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Lake City ReporterSUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014 | YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER SINCE 1874 | $1.50 LAKECITYREPORTER.COM LOCALVisitors flock to Haven Hospice Derby Dash, 7A. CALL US: (386) 752-1293 SUBSCRIBE TO THE REPORTER: Voice: 755-5445 Fax: 752-9400 Vol. 140, No. 08 TODAYS WEATHER Opinion . . . . . . 4A Obituaries . . . . . 5A Derby Dash . . . . . . . 7A Puzzles . . . . . . . 2B Advice & Comics . . 3D LOCALSupport the Troops donates to local vets, 2A. 70 54Sunny, 8A SUNDAY EDITION C oming back better than ever.1C CHS, Creekside in Regional Finals.1BFrom staff reportsCarlis Lindsey III was indicted for first degree murder by a Columbia County grand jury Friday in the stabbing death of his girlfriend. Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty. Police say Lindsey, 31, of 375 NW Bascom Norris Drive, stabbed Chaquasha Shawntey Avinger repeatedly after meeting her at the corner of NE Jackson Avenue and NE Morgan Street shortly after midnight on Friday, April 11. Avinger, 36, was found bleeding in the street and taken to Murder suspect may face death LindseySurprises by sessions endBy DARA KAM and BRANDON LARRABEEThe News Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE In some ways, it was a session of the unexpected. When lawmakers decamped to Tallahassee at the beginning of March, the agenda was full of conservative red meat. Taxes and fees would be slashed by $500 million. The states de facto school-vouchers program would be expanded. Military veterans would be given benefits in something dubbed the Florida GI Bill. Public-employee pensions would be overhauled. And, if all went well, Gov. Rick Scott would be placed on a glide path to re-election. Most of those things happened -though, it should be noted, the pension changes went down in flames. Some of them happened in an unexpected way, such as the voucher expansion, which seemed dead 12 hours before it was revived. But other items that werent on the radar or at best looked like long shots before the Legislature was gaveled into session in Some bills considered longshots early on now headed to the governors desk. Photos by JASON MATTHEW WALKER/ Lake City ReporterJJ Lawhorn performs at the Suwannee River Jam at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. More than 25,000 were expected to turn out for this years Jam, which ended Saturday. Fort Lauderdale residents Luis Luna and Andrea Lowery dance on their way to join the audience. Im a salsa and merengue kind of guy, but I love country music, Luna said. Fans cheer on performers at the 24th Annual Suwannee River Jam. Nikki Sheerer, of Sattlers Leather & Hats, shows Jeremy Bass, 22, of Orlando, his reflection at the Suwannee River Jam. Bass, a first time visitor, said that he is looking forward to watching Brantley Gilbert play and that he wishes the rain would go away. Gilbert performed Saturday evening. Indicted Friday for first degree murder. By TONY BRITTtbritt@lakecityreporter.comNo two people travel the same path to graduation, but a common pebble on that path for the FGC class of 2014 was persevernce. Florida Gateway College held its annual commencement exercises Friday at its Howard Conference Center. The school had 690 graduation candidates, but only 250 students walked across the stage to get their credentials certificate, degree or diploma, during Fridays morning and afternoon commencement exercises. Several of the commencement speakers spoke of the importance of perseverance, both in getting this far and in going further toward their goals. Cyril Weatherspoon, one of the speakers at the afternoon commencement exercise, used rap lyrics to make his point. Started from the bottom now we here, he said, quoting rapper Drake. Weatherspoon explained how he quit a job he held for eight years to go back to school to get his degree. It meant a lot to be one of the speakers, he said. I was asked to it wasnt something I signed up for, but Im glad I did it. It shows my kids that you can go out, get a degree and go up there and talk at graduation. It was an honor. Weatherspoon said he quit his job with the Florida Department of Corrections so he could pursue college full time. He completed Perseverance common theme for FGC grads Jill and John Moore show off the signs they made to congratulate Heidi Moore on her graduation.From staff and wire service reportsA comprehensive bill to preserve and protect Floridas freshwater springs wont make it to the governors desk this session. The bill (SB 1576) sought to control the amounts of fertilizers allowed into waterways, redirect waste water, replace septic systems at no charge to homeowners and have the Department of Environmental Protection rank the needs of the various critical springs projects. It passed the Senate unanimously but was never taken up by a single committee in the House.Springs bill dies Photos by TONY BRITT/Lake City ReporterGraduates turn their tassels, ending commencement exercises.Its a very emotional moment for me. I wanted to lead by example for my child and my granddaughter. Jacqueline Williams, White Springs GRAD continued on 3A LINDSEY continued on 3A SPRINGS continued on 3A SESSION continued on 3A JAMThousands came to
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affec tionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lag ging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Romans 12:9-13 2A LAKE CITY REPORTER DAILY BRIEFING SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014 Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 OSPREY O fficials say a wildlife trapper removed four alligators from a school campus in one day this week. Pine View School principal Stephen Covert says alligators have been spotted on the sprawl ing Osprey campus in the past, but the four that were captured Thursday was an unusually high number. Covert says the trapper played a mating call from a recorder, removed them from the school and let them go at an unknown location. One of the gators was more than 8 feet long. The animals were caught during the school day, but Covert says it was not a disruption to the students. Covert told The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the alligators likely came from fenced-in nearby retention ponds in search of mates. Robbery suspect shot after chase LAKE WORTH A man sus pected of attempting an armed robbery in Lake Worth in which shots were fired, is in the hos pital after later being shot by a deputy. The Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office says it is inves tigating the incident, which occurred early Saturday morning. Authorities say deputies responded to the area of the suspected robbery near Sixth Avenue. Later, a patrolling depu ty later encountered the suspect, whose name was not released. A foot chase ensued into an alley, where officials say the suspect pointed a gun toward the deputy, prompting the deputy to shoot. The man was taken to Delray Medical where he was listed in critical condition with non-life threatening injuries. The deputy, whose name was also not released, has been placed on administrative leave.Police officer guilty of selling drugs WEST PALM BEACH A South Florida police officer has pleaded guilty to selling drugs illegally while in uniform and car rying his service weapon. Court records show that 45-year-old Dewitt McDonald pleaded guilty in federal court last week. McDonald is an officer with the West Palm Beach Police Department. Authorities say McDonald also operated a pair of health and well ness clinics. Through these, he acknowledged illegally selling ste roids and other prescription drugs. McDonald also admitted in March that he delivered drugs to another police officer while car rying his weapon and on duty. McDonald faces a sentence of between five years and life in prison. A Fort Lauderdale federal judge is scheduled to sentence him on July 18.Biden to speak at commencement MIAMI Vice President Joe Biden is set to give a commence ment speech in South Florida. Biden is among the speakers who will be addressing nearly 15,000 Miami Dade College grad uates Saturday. He will address graduates from the colleges InterAmerican and Homestead campuses. Biden and George Mason University President Angel Cabrera also will receive honorary degrees during the ceremony.Teen guilty of fatally shooting police dog WEST PALM BEACH A South Florida teen has been con victed of fatally shooting a police dog during a burglary. A Palm Beach County jury found 17-year-old Ivins Rosier, who was tried as an adult, guilty Thursday of animal cruelty, armed burglary and shooting into an occupied building. He previously declined a plea deal that would have sent him to pris on for 20 years. Authorities say Rosier was one of three teens who broke into the home of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Robert Boody in November 2012. During the break-in, a 5-year-old German Shepherd who lived at the home was shot several times. The retired K-9 had to be euthanized five days later. 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A prolific actor who also appeared in numerous films and stage produc tions, Zimbalist became a household name in 1958 as Stu Bailey, the wisecracking private investigator who was a co-partner in a swinging Hollywood detective agency locat ed at the exclusive address of 77 Sunset Strip. When the show of the same name ended in 1964, Zimbalist became an even bigger star playing the empa thetic, methodical G-man Lewis Erskine in The F.B.I. The actor, who in recent years had retired to his ranch in Southern Californias bucolic horse country, died there Friday at age 95. We are heartbroken to announce the passing into peace of our beloved father, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., today at his Solvang ranch, the actors daughter Stephanie Zimbalist and son Efrem Zimbalist III said in a statement. He actively enjoyed his life to the last day, showering love on his extended family, playing golf and visiting with close friends. Zimbalists stunning good looks and cool, deductive manner made him an instant star when 77 Sunset Strip began its six-season run in 1958.Kerry Washington and husband have a girl LOS ANGELES (AP) Its a girl for Kerry Washington and retired NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha. A birth certificate released Friday shows the couples daughter Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha was born around 5 p.m. on April 21 in Los Angeles. The parents havent announced the baby publicly. Washingtons publicist Amanda Silverman said no statement was available. Washington is the Emmynominated star of the ABC series Scandal. The shows third season was cut short after the 37-year-old actress became pregnant. Asomugha, a former corner back with the Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, announced his retirement last year.Disney ride centerpiece of New Fantasyland LAKE BUENA VISTA The cen terpiece of the New Fantasyland area inside the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World will open to the public on May 28. On Friday, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs announced the opening date of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The ride is a roller coaster aimed at the whole family. It does have a height requirement of 38 inches. It takes guests throughout the forested world of the dwarfs, then plunges them into a mine with glow ing gems. Scenes and songs from the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs play during the ride, and animatronic dwarfs and animals also make an appearance. There are some steep hills and quick plunges, and the coasters cars pivot back and forth.Grand Budapest stars sail on Queen Mary 2 NEW YORK The director of Grand Budapest Hotel and several of its stars will be sailing across the Atlantic in June aboard the Queen Mary 2. Wes Anderson, along with actors Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman, will join passengers on the Cunard Lines flagship for a seven-day New York-to-England sail ing beginning June 13. Grand Budapest Hotel will be shown onboard along with other films. The movie, released earlier this year, is about the quirky staff, guests and goings-on at a European hotel. The QM2 marks its 10th anniver sary this year. In New York, the ship homeports in Brooklyn, and will sail to Southampton on this trip.Jack Bauers back to save the day in 24 NEW YORK Jacks back.A counterterrorism agent forced to go rogue, Jack Bauer had been lying low since 2010. Hes been off the grid and off-screen since the final cycle of 24. For eight seasons of this Fox thriller, the indomitable Bauer repeatedly saved the country from innumerable disasters (or tried to) at grave cost to himself. But far from being showered in the thanks of a grateful nation, he was branded and re-branded a most-wanted villain for his service. He had no choice but to go on the lam. Viewers like his fictional pursu ers on 24 might reasonably have given up on ever seeing Jack again. But on 24: Live Another Day, he is nabbed by the CIA shortly after 11 a.m., London time, as this real-time, sequential drama erupts with the first of a dozen episodes that will carry the saga to a breathless resolution 12 hours later in the same hectic day. Scripture of the Day Thought for Today Q Associated Press Q Associated Press See an error? The Lake City Reporter accepts photographs and caption information to run at the discretion of the editor. If you would like to see your orga nization in the newspaper, send the picture and information to associate editor Emily Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions The Lake City Reporter corrects errors of fact in news items. If you have a concern, question, or suggestion, please call the editor. Corrections and clarifications will run in this space. Thanks for reading. QUICK HITS COURTESYSupporting our troopsSupport the Troops, an organization that donates care packages to mi litary members deployed overseas, recently donated items to the Ro bert H. Jenkins Jr. Veterans Domiciliary Home in Lake City. Pallets of donations were given to each Florida veterans ho me including six nursing homes and the domiciliary here. The donations, delivered by Walmart, included: eight boxes of scrubs for staff, six boxes of books for the resident library, over 200 cases of Girl Scout Cookies, 13 boxes of coffee and tea and 10 boxes of m iscellaneous snacks and goodies. Felix C. Johnson, III, Domiciliary Administrator, is pictured with volunteers and veterans after receiving the donations. Summing up,it is clear the future holds great opportunities. It also holds pitfalls. The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls, seize the oppor tunities, and get back home by six oclock. Woody Allen Zimbalist, star of The FBI, dies at 95
Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, had expressed skepticism about the Senate proposal, which underwent several late-session changes. The most notable alter ation came last month when a proposal was stripped from the plan to use existing revenue, esti mated at up to $378 mil lion a year, from a tax on real estate transactions to fund the springs improve ments. Prior to the session, Weatherford suggested that water-policy issues may have to wait until the 2015 session. Sen. David Simmons, an Altamonte Springs Republican who is also part of the group of five senators behind the bill, remained optimistic that the bill would get House support by the end of the session. Regardless, Simmons said people shouldnt look down on the $30-plus mil lion allocated in the bud get for springs next year. The House and Senate approved the fiscal 2014-15 budget Friday. We have received a significant sum of money compared to prior years, Simmons said. Its not what we wanted, but it is significant. 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Individualized Physical Occupational & Joint Replacement (Knee, Hip. etc ) Stroke Cardiac Disease Fractures (Hip, Shoulder, Pelvic, etc ) Arthritis Neck/Back Pain Balance Disturbances Dif culties Walking Generalized Weakness Impaired Abilities to Perform Activities (Bathing, Ambulating, Dressing, Eating and Transferring) Wound Care OUR SPECIALTIES INCLUDE: 560 SW McFarlane Ave. Lake City, FL 32025386-758-4777 Call to pre-register or for a tour. a local hospital where she died, according to LCPD. Police believe Avinger drove to the area with her three-week-old infant to visit Lindsey, the childs father. Before fleeing the scene, police say he delivered the infant to a relative. Third Circuit State Attorney Jeff Siegmeister said he would decide in the com ing weeks whether to seek the death penalty. Im reviewing it, he said Friday. I cant ignore his history with her, his history with other people, as well as the nature of the crime. LCPD reported at least 11 incident of domestic violence involv ing Lindsey and Avinger over the past two years, records show. LINDSEYContinued From 1Ahis studies in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. It means a lot to get my degree after I quit my job because now I can feed my family, he said with laugh ter. I havent worked and my wife has been taking care of me and this means a lot. Following the ceremony several of the graduates and their families shared hugs and spoke of their journey leading to graduation. It feels fantastic to grad uate exciting, said Jaime Marie Roberts, as she stood at the back of the Howard Conference awaiting her family. She is now creden tialed to become a physical therapist assistant. Roberts, a Lake City native, said she was excited that her family and friends were at graduation. Theyre proud of me and excited to see me graduate and it means a lot to me to have them here, she said. Rodrissica White, of Lake City, had 10 of her family members attend the gradu ation ceremony and said it was a special occasion for the entire family. It means the world to me that theyre all here with me today, she said. White, who graduated with credentials in phlebot omy, said she and her class mates were happy to finally reach graduation day. It means the world to us to graduate and get every thing lined up so that we could see this day, she said. Jill Moore and her father John Moore wanted to catch the attention of mother and wife Heidi Moore as she walked across the stage, so the two held up yellow signs with black letters. Jills sign read Yay while John Moores read Mom. We wanted to make sure she saw us when she walked across the stage, Jill Moore said. Not many moms were up there, added John Moore. Its awesome, said Heidi Moore, of Fort White, of the graduation signs. My daughter actually flew in from Virginia to be here. She came to be supportive and its awesome that shes here. Getting the diploma was a long time coming, but Im glad I finished. It was rough at my age but my hus band and my daughter were supportive throughout the whole evolution. Jacqueline Williams, of White Springs, is a grand mother who walked across the stage to applause from her children and grandchil dren when she received her credentials. Words cannot describe it, she said of graduat ing. Its a very emotional moment for me. I did it. I wanted to lead by example for my child and my grand daughter. Dr. Chuck Hall, Florida Gateway College president, said the graduation class will be remembered for diversity in programs. They came to Florida Gateway College at a time when we were re-organizing, upgrading, changing facul ty and supervisors and pro grams throughout the col lege, he said. They came at an interesting time of change and upgrading. March ended up headed to Scotts desk by the time of the Legislatures traditional adjourn ment sine die. Joint work plan For the second year in a row, House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, and Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, touted their ability to compromise and reach a joint work plan for their chambers -a shared agenda meant to serve as a contrast to the often-toxic relationship between their predecessors, former House Speaker Dean Cannon and for mer Senate President Mike Haridopolos. For the second year in a row, the document included changes to the Florida Retirement System as one of its components. And for the second year in a row, the work plan was largely a success -except for the FRS changes. Gaetz said afterward that the two leaders won approval for about 4.3 of their five work plan entries. The failure of the pension overhaul was particularly frus trating for Weatherford, who was the primary force behind overhauling the retirement sys tem for hundreds of thousands of state and county employees. On Wednesday, Weatherford wasnt quite ready to concede defeat on the initiative -but was already eulogizing the plan, which went through multiple versions as law makers looked for the combina tion that could pass the Senate. Weve always known that it wasnt going to be an easy lift, he said. Another one of Weatherfords work-plan priorities came down to the very end, when a drive to expand eligibility for the states de facto voucher program passed in the waning hours of the session. The plan appeared dead on Thursday evening after Democrats used a procedural move to block it on the Senate floor. But Republicans revived it Friday morning, tacking it onto another education measure (SB 850). That bill passed -only to twice be put on hold in the House, as lawmakers discussed wheth er to take off language dealing with diplomas for students with disabilities, an issue that was a priority of Sen. Andy Gardiner, an Orlando Republican who will take over from Gaetz following the November elections. Ultimately, the House let the measure pass unchanged. Innocents Lost Gaetz and Weatherford had already agreed to focus on reforming the child welfare sys tem as part of the work plan when The Miami Herald began running Innocents Lost, a scath ing series of articles documenting 477 child deaths over six years. On the last day of the session, lawmakers approved a far-reach ing bill designed to revamp Floridas child welfare system, which had drawn legislative scru tiny over child deaths even before the Heralds reporting. The mea sure (SB 1666) passed both cham bers unanimously, accompanied by $47 million in new funding for child protection. I believe that this legislation includes provisions that will require information about the tragedy of children dying and make that information available, Gaetz said. The measure was linked to a sweeping human trafficking bill (HB 7141), and both were collab orations by the House Healthy Families Subcommittee and the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee. Funding for the bills is linked, also. The biggest item is for child protective investigators, with $18.5 million for 191 positions at the Department of Children and Families and $8 million for the six county sheriffs offices that con duct investigations. The goal is to reduce investigator caseloads.Gambling goes bust A gambling overhaul was a crap shoot from the beginning, and in the end it turned out to be no dice. Lawmakers spent $400,000 on a gambling analysis by New Jersey-based Spectrum Group, didnt like the first version the industry group provided and, ultimately, shelved any gambling legislation altogether. Weatherford wanted a consti tutional amendment to go on the November ballot that, if approved by voters, would have required a statewide vote on any future gam bling expansions. What finally killed any gam bling proposals this session was Weatherfords almost insur mountable second condition --that Scott complete a deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida before the end of the session. Charlottes Web The Republican-dominated Legislature doesnt like pot. At least, not until this year, when, in an amazing turnaround, legislators gave overwhelming support to a medical marijuana proposal Scott has said he will sign. The proposal deals with a strain of marijuana that is low in euphoria-inducing tetrahydrocan nabinol (THC) but high in canna bidiol (CBD). The strain, known as Charlottes Web, is supposed to dramatically reduce life-threat ening seizures in children with a rare-form of epilepsy but has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Holley and Peyton Moseley --a Panhandle couple who enlisted the support of Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach Republican who just happens to be the Senate presidents son --led the charge on the issue on behalf of their adopted daughter RayAnn and about 150,000 other Florida fami lies they say can benefit from the low-THC marijuana. Scott said he will sign the pro posal (SB 1030), though the gov ernor failed to limit the bill as he had hoped. The governor wanted to only allow patients involved in clinical trials to have access to the marijuana, usually administered in paste or oil form. Im a parent and a grandpar ent. I want to make sure my children, my grandchildren, have the access to the health care they want, Scott told reporters after the measure received final approval from the Legislature on Thursday. Politically, some Republican lawmakers were faced with a dilemma. For them, approving even a strain of cannabis that purportedly doesnt get users high was troubling. What made it even more problematic was many Republicans staunch oppo sition to a proposed constitution al amendment on the November ballot that would allow doctors to order regular old marijuana for critically ill patients.Immigration Republicans settled on two pro posals: One that would allow undoc umented immigrants brought to America as children to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and univer sities, and another paving the way for an undocumented immigrant to practice law in Florida. In perhaps the highest-profile turnaround, Scott has promised to sign both bills. Record budget One bill will never be a surprise when it passes the Legislature: The budget for the coming fis cal year, which begins July 1. Lawmakers are constitutionally incapable --literally --of going home without deciding how to spend the tens of billions of dol lars that come in from the states taxpayers and the federal govern ment. In this case, it was nearly $77.1 billion, a record in terms of raw dollars. The states economic recovery appears to be picking up steam. And while Scott and Crist argued over whether the gover nor or the president deserves more credit, the Legislature was more than happy to shower the extra funding on public schools, child welfare and more than a few local projects. Not to mention the $500 million in tax and fee reductions --most of it spoken for in a measure Scott has already signed to roll back an increase in motor-vehicle fees signed by (not coincidentally) Crist. The other $105 million was covered by a mish-mash of tax holidays, credits and exemptions that the House sponsor, Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, labeled a patchwork of awesome ness. What adjective did Workman, R-Melbourne, use to describe the final version of HB 5601 approved Friday? Awesomer. The handful of Democrats who voted against the bill were left with only one complaint: Lawmakers should have spent more, particu larly on education and trimming waiting lists for state services. The economy is good. Were moving in the right direction. Theres more money around. But theres a problem with prior ities, said Rep. Elaine Schwartz, D-Hollywood. The budget sailed through, the session adjourned and lawmak ers were free to focus on their re-election campaigns --and pon der what surprises might be in store when they return in a little more than 300 days to start the annual session all over again. SPRINGSContinued From 1A GRADContinued From 1A SESSIONContinued From 1A
I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. Its when you know youre licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. Atticus Finch in To Kill a MockingbirdA fter more than 50 years, To Kill a Mockingbird remains one of Americas most beloved books. The seminal tale follows Atticus, a courageous, strong-willed, morally impeccable lawyer, and his preteen daughter and teenage son as Atticus defends a black man wrongfully accused of raping a young white woman in a small Alabama town. Published in 1960, the novel helped shape our national con-sciousness about race. It particu-larly helped whites reconcile with their racial past by offering a pain-fully honest portrait of those who manipulate and profit from race, and then counterbalancing it with Atticus patient, perceptive, honest, courageous, conscientious protector of the weak and voiceless. The father every child wants, the lawyer every defendant hopes for. The per-son wed all like to be. The combination of compelling characters and issues, an honest and contentious storyline, and its introduction in the early 1960s a time when the country was grap-pling with race turned To Kill A Mockingbird into an instant American treasure. According to a study by the Center for the Learning and Teaching of Literature, it is the fifth-most-widely taught piece of liter-ature in schools, just behind Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Huckleberry Finn and Julius Caesar. To Kill a Mockingbird is at once charming and repulsive, forgiving and cruel all within the pages of one book. And for 50 years, that was the only way you could access the beautifully written prose of Harper Lee: in traditional book form. So, we were delighted when, in a rare public statement Monday, Lee announced that she would allow To Kill a Mockingbird to be offered as an e-book and digital audiobook, beginning July 8. Im still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries, said Lee, 88. I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long. This is Mockingbird for a new generation. Indeed it is. According to the Kids and Family Reading Report, the percentage of children who have read an e-book almost dou-bled from 2010 to 2013. And one has only to follow the past weeks news to understand the importance of continuing to expose new gen-erations of Americans to this com-ing-of-age tale about race and ste-reotypes: Nevada rancher Cliven Bundys outrageous commen-tary about slavery, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterlings reportedly bigoted attitude toward blacks. With Mockingbird now set for e-release, we can only hope that other major works follow suit. We nominate: The Catcher In the Rye, The Autobiography of Malcolm X and One Hundred Years of Solitude to start. OPINION Sunday, May 4, 2014 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! Our primary goal is to publish distinguished and profitable community-oriented newspapers. This mission will be accomplished through the teamwork of professionals dedicated to truth, integrity and hard work. Todd Wilson, Publisher Robert Bridges, Editor Sue Brannon, Controller Dink NeSmith, President Tom Wood, Chairman ANOTHER VIEW LETTERS POLICY Letters to the Editor should be typed or neatly written and double spaced. Letters should not exceed 400 words and will be edited for length and libel. Letters must be signed and include the writers name, address and telephone number for verification. Writers can have two letters per month published. Letters and guest columns are the opinion of the writers and not necessarily that of the Lake City Reporter BY MAIL: Letters, P.O. Box 1709, Lake City, FL 32056; or drop off at 180 E. Duval St. downtown. BY FAX: (386) 752-9400. BY EMAIL: email@example.com R onald Reagan reminded us of the need to always fight for, protect and defend our freedoms, because freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. Liberty is not the sort of thing lost all at once; it disappears bit by bit through proposals like those recently advanced by Sen. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, New York Democrat. They propose to have the National Telecommunications and Information Administration watch television, listen to radio and surf the Internet on a scavenger hunt for speech that they say encour-ages hate crimes. The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 represents the latest effort to deputize the federal governmen t as the online speech police. It is important, say s Mr. Jeffries, to comprehensively evaluate the scope of criminal and hateful activity on the Internet that occurs outside of the zone of First Amendment protection. What type of speech goes beyond the reach of the First Amendment? There is no doubt the Internet has its dark corners. The same freedom that allows us to explore new ideas, criticize our government and post cat pictures also serves as a platform for misguided individuals to spew invective and racism. Its an unfor-tunate byproduct of liberty. What the congressional Democrats are targeting, however, isnt virtual Ku Klux Klan rallies. The left slaps the hate speech label on just about anything with which it disagrees. They aim to shut down con-servative voices. The National Organization for Women has repeatedly accused popular talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh of promoting hate speech. Feminists have demanded that the Federal Communications Commission pull the licenses of the radio stations airing his nationally syndicated program. Its time for the public to take back our broadcast resources, wrote Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem in a joint op-ed essay for CNN. Limbaugh has had decades to fix his show. Now its up to us. While Mr. Markeys legislation only creates a study of the issue, the idea behind it is to empower the gov-ernment to determine what speech is acceptable and to fix the speech that is objectionable. Many leftists, as we have seen, have a liberal interpretation of whats objectionable. Special-interest groups, from the recording industry to Las Vegas casinos, have all pushed their own legis-lation to regulate the Internet to gain a market advan-tage for their products and services. Most, thankfully, have been defeated. The freedom to express our thoughts and ideas on the Internet is far too valuable to let go without a fight. Mr. Markeys bill isnt likely to go anywhere this session, but it shows the precarious state of our First Amendment freedoms that he introduced it in the first place. Liberal censorship at work in America Q Washington Times A Mockingbird for a new generation W ith all the recent turmoil, it may seem the least of our collective wor-ries is the escalating cost of food. But for millions of Americans, this is a daily worry. Prices of beef, pork, fruits and vegetables are rising; current bouts of bad weather will not help. True, we pay a smaller percentage of our incomes for food than much of the world. And too many of us have eaten too many calories over the years. But most Americans get by on a fixed amount of money each week; 10 or 20 dollars more spent for the same amount of food means some-thing has to give. Not insignificantly, along with plain old bad weather, climate change seems to be an increasing factor in food prices, along with mysterious blights, government regulations, land prices and chang-ing food tastes. The price of limes is front-page news. (Yes, we now have the 89-cent lime. The Wall Street Journal found a California Mexican restau-rant needing 1,000 limes a week that will give customers a 25-cent margarita in exchange for a bag of limes from backyard fruit trees.) Apparently, the harsh winter and heavy rains have decreased the lime supply from Mexico, which provides 97 percent of the 500,000 tons Americans squeeze each year. Prices have quadrupled. But this is about more than the search for half a lime to jam into a bottle of Corona, even with the approach of Cinco de Mayo. In Florida the citrus crop is imperiled by one of the worst blights in memory. No changing out that margarita for a mimosa or a salty dog without worrying about the rent. As grilling season begins, we learn the number of cattle coming to market has plummeted because of recession and the dreadful win-ter. For 19 consecutive months inventories in U.S. feedlots with 1,000 head of cattle or more have declined from the same months the previous year. Theres evidence beef prices are the highest in 17 years. Drought now extends to 50 percent of the contiguous United States, causing water shortages and weakening farmland values. As for pork, prices are at an alltime high because of a deadly pig virus. And woe to you if you crave healthful super foods. At an East Coast supermarket, blueberries were fetching $10 for 16 ounces although most customers were put-ting them back after ascertaining they were, in fact, ordinary blueber-ries. The White House, with its own carefully tended vegetable garden, seems unconcerned. President Obama, seen not too long ago exit-ing a $400-a-person sushi bar in Japan, has other things on his mind. But prices are skyrocketing so fast it could be an issue in the all-important, crucial, incredibly significant, make-or-break midterm November elections. (If you have been focused on other things such as making a living, Democrats might lose control of the Senate, leaving Obama at the mercy of Republicans who cant abide him controlling Congress.) More significantly, high food prices hurt the poor and the few Americans left who call themselves middle class. Families are eating cereal for breakfast and dinner; fresh produce is even scarcer on Americas tables. Chalking up the cost of breakfast a few weeks ago, USA Today found eggs up 5.7 percent, tomatoes up 6.9 percent, sausage up 8.7 percent, potatoes up 6.9 percent and oranges up 12.2 percent. The Agriculture Department says it hopes normal weather will resume and prices will settle back to historical norms. But after more than a decade of war, Americans are telling pollsters they want their political leaders to pull back from world affairs and fix domestic problems. Who can blame them? The trillion dollars spent on war could rebuild a lot of roads and bridges, address water distribution issues, fund research and start rebuilding the economy so a few more dollars spent at the supermarket wouldnt be so painful for so many. Economy puts squeeze on weeknight dinner Q Dallas Morning News Q McClatchey News Service columnist Ann McFeatters has covered the White House and national politics since 1986. Ann McFeattersamcfeatters@nationalpress.com4AOPINION
OngoingArtists wantedThe Art League of North Florida is seeking artists for their Ninth Annual Juried Art Show which will take place June 7 through August 17. Participants must either be a member of the Friends of Columbia County Public Library or the Art League of Florida, fees are $5 or $25, respectively. Applications containing all the rules and details of the art show are available at the three branches of the Columbia County Public Library, the Fabric Art Shop, and the Frame Shop and Gallery in Live Oak. Call the Gateway Art Gallery at 386-752-5229 with questions.Crafters wantedArtisans and crafters are wanted for the art/market fair in Maccleny on July 12. Cost is $10 per booth. Email Cynthia at ivycottageofmacclenny@gmail. com for application or call (904)994-5595.Books neededThe Friends of the Columbia County Library are in need of books for their ongoing book sale. They accept books and magazines of all genres. Please bring your donations to the Main Library.FundraiserAn ongoing fundraiser for Janet Dyal, a lung transplant candidate, is currently taking place. Janet is No. 6 on the list for transplants at Mayo in Jacksonville and, as a part of her medication, has been asked to raise $15,000. Raffle tickets for a one-hour massage offered by Christa Davis at Morse Chirpractic are $5. Buy them from Tina at Cracker Barrel or call the Dyals at 386-269-0962. A benefit will be held at Ops in St. Marys Thursday, June 5 from 5-8 p.m.TodayAuthor to speakJoin the Friends of the Library as they host Helen Hill, author of Searching for Holy Ground. Helen will speak at the Main Library on Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m.GriefShareGriefShare, a grief recovery support group, will meet every Sunday through May from 4-5:30 p.m.. First United Methodist Church, 973 S. Marion Ave. GriefShare is a nondenominational group and features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. Real help for deep hurt. Call 7524488 for more information.May 5Young ProfessionalsThe Chamber of Commerce will hold a Young Emerging Professionals Social and Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Holiday Inn & Suites Hotel on Monday, May 5 from 5-7 p.m. RSVP to 386752-3690.May 6Open HouseThe Chamber of Commerce will hold an Open House and R/C for Academy of Martial Arts at 492 SE Country Club Road on Friday, May 9 at 10:30 a.m. RSVP to 386-752-3690.May 7Lake City NewcomersThe Lake City Newcomers will meet on Wednesday, May 7 for their Friendship Lunch at Texas Roadhouse at 11:30 a.m. Call Rose Taylor at 755-2175 for more.Grieving Gods WayFirst Presbyterian Church will offer a grief support program for those who have lost loved ones. Grieving Gods Way will run each Wednesday at 5 p.m. between May 7 and May 28 at the First Presbyterian Church Education Building, room 112. Space is limited to eight participants. Call the church office at 752-0670 to register.LifeStyle EnrichmentThe Boomers will per form karaoke at the LifeStyle Enrichment Center on Wednesday, May 7 from 10:4511:30 a.m.Death of a SpouseHospice of Citrus will offer a Death of a Spouse Support group on Wednesday, May 7 at 11 a.m. at the Wings Education Center, 857 SW Main Blvd. The workshop, facilitated by Jerry Tyre, Grief Services Manager is a monthly support group to suggest ways of coping with a recent loss of a spouse. For information or to register, contact Vicki Myers at 755-7714 Ext. 2411 or 866642-0962. There will be no charge for this event.May 8Girls Night OutShands Lake Shore Regional Medical Center and Lake Shore Hospital Authority will host a Girls Night Out at the Holiday Inn & Suites Hotel on Thursday, May 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Melinda Keener, MD Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, will be the guest speaker. RSVP to shandslakeshore. com or 386-292-8120. Space is limited.May 9Ribbon CuttingThe Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for Applebees at 2893 US Highway 90 on Monday, May 5 from 5-7 p.m. RSVP to 386-752-3690.May 10CHS ReunionThe CHS Class of 1955 is having its 59th Reunion on Saturday, May 10 at the Lake City Garden and Womans CLub, 257 SE Hernando Ave. The event will take place from 2:302:30 p.m. Call 386-752-0823.reunionThe CHS classes of 1949-1953 will hold a class reunion on Saturday, May 10 at 11:30 a.m. at Mason City Community Center. Out of town members need only to bring themselves. Locals should bring a covered dish. Drinks and place settings will be provided. This is an open reunion and any class member is welcome. Call 752-7544 with questions. Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 LAKE CITY REPORTER COMMUNITY SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014 5A 3596 South Hwy 441 Lake City, Florida 32025(386) 752-1954 Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.*Prices are subject to change without notice. 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Orig. 24.00139.00 Sale 11.99-104.99 Imported Margaret Elizabeth Howell Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Howell, 94 of Wellborn, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Lake City Medical Center. She was born in Altha, Florida and was the last survivDillard and Miriam Douglas. Mrs. Howell lived most of her life in Jacksonville and moved to Suwannee County in 1972. She was very strong in her faith and loved her church family at Mt. Beulah Baptist Church in Well born. Mrs. Howell was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Mr. Roscoe Jasper Howell in 2003, one son, William Ray Howell in 2008 and one grandson, Christopher Poole in 1999. Survivors include her three daughters, Mary Howell Thrasher (Jim), Lake City, Melba Howell Matthews (Mike), Roswell, GA and Wanda Howell Doumar (David), Jupiter, FL; one daughter in law, Patricia Howell, Wellborn; six grandchildren, Sherri Lee (Don), Lake City, Alan Raulerson (Stacy), Ft. Myers, FL, Matthew Doumar, New York, NY, Philip Doumar, Tam pa, FL, Cole Howell (Kathryn), Fairfax, VA and Lisa Walling (Brian), Setaukut, NY; and six great grandchildren also survive. Funeral services for Mrs. Howell will be conducted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Guerry Funeral Home with Rev. Lewis Gooch, pastor of Mt. Beulah Baptist will follow at Mt. Beulah Baptist Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 1-2:00 PM, Tuesday, one hour prior made to the Mt. Beulah Baptist Church Building Fund or the Haven Hospice Suwannee Valley Care Center. Arrangements are under the direction of GUERRY FUNERAL HOME, Lake City. Please sign the guestbook at www.guerryfuneralhome.net.Lance Michael Reid Mr. Lance Michael Reid, 34 of Lake City died Sunday April 27, 2014 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He had made Lake City his home after moving here from Connecticut he was a member of Epiphany Catholic Church. He had worked for Timco, contracted cell towers, and also, with Flight Star Sub Contracts with STS. He enjoyed mowing the lawn, watching television, spending time with his family and going to the beach. He was a Good dad to his only child. Lance is survived by his daughter Katryn Noelle Reid, Lake City, FL; his mother Lee Fowler (Papa Donnie) Lake City, FL; his father Dennis Reid, Sr. Lake City, FL; two brothers Dennis Reid, Jr. (Amy) Charleston, S.C.; Shawn Reid (Cindy) Lake City, FL; two sisters Heather Stokes (Tony) and Dawn Peisel (Eric) both of Lake City, FL; his two brothers in Arms David Barrett, and Ron Parrish. A memorial service will be conducted Monday May 5, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. at the DEES-PARRISH FAMILY FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service time. Dees-Parrish Family Funeral Home in Lake City, FL is in charge of all arrangements. 458 South Marion Avenue Lake City, FL 32025. Please sign guestbook at www. parrishfamilyfuneralhome.com.Obituaries are paid advertisements. For details, call the Lake City Reporters classified department at 752-1293. To submit your Community Calendar item, contact Emily Lawson at 754-0424 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.COMMUNITY CALENDAR OBITUARIES JASON MATTHEW WALKER/ Lake City ReporterPraying for the nationNew Life Christian Fellowship members Charlie Ellis (from left), Carolyn Ellis, Carolyn Burnham and Ray Burnham bow their head in prayer during the National Day of Prayer on Thursday.
Day CampThe Columbia County Recreation Department began registration for Day Camp on May 1. Space is limited to the first 50 registrants. The camp is open to boys and girls, 6-13 and will be held MondayFriday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Camp dates are June 9August 8. The cost for the 9-week camp is $250 and will include a variety of daily activi ties, free breakfast, lunch & snack and weekly field trips. (Admission charges for weekly field trips are included in the price of admission.) An early-bird discount of $25 will be given during the first 2 weeks of registration. Cost May 116 is $225; May 19June 6 is $250. Late regis tration June 913 is $275. Sibling discounts available, for additional informa tion please contact Mario Coppock or Nicole Smith @ 754-7095 or 754-7096. Girls, Boys ClubRegistration for the Lake City Recreation Department Girls Club and Boys Club begins Wednesday, May 14 at 8 a.m. and will continue until the camp is full. The cost of the camp is $250. Youth must be between the ages of six and 13 and completed first grade. Call Terri Phillips or Tara Krieghauser at 386-719-5840.CHS CampsThe North Florida Center of Excellence in conjunction with the Florida Education Fund of Tampa will hold two sum mer camps at Columbia High School. The camps will be held June 926 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Application deadline is May 16. The Common Core/FCAT math camp is open to upcoming 68 graders. The SAT camp is opened to upcoming 912 graders. For more information contact Gloria McIntosh @ 386-755-8080 ext 293 or email@example.com.Summer Camp The Boys and Girls Club of Columbia County began registration for summer camp on May 1. Boys and girls ages 6-14 are eligible to attend. Fees for the pro gram are $225. Call 752-4184 for more information. 6A LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 2014 Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 Bard Gymnastics Summer Classes Begin June 9th Beginning Advanced Call Pat Arnold 365-4791 or Denise Kirby 365-1497 By TONY BRITTtbritt@lakecityreporter.com A group of 13 former Niblack Elementary School students returned to the school Friday morn ing to commemorate and celebrate the beginning of their educational careers. Many in the group attended Minnie J. Niblack Elementary School from 1963-1969. The 2013-14 school year marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of their journey through the education sys tem. Were out here today basically to cele brate 50 years from first grade, Conrad Wallace, 1975 Richardson High School/Columbia High School class president. Numerous classmates were here and weve had a good time since weve been here. Ms. [Melinda] Moses [Niblack Elementary School prin cipal] and her staff have really accepted us and been really professional to all of us. Wallace said he and the group came out to rem inisce about the things they did in school and he noted the building hasnt changed. During their visit, the group toured the school, answered questions for current students and watched the students com pete in a math competi tion. It truly is like a deja-vu to come out to the school, said Gloria Robinson Daniels, the 1975 class trea surer. It makes me smile and feel warm all over. Daniels, who said she had 13 years of perfect attendance during her school career, said her par ents stressed the impor tance of an education to her and she wanted to pass that along. She said the group, which meets monthly, vis ited the school last year. Moses said it was lovely morning at the school for both the students and for the guests. The Class of 1975 alum ni got to get those feel ings back about being in school, those positives of a family atmosphere that they felt here that we feel we still have at Niblack Elementary, she said. We put them with some students to discuss what school was like when they were here. It was nice for both groups to have a pos itive experience. PHOTOS COURTESY JEN CHASTEENLessons about Agriculture Shining Star students participate in Ag Literacy Day. TOP RIGHT: Clovers of Columbia 4-H member Emy Chasteen (left) shows baby ducklings to second and third graders at Shining Star Academy during Ag Literacy Day Friday. BOTTOM RIGHT: Chasteen holds Speckles, a Plymouth Rock hen, as she shares the Ag Literacy book Florida Farms at School. 50 years after first gradeABOVE: 4-H Poultry Club leader Kaicie Chasteen holds a two month old gosling named Black Beard while sharing the book Florida Farms at School with sixth and seventh graders at Shining Star Academy for Ag Literacy Day on Friday. 13 return to visit Niblack Elementary TONY BRITT/ Lake City ReporterSeveral members of the Richardson High School/Columbia High S chool Class of 1975 returned to Niblack Elementary School Friday to celebrate the 50th an niversary of the start of their public education with the current schools staff. Attending we re: Jessie Williams Taylor (front row from left), Conrad Wallace, Valliee Caldwell, Rona ld Griffin, Rhonda Wright Washington, Winfred Warren and Gloria Robinson Daniels. (Secon d row from left) Steve Bell and Annie Flowers Stewart. (Top row from left) Nathaniel Thomas Jr., Naacomia Taylor, Melinda Moses (Niblack Elementary School principal), Hattie Ma ck and Lonnie Morgan. From staff reports The Columbia County Public Safety Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of The First Baptist Church of Lake City. The ceremony is an opportunity for local and state Emergency Services Agencies to gather togeth er and honor the 15 indi viduals who have died in service to the people since 1900. Columbia Countys Fallen Heroes are: William T. Strange, City Marshall, November 28, 1900; Hardy A. Revels, Police Officer, November 22, 1922; Leon Walker, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, August 13, 1970; Charles W. Parks, State Trooper, February 6, 1973; Dan Crowder, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, May 3, 1974; Walter F. Irey, Deputy Sheriff, July 6, 1976; William T. Williams Jr., Deputy Sheriff, July 6, 1976; Austin Gay, Agricultural Law Enforcement Officer, April 14, 1979; Merle T. Cook, State Trooper, July 13, 1981; Charles B. Stafford, Police Officer, June 9, 1991; Jefferson H. Davis, Deputy Sheriff, May 30, 2002; George A. Andy Brown III, State Trooper, April 27, 2004; Brett L. Fulton, Forest Ranger, June 20, 2011; Josh O. Burch, Forest Ranger, June 20, 2011; and Ruben H. Thomas III, Correctional Officer, March 18, 2012. A granite memorial, which is engraved with the names of the 15 Fallen Heroes, is on the banks of Lake De Soto behind the Columbia County Courthouse. Local residents are invit ed to join the Public Safety Memorial Committee as we remember and honor fallen heroes and their families. Register now for county summer camps, clubs Ceremony will honor fallen public safety officers
By STEVEN RICHMONDsrichmond@lakecityreporter.com Over a century of automotive history was parked along the edge of Lake DeSoto Saturday morning during the Derby Dash 5K Festival and Car & Truck Show. Organized by and benefiting Haven Hospice, the event combined the centers annual 5K with an antique car show high lighting automotive masterpieces dating as far back as an 1899 Pierce Arrow bicy cle on display at Darby Pavilion. About 60 runners/walkers gathered early Saturday, raising funds for Haven Hospice and their unreimbursed pro grams and services benefitting Suwannee Valley residents. Last year some local car clubs wanted to add a car show to help with the run, said Haven Hospice Event Coordinator Stephanie Brod. This is our first year doing it like this ... We called it Derby Dash because the Kentucky Derby is tonight. Once the runners finished their jaunt around town, car enthusiasts shared the unique histories behind their pride-and-joys. This here is a Chevy-powered Ferrari, said Randy Cook by his 1959 Ferrari 250 GT, a model made famous during events like the Mille Miglia, a historic 1000-mile endurance race through Italy. It wasnt unusual to replace a Ferrari engine with an American one back then. [Ferrari engines] were expensive and parts were hard to come by in America. To Cook, a quality car isnt something thats cool today and not cool tomorrow ... Its something that has ageless appeal. James Bond would feel right at home in the two vehicles retired Public Defender Dennis Roberts brought to the show: A cream 1973 Jaguar XKE V-12 Roadster and a jet-black 1964 Chevy Impala SS Convertible both with original engines. I felt they were really beauti ful cars, Roberts said. Theyre a great way to meet peo ple in general. Whenever I drive [the Jaguar] around, people stop and wave and say hello. It really brightens peoples days ... It feels like youre doing something positive. Richard Lasseter drove from Valdosta, Georgia to show off his red and white 2013 Ford GT40 a rare find, considering only 500 were ever made. The whole theme of the [original 1960s GT40] was a big battle between Ford and Ferrari, Lasseter said. Nobody could beat Ferrari at Le Mans [a French 24 hour endurance race]. That made Henry Ford mad, so he pulled out all the stops and made the GT40. Its a tribute to Ford and their ability to beat Ferrari in 1966 [at Le Mans]. The GT40 was the first American vehi cle to win Le Mans and continued to do so three more times up to 1969. Im typically an old muscle-car kindof-guy, Lasseter said. But I drove this because it needed to be driven. Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014 7A at Camp Weed 11057 Camp Weed Place Live Oak, FL www.campweed.org WILSONS OUTFITTERS1291 SE Baya Dr, Lake City (386) 755-7060 WilsonsOutfitters@comcast.net Mothers Day May 11 th Sandals Sale continues & Water Bottles Sunglasses Check out our gift ideas! NAN* If you need RAPID care for any of these symptoms (along with the services listed), we can help within minutes of your arrival. Michelle Morris, ARNP, Administrator Joan & Carl Allison, Owners Allergy Sore Throat Flu Urinary Infections Orthopedic Respiratory Ailments Physicals Including DOT Certied Physicals for TruckersCuts Bumps Bruises Gastrointestinal Problems CASH OR INSURANCE ACCEPTED 1465 W. US Hwy. 90, Ste 100 Lake City, FL 386-755-2268 Next toBaya Pharmacy West Workers Comp Accepted X-ray & Blood draw on-site*N o A ppointment N ecessary Monday Friday: 8:30 am 8:00 pmSaturday: 8:30 am 5:00 pmSunday: 1:00 pm 5:00 pm Years of history on the streets of Lake City Dewey Burton (right) wipes rain off of his 1963 Chevy Corvette Sting R ay at the Haven Hospice Derby Dash 5K Festival and Car & Truck Show Saturday. ABOVE: Jeremy Glass (right) checks out the interior of a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT at the Haven Hospice Derby Dash 5K Festival and Car & Truck Show by Randy Cook. The Ferrari 250 model gained notoriety for its performance in the historic Mille Miglia, a round-trip 1,000-mile endur ance race from Bresica to Rome, Italy.TOP LEFT: Phil and Ann Soliz of Lake City show off their custom 1982 Chevy Corvette with scissor doors open. HAVEN HOSPICE DERBY DASHPhotos by STEVEN RICHMOND/ Lake City Reporter A 1957 Chevy Bel Air.Jeff Delaneys 1968 Ford Bronco was one of the few antique SUVs on display at the Haven Hospice Derby Dash 5K Festival and Car & Truck Show Saturday.
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Lake City Reporter SPORTS Story ideas? Contact Tim Kirby Sports Editor 754-0421 firstname.lastname@example.org Lake City Reporter SPORTS Sunday, May 4, 2014 www.lakecityreporter.com Section B Story ideas? Contact Tim Kirby Sports Editor 754-0421 email@example.com 1BSPORTS Are you tired of having to buy a new grill every year? Morrells has the answer! 461 S.W. Deputy J. Davis Ln Lake City, FL 32024 1-800-597-3526 386-752-3910 www.morrells.com Five year bumper to bumper warranty. Made with Swiss quality Columbia falls to Creekside, 3-0, in regional final. Repeat roadblock By TIM KIRBY firstname.lastname@example.org Cotton-eyed jolt. Columbia Highs softball team does a dance to the old fiddle tune as part of its pre-game ritual, but it was Creekside High that had the floor at the end of the game. Creekside derailed Columbias return to the final four to defend its state championship with a 3-0 regional final win in Lake City on Saturday. The Lady Tigers man aged just three hits and had only one base runner reach third. Sami Hays threw the shutout for the Knights. She walked three and struck out six. I knew they are an awe some team and I had to come out and stay focused, Hays said. We came out and played our best. My change-up was work ing and my curve ball. I didnt get many calls on it, but it was keeping them off-balance. That was the main key. Columbias Erin Anderson stayed right with Hays, pitching shutout ball for 5 2 3 innings. With two outs in the sixth inning, Creekside put together a double, single and home run for the three runs. Ashley Chambers doubled off the fence in center field and Jennifer Miller punched her first pitch to right field for an RBI. Hannah Dekle then crushed a 2-1 pitch that cleared the truck brigade lining the outfield fence. I was looking for my pitch, Dekle said. I thought of my team and when I hit it I knew it was gone. God was on my side and we came together as a team. Ashley Shoup relieved Anderson and gave up two hits, then got the final four outs. She had two strike outs. Anderson gave up seven hits, but did not walk a batter and struck out four. Columbia threatened in the second inning when Hollianne Dohrn led off with a single to right field. Tatum Morgan followed with a single up the middle. Brandy Morgan hit a shot off Hays glove, but she recovered to get a force at third base. Brandy Morgan had a two-out single in the fourth inning for Columbias last hit of the game. The Lady Tigers had base runners in the next two innings. With one out in the fifth, Brittney Morgan walked and Lacey King bunted and reached on an error. Kayli Kvistad forced King and later moved into scoring position. Dohrn walked to lead off the sixth inning and Brandy Morgan walked one out later, but there would be no Columbia comeback this night. Creeksides Miller caught the final two outs in right field, giving her five putouts on the night. Coming into the game we knew they were a great lineup, Miller said. I had to be mentally prepared and be ready to get the ball. I did not think they would hit any to me. The adrenaline was going the whole time on that last out and every body running to me. There are no words for this. Hannah Janz had two hits for the Knights. Miller had a hit in the second inning and was picked off second by Dohrn. Dekle had a single in addition to her dinger and Alex Walton had a double. Ali French also had a hit. Creekside (21-5) returns to the final four, after they went last year in Class 5A. I told them going in we were playing one of the best teams, Creekside head coach Sabrina Hartsell said. It is probably the most pow erful lineup we have faced. Sami did a phenomenal job with her composure. Columbia finished the season 28-2 and repeated as district champions. You cant win with zero, CHS head coach Jimmy Williams said. This loss does not define us as a team. It is only our second loss this year and we have had only six the last two years. These truly were the best two teams in the region. JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City Reporter Columbia High first baseman Brittney Morgan tracks down a fall ball for an out alongside the Creekside High dugout on Saturday. Still plenty of reasons left to smile U nfortunately losing is part of the game, but it gives a chance to learn the hard lessons of life, where losing happens far more often than Columbia Highs softball team has experienced. While its been an amazing ride, in the end its only a game. Life is sure to throw many more heartbreaking moments at these girls. There will be lost loved ones, some may struggle with financial issues, but in the end, theyll always have the memories with their teammates. Nothing can take away what they have accomplished over the last two years. When life throws dirt in their face, this moment will fade further into the back of their minds. What theyll remember is all that has been accomplished. This is a team of seniors that have led the Lady Tigers to three regional finals, a state title, and a win at the prestigious Kissimmee Klassic. They became the first team to be ranked No. 1 in school history, won the Doc4life tournament and won backto-back district titles. Thats what theyre going to remember years from now. Sure, theyll remember the loss. Theyll pick out the little things that could have happened differently, but thats what competitors do. Thats what makes this team different, and thats what will help them succeed in life. The Lady Tigers have always been able to bounce back after a defeat only this time, there arent any games left to be played. Some will go on to play in college, some will return to Columbia next year, and some wont ever play again. But for this team, the one that took the field together for 30 games this season, the ride is over, and losing is not what will define them. Defining moments in life are not made in moments of defeat. The defining moments are always made after a loss. Nobody remembers how Tim Tebow played against Ole Miss in 2008, but everyone remembers the speech and how Florida responded. Nobody will remember how Columbia was eliminated years from now, but theyll know how these girls respond later. Will they become doctors? Will they go on to play in the Olympics? Will they teach and mold a new crop of girls to reach for their dreams as they did? Thats what will be important. Columbia head coach Jimmy Williams said after the game that these girls will be hard to replace, but theyre not going anywhere. What theyve done will be etched in the schools history forever. FROM THE SIDELINE Brandon FinleyPhone: (386) 754-0420 email@example.com Brandon Finley covers sports for the Lake City Reporter.
A n Internet update on Columbia High and Fort White High college athletes for spring sports is in order. Robby Howell has appeared in eight games for UCF with three starts. Howell is 1-1 with his win coming against Florida A&M on April 15. He has a 9.53 ERA in 17 innings with eight walks and nine strikeouts. The Knights are 26-19. Jacob Tillotson has played in 37 games with 29 starts for Tampa. He is hitting .227 (22-for-97) with 16 runs scored, 15 walks, four doubles and 18 RBIs. The Spartans are a stellar 45-2 and poised to defend their Sunshine State Conference title and Division II national championship. Pitcher Kellan Bailey has appeared in 14 games and started nine for Florida State College at Jacksonville (14-24). He is 2-9 with 14 walks, a team-leading 47 strikeouts, and 4.76 ERA in 61 13 innings. Celeste Gomez is a senior for the ACC regular-season champion Florida State Seminoles (47-6, 21-3). Gomez has appeared in 48 games with 43 starts. She is hitting .237 (22-for-93) with 10 runs scored, four doubles, three home runs, 19 walks and 27 RBIs. Celeste has been outstanding behind the plate with one error in 300 chances for a .997 fielding percentage. She has thrown out 78.8 percent of steal attempts. Sister Cecile Gomez is playing for Jacksonville University (20-29). Gomez is 3-3 pitching with eight starts in 13 appearances and an ERA of 4.38. She has pitched 40 innings (two complete games) with 13 walks and 19 strikeouts. Cecile has been swinging the bat well with a .304 average (21-69). In total, Cecile had been in 27 games with 25 starts. She has four doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs. Freshman Sitia Martinez and Florida Atlantic will compete in the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships beginning May 15 in Houston. At the North Florida Invitational on April 26, Martinez placed fourth in the 400 meter hurdles and set a personal record in the 100 meters with a time of 11.88. During the indoor season, Martinez set a personal best in the 60 meters with 7.65, the second best time in school history. She tied the school record in the 200 meters with a 24.55. At the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships, Florida Southern placed seventh. Heather Burns competed in the 500 free, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle events. Burns anchored the 800 freestyle relay team that set a new school record and placed fifth at nationals. With transfers and new seasons, college athletes sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Send information on any who might have been missed. SCOREBOARD SCOREBOARD TELEVISIONTV sports Today ARENA FOOTBALL 7 p.m. ESPN2 Spokane at Los Angeles AUTO RACING 1 p.m. FOX NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Aarons 499, at Talladega, Ala. FS1 USCC, Prototype Challenge/ GT Daytona, Monterey Grand Prix, at Monterey, Calif. 5:30 p.m. FS1 USCC, Prototype/GT Le Mans, Monterey Grand Prix, at Monterey, Calif. 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Rangers at Pittsburgh 10 p.m. NBCSN Playoffs, conference semifinals, game 2, Los Angeles at Anaheim SOCCER 2:55 p.m. NBCSN Premier League, Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool, at LondonBASKETBALLNBA playoffs FIRST ROUND Wednesday San Antonio 109, Dallas 103Toronto 115, Brooklyn 113Houston 108, Portland 98 Thursday Indiana 95, Atlanta 88Oklahoma City 104, Memphis 84Golden State 100, L.A. Clippers 99, series tied 3-3 Friday Brooklyn 97, Toronto 83, series tied 3-3 Dallas 113, San Antonio 111, series tied 3-3 Portland 99, Houston 98, Portland wins series 4-2 Saturday Indiana 92, Atlanta 80, Indiana wins series 4-3 Oklahoma City 120, Memphis 109, Oklahoma City wins series 4-3 Golden State at L.A. Clippers (n) Sunday Brooklyn at Toronto, 1 p.m.Dallas at San Antonio, 3:30 p.m. CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS Monday Washington at Indiana, TBDL.A. Clippers or Golden State at Oklahoma City, TBDFOOTBALLNFL calendar Wednesday Deadline for club to exercise right of first refusal for its restricted free agents. Thursday-Saturday 2014 NFL draft, New York. May 19-21 Spring league meeting, Atlanta. June 22-28 Rookie symposium, Aurora, Ohio. Aug. 3 Hall of Fame game, Canton, Ohio. Sept. 4 Regular season begins, Green Bay at Seattle. Sept. 7-8 First full weekend of regular season.BASEBALLAL standings East Division W L Pct GB New York 16 13 .552 Baltimore 15 13 .536 Boston 15 16 .484 2 Tampa Bay 14 17 .452 3 Toronto 13 17 .433 3 Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 16 9 .640 Kansas City 14 15 .483 4 Minnesota 13 15 .464 4 Chicago 14 17 .452 5Cleveland 13 17 .433 5 West Division W L Pct GB Oakland 18 12 .600 Texas 16 13 .552 1 Los Angeles 14 14 .500 3 Seattle 13 15 .464 4 Houston 10 20 .333 8 Saturdays Games N.Y. Yankees 9, Tampa Bay 3Boston 6, Oakland 3Minnesota 6, Baltimore 1Seattle 9, Houston 8Cleveland 2, Chicago White Sox 0Pittsburgh 8, Toronto 6Detroit 9, Kansas City 2Texas at L.A. Angels (n) Todays Games Chicago White Sox (Rienzo 2-0) at Cleveland (Kluber 2-3), 1:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Bedard 0-1) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 3-3), 1:05 p.m. Oakland (Gray 4-1) at Boston (Lackey 4-2), 1:35 p.m. Toronto (McGowan 1-1) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 1-2), 1:35 p.m. Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 1-2) at Minnesota (P.Hughes 2-1), 2:10 p.m. Detroit (Verlander 3-1) at Kansas City (Vargas 2-0), 2:10 p.m. Seattle (Maurer 0-0) at Houston (McHugh 2-0), 2:10 p.m. Texas (Darvish 1-1) at L.A. Angels (Skaggs 2-0), 3:35 p.m. Mondays Games Minnesota (Gibson 3-2) at Cleveland (McAllister 3-2), 7:05 p.m. Toronto (Happ 0-0) at Philadelphia (Undecided), 7:05 p.m. Houston (Cosart 1-2) at Detroit (Scherzer 3-1), 7:08 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Quintana 1-2) at Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 0-3), 8:05 p.m. Texas (M.Perez 4-1) at Colorado (Lyles 3-0), 8:40 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Undecided) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 2-2), 10:05 p.m. Seattle (C.Young 1-0) at Oakland (Kazmir 4-0), 10:05 p.m. Kansas City (Ventura 2-1) at San Diego (Stults 1-3), 10:10 p.m.NL standings East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 17 12 .586 Washington 17 13 .567 New York 15 13 .536 1 Miami 15 14 .517 2 Philadelphia 14 14 .500 2 Central Division W L Pct GB Milwaukee 21 10 .677 St. Louis 15 16 .484 6 Cincinnati 14 16 .467 6 Pittsburgh 12 18 .400 8 Chicago 11 17 .393 8 West Division W L Pct GB San Francisco 19 11 .633 Colorado 18 13 .581 1 Los Angeles 17 13 .567 2 San Diego 13 17 .433 6 Arizona 10 22 .313 10 Saturdays Games Chicago Cubs 3, St. Louis 0Pittsburgh 8, Toronto 6Philadelphia 7, Washington 2Cincinnati 6, Milwaukee 2San Francisco 3, Atlanta 1L.A. Dodgers at Miami (n)N.Y. Mets at Colorado (n)Arizona at San Diego (n) Todays Games L.A. Dodgers (Undecided) at Miami (Fernandez 4-1), 1:10 p.m. San Francisco (Bumgarner 2-3) at Atlanta (A.Wood 2-4), 1:35 p.m. Toronto (McGowan 1-1) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 1-2), 1:35 p.m. Washington (G.Gonzalez 3-1) at Philadelphia (Hamels 0-2), 3:05 p.m. Arizona (Miley 2-3) at San Diego (T.Ross 3-3), 4:10 p.m. Milwaukee (Lohse 4-1) at Cincinnati (Simon 4-1), 4:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Gee 2-1) at Colorado (Undecided), 4:10 p.m. St. Louis (Lynn 4-1) at Chicago Cubs (Hammel 4-1), 8:05 p.m. Mondays Games L.A. Dodgers (Greinke 5-0) at Washington (Zimmermann 2-1), 7:05 p.m. San Francisco (M.Cain 0-3) at Pittsburgh (Undecided), 7:05 p.m. Toronto (Happ 0-0) at Philadelphia (Undecided), 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Niese 2-2) at Miami (Eovaldi 2-1), 7:10 p.m. St. Louis (S.Miller 3-2) at Atlanta (Harang 3-2), 7:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Quintana 1-2) at Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 0-3), 8:05 p.m. Arizona (Bolsinger 1-1) at Milwaukee (Garza 1-3), 8:10 p.m. Texas (M.Perez 4-1) at Colorado (Lyles 3-0), 8:40 p.m. Kansas City (Ventura 2-1) at San Diego (Stults 1-3), 10:10 p.m.MLB calendar May 14-15 Owners meetings, New York. June 5 Amateur draft.July 15 All-Star game, Minneapolis.July 18 Deadline for amateur draft picks to sign. July 27 Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y. July 31 Last day to trade a player without securing waivers. Sept. 1 Active rosters expand to 40 players. Sept. 30 Postseason begins.Oct. 22 World Series begins.AUTO RACINGRace week NASCAR SPRINT CUP AARONS 499 Site: Talladega, Ala.Schedule: Today, race, 1 p.m. (Fox, 12:30-5 p.m.). Track: Talladega Superspeedway (oval, 2.66 miles). Race distance: 500.08 miles, 188 laps.Next race: 5-Hour Energy 400, May 10, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Mo. Online: http:// www.nascar.com NATIONWIDE AARONS 312 Next race: Iowa 250, May 18, Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa. CAMPING WORLD TRUCK Next race: SFP 250, May 9, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Mo. VERIZON INDYCAR Next race: Grand Prix of Indianapolis, May 10, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis. Online: http:// www.indycar.com FORMULA ONE Next race: Spanish Grand Prix, May 11, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Online: http:// www.formula1.com NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING Next event: NHRA Summer Nationals, May 16-18, Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga. Online: http:// www.nhra.com Aarons 499 qualifying At Talladega SuperspeedwayTalladega, Ala. Saturday qualifying; race today (Car number in parentheses) 1. (33) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 198.29.2. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 197.888. 3. (47) A J Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 197.704. 4. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 197.37. 5. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 197.362. 6. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 197.297. 7. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 194.995. 8. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 194.393. 9. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 193.619. 10. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 193.615.11. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 193.486. 12. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 188.958. 13. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 194.963. 14. (95) Michael McDowell, Ford, 194.959. 15. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 194.911.16. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 194.88.17. (7) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 194.098. 18. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 194.035.19. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 193.541.20. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 193.478. 21. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 193.458. 22. (36) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 190.89. 23. (21) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 190.575.24. (83) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 197.913.25. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 197.908. 26. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 197.835. 27. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 197.806.28. (66) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 197.806. 29. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 197.77. 30. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 197.765. 31. (26) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 197.721.32. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 197.443. 33. (23) Alex Bowman, Toyota, 197.403. 34. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 197.378. 35. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 197.244.36. (98) Josh Wise, Ford, 197.029.37. (32) Terry Labonte, Ford, Owner Points. 38. (51) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 39. (34) David Ragan, Ford, Owner Points. 40. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, Owner Points. 41. (40) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 42. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 43. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, Owner Points. Failed to Qualify 44. (77) Dave Blaney, Ford, 195.56.45. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 194.551. 46. (35) Eric McClure, Ford, 194.366.47. (44) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 192.154. HORSE RACING Kentucky Derby At Churchill DownsLouisville, Ky. Saturday 1. California Chrome2. Commanding Curve3. Danza4. Wicked Strong5. Samraat6. Dance With Fate7. Ride On Curlin8. Medal Count9. Chitu10. We Miss Artie11. General a Rod12. Intense Holiday13. Candy Boy14. Uncle Sigh15. Tapiture16. Harrys Holiday17. Vinceremos18. Wildcat Red19. Vicars in Trouble 2B LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014 Page Editor: Tim Kirby, 754-04212BSPORTS CHEAP SEATS Tim KirbyPhone: (386) firstname.lastname@example.org Q Tim Kirby is sports editor of the Lake City Reporter.Checking on local college athletes for spring sports Barber 2 back at South GeorgiaFrom staff reportsBlayne Barber fired a 66 in the third round of the South Georgia Open in Valdosta, Ga. Barber is -10 and two shots off the lead held by Carlos Ortiz. There are three golfers at -11. Barber tees off at 12:50 p.m. for todays final round at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.
League reportsLake City Bowl league results: HIT & MISS Team standings: 1. Spare Us (38.521.5); 2. Legal Ladies (36-24) 3. Strike 3 (35-25). High team handicap game: 1. Spare Us 775; 2. High Five 770; 3. Silver Ladies 753. High team handicap series: 1. Git Up & Bowl 2,278; 2. Legal Ladies 2,260; 3. Ten In The Pit 2,237. High handicap game: 1. Jessica Alford 263; 2. Karen Gardner 230; 3. Charlene Moss 224. High handicap series: 1. Linda Herndon 632; 2. Sandra Peterson 622; 3. Cythe Shiver 617.(Results from April 22) GOLDEN ROLLERS Team standings: 1. Lucky Strikers; 2. Power E.N.D.S.; 3. Quirky Quad. High team scratch game: 1. Gamblers 690; 2. Your Up 684; 3. Ups and Downs 642. High team scratch series: 1. Power E.N.D.S. 1,945; 2. Knock em Down 1,893; 3. Jos Crew 1,801. High team handicap game: 1. Your Up 844; 2. Ups and Downs 831; 3. Knock em Down 829. High team handicap series: 1. Power E.N.D.S. 2,512; 2. Gamblers 2,386; 3. Wild Things 2,346. High scratch game: 1. Joanne Denton 177; 2. Jane Sommerfeld 173; 3. Ann Soliz 172. 1. Mike Murrey 226; 2. Ric Yates 205; 3. Tom Young 202. High scratch series: 1. Betty Carmichael 473; 2. Elaine Nemeth 471; 3. Judy Johnson 461. 1. David Duncan 678; 2. Bill Dolly 584; 3. George Mulligan 562. High handicap game: 1. Nancy Tashiro 243; 2. Linda Feldsher 228; 3. Jane Sommerfeld 227. 1. Bruce Gilbert 244; 2. Ric Yates 237; 3. Mike Murrey 236. High handicap series: 1. Ann Soliz 629; 2. Joanne Denton 623; 3. Elaine Nemeth 621. 1. David Duncan 720; 2. Bradley Knight 657; 3. George Mulligan 640.(Results from April 10) SEXY SENIORS Team standings: 1. Awesome Four (162-94); 2. Jos Crew (151-105); 3. Perky Pals (139-117). High team handicap game: 1. Handicappers 844; 2. Double Up 842; 3. Outcasts 832. High team handicap series: 1. Keglers 2,454; 2. Pin Busters 2,399; 3. Awesome Four 2,394. High handicap game: 1. Ann Soliz 234; 2. (tie) Janie Posey, Betty Carmichael 223. 1. Bruce Gilbert 252; 2. Bradley Robison 251; 3. Ric Yates 237. High handicap series: 1. Peggy Duncan 660; 2. Yvonne Finley 621; 3. Pat Hale 612. 1. Johnnie Croft 657; 2. David Duncan 627; 3. Bill Nash 615.(Results from April 8) MONDAY NIGHT MAVERICKS Team standings: 1. Team 4 (298.5181.5); 2. Rogers Automotive (260.5-219.5); 3. Jokers Wild (253.5-226.5). High scratch game: 1. Rich Hillyard 264; 2. (tie) Ted Wooley, Jeff Deitz 257; 4. (tie) Patrick Markham, Dale Coleman 248 High scratch series: 1. (tie) Dan Adel, Dale Coleman 701; 3. Jeff Deitz 690; 4. Zech Strohl 685. High handicap game: 1. Mike Cadle 308; 2. Rich Hillyard 295; 3. Boogie Johns 280. High handicap series: 1. Rich Hillyard 768; 2. Jeff Deitz 750; 3. Dan Adel 749. High average: 1. Zech Strohl 222.32; 2. Dale Coleman 215.49; 3. John Hilbert 213.79.(Results from April 14) Page Editor: Tim Kirby, 754-0421 LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014 3B3BSPORTS Summer Leagues Now Forming Short SeasonCall for details 755-2206 Visit us online www.LakeCityBowl.net Monday Night Fellowship All Ages Starts June 2Ladies Trio Night Tuesday 6:30Starting May 27 ~~~ Mixed League Nights Sundays & Wednesdays Starting May 28June 1 Adult Youth Family Fun League Starts June 5th BRIEFS BOWLING CHS FOOTBALL Q-back Club meeting Monday The CHS Quarterback Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the Jones Fieldhouse. For details, contact Randy Thomas at email@example.com SWIMMING Aquatic Complex opens Monday The Columbia Aquatic Complex opens Monday with the following hours: 3-7 p.m. Monday though Friday and 1-7 p.m. Saturday. Water aerobics will be offered at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Morning lap swimming will be offered from 6-8 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For details, call the pool at 755-8195. DANCING Angels tryouts on Tuesday The DFC Angels Dance Team (ages 11-17) has tryouts set for 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday. For details, call coach Whitney Parks-Massey at 292-9048. GOLF Kiwanis tourney set for May 16 The Lake City Kiwanis Charity Golf Tournament is May 16 at The Country Club at Lake City. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Cost is $60 per player. Hole sponsorships are $50. For details, call Carl Ste-Marie at 752-2266 or Norbie Ronsonet Jr. at 752-2180.Branford High booster tourney The Branford High School Booster Club is sponsoring a golf tournament at Quail Heights Country Club on May 17. Format is three-person scramble with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee of $50 per person includes lunch and team and door prizes. Hole sponsorship is $100 and there is a team/hole sponsorship offer for $250. For details, call Kenny Burt Jr. at 984-7700 or Barney Hart at (386) 362-9297. YOUTH SOCCER Registration for summer open Columbia Youth Soccer Associations summer recreation online registration is open at www.cysa.com In-person registration is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the CYSA fieldhouse, and at Brians Sports during business hours. Cost is $75 per child (co-ed teams). No late registration. For details, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org m. FORT WHITE FOOTBALL Driven to Give and yard sale The Fort White Quarterback Club has a yard sale planned in conjunction with the Driven to Give event at the high school from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. An 11x12-foot space for the yard sale can be purchased from the Quarterback Club for $25. Only items permitted on school grounds may be sold. For details, call club president Margie Kluess at 365-9302.Q From staff reports COURTESYLady Tigers tennis award winners are Tori Jackson (fr om left), Cassidy Lear, Stephanie Roberts, Chase Broome, coach Tabatha McMahon, S avannah Peck, Megan Zahnle and Brittany Helms.CHS tennis awardsFrom staff reportsColumbia High tennis celebrated the 2014 season with an awards banquet. Coaches Tabatha McMahon and Tom Moore recognized their top players. Freshman Cassidy Lear was named Most Valuable Player for the Lady Tigers. Sophomore Chase Broome and fresh-man Stephanie Roberts received the Most Improved awards. The Tiger Award, described by McMahon as most spirited, team oriented and personifies Tiger sports, went to sophomore Tori Jackson and freshman Savannah Peck. Megan Zahlne received the Tiger Stripes Award, who McMahon noted was not afraid to take chances giving it your all. Freshman Brittany Helms received the Coachs Award (self-less, helps whenever and wherever they can). Senior Braeden Lehman, sophomores Bryce Duren and Andrew Milito, and freshmen Gil Bolanos and Daniel Rendel received awards for the boys.COURTESYColumbia Highs boys tennis award winners (from left) a re: Gil Bolanos, Tiger Award; Braeden Lehman, Tiger Stripes Award; Bryce Duren, Most Im proved; Daniel Rendel, Most Valuable Player; Andrew Milito, Coachs Award. COURTESYFifth at stateColumbia Highs 4x100 relay team of Rakeem Battle, Alex Weber, Latrell Williams and Zedrick Woods placed fifth at the FHSAA Finals in Jacksonville on Saturday.
4B LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014 Page Editor: Brandon Finley, 754-0420Columbia High softball JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterMembers of the Columbia High softball team dance while i n a huddle before their regional final against Creeksid e High on Saturday. JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterColumbia Highs Kayli Kvistad slaps hands with teammate s as she is introduced prior to the regional final agai nst Creekside High on Saturday. JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterColumbia Highs Brittney Morgan bunts against Creekside High on Saturday. JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterColumbia Highs Kelby Hogan slides into third base ag ainst Creekside High in the Lady Tigers 3-0 loss in the 6A regional final on Saturday.
Page Editor: Brandon Finley, 754-0420 LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014 5Bwraps up season 28-2 JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterColumbia Highs Brandy Morgan dives back to first base before Creekside Highs Ali French can tag her out in the regional final on Saturday. JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterBrittney Morgan swings at a Creekside High pitch during the region finals on Saturday. JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterColumbia High Hollianne Dohrn eyes a foul ball she h it against Creekside High on Saturday. JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterColumbia Highs Kamdyn Kvistad unsuccessfully tags Cre ekside Highs Ashley Chambers out at second base. JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterColumbia High head coach Jimmy Williams looks on as his team struggles to keep up with Creekside High on Saturday.
utdoors 360 Wreck discovery Photo provided by Rob Chapman Ralph Rowand with a personal best 27-inch trout. Photo provided by Rob Chapman Jonathan Parker D. Jordan caught this bass all by himself, while fishing with his grandpa, Ray Hill. I m a one-trick pony when bottom fishing offshore. I learned from several die-hard bottom guys that knew way more about the sport than me, and I asked a billion questions. We built up a book of numbers over the years, chock full of our favorite fishing spots, and it was full of rocks, reefs, coral, lots of sand, and a couple of mystery spots. The Gulf of Mexico inside of 35 miles (where we primarily fished), is very well documented, with every public reef, shipwreck, and weather buoy marked and available with exact GPS locations. There are few secrets, and nearly every wreck, reef and large piece of structure will have boats on it when the weather allows. Finding a new fishing spot that no one knows about seems harder than finding a needle in a haystack. So what happens when you go, say 120 miles or more into the Gulf of Mexico, where fishing boats rarely venture. For anglers Justin Hey, Danny Pool, Brian Beukema and Jay Travis, comprising the hardcore fishing team Seaveeche, a needle in a haystack was found resting in 412 feet of water but the anglers were unaware of the extent of their discovery. We found a spot while trolling a few years ago, Hey said. We had two numbers in the general area that we fished. On one trip we were trolling when our depth finder alarmed us of something very large on the bottom. We knew it was a wreck of some type. We had fished it three or four times, catching amberjack to 90 pounds, Warsaw and gag grouper, and large red snapper. Keeping such a discovery a secret is hard to do, especially with undiscovered shipwrecks still haunting the Gulf of Mexico. So when curiosity built within the anglers about the possibilities of their discovery, they made contact with Michael C. Barnette, an accomplished diver, author and photographer. Barnette has helped in identifying more than 30 unknown shipwrecks in the past 20 years. I was contacted by these hardcore anglers, curious about deepwater shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico off Southwest Florida, he said. Brian gave me a rough position of their site to see if I had any shipwreck coordinates in the area in the off chance the site might already be identified Eventually, it was clear to me that their site was different and undocumented. With their curiosity climaxing, the anglers planned a trip with Barnette, dive partner Joe Citelli, and support diver Michael Muscato, to make the extreme plunge 400 feet down into the Gulf of Mexico. With every safety precaution taken, they left on a Friday night in September to calm seas. The crew arrived after running all night to see the mystery below light up their Furuno 585 depth finder on Saturday morning. The divers made their way along the anchor line, passing huge schools of amberjack that the anglers knew would be present. At 400 feet, there was no room for error. The divers had about 20 minutes of bottom time to take it all in, while also trying to comprehend what they had discovered. Equipped with a scooter and camera, Barnette worked his way around the wreck, documenting as much as he could. After a lengthy decompression, the divers surfaced and the journey was reset back for home. We discussed the wreck but ultimately could not answer the one inevitable question: What was the identity of the shipwreck? Barnette recalls. That would have to wait until I could get home to compare my notes and photographs from the dive with information archived in my shipwreck files. The discovery was compared with numerous reports, before Barnette pieced it all together. That mystery wreck is the 346-foot, 42-foot wide Whaleback steamer The City of Everette, built in 1894. This wreck is loaded with significant historical value. Originally built in Everett, Wash., by Pacific Steel, this was the first and last vessel built by them, as well as the only West Coast Whaleback vessel ever built. It was the first U.S. Steamship to pass through the Suez Canal, as well as the first to circumnavigate the globe. The ship was sunk during a storm on Oct. 12, 1923, while on a trip from Cuba to New Orleans. All 26 crewmen were lost after the radio operator relayed an S.O.S. and report the ship was going down stern first. So the mystery has been solved for the curious anglers and divers, but they arent quite done with it yet. We are going to go back and see if we can recover any additional items on the wreck. On the first visit many pieces of antique china and portholes could be seen laying in the sand. Hey says. And in case youre wondering, its location is still a secret known only to these select few. Rob Chapman IV is a tournament winning angler and outdoorsman from Lake City. Hes an award winning marine artist, a graduate of Florida Gateway College and of Jacksonville University. He is currently the Coordinator of Marketing, Web, & Graphics Production at FGC, and is active both in the outdoors and designing for outdoors companies throughout the world. Hed love to hear from you! 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