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The Lake City reporter
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Lake City reporter (Lake City, Fla. 1967)
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Lake City, FL
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Community Newspapers Inc., Todd Wilson - Publisher
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May 23, 1884
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Daily (Monday through Friday)[<1969>-]
Weekly[ FORMER 1967-<1968>]
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Newspapers -- Lake City (Fla.) ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Columbia County (Fla.) ( lcsh )
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newspaper ( sobekcm )
newspaper ( marcgt )
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United States -- Florida -- Columbia -- Lake City
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30.189722 x -82.639722 ( Place of Publication )

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Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
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Vol. 95, no. 4 (Oct. 5, 1967)-
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Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.

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Lake City ReporterTHURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018 | YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER SINCE 1874 | $1.00 LAKECITYREPORTER.COM CALL US: (386) 752-1293 SUBSCRIBE TO THE REPORTER: Voice: 755-5445 Fax: 752-9400 Vol. 143, No. 239 TODAYS WEATHER Obituary . . . . . . 3A Opinion . . . . . . 4A Advice & Comics . . 3B Puzzles . . . . . . . 5B STUDENT FOCUSMeet Cindy Kim, 6A. 83 54Mostly cloudy Hollywood the hard way, Opinion/4A + PLUS >> Enrollment jumps at FGCEDUCATION Rising stars at LCCALOCALSee Page 5A See Page 5A Gun bills coming to floor today, tomorrow Senate, House to take up school safety legislation.STATECOURTESY PHOTOSHe wont give an inch to cancerFrom staff and wire reportsThe Florida Senate is expected to take up a wide-ranging school safety bill today, while the House is set to take up a similar bill Friday. Senate Bill 7026 and HB 7101 will go before both chambers as lawmakers react to the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which left 17 dead. Both bills moved through House and Senate committees this week. The Senate bill establishes a committee to investigate system failures related to the Parkland shooting and creates a program to help schools prepare for emergency situations. Both bills raise the legal age for purchasing rifles or long guns to 21 and ban the sale of bump-fire stocks within the state. The bills include numerous other issues, including allowing specially trained teachers to bring guns to class. The bills do not include bans on assault-style weapons. Lawmakers need to pass a final version before the scheduled March 9 end of the annual legislative session. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released a statement GUNS continued on 2A Courtesy NATIONAL PARK SERVICE/Everglades National Park This Burmese python killed and swallowed a deer in the Everglades. The snakes havent yet learned to thrive in Columbia County, though, due to the climate.Invaders are everywhere. Not all of them are creepy. By TONY BRITTtbritt@lakecityreporter.comBurmese pythons, slithering through the Everglades eating alligators and deer, are the textbook definition of an invasive species. But creatures dont have to be creepy to qualify as invasive. Muscovy ducks, commonly found around Lake DeSoto and elsewhere in Lake City, are hardly the stuff of nightmares, but they, too, are an Pythons are invasive species in Fla., but so are local ducks. SPECIES continued on 2ADEERSLAYER By CARL MCKINNEYcmckinney@lakecityreporter.comCrystal West thought the two years she spent praying for her 14-year-old son, Matthew Mazza, had worked. So when she learned in January his brain cancer had returned, meaning he had slim chances of surviving past the next five years, she felt numb. Then another emotion took hold. I was angry because I believed and prayed that he was healed, West said. I was angry at God a little bit. I hate to say that. But anybody who spends enough time around Matthew will find it impossible to stay that way, she said. His attitude is contagious, she said. TOP: Crystal West embraces her son, Matthew Mazza, whom she is cherishing every moment with. Matthew, who has brain cancer, only has a one in 20 chance of surviving past the next five years. LEFT: Wellwishers send their regards to Matthew, who found out in January that his brain cancer had returned. Matthew Mazza, 14, stands firm in face of difficult prognosis. MORE INSIDEFundraiser set, Page 2A.Both bills raise the legal age for purchasing rifles or long guns to 21 and ban the sale of bumpfire stocks within the state. MATTHEW continued on 2A A3

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2A THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018DAILY BRIEFING LAKE CITY REPORTER 7a 1p 7p 1a 6a LAKE CITY ALMANAC SUN MOON UV INDEX EXTREME: 10 minutes to burn T odays ultra-violet radiation risk for the ar ea on a scale fr om 0 to 10+. FYI An exclusive service brought to our readers by The Weather Channel. SPONSORED BY City THE WEATHER WEA THER HISTORY Pensacola Tallahassee Panama City Valdosta Daytona Beach Cape Canaveral Gainesville Lake City Ocala Orlando Jacksonville Tampa West Palm Beach Ft. Myers Ft. Lauderdale Naples Miami Key West TEMPERATURESNormal high Normal low PRECIPITATIONMonth total Year total HI LO LO HI LO HI LO HI LO HI FridaySaturday Cape Canaveral Daytona Beach Fort Myers Ft. Lauderdale Gainesville Jacksonville Key West Lake City Miami Naples Ocala Orlando Panama City Pensacola Tallahassee Tampa Valdosta W. Palm Beach March 1 March 9 March 17 March 24 FullLastNewFirst Quarter Quarter Correction A story in the Feb. 16 edition of the Lake City Reporter indicated Justin Moses is 46 years old. He is 41. Submissions The Lake City Reporter accepts photographs and caption information to run at the discretion of the editor. If you would like to see your organization in the newspaper, send the picture and information to associate editor Justin Caudell at jcaudell@lakecityreporter.com. Scripture of the Day"Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name." Psalms 103:1 (KJV) Happiness is a by-product. You cannot pursue it by itself. Sam Levenson Thought for Today Winning Lottery Numbers Pick 3: (Wednesday midday) 4-0-5 Pick 4: (Wednesday midday) 9-6-8-4 Pick 5: (Wednesday midday) 7-4-9-7-3 QUICK HITS HOW TO REACH USMain number ........ (386) 752-1293 Fax number .............. 752-9400 Circulation ............... 755-5445 Online ... www lakecityreporter com The Lake City Reporter an affiliate of Community Newspapers Inc., is published Tuesday through Friday and Sunday at 180 E. Duval St., Lake City, FL 32055. Periodical postage paid at Lake City, FL, Member Audit Bureau of Circulation and The Associated Press. All material herein is property of the Lake City Reporter Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden without the permission of the publisher. U.S. Postal Service No. 310-880. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Lake City Reporter P.O. Box 1709, Lake City, FL 32056. Publisher Todd Wilson ..... 754-0418 (twilson@lakecityreporter.com)NEWSEditor Robert Bridges ..... 754-0428 (rbridges@lakecityre porter.com)ADVERTISING ......... 752-1293 (ads@lakecityre porter.com)CLASSIFIEDTo place a classified ad ...... 755-5440BUSINESS.............. 754-0419CIRCULATIONHome delivery of the Lake City Reporter should be completed by 6:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, and by 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. Please call 386-755-5445 to report any problems with your delivery service. In Columbia County, customers should call before 10:30 a.m. to report a service error for same day re-delivery. After 10:30 a.m., next day re-delivery or service related credits will be issued. In all other counties where home delivery is available, next day re-delivery or service related credits will be issued. Circulation ............... 755-5445 (circulation@lakecityreporter.com)Home delivery rates(TuesdayFriday and Sunday) 12 Weeks ................... $26.32 24 Weeks ................... $48.79 52 Weeks ................... $83.46Rates include 7% sales tax.Mail rates12 Weeks ................... $41.40 24 Weeks ................... $82.80 52 Weeks .................. $179.40 Lake City Reporter In early 2016, Matthew vomited several times a day nearly every day for a month, putting him in the hospital at one point. That started a series of doctors appointments, West said. Multiple tests failed to pinpoint the problem. There was only one thing left to check for. The doctor said, Lets do one more test to rule out a brain tumor, West said. And thats how we found out. The possibility of brain cancer hadnt even crossed Wests mind. It was the last thing I thought of until they mentioned it, she said. On Feb. 24, 2016, Matthew went in for an MRI scan at UF Health Shands in Gainesville. West was told it would take about 20 minutes. An hour and a half later, a doctor called them into a room to deliver the news. The scan revealed Matthew had medulloblastoma, the most common type of malignant brain tumor in children. I was hysterical, West said. But my son was very calm. He was like, at least we know what it is. Matthew was immediately taken to intensive care. The hospital scheduled surgery for the next day to remove the tumor. He looked at me that night and said, Mom, youre not worried about anything happening to me, are you? Mom, Jesus has got me. Who can touch me? West recalled. It just made me cry even more because of how brave he is. Matthew started a sixweek radiation treatment three weeks after the MATTHEWContinued From 1A FUNDRAISER SCHEDULEDGrace Pediatrics, where Matthew Mazzas mother works, has reached out to Moes Southwest Grill, 2941 W. U.S. Highway 90, which is holding a fundraiser for Matthew and his family from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. A percentage of the restaurants proceeds will go toward Matthews medical expenses, said Grace Pediatrics employee Jessica Shotwell, and patrons will have the opportunity to donate additional money. surgery and in June began undergoing a weekly round of chemo for four months. Making it through those months would have been impossible were it not for Matthews positive attitude, West said. Even while he was weak and tired, he was always trying to encourage me, she said. Hes always been like that, West said. He does have a lot of faith, she said. Hes like an old soul. In September, Matthew finally had to face a moment he wasnt prepared for. Wests ex-husband moved in with them in Lake City partly to support Matthew and partly because of his own poor health. We got along, West said. West was at the hospital with Matthew, who was suffering from a fever, when she got a call from her other son. Ben Mazza, 18, told West he couldnt wake his father up. West dashed out of the hospital room and made it to the elevator before she got another call, this time from her own father. She had to turn around, walk back into the room, look Matthew in the eye, and tell him his father had just died. Despite managing to stay optimistic about his cancer, Matthew broke down. He yelled out, No, it wasnt supposed to be like this, I didnt get to say goodbye, she recounted. Though he was still upset the next day, West could see signs of him coming back to his old self. After treatment, Matthews condition started to improve. Doctors scheduled follow-up scans every three months to make sure the tumor didnt come back. In June or July 2017, scans showed a spot on Matthews brain, but said it might be nothing to worry about. The spot showed no signs of growth until January, when a doctor told West the cancer was back. I burst into tears, she said. Matthew just buried his head a little bit. Only 5 percent of patients with reoccurring medulloblastoma survive past five years, West said. Im always going to be optimistic, she said. I try not to allow myself to think the worst, but I do keep it in the back of my mind. But I really do try to enjoy each moment. Every Saturday morning, Matthew crawls into bed with his mother, wakes her up and gives her an extended hug. The two then sit down for a cup of coffee together. I just cant imagine my life without him, West said. Wednesday criticizing the Senate bill for redirecting a portion of con cealed carry fees away from their primar y purpose. I oppose taxing law-abiding concealed weapon licensees for atrocities carried out by crim inals, Putnam said in the state ment. If anyone should be taxed for those heinous acts, it should be criminals. The monster who murdered 17 people in Parkland wasnt even eli gible to have a concealed weapon license, he added.The News Service of Florida contributed to this report. GUNSContinued From 1A invasive species, native to Mexico, Central and South America. Nonnative species are animals living outside captivity that did not historically occur in Florida. Mor e than 500 nonnative fish and wildlife species and 1,180 nonnative plant species have been docu mented in the state. Invasive species, on the other hand, are nonnative species that harm the envi ronment and reduce population numbers of native species. National Invasive Species Awareness Week, which runs through tomor row, lets officials to address the issues caused by the introduction of plant and animal nonnative species. Columbia County, too, has its share of invasive species. Karen Parker, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission public information coordinator, said there is even nonnative species living in her yard. The homeowners that had the house before we bought it planted trees, and although they are lovely, they are nonnative, she said. We are in the process of attempting to replace all the nonnative with native species. Parker has a desert willow in her yard that has an orchid-like flower on it. The plant is native to Mexico and the Southwest. Other nonnative spe cies in Columbia County include: Blue tilapia, oscars (chilids), the Cuban Tree Frog, cane toad, Cogon grass, water hya cinth, water lillies, hydrilla, Brazilian pepper trees and wild hogs. Some of the more exotic animals seen in Columbia County include some from South America. Capybaras, rodents indigenous to South America, have been seen in Columbia County at Alligator Lake, Parker said. In addition, the brown anole, a lizard native to Cuba and the Bahamas, is primarily responsible for reducing the number of native green anoles in Florida, and has been spot ted throughout the county. Columbia County doesnt have the same issue with invasive species such as pythons and con strictors due to its climate, Parker said. Cooler winters pr event the animals from thriving up here, she said. If anyone sees an exotic animal, report the sighting to FWC, take a photo if possible and call the agen cys hotline, 888-483-4681. Additional information can be found at www.myfwc. com/wildlifehabitats/non natives/ or contact the FWC regional office. Most nonnatives are introduced species, which were brought to Florida by humans. A few of Floridas exotics arrived by natural range expansions and oth ers escaped from research facilities during tr opical storms and hurricane, others are pets that have been r eleased. The best way to prevent new introduction of non native species into Florida is to be a responsible pet owner and not turn them loose into the wild, Parker said. Anyone having an exotic pet they can no lon ger care for, the animals can be turned-in at the FWCs Pet Amnesty Days around the state. Unwanted, exotic pets are accepted at these events, free of charge, with no questions asked and we will attempt to rehome them. SPECIESContinued From 1AKAREN PARKER/Florida Fish and Wildlife CommissionThe brown anole, a lizard native to Cuba and the Bahamas, is primarily responsible for reducing the number of native green anoles in Florida, and has been spotted throughout the county. A3

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T HURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018 NEWS LAKE CITY REPORTER 3A Ill show you how life insurance can come in handy for more immediate family needs, like college. We put the life back in life insurance. CALL ME TODAY. There are also benets now. With life insurance, the benefits live on. State Farm Life Insurance Company (Not licensed in MA, NY or WI) State Farm Life and Accident Assurance Company (Licensed in NY and WI) Bloomington, IL 1311019 John Burns III, Agent 234 SW Main Boulevard Lake City, FL 32056 Bus: 386-752-5866 john.burns.cnj5@statefarm.com Ill show you how life insurance can come in handy for more immediate family needs, like college. We put the life back in life insurance. CALL ME TODAY. There are also benets now. With life insurance, the benefits live on.State Farm Life Insurance Company (Not licensed in MA, NY or WI) State Farm Life and Accident Assurance Company (Licensed in NY and WI) Bloomington, IL 1311019 John Burns III, Agent 234 SW Main Boulevard Lake City, FL 32056 Bus: 386-752-5866 john.burns.cnj5@statefarm.com Ill show you how life insurance can come in handy for more immediate family needs, like college. We put the life back in life insurance. CALL ME TODAY. There are also benets now. With life insurance, the benefits live on. State Farm Life Insurance Company (Not licensed in MA, NY or WI) State Farm Life and Accident Assurance Company (Licensed in NY and WI) Bloomington, IL1311019 John Burns III, Agent 234 SW Main Boulevard Lake City, FL 32056 Bus: 386-752-5866 john.burns.cnj5@statefarm.com Ill show you how life insurance can come in handy for more immediate family needs, like college. We put the life back in life insurance. CALL ME TODAY. There are also benets now. With life insurance, the benefits live on.State Farm Life Insurance Company (Not licensed in MA, NY or WI) State Farm Life and Accident Assurance Company (Licensed in NY and WI) Bloomington, IL1311019 John Burns III, Agent 234 SW Main Boulevard Lake City, FL 32056 Bus: 386-752-5866 john.burns.cnj5@statefarm.com the benefits Ill show you how life insurance can come in handy for more immediate family needs, like college. We put the life back in life insurance. CALL ME TODAY. There are also benets now. the benefits With life insurance, the benefits live on. With life insurance, the benefits live on. State Farm Life Insurance Company (Not licensed in MA, NY or WI) State Farm Life and Accident Assurance Company (Licensed in NY and WI) Bloomington, IL1311019 John Burns III, Agent 234 SW Main Boulevard Lake City, FL 32056 Bus: 386-752-5866 john.burns.cnj5@statefarm.com Ill show you how life insurance can come in handy for more immediate family needs, like college. We put the life back in life insurance. CALL ME TODAY. There are also benets now. With life insurance, the benefits live on.State Farm Life Insurance Company (Not licensed in MA, NY or WI) State Farm Life and Accident Assurance Company (Licensed in NY and WI) Bloomington, IL1311019 John Burns III, Agent 234 SW Main Boulevard Lake City, FL 32056 Bus: 386-752-5866 john.burns.cnj5@statefarm.com Ill show you how life insurance can come in handy for more immediate family needs, like college. We put the life back in life insurance. CALL ME TODAY. There are also benets now. With life insurance, the benefits live on.State Farm Life Insurance Company (Not licensed in MA, NY or WI) State Farm Life and Accident Assurance Company (Licensed in NY and WI) Bloomington, IL1311019 John Burns III, Agent 234 SW Main Boulevard Lake City, FL 32056 Bus: 386-752-5866 john.burns.cnj5@statefarm.com OBITUARY James Hicks, Jr. James Hicks, Jr. was born July 17, 1959, in Lake City, Florida to the late James Hicks, Sr. and Louisiana Williams Hicks. He was educated in the Columbia County school system. James answered the Masters call on February 20, 2018, at Shands UF Medical Center, Gainesville, FL, after an extended illness. Loving memories are left with sisters: Evenia, Betty and Lisa Hicks, all of Lake City, FL; brother, Levi Hicks, Lake Park, GA; hosts of nieces nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Grace Holiness Church, 1751 NE Coldwater St., Lake City, Florida, BishArrangements entrusted to COMBS FUNERAL HOME 292 NE Washington St, Lake City, FL, (386) 752-4366. Marq Combs Turner, L.F.D. The Caring ProfessionalsObituaries are paid advertisements. For info, call the Reporter, 752-1293. Teacher fires gun in classroom; no one hurtGEORGIABy JEFF MARTINAssociated PressATLANTA A social studies teacher barricaded himself inside a classroom at a Georgia high school on Wednesday and fired a handgun once in what may have been a warning shot, authorities said. No students were in the classroom at the time, and the only injur y reported was a student who hurt her ankle running when Dalton High School was evacuat ed. The teacher, Jesse Randal Davidson, was taken into custo dy without incident after a 30to 45-minute standoff with officers, Dalton police spokesman Bruce Frazier said. Davidson, 53, serves as the play-by-play announcer for the high schools football team, police said in a tweet Police didnt immediately say why Davidson fired the gun, but noted that he aimed away from anyone into an exterior window as the principal tried to unlock the classroom door. After the gunshot, the school was immediately placed on lockdown. I dont know whether he was just firing the gun off to let people know to back off or what, Frazier said. Its not clear what charges Davidson will face. Student Emma Jacobs texted her mother while she hid inside a darkened classroom, her moth er, Annmarie Jacobs, told The Associated Press. Emma, a junior, said in texts that her teacher had turned the lights off and told the students to sit in a corner. Then, in an act that brought home the danger of the situation, Emma texted her mother, omg shes putting desk in front of the door. Jacobs said she was driving in Tennessee, about 100 miles away from the school, when she got the texts. She said she immediately pulled over and started shaking. The shooting happened two weeks after a Florida school shoot ing left 17 students and faculty dead, put the country on edge and ignited a new debate over gun control in America. The shooting happened about 1 1:30 a.m. Wednesday during Davidsons planning period. Students were trying to get into his classroom, but he wouldnt let them in. The students notified the principal, who tried to open it with a key. At Dalton High a week ago, police found a threatening note on the floor of a classroom, but it wasnt related to the shooting Wednesday. Police said the note was found Feb. 21, and mentioned a threat against the school the following day. Assistant Police Chief Cliff Cason said in a statement at the time that officers planned an increased presence at the citys schools in response after the note was found. Threats have been made at schools across the coun try in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Dalton has about 2,000 students, according to its website. It is located about 90 miles north of Atlanta. Students were taken to the Northwest Georgia Center and parents went there for pickup. Dalton is known as the Carpet Capital of the World, since much of the carpet for U.S. and world mar kets is produced within a 25-mile radius of the city. The origins of Daltons carpet industry are traced to the making of bedspreads in the community. Davidson Dicks Sporting Goods will stop selling AR-15sBy TERENCE CULLENTribune News ServiceDicks Sporting Goods will no longer sell assaultstyle weapons or high-capacity magazines under any of its brands in wake of the deadly Florida high school shooting, the companys CEO said Wednesday. To think about the loss and the grief that those kids and those parents had, we said, We need to do something, Chairman and CEO Ed Stack said on ABC News Good Morning America. And were taking these guns out of all of our stores permanently. The company will also no longer sell guns to cus tomers younger than 21. Stacks announcement comes exactly two weeks after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mas sacre, during which gun man Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people with an AR-15 and swastika-marked high-ca pacity magazines. Cr uz bought a shotgun from Dicks in November 2017, which wasnt used in the melee. Once execu tives found out, Stack said, they decided to make a change about how they did business. We did everything that the law required and still he was able to buy a gun, Stack said. When we looked at that, we said, The systems that are in place across the board just arent effective enough to keep us from selling someone a gun like that. This isnt the first time Dicks has pulled back on assault weapons, however. The Pittsburgh-based company pulled weapons like the AR-15 in December 2012, after 20 first grad ers and six teachers were fatally shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Dicks started selling military-style weapons at its nearly three dozen Field & Stream stores, however, when they opened in 2013. The publicly-traded com pany also owns the Gold Galaxy and True Runner brands. Cruz, 19, was legally able to buy the multiple rifles he owned despite a history of mental illnesses. The decision comes as major companies like Hertz and Delta Air Lines drop corporate arrange ments with the NRA. W almart similarly halt ed sales of semi-automatic rifles in August 2015. Stack said the com pany is a strong Second Amendment suppor ter, but executives also want tighter gun regulations something survivors of the Florida shooting have rallied for in the last two weeks. When we take a look at what those kids and the parents and the heroes in the school, what they did, our view was if the kids can be brave enough to organize like this, we can be brave enough to take these out of here, he said on GMA.Gun sales also now restricted; age 21, older.MIKE STOCKER/Tribune News ServiceStudents head back to school at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday for the first time after a gunman killed 17 students in the school on Valentines Day. Fla. high school reopens after shootingAssociated PressPARKLAND Students and teach ers hugged and cried Wednesday as they returned under heavy police guard to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High for the first time since a teen ager with an assault rifle killed 17 people and thrust the huge Florida school into the center of a renewed national gun debate. The half-day began with fourth period so that the nearly 3,300 stu dents could first be with the people they were with during the shooting two weeks ago. In the beginning, everyone was super serious, but then everyone cheered up and it started being the same vibes we had before the shoot ing. People started laughing and joking around, said Kyle Kashuv, a junior who said he hugged every single teacher. On the way in, teens were guarded by hundreds of police officers. The police were accompanied by comfort animals, including dogs, horses and a donkey. One of the horses had eagle pride painted on its side. A nearby woman held a sign offering free kisses. After school dismissed, members of the Guardian Angels wearing their trademark red berets lined the streets at a crosswalk. Kashuv said he was amazed by the outpouring of support from the community, including the police presence, the animals and many well-wishers. There were letters from all over the world and banners on every single wall, he said. Some of the officers carried military-style rifles, and Superintendent Rober t Runcie said the police pres ence would continue for the remainder of the school year. The heavy ar ms rattled some students. This is a picture of education in fear in this country. The National Rifle Association wants more people just like this, with that exact firearm, to scare more people and sell more guns, said David Hogg, who has become a leading voice in the stu dent movement to restrict assault weapons. About 150 grief counselors wer e on campus to provide a lot of love, a lot of understanding and to help stu dents ease back into their school r outines, Runcie said. The freshman building where the Feb. 14 massacre took place remained cordoned off. Students were told leave their backpacks at home. Principal Ty Thomas tweeted that the schools focus would be on emotional read iness and comfort, not curriculum. In each classroom, colored pencils, coloring books, stress balls and toys were available to help students cope. Its not how you go down. Its how you get back up, said Casey Sherman, a 17-year-old junior. She said she was not afraid to be return, just nervous. Many students said the debate over new gun laws helped them process the traumatic event and pre pared them to return.

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Mark Janus is a child support specialist for the state of Illinois who, like many Illinoisans, has some disagreements with the policies of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Most Illinoisans, however, are not required to pay dues to the union. Janus is. Though he has chosen not to join AFSCME, Janus is nonetheless required under Illinois law to pay fees to the union that represents state workers. He would like to stop doing so, rather than support positions and activities that conflict with his views. And the U.S. Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments in the case Monday, looks inclined to let him. Those state employees who decline to join the union are exempt from that portion of dues that go to finance its political action. But they are forced to pay fair share fees that supposedly reflect the benefit they get from the unions collective bargaining. The rationale is that if workers could opt out of any payments, those doing so would be free riders: They would reap the pay and conditions the union negotiates while paying members bear the unions costs. There are obvious problems with AFSCMEs argument for compulsory fees. The first is that the union has the discretion to decide what counts as political spending and what doesnt. Janus lawyers note that these claims turn, to a large degree, on self-interested judgments by union officials about how they and other union employees spend their time. More basic, though, is that when a union negotiates on behalf of public workers, everything it does is inherently political. When AFSCME pushes for higher wages or changes in work rules, it is putting itself on one side of a political issue. In a parallel case from California two years ago, Chief Justice John Roberts asked the lawyer for the state to name a topic of collective bargaining that has nothing to do with such matters. When he cited mileage reimbursements, Roberts disagreed: Its all money. If you give more mileage expenses [to teachers], the amount thats going to be allocated to public education as opposed to public housing, welfare benefits thats always a public policy issue. Mandatory fees require dissenting nonmembers to support beliefs they reject. But the right of free speech, as the court long has recognized, includes the freedom not to speak. To force someone to pay for the advancement of political positions without his or her consent is incompatible with the First Amendment. Union officials say losing the revenue from compelled payments would weaken their negotiating power. But they also fear losing, yes, political power. AFSCMEs Naomi Walker has warned that a loss in this case could undermine political operations that assist the Democratic Party and damage the progressive infrastructure in this country, from think tanks to advocacy organizations. But why should the needs of union-aligned groups take precedence over Janus right to decide which causes to financially support? What if Illinois law required certain workers to contribute to groups that provide useful services but also donate heavily to Republican causes? Writing in the Tribune two years ago, Janus argued, Government unions have pushed for government spending that made the states fiscal situation worse. How is that good for the people of the state? Or, for that matter, my fellow union members who face the threat of layoffs or their pension funds someday running dry? For Janus to win, the court would probably have to overrule a 1977 decision that upheld such fees. The justices came close in the 2016 California case, shortly after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, deadlocking 4-4. The addition of conservative Neil Gorsuch seems likely to provide the deciding vote for the reversal here. In 2014, the Supreme Court said that except in perhaps the rarest of circumstances, no person in this country may be compelled to subsidize speech by a third party that he or she does not wish to support. This case is a chance for the justices to say: And we mean it. To the Editor: I jokingly told my husband that Gary King is writing a column about Billy Graham and somehow he will find a way to slam President Trump. Didnt have to wait long happened in first third of article. Kings hatred for Trump is not only obvious, it is getting boring. Millions of Christians in the U.S. prayed for him to become president. And God listened and answered our prayers. King doesnt like him. Thats fine but I and many more are tired of reading a Christian article only to be incensed at his hatred of our president. He is a flawed man and we know it. But he is a good man and we know that too. King stated, he IS going to meet Billy in Heaven. So he must be perfect because he knows he is going to Heaven. He certainly is not only hatred in your soul seems to me to be a bit of a problem. The rest of us just pray and repent for that to happen. I have written to the editor about you previously, Mr. King. I guess he feels you have a right to be obnoxious. Patricia Albury High Springs To the Editor: Yes, its another school shooting. On television, David Hogg, a student journalist at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, called for all of us to unite and stand up in the face of division in the wake of the tragedy that left 14 students and 3 adults dead in Parkland. We offer prayers and condolences, then our attention drifts, Congress does nothing, and then we have the next tragedy. Our leaders say its not yet the time to talk about it. Then they promise action and do nothing. When nothing changes, the Senate and House of Representatives take no responsibility. There has been no significant legislation to protect the schools and the children from this continuing problem in decades. Naturally its frustrating, and we feel powerless. What can you do? Get out and vote. Call or write your senators and your congressmen. Let your newspapers and TV stations know how you feel. Educate yourself. Be involved with your schools and your local law enforcement agencies. And above all, report anything you feel may be a sign of a problem. Support the Second Amendment, but acknowledge we do need to have firmer gun regulations, means to better support mental health issues, and competent supervision in both areas. And when suspicions are reported, agencies like the FBI, school officials, and law enforcement agencies need to better respond and take preventative action. Most of all, we need to communicate, work together, and make our system work better and safer for our kids, our teachers, and all of us. And lets stop letting our legislators attach riders to bills that will cause the other party or house of Congress to kill that bill! Love your children. Hug your children. Tell them you love them, at least once a day. Daneen and Bob Denny Gilchrist County OPINION Lake City Reporter Serving Columbia County Since 1874 The Lake City Reporter is published with pride for residents of Columbia and surrounding counties by Community Newspapers Inc. We believe strong newspapers build strong communities -Newspapers get things done! Our primary goal is to publish distinguished and profitable communityoriented newspapers. This mission will be accomplished through the teamwork of professionals dedicated to truth, integrity and hard work. Todd Wilson, Publisher Robert Bridges, Editor Jim Barr, Associate Editor Sue Brannon, Controller Dink NeSmith, President Tom Wood, Chairman LETTERS POLICY Letters to the Editor should be typed or neatly written and double spaced. Letters should not exceed 400 words and will be edited for length and libel. Letters must be signed and include the writers name, address and telephone number for verification. Writers can have two letters per month published. Letters and guest columns are the opinion of the writers and not necessarily that of the Lake City Reporter. BY MAIL: Letters, P.O. Box 1709, Lake City, FL 32056; or drop off at 180 E. Duval St. downtown. BY FAX: (386) 752-9400. BY EMAIL: rbridges@lakecityreporter.com Thursday, March 1, 2018 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 counties by Community Newspapers Inc. We believe strong newspapers build strong communities -Newspapers get things done! Our primary goal is to publish distinguished and profitable communityoriented newspapers. This mission will be accomplished through the teamwork of professionals dedicated to truth, integrity and hard work. Todd Wilson, Publisher Robert Bridges, Editor Dink NeSmith, President Tom Wood, Chairman LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Nix mandatory union fees OUR OPINIONHollywood the hard way Raul Santiago Colon, formerly of Fort White, has set up shop in LA now, and we wish him well. We hated to see him go, but our loss is Tinseltowns gain. Weve been writing about Colon for some time now, following his progress from extra to stuntman to credited motion picture actor. Hes been making steady progress and youve likely seen him in some big-name films, including Iron Man 3. He expects even bigger things ahead, and his confidence is contagious. Talk about a local-guy-makes-good story. This one may have an ending even Hollywood couldnt dream up. Good luck, Raul. Dont forget us when you hit the big time. Associated Press TODAY IN HISTORY TODAY IN HISTORY Make Congress respond to shooting Chicago Tribune On this date: In 1790, President George Washington signed a measure authorizing the first U.S. Census. In 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state. In 1890, J.P. Lippincott published the first U.S. edition of the Sherlock Holmes mystery A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. In 1932, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, New Jersey. (Remains identified as those of the child were found the following May.) In 1940, Native Son by Richard Wright was first published by Harper & Brothers. In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, back from the Yalta Conference, proclaimed the meeting a success as he addressed a joint session of Congress. In 1954, four Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the spectators gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five members of Congress. The United States detonated a dry-fuel hydrogen bomb, codenamed Castle Bravo, at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Peace Corps. In 1971, a bomb went off inside a mens room at the U.S. Capitol; the radical group Weather Underground claimed responsibility for the pre-dawn blast. In 1981, Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands began a hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland; he died 65 days later. In 1995, the Internet search engine website Yahoo! was incorporated by founders Jerry Yang and David Filo. In 2005, Dennis Rader, the churchgoing family man accused of leading a double life as the BTK serial killer, was charged in Wichita, Kansas, with 10 counts of first-degree murder. (Rader later pleaded guilty and received multiple life sentences.) Columnist has hatred for president

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T HURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018 LOCAL LAKE CITY REPORTER 5A Construction/Debris Containers Available755-7060 Delivered to your job site today. CHEKSLawn & Land Service, LLC Wes Evachek, Jr. 386-361-1034 FGC a top performer in enrollment growthFrom staff reportsFor the seventh consecutive semester, Florida Gateway College is reporting an increase in student enrollment. According to preliminary estimates, FGC increased enrollment by 6.3 percent for the 2017-18 academic year and for the past 2 years has increased a total of 18 percent. The Florida College System saw a net growth in full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment of just 0.3 percent across the 28 member colleges for the 201718 academic year. FTE is a measure of the total number of credit hours being taken at the college divided by the number of hours required for a student to be considered full-time. Several initiatives at FGC have contributed to the increase, including the availability of late-start course options, improved student engagement and a push by administrators for full-time students to take 15 credit hours per semester. The college has also made it a campus wide priority to expand course offerings and programs and to retain students. In addition to these initiatives, we have re-examined our enrollment process for current and future FGC students, said Dr. Jennifer Price, vice president of enrollment management and student affairs. It was important for us to create a more streamlined process by improving communication and eliminating obstacles.COURTESY FGCAccording to preliminary estimates, FGC increased enrollment by 6.3 percent for the 2017-18 academic year. CALENDAR TodayGardening questions?UF/IFAS Master Gardeners are available from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Columbia County Extension Office, 971 W. Duval St., Lake City. Stop by or call 386-752-5384 to receive research-based infor mation from university trained vol unteers.FridayFree tax prepThe Columbia County UF/ IFAS Extension Office is accept ing appointments for free tax fil ing. Appointments are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information, call 386-752-5384 or stop by the extension office at 971 W. Duval St., Lake City.SaturdayRace the Tortoise 5KThe ninth annual Race the Tortoise 5K at OLeno State Park (410 SE OLeno Park Road, High Springs) will start at 8 a.m. All lev els of ability welcome. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. and ends at 7:30 a.m., when the park gate will close for the race. Registration details at www.FriendsOfOleno. org. Proceeds go to OLenos Nature Center.Car showRacing for a Cure 2018 the 10th annual Fort White Car Show for cystic fibrosis will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort White Community Center, 17579 State Road 47, Fort White. Email cbrownsracing@aol.com for more information and to register. Chili cook-off and car showThe American Legion Riders of American Legion Post 57 will hold its fourth annual chili cook-off and classic car show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2602 SW Main Blvd., Lake City. Admission is $5, which includes a wristband for a spoon of unlimited sampling of chili. Hot dogs, chips and sodas/water will be available. Draft beer will be available for $1. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Double Six Service Dog Organization.Scholarship breakfastGold Standard Chapter No. 48 Order of the Eastern Stars will host its fourth annual Trisheka T. Nelson Scholarship Breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon at Columbia County Womens Club, 1145 Dr. Martin Luther King St. A $10 donation is required to attend. All proceeds go toward the scholar ship fund. For more information, call 386-438-0679.Acrylic workshopGateway Art Gallery, located at 168 N. Marion Ave. in Lake City, will present an acrylic workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an hour lunch break. Award-winning artist Jeanne Van Arsdall will be the instructor. The class is $65, which includes supplies. Call 386752-5229 for more information or to register. Bowl-a-thonCARC Advocates for Citizens with Disabilities, Inc. will host its 25th annual bowl-a-thon at Lake City Bowl (347 SW State Road 247, Lake City) with sessions at 1 and 3 p.m. Team registration is $50 for a team of five people, which covers two games of bowling and shoe rental. All proceeds will go to CARC. For more information or to register, call 386-752-1800 and ask for Kathy.Miss Fort White PageantThe Miss Fort White and Junior Miss Fort White Pageant will be held at 6 p.m. in the Fort White Elementary Auditorium. Tickets on sale at the door will be $5 for adults and $2 for students. Flowers and concessions will be available. Acoustic jamThe March gathering of the SongFarmers of the Suwannee River Valley will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 2423 SW Bascom Norris Drive, Lake City. Acoustic jam format. Musicians, friends and families welcome. No charge. For more information, call Skip Johns at 386-344-2906.SundayWedding and prom expoAll Creations Salon and the High Springs Lions Club will hold a wed ding and prom dress expo from noon to 4 p.m. at the club, 26900 U.S. Highway 27, High Springs. The expo will feature Cinderellas Closet, which will give free prom dresses to girls who need them (if it fits, its yours). Wedding dresses will be available for purchase for as little as $25 and up to $100. Money from the wedding sales will help purchase more prom dresses for girls who need them. For more information, call 386-454-4550.History presentationFriends of the Library invites residents to attend The Legacy of Franklin Roosevelts WPA in Florida presented by David Schmidt, curator at The Florida Civilian Conservation Corps Museum at Highlands Hammock State Park. Schmidts program will begin at 2 p.m. at the Columbia County Public Library Main Branch (308 NW Columbia Ave., Lake City) and include informa tion on local WPA projects as well.COURTESYFort White students recognize Black History MonthFort White Elementary students celebrated Black History Month in many different ways. In Lisa Kings second grade class, the African-American focus for February was on historical heroes. Students were studying heroes and biographies during this month and chose an African-American hero to research and write about the historical significance of each person to ELA and social studies standards. Afterward, the students used recycled materials to create their character in the form of a biography bottle to science standards. The culminating lesson ended with a presentation of their projects. The participating studentsand the historical heroes they chose, from left: Chloe Collier with Althea Gibson, Elijah Merritt with George Washington Carver, Carley Gillette with Sarah E. Goode, Lilliana Ramirez with Leroy Satchel Paige, Mya Wetherington with Madam CJ Walker, Emma Hodges with Fredrick Douglass, Beatriz Zaragoza with Ruby Bridges, Milagros Lopez with Isabella Sojourner Truth and Quinton Dryden with Arthur Ashe. COURTESYStudents receive Rising Star awardLake City Christian Academy recently had six students receive theRising Star High Achieving Student Awardin Jacksonville. From left: J.D. Gaylard, Naturi Edwards, Gracie Hair, Bailey Shanks and Pastor Pete Beaulieu. Devante Jackson and Amanda Walker were unable to attend. Most of the students are dual enrolled at Florida Gateway College and are on their way to completing their associate degree.

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6A T HURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018 SCHOOLS LAKE CITY REPORTER To leave an anonymous tip on a possible dangerous situation concerning Columbia County schools, call tollfree, (866) 295-7303. To leave an anonymous message on a possible truancy problem in Columbia County schools, call 758-4947. Items for the school page should be dropped off or mailed to the Lake City Reporter, 180 E. Duval St., Lake City, FL 32055; faxed to (386) 752-9400; or e-mailed to jcaudell@lakecityreporter.com by 5 p.m. Thursdays.CLASS NOTES Bulletin BoardNEWS ABOUT OUR SCHOOLSSTUDENT FOCUSName: Cindy Kim Age: 9 Parents: Ae-yun Shin and Jong -woo Kim School and grade: Niblack Elementary, fourth Principal: Mrs. Nakitha Ivery What clubs or organizations, both in and out of school, do you belong to? National Achievers Society What would you like to do when you get out of school? I would like to be a journalist. Achievements: A and A/B honor roll, perfect attendance, attend all AR parties, I earned a trip to Atlanta in third grade for making the honor roll. What do you like best about school? I like how the teachers teach you at school. The teachers show you many different ways to solve a problem. This prevents me from struggling because I can use the strategies taught and use the one that I am most comfortable with. Teachers comment(s) about student: Cindy is a very bright student. She is very caring and generous. She is a joy to have in the class. Principals comment(s) concerning students involvement: I am so proud to have Cindy represent Niblack. She is always focused on her academics. She strives for excellence in every area. She is very kind and is well liked by her peers. Cindy is a very intelligent student with a very bright future. Students comment(s) concerning honor: I feel happy to be chosen for this honor. I will work harder and continue to make my school proud of me. Open enrollment begins March 7Columbia County Schools will be accepting applications for student school choice controlled open enrollment for the 2018-19 school year March 7 through April 20.COURTESYSummers Elementary recognizes Kids with Character for FebruarySummers Elementary recently honored the KidswithCharacter for the month of February.The students were selected for their problem solving abilities indisplaying goodcharacter. Front, from left: Breanna Seale, Rachel Brown, Vincent Ward, Mariah Newman-Ross, Amaya Lemite, Mya Merriex, Julian de la Cruz, Kyle Zawada, Hunter Evans-Works, Alexzander Hughes, Aliciona Anderson, Marvin McCook and Braelynn Larson. Back row: Summers Guidance Counselor Kelly Couey, Addie Brock, Ruth Ramos-Cruz, Heli Patel, James Dowda, Kyler McCoy, Isiah Hollie, Camille Ellis, Brooklyn Weaver, Katelyn Bestoso, Benjamin Culver, Phoenix Cole, Nadroj Jordan, JaShyra Washington, Tripp Anderson and CARES Counselor Carlos Scippio. Not pictured: Amir Staggers, Sarunyu Wilkinson, Jakhia Ross and Jamiah Smith. Art sought for 2018 Congressional Art CompetitionCongressman Neal Dunns office is accepting artwork for the 2018 High School Congressional Art Competition for Floridas Second Congressional District, which includes Columbia County. The United States House of Representatives sponsors the compe tition each spring to recognize and honor talented young artists from each congressional district. High school students residing in Floridas Second District are encour aged to submit their work. The win ning piece will be hung in the United States Capitol building along with other artwork from across the country. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 and since then more than 650,000 young artists have been involved. The Congressional Art Competition brings together students from around the country to showcase the talent and creativity of our youth, Dunn said. We have many talented young artists in Floridas Second District and I look forward to displaying the winning piece in the Capitol for all to see. Submissions can include paintings, drawings, collages and photogra phy, among other mediums. Artwork enter ed in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, up to 4 inches in depth and not weigh more than 15 pounds. All entries must be original. For full competition guidelines, visit Dunns website at https://dunn. house.gov/art-competition.Staff reports

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Lake City Reporter SPORTS Thursday, March 1, 2018 www.lakecityreporter.com Section B Story ideas? Contact Eric Jackson or Jordan Kroeger754-0420 754-0421ejackson@lakecityreporter.com jkroeger@lakecityreporter.com By RALPH D. RUSSOAssociated PresssThe cracked facade of NCAA hoops appears to be crumbling and while LeBron James, John Calipari and many agree that college basketball should be overhauled, theres no consensus on how to repair the system. A federal investigation has alleged hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks being funneled to influence recruits, an FBI probe that many fans believe reveals just a tiny slice of potential corruption in college sports. In September, the Justice Department arrested 10 people, including four assistant coaches from Arizona, Southern California, Auburn and Oklahoma State. Payments of up to $150,000, supplied by Adidas, were promised to at least three top high school recruits to attend two schools sponsored by the shoe company, according to federal prosecutors. A report last week by Yahoo! Sports revealed documents showing dozens of prominent players, coaches rfNCAA SCANDALLady Gators season ends at SEC TourneyNASHVILLE Seniors Paulina Hersler and Haley Lorenzen, along with junior Funda Nakkasoglu each scored in double-figures but it wasnt enough to overcome a slow start as Florida dropped a 48-43 decision to Ole Miss in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament held at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday. The first quarter set the stage for low-scoring affair, as the 14-seed Rebels held a 9-6 advantage after the opening 10 minutes of play. The Gators refocused and held a five-point lead midway through the sec ond quarter before Ole Miss ripped off a 21-3 run for a 32-19 lead 1:35 into the second half. Florida attempted to rally using a 10-3 spurt and closed within six points with 7:15 remaining in the game. The Gators shots werent falling and the turnovers began to mount, however, Florida continued to push and was within four points with 2:46 remaining and again at two other times but couldnt get any closer. Hersler notched her fourth double-double of the season and of her career with 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds eight of those coming on the offensive end. Lorenzen led the Gators in scoring for the ninth time this season with a team-best 14 points to go along with seven rebounds, as she and Hersler helped Florida take the 39-36 edge on the boards. Nakkasoglu capped her outstanding debut season with the Gators scoring 11 points, hitting 2-of-5 three-pointers and 5-of-6 from the line in 40 minutes of action.Gators power past UNFGAINESVILLE Florida beat UNF 8-3 on Wednesday night at McKethan Stadium to improve to 9-1 on the season. UNF opened the scoring in the first, as center fielder Dan Murphy launched a solo home run to left center. Florida evened it in the second inning with a homer from Jonathan India, his third of the season. The Ospreys took the lead again in the top of the fourth inning, scoring a run after a throwing error by Florida, but the Gators responded in the bottom half of the inning as Shane Shifflett tied the game with a RBI single to score India. Florida brought the bomb squad in the fifth inning, as three players hit homers to score five runs in the inning. JJ Schwarz and India hit back-toback shots and freshman Brady Smith hit the first home run of his career. On the mound, Tommy Mace was solid in his first career start going 3.2 innings with two runs (one earned) allowed on two hits. Andrew Baker picked up the win with 2.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.ROUNDUP Follow @LCR_Sports on Twitter for local stories, score updates and moreSPORTS ON THE WEB FILEIn the wake of news reports concerning corruption in college basketball, the NCAA is facing demands for reform to clean up the sport. Many agree the sport needs changes, but no one is sure how to repair it.NCAA continued on 6BBRENT KUYKENDALL/Lake City ReporterTwo storms in one weekTate Worrell and the rest of the Columbia Tigers (3-0) host Gainesville (2-0) tonight at 7 p.m. in the teams District 3-7A opener. The teams will also play again on Friday in Gainesville. WOMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Florida StateTransfers provide major lift for Lady NolesCOLLEGE BASKETBALL: Clemson 76, FSU 63Reed lifts Tigers over Seminoles By PETE IACOBELLIAssociated PressCLEMSON, S.C. Marcquise Reed scored 22 points and No. 18 Clemson won a program-record 11th Atlantic Coast Conference game with a 76-63 victory over Florida State on Wednesday night. The Tigers (22-7, 11-6) had won 10 league games six times in 64 years as ACC members, but have never before won this many conference games in a regular season. And they did it with late rallies in both halves. Clemson trailed 24-16 in the opening half before closing the period on a 21-8 charge. Florida State clawed back to lead 45-42 midway through the second half before the Tigers took over and outscored the Seminoles 34-18 the rest of the way. Florida State (19-10, 8-9) closed to 64-61 on Phil Cofers 3-pointer with 2:58 remaining, but got no closer. Gabe DeVoe had 13 points while Shelton Mitchell and Elijah Thomas had 11 points each for the Tigers, who took another step toward earning a top four seed in next weeks ACC Tournament. Clemson came into the game tied for fourth with North Carolina State. The Wolfpack play at Georgia Tech on Thursday night. Cofer led the Seminoles with 21 points. Florida States leading scorer, Terance Mann, had an awful shooting night as he went 1 of 9 from the field for three points, 10 fewer than his average. Reed had 13 points in the second half to rally the Tigers. He also added seven rebounds and five assists.BIG PICTUREFlorida State: The Seminoles are long, strong and athletic, but struggled to get rebounds with only 12 in the opening 20 minutes. Florida State has a 3.8 rebounding margin this season, but got outrebounded 20-12 by the Tigers. Only Trent Forrest and Braian Angola had more than one board for the Seminoles. The Tigers wound up winning the battle of the boards, 39-30. That must improve if Florida State hopes to make noise in the postseason. Clemson: It may be a simplification of things for the Tigers, but when they make shots they can beat anybody. When they miss, they can lose to anyone. That was on display against Florida State as Clemson shot just 8 of 24 and fell behind 24-16. Over the final 6 minutes of the opening half, they went 4 of 7 as part of 21-8 run to lead 35-32 at the break. Clemson made 11 of 26 field goals in the second half to crawl past 40 percent shooting for the game.FSU falls below .500 in ACC as Reed scores 22. By JOE REEDYAssociated PressTALLAHASSEE Florida States womens basketball team has had major contributions from transfer players this season. Three of the 11th-ranked Seminoles starters didnt start their careers with the program but are finishing their careers in Sue Semraus program. Imani Wright played two seasons at Baylor before transferring in 2015 and sitting out a year. Chatrice White left Illinois after two seasons in 2016 but was ruled immediately eligible while AJ Alix is a graduate transfer after three years at TCU. All three have played significant roles for Florida State (245), the third seed in this weeks Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. The Seminoles also will likely host a regional in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years. For them to choose into it and buy it is really something. Those kids are special, Semrau said. What we look for in a transfer its not that we hope they can do well. We need them to and believe they can do well. Transfers played integral roles in the Seminoles reaching at least the Sweet 16 in the past three NCAA Tournaments. Maegan Cornwright averaged 11.5 points in her lone season at FSU in 2014-15 as it went to 3 of FSUs 5 starters didnt begin their careers with team.COURTESYFlorida States Imani Wright puts up a shot against Lousiville on Jan. 21. Wright is one of three transfers who have made an impact on the Seminoles this season. FSU continued on 6B B1

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2B T HURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018 SPORTS LAKE CITY REPORTER TV LISTINGSToday COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon BTN Big Ten Tournament, second round, Maryland vs. Wisconsin, at New York 2:30 p.m. BTN Big Ten Tournament, second round, Michigan vs. Iowa-Illinois winner, at New York 6:30 p.m. BTN Big Ten Tournament, second round, Penn St. vs. Northwestern, at New York 7 p.m. ESPN Wichita St. at UCF ESPNU Tulsa at East Carolina 8 p.m. CBSSN W. Kentucky at Middle Tennessee 9 p.m. BTN Big Ten Tournament, second round, Indiana vs. Minnesota-Rutgers winner, at New York ESPN Cincinnati at Tulane ESPN2 Oregon at Washington St. ESPNU California at Arizona St. ESPNEWS South Florida at Memphis 10 p.m. FS1 Stanford at Arizona 11 p.m. ESPN2 Oregon St. at Washington ESPNU Long Beach St. at UC Santa Barbara GOLF 5:30 a.m. GOLF European PGA Tour, Tshwane Open, first round, at Waterkloof, South Africa (same-day tape) 7:30 a.m. GOLF European PGA Tour, Tshwane Open, first round, at Waterkloof, South Africa 2 p.m. GOLF PGA Tour, WGC-Mexico Championship, first round, at Mexico City Midnight (Friday) GOLF LPGA Tour, HSBC Womens Championship, second round, at Singapore MLB BASEBALL 1 p.m. MLB Spring training, N.Y. Yankees vs. Philadelphia, at Clearwater, Fla. NBA BASKETBALL 8 p.m. TNT Philadelphia at Cleveland 10:30 p.m. TNT Minnesota at Portland NHL HOCKEY 7 p.m. NBCSN Pittsburgh at Boston 10 p.m. NBCSN Chicago at San Jose SOCCER 2:45 p.m. NBCSN Premier League, Arsenal vs. Manchester City 7 p.m. ESPN2 Women, She Believes Cup, United States vs. Germany, at Columbus, Ohio WOMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL 1 p.m. SEC SEC Tournament, second round, Alabama vs. Kentucky, at Nashville, Tenn. 3 p.m. SEC SEC Tournament, second round, Texas A&M vs. Vanderbilt-Arkansas winner, at Nashville, Tenn. 7 p.m. SEC SEC Tournament, second round, Tennessee vs. Auburn, at Nashville, Tenn. 9 p.m. SEC SEC Tournament, second round, Missouri vs. Florida-Mississippi winner, at Nashville, Tenn.NFL TransactionsCAROLINA PANTHERS Released RB Jonathan Stewart. CHICAGO BEARS Released LB Willie Young. Team also plans to release QB Mike Glennon on first day of league year. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS General manager Chris Ballard announced the team do es not intend to re-sign RB Frank Gore who is ranked No. 5 in career rushing. NEW YORK JETS Released DE Muhammad Wilkerson. Announced the retirement of RB Matt Forte.NBAEASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 43 17 .717 Boston 44 19 .698 Philadelphia 32 27 .542 10 New York 24 38 .387 20 Brooklyn 20 42 .323 24 S outheast Division W L Pct GB Washington 36 26 .581 Miami 32 29 .525 3 Charlotte 28 34 .452 8 Atlanta 19 43 .306 17 Orlando 18 43 .295 17 C entral Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 36 24 .600 Indiana 34 27 .557 2 Milwaukee 33 28 .541 3 Detroit 29 32 .475 7 Chicago 20 41 .328 16 WESTERN C ONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Houston 47 13 .783 S an Antonio 36 26 .581 12 New Or leans 35 26 .574 12 Dallas 19 42 .311 28 Memphis 18 42 .300 29 N orthwest Division W L Pct GB Minnesota 38 26 .594 Portland 35 26 .574 1 Ok lahoma City 35 27 .565 2 Denver 33 28 .541 3 Utah 31 30 .508 5 P acific Division W L Pct GB G olden State 48 14 .774 L.A. Clippers 32 27 .542 14 L.A. Lakers 26 34 .433 21 Phoenix 19 44 .302 29 Sacramento 18 43 .295 29 T uesdays Games Charlotte 118, Chicago 103 Cleveland 129, Brooklyn 123 Miami 102, Philadelphia 101 Washington 107, Milwaukee 104 Portland 116, Sacramento 99 L.A. Clippers 122, Denver 120 Wednesdays Games Detroit 110, Milwaukee 87 Toronto 117, Orlando 104 Atlanta 107, Indiana 102 Boston 134, Charlotte 106 Golden State 109, Washington 101 Phoenix 110, Memphis 102 New Orleans 121, San Antonio 116 Oklahoma City 111, Dallas 110, OT Houston at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Todays Games L.A. Lakers at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Cleveland, 8 p.m. Brooklyn at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Minnesota at Portland, 10:30 p.m.MENS COLLEGE BASKETBALLTuesdays Top 25 Games No. 16 Tennessee 76, Mississippi St. 54 Saint Josephs 78, No. 17 Rhode Island 48 Miami 91, No. 9 North Carolina 88 Arkansas 91, No. 14 Auburn 82 Wednesdays Top 25 Games No. 3 Xavier 84, Providence 74 No. 4 Villanova 69, Seton Hall 68, OT No. 18 Clemson 76, Florida St. 63 No. 23 Kentucky 96, Mississippi 78 No. 25 Houston 69, SMU 56 No. 21 Nevada at UNLV, 11 p.m. Todays Top 25 Games No. 11 Wichita State at UCF, 7 p.m. No. 1 Virginia at Louisville, 8 p.m. No. 24 Middle Tenn. vs. Western Kentucky, 8 p.m. No. 10 Cincinnati at Tulane, 9 p.m. No. 19 Arizona vs. Stanford, 10 p.m.Arizona Board of Regent to discuss Millers futuresPHOENIX The Arizona Board of Regents has scheduled a special meeting on Thursday to get legal advice and discuss the contract of coach Sean Miller, who, has not been with the team since last Saturday. Federal investigators recorded the coach in a wiretap talking about a $100,000 payout involving star freshman Deandre Ayton.NHLEASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts T ampa Bay 64 43 17 4 90 Toronto 66 39 20 7 85 Boston 61 38 15 8 84 Florida 60 29 25 6 64 Detroit 63 26 27 10 62 Montreal 63 24 29 10 58 Ottawa 62 21 31 10 52 Buffalo 64 20 33 11 51 M etropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts Washington 64 36 21 7 79 Philadelphia 63 34 19 10 78 Pittsburgh 64 36 24 4 76 New Jersey 63 33 22 8 74 Columbus 63 32 26 5 69 Carolina 63 27 25 11 65 N.Y Islanders 64 29 28 7 65 N.Y Rangers 63 27 30 6 60 WESTERN C ONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts Nashville 62 39 14 9 87 Winnipeg 63 37 17 9 83 Minnesota 63 36 20 7 79 Dallas 63 36 23 4 76 S t. Louis 65 35 26 4 74 Colorado 62 33 24 5 71 Chicago 63 27 28 8 62 P acific Division GP W L OT Pts Vegas 63 41 17 5 87 S an Jose 64 34 21 9 77 L os Angeles 64 35 24 5 75 Anaheim 64 31 21 12 74 Calgary 64 32 23 9 73 Edmonton 63 27 32 4 58 Vancouver 63 24 32 7 55 Arizona 62 18 34 10 46 T uesdays Games Washington 3, Ottawa 2 New Jersey 3, Pittsburgh 2 Boston 4, Carolina 3, OT Florida 3, Toronto 2, OT Nashville 6, Winnipeg 5 Minnesota 8, St. Louis 3 Dallas 2, Calgary 0 San Jose 5, Edmonton 2 Los Angeles 4, Vegas 1 Wednesdays Games Buffalo 2, Tampa Bay 1, OT Montreal 3, N.Y. Islanders 1 St. Louis 2, Detroit 1 Calgary at Colorado, 9:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Todays Games Carolina at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Boston, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Nashville at Edmonton, 9 p.m. Minnesota at Arizona, 9 p.m. Chicago at San Jose, 10 p.m. Columbus at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.WOMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALLTuesdays Top 25 Games No. 7 Texas 79, Oklahoma 66 Wednesdays Top 25 Games No. 23 Belmont 88, Murray St. 64 (Ohio Valley Tournament) Todays Top 25 Games No. 23 N.C. State vs. North Carolina (ACC Tournament, 11 a.m. No. 25 Mercer vs. Western Carolina (Southern Tournament., 11 a.m. No. 15 Texas A&M vs. Arkansas (SEC Tournament), 3:30 p.m. No. 12 Tennessee vs. Auburn (SEC Tournament), 7 p.m. No. 14 Missouri vs. Mississippi (SEC Tournament), 9 p.m.Seattle NHL team backers hope for June decisionSEATTLE (AP) A group consisting of Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, billionaire David Bonderman and Oak View Group Chief Executive Tim Leiweke sub mitted their application for an expansion team with the National Hockey League this month and said Wednesday they hope to hear in June whether its accepted. Seattle is the biggest market in the nation without a major winter sports team. SCOREBOARD THURSDAY EVENING MARCH 1, 2018 Comcast Dish DirecTV6 PM6:307 PM7:308 PM8:309 PM9:3010 PM10:3011 PM11:30 3-ABC 3 -TV20 NewsABC World NewsEnt. TonightInside Edition (N) Greys Anatomy (N) Scandal Olivia gets an unexpected visit. 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Gruden is navigating an offseason NFL landscape thats changed drastically since he last roamed the sideline nearly a decade ago. Its a lot different because youre not allowed to have any interaction with the players, and Ive always complained about that since the new (collective bargaining agreement) came into place, Gruden said Wednesday. A lot of players would come to see me in Tampa to get their football fix. So, youre not allowed to have contact with these guys. But whats most discouraging to me is weve got to make some decisions on our roster, on salaries, on players and their futures and you cant even meet them, Gruden grumbled. I dont know these guys. Ive never coached them. I never met half of them. So, thats been very, very difficult for me and Ive been emotional about it at times. On the next podium was Matt Patricia, who, unlike his former colleague Josh McDaniels, didnt balk at leaving Bill Belichicks brigade. Then there was Andy Reid, in the midst of another major roster shakeup, and his protege, Doug Pederson, still basking in Philadelphias first Super Bowl triumph in just his second season as coach of the Eagles. All are gathering this week in Indianapolis hoping to better their chances of winning in 2018. Top college prospects, including a group of quarterbacks that could produce five first-round draft picks, will spend four days getting poked and prodded, tested and timed. GMs and coaches will pepper them with questions either in formal 15-minute interviews or during a mixed zone after their physical assessments. Its a chance to get to know these guys, to know exactly what youre getting when they come into the building, said new Texans general manager Brian Gaine. He said their athleticism and acumen are already well-known, and theyll flash their strength, speed and swiftness this week at Lucas Oil Stadium. What the GMs and coaches want to do is get a look under the hood. Wed like to talk about football as much as we can, but we need to know everything we can to find out about these players, Gaine said. So when they come into our building (we know) that theyre a good fit for us in the locker room, in the weight room, in the training room, in the meeting rooms, out on the practice field. After this week, teams will retreat to their headquarters and begin preparing for the annual flood of free agents that will hit the market in mid-March. NFL.com reported this week that teams will soon receive in-game player-tracking data on every NFL player in the league, something that could change the way they scout opponents and evaluate free agents. The league has gathered the data since 2014 through sensors in players shoulder pads. Until now, teams only had data on their own players. Some teams have embraced the new tools more than others. Are you talking about the analytics, the GPS, all the modern technology? Gruden said. Man, Im trying to throw the game back to 1998. You know, really as a broadcaster, I went around and observed every team, asked a lot of questions, took a look at the facilities, how theyre doing business, theres a stack of analytic data or DAY-tuh, however you want to say that word, people dont even know how to read it. Its one thing to have the data or DAY-tuh its another thing to know how to read the damn thing. So, Im not going to rely on GPSs and all the modern technology. I will certainly have some people that are professional that can help me from that regard. But I still think doing things the old-fashioned way is a good way, and were going to try to lean the needle that way a little bit. Also meeting in Indianapolis this week is the leagues competition committee, which is looking into fixing the catch rule, something commissioner Roger Goodell said was his top offseason priority. The committee is also pondering whether to change the defensive pass interference rule from a spot foul into a 15-yard infraction as it is in college. Broncos coach Vance Joseph dismissed that possibility because of the harm it could cause to a league that just gave us a thrilling Super Bowl featuring 1,151 yards of offense, more than any NFL game ever played. The DPI rules not going to change, guys. Thats nice media talk, Joseph said. The catch rule? It has to clear up whats an actual catch and whats not a catch. But the DPI rules not going to change. Its a fun game. We like to see points being scored. If that rule changes, theres going to be a lot of defensive backs grabbing and pulling guys, so that wont change.FILEJon Gruden shouts instructions during the Raiders 16-13 overtime loss to the New England Patriots in an AFC Divisional playoff game in 2002 in Foxboro, Mass.

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LAKE CITY REPORTER ADVICE & COMICS THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018 3B DEAR ABBY: My husband loaned a dear friend some money a year ago. She has yet to pay back a penny When I ask him about it, he gets mad and tells me its none of my business. I have hinted to her about some large bills that we have to pay, to no avail. Other than that, my husband and I have a great marriage and love each other very much. I just dont like her taking advantage of his generosity. I know taking care of his friends gives him pleasure, but he has been burned before and I can see it happening again. I find it hard to ignor e. What do I do? SICK OF IT IN NEW HAMPSHIRE DEAR SICK OF IT: I wish you had mentioned whether you work and the money your soft-touch hubby gave his friend was partly earned by you. If thats the case, I dont blame you for being upset. While Im not sure you can prevent your husband from doing this, I do think you are within your rights to insist that before he does it he discuss it with you. If he will do that, perhaps the two of you can find an alternative for the person other than giving out money DEAR ABBY: My son passed away unexpectedly a little over eight years ago. He was 21. At the time, he had been dating a very nice young lady. We kept in touch for a while after the funeral letters and emails mostly, as I had moved out of state but things tapered off. I have been able to keep somewhat informed about her life because of the magic of social media and mutual friends she shared with my son who still contact me occasionally. I recently learned shes being mar ried within the next two weeks. I am wondering if it would be wrong or weird of me to send a congratulatory card to the happy couple. I wish only continued happiness for her and her future husband. WISHING HAPPINESS DEAR WISHING: I see nothing wrong or weird about sending her a nice card, and when you do, be sure to tell her not only that you wish her a happy future, but also that she will always have a special place in your heart. DEAR ABBY: Would it be appropriate for some one to tell someone elses childr en to stop doing something dangerous if the parent is not around? Im talking about kids holding scissors the wrong way or running with them, pushing others, etc. My childr en are in their teens now and know that such behavior is wrong. If it were the other way around, I would be grateful if someone cared enough to tell my kids that a behavior is wrong and/or dangerous. GLAD IN THE MIDWEST DEAR GLAD: How else would the children know if they werent warned? To speak up would be an act of kindness, particularly if they were doing something that could cause harm to themselves or others. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com. Abigail Van Burenwww.dearabby.com Wife cant watch as a friend abuses husbands generosity DILBERT BABY BLUES BLONDIE BEETLE BAILEY B.C. FRANK & ERNEST FOR BETTER OR WORSE ZITS HAGAR THE HORRIBLE SNUFFY SMITH GARFIELD CLASSIC PEANUTS DEAR ABBY HOROSCOPES | THE LAST WORD BY EUGENIA LAST ARIES (March 21-April 19): Secrets are best kept that way. Focus on personal changes that will make you feel good about the way you look, what you know and the dir ection you are heading. Dont share personal information or passwords. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Settle into something that interests you. Do your research and find out whats needed to put your plans in motion. Someone you least expect will help you make a decision that can change your direction and improve your life. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Partnerships will undergo distractions, uncertainty and a lack of trust if you dont keep your communication open and honest. Discuss the matters that have the potential to upset your life. Do your best to keep the peace. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Test the waters and say whats on your mind. Not everyone will agree with you, but you will find out quickly where you stand and whom you can trust. Congregate with like-minded individuals and you will accomplish a lot. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A solid strat egy will make a difference. Dont go into a meeting or an exam without having a wellthought-out plan in place. Y our future is dependent on how well you do when faced with a challenge. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Emotions will flare up if you arent honest about the way you feel. Stay calm and make your points clearly and you will be able to overcome any misunderstanding or differences of opinion you have with someone you love. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Work quietly toward your goal. Keep your thoughts and intentions a secr et until you have reached a point where you feel you have done enough research to persuade others to support your projects. A domestic change is encouraged. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Concentrate on what matters most to you. Extend a helping hand to someone you care about or a cause you believe in. Your input will be welcome and lead to all sorts of interesting new beginnings. Love is on the rise. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Do your research before getting involved in something that someone else is trying to push on you. Change can be good, but it has to be for the right reasons and involve someone who has as much to offer as you do. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Consider drawing up a contract or at least laying out your plans and discussing the best way to reach an agreement. If you show the willingness to make adjustments, you will find it easier to come up with a workable ar rangement. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Look inward and decipher what you can do to improve your life, your outlook and the relationships you have with those you care about most. Positive change will encourage praise and keep you from getting involved in indulgent behavior PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Questioning your relationships with different people will help you get a better sense of who is good for you to hang out with and who isnt. T ake steps to get rid of emotional baggage and physical possessions that are weighing you down. Actor Robert Clary (Hogans Heroes) is 92. Singer Harry Belafonte is 91. Actor Robert Conrad (The Wild, Wild West) is 83. Singer Mike DAbo of Manfred Mann is 74. Singer Roger Daltrey of The Who is 74. Actor Dirk Benedict (The A Team) is 73. Actor-director Ron Howard is 64. Country singer Janis Gill is 64.CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

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4B THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018CLASSIFIED LAKE CITY REPORTERClassi ed Department 755-5440 CLASSIFIED LAKE CITY REPORTER ADVANTAGETake ADvantage of the Reporter Classifieds!755-5440 Front Desk, experience a plus, will train. Competitive wages. Individual must be responsible with good work history. Apply in person. NO CALLS. America;s Best Value Inn of Lake City 3835 W US Hwy 90 509 SE Pasture Way, Sat 8am4pm Desk, plants, flowering pots, mirrors, paintings, dishes, and lots of misc. Estate Sale : 580 NW Blackberry Circle, Blackberry Farms off Nash Rd. Saturday, March 3rd 8am-3pm Furniture, tools, Golf cart, and much more! E S T A T E S A L E Extensive variety of items, chain saws, tools, lawn & garden, furniture, etc. THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY. 7am to 3 pm. 16244 31st Drive, Wellborn. 386.984.9062 Katrina Pitts of San Antonio, FL will be hiring 74 temporary farm workers, needed from 04/02/2018 through 05/31/2018 at 35 hours per week in Claxton, GA. Workers will harvest onions. Other duties include maintenance, field sanitation. The wage is $10.95 per hour or the prevailing wage rate. Guarantee of of total hours offered. Employer furnishes work tools, supplies and equipment. Free housing is provided for workers that cannot reasonably return home at the end of the day. Transportation and subsistence expense provided with completion of 50% of the work contract. Interested workers should apply at the nearest Georgia Department of Labor office and provide the office with a copy of this advertisement or call Katrina Pitts at 912-585-5264 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. Reference Job # GA1978520182 234 SE Defender Ct, Fri & Sat 8am-1pm Furn for all rooms, clothes, dishes, cookware, Popup camper & '09 Harley IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR COLUMBIA COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2018-12 CP IN RE: ESTATE OF Rachael Yvonne Griffin, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Rachael Yvonne Griffin, deceased, whose date of death was November 12, 2017, is pending in the Circuit Court for Columbia County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 173 NE Hernando Avenue, Lake City, Florida 32055. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is March 1, 2018 Personal Representative: Gaye Lynn Norman 375 NW Fett Way Lake City, Florida 32055 Attorney for Personal Representative: William B. Brannon, Jr. E-Mail Address: bill.brannon68@gmail.com Florida Bar No. 327484 934 NE Lake DeSoto Circle Lake City, Florida 32055 Telephone: (386) 755-3456 409549 March 1, 8, 2018 LAKE BUTLER HOSPITAL RN-FT Please visit our website www.lakebutlerhospital.com for more information and to fill out an application. PH. 386.496.2323 Ext 9258, Fax 386.496.2105 Equal Employment Opportunity / Drug & Tobacco Free Workplace MAKE EXTRA $$ MONEY $$ The Lake City Reporter, a daily newspaper, seeks Independent Contractor Newspaper Carriers for several motor routes in the city and county. You must be motivated by earning extra money, be an early riser and have reliable transportation. Apply in person during normal business hours.Monday Friday 8am 5pmNO PHONE CALLS PLEASE PUBLISHER'S NOTE All Yard Sale Ads Must be Pre-Paid. The Lake Shore Hospital Authority, located in Lake City, FL, is seeking applicants with healthcare management experience to serve as the Executive Director for the Authority. This executive-level position will be filled as a part-time position. A Request for Qualifications is available upon request. Please make your request to Sonja Markham, Administrative Assistant, at 386-344-6033 or sonja@lakeshoreha.org. It can also be accessed online at www.lakeshoreha.org. To be considered, all responses must be received by 3:00 PM on March 15, 2018, in the office of the Authority as stated in the Request for Qualifications. 273 NW Charlotte Gln Sat, Mar 3, 7:30am-2pm Furniture, household goods and misc. Something for everyone! Will petsit your well-taken-careof cat or dog Sat & Sun. (386) 344-0371 after 6 pm. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR COLUMBIA COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 18-57-DR IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF RKC, Adoptee. NOTICE OF ACTION JOINT STEP-PARENT ADOPTION TO: Mark Locke, OASIS HOTEL, Clark Perimeter Road, Angeles City, Philippines, 2009. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action for adoption has been filed against you in this Court. You are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Luis Antonio Carreras, whose address is 190 SE Adams Street, high Springs, FL 32643, on or before March 12, 2018, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court at: 173 NE HERNANDO AVE., LAKE CITY, FLORIDA 32055 before service on the Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Petition for Adoption. Copies of all court documents in this case, including Orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office notified of your current address. (You may file Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915). Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the Clerk's office. Dated: February 5, 2018. P. DeWitt Cason CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: /s/ S. Rodriguez Deputy Clerk 404742 February 8, 15, 22, 2018 March 1, 2018 NCGA and its farmer members are currently recruiting 13 Temporary farm laborers to plant, cultivate, and harvest diversified vegetable crops in various NC counties statewide. Contact the local Employment Service for the name, location, and farm specific crop information/full disclosure for each NCGA farmer member. Work will begin 04/20/18 and will end 11/10/18. The wage offer is the highest of $11.46 per hour or applicable piece rates depending on crop activity. Guaranteed 3/4 of contract hours. Free housing provided for non-commuting worker. Conditional transportation/subsistence reimbursed at 50% of the contract, or sooner if appropriate, for eligible workers. Work tools/equipment/supplies provided at no cost. NCGA members are equal opportunity employers. To apply, contact the nearest Employment Service office (NC 10825259). NCGA and its farmer members are currently recruiting 18 Temporary farm equipment operators to plant, cultivate, and harvest row crops in various NC counties. Contact the local Employment Service for the name, location, and farm specific crop information/full disclosure for each NCGA farmer member. Work will begin 04/20/18 and will end 12/10/18. The wage is $11.46 per hour Guaranteed 3/4 of contract hours. Free housing provided for non-commuting worker. Conditional transportation/subsistence reimbursed at 50% of the contract, or sooner if appropriate, for eligible workers. Work tools/equipment/supplies provided at no cost. NCGA members are equal opportunity employers. To apply, contact the nearest Employment Service office (NC 10825346). NCGA and its farmer members are currently recruiting 25 Temporary farm laborers to plant, cultivate, and harvest diversified vegetable crops in various NC counties statewide. Contact the local Employment Service for the name, location, and farm specific crop information/full disclosure for each NCGA farmer member. Work will begin 04/20/18 and will end 12/31/18. The wage offer is $11.46 per hour or applicable piece rates depending on crop activity. Guaranteed 3/4 of contract hours. Free housing provided for non-commuting worker. Conditional transportation/subsistence reimbursed at 50% of the contract, or sooner if appropriate, for eligible workers. Work tools/equipment/supplies provided at no cost. NCGA members are equal opportunity employers. To apply, contact the nearest Employment Service office (10825382). NCGA and its farmer members are currently recruiting 30 Temporary farm laborers to plant, cultivate, and harvest diversified vegetable crops in various NC counties statewide. Contact the local Employment Service for the name, location, and farm specific crop information/full disclosure for each NCGA farmer member. Work will begin 04/20/18 and will end 12/10/18. The wage offer is $11.46 per hour or the highest applicable piece rates. Guaranteed 3/4 of contract hours. Free housing provided for non-commuting worker. Conditional transportation/subsistence reimbursed at 50% of the contract, or sooner if appropriate, for eligible workers. Work tools/equipment/supplies provided at no cost. NCGA members are equal opportunity employers. To apply, contact the nearest Employment Service office (10825292). NCGA and its farmer members are currently recruiting 618 Temporary farm laborers to plant, cultivate, and harvest tobacco/diversified crops in various NC counties statewide. Contact the local Employment Service for the name, location, and farm specific crop information/full disclosure for each NCGA farmer member. Work will begin 04/20/18 and will end 11/10/18. The wage offer is $11.46 per hour or the highest of applicable piece rates. Guaranteed 3/4 of contract hours. Free housing provided for noncommuting worker. Conditional transportation/subsistence reimbursed at 50% of the contract, or sooner if appropriate, for eligible workers. Work tools/equipment/supplies provided at no cost. NCGA members are equal opportunity employers. To apply, contact the nearest Employment Service office (10825225). NCGA and its farmer members are currently recruiting 93 Temporary farm laborers to plant, cultivate, and harvest tobacco/diversified crops in various NC counties statewide. Contact the local Employment Service for the name, location, and farm specific crop information/full disclosure for each NCGA farmer member. Work will begin 04/20/18 and will end 12/10/18. The wage offer is $11.46 per hour or applicable piece rates depending on crop activity. Guaranteed 3/4 of contract hours. Free housing provided for non-commuting worker. Conditional transportation/ subsistence reimbursed at 50% of the contract, or sooner if appropriate, for eligible workers. Work tools/equipment/supplies provided at no cost. NCGA members are equal opportunity employers. To apply, contact the nearest Employment Service office (10825244). LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that Peoples State Bank whose main office is 350 SW Main Blvd., Lake City, Florida 32025 has filed an application with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to open a full service banking office located at 7075 US Highway 27, Ft. White, Florida 32038. Any person wishing to comment on the application may file his or her comments in writing with the Regional Director (DOS) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) at its regional office located at 10 10th St NE #800, Atlanta, GA 30309-3906, not later than March 23, 2018, unless the comment period has been extended or reopened in accordance with the FDIC's regulations. The non-confidential portions of the application are on file in the corporation's regional office and are available for inspection during regular business hours. Photocopies of the information in the non-confidential portions of the application files will be made available upon request. Peoples State Bank Lake City, Florida 409551 March 1, 2018 Preferred Pine Straw Inc. .2 Year Verifiable Driving Experience-Home 90% of the weekends and some during the week. Rider Policy, 401K & Aflac Available, Health/Dental / Vision Available, Paid per mile or percentage of load, Run Southeast. Call Misty TODAY 386-935-2773 ex 221 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR COLUMBIA COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION Case #: 2018-CA-000042 Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, Successor by Merger to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc. Plaintiff, -vs.Jennifer Chambers; Unknown Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Creditors, lienors, and Trustees of Rebecca Jane Winchester a/k/a Rebecca Jane Bondurant a/k/a Rebecca J. Winchester, Deceased, and all Other Persons Claiming by and Through, Under, Against The Named Defendant(s); Unknown Spouse of Jennifer Chambers; Autovest Financial Services LLC; Unknown Parties in Possession #1, if living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants; Unknown Parties in Possession #2, if living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGSPROPERTY TO: Unknown Heirs, devisees, Grantees, Assignees, Creditors, Lienors, and Trustees of Rebecca Jane Winchester a/k/a Rebecca Jane Bondurant a/k/a Rebecca J. Winchester, Deceased, and All Other Persons Claiming by and Through, Under Against The Named Defendant(s): ADDRESS UNKNOWN Residence unknown, if living, including any unknown spouse of the said Defendants, if either has remarried and if either or both of said Defendants are dead, their respective unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant (s); and the aforementioned named Defendant(s) and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendants and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendants as may be infants, incompetents or otherwise not sui juris. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action has bee commenced to foreclose a mortgage on the following real property, lying and being and situated in Columbia County, Florida, more particularly described as follows: LOT 5 CYPRESS CREEK SUBDIVISION, A SUBDIVISION ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGES 128-129, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF COLUMBIA COUNTY, FLORIDA TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN MANUFACTURED HOME, YEAR: 1997, MAKE: HOMES OF MERIT/MERITT LIVESTOCK TRAILER, VIN#: FLHMBFP103039663A AND VIN#: FLHMBFP103039663B. more commonly known as 248 Southwest Aloe Court, Lake City, FL 32024. This action has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, upon SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP, Attorneys for Plaintiff, whose address is 4630 Woodland Corporate Blvd., Suite 100, Tampa, FL 33614, within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this notice and file the original with the clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on the 21st day of February, 2018. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Carrina Cooper, Court Administration at 173 NE Hernando Avenue, Room 408, Lake City, Florida 32055, 386758-2163 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. P. Dewitt Cason Circuit and County Courts By: /s/ S. Weeks Deputy Clerk 408973 March 1, 8, 2018 CNA's needed. Immediate work. Top pay, daily pay. Call 352-336-0964. www.suwanneemedical.com Male Umbrella Cockatoo, 6 yrs, hand fed. $1000 for more info call or text 386-466-6768

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Classied Department 755-5440 LAKE CIT Y REPOR TER SPORTS THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018 5B Classi ed Department 755-5440 THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018 CLASSIFIED LAKE CITY REPORTER 5B rf ntb rr rf ttf t nt rLook at what you can do t bbLake City Reporter Coldwell Banker-Bishop Elaine Tolar 365-1548 MLS97810 3/2 underway in Cannon Creek Pl, split plan, side entry garage, covered back porch $189,900 Coldwell Banker-Bishop Elaine Tolar 365-1548 MLS98034 4/3 on 17th Green alongside the 18th Fairway in Country Club, brick FP, $249,000 Coldwell Banker-Bishop Elaine Tolar 365-1548 MLS99027 4/3, FP, Jacuzzi tub in owner's ste, his/hers closets, SS appliances, new A/C $255,000 Coldwell Banker-Bishop Elaine Tolar 365-1548 MLS99605 Country home & 3/2 SWMH, 5.01ac, enclosed in-ground pool $249,000 Coldwell Banker-Bishop Elaine Tolar 365-1548 MLS99686 3/2 in Quail Heights Country Club, open concept w/kit accessible to living areas. $149,900 Coldwell Banker-Bishop Elaine Tolar 365-1548 MLS82741 Investors special, 5 commercial lots avail. paved streets, retention in place. Ready to build. 2 & 3 BR MH, $600-$875, water & sewer furnished, stove & fridge furnished. 288-4688 Century 21-Darby Rogers 7526575 MLS97863 $145,000 Great location in town, plenty o f space yet feels cozy & welcoming inside. Century 21-Darby Rogers 7526575 MLS99245 $89,500 3/1.5 w/screened back porch, carport, fenced backyard. Updated bathrooms. Century 21-Darby Rogers 7526575 MLS99486 $ 89,900 Investment property on 1ac, ceramic tile floors, Berber carpet, garage converted into fam rm. Century 21-Darby Rogers 7526575 MLS99722 $139,000 Move-in ready 2/2 w/lots of rm to grow, lg 1200sf outbuilding/ garage/workshop, FP Century 21-Darby Rogers 7526575 MLS99725 $185,000 3/2 split plan in Wise Estates, open floor plan, seller is giving $1000 carpet allowance. Century 21-Darby Rogers 7526575 MLS99779 $115,000 Home in Eastside Village 55+ community, open split plan with dining area & eat-in kitchen Country Rivers Realty, LLC 497-3305 MLS98736 $75,00 0 2BR Town cottage in Live Oak, wood burning stove, lg storage or workroom. Country Rivers Realty, LLC 497-3305 MLS99278 $199,900 2nd floor loft/BR w/storage, cozy den, chef's kit w/island, lg master, 2 blks from Hodor Park Country Rivers Realty, LLC 497-3305 MLS99404 3/2 DWMH on 1.45ac, 5 min from Itchtucknee Springs State Park, completely fenced. $49,900 Daniel Crapps Agency 7555110 MLS97936 $159,000 2 homes, conc block w/ceramic tild flooring thru-out & move in ready plus 1828 sf mfg home. Daniel Crapps Agency 3973002 MLS99179 $298,000 4/3 brick, hardwood floors, spacious master, in-ground pool in Plantations. Daniel Crapps Agency 7555110 MLS99574 $147,500 3/2 brick on corner lot, FP, den/office w/private entrance, lots o f fruit trees. Daniel Crapps Agency 3973002 MLS99149 $3500/ac. Tract is off CR349 in Suwannee Co, between Live Oak & Branford. Daniel Crapps Agency 3973002 MLS99575 $150,000 Suwannee River frontage, buildable lot in Levy Co, includes pier & river dock. Daniel Crapps Agency 7555110 MLS98278 $184,500 Victorian-style commercial bldg w CG zoning, perfect for coffe & living qrts all in one! 1/2 to 5 acre lots; owner financing. some with w/s/pp Deas Bullard/BKL Properties 386-752-4339 www.landnfl.com Starting at $ 615/mo, tile floors, fresh paint. Great Area. Call ( 386 ) 752-9626 Five Ash Forest, Lake City's premier 55 plus manufactured home community. 752-7207 Lot lease includes water, sewer, garbage & lawn maintenance. 3bd/2ba Just renovated, shed & front & back porch. 278 SE Margaret Dr. $750/mo $750/sec mth, First & Sec. 386-466-2266 Hallmark Real Estate Kay Priest 365-8888 MLS99627 3/3 pool home den w/FP & game room that could be 4th BR. $239,000 Hallmark Real Estate Vic Lantroop 623-6401 MLS99666 3/2 lg kit, open floor plan, lg garage, near schools & shopping, fenced yard, $130,000 Hallmark Real Estate Jane t Creel 719-00382 MLS99080 24 gorgeous ac w/brick 3/2 has been well cared for, 3 barns in a great location. Hallmark Real Estate Ginge r Parker 365-2135 MLS99329 4/3 in great location, hardwood floors, new paint, roof and HVAC $145,000 Hallmark Real Estate Tanya Shaffer 397-4766 MLS98872 1351sf office in city limits, CG zoning on corner lot, recentl y updated. $195,000 Hallmark Real Estate Paula Lawrence 623-1973 MLS99619 well-known establishment in Suwannee Co w/full liquor license. Call fo r details 3BR/1BA house in town $500 mo $500 dep No Pets. 386-758-0057 3BR/1BA house in town $600 mo $600 dep No Pets. 386-758-0057 Jackie Taylor & Associates Realty 752-4663 MLS96353 3/2 in Lake Forest S/D, 2car garage, corner lot, in-ground pool, pool house w/half BA, $179,000 Jackie Taylor & Associates Realty 752-4663 MLS95873 Rustic 2/1 partially furnished, workshop w/elec. & loft @ end o f private road. $39,000 Jackie Taylor & Associates Realty 752-4663 MLS97880 3/2 w/cook's dream kit, new stove, upscale master BA, sec system, 4+car garage. $239,900 Jackie Taylor & Associates Realty 752-4663 MLS98649 Newly remodeled 2/2 in Eastside Village, move-in ready, inside laundry rm, $128,000 Jackie Taylor & Associates Realty 752-4663 MLS99473 3/2 w/front deck & covered back porch, lg 3 car carport, shed, near river $74,900 Jackie Taylor & Associates Realty 752-4663 MLS93492 3/2 sitting on 11.23ac just outside Branford, open floor plan, close to Sante Fe River. $124,900 55+ comm in Timber Ln S/D off Troy Ave. 3/2 split plan MH, lg carport, storage shed, FL rm, $34,500 386-752-7383 PUBLISHER'S NOTE Florida Law 828.29 requires dogs and cats being sold to be at least 8 weeks old and have a health certificate from a licensed veterinarian documenting they have mandatory shots and are free from intestinal and external parasites. Many species of wildlife must be licensed by Florida Fish and Wildlife. If you are unsure, contact the local office for information. PUBLISHER'S NOTE All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the fair housing act which makes it illegal to advertise "any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin; or any intention to make such preference, limitation or discrimination." Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under the age of 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll free at 1-800-669-9777, the toll free telephone number to the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. Magnolia Real Estate Group Nate Sweat 628-1552 Vintage 4/3 needs some repair to bring back to its original grandeur, master on 1st floor. MLS96336 Magnolia Real Estate Group Nate Sweat 628-1552 All brick close to schools w/new roof & new kit, stainless appliances, open floor plan. MLS99125 Magnolia Real Estate Group Nate Sweat 365-8343 Spacious DW mfg home on 1ac in country, open kit, wood burning fireplace $98,500 MLS98406 3/2, lease option. No Pets. 1st, last + $800 sec, $1100/mo South of town. credit ref req'd 386-397-5425 or 386-755-9476 Remax, Missy Zecher 6230237 MLS98650 $325,000 4/2, lg great rm w/stone FP, spacious kit, split floor plan, screened back porch. Remax, Missy Zecher 6230237 MLS98656 $293,500 Laurel Lake home w/great kit w/lg island, seated bar, master w/lg BA & walk-in shower. Remax, Missy Zecher 6230237 MLS99652 $329,900 4/3.5, gorgeous kit w/pass-thru to DR, lg master w/access to back porch, 2 A/C units. Remax, Missy Zecher 6230237 MLS99693 4/4 in Emerald Lakes, oversized kit, 2 en suite BR's upstairs, lot w/spiral staircase $299,000 Remax, Missy Zecher 6230237 MLS99712 $184,900 3/2 close to town, spacious master w/lg walk-in shower, garden tub, many amazing features! Remax, Missy Zecher 6230237 MLS99451 $43,000 Great opportunity in downtown Jasper, formerly tattoo shop, open floor plan w/1BA. Handyman 94 Fleetwood 3/2 MH on 5 gorgeous ac, new roof & sheetrock, fenced, needs interior finish. 242 SW Unicorn Ct, Ft White. $94,900 $5K down, $789/mo 352-215-1018 www.LandOwnerFinancing.com Remax, Pam Beauchamp 3032505 $126,500 MLS99647 3/2, 2.32ac sunken fam rm w/FP, scr'd back porch, fenced back yard, 10'x20' det'd garage. Remax, Pam Beauchamp 3032505 $70,000 MLS99590 2/1.5 townhouse/condo w/pool view, end unit, newer HVAC & roof, windows & more. Remax, Pam Beauchamp 3032505 $129,900 MLS99685 3/2 DWMH on 10.9ac attached garage & enclosed breezeway, handicap ramps, FP, & more. Poole Realty Ronnie Poole 2083175 MLS96196 $129,900 2/1 w/screened back porch. Watch the sunset w/beautiful views of the lake. Poole Realty Kellie Shirah 2083847 MLS98623 Custom built, granite counter tops, under cabinet lighting, & gas range, $199,000 Poole Realty Glenda McCall 208-5244 MLS99774 Perfec t location, 3rd BR/Office w/French pocket door, lg master BA. $173,000 Poole Realty Ronnie Poole 2083175 MLS99295 Split floor plan, living rm w/FP, trey ceiling in master bedroom. $250,000 Poole Realty Mindy Wilkison 209-7658 MLS98006 $127,900 3/2 mfg home on 3.5ac, spacious living rm w/wood-burning FP, & formal dining room. Poole Realty Glenda McCall 208-5244 MLS98663 $42,000 Suwannee Valley Estates 8 ac, w/well, septic & power pole. Mostly cleard w/circle drive. Rockford Realty Group, Debi Bennefield 288-1208/Scott Stewart 867-3498 MLS97937 $439,900 4BR/3BA, 3057 sq ft Rockford Realty Group, Debi Bennefield 288-1208/Scott Stewart 867-3498 MLS98684 3/2 in Live Oak, granite counter tops, open plan $139,900 Rockford Realty Group, Debi Bennefield 288-1208/Scott Stewart 867-3498 MLS98690 3/2.5, wraparound porch, custom kitchen $309,900 Rockford Realty Group, Debi Bennefield 288-1208/Scott Stewart 867-3498 MLS99196 Rustic log home on 30ac, 4BR, 3-story, wraparound porch. $375,000 Rockford Realty Group, Debi Bennefield 288-1208/Scott Stewart 867-3498 MLS99447 5/3 on 5ac 1280sf workshop, stone patio w/FP $379,900 Rockford Realty Group, Debi Bennefield 288-1208/Scott Stewart 867-3498 MLS99617 1/1 cottage on Suwannee River, kitchenette. $98,900 Estate Auctions: Fri, Mar 2nd @ 6pm High Springs, FL Hwy 27N auctionzip.com #20822 *2 Fabulous Estates* Harley Bike, Mah, Vict, Oak furn, coins, jewelry, sgnd art, Fenton, organ, boat, glass, M/T tables, quilts. 10% B.P. C. Williams AU437/AB3447 352-258-0604 Windsong Apartments We offer 1, 2, & 3 BR's Apply On-Line!windsong-apartmentliving.com386-758-8455 MLB: RaysTampa eyes bright future, rejects notion of tankingBy FRED GOODALLAssociated PressPORT CHARLOTTE A month before opening day, the Tampa Bay Rays reject the notion theyre tanking this season. Minus Evan Longoria and other familiar names, the budget-minded team likely will have one of the lowest payrolls in baseball again this year. But club management insists its concerted effort to trim salary and bolster a talent-rich farm system are not a sign of giving up on 2018. Nor does it send mixed signals to fans, local businesses and government officials at a time when the club is seeking support to build a new stadium, principal owner Stuart Sternberg said during a visit to spring training this week. The franchise has played home games at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg since the teams inception in 1998. Earlier this month, the team identified a site in Tampas Ybor City neighborhood as the preferred location for a new home. I dont tie the two together. Were going to do whats in the best interest of the organization. That means were going to give this team the best opportunity to compete, year in and year out, Sternberg said. How that plays into a new ballpark or any other factors while meaningful, I have to separate because our first, second, third and primary job is to put a competitive team out here ... to be competitive consistently, the owner added. We have done that. We are going to continue to do that. Longoria, the face of the franchise for nearly a decade, was traded in December. Pitcher Jake Odorizzi and outfielders Corey Dickerson and Steven Souza Jr. have been shipped out since the start of spring training. Sternberg and general manager Erik Neander are excited by what the team received in return, mostly young minor leaguers who will be counted on to help make the Rays, coming off a fourth consecutive losing season, in the future. If somebody wants to give me the No. 5 prospect in baseball for somebody whos making a lot of money, Ill be happy to cut payroll, Sternberg said. But were not interested in cutting payroll and not putting this organization on better footing for 2018 and beyond. Strong starting pitching and solid defense were the key to a stretch in which Tampa Bay made the playoffs four of six seasons from 2008 to 2013. Those teams were boosted by players taken highly in the draft. Despite losing righthander Alex Cobb to free agency and trading Odorizzi, Neander feels thats still a combination that will serve the team well as it tries to keep pace in the tough AL East, where the Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles and Blue Jays all outspend the Rays. Part of the GMs optimism moving forward is based on the quality of a successful minor league system featuring a glut of young talent on the verge of being ready to help the organization on the major league level. Weve been really focused on growing something special underneath that more of less wasnt present four years ago, Neander said. As weve been doing that, as hard as some of decisions have been along the way, weve never tanked, Neander added. Weve never gone into a season with a roster that looks like its targeted for 50 wins. ... Thats never been our approach. Nevertheless, some of the moves this winter have not been popular in the Rays clubhouse. Defensive whiz Kevin Kiermaier described himself as frustrated and very upset after Odorizzi and Dickerson were moved. By the time, Souza was traded three days later, the star center fielder who signed a $53.5 million contract last spring, said it was time to look ahead not behind. I feel like the Rays, no matter what our roster is, will always be an underdog, Kiermaier said. Its our job to go out and prove people wrong. ... Theres no need to pout. The directive to trim payroll was issued by Sternberg, who unexpectedly agreed to add more than $10 million in salary last July, when the Rays went all in in hopes of improving their chances for a playoff berth. But despite all the offseason maneuvering and trimming, the owner notes Tampa Bay still is in line to begin the season with a payroll comparable to the one (about $70 million) it began with a year ago. We have a good sense of what were doing. We have a pretty good track record, Ill say a great track record, in putting ... an incredibly competitive product on the field for the last 10 years, and Ill stand by that for 2018 and beyond as well, Sternberg said. The owner declined to speculate on how many games the Rays will win this year, except to interject more than you think. Theres no way of knowing, but I do think weve been sold short, Sternberg said. I know we are in tremendous shape, as good of shape as weve ever been as an organization, for the next five years, he added, and that starts opening day.COURTESYTampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash meets on the mound with pitcher Nathan Eovaldi during a spring training game on Feb. 27. MLB: MarlinsJeter may be stuck with HR sculpture By STEVEN WINEAssociated PressMIAMI Season previews suggesting the Miami Marlins have an entirely new look in the outfield arent quite accurate. Yes, major league home run king Giancarlo Stanton is gone. So are Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and even fourth outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. But the Red Grooms home run sculpture remains. While the Marlins have undergone a radical makeover under CEO Derek Jeter, he has yet to find a new home for the kitschy, colorful, carnivalesque sculpture nicknamed Homer. It stands beyond the center field wall at Marlins Park, the towering legacy of former owner Jeffrey Loria, and nearly as unpopular. Whats Jeters opinion of the 73-foot-tall artwork? Its big, he said. Its big. Its big. Does he like it? Its unique, he said. Translation: He hates it. Ex-Yankees shortstops and other traditionalists tend to give the sculpture a thumbs-down. Like the Marlins, however, Homer does have a few fans. They consider the pop art very Miami, and right at home in a ballpark with garish green walls, a nightclub in left field and fish tanks behind home plate. A lot of people hate it, but I dont know why, New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler said. Its a wild stadium, and that thing is pretty wild, so why not? Marlins reliever Brad Ziegler said his kids enjoy the sculpture, which springs into motion whenever the home team homers. Theyre 2 and 3, Ziegler said. They always liked seeing the Marlin go flying when Mr. Giancarlo and Mr. Christian and Mr. Marcell would hit home runs. Jeter traded Mr. Giancarlo and Mr. Christian and Mr. Marcell. But who would be interested in acquiring Homer? If theres no trade to be made, Jeter would probably be happy to relocate Homer at the bottom of Biscayne Bay. But like Marlins Park, the sculpture is the property of Miami-Dade County. Grooms wants it to stay where it is. Move the $2.5 million sculpture over Grooms objection, and it could lose almost all of its value, said Michael Spring, director of the countys department of cultural affairs. There are no plans to move it at the moment, Spring said. Everyone would love for there to be more news, but it isnt at the top of our agenda. Sending the sculpture to another ballpark might appease Grooms, and Spring laughed at the idea of a trade. But he declined to endorse even a straight-up deal for, say, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis or the Mets home run apple. Were not interested in trading public art, Spring said. So wheeler-dealer Jeter might be stuck. He can trade away players who hit lots of homers, but Homer seems here to stay.

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6B T HURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018 SPORTS LAKE CITY REPORTER and schools could be involved in while likely not criminal behavior breaking NCAA rules. All this looms over college basketball as March begins, the month when championship tournaments and brackets take center stage across America. The cash cow of college sports that brings in hundreds of millions of dollars to the NCAA annually. The NCAA has already announced the formation of the commission on college basketball headed by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to recommend changes. I dont know if theres any fixing the NCAA. I dont think there is, said James, who never played in college, jumping from high school to the NBA at a time when that had not yet been prohibited by the league. The NCAA is corrupt we know that, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar said. Fingers point in several directions about the reasons for the problems, including the NCAA itself, the age limit to enter the NBA, paying college athletes. Here is a more in depth look at some of them:THE NCAA IS THE SCHOOLSCURRENTLY: The most common misconception about college sports governing body is that it is an independent organization that governors the schools. The NCAA is a voluntary association of the schools and that membership ultimately determines the rules like what payments to an athlete or his family members are allowable. NCAA President Mark Emmert is the face and voice of the association, but unlike a commissioner of a professional league he has very limited power beyond being a potential catalyst for change. Or protector of the status quo. THE TALK: There are 351 schools that play Division I basketball from powerhouse Kentucky to tiny St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. Priorities range far and wide and what an Atlantic Coast Conference school sees as a potential fix to the system, an Atlantic Sun school could see as a threat to what little competitive balance exists in D-I. The result is: Many of the potential remedies floated for corruption in college sports dont actually involve NCAA changesONE-AND-DONECURRENTLY: The NBA instituted a rule 12 years ago that prohibited players from entering the draft before they were at least 19 and a year removed from high school. The NCAA has no control over this rule. The NFL rule which requires players be three years removed from high school is also problematic, but high school aged football players are not generally as close as basketball players to being pro-ready. THE TALK: There is much buzz about change. One option would be to let pro-ready high school seniors enter the NBA draft and make players who chose to attend college stay at least two years. The rule only impacts the top players. Since 2006, 66 one-and-done players have been NBA draft lottery picks and thats after a record 11 in last years draft. And while age is a hot-button issue, several players who played two or more college seasons were listed in probe documents as potentially accepting impermissible payments, according to Yahoo. When Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy slammed the NCAA recently as maybe the worst organization in sports, he pivoted to point blame at the league where he works, even suggesting the oneand-done rule was racist in how it limits black athletes. I dont get it. You can get out of high school, you can turn 18, lets say, and go to work anywhere else, Van Gundy said. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said during the recent All-Star break his league is conflicted about one-and-done. The players union and teams both benefit from players using a year of college to develop skills, mature and grow name recognition before they enter the NBA and start pressuring veteran players.FARM SYSTEMSCURRENTLY: The NBA and NFL essentially set up college sports to be a de facto farm system for professional teams and the people who defend college sports want no part of that. THE TALK: James said the NBA should explore expanding its developmental G League to make it more like major league baseballs farm systems. He also wondered why the United States does not have an athlete development model more like what exists in Europe, where elite soccer players, for example, can get professional development outside of higher education. We have to figure out a way that we can shore up our farm league and if kids feel like they dont want to be a part of that NCAA program, then we have something here for them to be able to jump back on and not have to worry about going overseas, said James, who said he wants to meet with Silver to discuss his ideas.PAYING ALL COLLEGE PLAYERSCURRENTLY: Nixing the one-and-done rule would still leave some college players with value to agents, coaches and shoe companies. And the NCAA has no means to compensate players at full value. But facing pressure from antitrust lawsuits, NCAA schools changed rules in 2015 to allow athletic scholarships to include a cost-of-attendance stipend. Those payments range from about $2,000 to $5,000 per year. THE TALK: Paying athletes akin to a salary is nonstarter for those in college sports. It goes against the notion that athletics is part of the educational experience. Hence, the term student-athlete. From a practical standpoint it is problematic because of tax issues and federal Title IX requirements. More importantly, schools could never pay an elite athlete enough to eliminate the potential for corruption. Whatever you pay them, theres somebody who can pay them more, the guys that they think will be pro prospects, because when they leave, they become a very hot commodity, Tennessee coach Rick Barnes saidCOMPENSATION FOR THE BESTCURRENTLY: The NCAA not only doesnt allow schools to pay players beyond the value of a scholarship, but also prohibits others from paying athletes for being athletes. This could be where a realistic solution lies. A federal judge ruled in 2014 the NCAA used the names, images and likenesses for athletes for years without proper compensation for things such as video games and merchandise. THE TALK: There may be something similar to the Olympic model, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. It used to be the Olympians couldnt make a dime. Now you see Michael Phelps or Lindsay Vonn in commercials. Theyre still in the Olympics. Still doing great. People loved the Olympics. So, theres a way.\AGENTSCURRENTLY: The NCAAs five wealthiest conferences the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference recently passed legislation allowing college hockey players to be represented by an agent before entering school. Similar allowances were already available to baseball players. In both those sports, major professional leagues draft high schoolers. THE TALK: If the NCAA allowed athletes to have financial agreements and business dealings with agents and companies that wanted to capitalize on their fame and long-term earning potential, the current scandal might not be a scandal at all. Calipari, whose Kentucky program has embraced and thrived with a foundation of NBAbound players, said the NCAA needs to consider some way to provide advisers to basketball players. And as for providing money, the coach suggested the NBA Players Association as a possible solution. Let their family get a loan from the Players Association, Calipari said. Whats the problem? For travel to the games in the NCAA Tournament and everything. It would require a seismic shift in how the NCAA has long defined amateurism. What used to be cheating would no longer be cheating. NCAAContinued From 1B Volleyball sign-upsRegistration is now under way for the Boys Club travel girls volleyball team. Ages are 7-11 and 12-15. They will be competing in the act four league out of Alachua. Practices will be held twice weekly at the local club. All games will be played in Alachua and High Springs. Spaces are limited. Fees are $60. Contact the Boys Club at 752-4184 for more information. Deadline to register is on March 14.Ducks banquetDucks Unlimited will be holding its banquet at 6 p.m. on March 10 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. There will be a silent and live auction during the event. An all you can eat seafood dinner also will be included. Sign up to volunteer if interested. You can purchase tickets online at ducks.org/ events. Couples: $80. Single: $60. For more information contact Jeff Chapin (466-9269) or Adam Lockwood (478-5012333).Color Run registrationGet Fit Lake City is a wellness initiative sponsored by Altrusa of Lake City.As part of the initiative,Altrusa has partnered with the CHS Cross Country Team/Columbia Strong to put on a Color Run 5K.The Color Run is fitness fun for all ages and all fitness levels.Come run, walk, push a stroller and bring the whole family. The Color Run will take place on March 24 at the CHS Stadium. The course is a 5K double loop that stays on campus. There is a special award being given to the fittest school in the county.This award will recognize the school with the most partic ipants in the color run.This award is designed to bring awareness to the importance of being active and how fun a healthy lifestyle can be.The participants can be students, faculty, staff, parents and families from that school. Register at http://www.get fitlakecity.com/color-run.html.BRIEFS the Elite Eight. Leticia Romero left Kansas State after her freshman season in 2015 and was one of the Seminoles top players for three seasons, leading them to two Elite Eight appearances. It is a testament to the coaching staff and how well they work to make sure we have chemistry and gel, Wright said. Having so many new players and trying to figure out what role they will play is amazing. Wright is a first-team All-ACC selection after averaging 17.0 points and leading the team with 10 20-point games. The 5-foot-9 shooting guard has also proved to be one of the conferences best 3-point shooters. She has 97 this season, which is a single-season school record, and her 3.5 field goals per game from beyond the arc leads the ACC. Alix came in and filled a void at point guard following the graduation of Brittany Brown. The 5-6 Alix leads the conference with a 2.4 assist/turnover ratio while averaging 11.7 points. She has also had three double-double games this season, with three of those being points and assists. Semrau, whose team has lacked depth for most of the season, said Alix is a difference maker. Theyve always been a good team. With the addition of me, Ive done some great things because of them, Alix said, playing down her contributions. The coaching staff brings you in and gives you confidence. I wasnt one of the best point guards when I came in but now I am in the top 10 for the Nancy Lieberman Award (given to the nations best point guard). If you dont have confidence, nothing good will happen. White, a 6-3 center, was the ACCs Sixth Player of the Year last season and has started all but two of the teams 29 games this season. She is eighth in conference in rebounds (7.7) while averaging 8.9 points. The second time around (when looking for a program) you can sense how genuine everyone is. Florida States coaching staff was part of that from the get go and theyve built a great culture, White said. All three will need to play major roles again if Florida State is to win this weekends ACC Tournament for the first time. Even though White, Wright and Alix will leave the program at the end of the season, Florida State will continue to lean on contributions from transfers. Kiah Gillespie left Maryland at the end of last season and is sitting out this year. She will have two seasons remaining. FSUContinued From 1BCOURTESYFlorida States AJ Alix shoots in traffic against North Carolina on Dec. 31, 2017.