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Farewell
reception set
The staff of the Union County
courthouse and the county
commissioners office invite
all to join for a reception on
Sunday., Jan. 6, from 2 to 5 p.m.
at the Lake Butler Elementary
School in honor of Patsy
Elixson, Ricky Jenkins, Regina-
Parrish and David Reiman as the
retire after years of hard work
and dedication to the citizens of
Union County.

Dial-a-Story
available to
children
Young children of Union
County are invited to call Dial a
Story to listen to a story through
the telephone. Children can
hear a story by calling (386)
496-2542. Dial a Story is free
telephone service provided
by the Union County Public
Library. Stories are appropriate
for young children and are
changed weekly.
For more information (386)
496-3432.


Babe Ruth sign
up set
It's that time of year again.
Baseball sign ups for spring will
be held at Spires IGA.beginning
Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m.
to noon and will continue every
Saturday through Feb. 2. No
exceptions on the deadline.
T-ball cost will be $60, and $80
for all other divisions. There will
be a rally day and picture day
on Saturday, March 9. For more
information contact Steve Lynch
at slynch@bmequipment.com

Programs to
benefit Senior
Citizens of WS
Activity programs have been
set at the Worthington Springs
community center to benefit the
senior citizens of Worthington
Springs'. 'Programs will be held
on Monday and Wednesdays
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A
variety of games are available.
Non-expensive meals are also
available to help raise funds.


Tri-County
Beef Update
SThe Bradford, Baker and
Union County Extension
Services will be offering a Tri-
County beef update on Jan. 17,
at 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. at the New.
River Volunteer Fire Department
in Bradford County. Register by
Jan. f14, to reserve y6ur place at
this meeting. Topics presented
will include information on
agriculture damage assessment
and a beef cattle production
panel. Special guests include the
University of Florida's Dr. Todd
Thrift, Extension Beef Cattle
Specialist and Dr. Jason Ferrell,
Extension Weed Specialist.
Registration will begin at 5:45
p.m. with presentations starting
promptly at 6 p.m.
This program will be
sponsored to offset any costs
so be sure to register by Jan.
14. Contact your local county
ageht or the Bradford County
Extension Office 904-966-6224
for additional details.
Persons with disabilities
needing special accommodations
should contact the Extension
Office at least 10 working days
.prior to the event so that special
consideration can be given to the
request.


Crash kills Union County man

BY DAN HILDEBRAN
Monitor Editor .
A Union County man was
killed Thursday afternoon
when he lost control of his
truck and was ejected from the '
vehicle, according to the Florida "
Highway Patrol.
Mack Thomas Short, 57,
was driving a 1994 Toyota
pickup on an entrance ramp ,
from southbound SR. 121 onto 1-1 ', .' ..
westbound S.R. 100 around
4`42 p.m. when he veered onto .
the left shoulder of the ramp, ...
steered back to the right, then
spun and overturned the truck
several times, according to an ..
FHP report. .
Short was an investigator for .
the Eighth Judicial Circuit's ,
public defender. He worked in *"'**^
the Baker County office.

8-year old loses life in Union County crash


BY DAN HILDEBRAN
Monitor Editor
An eight-year old girl lost her
life Sunday after she was crit-
ically injured in a traffic crash
between Lake Butler and Worth-
ington Springs Friday afternoon.
Holly F. Bunting, a third-grad-
er at Gainesville's Hidden Oaks
.Elementary School, was a pas-
senger in an SUV driven by her
grandmother. Her brother Gavin
Banks, 10, was also a passenger
in the vehicle.
According to .n FHP report,
Faith P. Banks, 57, of Lake
Butler was driving a 2003 Ford
SUV north on S.R. 121 around
4:50 p.m. Dec. 28. When she
attempted to turn left onto C.R.
239A, she drove into the path
of a southbound log truck, driv-
en by Michael Gargano, 62, of
Bronson. The log truck collided
with the passenger side of the
SUV, critically injuring Bun-
ting and seriously injuring the
10-year-old.
Faith Banks received minor
injuries and Gargano was not
hurt. According to the FHP re-
port, charges are pending.
The fatal accident was the sec-
ond in as many days in Union
County. On Dec. 27, Mack
Thomas Short, 57, was killed on
S.R. 121 when he lost control of
and overturned his truck.


Family and Man two-year-old injured in crash
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BY DAN HILDEBRAN
Monitor Editor
A Bradford County man
received serious injuries and
a two-year-old from Lake
Butler received minor injuries
When the van they were in
overturned on Northwest
C.R. 235, Dec. 30, according


to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Gary M. Denman, 31, of
Lawtey was driving a Ford
Freestar van around 3:30
p.m. south on the road, near
Northwest 210th Lane when
he drove off the pavement
onto the right shoulder, then
steered back left, losing
control of the vehicle. The van


rotated clockwise, crossed
the road, struck a tree and
overturned.
Bradford emergency
medical personnel transported
Denman's passenger, Jacob
Thompson, 2, of Lake Butler
to Shands Starke. They took
the driver to Shands UF.
According to the FHP


report, alcohol was a factor in
the accident, Denman was not
wearing a seatbelt and charges
are pending.
One man at the scene, who
did not see the crash, said
Denman claimed he left the
roadway to avoid a dog that
,was crossing the road.


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BY TIFFANY CLARK
Times Editor
Union County now shares a
family and consumer sciences
agent with Bradford and Baker
counties. Agent Melanie
Thomas introduced herself at
the recent county commission
with confidence that her services
would be beneficial to the
county.
This service was extended to,
the county after Union County
Extension Director Basil
Bactawar made a request at a
county commission meeting
back in June. Bactawar said that
health education was imperative
and would be a step towards
possibly improving the county's
health and economic issues. '
According to Thomas, over
the last five years both Bradford
and Baker County Extension
offices have received numerous
inquiries and requests for family
and consumer sciences programs
from Union County residents
and community leaders. Family
financial management, food
safety and health/nutrition were

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just a few of the subject areas
requested.
In a written introduction to the
county commissioners, Thomas
explained her position, program
and its purpose.
"The goal of the family
and consumer sciences (FCS;
program is to imprQve the
quality of life for individuals and
families. An FCS extension agent
is a vital link that connects the
resources of UF to the. citizens oi
Union County. Agents address
the challenges of critical issues
affecting people's daily lives ir
a changing environment. The
general public, as well as ke)
leaders, recognize that addressing
these issues of developing strong
families ultimately leads tc
strong communities. The long.
term impact is an economic one.'
"In 2010, heart disease anc
stroke were respectively the
number one and fifth cause of
death in Florida. Diabetes was
the sixth. However, diabetes
was, the number one most
expensive chronic disease td
treat. Obesity is linked to the
risk of developing diabetes, hear
disease and stroke. 2010 health
statistics show that diabetes was
the leading cause of chronic
disease hospitalizations 'ir
Union County. Healthy lifestyle
choices such as changes in diet
increase in physical activity anc
implementation of home food
safety and preservation practices
are known. to reduce short anc
long-term health risks. These
statistics support the need for
health education and disease
prevention."
"With statistics showing
the increased rate and cost of


chronic disease, health education school and earned her master's 'Baker extension office. This
is the imperative, inexpensive degree in agriculture education weight management project for
and an efficient alternative, and communication at UF. She children and their families is
Nutrition, health, and food began her current career with the a 2-year partnership research
safety/preservation education UF WAS extension in 2007. study between the College
Gives residents the motivation Some of the programs Thomas of Public Health and Health
and skills to improve lifestyle participated in throughout the Professions, IFAS Extension
choices and practices. Studies year were: and the FCS program area in
Shave shown that each case of Eight, nutrition education the Baker County extension
Food borne illness resulting in programs to a total of office. Example lessons taught
death cost at least$40,O00b. By two hundred twenty-nine were: self-esteem. and body
Educating individuals in the participants. Presentations were image, managing hunger cues,
Basics (understanding dietary given on topics such as nutrition and healthy beverages and
guidelines, the relation between and health, dietary' guidelines, maintenance."
I diet, body weight and health, meal planning and food handling A consumer focus
t, arn food safety/preservation), and preparation, group was conducted with older
Shealthcare costs will decrease as-- Five basic budgeting adults (60 years and older) to
Sa healthier lifestyle is adopted" (financial management) better understand their health and
S. "In 2010, the per capital income programs where thirty-seven personal finance informational
Sin Union County was $13,657, participants learned the needs. Seven older adults from
I wellbelow the Florida average of importance of calendar based Bradford and Baker Counties
S$26,551. Statistics have proven budgeting and each received a participated. Focus groups were
y. that college education provides 12-month money management also held in, multiple counties
Higher income. Only 9.3 percent ,record book. throughout the state. Extension
Sof Union County residents have Seven food preservation nutrition education programs
Earned a bachelor's degree, as / canning classes where ninety- help people improve their
Compared to the state average one participants learned the lifestyles in ways that promote.
' of 26 percent. Many of these newest techniques in'preserving health and reduce health care
I residents are forced to except and canning foods safely and costs. Extension financial
Slower paying occupations, which were provided with the latest management programs help
f creates a challenge in managing USDA guidelines, people improve their economic
s finances and supporting families. Twenty-nine rural well-being in ways that promote
s A recent press release from LITE weight management group healthy financial behaviors and
t the United States Department classes were conducted in Baker increased savings. An Extension
0 of Agriculture reports that County. The research project will curriculum addressing both
r raising a child born in 2011 will officially conclude in January health and financial management
t cost $234,900.00. Financial and final data analysis will be for older adults does not currently
h management education is conducted at that time. This exist. Knowledge obtained from
s important to improving family. project started in February 2009 the focus groups will be used to
C financial well-being. These in Bradford County. Preliminary, fill this gap.
n families need to learn how to findings have been positive and Nine master food and
D -stretch their dollars, establish successful, nutrition volunteer training
t and maintain a personal budget, Three separate rural classes were held at the Duval
I manage and/or repair credit, LITE weight management phone County extension office. Twenty-
I open and maintain bank accounts sessions were also conducted, four new participants were
s and how to respond to a financial 'Each phone session consisted trained. The program is designed.
1 crisis," said Thomas. of calling each participant to provide food and nutrition
S Born and raised in the individually (total of 48 phone training for selected individuals
r Jacksonville area, Thomas calls) and conducting a 15 to 20 in the Baker, Bradford, Duval,
e attended the University of North minute educational follow-up. Clay, Nassau and St. Johns
Floridat where she received her Fifty-seven E-FLIP County areas." Trainees are
g bachelor's in health science with- for kids (extension family provided with in-depth education
f a minor in health education, lifestyle intervention project) in topics such as nutrition and
She later returned to graduate classes were conducted at the health throughout the lifecycle,


food safety and the latest food
preservation updates In canning,
pickling, jelly making,. freezing
and dehydration.Agents in each
participating county teach each
lesson. (Thomas teaches food
preservation techniques to master
food and nutrition volunteers.)
Three master foods
and nutrition volunteer update
training were provided. Sixty-
eight participants attended and
were provided, update training
on subjects such as dietary
guidelines, YUM (Youth
Understanding MyPlate)
curriculum and cottage food
laws.
At the request of the
Northeast Florida Healthy Start
Coalition, "'Teening Up," a
parenting program for parents
of teens was provided to five
health department and DCF
employees. Topics ranged from
teen brain, positive discipline to
understanding teen anger and
managing yours.
4-H SPA day camp was
formed and held in Bradford
County. Ten 4-Hers attended
.and learned the importance of
skincare, nutrition arid relaxation.
Taught basic food
preparation lessons and judged
a 4-H holiday bake-off. Sixty-
three 4-Her's participated.
Taught twenty-three
lessons, on dairy for a total of
four hundred and sixty-two (462)
third graders at AgVentures/
Farm City days events at the
Clay County and Bradford
County fairgrounds in November
to celebrate Farm City Week.
Judged the fashion
review competition for Bradford
4-H county events. Seventeen
participants also completed a
skill-a-thon for the event, which
tested their knowledge of laundry
care, fabric identification and


proper event attire.
Acted


superintendent of home art4
division of the Baker County.
fair in October. Coordinated the;
pick-up of fair entry items arind
premium money winnings,along
with booth takedown anti clean
up.
Some of the highlights of
Thomas' career have been:
Received the 2012-
program of excellence award:
from Florida Extension-
Association of Family and'-
Consumer Sciences for the,food'
preservation "Can It Safely'
program.
Served as the Northeast+-
district director of FEAFCS'
(Florida Extension Association
of Family and Consumr'
Sciences). .
Completed arid"
submitted her final 5 year'
permanent status and promotibif
packet to UF's human resources'-
department for review.
Co-chair of Northeast:
Florida FCS working group. '"
Thomas will share her time
between the three counties. She'"
is estimated to spend, about thre&6'
and a half days per two week's-',
in Union at a cost of $7,500 to6
the county. Her extension to the'
county was approved as a part bf-
an ongoing effort to improve the':
county's poor health rankings. ',
The Robert Wood Johns6n/
University of Wisconsin county,
rankings released back in April.
placed Union County at 671' out
of 67 counties; listing Union as'
having the poorest health in the
state. ,:

The Union County Healtht
Advisory has also been working'
towards ways of improving this
ranking.


as the


Tri-County
Forage Update

Tri-County Forage Update
on. forage, production and the
bermuda stem maggot.
The Union, Baker and
Bradford County Extension
Services will 'be offering ,a
Tri-County forage update on
Thursday, Jan. 24, beginning at
6 to 8 p.m. at the Lake- Bitler'
Community Center in Union
County. Register by Jan. 21,
to reserve your place at this
meeting. Special guest speaker
will be Dr. Ann Blount.
Registration will begin at 5:45
p.m. with presentations starting
promptly at 6 p.m.
This program will have a
sponsored meal at no cost to you.
Contact your local county agent
or the Union County Extension
Office (386) 496-2321 for
additional details:.
Persons with disabilities
needing special accommodations
should contact the Extension
Office at least 10 working days
prior to the event so that special
Consideration can be given to the
request.


23rd


Slocum Family Daycare, visit from Santa


Annual


Tri-County
Pesticide

Update


The Union, Baker and
Bradford County Extension
Services will be offering an
annual tri-county pesticide
update on Feb. 5, beginning at
5 to 9 p.m. at the Lake Butler
Community Center in Union
County. Register by Feb. 1,
to reserve your place at this
meeting. Special guests speakers
will include Barton Wilder, UF/
IFAS Extension Agent Alachua
County, Nick Dufault, UF/IFAS
Plant Pathology Specialist, and
Dr. Susan Webb, ASO Professor,
UF/IFAS Entomology and
Nematology.
Registration will begin at 5
p.m. with presentations starting
promptly at 5:30 p.m.
The cost is $10 for early
registration and $15 for late
registration, which will include
.price of meal. Contact your
local county agent or the Union
County Extension Office '(386)
.496-2321 for additional details.
Persons with disabilities
needing special accommodations
should contact the Extension
Office at least 10 working days
prior to the event so that special
consideration can be given to the
request..


The Siocum Family Daycare had a visit from Santa as a part of their celebration before Christmas. (L-r) Zavler Roberts, Fayla Holmes, Ivy Wilson
and Delon Givens really enjoyed their visit with Santa. (Not pictured) Alfonzo Jackson, ___ ____ __ .
, Zondin Wise, Jerome Givens, Ja'ron Givens and the many parent qnd grandparents U
who attended. Picture provided by the daycare. A IU


Momrningstar Baptist Church
invites everyone to come
to worship. The church tis
located on C.R. 18, one half
mile west of S.R. 121 and
the C.R. 18 intersection in,
Worthington Springs. Sunday;
school begins at 10' a.m.,
Sunday morning worship
begins at 11 a.m. and Sunday'
evening- worship begins at 61
p.m. Wednesday evenings
there will be a covered dish,
meal and fellowship at 6 p.m.,
Children and adult bible study
and prayerat 7 p.m. For more
information contact 386-719-
2148 or email revmadivine@
b"llsouth.net


Invitation


Santa Fe Mennonite Church
welcomes all to attend service


,I(l 4.


on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and
the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each
month at 6 p.m. The church
is located at 4555 SW 107th
Ave. Contact 386-984-0938
or 352-339-2249 for more
information.


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THURSDAY, JAN. 3 2013 UNION COUNTY TIMES .3A
N. TIME'3


Looking back, past events of


BY TIFFANY CLARK
Times Editor

2012 was not one of the best
years for Union County. Al-
though there were many posi-
tive events that took place, there
were several unfortunate events
as well. Some of the events in-
cluded:
IV January, the school district
celebrated a record rate of 92.7%
for seniors graduating.
.The Union County Sheriff's
Office (UCSO) went on 'a
search for a suspect with the
help of RMC's K-9 unit after a
Lake Butler resident reported
that someone had unlawfully
entered her home and demanded
prescription pills at gunpoint.
The suspect was captured in
Bradford County.
.. The UCSO and RMC K-9 unit
joined for another search within
the. same week for a suspect after
an armed robbery took place at
the Hungry Howie's Pizza. The
suspect was apprehended and
charged with the robbery after
the investigation and surveillance
video linked him to the crime.
.:The Union County High
School students missed two days
of-school due to the cold weather
and heating issues that had to be
resolved at the high school.
..A disabled and diabetic coon
hunter lost his,way in the woods
of Lake Butler. FWC was notified
and 'sent three officers on foot
while a search 'was conducted by
air. Once the man was located,


the helicopter dropped water
bottles down for him until- the
three FWC officers walked the
man out to safety. Friends of
the lost man and his fellow hunt
club members assisted during the
search.
Judge David Reiman
announced his retirement after
serving 28 years as Union
County's judge.
I County commissioner Ricky
Jenkins also announced his
retirement after 20 years of
service.
A man in Raiford was murdered
after a dispute over the driveway
work that had been done at his
home. Both the victim and his.
wife were beaten. The victim's
wife and.three year old survived
the incident. Three suspects were
arrested and charged with the
crime.
Towards the end of January,
the UCSO blocked SR. 100 with
their weapons in hand to stop a
Lake Butler man who was fleeing
the Starke Police Department
on multiple charges in a White
Ford F150. The suspect was
apprehended at the intersection
ofS.R. 100 and S.R. 121.
Clerk of Courts Regina Parrish
announced her retirement after
20 years of service.
In February, the
groundbreaking was held for the
new fire station in Lake Butler.
Patsy Elixson announced
her retirement after 20 years of
service as the Union County tax
collector.


In March, the Lake Butler
Woman's club began celebrating
their 1001h year.
The Union County Riding club
celebrated 50 years.
The Fast Track in Lake Butler
was robbed followed by a search
for a suspect who held off UCSO
deputies for twenty minutes
while pointing his weapon at his
head threatening suicide. The
suspect was safely apprehended.
The investigation later connected
the suspect to the robbery of
Hungry Howies.
In April, the contributions of
a former Lake Butler business
owner and resident who passed
away in 1989 were honored by
the Florida Gateway College.
The new librarN at the school was
named after Rikers.
In May, a Raiford councilman
lost his life in a car accident one
mile north of Lake Butler on
S.R. 121 when his car hit a Semi-
tractor trailer. The community
center in Raiford was later named
after the councilman.
UCSO went on the search for
a suspect after an armed robbery
took place at the Community
State Bank ATM machine.
The City of Lake Butler settled
a claim- with a job applicant,
paying out,over $24,000 to end
the employment dispute. The
applicant claimed the city had
not given him preference, a's a
veteran when he applied for a
,city maintenance position.
UCSO discovered a missing
Kissimmee area teenager who


had been listed on an Amber
alert in April. A 24 year old who
was with the girl was arrested
on several charges. The girl was
transported to Gainesville where
she was picked up by Osceola
County authorities and returned
to her home..;-
In June, a portion of S.R. 100
within the county was dedicated
to two past deputies of the UCSO
that lost their lives in the line of
duty in 1961.
The Kangaroo store was
robbed at gunpoint. The
UCSO went on a search for the
suspect and offered a reward on
information that led to an arrest.
Six officials kept their
elected positions after no other
candidates challenged. them.
Bruce Dukes, Jerry Whitehead,
Debbie Osborne, Carlton Faulk,
Alvin Griffis and Karen Cossey
retained their positions for
another term.
Tropical Storm Debbi passed
through Union County causing
flood damage to homes, roads,
bridges, etc.
Jimmy- Beasley retained his
position as a city commissioner
of Lake Butler, joined by newly
elected city commissioner Randy
Jenkins.
In July, Union County
was added to the list of local
governments who could apply
for assistance from FEMA
(federal emergency management
agency) for the damages the
county sustained during Tropical
SStorm Debbi.


The Esther King scholarship
committee celebrated the
scholarship programs 401h year.
. In August, Fire Chief Mike
Banks received the volunteer fire
chief of the year.
A Worthington Springs home
was lost to a fire after the flames
began in the kitchen area.
On the same day, Union
County EMTs rescued three
people after a boat sank in the
Lake ButlerLake.
In September, an inmate at the
Union County jail attacked an
officer with bleach and a brick.
The inmate -was unsuccessful in
his attempt to escape.
Following a one-year multi-
county investigation of armed
robberies and burglaries in
the region,, four North Florida
residents were arrested, 3 of
which were from Union County.
Carter's Fried Chicken closed
after two successful years.
In October, a Polk County
murder suspect was tracked
down in Union County by the
UCSO with the help of RMC,
UCI, Suwannee Correctional and
Baker correctional K-9 units.
Four individuals with storied
football pasts in Union County
were inducted into the UC Hall
of Fame.
A seven year old from the
Ocala area was left unattended
in Sprinkle Field by her mother
so that the mother could Visit an
inmate at RMC. The mother was
arrested and the child was placed
in the care of relatives.


2012

A black bear was spotted, and
chased through Lake Butler and
was said. to weigh over 300 lbs.
This was the first sighting on
record within the city limits. The'
bear returned to a wooded area
without further incident.
A suspect was arrested after a
burglary took place at a residence:-
in Union County. The suspect
was later linked to other crimes
throughout North Florida:"the
suspect was apprehended and
some of the stolen items were
recovered.
In November, newly elected'
County Commissioner Willie-,
Croft was sworn in. '
The final election results-
named Bo Bayer as the County'
Judge, Kellie Connell as the"
Clerk of Court and Lisa Johnson:
as the Tax Collector. Jimmy
Tallman retained his position'
as county commissioner for a
second term.
In December, Community'
State Bank was robbed after a
suspect handed the teller a note
demanding money. A few days'
later, a Capital City Bank was
robbed in Gainesville with the'
suspect matching the description
of the CSB robber. UCSO issued
a warrant for the arrest of the'
suspect who was later picked up.
in Bradford County.
At the end of December, this'
past Thursday and Friday, two'
separate wrecks claimed the lives
of a UC man and an 8-year-old'
child.


Quad counties vary in foreclosure rates, impacts and recovery


BY JAMES WILLIAMS
SSpecial to the Telegraph
With the possible exception of
the Mortgage Banlkers Associ-
ation, professionals do not have
easy access to exact information
needed for a complete picture of
foreclosures; not any given cir-
cuit court, county office or zip
c6de.
'-A county clerk of the court's
Office can tell you how many
foreclosures have been filed in
tieir area in a given period, but
can't necessarily\ tell 3ou "heth-
er that number is low-or'-high.by.
comparison to the county' or the
prunty next door. The clerk of
.ovurt's office cannot, without the
me research available to ev-
eryone else, tell you how many
Causing units there are in a given
'area.
..-The property appraiser's office
'can tell you how many parcels
there are in a county, and can tell
zy u whether a specific property
i4Sunder foreclosure, but may not
J3&able to say much about the big
picture on foreclosures.
"Then too, during the long
housing' crisis, parameters in
computer applications some-
Stimes changed. New techniques
.for recording the data were ad-
;opted and pieces of information
'thought to be insignificant one
Year became significant the next.
'The result was finding complete
'information for a five-year peri-
Sod came to be a two-step, more
Complicated process.
SFor a full but simple picture
of foreclosures here, we need-
ed three numbers from reliable
Sources: the total number of
housing units in an area (a county
i'n' this case), the total number ot
foreclosures in the county and the
number of resales of foreclosed
properties. This tells us what
percentage of total properties in
county were foreclosed, and.
of those, how many are back in
service after being repurchased.
and how many still sit idle.
There is a note of caution here:
For some sources, like the North-
east Florida Association of Real-
tors, RealtyTrac and others, the
numbers may change from one
day to the next, depending on
how frequently they receive ne%%
information,'and how frequently\


they update their own Web page.
We noticed large differenc-
es between some Web sites and
the county property appraiser's
office on total housing units in
a county. This could be because
what housing Web sites are
tracking can be. different than
what the property appraiser's of-
fice is appr*aiing.
A staffer at the Clay County
property appraiser's office said
even their numbers may change
by a few after certification each
\ear.

Bradford's clerk
of the court an-
chors an overview
At the Bradford County Clerk
of the Court's Office, Lisa Bran-
non can say how many foreclo-
sure notices were actually filed
during the five-year period, 2008
to early December 2012.
The Bradford clerk's office
was among those who rethought
parameters and the computer
application that allows them to
track the numbers between 2008
and this year.
As with'all foreclosure data-
bases, sometimes a foreclosure
process was stopped and started
again on the same property. In
other words, there are a few cas-
es in the Bradford clerk's total
number that are duplicates-the
same property was foreclosed
on, a lis pendens was issued,
more than once.
"But there aren't very many of
those," Brannon said.
There were 139 foreclosure
filings' in 2008, 172 in 2009, 140
in 2010,95 during 2011 and 187
through Dec. 4, 2012. That indi-
cates a total of 733 foreclosures


in Bradford County over the pe-
riod.
SAccording to RealtyTrac, in
October 2012, Bradford showed
only seven foreclosed properties
for the month, or one in every
1,002 of the county's total prop-
erty.
SNEFAR showed 249 resells of
foreclosed properties, between
2008 and 2012. That gives Brad-
ford a repurchase rate of about
34 percent of all properties fore-
closed on in Bradford County
between 2008 and the end of the
year, 2012.
The takeaway on foreclosures
in Bradford County, then, is that
compared to Florida, the nation
and surrounding counties, Brad-
ford County got offfairly lightly.
in the housing foreclosure de-
bacle. Only' about 5 percent of
Bradford's total property units
fell into foreclosure, compared
with Clay County's 14 percent.
The 34 percent of all fore-
clold properties that have since
been resold since 2008, is a tad
higher .than Clay's 33 percent,
but not as good a record as Put-
nam's 39 percent resell rate.

Clay hard hit among
local counties
/ RealtyTrac showed that in
Keystone Heights during Oc-
tbber 20'12, 0.28 percent of all
homes in ZIP code 32656 had
been foreclosed. That was a lit-
tle lower than in Clay County
as a whole, where the rate was
0.36 percent for the month. Re-
altyTrac lists Clay County fore-
closures on the high end of all
county rates in Florida. Its web-
site map gives Clay the darkest
color, indicating intense foreclo-
sure activity.


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The Clay rate was slight-
ly higher than the 0.32 percent
statewide rate during October.
Nationally, the U.S. rate was
0.14 percent.
Clay Property Appraiser Rog-
er Suggs computes 88,500 par-
cels of property in Clay Codnty.
However, that includes parcels
with government buildings and
institutions, agricultural and con-
servation properties.


Looking at housing properties
alone and excluding commercial
properties narrows the number
down to vacant residential (va-
cant lots), single-family residen-
tial, mobile homes, multi-family
properties with less than 20 units,
multifamily properties with more
than 10 units and condominiums.
At the Clay County clerk of
the court's office, a staff mem-
ber- said the number of duplicate


filings against the same proper-
ty may be a little higher in Clay
than in surrounding counties be-
cause condominiums frequently
have two filings: one from the
mortgage lender and one from
the condo association.
The Clay County clerk of the
court's office reported 11,530
foreclosed properties during the
period 2008 through December

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FFA students take home awards, prepare for January


During December, the Lake
Butler FFA loaded up on a bus
bond for the area II, district IV,
sut-district I career development
ev-nt competitions in Clay
County.
These particular students spent
a great deal of time practicing
and preparing for this day. Many
hours were spent after school in
hopes of doing well at this level
of"competition and securing a
place at the upcoming district
FFA competitions. This hard
woik and dedication brought
foikh much reward.
'The Lake Butler Middle
Sch.ool parliamentary procedure
teAln, coached by Ryan Perez,
to04 home a first place win
fo; the day.. Team members
inouded: Tori Wilkins, Ty
Hamilton, Taylor Pate, Maggie
Parish, Ashley Harris, Kasey
Rhbdes, Savannah Douglas,
Abyn Woodighton, Mackenzie
Dhvison and Noah Wright.
* Middle School speakers. Pate
and Parrish both took home a
second place win..Pate competed
inthe extemporaneous speaking
event and Parrish competed in
tt1 prepared public speaking
event.
*The Lake Butler Sr. FFA
chapter had a great amount of
sqicess as well. Case Emerson
pIced first' in the prepared
public speaking event. Garrett
Vjlliams and Morgan Worrell
cgmipeted in the tractor driving
and operations event, also
banging home a first place, win.
Savannah .Woodall and Katie
Z-1pper both placed second
it' their respective speaking
events. Woodall competed in the
eOtemporaneous speaking event
ago Zipper participated in the
cf-eed speaking event.
"IThe Middle Schgol chapter
aid the senior FFA members
hfve not stop working. The
preparation and practice
continues as they prepare for the
district competition in January.


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Parrish, Ty Hamilton,
Savannah Woodall, Tymber
Underhill, Tori Wilkins,
Garrett Williams,; Morgan
Worrell, Case Emerson,
Kasey Rhodes, Lauren
Rhodes, Noah Wright, Lane
Griffis, Savannah Douglas,
Audyn Woodington,
Mackenzie Davison, Ashley
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City lawsuit continues


BY TIFFANY CLARK
Times Editor
'\
Lake Butler's City Manager
Dave Mecusker and the City
of Lake Butler are currently
facing a lawsuit by four former
employees of the city.
Plaintiffs Karen Ash, Susan L.
Shaw, Linda Johns and Randall
Crawford are seeking injunctive
relief,- monetary damages,
attorney's fees and costs against
Mecusker and the City of Lake
Butler, claiming that they were
deprived their rights secured
by the first and fourteenth
amendments to the United States
Constitution.
Ash was employed by the City
of Lake Butler from June of 2010
to Feb. 1,2012.
Shaw was employed by
the City of Lake Butler from
September of 1982 to. June 27,
2012.
Johns was employed by the
city from November of 1996
until April 2002, then again from
January 2004 to June 26,2012.
Crawford was employed by
the city of Lake Butler from


February of 2001 to June 21, More on the lawsuit will
2012. follow as further information is


All four of the plaintiffs claim
they were discriminated against
for their off-duty support of city
commissioner Aandy Jenkins
during his campaign.
Jenkins is said to have
ran for the position of city
commissioner after his brother
was not given veterans
preference when applying for
a position with the city. This
,inczlent led to proceedings in
both the Florida Department of
Veterans' Affairs (DVA) and
the Florida Public Employees
Relations Commission (PERC),
concludifig in favor of the
brother.
As the chief administrative
officer/city manager for the
city of Lake Butler, Mecusker
possesses the authority to hire
and fire individuals. Mecusker
submitted information on the
four plaintiffs to the Mayor,
Vice-Mayor and the city
commissioners, and said that the
information reassured' him that
he had made the proper decisions
on the terminations.


Foreclosure paying the rent.
Foreclosure ,
Continued from Page 3A Putnam has low-
est nronortion of-


2012. That amounts to 13 percent
of all Clay County property units
falling into foreclosure between
2008 and December 2012.
If institutions, schools and va-
cant" lots are eliminated' from the
total number of units, the hous-
ing foreclosure rate over the five-
year period stays substantially
the same.
SIn December, NEFAR record-
ed 3,791 homes foreclosed and
resold during the same five-year
period, for a 33 percent resell
rate,,the third highest rate of the
four counties studied.
On Dec. 14, RealtyTrac list-
ed 463 foreclosed properties as
'-having been resold in Novem-
,-ber 2012 alone. The suggestion
is that Clay County sales, and
indeed all four counties studied,
may be climbing again.
By comparison, then, Clay
-County was hit harder than Brad-
ford, Union and ,Putnam coun-
tifes by the .ieuinig'reclosure
downturn. Whilet'thi resell rate
is lower than two of the other
counties, it appears to be turning
around again as housing markets
pick up steam.
Clay is thought to be even
more of a commuter area than
'Bradford, Union or Putnam.
With rising unemployment rates
and an increase in gas prices
during the period, Clay residents,
such as those in the Keystone
Heights and McRae areas, might
haye been more adversely affect-
ed.
A second reason could be that
Clay has also seen more inten-
'sive investment property activ-
ity, including rental properties
and house flipping. Not only
were family homeowners af-
fected by the downturn, so were
landlords and speculators as
banks froze lending and sudden-
ly unemployed, tenants -stopped


foreclosures, high-.
est resell rate
'Putnam County Clerk of the
Court Tim Adams sent the Mon-
itor-a copy of Putnam's monthly
and annual reports of foreclo-
sures dating back to 2000.
In Putnam County, from 2008
through December of this year,
there were an estimated 2,792
foreclosures, the second-highest
number of foreclosures of four
counties studied.
But compared to the 99,190
total property units in .Putnam,
according to the Putnam tax as-
sessor's office, the rate of fore-
closures has been about 3 per-
cent of Putnamis total housing
units during the period.
A tax assessor's staffer said
Putnam has such a high number
of units because the county has
a large land mass and because
large tracts of land in the coun-
ty were laid out to be developed
over the years.
Smith's chart also shows in-
creases and decreases in the an-
nual numbers of foreclosures. In
2000 to 2006, the annual foreclo-
sures were in the 300-399 range,
with more years in the lower
300s.
However in 2007, the num-
bers jumped markedly from 301
the previous year to 408. The
annual foreclosures continued to
climb by more than 30 percent
each year from then until 2010
and 2011 when the numbers fell
again by 13 and 33 percent re-
spectively.
Smith said he was fairly sure
the drop during the .previous
two years came from the feder-
al government's action against
subprime mortgage lenders, and
especially robo-signing. Those

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received.


LEGALS


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR UNION COUNTY,'
FLORIDA
CIVILDIVISION
Case#:2011 -CA-000098
DIVISION:W
Bank of America, National
Association, as Successor by
Merger to BAC Home Loans
Servicing, L.P. f/k/a Countrywide
Home Loans Servicing, L.P.
Plaintiff,
-vs.-
James G. Spears and Rosett B.
Spears a/k/a Rosett Spears,
Husband and Wife
Defendant(s).
S NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
pursuant to an Order of Final
Judgment of Foreclosure dated
December 191, 2012, entered in
Civil Case No. 2011 -CA-000098 of
the Circuit Court of the 8th Judicial
Circuit in and for Union County,
Florida, wherein Bank of America,
National Association, as Successor
by Merger to BAC Home Loans
Servicing, LP. f/k/a Countrywide
Home Loans Servicing, LP.,
Plaintiff and James G. Spears and
Rosett B. Spears a/k/a Rosett
Spears, Husband and Wife are
defendantss, I, will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash
AT THE FRONT STEPS OF THE
UNION COUNTY COURTHOUSE,
LOCATED AT 103 UNION
COUNTY COURTHOUSE, LAKE
BUTLER, UNION COUNTY,
FLORIDA, AT 11:00 A.M. on
February 21"t, 2013, the following
described property as set forth in
said Final Judgment, to-wit:
'A PARCEL OF LAND
CONTAINING A TOTAL AREA OF
3.0 ACRES, MORE OR LESS,
LYING, BEING AND SITUATE IN
SECTION 30, TOWNSHIP 6
SOUTH, RANGE 19 EAST, UNION
COUNTY, FLORIDA, MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS
FOLLOWS:
COMMENCE AT THE
NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID
SECTION 30, AND RUN SOUTH
02 DEGREES 30. MINUTES 09
SECONDS EAST, ALONG THE
WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION
30, A DISTANCE OF 652.81
FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 88
DEGREES 36 MINUTES 18
SECONDS EAST A DISTANCE OF
116.82 FEET TO THE
INTERSECTION WITH THE EAST
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF A 40r
FOOT COUNTY MAINTAINED
GRADED ROAD AND THE POINT
OF BEGINNING OF THE
HEREINAFTER DESCRIBED
PARCEL OF LAND: THENCE
'CONTINUE RUNNING NORTH 88
DEGREES 36 MINUTES 18
SECONDS EAST A DISTANCE OF
532.01 FEET TO THE
INTERSECTION WITH THE EAST
LINE OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE
NORTHWEST 1/4 OF
NORTHWEST 1/4 OF SAID
SECTION 30; THENCE RUN
SOUTH 02 DEGREES 08
MINUTES 27 SECONDS EAST,
ALONG SAID EAST LINE OF THE
WEST 1'/2 OF THE NORTHWEST
1/4 OF NORTHWEST 1/4 OF
SECTION 30, A DISTANCE OF
246.04 FEET; THENCE RUN
SOUTH 88 DEGREES 36
MINUTES 18 SECONDS WEST A
DISTANCE OF 530.35 FEET TO
THE INTERSECTION WITH SAID
EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF A
40 FOOT COUNTY MAINTAINED
GRADED ROAD; THENCE RUN
NORTH 02 DEGREES 31
MINUTES 40 SECONDS WEST,
ALONG SAID EAST RIGHT-OF-
WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF
246.07 FEET TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN
INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS
FROM THE SALE, IF ANY,
OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF
THE LUfS PENDENS MUST FILE A


CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER
THE SALE.
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
-the ADA Coordinator; 201 East
University Avenue, Room 410,
Gainesville, Florida 32601 (352)
491-4490 at least'7 days before
your scheduled court appearance,
or immediately upon receiving this
notification of the time before the
scheduled appearance is less than
7 days. If you are hearing or voice
impaired, call 711.
REGINA PARRISH
CLERK OF T .HE CIRCUIT COURT
Union County, Florida
Crystal Norman
DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF:
SHAPIRO, FJSHMAN -& GACHE,
LLP
2424 North Federal Highway,
Suite 360
BocaRaton, Florida 33431
561)998-6700
561)998-6707
12/27 2tchg 1/3-BCT


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
8TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND
FOR UNION
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION:
CASE NO.: 63-2012-CA-0009
WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.
Plaintiff,
,vs.
CHRISTOPHER DENNIS
MORTON; AMY B. MORTON;
UNKNOWN TENANT IN
POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT
PROPERTY,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE
SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
pursuant to Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated the 24 day of
October, 2012, and entered in
Case No. 63-2012-CA-0009, of the
Circuit Court of the 8TH Judicial
Circuit in and for Union County,
Florida, wherein WELLS FARGO
BANK, N.A. is the Plaintiff and
CHRISTOPHER DENNIS
MORTON, AMY B. MORTON and
UNKNOWN TENANTS) IN
POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT
PROPERTY are defendants. The
SClerk of this Court shall sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash at
the, FRONT LOBBY OF THE
UNION COUNTY COURTHOUSE,
55 WEST MAIN STREET, LAKE
BUTLER, FL 32054, 11:0( AM on
the 21 day of February, 2013, the
following described property as set
forth in said Final Judgment, to wit:
A parcel of land lying, being and
situate in Section 7, Township 6
South, Range 20 East, Union
County, Florida, more particularly
described as follows:
Commence at the southeast corner
of Government Cot 7, said Section
7, and run South 83 degrees 51
minutes 43 seconds West along
the South line of said Section 7, a
distance of 295.40 feet; thence
continue running South 83 degrees
51 minutes 43 seconds West
continuing along said south line of
Section 7, a distance of 277.64
feet; thence run North 06 degrees
15 minutes 44 seconds West, a
distance of 519.99 feet to the Point
of Beginning of the hereinafter
described parcel of .land; thence
run South 83 degrees '44 seconds
16 minutes West, a distance of
182.17 feet; thence run North 04
degrees 24 minutes 16 seconds,
East, a distance of 294.10 feet to,
the intersection with the south
right-of-way line of a 60 foot graded
road; thence run South 84 degrees
19 minutes 17 seconds East along
said right-of-way line, a distance of
131.30 feet to the Point of
Curvature of a curve to the left;
thence run Easterly continuing
along said South right-of-way line,
an arc distance of 48.26 feet as
measured along the arc of a curve
concave Northerly and having a
radius of 170.0 feet, said arc being
subtended by a chord having a
bearing of North 87 degrees 32
minutes 47 seconds East and a,
distance of 48.10 feet; thence run
South 04 degrees 24 minutes 16
seconds West, a distance of
263.21 feet to the Point of
Beginning.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN
INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS
FROM THE SALE, IF ,ANY,
OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF
THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A
CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER
THE SALE.
Under the American with
Disabilities Act, 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 the ADA
Coordinator at (352) 337-6237, at
least 7 days before your scheduled
court appearance. If you are
hearing or voice impaired, please
call 711.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing
and require an ASL interpreter or
an assisted listening device to
participate in a proceeding, please
contact Court Interpreting at
interpreter@circuit8.org
Dated this 20 day of December,
2012.
REGINA PARRISH
Clerk Of The Circuit Court
By: Crystal Norman
Deputy Clerk
Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson,
PA.
1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
Telephone: (954) 453-0365
Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438
12/27 2tchg 1/3-UCT
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, EIGHTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
UNION COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 63-2012-CA-000083-
CA-XXXX
DIVISION: Judge Robert E.
Roundtree, Jr.
FIRST FAMILY FINANCE, INC.,
Plaintiff,
vs.
WALTER E. LEVI and PAMELA S.
HOWELL,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE
SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that
pursuant to a Summary Final
Judgment entered in this cause on
December 19, 2012, in Case No.
63-2012-CA-000083-CA-XXXX, in
the County Court, in and for
UNION, County, Florida, wherein
FIRST FAMILY FINANCE, INC., is
the Plaintiff, and WALTER E. LEVI
and PAMELA S. HOWELL, are the -
Defendants, I will sell, pursuant to
the terms of said Summary Final
Judgment, to the highest and best
Bidder for cash, on the 21 day of
February, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., at
Courthouse Steps Union County
Courthouse, 55 West Main Street,
Lake Butler, Florida 32054, Union
County, Lake Butler, Florida, ttie
following described real property
located in UNION County, Florida,
to-wit:
LEGAL DESCRIPTION
A PARCEL OF LAND
CONTAINING A TOTAL AREA OF
5.0 ACRES, MORE OR LESS,
LYING, BEING AND SITUATE: IN
SECTION 7, TOWNSHIP 6
SOUTH, RANGE 20 EAST, UNION
COUNTY, FLORIDA, MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS.
FOLLOWS:
COMMENCE AT THE
INTERSECTION OF THE EAST
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF STONE
ROAD NUMBER 231 (A 120 FOOT
RIGHT-OF-WAY) WITH THE
NORTH LINE OF THE SOUTH 1/2
OF GOVERNMENT LOT 7, SAID
SECTION 7, AND RUN NORTH 83
DEGREES 53 MINUTES 11
SECONDS EAST, ALONG SAID
NORTH LINE OF SOUTH 1/2 OF
GOVERNMENT LQT 7, AND
ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF
SOUTH 1/2 OF GOVERNMENT
LOT 8, SAID SECTION 7, A
DISTANCE OF 1601.20 FEET TO
THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF
THE HEREINAFTER DESCRIBED
PARCEL. OF LAND;. THENCE
RUN NORTH 00 DEGREES 13
MINUTES 37 SECONDS WEST A
DISTANCE OF 397.03 FEET;
THENCE RUN NORTH 831
DEGREES 53 MINUTES 11
SECONDS EAST A DISTANCE OF
502.65 FEET TO THE WEST.
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF A 60
FOOT GRADED ROAD; THENCE
RUN SOUTH 00 DEGREES 13
MINUTES 37 SECONDS EAST,
ALONG SAID WEST RIGHT-OF-
WAY, A DISTANCE OF 435.60
FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 83
DEGREES 53 MINUTES 11,
SECONDS'WEST A DISTANCE
OF 502.65 FEET; THENCE RUN
NORTH 00 DEGREES 13
MINUTES 37 SECONDS WEST A
DISTANCE OF 38.57 FEET TO
THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
ALONG WITH MOBILE HOME ID
# (S) : GMHGA1309611901A AND
GMHGA1309611901B
BEING THE SAME PROPERTY
CONVEYED TO WALTER E. LEVI
FROM ROBERTS LAND &
TIMBER INVESTMENT CORP. BY
DEED DATED -/--/06 AND
RECORDED 4/11/06 IN DEED
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Street address: 7301 SE 163RD
.LANE, LAKE BUTLER, FL 32054
WITNESS My Hand and Official
Seal of this Court, this 20 day of
December, 2012.
REGINA H. PARRISH
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Crystal Norman
Deputy Clerk
Robert E. Kramer, 'Esquire,, 555
West Granada Boulevard, Siite A-
9, Ormond Beach, FL 32174
NOTICE IN COMPLIANCE WITH
FLORIDA STATUTE 45.031. ANY
PERSON CLAIMING AN
INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS
FROM THE SALE, IF ANY,
OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER, AS OF THE. DATE OF
THE LIS PENDENS, MUST FILE A
CLAIM WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS
AFTER THE SALE.
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LEGAL NOTICE
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
The North Central Florida Regional
Planning Council is accepting
proposals from qualified agencies
or firms for the award of a contract
to coordinate transportation
services for the transportation
disadvantaged in Union County,
Florida. The selected contractor will
be the designated Community
Transportation Coordinator under
Florida's Transportation
Disadvantaged Program, as
authorized by Chapter 427, Florida
Statutes, and more fully described
in Rule 41-2- of the Florida
Administrative Code.
The Community Transportation
Coordinator is defined by Chapter
427, Florida Statues as a
transportation entity recommended
by the appropriate designated
official planning agency to ensure
that coordinated transportation
services are provided to, the
transportation disadvantaged
population in a designated service
area. The Community
Transportation Coordinator has full
.responsibility for the delivery of
transportation services for the
transportation disadvantaged as
outlined in Section 427.015(2),
Florida Statutes. -
The complete Request for
Proposals (RFP) will be available
January 4, 2013 at http:l//
www.ncfrpc.org/. It may also be
obtained by calling Ms. Lynn
Godfrey, AICP, Senior Planner at
352.955.2200, ext. 110.
Experience with .eligibility-based
transportation services is required.
A mandatory pre-proposal
conference will be held January 17,
2013 in the North Central Florida
Regional Planning Council Charles
F. Justice Conference Room
located at 2009 NW 67th Place,
Gainesville, Florida at 3:00 p.m..
Eastern Standard Time, to answer
questions about the Request for
Proposals. Inquiries about this
Request for Proposals must be
made in person at the pre-proposal
conference. Firms and agencies
represented will have an
opportunity to clarify any
information contained in the
request for proposals at the pre-
proposal conference.
Proposals must be received by
3:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time,
February 15, 2013 at the office of
the North Central Florida Regional
Planning Council. Five (5) copies of
the proposal must be submitted to:
North Central Florida Regional
Planning Council, ATTENTION:
Scott R. Koons, AICP, Executive
Director, 2009 N.W. 67th Place,
Gainesville, Florida 32653-1603.
One of these copies must be a
clean, single-sided original that can
be used to make additional copies.
The outside of the envelope or box
containing proposals must be
marked "PROPOSAL FOR UNION
COUNTY COMMUNITY
TRANSPORTATION
COORDINATOR." Faxed and
electronically mailed responses will
not be accepted.-
The North Central Florida Regional
Planning Council will not accept
responsibility for proposals that are
not marked and submitted in this,
manner. Proposals are to remain in
effect for ninety (90) calendar days
from date of submission. The North
Central Florida Regional Planning
Council reserves the right to reject
any or all proposals, to waive any
formality concerning proposals or
negotiate changes to the proposals
whenever such rejection or waiver
or negotiation is in the best interest
of the Stat- and transportation
disadvantaged. Failure to file a -
protest within the time prescribed
in Section 120.57(3), Florida
Statutes, shall constitute a waiver
of proceedings under Chapter 120,
Florida Statutes.
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Become
mentor
The Take Stock in Childr
program in Union County
looking for new mentors
help change young lives
the community. Take Stock
Children in a statewide non-pr
organization and the Foundat:
for Florida Gateway Colkl
serves as the lead agency for
program in Baker, Columt
Dixie, Gilchrist and 4 Un
counties. Take Stock in Child
pairs good students, who ha
the odds stacked against the
with mentors who provide
support, encouragement
guidance they need to succeed
School. Mentors meet with th
mentees for 30-minutes ev
week on the school campus.'.
it takes is a little time to mak
difference that will last a lifetin
For more information on Ta
Stock in Children, contact
program office at 386-754-43
or mailto:antonia.robinson@f
edu.

Medicare/
Medicaid
counseling se
There will be free Medica
Medicaid counseling sponso
by SHINE on the 1st and
Wednesday of every month ft
2 to 4 p.m. at the Union (Cou
Health Department, 495 E. M
St. in Lake Butler.
SHINE counselors as
seniors and persons w
disabilities to understand hea
insurance choices, apply
Assistance and file appeals.
SHINE does not sell insurar
or represent any insurance ent
For information or to learn ab
volunteering for SHINE, call
Elder Helpline at 1-800-9
5337.


Substitute
Teacher
training set
.The Union County Sch
SBoard will be holding substil
teacher orientationon Thursd
Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p
'Training will be held at
Adult Education Buildi
Attendance at this works
and a high school diploma
GED is required in order to
a substitute for Union Cou
School Board, 2012-2013 sch
* "year. After you have complex
training and- the applical
:-packet, you will also need tc
fingerprinted. The fingerprint
is $54.50.
Call the Union County Schl
Board, Personnel Departrr
and ask for Pamr Pittman at
496-2045 ext 230 or send
email to. pittmanp@union.k
fl.us in order to pre register.


Health
Advisory mee
The Union County He
Advisory Group will meet


Foreclosure
Continued from Page 5A

mortgages were issued so rap-
idly and in such quantity that-
they were inspected and signed'
.-,by machine. Many of the ro-
bo-mortgages made ip the sub-
prime crisis, and the government
stopped foreclosures until further
investigation. By now, however,
the lenders and the government
have come,to terms, and those
foreclosures have again have a
green' light, driving the numbers
up for 2012.
Keystone Heights realtor
Trevor Waters agreed the 2012
numbers would be higher for just
that reason, although, he said,
there would also be additional
new mortgages added to those,
dated numbers.

Union suffered least
If you. live in Union County
and lost your home in the last
five or six years, it probably
doesn't feel like light suffering.
SBut the fact is, Union County has
a small number of total taxable
-units and a small rate of foreclo-
sures, but also the smallest resell
rate of the four counties.
Union County showed 258
foreclosed properties over the
five-year period, for a 4 percent
foreclosure rate', slightly lower
Than Bradford's.
Conventional wisdom says
Union showed low foreclosures


a Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 5:30 p.m
at the Union County Healtl
Department in the lobby.
ren Your involvement in th
is Union County Health Advisor
to group is important so be sure ti
in join and invite .your neighbors
in business associates 'and othe
ofit community leaders tojoiri.
ion The meeting will end no late
ege than 7 p.m. Call 386-496-321
the and ask for Winnie Holland
bia, administrator, if you have an:
ion questions.
ren
ave
em,
the t
anmd Free Clothing
eirn for 'the family'
ery There will be free clothe
All for "all of the family" on th
ea first and third Saturday o
ne. each month, from 9:30 a.rr
ike to noon at Fellowship Baptis
the Church in Raiford right of
392 Hwy 121 just before entering.
gc. town. Follow the signs.

Host an
Exchange,,
Student
t World Heritage, a non-prof
are/ student exchange program, i
red seeking volunteers to selve a
3rd area representatives in the loci
oom community. World Heritag
nty .'offers qualified students. frbr
lain around the world, between th
ages of 15-18 the opportunity
sist to .spend a high school yei
vith or -a semester in the Unite
alth States with a host family:
for Area representatives are th
cornerstone of the organizatic
nce making all of this possible.
ity. ,Area" Representatives recru
out and screen potential hostfamilie
the supervise the exchange student
63- in their community, organize
activities with the student
throughout ,the year and provki
support to host families, student
and schools. Area representative
receive compensation coverir
their expenses incurred for eac
student placed and supervised.
For more, information ca
1-800-888-9040 or email info(
tute world-heritage.org
tute
lay,
im.
the -
ng RIotary meet
hiop The Lake Butler Rotary mee
or weekly on Tuesday, at no(
be at the First Christian Churc
inty Prospective members are invite
iool to attend. Lake Butler Rota
;ted is part of Rotary Internation.
ion For more information contact (
Sbe Bird at 386-496-2526, or ask an
fee Rotarian.

1ool
386 UCHA meets
an 2nd Monday
S12.
The Union County Housii
Authority will hold its boa
meetings on the second Mond:
of each month at 6:30 p.m,
Meetings take place at t
kt housing authority's main offi
715 W. Main St., in Lake Butl
alth aid are open to the public.
.-and are open to the public.


rates because of large landmass-
es taken up by corrections facili-
ties and the fairly consistent em-
ployment of the county in those,
facilities. Add to that a relatively
low rate of investment proper-
ties and multi-family units in the
county, such as condominiums.
That is coupled with a relatively
smaller number-of long-distance
commuters in Union driving to
work, spending far fewer dollars
on high-priced gas.
INearly everyone agrees on the
sequence of events and the histo-
ry of the housing crisis. Foreclo-
sures jumped and home prices be-
gan to fall in 2007. According to
National Association of Realtors
data, the national median price
fell nearly 6 percent to $217,000
from a peak of $230,200 in July
2006. U.S. foreclosures rosetby
75 percent in 2007.
Nearly 1.3 million homes-
more than 1 percent of all US
households-were in some


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Officers (1-r) Billy Calloway and Joshua Bennett talk to one group of LBMS students during the recent career day
activity at the school.
Representatives of Union Correctional Institution's CERT Team recently went to Lake Butler Middle School to participate
in career day.
The Correctional Emergency Response Team is one of the groups of officers who are called on to deal with emergency,
situations, such as the transportation of high-profile or high-risk inmates to court or to a medical facility outside the prison
walls. They are also trained to handle recapturing escapees, hostage situations, and hny other type of unusual situation that may,,
arise involving inmates.
Threo UCI CERT Team members, Sgt. Carmen Caserta and Officers Billy Calloway and Joshua Bennett, spoke to the middle
school students about their jobs as correctional officers and the specialized training they receive as CERT Team members.
Wearing their distinctive black uniforms, (they demonstrated the use of some of the special equipment the CERT Team uses and:
answered any questions the students had.


tr City of Lake
d Butler meeting
y.
te The. Lake Butler City
)n Commission meets the second
Monday of the month at 5:15
,it p.m. at city hall, 200 S.W. First
s St. For more information, call
ts (386)496-3401.

ds UCBCC meet
de
ts The Union County Board of
es County Commissi6ners meets
ig on the .third Monday of each
ch month at 7 p.m. The meetings
take place in the commission
Ill meeting room located inside the
@ Union County Courthouse. For
more information, call '(386)
496-4241.

Raiford
town council
,ts
sn meeting
eh The Raiford Town Council
meets on the second Tuesday of
ry every month at 5 p.m. at Raiford
a Town Hall', located at the corner
G, of S.R' 121 and C.R. 229. in
ny Raiford.

Worthington
Springs
council meet
ng The town council of
rd Worthington Springs meets on
ay the first Tuesday of every month
at 7:30 p.m.
he / Meetings are held at
xe, 'the Worthington Springs
er Community Center, located
on,,S.R. 121 in Worthington
SSprings.


phase of foreclosure in 2007, ac-
cording to yearend data released
by RealtyTrac.
By 2009,. one-half to
three-quarters of 1, percent of
all American homes were in
foreclosure, amounting to 1.5
million families. By Septem-
ber 2010, more than 2.3 million
homes had been repossessed by
lenders since the recession offi-
cially began in December 2007.
At the time, RealtyTrac esti-
matedmore than 1 million Amer-
icans would lose their homes to
foreclosure in 2010 alone.
Fox News reported that by the
end of 2010,2.87 million Amer-
icans had ..received foreclosure
notices.
Estimates are that about 12
million homes have now 'been
foreclosed in the U.S. since the
housing crisis began, affecting
around 30 million people, or
about 10 percent of the entire
population of thd U.S.


FFA
scholarship
Murray Ford will join
Ford Motor Company in its
ongoing commitment to the
National FFA.
Ford' has committed to a
sixteenth year of the Built
Ford, Tough FFA collegiate
scholarship program,
which will award $1,000
scholarships to hundreds
of FFA members, each co-
sponsored by Ford Dealers
like Murray Ford.
Ford 'has sponsored the
Built Ford Tough collegiate
scholarship program since
1997. The program, equally
funded by Ford Motor


Company and Ford dealers,
has awarded more than 7
million in. scholarships to
FFA members.
Murray Ford is sponsoring
the Built Ford Tough
collegiate scholarship
program for Bradford High
School and Union County
High School. For the 2012-
2013 school year, it will help
two local students attend the
college of their choice.
To be eligible, FFA
members must submit an
online 2013 scholarship
application at www.ffa.
org and take the required
signature page to Murray Ford
for the dealer endorsement
* and official dealer code; thus


providing FFA members the
opportunity to meet and thank:
the dealer for their support of
continuing education.
"We're pleased to be able;
to support the local chapter-
and Ford Motor Company in'
its strong commitment to the:
National .FFA," said Frank
Bisacky. "All our previous.
scholarship recipients tell usg
how grateful they are for the'
financial support and how the
FFA experience has changed
their lives."

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NEWS FROM BRADFORD COUNTY, UNION COUNTY AND THE LAKE REGION




Locals advise taking fitness step by step


BY MARY W. BRIDGMAN
Special to the Telegraph-Times-
Monitor
Four local fitness experts agree
the key to success in keeping
that New Year's resolution to
Exercise more and eat healthy is
to take it step by step.
"Slow and steady wins the
race," said Ben Bridgman, 54,
a group exercise instructor who
leads the indoor cycle program
'at the Bradford-Union Area
Career Technical Center. "So
many people go into it too heavy
and too fast and don't enjoy the
experience. I'm always trying
to get begirners to slow down.
I don't want them to get hurt.
If they do, they'll never come
back, and that's worse than not
starting at all."
According to recent article
in "The Week," "If you make
an overnight change requiring
enormous self-discipline; you
can quickly use up your stores
of willpower and all your
best intentions will fall by the
wayside. ...Exercising for five
minutes instead of an hour might
sound laughable, but you're
much less likely to resist it, and
the next day, you can exercise
for six."
For folks who are intimidated
by the prospect of exercising
vigorously for long stretches at
a time, that's good news, and
starting small doesn't mean you
can't achieve great results. Just'
ask Rebecca Hinson, a pretty
23-year-old who lost 118 pounds
and experienced tremendous
improvement in her health since
beginning her exercise program
several years ago.
Hinson, a type-1 diabetic,
became concerned after seeing
a physician for stomach pain.
He told her she would need
gallbladder surgery unless she
lost weight. Not long after that,
Hinson's older sister invited
her to try Zumba, a Colombian-
dance fitness program created by
dancer/choreographer Alberto
Perez during the 1990s.
Although Hinson wasn't into
exercise, she had participated
in dance teams and thought
Zumba might be a good fit. She
only made it through half of that
first hour-long class, but she
was hooked. Now she teaches
Zumba three days a week at
S&J Fitness on Call Street in
downtown Starke,
Although Hinson experienced
improved outlook and reduced
need for insulin almost
immediately, the pounds did not
meltl aa) until she consulted a
nutritionist and began to make
some changes in her diet.
S"She gave me a dietary .plan,
and I cut out white potatoes,
white rice, white bread, and ate
mostly fruits, vegetables and
poultry."
Not long after that, she
dropped 15 pounds in a couple of
months, and the rest is history.
Bridgman agrees that exercise
alone will not lead to optimal
health results.
"For years I told. myself I
could eat anything I wanted
.because I exercised and wasn't
overweight," Bridgman-. said.
"My doctor kept telling me I
needed to drop 20 pounds, but I
didn't see it. Several years later,
routine bloodwork showed I was
at risk for developing metabolic


Ben Bridgman instructs indoor cycle classes at the
Bradford-Union Area Career Technical Center.


syndrome, with high blood
pressure, high cholesterol and
high blood sugar.
"There was a history of
diabetes in my family, so it shook
me up. I adopted a diet similar
to the one (Hinson)'s nutritionist
prescribed, and I lost 20 pounds
in two months. My blood values
improved immediately, and
they've stayed gdOd."
Although Bridgman began
regular workouts in college, he
avoided group exercise classes
and didn't work out with a
trainer until his wife gave him
a membership to the'YMCA in
Jacksonville. ,
"The first thing I got into was
spin classes," he said. "I like
workingout to music and having
a teacher tell you what to do, and
mixing up the routines- keeps
you from getting bored. Doing
exercise in a group is more fun;
it keeps me motivated."
Not long after that, Bridgman
started working out once a week


with a personal trainer as well.
"My wife and I started training
together, which introduce
a competitive element to th
mix," Bridgman said. "I alwa)
find that I work out harder whe
someone else is doing it wil
me."
In contrast to Bridgman ar
Hinson,- Eli Hamilton, 25, c
Lawtey, has always been int
exercise. His parents taug]
him to love team sports, and h
played baseball and tennis, ar
ran track. Now, he's especial]
partial to volleyball, playir
in Melrose ihcnrecr his or
schedule permits.
SHamilton suggests beginne
try going to a gym, but counsel
avoiding extreme activities. H
says that taking someone wi
you when you exercise wi
increase motivation. If Hamiltc
gets bored with his workout
he tries new activities, such :
Bridgman's spin class at tl
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Technical Center.
Hamilton' has a special
passion for working with the
elderly. Currently employed
as a respiratory aide at. Shands
UF and Shands Rehabilitaton
Hospital, he teaches Silver
Sneakers classes at Anytime
Fitness in Starke.
"Older adults are freer to share
and interact, Hamilton said.
"They value someone taking an
interest in them."
Bridgman, who also teaches
the Silver Sneakers program,
agrees.
"Most of the population we see
in our classes have never been
inside a gym before they enrolled
in the program," Bridgman said.
"They are living proof it's never
too late to start a fitness program
and reap the benefits of better
health, increased strength and
mobility."
Like Hamilton, Victor Ravelo,
the 39-year-old proprietor
of Anytime Fitness, has a
background in sports-mainly
football and weightlifting. He
opened the gym in 2010, and
like many of his customers,
finds it difficult to make time
to exercise, with a full-tme job
teaching Spanish in Jaclsonville
and a business to run. He and
.g his wife, Lisa, have two'small
he children-both boys.
For people struggling to fit
S exercise into a busy schedule,
n Ravelo suggests getting up early
and making it the first thing you
id do in the morning. Membership
Of in a 24-hour facility, such
to as his can help, too. Rav'elo
recommends that beginners start
h with a personal trainer to help
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Newcomers 'to exercise might
be surprised to find that some
fitness activities cah be quite
relaxing. Bridgman teaches
classes with elements of yoga
and Pilates that incorporate
stretches, to.. keep the body
limber and flexible, as well as
relaxation.
"Everyone enjoys the final
relaxation period at the end of
class," Bridgman said. "That's
good for your body and mind. I
always tell people that no matter
how bad things are, there are two
things you can always control-
breathing and posture. During
the day, as the tension piles
up, our shoulders get tight and
creep up around our ears. You


LEFT: Rebecca
SHinson lost
118 pounds
doing Zumba
and eating
right. BELOW:
Eli Hamilton
teaches Silver
Sneakers
classes and
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New contributors: profiling 'unsung heroes,' covering the outdoors-


Mary Bridgman
looks forward
to writing about
the people in her
home community

BY JAMES WILLIAMS
Special to the Telegraph-Times-
Monitor
Mary Bridgman's current
business card states that she is
a, freelance writer. Bridgman
has already been publishing her
gardening column in the Brad-
ford County Telegraph for about
a :year, and will now write oc-
casional articles for the paper
including profiles of interesting
area residents.
S "I want to reach out and touch
the community," she said in early
December. "I want to showcase
people,, unsung area heroes. I
.have been reading the Telegraph
all my life. My grandparents and
parents read the paper, too, and
always made sure I had a sub-
scription"to it, even while living
in Jacksonville."
-: Although Bridgman lived and
worked in Jacksonville for 30
years, she rightfully calls her-
gself a Bradford County native.
Her grandfather, AJ. Thomas,
,:served as clerk of the circuit
court in Bradford County for
zaecades. Her mother was Cla-
;r:ice Thomas-Woods, and Bridg-
:man's father, Joe Woods, was
;:'a agriculture teacher in the
-,Bradford school system. He
w ;ent on to become principal of
Hawthorne High School.
SNaturailly, Bridgman attended
school in Hawthorne, but gradu-
a.ted from Buccholz High School
n: Gainesville. After graduation,
Sshe went to ,the University of
Florida for a degree in English
i terature. She then went on tc
law school.



J9J1IIMET

SRecent arrests
in Bradford,
-Clay or Union

SThe following individuals
:*were arrested recently by lo-
cal law enforcement officers in
Bradford, Union or Clay (Key-
: stone Heights area) counties:

; Joseph Lee Alston, 24, o1
SStarke was arrested Dec. 24 b)
SStarke police for larceny. Bone
Swas set at $500 and he was
Released Dec. 24.
SCheryl Birk, 49, of Lawtey
Swas arrested-Dec. 25 by Bradforc
Deputies for disturbing the peace
Bond was set at $1,0U0 and she
-. was released Dec; 26.
Samiratha Gavena Brown, 23
:; of Starke was arrested Dec. 2:
-. by Starke police for DUI an
resisting an officer. Bond was se
at $3,000" and she was release
Si Dec. 23.
Stephan Chapman, 22, o
Melrose was arrested Dec. 28 b3
Clay deputies for three probation
violations.
o Angel Louise Coakley, 29
Sof Starke was arrested Dec
27 -by Bradford deputies fo
Withholding support. She wa
Released Dec. 28.
SAlan Eugene Crawford, 2I
;:- of Starke was arrested Dec. 3'
by Bradford deputies for drivih
with a suspended, revoked c
: expired license. Bond was set
$1,000 and he was released Dec
30.
'- Hosea Perez Dean, 40, c
Lawtey was arrested Dec. 29 b
: Lawtey police for resisting a
*""' officer. He was released De(
; 29.
'. Steven Tyler Deason, 21,. c
Starke was arrested Dec. 26 b
Bradford deputies fora probatic
violation. He remained in jail
press time.
Shawna Kaye Dell, 33, '
:, Starke was arrested Dec. 27 t
". Bradford deputies for drivir
:- with a suspended, revoked
.- expired license. Bond was s
at $1,000 and she was release(
: Dec. 28.
'." Edward Arnold Eldredge, 3


of Starke was arrested Dec. 2
by Starke police for trespassin
:*: He remained in jail at pre
: time.
S John P. Elliott, 38, of Ea
SSparta, Ohio, was arrested De
S29 by Bradford deputies f
* possession of marijuana. Boi
Swas set at $2,500 and he w
released Dec. 30.
: Mary Jewel Erdos, 52,


After law school, Bridgman
moved to Jacksonville, working
as a research assistant in vari-
, ous courts and then for a series
of law firms. She eventually
became a legal representative
for Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
After representing the health
insurance company for several
years, she became part of its ad-
ministrative and governing body
as vice president of corporate
audit risk management and com-
pliance. She was responsible for
internal and external company
, audits, and set up a new depart-
ment inside the company that
dealt with corporate ethics.
Bridgman stayed with the
company for 22 years, retiring
in 2008. During that period, she
met her soon-to-be husband,
Ben, who was originally from
Tennessee and was in law en-
forcement in the area.


Starke was arrested Dec. 29 by
Starke police for child neglect.
Bond was set at $2,500 and she
was released Dec. 30.
Tillman Arthur Er\in, 42, of
Starke was arrested Dec. 24 b)
SStarke police for resisting an
officer and-battery. Bond was set
at $2,000 and he was released
Dec.24.
Carol Cox Geiger, 62, of
Starke was arrested Dec. 29 by
f Starke police for driving, with a
Y suspended, revoked or expired
I license. Bond was set at $500
9 and she was released Dec. 29.
Aaroh Goodwin, )32, of
SKeystone Heights was arrested
SDec. 28 by Clay deputies for
violating a court injunction.
S Terrius Germaine Green, 21,
of Starke was arrested Dec.; 25
by Bradford deputies for driving
W ith a' suspended, revoked or
d expired license. Bond was set at
t $500 and he remained'in jail at
d press time.
Janeka Breanne 'Greene, 23,
of Starke was arrested Dec. 24
y by Bradford deputies for larceny
Sand dealing in stolen property.
Bond was set at $5,500 and she
Swas released Dec. 25.
William Gerad Griffis, 27, of
)r Gainesville was arrested Dec.
23 by'Bradford deputies f'or a
probation violation. He remained
in jail at press time.
0" Woodrow Griffis, 57, of
g Starke was arrested Dec. 28 by
)r Starke police for a DUI. Bond
at was set at $1,000 and he was
released Dec. 28.
Janet Boutwell Hayes,- 54, of
f Starke was arrested Dec. 29 by
)y Bradford deputies for a DUI.
y Bond was set at $2,500 and she
n
was released Dec. 29.
Maurice Hewitt, 33, of Starke
ac was arrested Dec.30 by Bradford


Her grandparents and parents
passed down to her two lake-
front properties, both of which
she came to love. Joe and Cla-
rice eventually turned over their
Kingsley Lake hoine to Mary, as
Joe completed another home on
Hampton Lake..
Ben and Mary realized they
could live happily on Kinglsey
Lake. They also visited' her par-
ents in their new home on Hamp-
ton Lake. After her parents died,
the Hampton Lake property was
left to Mary as well. Today, the
Bridgmans divide their time be-
tween the two homes.
'In an effort to get to know more
people in the Bradford County,
Mary Bridgman signed up for a
master gardening course, only to
learn afterward that the course
was actually taught in Jackson-

See WRITING, 6B


deputies for disturbing the peace.
Bond was set at $2,500 and he
was released Dec. 30.
Malachi Joseph Jenkins, 43,
of Lawtey was arrested Dec. 23
by Starke police for a probation
violation. He remained in jail at
'press time.
Michael Ellis Jenkins, 32,
of Starke was arrested Dec. 29
by Bradford deputies for child
neglect. Bond was set at $2,500
and he was released Dec. 30.
Bruce A. Lee, 33, of Starke
was arrested Dec. 26 by Starke
police for a probation violation
'and loitering. He remained in
jail at press time.
Robert Chase Lee, 20, of
Starke was arrested Dec. 27 by
Bradford deputies for battery.
Bond was set at $1,000 and he
was released Dec. 28.
Molly Christina McCoy, 21,
of St. Petersburg was arrested
Dec. 28 by Bradford deputies
for possession of 'marijuana.
Bond was set at $1,000'and she
was released Dec. 28.
Gary Darel Morrow, 38, of
Gainesville was arrested Dec.
30 by Bradford deputies for
possession of marijuana. 'He
remained in jail at press time.
Kevin Padgett, 35, of Starke
was arrested Dec. 30 by Clay
deputies fordrivingwitha license
expired over four months.
Nicole Sellers Padilla, 28, of
Lawtey was arrested Dec. 29 by
Clay deputies for petit theft.
Amanda Simone Pitts, 28, of
Starke was arrested Dec. 24 by
SStarke police for battery. Bond
was set at $1,000. and she was
released Dec. 24.
Kenneth John Ricci, 26, of
Macclenny was arrested Dec27
by Bradford deputies for driving
with a suspended, revoked or


Mickey Agner grew
up hunting and
fishing in Bradford
County and now
writes a weekly
column about
those activities
and the people
who enjoy them
BY CLIFF SMELLEY
RegiOnal News/Sports Editor
When he's at such lakes as
Kingsley and Santa Fe, Mickey
Agner looks to reel in fish.
Now,Agner also has his sights
set on reeling in readers.
SAgner, a 1966 Bradford High
School graduate who worked as
'an administrator in the Bradford
school system before retiring, is
a new contributor to the Bradford
County Telegraph, Lake Region
Monitor and Union County
Times. He writes a weekly
column found in the three
newspapers' Regional News
section entitled "Fins, Fur and
Tales' that focuses on fishing,
hunting and the outdoors.
"I've just always been around
that kind of thing," said Agner,
who has three grown children
with wife, Bobbie, "I used to
write a lot of grants in the school
system. I used to say, 'Hey, if this
was about hunting or fishing, I
would enjoy this.'"
He didn't enter retirement as
an aspiring writer or anything
like that. It was just that writing
about hunting and fishing
seemed like something he would
enjoy..
So far-his first column was
published Oct. 30,2012--gner
has enjoyed the writing. He used
to worry a lot about finding
something to write about each


Mickey Agner
week, but said, "It seems to fall
into place."
Hunting and fishing were
activities Agner took part in as
a youth growing up in Bradford
County. Agner, who was born in
Fitzgerald, Ga., said those were
just the natural things to do in a
rural environment.
SFootball was another interest,
and it gave Agner an opportunity
to become part of history at
Bradford 'High School. As a
senior, he was a member of
the 1965 team that went 12-0
and won the school's first state
championship. Agner rushed
for 83 yards and a touchdown
on 15 carries in a 39-0 win over
Wauchula Hardee in the Class A
championship game.
"It was a good team," Agner
said, adding that he, the players
and the coaches still have a good
relationship today.
Agner would have you believe
that it was an understatement to
say he loved football. In fact,
he said he liked to joke that the
two reasons he stayed in school
through graduation were football
and lunch.


expired license. Bond was set at John August Rueber, 64, of
$500 and he was released Dec. Starke was arrested Dec. 29 by
28. ,Bradford deputies, for *battery.
Eddie Lee Rice, 64, of Lake He was released Dec. 30.
Butler was arrested Dec. 27 by Logan Weston Scrape, 18,
Bradford deputies' Todr''ri'lng'obf' Grebi'"Cove Sprirf '%as
with a suspended,"revdked .or arrested Dee.28 byStarkeielice"
expired license. Bond, was set at for trafficking in amphetamine.
$5,000 and he was released Dec. Bond was set at $15,000 and he
29. was released Dec. 28.
Melanie Dawn Rodgers, 27,' Joseph Sharp, 24, of Keystone
of Starke was arrested Dec. Heights was arrested Dec. 28 by
28 by Bradford deputies for Clay deputies for possession of
a probation violation?. Bond less than 20 grams of cannabis.
was set at $1,000 and she was Rebecca Puckett Starling, 57,
released Dec. 28.' of Starke was arrested Dec. 30
Robert Paul Rogers, 32, of by Bra'tford deputies for a DUI.
Starke was arrested Dec. 23 by Bond -ias set at $20,000 and she


Bradford 'deputies for criminal
mischief with property damage.
Bond was set at $3,500 and he
was released Dec. 23.
August G. Roewe, 39, of
Keystone Heights was arrested
Dec. 28 by Bradford deputies
for driving with a suspended,
revoked or expired license. He
remained in jail at press time.
Richard J. Roush, 34, of
Canton, Ohio, was arrested Dec.
29 by Bradford deputies for
possession of marijuana. Bond
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"I ended up getting two
master's degrees," Agner said:.
"I guess that's not bad for a, guy
who went to school for lunch
and football."
From BHS, Agner went to
Samford University in Alabama;
*where he also played football. '
"It was a lot different,", he
said. "It wasn't as enjoyable. I
wasn't a good college athlete.
I was a really good high school
athlete."
Agner, who went.on to miiajor
in history, did not leave football
behind him, though. He wound
up coaching at Vanguard High
School in Ocala.
"It was a lot of fun," Agner
said, adding, "I coached a state
championship weightlifting team
one year, and we had several
good football teams."
At the same time, Agner
was also working on a
master's degree in education
at Rollins. University. (He
eventually returned to school
for recertification and wound
up earning, another master's
degree at Nova Southeastern
University.)L
Agner eventually returned
to the area where he grew up.
He worked for a while as 'a
teacher and administrator in
Union County before relocating
to Bradford County to do the
same.
Before retirihfig, Agner worked
as an assistant director at tle
Bradford-Union Area Career,
Technical Center.
"That was a good job," he
said. "I enjoyed that work. There
was a lot of diversity there-a
lot of new things that you don't
normally see in the regular
school line of work."
Though retired, Agner
admitted he doesn't do as much

See AGNER, 8B


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Graham was arrested Dec. 261by
Bradford deputies for a probatin
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2 weightlifters, softball team account for 4 titles for KHHS in '12


.: The following is a look back at
the high school teams and indi-
"iduals who won championships
at the district, regional or state
levels, earned medals in state
competition or who qualified to
participate in regional and state
competitions in 2012. Any omis-
sions are unintentional.

SBY CLIFF SMELLEY
SRegional News/Sports Editor
T.wo Keystone Heights
weightlifters earned state medals
iP 2012, while the softball team
,won district and regional cham-
pionships en route to an appear-
ance in the state semifinals.
S'Boys' weightlifter Nick Ver-
schaeve came closest to earning
a state championship for Key-
stone, finishing as the runner-
uip in the 199-pound class in the
state finals.
SVerschaeve's best-ever to-
tal of 685 pounds (390-pound
'Bench press, 295-pound clean
.nd jerk) was actually the same
,?s state champ Kendrick Single-
'ton of Baker County, but Single-
-ton earned the championship
'dlue to the weight tiebreaker. (He
weighed 7 pounds less than Vei-
'schaeve.) Verschaeve's bench
presss total was tops in his class,
'and only three lifters in the en-
Aire meet, regardless of weight
class, had a higher bench press.
To get to the state finals, Ver-
schaeve won the Section 4-1A
championship with a 670 total
(385,285).
John McCormick also made
. it to the boys' state finals for
"'Keystone after pacing second
in the 154 class at the Section 4
Meet. McCormick had a 535 to-
:tal (290,245).
: At the state finals, McCormick
placed seventh, which left him
'6ne spot shy of earning a medal.
lie had a 525 total (275,250).
Girls' weightlifters Morgan
'Boettcher and Jeal'yn Miller
* qualified for state as well, with
Boettcher finishing third and
earning a medal in the unlimited


class.
Boettcher, who hada 420 total
(215,205), was making her fifth
straight appearance at state, hav-
ing done so since her freshman
year. She earned the 2012 trip by
compiling a 415 total (205,210)
at the Section 4-1 A meet, where
she placed second.
Millerwon the Section 4 cham-
pionship in the 110 class with a
205 total (105, 100) to earn her
first-ever trip to the state finals.
At state, Miller placed 21s1 with
a 210 total (105,105).

Softball team earns
first final-four berth
since 1995
SAt one point in the season,
the 'Keystone softball team was
1-6, but the team won 18 of 20
games, winning district and re-
gional championships along the
way and earning the program's
second state semifinal berth
since the switch to fastpitch.
Starting with the semifinals
of the District 5-4A tournament,
the Indians would outscore five
opponents 29-6 before losing
1-0 to Florida High in the state
semifinals.
Keystone punched its ticket
to the regional playoffs with an
8-0 win over Fort White in the
district semifinals. Amber Skip-
per, who was 3-fr-4, led off the


i ',



Indians' half of the first inning
with a home run and .later drove
in two runs in the sixth inning to
enforce the mercy rule.
Kayla Walker and Kelsey
Waters each went 2-for-3, while
Lyndsay Johnson, Tayldr Mor-
ris and Rachel Wells each had
an ,RBI. Wells' RBI came off of
a home run.
Skipper, the team's pitcher,
gave up three hits and onewalk,
while' striking out six. .She was
even better in' the Indians' next
game-a 3-1 win over Bradford
for the District 5 title.
Skipper, who gave up one. hit
and had.five strikeouts in earn-
ing the win, scored the first run
on a sacrifice fly by Waters in
the first inning. In the second,
Taylor Semione doubled and
scored on a bunt single by John-
son.
Wells hit a home run for the
second straight game for the In-
dians' final, run in the fourth in-
ning.
Johnson and Semione each
went 2-for-3.
Keystone hosted South Sumter
in the regional quarterfinals, with
Skipper throwing a no-hitter in:a
10-0, five-inning win.
Waters was 3-for-4 with a
double that drove in the two runs
that enforced the mercy rule.
Johnson was 2-for-2 with an
RBI, while Semione, Wells,


Nick Verschaeve
is shown lifting
his way to the
Section 4-1 A
championship In
the 199-pound
*Welght class.
Verschaeve
would go on -
.to finish as the
"state runner-up'
in his class.



Chelsea Harvin and
Ashley Maynard each had an
RBI.
The Indians then faced Brad-
ford again in the regional semi-
finals. This time, the team rode a
huge defensive play en route to
a 2-0 win.
Harvin put the Indians up 1-0
with an RBI single in the first,
but Bradford loaded the bases
with no outs in the third. Sec-
ond baseman Vanessa Munoz,
though, caught a line drive,
which was the start of a triple
play.
Bradford had five hits up to
that point, but Skipper allowed
just one more the rest of the
way.
Skipper, who was 2-for-2 at
the plate, scored the Indians'
second, run on a triple by Wa-
ters.
Keystone advanced to the
Region 2 championship game,
where it rallied from a 4-3 defi-
cit in the sixth to defeat Space
Coast 6-5.
Harvin, Skipper and Waters
each drove in a run as the In-
dians led 3-1 after five innings.
The Vipers scored three runs
*on three singles, two ground-
outs and an error to take -a 4-3
lead in the sixth,'but Keystone
answered with three runs in the
bottom of the inning. Skipper
tied the game with an,RBI single
before Maynard hit a two-run
double.
Skipper was. 2-for-3 at the
plate, while Harvin, Semione


and Wate,. each went 2-for-4.
Keystone had 11 hits in all
in the win, but hits were hard
to come by in the Indians' 1-0
loss to Florida High in the state
semifinals.
Florida High pitcher Taylor
Rossman gave up one hit-an
infield grounder that was beat
out by Wells. Keystone hit only
one ball out of the infield-a
flyout by Maynard.
Skipper gave up five hits and
one walk, while striking out sev-
en. Florida High scored .its run
in the fourth, taking advantage
of three hits and a sacrifice fly.
Keystone.. finished its season
with a 19-8 record.

4 advance to regionals
in girls' track and field
Emily Schaul, who was the
District 5-2A runner-up in the
3200m, and three of her team-
mates advanced to the Region 2
track and field finals.
Schaul had a time of 14:04.18
to advance and wound up finish-
ing eighth at the regional meet
with a time of 13:05.67.
Morgan Boettcher took third
in the shot put at the district


meet with a distance of 28 feet.
Madison Colaw was fourth
in the 1600m with a tinre o4
6:29.22, while Caitlin Cumbus
was fourth in the 400m with a
time of 1:08,77.
At the Region 2 meet, Boettchz:
er finished the shot put with a
distance of 29'6", while Colaw
and Cumbus posted times of
6:04.25 and 1:08.32, respec-,
tivey, in their events.

Rally helps send vol-
leyball team to region-,
als
Keystone was facing a 2-1
deficit and having to win.two
straight sets to qualify for the
regional playoffs for the third
straight year. The Indians did
just that in defeating third seed
Williston 3-2 (25-23, 27-29, 19-
25, 25-17, 15-10) in the semifi-
nals of the District 5-4A tourna-
ment. -
Alexa Born played a huge role
in setting up her teammates as
she had 11 of her team-high 10
assists in the final two sets. Asii-
ley Maynard added 10 assists.:
See INDIANS, 6B


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S(front, I-r) Kelsey Waters, Ashley Maynard, Amber Skipper, Chelsea Harvin, Morgan
^ Gibbs, (middle, I-r) Lyndsay Johnson, Kristen Wood, (back, I-r) Taylor Morris, Kayla
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First baseball state championship highlights 2012 for UCHS


The following is a look back at
the high school teams and indi-
viduals who won championships
at the district, regional or state
levels, earned medals in state
competition or who qualified to
participate in regional and state
competitions in 2012. Any omnis-
sions are unintentional.

BY CLIFF SMELLEY
Regional News/Sports Editor
If was quite a year for Union
County High School athletics in
2012 as three teams advanced
through the playoffs and made it
to the final fours of their respec-
.tiye sports.
S Only one, though,.would keep
it going until laying'claim to a
state championship trophy.
The school's baseball team,
after a 12-8 win over Baldwin
in the District 7-1A semifinals,
outscored five opponents 30-3,
, culminating in a 6-3 win over
Holmes County in the Class 1A
championship game. It was the
first baseball state'championship
in school history.
To get- that trophy, the Tigers
first had to get by Baldwin in the
district semifinals after squan-
dering a big lead. The Tigers
scored the first six runs before
winning 12-8.
Union scored five runs in the
first inning and led 6-0 before
Baldwin seven runs in the fifth
to take the lead. The Tigers,.
though, answered with six runs
Sin the bottom of the inning.
Chance Bailey was 2-for-4
with a double and three RBI,
while Austin Harden hit a double
and drove in four runs. Dustin
Hersey was 3-for-5 with an RBI,
while Colby Cothren was 2;-for-
4 with a double and an RBI. Dy-
lan Allen and.Kyle Shealy each
.drove in a run, with Shealy hit-
ting a double.
Hersey earned the win on the
mound, giving up one' earned
run on sixh hits ancdfour walks
..in five innings. He had six
strikeouts.
That game was really no indi-
cation of things to come.as the
Tigers shut out their next four
opponents, beginning with a 4-0


TOP: Kyle Shealy (foreground, left) prepares to
congratulate Dylan Allen after the Tigers' win in the
state semifinals. Celebrating In the background are
.Corey Hersey and Trey Owen. ABOVE LEFT: Troy
Kite swings at a pitch in the state semifinals. ABOVE
RIGHT: Dustin Hersey earned the win over Hilliard that
sent the Tigers to the state title game against Holmes
County.


win over Newberry for the Dis-
trict 7 championship.
Starting pitcher Allen struck
out five of the first six batters he
faced and did not give up a hit
until the fifth inning. He gave up
five hits and two walks, while
striking out eight in six-and-two-
.thirds inhings.to earn the win.


Union opened the game with
three straight hits-the third an
RBI single by Harden. Hersey
scored another run in the first in-
ning on a ground ball by Shealy
to put the Tigers up 2-0.
In the sixth, Allen and Chris
Starling scored runs on errors.
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Next up was a date with Wild-
wood in the regional semifinals.
Pitcher Hersey gave up two hits
and struck out nine in six innings
as the Tigers won 8-0.
The Tigers loaded the bases
with no outs in the first inning.
Allen then ground into a double
play, but two'runs scored.
Cole Kite hit a single to score
Troy Kite in the second, while
Shealy scored a run in the third
on a passed 6all.
Harden hit a two-run double
in the fourth, which also fea-
tured an RBI single by Shealy to
put the Tigers up 7-0.
Troy Kite scored the last run in
the fifth inning on a wild pitch.
Shealy finished the game
3-for-3.
The ball was handed to Allen
to pitch in another championship
game. He followed up his dis-
trict championship performance
just fine, giving up two hits as
the .Tigers captured the Region
4 championship with a 4-0 win
over The Villages.
After a scoreless first inning,
the Tigers loaded the bases with
no outs in the second. Troy
Kite's groundout scored one run,
while Trey Owens hit a sacrifice
fly to score another.
Hersey scored on a wild pitch
in the third to put Union up 3-0.
He then scored the final run of
.the game on .an error in the fifth
inning.
The win sent the Tigers to
the state semifinals, where they
defeated Hilliard 8-0. Start-
ing pitcher Hersey, who earned
the win, and Shealy combined
to give up four hits. Hersey, in
improving his record to 10-2,
allowed one hit in four innings
and pitched his way out of a bas-
es-loaded situation in the First.
Five of the first eight Union
batters struck out, but Hilliard
miscues got the Tigers going
in the third and fourth innings.
Colby Cothrenrwas hit by a pitch'
to lead off the third, while Cole
Kite reached on a ground ball
when the Flashes tried-'and
failed-to throw Cothren out at
second. Both runners scored on
a dropped'fly ball to put the Ti-
gers up 2-0. Shealy and Starling
each hit RBI singles later in the
inning.
Cole Kite reached on an error
in the-fourth, while-Hersey hit
a bunt single. Both scored on a
single by Harden, who finished
the game 2-for-3. Allen reached
on a dropped third strike, while
Starling drew a walk to load the
bases. Troy Kite drew a walk to
force a run home, while a wild
pitch allowed Allen to score the
final run.
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season, the Tigers made-it a good
one, with Harden and Shealy
each driving in two runs in a 6-3
win over Holmes County for the
state title.
Allen hit a sacrifice fly to
score a run in the first. The Ti-
gers then added three runs in the
third. Shealy hit an RBI single,
while an error allowed Cody
Tice to score. Troy Kite drove in
the inning's final run.
Allen hit an RBI single in the
fourth to. put the Tigers up 5-0.
Holmes answered with two runs
in the bottom of the inning on a
triple and a single.
Cole Kite hit an RBI single in
the fifth to cap Union's scoring
and put the Tigers up 6-2.
Holmes added the game's fi-
nal run in the sixth.
Allen and Troy Kite were
each 2-for-4, while Allen earned
the win on the mound, throwing
a complete game and giving up
nine hits and one walk.
The Tigers ended the season
with a 22-8 record and a whole
bunch of memories.

Boys' basketball team
Wins district, plays
way to final 4
Though entering the District
7-1A tournament with a sub-
.500 record, the Union' County
boys' basketball team not only
went on to win the district cham-
pionship, but adavnced to the fi-
nal four for just the second time
in school history.
First, the Tigers recorded a
60-47 win over Baldwin in the
district tournament semifinals,
getting 23 points from Shaimea
Maeweather. Keldric, Bradley
scored 12 points, while Daquin
Edwards had 11.
Union- then stunned 21-2
Chiefland 60-53 to claim the
tournament championship.
Maeweather scored 24 points,
while Carl Alexander and Brad-
ley had 14 and 12, respectively.
In the regional semifinals,
the Tigers built a 24-8 lead and
put together second-half runs of
12-0 and 9-0 to defeat The Vil-
lages 71-59.'
Alexander scored six points
during a first-quarter run of 9-0
and finished with 24. He also
grabbed 11 rebounds.
Princeton Alexander scored
12 points. while Bradley.,who


had been saddled with an ankle
injury, came off the bench to
score 10.
The win set up a rematch
against Chiefland for the Region
4 championship and the right to
advance to the state semifinals.
Chiefland put together a 13-0 run
in the fourth quarter that helped
the Indians overcome a deficit
and tie the game, but with 3:57
remaining, the Tigers outscored
Chiefland 11-5 to close out.-the
game with a 68-62 victory.
Mae~veather and Bradley did
their part to put the Tigers' into
the final four for the first time
since 1994, scoring 22 and 20
points, respectively. Princeton
Alexander added 13 points.
Union came oh so close to
playing for the 1A title, but fell
56-53 to Hawthorne in the state
semifinals.
Hawthorne led for most of the
game until Maeweather scored
eight straight points to help the
Tigers even the score at 37-all
in the third quarter. Two straight
drives to the basket by Bradley
put the Tigers up 47-43 with less
thfian four minutes to play, but
turnovers and Hawthornes per-
formance at the foul line helped.,
seal the Tigers' fate.
Maeweather finished the game
with 22 points, while Bradley
had 13.
The Tigers ended the season
with a 15-14 record.

Softball team rides
road wins'to state
semifinals
In falling to Baldwin in the
District 7-1A championship
game, the Union softball team
had to go on the road for the re-
gional playoffs, but that turned
out to be no problem. The Tigers
won on the road in both the re-
gional semifinals and finals to
advance to the state semifinals.
The district tournament was
away from home, too, and the
Tigers had to erase an 8-4 defi-
cit to Chiefland in the semifinals
just to qualify for the regional
playoffs. They did, though, and
defeated Chiefland 9-8.
A three-run sixth inning was
'huge. Taylor Cross hit a two-out
double to score one run, while
Kendallyn Johns drove-: in an-
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Alice Brown
RIVIERA BEACH-Alice Alex-
ander Brown, 90, of, Riviera Beach
'died on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.
Born in Hampton in 1966, Brown
moved to West Palm Beach.
Brown was a member of Mace-
donia Baptist Church, Hampton.
She was a dedicated member of Al-
len.Temple AME Church until her
health failed. She graduated from
,Robert Jenkins Ellison (RJE) High
School of Starke. She retired from
Sthe'Palm Beach County Home after
,J16 years of employment.
Brown was married to the late
,'Leander Brown Sr. She is survived
by: children James E. Butler Jr. of
Greenville, S.C., Carloyn Miller of
Riviera Beach, Leander Brown Jr.
'of Lake Park, Vernell Saarino of
Pooler, Ga., Mellonease Hender-
son and Diane Morris, both of West
Palm Beach, Lutanja R. Brown of
* Riviera Beach, and Larry Williams
'of Magnolia Park; 33 grandchil-
- :dren; 58 great-grandchildren; and
* four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Dec.
.29 at Magnolia Missionary Baptist
Church in Hampton. Interment will
be held in Hampton Cemetery under
the direction of Haile Funeral Home
.in Starke.


John Brown

John Brown
ARCHER-Mr. John Mitchell
Brown, 60, of Archer, passed away
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Haven
..Hospice Chiefland Care Center. He
.. was born on June 12,1952, in Palat-
ka and was a Baptist. Mr. Brown
..;- worked several years for Crawford
Construction and served in the Na'-
tional Guard after high school. He
enjoyed hunting, fishing and had a
Passion for baseball and animals.
He was preceded in death by:
his father, Mitchell Brown; broth-
ers Larry Charles Brown and Eddie
Dyal; and a sister, Elaine Brown.


Mr. Brown is survived by: his
mother, Katherine Brown, of Law-
tey; his faithful companion of 18
years, Sylvia Wilson, of Archer; son,
Kelly (Sharon) Brmwn of Hampton;
daughters Minnie (Robert) Brough-
ton of Lake Butler and Stephanie
(Randy) Goodman of Bronson; a
sister, Debbie (Vollie) Browning of
Starke; six grandchildren, includ-
ing, Justin Grant, Cheyenne Evans,
AJ Brown, and Annalei Brown. He
is also survived by a large, extended
family and a special nephew, Char-
lie Brown, and great-nephew, Tripp
Brown.
Funeral services were held Dec.
3 1 at Northside Baptist Church with
Brother Larry Finley and Brother
Gary Melvin officiating. Burial fol-
lowed in Evergreen Baptist Church
Cemetery. Arrangements are by.
Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of
Starke.
PAID OBITUARY

Woodrow Ellis
MIDDLEBURG- Woodrow
"Woody" Jefferson Ellis, 70, of
Middleburg, died Dec. 26, 2012, at
the Malcolm Randall VA Medical
Center in Gainesville. He was born
in West Greenri, Ga., on Sept. 21,
1942, to the late Loarce Cecil Ellis
and Madeliene Giles-Ellis. Woody
served his country as a rnember of
the United States Air Force.
He is survived by: his wife of
12 years, Margie Ellis, of IMiddle-
burg; son, Ronald Woodrow Ellis;
step-daughter; Anita (Jeff) Kravats;
.brother, William (Pam) Cecil Ellis;
sisters Francis L. McKinney and
Judy Ann Skinner; and two grand-
daughters.
Arrangements are under the care
and direction of Archie Tanner Fu-
neral Services of Starke.


Elnora Hernandez


Elnora
Hernandez
STARKE-Elnora B. Hernan-


dez, 541, of Starke died Thursday,
Dec. 27, 2012, at Shands at the
University of Florida. A native of
Lake Butler, she was a member of
Walk by Faith Outreach Ministries
in Lawtey. She also attended the lo-
cal schools of Union and Bradford
counties. She was a homemaker and
devoted her time to the community.
She is survived by: her husband,
Fernando Hernandez; sisters Marva
Boswell and Lynn Boswell, both of
Gainesville; brothers Johnny Bo-
swell of Raiford and Willie Griffin
of Gainesville.
Funeral services will be held
at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, at
Walk by Faith Ministries in Lawtey
with Elder Edwin Clark acting'as
eulogist. Interment will be held in
Pine Grove Cemetery in Gainesville
under the direction of Haile Funeral
Home Inc. There will be no viewing
on Friday, Jan. 4. The cortege will
be held at Haile Funeral'Home Inc.
on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 10:30 a.m.

Brenda
Leverette
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS-
Brenda Stanley Leverette, 57, of
Keystone Heights passed away at
her home on Wednesday, Dec. 26,
2012, following an extended illness:
Mrs. Leverette was born in Albany,
Ga., on Jan. 3, 1955, to the late Leon
and Edith Stanley. She was raised in
GainesviUe and had continued liv-
ing in the area. Not only was Mrs.
Leverette a loving housewife, moth-
er and grandmother, she was also a
member of Trinity Baptist Church,
a former Cub Scout leader, a Mas-.
ter Gardner from the University of
Florida, and, before she became ill,
she enjoyed making beaded jew-
elry.
Survivors include her husband of
33 years, Otis "David" Leverette;
and their three sons, David (Jessica)
Leverette and Andrew Leverette,
all of Keystone Heights, and Sean
(Ashley) Leverette (who is serv-
ing in the United States Navy) of
Gulf Port, Miss. Also surviving is
one brother, Gary Stanley; and one
sister, Ann Stanley, both of Inter-
lachen; a half sister, Lee Pearson of
Gainesville; one grandson, Breaker;
and one granddaughter, Kyra.
Viewing for Mrs. Leverette was
held on Dec. 28, in the Jones-Gal-
lagher Funeral Home Chapel. Fu-
neral services were held on Dec. 29
with Pastor James Peoples officiat-
ing. Burial followed at Keystone
Heights Cemetery. In lieu of flow-
ers,the family has requested contri-
Sbutions to please be made.to L.A.M.,
P.O. Box 1385, Keystone Heights,
FL 32656. Arrangements are under
the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral
Home in Keystone Heights.
PAID OBITUARY


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Kathleen Mathias

Kathleen
Mathias
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS-Mrs.
Kathleen "Kathy" Bertotto Mathias,
57, of Keystone Heights passed
away suddenly Sunday, Dec. 30,
2012, at the University of Shands
Hospital in Gainesville following a
brief illness.
Kathy was born in Jersey City,
N.J., on April 12, 1955, and was a
homemaker. She has been a resident
of Keystone Heights for 27 years,
moving here from Hollywood. She
was raised in the Catholic faith and
enjoyed spending as much time with
her family and friends as she could.
Kathy's husband, Anthony "Tony"
Mathias, and hermother, Irene T.
Bertotto, had preceded her in death.
She is survived by: her sons, Lee
(Alexandria Deltorre) Greenspan of
Hollywood, Jonathon Pendarvis of
Callahan; her father, Skip Bertotto
of Keystone Heights; two sisters,
Gail Ann Bauman and her daughter,
Meg, of Tallahassee, Shari (Mike)
Smith and their children, Michael
and Ashley of Keystone Heights;
arid one brother, James (Kerry) Ber-
totto ahd their son, Matttew. Also
surviving are her grandchildren,
Robyn Rosier, Alyssa Greenspan,
Grace Greenspan,Taylin Pendarvis,
Karsen, Kylee, and Karlie (Kar-
Kar).
The family lad a visitation on
Jan. 2,2013, at Jones-Gallagher Fu-
neral Home from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Arrangements are under the care
of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Honfe.
PAID OBITUARY

Robert Norman
LAKE BUTLER-Robert Eu-
gene Norman, 74, of Lake Butler,
died on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at
Shands Starke Regional Mecical
Center after an xtehtldeillness. He
was born ,nyStarker4i4inig most of
his life in Lawtey until, moving to
Lake Butler six years ago. He was
the son of the late Frank E. Norman
and Pearl Todd Norman. He was a


self-employed painter.
He is survived by: his wife of 46
years, Barbara McKinley Norman;
daughter, Linda (Louie) Navarro of
Lake Butler; sons Frank (Charlotte)
Norman of Lake City and Lonnie
(Sandy) Norman of Lake Butler;
seven grandchildren; and three
great-grandchildren; brother, Carlos
Norman of Lawtey; and Ed Norman
of Salt Springs.
Funeral services were held Dec.
29 in the chapel of Archer Funeral
Home with Rev. Terry Elixson of-
ficiating. Burial followed in Dekle
Cemetery in Lake Butler. Archer
Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of
arrangements.

Robert Waddle
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS-Rob-
ert Wayne Waddle, 61, of Key-
stone Heights died at his home on
Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, follow-
ing a brief illness. Mr. Waddle was
born in El Paso, Texas, on Sept. 4,
1951, and was raised in Gaines-
ville. In 2007, he moved back to the
area from Virginia, where he was
a project manager for an industrial
construction company. His father,
Norman R. Waddle, preceded him
in death.
He is survived by: his wife of
32 years, Ann G. (vonNordeck);
daughter, Destiny (Darrin) Michal-
ski of Woodlawn,Tenn.; son, James
Yoder of Memphis, Tenn.; mother,
Geraldine Estes of Hague; broth-
ers Shane Estes of Gainesville and
Norman R. Waddle Jr. of Trenton;
sister, Diana Ratcliff of California;
mother-in-law, Irene Colewell of
Maryland; and seven grandchil-
dren. '-
A memorial service was held on
Dec. 31 in the Jones-Gallagher Fu-
neral Home chapel with Pastor Paul
Coleman officiating. The family will
have a private Burial at a later date.
Arrangements are under the care of
Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home.


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My soul shall be joyful in
the Lord; It shall rejoice
in His salvation.
Psalm 35:9
Our sincerest thanks to
everyone for the many
kind deeds so thoughtfully
Done, the favors .offriends
and the love shown.
These,are the blessings
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The family of the late
Mrs Beatrice Scott


Remembering My Mother
Taking a look back she always
made do with what she had
and never asked for more. She
made time for her children,
family and friends. When she
prayed she would remember
.the ones that needed a touch
from the Lord. ShU taught her
children about Jesus at a :
young age, most everyday you
would hear her say "I know
someone who could use this, if
you don't need that anymore"
and never thought twice about
how she would deliver it to
them. I am sure there were so
many stories that she didn't get
a chance to share with us, oh
Lord thank you for the blessed
time we had with her. When her
family was with her for the last
time she asked for nothing but
prayer, it felt like the Lord had
his angels encamped around
her bedside as she slipped
away as her children sung
Amazing, Grace. She knew so
many people, and we the Irene
Lynn family would like to thank
each and everyone for how
they sent flowers, prayers, and
food to the family. We prayed
for her services, to be that of
peace that passes all
understanding and it was
beautiful. See we had seen her
hurt and pain and the struggles
that she had endured once
again God 'said my child suffer
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you to your heavenly home. It's
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Tentative
football
districts affect
BHS,KHHS
the most
: BY CLIFF SMELLEY
Regional News/Snorts Editor


Bradford, Keystone Heights
and Union County will remain
irin the same football districts
in 2013 and 2014 if the Florida
High School Athletic Associa-
tiqn's tentative changes are ad-
opted, but the district Bradford
and Keystone are in will lose its
top two teams.
;The proposed changes have
Bradford and Keystone still in
District 4 in Class 4A along with
Interlachen and Umatilla. Mount
-D6ra, South Sumter.and Weeki
Wachee, though, have moved up
to' Class .5A. South Sumter was
the District 4-4A champ the last
two seasons, while Mount Dora
was the runner-up the past two
y.ars.
l'he only new team proposed
for District 4-4A is The Villages,
which is moving up from Class
1A. That means the district will
be composed of five teams in-
stead of seven.
jUnion County, which won the
District 7-1A championship the
past two years, will remain ifi
Class 1A and still be a part of Dis-
trict 7. Chiefland, Dixie County
and Newberry will remain in the.
district as well, though Baldwin
is slated to move up to Class 4A.
Williston, which has been play-
ing as an independent, will be the
District 7 newcomer. (Schools
choosing to play as independents
are not eligible to participate in
the FHSAA postseason.)
Other notable changes include
Madison County, the Class 3A
runner-up the past two seasons,
moving up to Class 4A and Jef-
ferson County, the .2011 Class
1A champion, being listed as an
independent. Jefferson athletic
director Terry Walker, in a Dec.


21, 2012, story by Tallahassee
Democrat associate editor Jim
Lamas, said the school plans to
file the necessary paperwork to
remain in Class IA.

Tornadoes go
2-1 in Palatka
tournament
BY CLIFF SMELLEY
Regional News/Sports Editor
Justin McBride posted his
fourth straight double-double as
,the Bradford- boys' basketball
team capped a 2-1 showing in the
inaugural Jarvis Williams Classic
in Palatka with a 54-33 win over
Daytona Beach Seabreeze on
Dec.29.
McBride scored 17 points and
grabbed 13 rebounds for the
Tornadoes, who improved to 8-6
after going 4-2 in two straight
tournaments.
Landon Mitchell added 10
points and four assists for
Bradford, while Deantre Burch
also had four assists.. Deon
Aldridge grabbed six rebounds
and had five steals.
The Tornadoes host two
straight games beginning Friday,
Jan. 4. They play District 5-4A
opponent Keystone Heights. on
Jan. 4 before playing Bishop
Kenny on Saturday, Jan. 5. Both
games are scheduled for 7:30
p.m. following 6 p.m. junior
varsity games.
On Tuesday, Jan. 8, Bradford,
travels to play district opponent
Interlachen at7:30 p.m. following
a 6 p.m. junior varsity game.
Bradford is currently 2-2 in its
district.

Score by Quarter
SHS: 7 4 12 10-33
'BHS: 18 29 5 2-54

Bradford scoring (54): Aldridge
5, Burch 5, Floyd 3, Grimsley 4,
Grissett 5, Jones .3, McBride 17,
Mitchell 10, Nichols2.3-pointers:
Burch, Floyd, Jones, Mitchell.


Free throws: 14-20.

Earlier results:

Fairfield 61 BHS 60
Fairfield (Ala.) outscored the
Tornadoes 27-15 in the fourth
quarter to overcome a monster
performance from McBride and
hand Bradford a 61-60 loss on the
first day of the Jarvis Williams
Classic on Dec: 27.
SMcBride scored 32 points and
had 18 rebounds and 10 blocks.
Aldridge had eight points, while
Burch had nine assists and three
steals. Keaaris Ardley.had seven
assists and four steals.

Score by Quarter


FHS:
BHS:


10 13 11 27-61
18 7 20 15-60


Bradford scoring (60): Aldridge
8, Ardley 3, Burch 7, Jones
6, McBride 32, Mitchell 4.
3-pointers: Burch, Jones. Free
throws: 6-12.

BHS 59 River Ridge 51
Bradford overcame a 13-point
halftime deficit to defeat New
Port Richey River Ridge 59-51
on Dec. 28 at the Jarvis Williams
Classic. '
The Tornadoes, who were
held to 12 points in the first half,
outscored River Ridge 33-12 in
the fourth quarter.
Burch led Bradford with
16 points, including a 9-of-12
performance at the foul line.
McBride had '11 points, 15
rebounds-and four blocks, while
Aldridge had seven rebounds.
Ardley had 11 of Bradford's
18 steals, while also adding four
assists.

Sqore by Quarter
RRHS: 14 11 14 12-51
BHS: 6 6 14 33-59

Bradford scoring (59): Aldridge
2, Ardley 12, Burch 16, Floyd
2, Grimsley 5, Grisse'tt .4,
.-Jones 2, McBride 11,' Mitchell


5. 3-pointers: Ardley, Burch,
Grimsley. Free throws: 22-46.


Keystone b ys'
soccer team
still unbeaten
in district
BY CLIFF SMELLEY
Regional News/Sports Editor
In a battle ofDistrict 5-2A boys'
soccer teams' with a combined 25
wins overall, Keystone Heights
and Santa Fe played to a 2-2
tie in heavy ,rain on Dec. 20 in
Keystone.
The Indians (13-1-2, 8-0-1
in District 5) scored first when
Cory Hedding scored off of a
Nacho Grimaldo assist in the 12"'
minute. Santa Fe's Arric Wall
scored in the 22nd minute to tie
the match.
Each team's final goal didn't
come until the final 10 minutes.
Craig Graff scored for Keystone
in the 70th minute, while Alex
Garcia converted on a penalty
kick for the Raiders (12-2-2,7-1-
J1) in the 75th minute.
The/two teams will meet
again Friday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m.
in Alachua with the number-one
seed in the District 5 tournament
on the line.
Keystone will host Crescent
City on Monday, Dec. 7, while
on Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Indians
will host Eastside'. Both matches
are scheduled for 7 p.m.

Earlier result:

KHHS 4 Middleburg'2
Visiting Middleburg scored
a goal in the first minute, but
the Indians answered with four
straight in a 4-2 win on Dec. 18.
Juan Grimaldo tied the score
with a penalty-kick conversion
in the ninth minute, while Wyatt
Graziano gave the Indians the
lead for good with a goal off of
an assist from Hedding in the 17"'
minute.


Hedding added another goal
in the 39th minute off of an assist
from Juan Grimaldo. Grimaldo
recorded another assist in the
73r1 minute on a goal by Nacho
Grimaldo.

11 from BHS,
KHHS, UCHS
earn 1st-team
Sun honors
Union County hadfive players
earn first-team honors as part of
the Gainesville Sun's all-area
football teams, while Bradford
and Keystone Heights each. had
three first-team picks.
In all, Union had eight players
earn either first- or second-
team honors in the Sun's small-
school all-area team. Senior Carl
Alexander was a first-team pick
on both offense- and defense. As
a defensive lineman, he recorded
109 tackles-25 for loss-14
sacks, six forced fumbles,
four pass deflections and one
interception.
Alexander was named to
the offensive team as a kicker,
having made 4-of-6 field goals
and 28-of-33 PATs.
Laris Paige was a first-team
pick as an offensive lineman,
while Union had three defensive
players besides Alexander
earn first-team honors: senior
defensive back Prince Alexander,
junior linebacker Austin Dukes
and junior defensive back
Geordyn Green. Alexander had
four interceptions, six sacks
and a blocked field goal, while
Green had an area-best seven
interceptions to go along with 48
tackles, six pass deflections and
two forced fumbles. Dukes had
114 tackles- 13 for loss-five
sacks, three forced fumbles,
four pass deflections and two
interceptions.
Senior running back Walter


Mabrey and junior running,
back Daquin Edwards were
second-team picks. Mabrey
rushed for 1,114 yards and eight
touchdowns, while Edwards
rushed for 883 yards and six
touchdowns. Edwards also, hag'
three touchdown reception,.
Bradford and Keystone each:
had three players earn first-teamn
honors as part of the Gainesville
Sun's all-area big-school team:
Bradford junior wide received
Kenny Dinkins was selectedJ
after catching 40 passes for anr
area-best 862 yards and eight.
touchdowns, while Bradford .hac
two first-team defensive picks
senior lineman Phillip James and
junior defensive back Keaarin
Ardley. James had 57 tackles- 12
for loss-and nine sacks, whild
Ardley had 73 tackles and fiviJ
interceptions.
Keystone senior linebacker
John Brown was selected afteo
making 145 tackles-68 solo-4
five interceptions and one sack'
He forced three fumbles and haq
four fumble recoveries.
Earning first-team honors
for Keystone on offense wer&
senior athlete Alex Gonzales and|
senior lineman Andrew Stanley|
Gonzales rushed for 1,154 yards
and 14 touchdowns, while alsa
averaging 39.2 yards as a punter,
Keystone had eight players earth
Honorable mention: 'sophomore
linebacker Sam Anderson,
senior linebacker Chris Gillen,
senior defensive linemen Seari'
Foray and Nathan Smith, junior
defensive lineman Josh Knight,
junior offensive lineman Tate
Williams, sophomore defensive
back Brighton Gibbs and senior
defensive back Logan Stanley.
Bradford had four .players
earn honorable mention: senior
offensive lineman:Murphy Allen,
senior wide receiver Marco
Grimsley, senior linebacker/
running back Lyndell Hampton
and sophomore quarterback
Jacob Luke.


RI I N G from becoming a nuisance.
W R I IN G IGardening and writing aren't
Continued from 2B .Bridgman's. only hobbies. While
she was growing up, she said, she
l was not at all athletic and wasn't
v Still ,- ull her 35-hoir a' sports star on any team.
Still,- to fulfill"I wasn't thrilled when I got
master gardener community to UF and learned that the re-
commitment, she volunteered to ,.quired curriculum included an
write weekly gardening column entire year of physical educa-
min the Telegraph. She answers j .Bridgman sai(,, .
write-in questions fr&jiead- She felt better, -whhes dis,_
ers, emphasizing ."right"plant; .covered the UF .program em'--
right place" gardening, and tries phasized physical conditioning,
to educate readers on harmless not excellent sports skills. She
techniques for keeping wildlife


INDIANS
Continued from 3B

Dakota Thacker led the team
in kills with 11, while Keerston
Skinner had nine to go along
.with three blocks.
SThe Indians, who were seeded
'second, had to settle, for being
,the district runner-up after a 3-0
!(25-13, 25-10,25-16) loss to the
tournament's top seed, Santa Fe.
' That loss put the Indians on the
road for the regional quarterfi-
'nals,which resulted in a 3-0 (25-
;22, 25-12,25-12) loss to Trinity
'Catholic.
; Keystone ended its season
:with a 20-7 record.

i Girls' golfers advance
past district level
/At the District 4- 1A girls' golf
tournament, Keystone placed
third with a score of 435 to earn
a spot in the regional tourna-
ment.


Taylor Heinz led the Indians,
shooting a 99, which was tied
for the eighth-best score., Oly-
via Heinz shot a 106, which was
ninth best, while Carson Draney
shot a 109, which was 10" best:
Rachel Bellman and Marah


and Ben became committed to
fitness, and joined a gym early
on -in the health and fitness
movement. At one .point, Bridg-
man was working out five days
a week with group exercises
thrown in.
Now, she and Ben belong to
spinning classes-including one
Ben teaches-at the Bradford-
,Union -Aea Career Technical
'Center,,..yiich,; runs .an average
of 10 members per session. Ben
also teaches a physical fitness
class for senior Medicare Ad-


Lowery had scores of 121 and
137, respectively.
The Indians would go on to
finish eighth at the regional
tournament with a team score of
486.


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Bridgman has also written a
book'for middle-grade readers,
(sixth-eighth grades) entitled
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Mullins'and Possum Johnson."
She said she is looking4for a lit-
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"That's not very easy," she
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Bridgman said some of her as
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8B TELEGRAPH, TIMES & MONITOR B SECTION THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013


([ Fins, Fur & Tails 1j
__By Mickey Agner '_ _



Cason's .. I


standout
trophies, and
a caution for

hpg hunters

Since last week, we have
experienced more than one day
with temperatures below 32
degrees, and our local lakes and
Forests have been replenished
with some rain, Perhaps those
were some of the factors that
stimulated the crappie bite.
Joey Tyson of Bald Eagle Bait
and Tackle in Keystone Heights
reports. some nice catches
coming out of Santa Fe, Lowery,
Magnolia and Hampton lakes.
Those fishermen who access
Hampton Lake via the public
ramp should be reminded that
the ramp yill be totally rebuilt
between the months of January
and March. Jerome Kell,
Bradford. County engineer,
indicates the water-entry
angle will be about half of the
current angle subsequent to
reconstruction.The improvement
should provide a much more
enjoyable launching experience
for local boaters and fishermen.
Thomas Cason of Lake
Butler has been spending his
fair share of time on the water
and in the woods this year. He
holds a couple of photographs
of a 14-pound-plus bass that
he caught. While he will not
disclose the exact location,
he indicates that it was in the
paper's tri-county service area.
While the photos are of poor
quality, another one does'clearly
show the fish being measured at
a length that is consistent with
that Weight.
The other displayed
photQgraph also indicates that
Cason is not a bad archery ,
hunter either. The noted deer is
a piebald with a-notable amount
of its body showing both white
hNix and skin. A piebald, d4eer
is'a genetic variation that will
frequently also display other
defects such as a small lower
jaw, an arched back or short
legs. The deer Cason killed was
a nine-point buck, but weighed
*-only 100 pounds.
-:- A couple of weeks ago,
we reported on the subject
;zof hog hunting, and it is only
,appropriate that we forward a
precaution issued by the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
'Commission to the feral-hog
hunters. This precaution is
Relevant only to those hunters


who kill and dress feral hogs and
is due to the frequent presence
of the Brucella bacteria in the
noted animals. There are1three
different Brucella bacteria, but
the one we are concerned about
is, endemic to feral swine and
known as Brucella suis.
The infection caused by
Brucella suis is commonly
'known as swine Brucellosis. The
Florida Department of Health
indicates that the Brucellosis
infection is transmitted by direct
contact.with swine body fluids--
blood, milk and saliva-or raw
meat.. Handling the quarry with
cuts or scratches on bare hands
could also lead to'the infection.
Consumers of feral swine
already take the necessary
precautions to avoid this issue
by cooking all pork completely
to 'an internal temperature of
170 degrees or until all juices
run clear. despite the fact this
original precautious measure
was established to avoid a
different infection by the round
worm.,. Trichinella ,spiralis-,
the- -infection .-is- knowft-- as
trichinosis-the through cooking
-is also effective at destroying the
Brucella bacteria as well.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
recommendation advises
any hunter who handles and/
or dresses any feral swine to
wear gloves that will not be
penetrated by any of the hog's
bodily fluids. While the Brucella
bacteria seems to be more
active in Central Florida, it has
been found in North Florida
as well, and the precautions


Thomas Cason
of Lake Butler
finds success
on land or water.
At left, he shows
off a 9-point
buck taken
during archery
season, while
below he holds a
14-pound bass.
He caught the
bass in an area
lake, but did not
say which one. A
good fisherman
doesn't give
away his secrets.


should be taken throughout the
southeastern United States.
SSymptoms of a Brucellosis
infection are similar to'the flu and
might include fever, chills, night
sweats, weakness, headaches,
back pain, swollen joints, loss
of appetite and weight loss.
Brucellosis is usually effectively
treated, by an extended
application of antibiotics, and it
is always transmitted from swine
to people and not from people to
people.
Another potential victim of the
Brucellosis infection ,transmitted
by feral swine, is the hog dog.
Unfortunately, the typically
positive outcome for people is
not generalized to the dog, and
such an infection is usually fatal.
As a result, it is recommended
that any dog wounds be sterilized
as quickly as, possible, their
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probably is the reason for the
preference of the cur varieties
over the bulldog breeds. The
former is much more likely to
bay the hog than to catch.
Is this information an effort
to persuade outdoorsmen
from hunting hogs? Not at
all! The other two forms of
Burcella bacteria are endemic to
domestic goats, sheep and cattle.
Consuming unpasteurized milk
is the most frequent method of
passing those infections. Workers
in meat processing plants have


AGNER
Continued from 2B

fishing or hunting as he used to.
He said h6 preferred to talk about
it, adding, "I don't get skunked
that way."
However, Agner still enjoys
getting out and doing some
fishing, which he always
preferred more than hunting.
(Hunting is more involved
and requires a bigger time
commitment, he said.) The ideal
fishing trip, though, would be
nothing fancy.
"It wouldn't be a big trip,"
Agner said. "It would be a trip to


TIGERS
Continued from 4B

other with a line-drive hit. Jor-
dyn Driggers' RBI single tied
the score.
Randa Conner, who was
2-for-4 with a double, drove in
the winning run in the seventh.
Mariah Bowen, who hit a
two-run double, was *3-for-5,.
while Jordane Spitze was 3-for-
4. Harden was 2-for-3 -with two
RBI, while Driggers and Johns
were each 2-for-4.
The bats were not so produc-
tive in the next game as the Ti-
gers were held to one hit in a 1-0
loss to Baldwin in'the District 7
championship game.
Union rebounded, though,
scoring five runs in the fourth
inning of a 6-1 win over The
Villages in a Region 4 semifinal
game. Bowen, who was 2-for-5,
hit a two-run double in that big
fourth inning.
Johns Spitze were each 3-for-
4 with an RBI, with one of Spi-
tze's hits being a double. Dri-
ggers and Harden were each
2-for-4, with Harden hitting a
double and driving in a run. Har-
lee Rimes also had an RBI.
Pitcher Alexis Spriggle al-
lowed two hits and one walk.
The win set up a rematch with
Baldwin. This time, the Tigers'
offense was on track, with Bo-
wen hitting a home run and go-
ing 3-for-4 in an 8-2 win in the
Region 4 final.
Union built a 5-0 lead after
two innings.
Johns and Rimes were each
2-for-4, with Johns driving in
two runs. Conner and Harden
also drove in two runs each.
Holly Tucker gave up one hit
in pitching the final two-and-
to-thirds innings.
The Tigers now headed do" n
the road to Clermont for a state
semifinal game against LafaN-
ette. The Tigers put together
a four-run fourth inning, but
Lafeyette scored nine runs fol-
lowing a three-hour-plus "eath-
erdelaN in %inning 14-4.
Lafayette scored the game's
first three runs. bul the Tigers
took the lead in the top of the
fourth. Conner hit a hard single
past the shortstop %%iih the bases
* loaded to score tmo runs. An er-
ror allowed another run to score
while a groundout bN Morgan
Dukes allowed Conner to score.
The Hornets took a 4-3 lead in
the bottom half of the fourth.
After the top of the fifth, the
game "as suspended due tc


always worn gloves for safety
reasons such as these.
Hunters will continue to be
part of a responsible community.
They will continue to follow the
hunter safety rules, comply with
hunting rules and regulations,
and wear their gloves when
handling or dressing feral
swine. The issue is one of being
informed and being responsible.
Speaking of responsibility, all
of those families attracted to the
outdoors should be reminded that
the Bradford-Union Area Career
Technical Center is offering a


Santa Fe maybe or Kingsley and
just having a good time."
Agner prefers freshwater
fishing simply because it doesn't
require a full day. He can go to a
Nearby lake in the morning and
be back home before the day is
done.
There was a time when Agner
would keep every fish he caught,
but he said now he is most likely
to release every catch. The
appeal of the trip is simply being
in quiet, relaxed atmosphere that
offers a beautiful view.
"It's kind of like a vacation
when you ride.away from your
stress and your turmoils," Agner
said. "It's kind of like leaving a


lightning. When play resumed,
Lafayette took advantage of sev-
en hits and three errors to score
eight runs in the bottom of the
fifth.
Union ended its season with'
an 18-7 record.

Football team wins
second straight dis-
trict title
Union put together its second
straight undefeated regular sea-
.son en route to repeating at the
District 7-1A champ.
The game that.wrapped up the
title was the final game of the
regular season against Newberry
in Lake Butler. A 40-plus-yard
field goal by Carl Alexander
proved to be the difference in
Union's. 10-7 win.
Union's defense held New-
berry to 120 yards and forced
three turnovers, but the Pant-
ers tied the game at 7-all on a
.55-yard punt return early in the
third quarter.
The Tigers, who scored first on
a 43-yarduttcuhd6w n"paiss 'from
Dylan Clark to Nate Bridges,
stopped a late Newberry threat
when Geordyn Green intercept-
ed a pass that was deflected by
-teammiate Prince Alexander.
It was another solid defensive
effort in the region semifinals
when. the Tigers held visiting
Crescent City to 92 yards and
three first downs in a 21-0 win.
Crescent City had only one
serious scoring threat, but that
ended at the Union 11-yard line
when the Tigers made a tackle
on a fourth-down play that left
the Raiders 1 yard shy of pick-
ing up the first down.
Darian Robinson scored on
a 26-yard run for the Tigers in
the first quarter. Walter Mabrey.
%%ho rushed for 133 'ards on
16 carries, scored on a 51-3ard
run in the fourth quarter. while e
Prince Ale\ander capped the
scoring %%ith a 9-.ard run. Ale%-
ander finished %%ith 124 ardson
15 carries.
The %in sel up another game
against Ne\ bern -this time for
the Region 4 championship. The
visitingg Panthers controlled the
clock for appro\imatei! 11 of
the first 13 minutes of the second
half and scored t\ o touchdo" ns
during that span as they handed
the Tigers an 18-13 loss.
Linion had the first score of the
game on a 13-N ard pass from Ca-
leb Cox to Daquin Edwards. but
the Tigers later came up short on
a first-and-goal opportunity% at
Sthe 8-yard line and were held to
57 yards in the second half.


hunter education class as part
of its spring schedule. The class
is scheduled to start on Feb. 28
at no charge. That sounds like a
great deal for any aspiring young
hunter.
Keep your lines tight ard hunt
safely until next week.
If you have a story, idea or
photo to share,-please contact
Mickey Agner via email at
mkeithag@gmail.com. Photos
may also be submitted in
person at the Bradford County
Telegraph, Union County Times
or Lake Region Monitor. .


load behind."
However you view your
fishing and hunting trips,'Agner.
encourages you to contact him
about any exciting, noteworthy-
or unusual experiences for.
possible publication in "Fins,
Fur and Tales." As Agner put
it, "It's nice to talk about what
(others) are interested in rather-
than about yourself."
If you have" a story or photo
you'd like to share, please contact
Agner via email at mkeithag@.
gmail.com. Photos may also
be submitted in person at the
Bradford County Telegraph,
Union County Times or Lake
Region Monitor.


The Panthers scored on drives
of 98 and 66 yards-the latter
being helped by a roughing-th6-
passer penalty on fourth down.
Newberry converted on a fake-
punt attempt to keep its third
scoring drive alive. :
Prince Ale\ander, who rushed
for 84 yards on 13 carries, scored
on a 6-yard run, with Carl Alex-
ander's PAT pulling the Tigers
to within 18-13 with 9:43 to
play. Union could never mount
a sustained offensive drive after
that.
Union finished the season with
an 11-1 record.

Volleyball team re-
turns to playoffs
The Tigers earned the top seed
in the District 7-lA volleyball
tournament, but could not win
their second straight champion-
ship, losing 3-1 (21-25, 25-18,
25-21, 25-21) to Newberry.
Union assured itself of a re-
gional playoff spot by defeating"
Dixie CqHnty,3 25-18,.25-21,
25-12) in the district semifi-
nals.,The Tigers got 10'and nine
kills, respectively, from Em-
ily Akridge and Ashlyn Harden,
with Akridge also adding eight
service points and two blocks.
Kayla Nettles had 13 service
points and 12 assists, while
Tristyn Southerland had 10
points and eight assists. Caroline
Rimes had nine kills, while Kay-
la Andrews added seven digs. .
In the championship match
against Newberry, the Tigers
won the first -set, "but trouble
with receiving serves and a lack
of aggressive play at the net
helped the Panthers win three
straight sets.
Akridge finished with six kills
and two blocks, while Harden
had four kills and two blocks,
Southerland had five kills, while
Rimes had five service aces. ",
The loss put the Tigers. on the
road for the regional semifinals.
They traveled to Pierson to play
Taylor, losing 3-0 (25-19,25-22,
25-20).
Akridge led the Tigers with
eight kills, while Andrews and
Harden had six each. Andrews.
and Harden had .11 and eight
digs, respectively.
Andrews was the leading
server with seven points, while
Nettles and Southerland each
had five points. Andrews and
Akridge each had .three aces.'
Nettles was the assists leader
with 14, while Southerland add-
ed six..' .
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a 15-10 record.


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