and enjoys stu-dent government. Alexia spent her summer attending ACT and SAT Camp at Columbia High School and Girls Club. I used my time at Girls Club ad a volunteer, collect-ing my community service hours for Bright Futures, she said. I learned the importance of time man-agement, independence and leadership. Working with younger girls helped me to think about my goals of pediactrics in the medi-cal field. I especially enjoyed seeing my improvements in the ACT and SAT prepara-tion when I didnt even feel like a traditional learning environment. The teachers were wonderful.David RodriguezDavid is a 10th-grade transfer student at Cambridge from Blake School. David boasts an exceptional academic record and enjoys drawing, traveling and playing the piano. David spent his summer in camp sponsored by the Ambassador Leadership Counci held at Lake Shore Hospital Authority. David participated in the camps shadowing program at Hunter Printing. I learned a lot about working in a printing envi-ronment, he said. It takes patience and preciscion and you have to focus to get it right. I enjoyed mak-ing new friends and the many opportunities to learn about history. We went to the VA Hospital and met a city councilman. I especially enjoyed delivering meals to the older citizens in the community. Who would have thought that you could make a difference so quick. Whatever I decide to be in life, I know it will include helping people. We should all find ways to help out where we can. I learned so much and had a lot of fun doing it. My summer was great!Andrew MoemekaAndrew is an 11th-grade student at CHS. Andrew boasts a GPA over 3.0 and plays varsity basketball along with drawing, chess, golf and hanging with friends. Andrew spent his summer in part traveling across the United States with a AAU basketball team and in camp sponsored by the Ambassador Leadership Council at Lake Shore Hospital Authority. I met my driving goal to get my regular driving license delivering meals to seniors, he said. I enjoyed work-ing with Mrs. Dorminey at the Lake City Mall as part of the camps shadow program. I enjoyed making new friends and mentoring younger kids. Kids enjoy learning but need to have fun doing it. The Drug Awareness Presentation by the Sheriff Department was very helpful in dissolv-ing myths about drug use. Staying drug free and deal-ing with peer pressure is a big deal for teens. I feel bet-ter prepared for the upcom-ing school year. Summer can be used to reinforce the many topics covered in school. History is brought to life with trips to sites covered in text-books. Math and science can become a treat with summer projects shared with family and friends. Nonetheless, successful delivery of excellent quality education requires partners to produce excel-lence. Consider becoming involved as a volunteer, mentor, class help, tutor, special project, neigh-borhood helper or some other capacity educational resource to a much deserv-ing youth in our communi-ty. In the midst of a strained economy, education part-nerships are paramount to helpibg students become the best they can be. LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013 5A5A Florida Gateway College presentsPerspective Sponsored by: Upcoming Schedule: August 19-23 Elizabeth Porter, Florida House of Representatives, District 10 August 26-30 Noah Walker and Austin Seay, Rotary Club of Lake City Downtown 7 p.m. Monday-Friday Only on Comcast Channel 8 LAKE CITY COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY MEETING CITY OF LAKE CITY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Lake City Community Redevelopment Agency for the City of Lake City, Florida will hold a meeting on Monday, August 19, 2013, at 6:30 P.M., in the Council Chambers located on the second RRURI&LW\+DOODW1RUWK0DULRQ$YHQXH/DNH&LW\)ORULGD All interested persons are invited to attend. CITY COUNCIL MEETING THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAKE CITY, FLORIDA WILL MEET ON MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS LOCATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF CITY HALL AT 205 NORTH MARION AVENUE, LAKE CITY, FLORIDA All interested persons are invited to attend. 63(&,$/5(48,5(0(176,I\RXUHTXLUHVSHFLDODLGRUVHUYLFHVIRUDQ\RIWKHPHHWLQJVLGHQWLHGDERYHDVDGGUHVVHGLQWKH$PHULFDQ'LVDELOLWLHV$FWSOHDVHFRQWDFWWKH&LW\0DQDJHUV2IFHDW AUDREY E SIKES, MMC City Clerk Kenneth CalvertKenneth Calvert (Buddy), 63, died Aug. 3, 2013 at Ha-ven Hospice. He was the son of the late Sallie Calvert Beal and the late Kenneth D. Cal-vert, Jr., and was a resident of Lake City since 1984.Buddy is survived by his sister Jean DeMaio (Larry Brewer), nephew Tony DeMaio, nieces Heather (David) Chittum and Sandra (David) Matthews, special cousin Anne Melendez, as well as numerous grand-nephews, a great grand-neph-ew, grand-nieces and cousins.The family requests that any do-nations in his memory be made to Haven Hospice of Lake City. His service will be private.Obituaries are paid advertise-ments. For details, call the Lake City Reporters classified department at 752-1293. OBITUARIES COURTESY PHOTOSCLOCKWISE FROM UPPER LEFT: Alexia Scott, a Columbia High School 10th-grader, attended ACT and SAT Camp at the high school. Andrew Moemeka, an 11th-grader at CHS, trave led across the country with an AAU basketball team. Sidne y Williams Jr., a third-grader at Melrose Park Elementary School, attended the boys program at Teen Town. Victoria C oker, a second-grader at Westside Elementary School, participated in the Ambassador Leadership Council program held a t Lake Shore Hospital Authority. Local youth spent their summer productively COMMUNITY CALENDAR Q To submit your Community Calendar item, contact Jim Barr at 754-0424 or by email at email@example.com.
hired to meet class size reduction standards. New school hours For the 2013-14 school year some school arrival and dismissal times have been changed. High schools will be in session from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; middle school will be in session from 8:40 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.; and elementary schools will be in session from 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Challenge Learning Center will be in session from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. We synchronized school start times because there was some variances in school start times and that really affects our buses, since we pick elementary school students up first and we go back and pick up secondary students, Huddleston said. There has to be an hour between start times, so we made sure that every school had the same start. ... It just makes for a more efficient use of our transportation. New technology policies Some policies in the school districts Pupil Progression Plan has been updated to allow more elec tronic technology in the classrooms. Teachers in middle and high schools are allowed to let students use electronic devices, such as cellphones, as a part of instruction. Weve spent a lot of money the past several years on iResponse sys tems, Huddleston said. Through the system, when a teacher asks a question, there are appli cations that can be down loaded where students can respond on their phones by texting the answer to the teacher. Were trying to embrace the technology BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), Huddleston said. There is a state statute that says stu dents can bring their own device, so were going to embrace that technology. If the teacher However, if the teacher does not ask for the phones to be out, it should not be out. The school district is also launching a pilot pro gram at Columbia and Fort White high schools called the One Ear Bud policy. The policy allows a stu dent to have one ear bud of an electronic device (such as iPod or phone) in their ear before school, after school, during lunch time and during class changes. This is a pilot program at both high schools, and each principal has the authority to discontinue the policy, if its abused by the students, Huddleston said. Its been very successful in a number of other school districts and its just anoth er way to embrace technol ogy that affects students and allows them to have a more comfortable environ ment at lunch. Another technologyrelated program the school district is implementing a partnership with Lake City Medical Center where an app will be launched for Apple and Android users that allows school person nel to send mass emails to the community. Its something where parents could check if they were to see or hear a rumor we could dispel that, Huddleston said. It has GPS mapping and navi gation, school calendars on-line and offers great access. We can even push the app in Spanish which is a great help to our stu dents whose parents speak Spanish. Shining Star Academy of the Arts Shining Star Academy of the Arts is set to start its 2013-14 school year at 8 a.m. Monday. School will be dismissed at 3:15 p.m. Tony Buzzella, Shining Star principal, said the sec ond-year charter school will have about 250 students. Buzzella said several changes have been made at the school to improve programs and academic performance. Weve added a full-time reading coach which we did not have last year, he said. The school also hired a full-time assistant principal Steve Frandle. Bringing him on board is going to certainly bolster our academics and bring them up to the same high quality level that our arts areas are, Buzzella said. In addition to the add ing a new administrator, the school also put four people on its staff to han dle Exceptional Student Education needs, as well as hired new teachers to replace some whose con tracts were not renewed. Buzzella said the school has also added a computer lab and hired a new com puter technician to provide accelerated programs for the schools advanced stu dents, as well as provide remediation for the strug gling students. Belmont Academy Belmont Academy, Columbia Countys newest charter school, also begins its 2013-14 school year on Monday morning. We met at Belmont Academy Thursday to go through the final check list, since the district is a sponsor, Huddleston said. They did very well on that checklist. Preliminary reports from the school district indicates that Belmont Academy will have close to 290 students enrolled. Belmont Academy is located on the grounds of Mountain Top Ministries on Walter Little Road. Theyve done a very nice job on their campus, Huddleston said. We were very pleased with what we saw. Michael Cady is Belmont Academys principal. 6A LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL SUNDAY AUGUST 18, 2013 Page Editor: Jim Barr, 754-0424 6A .............................................................................................. ................ ONE 7:00 AM 8:15 AM 9:00 AM 1200 N. Saint Augustine Rd., #A 2469 W. US Hwy. 90 6003 W. Newberry Rd. 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 & Casino Tampa. Offer is for the slot and gaming machine of your choice, not valid for live Poker or Table Games. No cash value. Persons who have been trespassed or banned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida or those who have opted into the self-exclusion program are not eligible. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT. 2013 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. All rights reserved. G A M B L E WITH CARE Join us as we relive Hernando De Soto Trail of 1539 and the period which changed the landscape of this area forever. Come explore an actual site which has produced numerous artifacts from the period. Enjoy a lunch like the indigenous people would have had and grown on our grounds in 1539 Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center 11057 Camp Weed Place, Live Oak, FL 32060 386-364-5250 www.campweed.org A Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida By STEVEN RICHMOND firstname.lastname@example.org The county commission voted to extend an incentive pack age toward an unnamed local business looking to expand in Columbia County. Jesse Quillen and Joel Foreman of the Economic Development Board recommended the county offer a $750,000 performancedriven incentive contract with the business code-named Project Beeze as per a state confidential ity agreement. Project Breeze is a local busi ness employ ing Columbia County citi zens looking to expand within the county and are seeking cash incentives to aid in their expan sions $29.8 million capital invest ment. The proposed agreement fol lows that the county would sub mit an initial $225,000 up front payment once construction on the expansion begins in January. The company has a 24-month deadline to complete construc tion. The additional $525,000 would be submitted during a 24-month window following construction completion in which the compa ny would have to meet new hiring goals, which are speculated to be 40 new jobs with $48,000-a-year base pay. Theyre a well-established local business, Quillen said. It got its start here, hired lots of local folks and we believe they have great opportunity here in the future. If all goes according to plan, Quillen and Foreman predict Project Breeze will contribute $519,000 in ad valorem taxes per year: $200,000 to the county com mission, $185,000 to the school board, $100,000 to the city and additional funds to hospitals and the Suwannee River Water Management District. The proposed expansion would ideally add $2.1 million to local payroll. Should Project Breeze fail to meet construction or hiring goals, the funds would be returned to the county with interest with the possibility of the contract being terminated. We expect this company will be in the black within three years, Foreman said. Its a quid quo pro agreement. Our working relationship has been very posi tive thus far. Quillen and Foreman will also recommend the city contribute 50 percent of whatever the coun ty offers. Based on earlier recommen dations, that would be about $375,000, bringing the total ideal incentive from local government to a little over $1.1 million. Now its just a matter of nego tiating, Quillen said. We want to spend taxpayer money wisely and not from money we dont have. He stressed that proposed incentive funds would not be taken out of county or city reserves. Id rather work on projects like these than start-ups, Quillen said. My feeling is that you take care of your own people first. Project Breeze has 60 days to review and respond to the incen tive contract once received. Local company seeks incentives for expansion Quillen SCHOOL: Classes start Monday for county public, charter schools Continued From Page 1A TONY BRITT/ Lake City Reporter Shannon Bishop, a Melrose Park Elementary School kindergarten teacher, places way home tags on a poster Friday after noon as she makes last-minute preparations for the start of classes Monday. The tags are for teachers and students and lets them know how the children will be getting home at the end of the school day. Commission agrees to $750,000 package for Operation Breeze.
By TONY BRITT email@example.com S everal local Special Olympians capped off their summer by spend ing a few hours with motorcyclists and car enthusiasts on Friday. However, these motorcycle riders were no ordinary biker gang they were riders on a mission to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics during Dream Ride 2013. Friday afternoon shortly after 6 p.m. the bikers roared into town wearing bright chartreuse T-shirts, and minutes later they were greeted by local Special Olympics officials and ath letes with hugs, high-fives and thumbs-up gestures. Dream Ride 2013, a motor cycle ride and car cruise to benefit Special Olympics, began Thursday with a kickoff party in Palm Beach and Friday morn ing, riders began on a 1,900 -mile trek to Farmington, Conn. There are 10 total bikes that are doing the entire trip from West Palm Beach up to Farmington, Conn., said John Crisafulli, a communications specialist with Bozzutos, an independent food distribution company in Connecticut. Weve had a various number of people join us for part of the ride Friday. We had some start with us in West Palm and they didnt make it all the way and other joined us in Ocala or Gainesville and I think we rode into town with over 20 bikes. Dream Ride 2013 par ticipants will go through Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut during the trip. Motorcyclists and exotic/classic car enthusiasts from 12 states and two countries are scheduled to participate in the event. The ride is scheduled to con clude next weekend. The Dream Ride 2013 entou rage pulled into town with a show hauler, a limo bus, tractor trailers, two RV campers and a blue van that lead the riders through town. The haulers are making the trek to carry some of the motor cycles should some of the rider become too tired to ride. The haulers were also used to trans port the bikes to Florida. Once the participants got off their bikes they allowed the local Special Olympians to get on their hogs to take pic tures and later they had dinner together. Crisafulli said it was motiva tional to meet Columbia County Special Olympians when the Dream Ride 2013 riders finished Fridays leg of their tour at the Comfort Inn & Suites. Thats the whole reason we do this, he said. Im getting tingles just thinking about it. Its great to have them here, its motivation for us, but it keeps perspective on why were doing this. Were having a good time, this is fun, they (Special Olympians) make it more fun and its a great experience. Thats why we do this were doing this to raise money for Special Olympics and to raise awareness. With excitement levels run ning high from the beginning of the ride Friday morning, rainy weather didnt force anyone to quit. Everyone rode the whole way today through the rain, Crisafulli said. Everyone is so excited to be here, that the weather really doesnt get them down. The weather really doesnt deter anybody that much. Dream Ride 2013 marked the first year the ride started in Florida and Crisafulli said he hopes that trend continues. People who knew about this are excited and donating and saying, Man, you gotta do this again next year, he said. The Dream Ride 2013 partici pants planned to leave Lake City around 8:30 a.m. Saturday head ing to Kennesaw, Ga. In 2012, the Dream Ride Experience raised $340,000 for Special Olympics and the event has raised $1.7 million since its inception. 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GABLES GREEN LEARNING CENTER Fall Leagues Now Forming Mens Mixed Womens Seniors 755-2206 Saturday Morning Youth League WILSONS OUTFITTERS 1291 SE Baya Dr, Lake City (386) 755-7060 WilsonsOutfitters@comcast.net Mens & Womens Sandals New Shipment Mens & Womens T-Shirts Sale Rack...30% off New additions added to Sale Rack Reef Sandals Page Editor: Jim Barr, 754-0424 LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL SUNDAY AUGUST 18, 2013 7A Charity motorcycle caravan stops here to raise awareness. Visiting riders treat Special Olympians TONY BRITT/ Lake City Reporter Columbia County Special Olympians Calvin Griffin and Alex Hynes (second and third from left) pose for pictures with Dream Ride 2013 participants Friday evening at the Comfort Inn and Suites. Riders with Dream Ride 2013 passed through Lake City over the weekend. The group is raising money and awareness for Special Olympics as they travel to Farmington, Conn. BACKPACKS: Giveaway held Continued From Page 1A physicals were given, 150 children were fingerprint ed and 160 hair cuts were given. TD Bank representatives gave out 1,500 TD Bank bags and children were also given 650 personal hygiene bags from the Columbia County Health Departments dental bus. Health care profession als from the Columbia County Health Department immunized 41 children while Dr. Jerry Register and Dr. Todd Perla gave 62 health physicals with eye screenings. Leilani Dagley, Christ Central Ministries office and facilities manager, said by 10 a.m. all 500 of the Jansport backpacks had been given to local chil dren. What was really nice is after we ran out of back packs, TD Bank furnished us with some really great bags, Dagley said. They had about $5,000 worth of supplies themselves. We were able to give all the children supplies and that finished off the event. Christie Kreider brought two children to Operation Backpack. It was important to come out here to see about getting some school sup plies and maybe haircuts, she said. Dagley said the 15th annual Operation Backpack event was a success. Its important to contin ue to do this every year to reach out to the children of Columbia County, so they step out on the right foot on the first day of school, she said. Dagley said the event is really popular in the com munity and lots of people look forward to it. In doing this event, I think we have inspired other churches and busi nesses to sponsor school supply give-away events, she said. PATRICK SCOT T/Special to the Reporter Deputies detain man Columbia County Sheriffs deputies detain an unnamed individual just after 3 p.m. Saturday outside the S&S at the corner of Turner Road and U.S. 90 West. Further information was not immedi ately available. Lake City Reporter
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By TIM KIRBY firstname.lastname@example.org FORT WHITE The early rain did nothing to discourage the festivities at the Fort White Football Fan Fare. The annual event was Saturday at Deese Park. Shayne Morgan, the Voice of the Indians, emceed the event and intro duced the football teams and cheerleaders. There were raffle tickets, booster cards and T-shirts for sale, along with barbe cue chicken and rib din ners and a cake auction. It is a great turnout, Fort White Quarterback Club president Margie Kluess said. We got a heaven-sent break in the weather. Everybody is really flexible and thats just great. We are making this a priority and the chil dren a priority. That is why we are all here. Sonnys (Real Pit Bar-B-Q) donated the tea and the Jackson family got us started cook ing despite some personal obligations. The Point provided the music. The band is from the First Baptist Church of High Springs and under the direction of youth pas tor Nick Carter. The members are Montine Humphries, Bethany Harris, Stephen Harris, David Harris, Cody Thompson, Raeann Meyerhoff, Keith Carter, Grace Baker, Aida Valdes, Matthew Brown and Zach Brown. Most of them are Fort White High students, said band parents Amanda Humphries and Pam Harris. They are middle school and high school age. The oldest is going to be a senior. They play at our youth worship service every Wednesday. They play out and about, and go on a mission trip in the summer. This year, the band members went on a mis sion to a homeless shelter in Orlando. While there, they led a worship service for more than 600 youth at the Gideons International Convention. Fort White head coach Demetric Jackson intro duced his staff and spoke to those at the park. Thank you all for com ing out and supporting us, Jackson said. A lot of hard work went into this and you need to give all the booster club members a pat on the back. Jackson was not as chari table in assessing practice at the end of the week. Wednesday and Thursday was better, but Friday wasnt that great, Jackson said. We had too many turnovers and too many mishaps. There was lightning and we went in the fieldhouse for an hour. When you come out, they think practice is over and there is no emotion. Turnovers were a big prob lem in the spring and they are still a problem. We have go to shore that up. Fort White hosts Dixie County High in a kickoff classic at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Lake City Reporter SPORTS Sunday, August 18, 2013 www.lakecityreporter.com Section B Story ideas? Contact Tim Kirby Sports Editor 754-0421 email@example.com 1BSPORTS Delivering Quality Healthcare that Matters to You! Quality Care is Important to Every Patient. But how can you really know the care youre receiving is the best? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the lead federal agency tasked with improving to achieve the best possible results. At Lake City Medical Center, our team of physicians and staff lives by efforts to provide the best care in the area by voting us the Lake City Reporters Best of the Best Hospital. Want to see more? For more information about publicly reported data, visit www.HospitalCompare.hhs.gov Check out our webite for average wait times or text ER to 23000. Survey of Patients Hospital Experience* Lake City Medical Center Shands Lake Shore Regional Medical Center The following scores are reported on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) national survey. Patients who reported that their nurses always communicated well. Patients who reported that their doctors always communicated well. Patients who reported that they always receieved help as soon as they wanted. Patients who reported that their pain was always well controlled. Patients at each hospital who reported that YES they were given information about what to do during their recovery at home. Patients who gave their hospital a rating of 9 or 10 on a scale from 0 (lowest) to 10 (highest). Patients who reported YES they would definitely rec ommend this hosiptal. *The data was last updated 4/13/13 and is updated every quarter. FLA Average US Average 78% 83% 70% 69% 86% 74% 75% 68% 73% 54% 62% 74% 48% 48% 74% 77% 60% 67% 81% 65% 68% 78% 81% 67% 71% 84% 70% 71% THE TOP 7 REASONS TO CHOOSE LCMC AS YOUR COMMUNITY HOSPITAL ER Weather clears up for Quarterback Clubs gathering. Photos by JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City Reporter TOP: Fort White Quarterback Club president Margie Kluess (from left) bites into a rib with Jonathan Mattison, 15, and Joseph Bailey, 16, at the Fort White Football Fan Fare at Deese Memorial Park on Saturday. ABOVE: Members of The Point band rehearse before performing at the Fan Fare. Fan Fare festivities
SCOREBOARD TELEVISIONTV sports Today ATHLETICS 2:30 p.m. NBC World Championships, at Moscow (same-day tape) AUTO RACING 1 p.m. ESPN NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Pure Michigan 400, at Brooklyn, Mich. 9 p.m. ESPN2 NHRA, Lucas Oil Nationals, at Brainerd, Minn. (same-day tape) GOLF 1 p.m. TGC PGA Tour, Wyndham Championship, final round 2:30 p.m. TGC LPGA, The Solheim Cup, final round matches, at Parker, Colo. 3 p.m. CBS PGA Tour, Wyndham Championship, final round 4 p.m. NBC USGA, U.S. Amateur Championship, championship match 9 p.m. TGC Champions Tour, Dicks Sporting Goods Open, final round, at Endicott, N.Y. (same-day tape) GYMNASTICS 1 p.m. NBC P&G Championships, at Hartford, Conn. (same-day tape) LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon ESPN2 World Series, double elimination, at South Williamsport, Pa. 2 p.m. ABC World Series, double elimination, at South Williamsport, Pa. 5 p.m. ESPN World Series, double elimination, at South Williamsport, Pa. 7 p.m. ESPN2 World Series, double elimination, at South Williamsport, Pa. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1:30 p.m. TBS L.A. Dodgers at Philadelphia 2:10 p.m. WGN St. Louis at Chicago Cubs 8 p.m. ESPN N.Y. Yankees at Boston MOTORSPORTS 11 a.m. FS1 MotoGP Moto3, at Indianapolis Noon FS1 MotoGP Moto2, at Indianapolis 2 p.m. FS1 MotoGP World Championship, at Indianapolis NFL FOOTBALL 7 p.m. FOX Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants SAILING 6 p.m. NBCSN Louis Vuitton Cup, finals, races 3 and 4, at San Francisco (same-day tape) SOCCER 8:25 a.m. NBCSN Premier League, Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham, at London 10:55 a.m. NBCSN Premier League, Hull at Chelsea TENNIS 12:30 p.m. CBS ATP World Tour, Western & Southern Open, championship 4 p.m. ESPN2 WTA, Western & Southern Open, championship, at Mason, Ohio Monday BOXING 9 p.m. FS1 Middleweights, Daniel Jacobs (24-1-0) vs. Giovanni Lorenzo (32-5-0), at New York CYCLING 5 p.m. NBCSN USA Pro Challenge, stage 1, at Aspen, Colo. LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon ESPN2 World Series, consolation, at South Williamsport, Pa. 2 p.m. ESPN World Series, elimination, at South Williamsport, Pa. 4 p.m. ESPN World Series, elimination, at South Williamsport, Pa. 6 p.m. ESPN2 World Series, elimination, at South Williamsport, Pa. 8 p.m. ESPN2 World Series, elimination, at South Williamsport, Pa. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 10 p.m. ESPN2 Boston at San Francisco NFL FOOTBALL 8 p.m. ESPN Pittsburgh at Washington SOCCER 2:55 p.m. NBCSN Premier League, Newcastle at Manchester CityBASEBALLAL standings East Division W L Pct GB Boston 72 52 .581 Tampa Bay 69 51 .575 1 Baltimore 65 56 .537 5New York 63 58 .521 7 Toronto 56 66 .459 15 Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 71 51 .582 Cleveland 65 57 .533 6Kansas City 64 57 .529 6 Minnesota 54 66 .450 16 Chicago 47 74 .388 23 West Division W L Pct GB Texas 70 52 .574 Oakland 69 52 .570 Seattle 56 65 .463 13 Los Angeles 54 67 .446 15 Houston 40 81 .331 29 Todays Games Kansas City (B.Chen 5-0) at Detroit (Scherzer 17-1), 1:08 p.m. Colorado (Chacin 11-6) at Baltimore (Feldman 2-3), 1:35 p.m. Toronto (Redmond 1-1) at Tampa Bay (Archer 6-5), 1:40 p.m. Chicago White Sox (H.Santiago 3-7) at Minnesota (Deduno 7-6), 2:10 p.m. Seattle (E.Ramirez 4-0) at Texas (Darvish 12-5), 3:05 p.m. Houston (Oberholtzer 2-1) at L.A. Angels (Vargas 6-5), 3:35 p.m. Cleveland (Kazmir 7-5) at Oakland (Colon 14-5), 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 10-10) at Boston (Dempster 6-8), 8:05 p.m. Mondays Games N.Y. Mets (Gee 8-8) at Minnesota (Gibson 2-3), 2:10 p.m. Tampa Bay (Price 6-5) at Baltimore (Mig.Gonzalez 8-5), 7:05 p.m. Houston (Lyles 5-6) at Texas (Ogando 5-4), 8:05 p.m. Cleveland (Salazar 1-1) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 7-6), 10:05 p.m. Seattle (Harang 5-10) at Oakland (J.Parker 8-6), 10:05 p.m. Boston (Lester 10-7) at San Francisco (Lincecum 6-12), 10:15 p.m.NL standings East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 75 47 .615 Washington 59 62 .488 15New York 56 64 .467 18 Philadelphia 53 68 .438 21 Miami 46 74 .383 28 Central Division W L Pct GB Pittsburgh 72 49 .595 St. Louis 69 52 .570 3 Cincinnati 69 53 .566 3 Chicago 53 68 .438 19Milwaukee 53 69 .434 19 West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 71 50 .587 Arizona 62 58 .517 8 Colorado 58 65 .472 14 San Francisco 54 67 .446 17 San Diego 54 68 .443 17 Todays Games San Francisco (Bumgarner 11-7) at Miami (Koehler 3-8), 1:10 p.m. Arizona (Miley 9-8) at Pittsburgh (Morton 4-3), 1:35 p.m. Colorado (Chacin 11-6) at Baltimore (Feldman 2-3), 1:35 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Nolasco 9-9) at Philadelphia (Hamels 5-13), 1:35 p.m. Washington (G.Gonzalez 7-5) at Atlanta (Teheran 9-6), 1:35 p.m. Cincinnati (H.Bailey 7-10) at Milwaukee (W.Peralta 8-12), 2:10 p.m. St. Louis (Wainwright 13-7) at Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 7-12), 2:20 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Harvey 9-4) at San Diego (Stults 8-10), 4:10 p.m. Mondays Games N.Y. Mets (Gee 8-8) at Minnesota (Gibson 2-3), 2:10 p.m. Colorado (Manship 0-2) at Philadelphia (E.Martin 1-2), 7:05 p.m. Arizona (Delgado 4-3) at Cincinnati (Arroyo 11-9), 7:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 12-3) at Miami (Fernandez 8-5), 7:10 p.m. Washington (Zimmermann 14-6) at Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 6-11), 8:05 p.m. St. Louis (S.Miller 11-8) at Milwaukee (Estrada 5-4), 8:10 p.m. Pittsburgh (Liriano 13-5) at San Diego (Cashner 8-7), 10:10 p.m. Boston (Lester 10-7) at San Francisco (Lincecum 6-12), 10:15 p.m.Little League WS At South Williamsport, Pa. Thursday Aguadulce, Panama 9, San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico 4 Sammamish, Wash. 8, Corpus Christi, Texas 4 Tijuana, Mexico 12, Perth, Australia 0, 4 innings Westport, Conn. 3, Nashville, Tenn. 2 Friday Taoyuan, Taiwan 10, Ottawa, Ontario 2 Chula Vista, Calif. 3, Grosse Pointe, Mich. 0 Tokyo 7, Brno, Czech Republic 3Newark, Del. 6, Urbandale, Iowa 3. Today Game 13 Aguadulce, Panama vs. Tijuana, Mexico, Noon Game 14 Sammamish, Wash. vs. Westport, Conn., 2 p.m. Game 15 Chula Vista, Calif. vs. Newark, Del., 5 p.m. Game 16 Taoyuan, Taiwan vs. Tokyo, 7 p.m.FOOTBALLNFL preseason Thursday Cleveland 24, Detroit 6Baltimore 27, Atlanta 23Philadelphia 14, Carolina 9Chicago 33, San Diego 28 Friday Buffalo 20, Minnesota 16New Orleans 28, Oakland 20San Francisco 15, Kansas City 13New England 25, Tampa Bay 21 Today Indianapolis at NY Giants, 8 p.m. (FOX) Monday Pittsburgh at Washington, 8 p.m. (ESPN)AUTO RACINGRace week SPRINT CUP PURE MICHIGAN 400 Site: Brooklyn, Mich.Schedule: Today, race, 1 p.m. (ESPN, noon-4:30 p.m.). Track: Michigan International Speedway (oval, 2.0 miles). Race distance: 400 miles, 200 laps. NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING LUCAS OIL NHRA NATIONALS Site: Brainerd, Minn.Schedule: Today, final eliminations (ESPN2, 9 p.m.-midnight). Track: Brainerd International Raceway. Pure Michigan qualifying At Michigan International SpeedwayBrooklyn, Mich. Friday qualifying; race today (Car number in parentheses) 1. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 203.949 mph. 2. (78) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 203.695. 3. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 203.47. 4. (55) Mark Martin, Toyota, 203.218.5. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 203.114. 6. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 202.988. 7. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 202.817. 8. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 202.8.9. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 202.726.10. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 202.384.11. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 202.304.12. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 202.23.13. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 202.117. 14. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 201.799.15. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 201.641. 16. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 201.59.17. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 201.59. 18. (21) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 201.337.19. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 201.033.20. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 200.736. 21. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 200.613. 22. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 200.613. 23. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 200.518.24. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 200.261.25. (83) David Reutimann, Toyota, 200.178. 26. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 199.994. 27. (14) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 199.983. 28. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 199.689. 29. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 199.518. 30. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 198.829. 31. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 197.906. 32. (95) Scott Speed, Ford, 197.704.33. (13) Casey Mears, Ford, 197.672.34. (32) Timmy Hill, Ford, 197.028.35. (36) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 197.012.36. (30) David Stremme, Toyota, 196.98. 37. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, owner points. 38. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, owner points. 39. (51) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, owner points. 40. (35) Josh Wise, Ford, owner points. 41. (98) Johnny Sauter, Ford, owner points. 42. (7) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, owner points. 43. (33) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, owner points. Failed to qualify 44. (19) Scott Riggs, Toyota, 193.372.BASKETBALLWNBA schedule Wednesdays Games Connecticut 88, Atlanta 86Phoenix 75, Indiana 58 Thursdays Game Chicago 79, Seattle 66 Fridays Games Atlanta 88, Connecticut 57Washington 66, New York 57Tulsa 83, Minnesota 77Los Angeles 94, Indiana 72 Todays Games Washington at Atlanta, 3 p.m.Connecticut at Chicago, 6 p.m.New York at Minnesota, 7 p.m. 2B LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013 Page Editor: Tim Kirby, 754-04212BSPORTS ADULT BASKETBALL LEAGUE COURTESYThe Wolves won first place in the Richardson Community C enter/Annie Mattox Park Norths 2013 Adult Summer Basketball League. Representing the tea m at the trophy presentation are Marcel Thomas (from left), John H. Young Jr., Ryan Bell and Chris Carodine.COURTESYTeam Ocala won second place in the Richardson Commun ity Center/Annie Mattox Park Norths 2013 Adult Summer Basketball League. Representin g the team at the trophy presentation are Mike McCloud (from left), Rob Collins, La voris Jerry, Josh Walker, Danny Smith and Coley Burns.
ADULT BASKETBALL All-star games on Saturday The RCC/AMN Adult League Basketball Program will sponsor all-star basketball games at Lake City Middle School on Saturday. In the womens game at 6 p.m., the RCC/AMN All-Stars, coached by Chevella Young, will play the Alachua Headhunters. In the 7:30 p.m. game, the Adult Summer League champion Wolves will play an Adult Summer League all-star team. A slam dunk contest will be conducted if there are enough entries (five needed). Cost is $10 per league player and $15 per non-league player. Money and signed waiver forms are due by Wednesday. Entry forms can be picked up at the Richardson Community Center weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the event is $5. Proceeds will go to the Richardson Monument Project. For details, call Mario Coppock at 754-7095. YOUTH BASEBALL Lake City fall registration Online registration for Lake City/Columbia County Youth Baseballs fall league ( www.lcccyb. com ) is under way through Sept. 1 at a cost of $65 per player. Walk-up registration at Southside Sports Complex is 5-7 p.m. Friday and Aug. 30, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 31 for $75 per player. No late sign-ups will be accepted. Players will be placed in the same league in which they will play in the 2014 spring league. For details, call Jessica Langley at 867-1897.Lake City Impact tryouts today Lake City Impact baseball team has 8U tryouts at 2:30 p.m. today at the Southside Sports Complex. For details, call Jason Dumas at 965-8530 or Josh Wehinger at 623-3628. LCCCYB board meeting Monday Lake City/Columbia County Youth Baseball has an open board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Babe Ruth Baseball coaches building. Those interested in recreational baseball are urged to attend. For details, call Jessica Langley at 867-1897.North Florida Rays tryouts North Florida Rays 11U travel baseball team has tryouts for the fall season at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Southside Sports Complex Red fields. Anyone interested in playing 11U travel baseball is welcome and encouraged to try out. For details, call Todd Green at 365-5161 or Andy Miles at 867-0678. ZUMBA Free classes offered today Sarah Sandlin is offering A Taste of Zumba free classes for beginners today at Teen Town. There are four free classes: Shirt cut and design, 2-2:45 p.m.; Zumba kids (ages 6-12), 3-3:30 p.m.; Introduction to Zumba-learn the basic steps, 3:45-4:45 p.m.; Zumba gold beginner class, 5-5:30 p.m. Sandlins regular $5 Zumba class will follow. For details, call Sandlin at (386) 438-9292 SEMINOLES Kickoff gathering on Thursday The Lake City Seminole Club is hosting its 2013 Kickoff Gathering at 6 p.m. Thursday at The Country Club at Lake City. For details, call Norbie Ronsonet at 752-2180.Q From staff reports RALPH D. RUSSOAssociated PressNEW YORK Alabama will begin this season the way it ended the last two No. 1. Nick Sabans two-time defending national champi-ons are top-ranked in The Associated Press preseason college football poll, with the Crimson Tide trying to become the first team to win three straight national titles. Much like the BCS championship game against Notre Dame, the vote was an Alabama landslide. The Tide received 58 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel Saturday. Alabama matched Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes received in the 63-year history of the preseason rankings. Alabama won its record ninth AP national champi-onship last season, third BCS title in the last four years under Saban, and became the first team to win back-to-back BCS championships. The Tide is AP preseason No. 1 for the fourth time, and first since 2010. Alabama was ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll each of the last two seasons. The only time has Alabama started and fin-ished No. 1 was 1978, when Bear Bryant led the Crimson Tide to the fourth of its five national champi-onships with him as coach. Now Sabans Tide is trying to accomplish some-thing Bears boys never could. Twice Alabama won back-to-back champion-ships under Bryant, but couldnt get the third. Youre in a position here where we have a lot of play-ers that really havent lost much, Saban said earlier this week. They have to really want to be good for the sake of being good. Alabama is 49-5 over the past four seasons. Most other teams are out there saying weve got something to prove, Saban said. Well, this team has something to prove. Its a lot more difficult not to be a little bit complacent, not to keep the same account-ability to being successful thats necessary. Youve got to challenge yourself every day. Youve got to challenge each other. Since the poll started in 1936, 10 times a school has won consecutive AP championships. The Tides task: complete the hat trick. Alabama will also be trying to run the Southeastern Conferences streak of national championships to eight. For the second straight year, half the top 10 teams to start the sea-son are from the SEC. The Tide and Aggies meet Sept. 14 in College Station, Texas. A&M and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel handed Alabama its only loss last year. No. 8 Clemson and No. 9 Louisville, led by two other Heisman-contender quarterbacks, round out the top 10. Tajh Boyd and Clemson take on Georgia at home in Week 1 and are the favorites to win the Atlantic Coast Conference. Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals are the heavy favorites to get back to the BCS for the second straight year out of the newly renamed American Athletic Conference. Page Editor: Tim Kirby, 754-0421 LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013 3B3BSPORTS BRIEFS GAMES Thursday Q Columbia High cross country 5k time trail, 3:50 p.m. Q Fort White High volleyball classic vs. Lafayette High, Union County High, 4 p.m. Friday Q Columbia High football vs. Trinity Christian Academy in kickoff classic, 7:30 p.m. Q Fort White High football vs. Dixie County High in kickoff classic, 7:30 p.m. COURTESY PHOTOSMartial Arts for MagicOrlando Magic fans were treated with a pregame show pro vided by Demo teams from three of Master Sepulvedas ATA Martial Arts Academies. During the exhibition, the crowd saw a dynamic performance of high-energy acrobatic and fightin g combinations. Demo teams from Master Sepulvedas St. Cloud, Dunnellon and Lake City sc hools participated in the event. ABOVE: Demo team members greet Magic players as they come on to the court. BELOW: Team captains and Demo team members at the arena. AP Top 25 The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press preseason college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2012 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and final ranking: Record Pts Pv1. Alabama (58) 13-1 1,498 12. Ohio St. (1) 12-0 1,365 33. Oregon 12-1 1,335 24. Stanford 12-2 1,294 75. Georgia (1) 12-2 1,249 t56. South Carolina 11-2 1,154 87. Texas A&M 11-2 1,104 t58. Clemson 11-2 1,083 119. Louisville 11-2 1,042 1310. Florida 11-2 894 911. Florida St. 12-2 845 1012. LSU 10-3 802 1413. Oklahoma St. 8-5 755 NR14. Notre Dame 12-1 748 415. Texas 9-4 677 1916. Oklahoma 10-3 579 1517. Michigan 8-5 531 2418. Nebraska 10-4 382 2519. Boise St. 11-2 328 1820. TCU 7-6 323 NR21. UCLA 9-5 286 NR22. Northwestern 10-3 199 NR23. Wisconsin 8-6 185 NR24. Southern Cal 7-6 134 NR25. Oregon St. 9-4 129 20 Others receiving votes: Michigan St. 95, Baylor 92, Virginia Tech 86, Miami 85 Arizona St. 53, Kansas St. 43, Fresno St. 36, Vanderbilt 19, Washington 17, N. Illinois 16, Mississippi 11, Utah St. 8, Georgia Tech 6, Arizona 3, Cincinnati 3, North Carolina 3, Penn St. 2, BYU 1.Tide predicted to roll
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1CBIZ FRONT Lake City Reporter Week of August 18-24, 2013 www.lakecityreporter.com Section C Columbia, Inc. Your marketplace source for Lake City and Columbia County 1CColumbia Inc. THE DARBYR OGERS CO. Each office independently owned and operated Lots of room to spread out! 164 NW Outback Glen This property has 3 dwellings over 3000 sq.ft. of living heated and cooled areas. Property has 6.8 acres, beautifully landscaped, a treehouse and playground area. First dwelling is 24x40 2/2 with a 24x24 heated and cooled garage. Third home is 24x56 3br/2ba with attached porches on 3 sides and a 35x28 attached carport. There are so many upgrades. Call Deborah Myles/Broker 386-719-1224 For more information or to set up an appointment to see. Back-to-school business booming TONY BRITT/ Lake City Reporter Grace Tompkins (from left) looks through Belks back to school clothing items with young shoppers Carol Reeves and Emma Tompkins. By TONY BRITT firstname.lastname@example.org A number of area businesses are reporting strong backto-school sales with classes set to begin Monday. Will Batte, Belk manager at the Lake City Mall, said back to school sales have been great for the store. Weve seen an increase in customer traffic and an increase in sales over the past three weeks for the same back to school period as last year, he said. Earlier in the month Belk hosted Kids Fest, a back to school fashion show, where close to 50 models showed off Belks fall and back to school fash ions. It was a great turnout and we had great parent involvement, Batte said. Batte said the more pop ular back to school cloth ing items have been new fashions in modern tops. Denim items and clearance items have also sold well. A lot of the old sea sonal merchandise has really been selling well for us, he said. Overall its been a very good season so far. Computer and tech items have also sold well during this years back to school sales period. The back to school sales are going very well, said Bryant Jennings, Star Tech Computer Center owner. Were having a record year and computers are certainly a very popular technology in general. Jennings said the states sales tax holiday where some computers and com puter accessories could be purchased with no sales tax, added to the increase in sales. Certainly the sales tax holiday has helped a great deal, he said. I think it made it easier for people to get computers. In educa tion, technology in gen eral has become more of a requirement and less of an option. Jennings said the more popular sales items for this years back to school sales have been laptop comput ers and electronic tablets. He said personal computer based tablets, iPads, porta ble units have been popular sale items. The smaller the better, he said. This has been our best ever back to school sales season. Sales tax holiday one element of a strong season. TONY BRITT/ Lake City Reporter Caitlyn Hunter (left) listens as Steve Chason, Star Tech Computer Center manager, helps Avalyn Hunter purchase a new computer.
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LAKE CITY REPORTER BUSINESS WEEK OF SUNDAY, AUGUST 18-24, 2013 3C3CBiz Roberts named to FPDA boardFrom staff reportsJACKSONVILLEOne of the newest members of the Florida Public Defender Association Board of Directors is an Investigator in the Fourth Judicial Circuit Public Defenders Office. C. Daniel Roberts, 29, a 2002 Columbia High School graduate, was selected by Board members during an August 7 meeting to fill the vacancy of Investigator Representative. The FPDA Board consists of 19 elected Public Defenders from the Florida Circuits as well as five Representative Board members (two Assistant Public Defenders, one Administrative staffer, one support staffer and one Investigator). Roberts will provide input to the panel from a PD Investigations vantage point during eight meetings during the next 12 months. Additionally, he will be tasked with cur-riculum development for PD Investigators from all jurisdictions in Florida dur-ing two upcoming training conferences. In January 2011, Public Defender Matt Shirk appointed Roberts as a Fourth Judicial Circuit Investigator in the Capital Crimes Division. There, he conducts criminal defense investigations in support of legal defenses in Capital/Death cases. Additionally, Roberts was instrumen-tal in the development and implementation of a Veterans Treatment Track of Adult Drug Court and Mental Health Court in Duval County, creating an innovative court-supervised treatment program for justice involved Veterans. Roberts is a member of the Veterans Court Steering Committee, an active Veteran Mentor, and assis-tant program coordinator. His efforts have also led to the authorization of an additional Veterans Court in Clay County. Noteworthy of Roberts appointment to the FPDA Board is that he succeeds his father, Public Defender C. Dennis Roberts of Lake City, who served as the elected PD from the Third Judicial Circuit from 1989 until his retirement in December of last year. It is an honor to be selected for this position, said the younger Roberts. In a way, its as though I grew up in the FPDA, having attended meetings, conferences and even social functions with my Dad throughout the years. Some of the faces are famil-iar to me, but it is the chal-lenges that excite me the most. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to rep-resent the Fourth Circuit and carry on the Roberts legacy. A graduate of Florida State Universitys College of Criminology & Criminal Justice. (B.S., 2010), Roberts holds State of Florida Law Enforcement Certification. He served honorably in the United States Marine Corps infan-try from 2002 to 2006, com-pleting three direct action combat deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. A Lake City native, Daniel now lives in Jacksonville with his wife Tara (an elemen-tary school teacher) and 1-year-old son, Deacon. COURTESYC. Daniel Roberts with Julieanne Holt, president of the Flor ida Public Defender Association, at the ceremony during whic h he was inducted as a new board member. Power companies dangle free nights, weekendsBy JONATHAN FAHEYAP Energy WriterNEW YORK Electric bills have long been take-it-or-leave-it affairs: Pay one rate for all the power you used the month before, no matter when you used it. But some electric companies want to shake-up that rigid business model. They are increasingly offering plans that sound like come-ons from mobile phone com-panies: Free nights, free weekends and pre-paid plans. We are seeing a transformation in the way people buy and use electricity in the U.S., says Steven Murray, president of Direct Energys residential energy pro-grams. The more customized plans are made easier by the growing use of digital meters that wirelessly link electric companies and customers, allowing both to track usage in real time. Digital meters have not only spurred competition, they have also enabled traditional utilities to reduce their costs by encouraging customers to use electricity during off-peak hours, when it is cheaper. Forty-two percent of U.S. electric customers have digital meters, up from less than 5 percent in 2008. In 2015, more than 50 percent will have them, according to Navigant Consulting. This new breed of electric plans comes with risks. Customers can end up paying a lot more for power than they expected. Some plans offer low introductory rates that can quickly skyrocket. Others have high early-termination fees. Some fixed-rate plans are a great deal if power prices rise, but they may seem awfully expensive if prices fall. If customers are careful, though, they can pay less. Dorothea Miller of Sinking Spring, Pa. signed up for a Direct Energy plan that gives her one day of free power every week. She picked Saturday, and now saves as much of her housework as she can until then. She stops short, she says, of letting mountains of dirty laundry or dishes accu-mulate in anticipation of Saturdays free power. We pretty much run things the way we did before the plan, but now we set our dishwasher to go on after midnight (Friday) and do most of our laundry on Saturday, she says. TXU Energy offers a similar plan to Texas customers that offers free power every night from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., or free power Saturdays and Sundays, in exchange for a higher rate during other times. Customized plans are most prevalent in the 13 states and Washington, D.C., where regulators have allowed companies to compete to sell electricity, but they are also popping up in other states. Electric competition has been around for more than a decade and utilities have experimented with pricing plans for even longer. But digital meters have made these plans easier to offer and manage. They are being installed around the world; utilities in China, Japan and across the European Union have aggressive plans to expand the use of digital meters. In the U.S., companies have different motivations for offering innovative plans. Traditional regulated utilities are trying to reduce stresses on their grids. Upstart power providers are trying to lure new customers. In both cases, they are trying to get customers to use less electricity when it costs more. Wholesale power prices fluc-tuate depending on the time of day, from zero overnight to thousands of dollars per megawatt-hour during a hot day. Yet most customers see one average price every month, a price that includes those sky-high peak rates. With plans that offer prices that vary based on the time of day, customers can avoid high-cost power in the same way air travelers can save by not flying on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. Power providers use fleets of pushy door-to-door sales people, pop-up-booths in malls and tens of thousands of mailed flyers to sign up customers. But it can be difficult to get people to switch because most people dont think about electricity unless they lose it, and the cost of electric bills isnt a major concern. Its not like an entertainment purchase where you can see the reward, says Bruce Stewart, chief marketing officer for Constellation Energy, the retail arm of Exelon Corp. U.S. power prices have been mostly flat or declining since the mid-1980s, adjusted for inflation. A typical residential customer spends $110 per month on electricity. Thats one-third the average amount spent by a family on gasoline. Power providers have only had success attracting customers in the past when elec-tricity prices are falling sharply because they can offer a quick, obvious savings compared with what the traditional utility offers. But now that 60 million customers have digital meters, they can offer plans that help customers save money based on how and when they use power, not just with a cheaper price. Direct Energy ran a simple, silly TV advertisement pitching its free power day that included a woman blow-drying her golden retriever why not, if the power is free? Oklahoma Gas & Electric offers a plan called SmartHours that offers lower rates to customers who cut back on power usage during hot summer afternoons, along with a thermostat that can adjust itself based on electricity prices. To differentiate yourself you have to craft a product that makes things easier, says Bill Massey, a former federal energy regulator now at the Compete Coalition, a group that lobbies to expand competitive electricity markets. Companies are offering pre-paid electric plans that, like pre-paid mobile phone plans, can be cheap and include no sign-up fees or deposits. Customers get text and email alerts when theyve used most of the electricity theyve paid for. By paying attention to their use they use less, which lowers their bills further. Prepaid custom-ers can have their power cut more quickly, though, if they have trouble paying for more electricity. In Texas, for example, if a prepaid balance falls below a certain level, power can be cut in as little as a day after the power provider issues a warning. Some (new plans) will be good for some people and some will be very very bad for other people, cautions Janee Briesemeister, a senior legislative strate-gist who works on electricity issues for the AARP. This week New Yorks electricity regulator threatened to block a power provider called Buy Energy Direct from operating in the state over complaints that it signed up customers who never intended to sign up, a scheme called slamming. Its even more confusing than shopping for a cellphone contract, says Briesemeister. Many in the industry think that companies will learn to offer ever more straight-forward and useful plans in order to woo and keep customers, and customers will learn to shop for electricity the way they shop for phone or cable service. The industry is only at the beginning of learning to understand their custom-ers and figuring out what people want to do, says Brain Seal of the Electric Power Research Institute, an industry-funded technical group. Groups get $67M to sign up uninsuredBy CARLA K. JOHNSONAP Medical WriterCHICAGO With the new health laws enrollment period set to open in just a little more than six weeks, President Barack Obamas administration announced $67 million in awards Thursday to organiza-tions that will help people understand their new insurance opportunities and get signed up. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the Navigator grant awards to 105 groups in states where the federal government will run online insurance marketplaces. Sebelius said consumers are hungry for information. These navigators will help consumers apply for coverage, answer questions about coverage options and help them make informed decisions about which option is best for them, Sebelius said from Tampa, Fla., during on a conference call with reporters. Ideally, navigators will use a variety of math and logic skills to walk people through the somewhat confusing process of buying insurance. For example, naviga-tors will help people estimate their family income for 2014, important in determining eligibility for federal tax credits to help pay the cost of coverage. Navigators may need to answer questions about family size, such as: Do you count the kids if they are claimed on an ex-spouses income tax? And, they will need to be able to explain the differ-ences between the bronze, silver, gold and platinum insurance policies offered on the marketplaces. Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation, said the Navigator program will be particularly important in such states as Florida and Ohio that arent doing any state-directed outreach. The pressure now is on the organizations getting the awards, which dont have a lot of time to hire and train staff and plan their strategy for reaching the uninsured, she said. Enrollment for the health laws new coverage options starts Oct. 1, and benefits kick in Jan. 1. Pollitz predicted there will be unevenness within states with some sophisticated groups being shovel ready with a strategy and others needing more time to plan. They dont have to sign everybody up on Oct. 1. Thats the good news, Pollitz said. Every day of the open season is going to be important. Enrollment will continue through the end of March 2014. Navigators must complete a 20to 30hour training program developed by the federal government and pass an exam to be certified. Strict security and privacy standards will be part of the training. They will be subject to federal criminal penalties for violations of privacy or fraud laws. Possible privacy breaches are a concern of the attorneys general of 13 states, who on Wednesday sent a letter to Sebelius ques-tioning whether there will be enough pro-tection of consumer data in the Navigator program. Public and private groups were eligible to apply for the grants, which were appor-tioned to states based on their numbers of uninsured residents. The grants announced Thursday are going to universities, food banks, com-munity groups and health organizations. Planned Parenthood groups in Iowa, Montana and New Hampshire are getting grants, prompting some Republicans to object. Tennessee Republican Rep. Diane Black complained in a press release that three affiliates of Planned Parenthood will receive $655,000, despite assurances from the President when the law was passed that Obamacare would not give federal funding to abortion providers. In Mississippi, Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church Ministries is getting $317,742 to train clergy to be health ambassadors. In Mobile County, Alabama, a $20,750 grant is going to Catholic Social Services. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is getting almost $2 million to help promote the law and sign people up for insurance. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, the associations executive director, said 42 percent of their clients have to choose between buying food, medicine or health care every day. Were going to be able to help them connect to health insurance some for the first time ever, she said. The group plans to reach out to people through food pantries, Twitter and a large van to be used as an office-on-wheels where people can get enrolled. They also expect to educate volunteers to help spread information about the law to the states 1.5 million uninsured. A $4.2 million grant awarded to a program at the University of South Florida was the largest in that state. Were very excited that USF is going to be a statewide resource, said Jodi Ray, the project director of the Florida Covering Kids and Families program at USF, which will oversee the grant. The program will use databases and lists of people who are uninsured and have already sought ser-vices for their children through various university health care offerings, Ray said.
LAKECITYREPORTER CLASSIFIEDSUNDAY, AUGUST18, 2013 Classified Department: 755-5440 4C nr "$%"! &$ This is a professional position responsible for the planning, coordination, and implementation of the Associate Degree Nursing program, the Practical Nurse program and the Patient Care Assistant program at Florida Gateway College. Minimum Qualifications:Currently licensed as a registered nurse in Florida and shall have either a bachelor's degree in nursing plus a master's or doctoral degree in a related field or a master's or doctoral degree in nursing. Florida statues 64B9-2.005. Two years teaching experience. Computer literate.Knowledge of statisticalconcepts. Knowledge of accounting principles. Knowledge of state laws affecting nursing program operations. Ability in numerical reasoning and verbal expression. Ability in written communication. Previous leadership/management or Director of Nursing experience preferred. n r n ## %"! !#!!% r Persons interested should provide College application, vita,and photocopies of transcripts.All foreign transcripts must be submitted with official translation and evaluation. Position details and applications available on web at: 666)01)5 Human Resources FloridaGateway College 149 S.E. College Place Lake City,FL32025-2007 Phone (386) 754-4314 Fax (386) 754-4814 E-Mail: email@example.com FGCisaccredited by the Commissionon Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. VP/ADA/EA/EO College in Education and Employment nr( *n,.5%88$:!5442 "$%"!r+Conduct the learning experience in the classroom, laboratory, and/or clinical areas. Prepare for instruction -syllabi, lesson plans, tests, use assessment strategies to assist the continuous development of the learner, use effective communication techniques. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the subject matter, use appropriate and current technology in the teachingand learning process. Mentor and orientnew faculty. This is a 194 duty day position. Hours will vary and requires evenings. Requiresa Masters of Science in Nursing degree and be licensed in Florida or be eligible for licensure in Florida.Three years of experience as staff nurse (acute care preferred). Ability to present information ina coherent manner and the ability to fairly evaluate student retention of that information.Desirable Qualifications: Computer Literate. Teaching experience. Previous Coordinator/ Leadership experience preferred. nr* n(--.5%88$:!5442 "$%"!r/Conduct the learning experience in the classroom, laboratory, and/or clinical areas. Prepare for instruction -syllabi, lesson plans, tests, use assessment strategies to assist the continuous development of the learner, use effective communication techniques. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the subject matter, use appropriate and current technology in the teaching and learning process. This is a 224 duty day position. Hours will vary and requires evenings.Requires an Associate of Science in Nursing degree and be licensed in Florida or be eligible for licensure in Florida.Three years of experience as staff nurse (acute care preferred). Ability to present information ina coherent manner and the ability to fairly evaluate student retention of that information.Desirable Qualifications: Computer Literate. Teaching experience. ASN required, BSN preferred. n r n## %"! !#!!% r Persons interested should provide College application, vita,and photocopies of transcripts.All foreign transcripts must be submitted with official translation and evaluation. Position details and applications availableon web at: 666)01)5 Human Resources Florida Gateway College 149 S.E. College Place Lake City,FL32025-2007 Ph(386) 754-4314Fax (386) 754-4814 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org FGCis accredited by the Commissionon Colleges of th e Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. VP/ADA/EA/EO College in Education and Employment ADJUNCT INSTRUCTORS ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY Adjunct instructors needed for water and wastewater programs. Teach online courses in Environmental Sciences, Water and Wastewater classes preparing students to qualify for Florida Department of Environmental licensure process. Masters Degreewith at least 18 graduate hours in environmental science or related disciplineis required for Associate level courses; a Bachelors Degree is required for noncredit/non transfer courses and 2 years of experience.Knowledge in math, environmental science, and chemistry; knowledge of state and locallaws/regulations regarding water/wastewater operations; communications skills; ability in written communications. Water/wastewater operators license, computer skills, work experience as well as some instructional abilitiesdesired. Deadline For Receiving Applications: Open Until Filled Persons interested should provide College application, vita,and photocopies of transcripts.All foreign transcripts must be submitted with official translation and evaluation. Position details and applications available on web at: www.fgc.edu Mr. David Still Water Resources Training Programs Florida Gateway College 149 S.E. College Place Lake City,FL32025-2007 Phone (386) 754-4343 Fax (386) 754-4843 E-Mail: email@example.com FGCisaccredited by the Commissionon Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. VP/ADA/EA/EO College in Education and Employment CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE We are insurance agency providing auto, home and commercial insurance to individuals and businesses in Lake City. ;4"#4%8'$5 %81!87#4!#4044);r5 %3#"$%"!;n"3#%%&61$;0*!% *%43!%!9%$ Email resume to: CSRlakecity@gmail.comFax resume to: 386-752-9802 2007 Mercury MountaineerPremier, fully loaded. 38,400 miles. Excellent condition.$15,000 386-961-8680 LegalNOTICE OF INTENTBYTHE SCHOOLBOARD OF COLUMBIACOUNTYTOADOPTRULE AND SETPUB-LIC HEARINGThe School Board of Columbia County will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 10 2013,At 7:00 p.m., in the Columbia Coun-ty School Board Auditorium 372 W. Duval St., Lake City, FL. 32055 on proposed amendments to rules, regu-lations and procedures for the opera-tion of the Columbia County School District. The public is invited to at-tend. Action is anticipated at this meeting.Persons with disabilities who require assistance to participate in the public hearing are requested to notify the Office of the Superintendent at 755-8000 at least 48 hours in advance so that their needs can be accommodat-ed.TITLE: 2013 2014 Student Progression Plan PURPOSE AND EFFECT: Various revisions are being made in order to comply with district policy, Florida Statutes and State Board of Educa-tion Rules.Elementary Section: Change in First Grade Grading System so it is the same as grades 2-5. Change in proficiency of writing to 3.5 in accordance with School Grading standards. Change Habitual Tardiness/Early Dismissals from 25 to 15.Middle School Section: Change Ha-bitual Tardiness/Early Dismissals from 25 to 15. Insert numerical equivalents for Achievement Levels on End of Course Exams to use in calculation of 30% of course grade.Insert diploma designations.Accredited Systemwide by Southern Association of Colleges and SchoolsAn Equal Opportunity EmployerUsing Affirmative Action GuidelinesHigh School Section: Change Habitual Tardiness/Early Dismissals from 25 to 15. Insert numerical equivalents for Achieve-ment Levels on End of Course Ex-ams to use in calculation of 30% of course grade.High School Graduation Require-ments:Insert for students entering ninth grade in 2013-2014 school year Amend language for students who entered grade 9 in 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011 to reflect changes in Statute. Insert grade for withdrawal from Du-al Enrollment Course. Insert changes in Bright Future Eligibility:Be accepted and enroll within 2 years of graduation Delete requirement to complete the Free Application for Federal Student AidAdult Education Section: Clarify el-igibility for enrollment. Insert End of Course Exam requirements. Amend credits and grade point aver-age (GPA) required for issuance of Adult Education DiplomaExceptional Student Education Sec-tion: Categorical Exceptional Stu-dent Education Program terms, Indi-vidual Education Plan, Extended School Year, High School Promotion and Graduation Requirements, Lev-el1/Fundamental Courses, and Alter-nate Assessment criteria.SPECIFIC LEGALAUTHORITY:1001.41; 1001.42; 1001.43; 1003.41; 1003.4156; 1003.4285; 1008.25; 230.23, Flori-da Statutes*****TITLE: 2013 2014 Code of Student Conduct PURPOSE AND EFFECT: Various revisions are being made in order to comply with district policy, Florida Statutes and State Board of Educa-tion Rules.SPECIFIC LEGALAUTHORITY: 1001.41; 1001.42; 1001.43; 1006.07; 1008.25,Florida StatutesAcomplete text of the proposed amended rules, regulations and pro-cedures can be obtained at the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, 372 W. Duval St., Lake City, FL, be-tween the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday Friday. Eco-nomic impact statements, where ap-plicable, are on file in the Office of the Superintendent at the above list-ed address.DATED THIS 14th DAYOF August 2013.SCHOOLBOARD OF COLUMBIACOUNTYBYATTESTSteve Nelson, Chairman Terry L. Huddleston, Superintendent05540496August 18, 2013 060Services 05540486Hall Rental & Catering for all occasions. Call Carolyn or Pam at 386-288-5149 or 386-4876165 Quail Heights Golf Course Bankruptcy/Divorce/Resumes Other Court Forms Assistance 18 years Exp./ Reasonable 386-961-5896 8 a.m.8 p.m. HEYTRUCKER! You could be Saving Tons of Cash by Ordering supplies online Visit Shop Save 12Volt-Travel.com 1-888-412-8058 100Job Opportunities05534062Suwannee Valley Grassing, Inc. is accepting applications for TRUCK DRIVER Must have a valid Class ACDL. Must be able to work weekends as reqd. Normal work week is MonFri. Some out of town work. Apply in person: 3100 Hwy 441N & Cason Rd; north of Five Points. Approx. 0.5 mi south of I-10, across from the Target Distribution Center. All applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen. Females are encouraged to apply. Applications accepted until position is filled. EEO & DFWP 05539998Earn Extra MoneyDeliverthe YPReal Yellow Pages Lake City, FLArea FT/PT, Daily work, get paid in 72hrs Must be 18 or older, have drivers license and insured vehicle(800) 422-1955Call formore info Mon-Fri 8:00AM 4:30PM Or email us firstname.lastname@example.org* Mention "Lake City" Help 05540188Local company seeking Experienced F/T employee with customer service, Accounts Receivable, computer skills, managing phones, and filing skills. Send resume to email@example.com Devereux FLis hiring a full-time Case Manager to work at our Lake City office with children involved in the system of care due to abuse, abandonment and/or neglect. They coordinate services needed for the children and families, and aid the families in working towards the goal of permanency. For full details please visit http://jobs.devereux.org Contact: Angelica 407-362-9242. 100Job Opportunities05540355LOCALSALES POSITION Looking for a bright, selfmotivated, hardworking and persistent sales professional for key role in their Sales division. Backgrounds Customer Service, Inside Sales and Outside sales are a plus Good Communication SkillsStrong Desire To Succeed Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment, both independently and as part of a team. Please email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org PROGRAM SPECIALIST P/Tposition for multi tasker with previous marketing skills, good oral and written communication skills, good people skills, experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook. Position requires you drive your personal vehicle on agency business. Please send resume to Box 05102, C/O The Lake City Reporter, P.O. Box 1709, Lake City, FL, 32056 Full-Time Van Drivers needed with a dedication to and passion for providing excellent customer services to seniors. Valid FLDrivers License is a must. Clean driving record and Level II Background Screen required. Call Fiscal for more information at 755-0235. WANTED EXPERIENCEDLUBE TECH Tools Required Apply Rountree Moore Ford 2588 WUS Hwy 90 Lake City, FL32055 See: Jimbo Pegnetter 100Job Opportunities05540380OPS Gift Shop Attendant Stephen FosterFolk Culture CenterState Park White Springs, Florida $8.50/hr Approx. 28 hours per week Operates cash register, answers visitor inquiries in a courteous and tactful manner in person and over the phone, sells and stocks merchandise, provides cleaning and maintenance of the Gift Shop and Craft Cabins and is self-motivated. Outstanding customer service is a must as well as knowledge of basic arithmetic, computers and sales. Must be able to work rotating shifts including weekends, some nights and holidays. Able to deal well in a seasonal high traffic area with high volume sales. Must be able to lift 20 lbs. Submit Application no later than August 26, 2013 to the following: Attn: Susan Conley, Gift Shop/Craft Square Manager Stephen Foster State Park P.O. Box G White Springs, FL32096 Tel. (386) 397-1920 Fax (386) 397-4079 Applications are available online at https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com. Resumes are not accepted unless accompanied with a State of Florida Employment Application. DEPonly hires US Citizens or authorized aliens and is an EEO / ADA/ VPemployer. Section 110.128, F.S. prohibits the employment of any male required to register with Selective Service System under the US Military Selective Service Act. AMBULANCE TECHNICIAN Immediate FTposition for ASE Certified Technician in Lake City, FL. Master/L2, medium duty truck and/or Ambulance experience preferred. 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By STEVEN RICHMONDsrichmond@lakecityreporter.comA rea vendors purvey-ing goods such as sweet North Florida honey and fresh free-range eggs met at a new location yesterday while construction began on a new multi-use pavilion in Wilson Park. The Lake DeSoto Farmers Market set up shop in the park-ing lot on the corner of Marion Avenue and Duval Street next to Olustee Park. All the vendors were excited for the temporary move, Community Redevelopment Agency administrator Jackie Kite said. The frontage on State Road 90 is hopefully going to breathe new life into the market. According to Kite, the city approved the construction of an approximately $150,000 multi-use pavilion as part of a larger plan to create a Waterfront Entertainment District surround-ing Lake DeSoto. If you want to bring people anywhere, you have to give them something to come for, have to provide a place for entertain-ment, Kite said. Not every downtown is lucky like we are to have a waterfront like a lake or a river. She also said the project would help Lake DeSoto emulate its original use during Lake Citys infancy long ago. It was a focal point, she said. People would gather after church, bring blankets for pic-nics, enjoy the shade of trees and a cool breeze. The community could benefit by going back to that idea of gathering and cel-ebrating ideas. The Farmers Market will continue meeting at the parking lot on the corner Marion and Duval while construction takes place. Kite predicts the pavillion will be finished sometime in November. LIFE Sunday, August 18, 2013 www.lakecityreporter.com Section D I t may be hard to believe, but the month of August starts off the fall planting season. There are still a few warm-season vegetables that can be planted yet this month for a final crop of the year. For a good harvest selec-tion, plant some of the following last-minute sum-mer vegetables and new fall crops in the prepared garden. Get the last of your lima beans out now, as well as southern or cow peas. Recommended varieties, based on UF research, include Fordhook 242, Henderson, and Jackson Wonder limas. Provide stakes or trellises for pole varieties to keep them up off the ground. California Time to plant fall garden crops Story ideas?ContactRobert BridgesEditor754firstname.lastname@example.org Lake City Reporter1DLIFEON THE MOVE Market relocatedduring constructionof new pavilion. FARMERS MARKET GARDEN TALK Nichelle Demorestdndemorest@ufl.edu COURTESY The Lake DeSoto Farmers Market has been temporarily relo cated during construction of a pavilion. GARDEN continued on 2D
By MICHELLE LOCKE Associated Press BERKELEY, Calif. College students Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora were just a few months short of careers in corporate bank ing when they learned in a class lecture that it was possible to grow gourmet mushrooms on leftover cof fee grounds. Velez was so struck by the idea that he stayed after class to see if he could learn more. Well, no, said the professor, he didnt have any extra information. But he could connect Velez with the one other student whod asked about the con cept Arora. That was back in 2009, and since then the two have become friends and business partners in their company, Back to the Roots. Their Grow-YourOwn Mushroom Garden allows anyone to grow mushrooms off recycled waste. The company has grown to more than 30 employees and received an Empact100 award from the White House last fall, rec ognizing it as one of the top 100 entrepreneurial compa nies in the United States. Their idea is to tap into the resurging interest in good food and in know ing where that food comes from, helping even city dwellers get in touch with their inner farmer. Everyone wants to con nect with their food, says Arora. The pair started small, experimenting in Velezs fraternity kitchen. At that point, Velez had signed an offer to work in investment banking, but, Arora says, they thought, what the heck, lets give this thing a shot, and started 10 test buckets of mushrooms right before spring break. When they returned, they found that nine of the buckets were washouts. But one was so gorgeous they took it to Chez Panisse, the famous Berkeley res taurant founded by Alice Waters, a pioneer in the eat fresh, eat local move ment, as well as to the local Whole Foods Market. Spurred by the interest that initial crop generated as well as a $5,000 grant for social innovation from the University of California Berkeley they came to a decision: Banking could wait. The first challenge was figuring out how to grow the mushrooms. They spent about eight months just knee-deep in coffee grounds, says Arora. Their first sale was 3.14 pounds to Whole Foods. Soon, they were growing 500 pounds a week. Thats when they launched the grow-your-own kits. We realized that our real passion was around creat ing this experience, says Arora. We had all these people asking if they can do it at home. The kit comes as a box that can be set on a win dow sill, and just needs to be opened and misted twice a day (the mister is included). Available at Home Depot, Whole Foods and other stores, as well as online, the kits cost $19.95 and grows up to 1.5 pounds of pearl oyster mushrooms on soil that is 100 percent recycled-plant waste. The company has switched from coffee waste to corn husks, wheat bran and saw dust as the growing medi um, and has partnered with Gourmet Mushrooms in Sebastopol to produce the kits. The mushrooms take about 10 days to grow; two crops are guaranteed and three are not unusual. Back to the Roots is one of several grow-your-own kits on the market, which has seen rising interest in fresh mushrooms, accord ing to the San Jose-based Mushroom Council. No. 5 Blackeye is a south ern pea variety that has been proven to be resistant to root-knot nematodes, one of our most trouble some pests. Its also time to plant the last of your sweet corn and watermelon seeds. The small fruit watermelon varieties have shorter mat uration time, but they still need plenty of space in the home garden for the vines to spread. Two good rec ommended small varieties for Florida are Sugar Baby and Mickeylee. If you try growing a seedless type, youll still need to inter plant a regular variety for pollination to take place. My garden isnt com plete without some kind of beans. Im happy that snap and shell beans can be seeded now. Bush Blue Lake, Contender, Provider and Cherokee Wax (yel low) are good choices to grow. Shell beans take a little more work, but pinto, red kidney, black bean and navy are worth it. Beans only need about half of the fertilizer used on the rest of the garden. Plant summer and winter squash now for a nice fall harvest. Summer squash are usually bush type squash with thinner skin such as Early Prolific Straightneck and Summer Crookneck. Winter squash types have a vining habit and thicker, hardened skin. Winter types store longer due to the thicker skin. Good varieties for Florida include Table Queen acorn, early butter nut and spaghetti squash. Although cross pollination can occur, results will only be seen if you save the seed. Plant seeds from reli able seed sources. Squash are among the vegetable plants that need bees for pollination. Male and female flowers bloom on the same plant, but fruit will only grow at the base of the pollinated female flower. A common cause of early fruit drop or tiny, immature fruit production is incomplete pollination. Watch for bee activity when the flowers are blooming. If there is little or no bee activity, you can easily hand pollinate squash plants by following the directions at http:// edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs398 As a precaution to save bees, use the valuable non-pesticide approaches outlined in the University of Florida document found at http://edis.ifas.ufl. edu/vh021. This includes learning the difference between the beneficial and pest insects in your garden. Along with bees, beneficial insects such as lady bugs, wasps, big-eyed bugs, spiders and assas sin bugs are especially welcome in the garden. Encourage good guys to stay in the vegetable gar den by planting a few flow ers to provide extra pollen and nectar. For more fall gardening information, call the Columbia County Extension office at 7525384. 2D LAKE CITY REPORTER LIFE SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013 Page Editor: Jim Barr, 754-0424 2DLIFE ASSOCIATED PRESS This undated publicity photo provided by Back to the Roots shows a mushroom kit with a flush of organic gourmet oyster mushrooms. HAPPENINGS Grow mushrooms with pre-packaged kit Maubach-Gambel engagement John and Becky Maubach, of Denver, Colo., announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Michelle Maubach, of Navarre, Fla., to Ryan Gambel, of Lake City, son of Seth and Dena Gambel and Teena and George Peavey, of Lake City. The wedding is planned for 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Mandis Chapel at Camp Weed. A reception will follow at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak. The bride-elect holds a doctorate in physical therapy and is employed by Select Physical Therapy. The future groom is an assistant golf professional at the Club at Hidden Creek in Navarre. COURTESY Michelle Maubach and Ryan Gambel LeDew-Cartee engagement Ms. Jean H. LeDew, of Lake City, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. LeDew, of Pace, are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Jeannie Leigh LeDew, to Mr. Wayne David Cartee Jr., son of Dr. and Mrs. Wayne D. Cartee. Jeannie and Dave are planning a March 1, 2014, wedding at the First United Methodist Church, Pensacola. Formal invitations will be be sent. COURTESY Wayne Cartee Jr. and Jeannie LeDew D. Nichelle Demorest is a horticulture agent with the Columbia County Extension of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. GARDEN: Time to plant fall crops Continued From Page 1D Gardening By MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL Associated Press PANAMA CITY BEACH Gregg Matthews fancies himself a lumbering Star Wars character of sorts as he treks along a popular Florida beach. He wears stout hiking sandals on the squishy sand and uses ski poles for balance as he shoulders a 40-pound backpack, a blue-orb with 15 cameras extending over his head. It attracts a lot of attention, Matthews laughed about all of his gear, while trod ding along Panama City Beach. Matthews and his trekking partner, Chris Officer, are contracted through Visit Florida, the states tourism agency, to gather images for Google Maps. All told, they have already walked more than 200 miles of Florida beachfront, each logging up to 7.5 miles a day with the camera orb. Each camera on the orb takes a shot every 2.5 seconds as they walk. Their quest: to create panoramic views to place online of every Florida beach similar to the internet giants Street View which has taken photos of everything from ordinary homes and businesses to world-famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State building. Visit Florida has partnered with Google in the effort to map all 825 miles of Floridas beaches. And for good reason: tourism is Floridas top industry, account ing for 91.4 million visitors last year and $71.8 billion in spending that employed more than 1 million in the state. The project began in late July when Matthews and Officer began walking from the Alabama-Florida border. After mapping Florida Panhandle beaches, they will hop scotch over to Floridas Atlantic coast and move south. Eventually, another camera team will take over, curling past Miamis South Beach and other hotspots aiming to finish the project sometime in November. Google has a similar project with map pers trekking the trails of the Grand Canyon. But the Florida project is the first largescale beach mapping project. The mapping teams were contracted through Visit Florida. Agency spokes woman Kathy Torian said the project is entirely funded with public money and Visit Florida budgeted $126,000 for a pri vate contractor to oversee the production of images to be sent to Google. The mappers are paid a straight fee of $27 per mile, but no expenses, she said, with the walkers covering all of their own transportation and accommodations. The only money Google will pay is $1,000 at the end to buy images from the state, she said. For Matthews, $27 a mile is worth it. And hes even shed 15 pounds in the first three weeks alone. It is enough to cover expenses but mostly it is fun and probably cheaper than a gym for me, Matthews told inquisitive sunbathers as he passed them on his Panama City Beach walk. The project could be a boon for beach towns around Florida in their competition to draw tourists from other states and countries. Susan Estler, vice president of market ing for the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Googles beach view will let potential visitors see the clear turquoise waters and gleaming white sand an enticement to any and all to check out the scene in person. Google Maps camera teams mapping all of Fla. beaches
By SUE MANNINGAssociated PressLOS ANGELES They enjoyed the high life for years. Now eight cats accustomed to the creature comforts of a house that features an elevated feline free-way have not only been brought down to Earth, but squeezed into a 30-foot motorhome with the family Chihuahua. Gus, Sam, Dave, Stella, Lili, Eddie, Zander, Willow and Sadie the Chihuahua are biding their time in the motorhome, which is parked in the driveway of the San Diego home known for a quarter century as The Cats House. Bob Walker and Frances Mooney have sold the house. Escrow closed on July 3 and Walker, Mooney, cats and dog are moving to Fredericksburg, Va. Walker and Mooney moved into the house in 1986 and turned it into a human-sized cat condo with 140 feet of elevated highway, tunnels, ramps, a spiral staircase, rest areas and scenic vistas. It even had a floor-to-ceil-ing scratching post. The kitty thoroughfare remains but has been painted white like the rest of the house. The new owners dont have a cat. It used to be a kaleidoscope of colors. Even the outside was purple. Walker, 63, a photographer and builder, and Mooney, 61, an artist, shared the house. Walker published eight photo books, including The Cats House. Over the years, the unusual home attracted over 50 film crews from around the world. At a book signing in 1996, more than 900 people showed up. The couple was featured in a Chris Smith documentary, Home Movie shown at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and later released on DVD. Walker, Mooney and the cats even had a line of postcards at Target. Until five months ago, Walker said they thought theyd spend the rest of their lives in the four-bedroom, 1,500-square-foot home overlooking Mission Bay. Built in the 1950s, it was also Mooneys childhood home. Then we decided to go on a new adventure and move to the East Coast, Walker said. Sadie, Zander and Willow are 3, so this will probably be the couples last batch of cats, he said. Cats are 15or 20-year com-mitments and they dont want to leave any behind. Mooney was always bonkers for cats, Walker said. On their wedding day in 1973, they adopt-ed Beauregard, their first cat as a couple. The ceiling superhighway started when they decided to divide the living room and din-ing room with a stained glass window. To keep cats from dam-aging the furniture, they added the floor-to-ceiling scratching post, wrapped with 395 feet of dyed pink sisal rope. The cats loved it, Walker said, but after chasing each other up the scratching post and across a suspended beam, they had to stop abruptly. The answer was tunnels and freeway extensions. Walker used 2-by-6 inch planks of Douglas fir. To accommodate the oldest members of the troupe, he added the 23-step spiral staircase into the TV room and a carpet-cov-ered ramp into the bedroom. Over the years, theyve had 35 cats, though never more than a dozen at once. They had eight litter boxes around the house and cleaned a lot, Walker said. In the motorhome, they dont have as much to clean, but there is only room for one litter box on the shower floor and they have to change it at least twice a day. In Fredericksburg, they plan to buy a home and build a big-ger, better, longer, stronger and more artistic catwalk. Walker said hes anxious to start on a two-story cat house, but hes a little worried about the slope challenge. Page Editor: Jim Barr, 754-0424 LAKE CITY REPORTER LIFE SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013 3D3DLIFE The Cats House closes, cats go east Famed feline abode sold; owners move animals to Virginia. ASSOCIATED PRESSABOVE: Bob Walkers cats climb along beams in his home in San Diego, Calif. Walker and Frances Mooney moved into the house in 1986 and started converting it in to a human-sized cat condo with 140 feet of elevated highway, tunnels, ramps, a spiral staircase, rest areas an d scenic vistas. BELOW: Walker and Mooney sit with their cats Chihuahua in the motorhome they were using to relocate to Fredericksburg, Va. Nev. petroglyphs oldest found in North AmericaBy SCOTT SONNERAssociated PressPYRAMID LAKE, Nev. Ancient rock etchings along a dried-up lake bed in Nevada have been con-firmed to be the oldest recorded petroglyphs in North America, dating back at least 10,000 years. The petroglyphs found on limestone boulders near Pyramid Lake in northern Nevadas high desert are similar in design to etch-ings found at a lake in Oregon that are believed to be at least 7,600 years old. Unlike later drawings that sometimes depict a spear or antelope, the carvings are abstract with tightly clustered geometric designs some are dia-mond patterns, others have short parallel lines on top of a longer line. Scientists cant tell for sure who carved them, but they were found on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribes reservation land. We initially thought people 12,000 or 10,000 years ago were primitive, but their artistic expressions and technological expertise associated with these paints a much different picture, said Eugene Hattori, the curator of anthropology at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City who co-wrote a paper on the findings earlier this month in the Journal of Archaeological Science. The petroglyphs could be as much as 14,800 years old, said Larry Benson, a geochemist who used radiocarbon testing to date the etchings and was the lead author of the research paper. Radiocarbon testing dated the carbonate layer underlying the petroglyphs to roughly 14,800 years ago. Geochemical data and sediment and rock samples from adjacent Pyramid Lake show they were exposed to air from 13,200 to 14,800 years ago, and again from 10,500 to 11,300 years ago. Whether they turn out to be as old as 14,800 years ago or as recent as 10,500 years ago, they are still the oldest petroglyphs that have been dated in North America, said Benson, a former research scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey and current cura-tor of anthropology at the University of Colorado Natural History Museum in Boulder. Dennis Jenkins, an archaeologist with the University of Oregons Museum of Natural and Cultural History, called it a significant discovery. He led recent excavations of obsidian spear points near Paisley, Ore., that he dated back 13,200 years, and noted that the bigger chal-lenge is identifying who created the petroglyphs. When you get back into this time period, if you speak with Native Americans they will tell you they were made (created) there and that is obviously their people and their artwork, Jenkins said. But approaching it from a scientific point of view what we can prove at this point, it is impos-sible to connect these to any tribal group. William Cannon, a longtime archaeologist for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management who dis-covered the petroglyphs at Long Lake in Oregon, brought the Nevada site to Hattoris attention years ago. He said they bore sim-ilarities to petroglyphs at nearby Winnemucca Lake, and Hattori began connect-ing the dots after Benson spotted the carbonate coat-ing on the rocks. Fruit and vegetable leathers: Easy and not just for kids By W. WAYT GIBBSAssociated PressWhat does a schoolchilds packed lunch have in common with a $300-a-head meal at a three-Michelin-star restaurant? These days, both frequent-ly include an edible leath-er: a puree of fruit (or, in the case of the restaurant, more often of a vegetable, such as tomato or onion) spread thin and dehydrated until it becomes stretchy. Commercial fruit leathers roll out of factories by the yard, and those served at high-priced restaurants are prepared by expert chefs, so you might think that such a modern cre-ation is beyond the means of the home cook. But its actually amazingly quick and easy to make an all-natural fruit leather that is a tasty, healthful and highly portable snack for the lunch box or backpack. My 10-year-old loves the mango chili leather. And you can use the same technique to create savory vegetable leathers that add interesting, mod-ern touches to traditional dishes. At The Cooking Lab, for example, we put tomato leather on lobster rolls. A little tangle of thin onion leather strips makes a terrific garnish for gazpa-cho or vichyssoise; apple leather pairs nicely with squash soup. All you need to make your own leather is a blender, an oven and about 20 minutes of prep time. Edible leathers do need one to three hours to dehy-drate the thicker the layer of puree, the longer it takes to dry but you can do other things while they sit in the oven. For these recipes, timing is not critical. There are just three prep steps: prepare the fruit or vegetable by coring, peel-ing and dicing it; puree all the ingredients in a blend-er to a smooth slurry; then spread the puree in a thin, even layer onto a silicone baking mat. An offset spat-ula is an ideal tool for that last step, but if you dont have one, you can instead wrap six to eight loops of masking tape around both ends of a ruler so that it leaves a gap of about 1/16 inch (2 mm) as you draw it across the mat. Except for leathers made from fruits, like mango, which are naturally high in pectin, youll need to add a smidgen of gelling agent to the puree to get the right degree of stretchi-ness to the leather. Pectin can work, but its gelling strength varies greatly depending on the acidity of the puree. Xanthan gum, which you can find in the baking ingredients aisle of bigger grocers, performs more consistently. Xanthan is a natural product fer-mented from sugars. It is powerful stuff, so measure it carefully; use a digital scale if you have one.SWEET RASPBERRY LEATHER Start to finish: 2 hours Servings: 4Ingredients:2 cups raspberries1 tablespoon cooking oil 1/4 cup sugar3/16 teaspoon xanthan gumInstructions:Arrange an 11-by-17inch nonstick silicone mat on a rimmed baking sheet. Heat a food dehydrator to 150 F, or set your oven to its lowest temperature. Combine all ingredients in a blender, then puree until thoroughly blend-ed, at least 30 seconds. Working quickly, pour the puree onto the mat and use an offset spatula or other long, flat utensil to spread it into an even layer 1/16 inch thick. If the puree sits too long in the blender it may set into a custard-like gel; if that happens, blend it again until it becomes fluid enough that you can spread it easily across the mat. Place the baking sheet in the dehydrator or oven, and dry until leathery and tacky to the touch. A dry-ing time of 1-1/2 to 2 hours is typical, but the time required can vary consid-erably depending on the thickness and wetness of the puree layer, the tem-perature of the chamber, and the humidity of the air. Use the convection set-ting on your oven if one is available. When the leather is done, peel it gently from the mat, and use scissors to trim it to individual serving sizes; for use as a garnish, cut it into long, thin strips. To store the leather pieces, roll them individually in waxed paper and then in plastic wrap. The leather will keep for a week when packaged this way.OTHER FRUIT LEATHERS Follow the directions above, but substitute 2 cups (300 grams) cored, peeled and diced persim-mons, apples, pears or apri-cots for the raspberries, and reduce the amount of sugar to 2 1/2 tablespoons (30 grams). Use more sugar if you or your kids prefer sweeter snacks. ASSOCIATED PRESSSweet raspberry leather is just one of many kinds of lea thers that can be made from fruit and vegetable purees. Rock carvings dated to at least 10,000 years ago.
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DEAR ABBY: My childrens nanny, Daisy, has been with us for more than two years. Shes not the best, but I know I could do a lot worse. The most important thing is my children adore her and she is used to our routine. By and large, Im happy to have her. However, I have two pet peeves I dont know how to address. Daisy is always late. Not by much, mind you -but it is consistent. Shes at least five minutes late every sin-gle day. Maybe it shouldnt bother me so much, but it does. I never dock her pay for tardiness, and I always pay her on time. To me, its a reflection of how important she views her job. I feel it is disrespectful. The kicker is, Daisy is studying to be a nurse. I have told her unless she breaks this bad habit, shell be fired from a future nursing job. The second thing is, on hot, humid days, Daisy has the worst body odor imag-inable. When the weather is cool, she doesnt smell, but once sticky weather arrives, the wall of stench is enough to make my nose hairs curl. One day it made me physically ill and I had to excuse her for the day without explaining why. How should I address these problems? Or am I making too big a deal out of this? -HAVING ISSUES IN VIRGINIA DEAR HAVING ISSUES: Daisy may not be the best employee, but a good employer makes clear what the ground rules are when someone is hired. Because youre a stickler for punc-tuality, remind Daisy about what her hours are and stress that you expect her to be on time or risk having her pay docked. (If she uses public transportation, there should be some flexibility, but because shes late every day she should be told she needs to leave home a few minutes earlier.) As to her personal hygiene issue, address it directly. Tell her you expect her to have show-ered, used deodorant and put on fresh clothes before coming to work -espe-cially in the summer. Helpful hint: When you hire someone, have a list of written rules prepared for the individual to read and sign so there will be no misunderstandings. ** ** ** DEAR ABBY: I am going to a concert by a popular band. My brother and my cousin always make fun of this band. People comment-ing online also post mean things about them. I know they have a right to their own opinions, but I dont get the same reactions when I talk about or listen to other popular music. Did people do this 10 or 20 years ago? Do they think its cool to express hatred about mainstream musicians? -FREE TO LISTEN AT 13 DEAR FREE TO LISTEN: There is always a degree of backlash against hugely popular entertain-ers because some people think its more cool to be a fan of a new, upcoming band. Years ago, some peo-ple loved the Beatles and hated the Rolling Stones, and vice versa. The behav-ior you describe has been going on ever since the music business began. 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6D LAKE CITY REPORTER LIFE SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013 Page Editor: Jim Barr, 754-04246DLIFEBy MIKE CORDERAssociated PressSINTRA, Portugal With sunshine bathing its multicol-ored facades against a backdrop of deep blue sky, the Pena Palace in Sintra is like a castle seen through a kaleidoscope. A jumble of bright yellow domes, red towers, blue tiles, a drawbridge and a half-man, half-fish sculpture holding up a win-dow, the Pena Palace is lauded as the finest example of Portuguese romanticism, an eclectic mix that borrows style notes from among others the Moors, German gothic revival and the local manueline architecture. Fernando II, husband of Portuguese Queen Maria II, had the palace built in the 1840s around the remains of a der-elict monastery. Now tourists can wander through its ornate rooms and oversized kitchens as well as its sprawling gardens, featuring plants brought back from around the world and ponds where carp and black swans drift languidly around crenelated duck houses. And Pena is far from the only spectacular palace in Sintra, long a playground of royalty and the ostentatiously wealthy. The towns altitude and shady forests have historically provided welcome relief from sweltering summer temperatures of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, which is now only a half-hours drive away. Bang in the middle of the old town is the National Palace with its distinctive conical chimneys. A couple of kilometers into the lushly forested hills is the Palace of Monserrate once visited by British poet Lord Byron sur-rounded by manicured gardens and what is billed as the first lawn planted in Portugal. And if your eyes tire of all the palatial pomp, you can retire for a morning to the cool confines of a 16th century monastery, where Franciscan friars lived in extreme austerity, providing a stark con-trast to Sintras explosion of architectural excesses. Overlooking it all are the well-preserved remains of an eighth-century Moorish fort, whose restored ramparts cling to a hilltop above Sintra and offer spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pena Palace on an adjacent hill. The wealth of historic buildings led UNESCO to inscribe the entire Sintra Cultural Landscape on its World Heritage List in 1995, saying its structures harmonize indigenous flora with a refined and cultivated landscape created by man as a result of literary and artistic influences. Nowhere can that be better seen than in the grounds of the Palace of Monserrate, a summer residence for 19th century British textile millionaire Francis Cook, whose gardens include a folly of a ruined chapel with an Australian banyan tree draped over its walls, a manmade waterfall, a valley full of tree ferns from Australia and New Zealand, cacti from Mexico and a Chinese mourning cypress in the middle of the steeply slop-ing lawn. The palace itself is no less spectacular, with three dome-topped towers connected by a corridor full of ornately carved arches and columns. It is not hard to imagine Lord Byron wan-dering from a piano recital in the northern towers music room to the nearby billiards room before strolling past panels of Indian alabaster carved in Mogul style to the library, where he could pen a verse amid the dark walnut bookshelves. All of the buildings around Sintra are open to the paying public and easily accessible, offering a glimpse back in time to the days when Portugal was a wealthy seafaring nation ruled by a monarchy with a penchant for palaces. Walking from ornate bedrooms to tiled bathrooms of the palaces and gazing at their huge kitchens gives an idea of the sumptuous lives of the Portuguese royals and their guests and it is easy to feel why they flocked here from Lisbon in the summer when you stroll through the shaded gar-dens, catching glimpses of the ocean and surrounding hills. But in a country currently buckling under European Unionmandated budgetary austerity measures, the pared-back sim-plicity of the Moorish castle and the Capuchos Convent also leave lasting impressions. The castle was built by Moors in the ninth and 10th centuries, gradually fell into disrepair and was restored in the 19th century by none other than Fernando II, the queens consort responsible for neighboring Pena Palace. A short drive into the hills, austerity is taken to its extremes at the Franciscan monastery known as the Convent of the Holy Cross of Cork Convent, built in 1560 and inhabited until 1834. Here, the only nods toward any kind of decoration are the 18th century azulejo tiles in its Chapel of the Passion of the Christ. Elsewhere, doors to dormitory rooms are built deliberately small so that monks have to bow in humility just to get into the cramped quar-ters, and doors and shutters are lined with cork harvested from trees in the surrounding forest. Sitting on the steps of the monks grain store in the shadow of a leaning cork oak looking at the simple stone buildings that blend into the woods, Sintra and its palaces seem a world away. Sintra, Portugal, like a castle in a kaleidoscope ASSOCIATED PRESSThe Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal, is like a cast le seen through a kaleidoscope, one of a number of spectacular buildings found in Sintra, which has long been a pl ayground of royalty near the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. TRAVEL Wealth of historic buildings makes town at must-see. National Aquarium overhaul creates coral reef ecosystemBy BRETT ZONGKERAssociated PressBALTIMORE The National Aquarium in Baltimore has overhauled what once was a drab, leaky, concrete tank of mostly sting rays, adding 1,000 animals and 3,000 hand-sculpted coral repli-cas to create a colorful and massive new centerpiece exhibit. The exhibit had always been popular but became dated, and it is now teem-ing with new life after the $12.5 million renovation. The tank now includes 65 different animal species, including a beloved 555-pound, three-legged green sea turtle named Calypso. Late last month, the aquarium added 20 black-tip reef sharks from Australia to help complete an ecosystem that repli-cates endangered Indo-Pacific reefs. Divers care-fully placed each shark in the 260,000-gallon exhibit one by one over several hours. Almost immediate-ly, the sharks began swim-ming together as a school in their new home. Rather than eat all of the exhibits smaller fish, how-ever, these sharks have been trained over the past year to eat a variety of sea-foods from animal keepers on schedules and at cer-tain feeding locations, said senior aquarist Ashleigh Clews. The sharks look small now but will eventu-ally grow to about 6 feet long. Curator Jack Cover said the aquarium set out to take its visitors on a journey to a place like the Great Barrier Reef to showcase the biodiversity that coral reefs support. So they created an exhibit to show what a healthy reef looks like to help inspire conservation of such eco-systems. All these things link together to form this aquat-ic community. Coral reefs really represent sort of the big cities of the ocean, Cover said. We have a cave area, we have a ter-raced coral area, we have sand flats. So many spe-cies will really go to those different areas. Its almost like a city with different neighborhoods. Along with the smaller fish, the blacktip reef sharks are an essential part of a reef ecosystem in the wild, Clews said, by keeping fish populations in check and by removing sick and injured fish. As they trained for more than a year, Clews developed a bond with the animals after diving with them and interacting with them to prepare them for the exhibit. Theyre shallow-water sharks, usually hanging out in the reefs, she said. Theyre beautiful ani-mals. Still, sharks are often misunderstood as ever-hungry, man-eating preda-tors notions the aquar-ium would like to change, Cover said. And sharks are hunted for their fins, meat and skins. People really have a completely wrong picture of what they do and that they have a role in the health of a healthy ecosys-tem like a reef, he said. We wanted to basically show it and then tell (visi-tors) that if the sharks are removed, the reef is going to suffer. Visitors can get a sense of what its like to be at sea level, as well as to gaze down on the tank full of fish from a birds eye view. Concrete walls have been replaced with glass walls to open up the exhibit space. One addition is a large glass-enclosed underwater viewing area that juts into the coral habitat to replace what had been two small portals. Now visitors can see tiny blue and orange fish that feed and hide in the coral and have an up-close look at sharks and the giant sea turtle. Its like youre entering their world, Cover said. It will look very differ-ent. The result is a colorful, lively centerpiece for one of Baltimores top attrac-tions, which draws about 1.5 million visitors each year with its companion aquarium in Washington. The renovation was fund-ed with a combination of government funds and donor contributions. The exhibits grand opening was Aug. 8. ASSOCIATED PRESSBirds of paradise flowers bloom in the garden of Monserrate Palace in Sintra, Portugal. ASSOCIATED PRESSSleek, fast-moving blacktip reef sharks swim in National Aquariums new Blacktip Reef exhibit in Baltimore. The blacktip reef sharks will make themselves at home among the 260,000-gallon coral reef ecosystem featuring more than 7 00 marine animals, 3,000 pieces of coral and a sea turtle that weighs more than 500 pound s. Corps runs out of sand for beaches in South FloridaBy JENNIFER KAYAssociated PressMIAMI BEACH Some of South Floridas most pop-ular beaches will be particu-larly vulnerable to erosion and major damage if the state experiences a series of hurricanes, as it did in 2004 and 2005, because officials have run out of an impor-tant material: sand. Miami-Dade and Broward counties are the first in the state to deplete their offshore sources of sand that can be used for beach renourishment projects, said Tom Martin, a senior coast-al engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The corps has prioritized Miami-Dades sand problem this week in a series of pub-lic meetings from Miami Beach to Fort Pierce, seek-ing input for the first phase of the process to identify a new source of sand. The general perception is the ocean is full of sand, but to get the sand in an environmentally responsible way, to get sand compatible with whats on the beaches, its difficult at times, Martin said. Theres more than enough sand available off southeastern Florida for beach renourishment proj-ects in five counties over the next 50 years, according to a new study by the corps and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. However, almost all of it is located in state or federal waters off St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties not Broward or Miami-Dade. Beach renourishment projects have continued along roughly 200 miles of southeastern Florida shore-line since the late 1970s, providing a buffer between coastal development and infrastructure and the erod-ing forces of ocean waves and storms. Sand for those projects typically comes from nearby sources for cost reasons. Now that those nearby sand sources are depleted in Miami-Dade, the corps is considering alternatives such as inland sand mines, sand dredged from deeper offshore waters, from the Bahamas or other interna-tional sources, or the off-shore sites identified far-ther north along Floridas Atlantic shore. Miami-Dades shoreline should hold up relative-ly well if theres a storm, thanks to beach renourish-ment projects over the last year using the last of the available sand dredged off the county, said Matthew Schrader, a coastal engineer with the corps. Back-to-back storms or a series of stormy weather events, however, would put the county at a disadvantage until an alternative source of sand was secured, a process that could take a few years. If we get hit by a large storm, unlike in the past where we knew we had resources right off our coast, those simply dont exist now, said Stephen Blair, chief of restoration and enhancement in Miami-Dades deptartment of envi-ronmental resources man-agement. That vulnerability is very real. Blair noted that Broward County shares similar con-cerns, and he said he would like to see the available sand managed across the region instead of by proxim-ity to individual counties or municipalities. Sand for short-term fixes could be trucked in from inland sand mines in Central Florida, but thats logistical-ly difficult. Blacktip sharks added to tank to complete exhibit.