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Deadline Monday 5 p.m. before publication 904-964-6305 904-964-8628 Union County Times Union County Times USPS 648-200 Lake Butler, Florida Thursday, February 1, 2018 105 th Year 41 st Issue 75 CENTS 1963 to Meet The Union County High School Class of 1963 is having a lunch on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 12 noon at the Steakhouse in Starke. All members of the Class of are invited to attend. Revival Faith Baptist Church, located at 104 SW 12 th Ave. in Lake Butler, is continuing to hold a revival with Evangelist Tim Green on Jan. 18-19. Services are at 7 p.m. For more information please call 386-496-3384. American Legion to Meet and Lake Butler American Legion Post 153 will meet on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge in Lake Butler. The post is asking U.S. military veterans to contact Thomas Fortner, Adjutant, at 386-496-2473 or Ted Barber, Post Commander, at 386496-2744 for information and possible membership. Bags of groceries will be distributed to those in need from Alachua and Union counties on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Santa Fe Baptist Church from 6-8 p.m. Santa Fe Baptist Church is located at 7505 Northwest C.R. 236 in Alachua. Free clothing for all sizes and ages at Fellowship Baptist Church in Raiford. Winter coats are also available. Open in the second Saturday of each month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Lonely? Looking for something to do on Saturday evenings? Non-smoking, non-drinking, good clean fun? The Lake Butler Social Club offers a live band, dancing, a potluck dinner and good fellowship. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner is served at 7 p.m. and the dancing begins at 7:30 p.m., all at the Lake Butler Community Center. Admission is $10 for members and $12 for guests. Call Joe Miller at 352-2849473 for more information. UC Recreation Union Countys Recreation Board meets every second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the Pop Warner building. VFW Post 10082 plays bingo The VFW Post 10082, located off S.R. 231 in Lake Butler, has bingo on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to come on out and play. Deputies: Mom instructed grader to steal from Managing Editor Charges are pending against a Lake Butler Elementary School student and his mother is out on bail after the Union County Sheriffs the third grader stole two Apple iPads from the school at the request of his mother. Camekco Catrice Webb, 36, of Lake Butler was arrested Jan. 22 for larceny, dealing in stolen property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was released two days later on a $45,000 bond. According to an arrest report, the schools Assistant Principal: Chris Meckusker told deputies that the student had already confessed to the theft, which occurred on Friday, Jan. 19. When Deputy Jason L. Lepano interviewed the student, the boy said he took the devices because his mother told him to, explaining that she said she needed money for food and gas. The student added that his mother pawned the devices at American Pawn in Lake City. Lepano also interviewed the boys brother who corroborated the third graders story. His mother told him several times she wanted the purple iPad, wrote Lepano of the brothers claim. The brother added that the mother brought up the subject often, and that (The third grader) told his mother he would get them, every time she would initiate a conversation inquiring about the iPads. Deputies found one of the devices at the Lake City pawn shop. An employee told them that Webb had two tablets in her possession, but the shop only accepted one because the other had a cracked screen. Deputies tracked down the mother on Jan. 22. She told them her sons were responsible for bringing the iPads home and that she thought the tablets were gifts to her. Capt. Lyn Williams of the said that at this time, charges third grader, who is an ESE student. He added that the sheriffs Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Children and Families and the school district to determine the best course of action. 8 to compete for crown of Miss U-Co High on Feb. 2 Who will be crowned this years Miss Union County High School? Find out Friday, Feb. 2, as eight participants vie for the title, beginning at 7 p.m. in the UCHS auditorium. Admission is $5. Doors open at 6 p.m. Heres a look at this years participants: The daughter of Vicki and Denis Blom is sponsored by Krystal Gainey, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Avila is a member (or was a member) of the following clubs/ activities: Future Farmers of America, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), FBLA, Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), Teenage American Republican Society (TARS), Anime Club (secretary 2015-16, president 2016-17), Beta Club and marching/symphonic band (student/section leader). Honors and awards shes assistant, at 2016 district through HOSA in 2016; third place, spreadsheet applications, at 2014 district FBLA; third place, impromptu speaking, at 2015 district FBLA; second place, impromptu speaking, at entrepreneurship, second place, impromptu speaking, at 2017 district FBLA; 2017 FBLA Business Achievement awards (Future, Business, Leader); 2017 FBLA Community Service awards (Community and Service); participant in 2013-17 Florida Bandmasters Association District Marching Music Performances; participant in Florida Bandmasters Association District/State Symphonic Music Performances; 2017 Star Student (most improved) in band; 2013PowerPoint 2010); 2015 National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence nomination; and 2017 Washington Journalism and Media Conference nomination for National Youth Correspondent. Avilas community/church activities include: 2014-16 March of Dimes fundraisers through FBLA; 2015 Salvation Army bell ringer through FBLA; 2016-17 Celebration of Special Abilities baseball game through FBLA; read to elementary students on Free Enterprise Day in 2017 through FBLA; 2017-18 participant in American Cancer Society fundraisers through FBLA; 2017 Small Business Expo participant through FBLA; 2017 Rotary Farm Shares participant; 2014-17 band concessions worker; 2017 band summer volunteer; 2017 SWAT food drive participant; and 201516 teacher aide/volunteer for the UCHS business department. Her hobbies are poetry, drawing and painting, and Avilas future plans are to attend Florida Southern College, majoring in Criminology. She hopes to work in forensic/ criminal sciences. The daughter of Owen and Allyson Beatty is sponsored by Brenda and David Beatty. Beatty is a member (or was a member) of the following clubs/ activities: Beta Club (current secretary), HOSA, FBLA, varsity volleyball, club volleyball (Vision Volleyball in Gainesville) and student government (current senior class president, class secretary freshman, sophomore and junior years). Honors and awards shes received are: Scholar Athlete Award all four years of high school for having at least a 3.5 GPA during and after volleyball season; member of Gainesville Sun All-Area volleyball team as a junior (honorable mention) and senior (second team); Health Academys Health Science Award as a freshman, sophomore speaking, and fourth place, business law, at district FBLA as a freshman; second place, public speaking, and second place, business law, at district FBLA as a sophomore; and Borlaug Scholar as a senior, participating in the University of Florida College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Florida Youth Institute Program and earning the opportunity to work at lab and research facilities across the U.S. Beattys community/church activities include: helps lead worship at her church on Sunday mornings; volunteered with youth group to help local homeless shelters; and participated in a high school worship arts camp in Keystone Heights, using her talents and abilities to better the community and serve the Lord. Her hobbies are reading, spending time with her family and being physically active, whether its riding her bicycle around time or spending time in the gym with friends. Beattys future plans are to pursue a degree in Applied Hardee Aliva Woodington Murray Moratorium BY TRACY LEE TATE Times Editor against Union County by HPS Enterprises II LLC in response to the recent extension of the moratorium on the acceptance and review of applications for phosphate mining in the county. A previous suit which sought to force the county into mediation over the matter has been dropped and now HPS is seeking to have the court declare that the moratorium violates HPS substantive due process rights under the Florida Constitution; declare that the Moratorium is unconstitutional and invalid; permanently enjoin the County from violating HPS due process rights through enforcement of the Moratorium; require the County to process HPS phosphate mining special permit application; and grant any other relief the Court deems appropriate. The complaint document Union Countys top student scientists science fair.

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uctimeseditor@gmail.com 904-964-6305 fax 904-964-8628 USPS 648-200 Published each Thursday and entered as Periodical Postage Paid at Lake Butler, Florida under Act of March 3, 1879.POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: UNION COUNTY TIMES131 W. Call Street Starke, FL 32091 Subscription Rate in Trade Area $39.00 per year: $20.00 six months Outside Trade Area: $39.00 per year: $20.00 six months Daniel Hildebran, General Manager Editor: Tracy Lee Tate Sports Editor: Cliff Smelley Advertising: John R. Tillman Typesetting: Eileen Gilmore Advertising & Newspaper Prod: Beth Tillman Bookkeeping & Classified Adverts: Heather Wheeler Bookkeeping Asst: Linda LacombeFront office Asst: Jenny Starnes Publisher: John M. Miller Physiology and Kinesiology at UF. She then intends to attend medical school in hopes of becoming a physical therapist. Macey Hardee The daughter of Steven and Heather Hardee is sponsored by Hardee Timber Inc. Hardee is a member (or was a member) of the following clubs/ activities: TARS, Beta Club, SWAT and American Students Bettering the Community (ASBC). Honors and awards shes received are: A honor roll as a freshman and junior and A-B honor roll as a sophomore. Hardees member of First Baptist Church of Lawtey; helps her family clean the church; works in the church nursery; with a group from school, distributed lunches and blankets to the homeless in Gainesville during her freshman year; and with the same school group, donated canned foods, packed bags and organized clothing for a goodwill and soup kitchen that feeds and clothes people trying to obtain jobs. Her hobbies, aside from studying and engaging in her school work, are playing the piano (which she has done since middle school), exploring her interest in photography, which includes taking photos for a siblings blog, and traveling. Her new photographic locations allow her to combine two passions into one exciting weekend. Hardees future plans are to complete her associates degree through dual enrollment at Santa Fe College, earn a bachelors degree in nursing and obtain her license as a registered nurse. She wants to work at a local hospital, where she will apply to become a code-team nurse. Hardee wants to continue furthering her registered nurse anesthetist. She then would like to work in a labor and delivery unit. The daughter of Alan and Lisa Holtzendorf is sponsored by AAA Hay. Holtzendorf is a member (or was a member) of the following clubs/activities: 4-H (currently on the state executive board and the reporter for both the Union County 4-H and district councils, has co-led a Cloverbud goat club and has served on Day at the Capitol, State Project and University committees), Beta Club, TARS (current secretary) and Future Farmers of America (FFA). Honors and awards shes received are: 2011 and 2016 4-Her of the Year; 2015 Chris Allen Award at 4-H Legislature for Most Outstanding Media Correspondent; second in state for Horse Public Speaking two years in a row; eighth in region for Horse Public Speaking; second in state for Horse Quiz Bowl; seventh in region for Horse Quiz Bowl; second, with team, in state for Horse Judging; received a $500 grant to start a juvenile rehabilitation program; and 2016 award for 208 hours of community service. Holtzendorfs community/ church activities include: donating to a food drive and helping her 4-H club take part in 4-Hs Month of Service in October (making rugs out of old 4-H T-Shirts for nursing homes, making fun bags for cancer patients, cleaning up roads and lakes, and having a clothing/ food drive for those affected by Hurricane Irma). Her hobbies are being involved in 4-H and her cattle business (My Precious Cattle), playing tennis, horseback riding, art, public speaking and traveling. Holtzendorfs future plans are to attend Santa Fe College before transferring to Florida State University to study International Law. She wants to be a part of an FSUs study abroad program as well as the schools equestrian team. Holtzendorf wants to get a job with the United Nations and become an international lawyer The daughter of Chris and Angie Hopkins is sponsored by Bradford Pre-School. Hopkins is a member (or was a member) of the following clubs/ activities: student government (president of the freshman class), National Honor Society, Educational Talent Search, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, HOSA, TARS, Beta Club, gifted/ STEM program, marching band, symphonic band, jazz band and band leadership team (current librarian and drumline cocaptain). Honors and awards shes received are: A average during all three years of high school and ranked in top 5 percent of class each year, while taking honors, Advanced Placement and dual-enrollment courses; won schools literacy fair contest as a freshman; Superior ratings for Grade 4 four-mallet marimba solo and Grade 4 timpani solo at the district level Solo and Ensemble Music Festival as a freshman; Superior ratings for Grade 4 snare drum solo and Grade 6 mallet duet at Solo and Ensemble Music Festival as a sophomore, receiving a scholarship from her judge for two music camps at the University of South Florida, which she attended in 2017; Superior with Distinction rating for Grade 6 mallet duet at Florida Bandmasters State and Solo Ensemble Festival; successfully auditioned for North Florida Honor Band the last three years (third chair in percussion as a freshman and sophomore, and junior); and selected this year to compete in the school science fair with her research study on identical twins. Hopkins community/church activities include: helps at the schools her parents teach at, putting items on hallway bulletin boards, serving as an SAT tutor and volunteering in the middle school band room to help students prepare for solo and ensemble events; volunteers at every opportunity with the Beta Club; and volunteered with Trinity Outreach Food Pantry in Jacksonville, serving Thanksgiving meals to the homeless. Her hobbies are playing and listening to music, attending band concerts with her father, baking and cooking, creating new recipes by using healthier ingredients, exercising, Zumba, yoga, traveling and attending summer music camps at various colleges. Hopkins future plans are to attend the University of South Florida to study PreMed and major in Biomedical Sciences. Shed like to be part of a study abroad program or honors college. After earning her bachelors degree, she plans to apply to medical school. Hopkins would like to work in a hospital research facility to study the development of diseases. She plans to work cure. The daughter of Timothy and Hope Murray is sponsored by Sonya Holmes. Murray is a member (or was a member) of the following clubs/ activities: JFOL, ASBC, FBLA, High-Q, Beta Club, marching band, symphonic band, jazz band and band leadership team. Honors and awards shes received are: superior rating for French horn solo as a freshman and sophomore. Murrays community/church activities include: participation with Childrens Table. Her hobbies are music, reading, songwriting, singing, cooking, baking and collecting state quarters. Murrays future plans are to attend FSU and earn a masters degree in Music Performance and Psychology. The daughter of Darrell and Susan ONeal is sponsored by Faulkner Realty. ONeal is a member (or was a member) of the following clubs/ activities: FFA, ASBC, TARS, Beta Club, 4-H community service organization and varsity volleyball. She is also a member of Chrys Rowe Music Studio and Nashville Songwriters Association International. Honors and awards shes received are: Peoples Choice Award at 2016 Bradford Fest Talent Showdown; Superior Plus Plus at 2017 Federation at 2016 Florida Parent Educators Association Sacred Music Competition; captain on 2015 Bradford High School volleyball team; member of district runnerup volleyball team at BHS in 2016; 2016-17 Scholar Athlete Award for volleyball; member of district champion, regional champion and state runner-up volleyball team at UCHS in 2017; honorable mention on 2017 Gainesville Sun All-Area volleyball team; Union County School Board recognition for achievement in volleyball in 2017; props manager for Hope Christian Academys production of Tom Sawyer in 2017; 4.0 unweighted GPA throughout high school; and member of 2017 Hope Christian Academys A honor roll. ONeals community and church activities include: member of First United Methodist Church of Starke; has been a member of studentled worship band; volunteers with Guardian Foundation Inc., which supports Guardian ad Litem; participant in 2018 district science fair; volunteer singer/performer at 2016 and 2017 Miss Bradford Fest; volunteer singer-performer at 2017 Arc of Bradford fundraiser; volunteer with Advantage Point Performance, providing after care for children (K-4 th grade); multiple performances at Mudville Grille in 2016 and 2017; volunteer performance at 2017 Strawberry Festival; volunteer performance at 2016 Relay for Life in Jacksonville; volunteer performance at 2017 Newberry Watermelon Festival; volunteer performance at 2017 Starke Rotary Beast Feast; performance at Starke Womens Club luncheon in 2016; volunteer performance at The Avenues Mall in 2016; volunteer performance at 2017 Starke Kiwanis 5K Glow Run; and participation in Nashville Songwriters Association International songwriting evaluation. Her hobbies are playing volleyball, voice performance, playing piano and guitar, songwriting, interior design/ decorating and music production. ONeals future plans are to graduate from UCHS with an unweighted 4.0 GPA and to attend a university and earn a bachelors degree in music education or music business. She wants to travel the world, sharing her love of music. Audyn Woodington She is sponsored by her parents, Billy and Pam Woodington. Woodington is a member (or was a member) of the following clubs/activities: FFA (current Lake Butler chapter viceand sophomore), FBLA (Union County chapter parliamentarian, district parliamentarian), TARS, Beta Club and student government (junior class treasurer). Honors and awards shes received are: member of state-winning and 10 th -place nationally FFA agricultural sales team, 30 th -placing individual at the national event and recognized as a gold competitor; on statewinning FFA poultry and parliamentary procedure teams, with the parliamentary procedure team earning the right to put on a demonstration at the national convention; attended state FBLA convention since freshman year, competing in sales and parliamentary procedure events; and earned gold, platinum and double-platinum awards for individual and team dance performances. Woodingtons community and church activities include: member of Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Lake Butler; participates in Samaritans Purse Operation Shoebox mission; recently assisted with organizing the Special Abilities baseball game; with her fellow FBLA members, read to Lake Butler Elementary School students on American Enterprise Day; participated in FFA chapters Food for America program; she and family hosted two students from New York as part of FFA Chapter Agricultural Exchange Program; student at Kelly Christie Dance Academy and involved in its Christian ministry; and member of Global Impact Dance Group, which will allow her to travel to Costa Rica this summer to share the gospel. Her hobbies are dancing, reading, socializing with friends, traveling with family and relaxing on the beach. Woodingtons future plans, based on her experience in sales through FFA, are to seek a career in agricultural sales or medical sales. She hopes to attend UF and earn a degree in Agricultural Communications, while also being involved in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences program. Continued from 1A states that the matter will be heard in Union County (the Eighth Judicial Circuit in and For Union County) because the cause for the suit arose in Union County, as does the affected property. The document lists 13 separate allegations against the county. The complaint states that the Union County Comprehensive and has gone through nine subsequent iterations which all treated mining as an activity which was allowable in the county. They state the land on which they plan to mine falls within areas where mining is allowed on the Future Land Use documentation. The document states that the countys Land Development Regulations expands and adds requirements to what they claim is a normal mining master plan and the Commissions review of it. They make the claim that they acted in accordance with the Plan and LDRs when they began the process of developing the property for the mining of phosphate in December 2014 and that HPS has spent in land acquisition, performing due diligence on the proposed mining sites and hiring consultants. They also mention their experimental program for recombining the sand and clay which becomes separated in the mining process. The document states that HPS approached commission members in January of 2016 to begin conversations concerning their mining plans and that the commissioner then acknowledged that they had been approached and were instructed by County Attorney Russ Wade that, although no permit should only address the matter in public meetings. The complaint reports the public meeting on Feb. 15 where a group of citizens made a presentation expressing their opposition to phosphate mining in the county. At this time, the board was advised that, since no formal permit application had been submitted, that it could prevent HPS from mining by adopting a moratorium. The board agreed to the idea of a moratorium and directed Wade to draft a document for it. It claims that, at the time, HPS was the only concern known in the county to be proposing a mining operation. The rest of the document is a history of the original and subsequent moratoriums the county as enacted. In all three moratorium ordinances, the board has voted unanimously and without a great deal of discussion. HPS submitted an application package in July 2017, but this was rejected and returned the application without consideration, citing the moratorium as the basis for the rejection. The county also rejected attempts by HPS to engage it in a dispute resolution process in the courts. years of the moratorium, the county had been working with the North Florida Regional Planning Council to amend its comprehensive plans and land use regulations. On Jan. 16 of this year the board voted to extend the moratorium for a third year an extension that HPS states that the Moratorium is an arbitrary and irrational exercise of the Countys authority aimed at preventing HPS from lawfully conducting mining operations on its Property, in violation of HPS due process rights. The company claims that the moratorium deprives them of a constitutionally protected property interest in the ownership and use of its real property. They claim that the sole purpose of the moratorium is to keep them (HPS) from the lawful mining of their property and is asking that unconstitutional and invalid. No date has been set for the hearing to be associated with this action. Attempts were made to contact Wade for his opinion on this latest action in the ongoing phosphate issue in the county but he was unavailable for comment. Science whizzes move on to regionals Continued from 1A

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Thursday, February 1, 2018 Union County Times 3A 386-496-9656 620 East Main Street Lake Butler, FL 32054(Across from Subway Plaza) Webb. nd

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County Board Hears Report on EMS Dept. BY TRACY LEE TATE Times Editor The Union County Board of County Commissioners heard a report from former Union County EMS director and current EMS director for Bradford County, Allen Parrish concerning his observations of the Union County Emergency Medical Services department and any problems therein. Parrish compiled the report after direct observation of the department, exit interviews of recent former employees and a review of departmental records for response times and operational practices. He outlined a number of problem areas and suggested some ways in which they might be dealt with. was pay. Parrish noted that the starting pay for both paramedics ($10.32/hour) and Emergency Medical Technicians ($8.91/ than all of the area EMS agencies. He reported that most of the tenured full-time paramedics were making only $10.84 per hour. He said such pay rates were one of the largest contributing factors in making Union County what is known as an entry-level department, meaning a department where newly trained care providers come to gain real-world experience before moving on to better paying jobs elsewhere. He said that unless something is done, this will continue to be a continuous cycle, where service in Union County will provide experience needed on a resume for a better paying position elsewhere. To correct the issue of competitive pay, Parrish suggested a starting hourly rate of $11/hr. for paramedics and $10/hr. for EMTs, the increase of all current personnels hourly rate by $2/hr. and the establishment and adherence to a step-pay plan to be adjusted as needed to provide incentive for retention. Parrish told the board that most of the newly hired paramedics and EMTs had He said this lack of experience, coupled with the lack of both in-house department training and continuing education opportunities has resulted in levels which eventually leads to burn-out, a lower level of provided care or leaving the department to seek employment in a department where there are opportunities for training and continuing education. To deal with the training commitment must be made to provide at least four hours a month of structured training and or continuing education on-duty for each employee. He recommended the budgeted amount for training be increased from the current amount of $6,500 to $10,000 and to give the EMS director the authority to allow, sponsor and compensate UCEMS personnel to attend outside training. Fatigue and frustration were two problems in the department that Parrish said were a direct result of the recent employee turnover (which has led to an increased workload) is a growing problem in the department. He said such problems would eventually lead to complacency, poor customer service and a general disregard for level of performance. He also said that such conditions were often the cause of employees seeking a job elsewhere. Parrish said the solution to this problem is to allow the by maintaining an open hiring process (as opposed to having a periodic hiring process) and the possibility of incentives such as sign-on bonuses, retention bonuses and other incentives designed to retain current employees and attract needed new ones. Parrish told the board that department service and interaction with two other local agencies has begun to cause problems as well. He noted that the Department of Corrections uses UCEMS resources to transport inmates from one facility to another and that such use has reached the level of being irresponsible on the part of DOC because it creates a void in service for county residents. He said this can and has led to situations where there was no EMS unit or personnel to respond to a call in the county because of being tied up with a DOC transport. Even though the DOC pays the county for services ($400,000 per year), this does not remedy the problem of having units tied up and not available for residents needs. Parrish also said interactions with Lake Butler Hospital were a problem, with the facility taking advantage of UCEMS resources by inappropriately utilizing response units to provide inter-facility transports of patients that are non-medically necessary to be transported by ambulance. He noted that the administration of the hospital has refused to enter into an agreement with the county for payment for these services. He said that legally UCEMS was under no obligation to provide inter-facility transports in nonemergency situations and that the hospital is responsible for the moving of their patients should the need arise, not UCEMS. Parrish said the issue with DOC could be handled by immediately stopping a non-required inter-facility transports, with EMS providing only those services required by law. He noted that while this could cause a loss of revenue from DOC to the county, it was necessary to ensure that the citizens of Union County had priority at all times. As to the issue with Lake Butler Hospital, he said that cease except in cases of critical patients where the transport was emergency in nature until the county could enter into an agreement for payment for services with the hospital. Both the DOC and the hospital situations present a dilemma, since there is a moral obligation for us to transport patients who need our services medically, but not to allow ourselves to be used as a taxi service for these institutions, Parrish said. Interim EMS Director Wayne Clemons agreed with Parrish, citing several instances where UCEMS was pressured into doing a stable transport (one where the presence of medical personnel was not necessary) and a situation occurring in the county during the time the unit was tied up with this transport and unable to respond. to bring UCEMS into good shape involved the tension caused for the director by lack of communication with the members of the Board of County Commissioners. He said this lack of communication created an environment where it was too easy for misinformation and rumor to be passed along and the lack of concrete communication has led to creating an Environment of Uncertainty in the department. Parrish said he would like to see the board require a monthly report to be given to it at its regular meetings and entered empowerment of the director to manage the department, within county policy and the budget approved for it. He said a clear line of authority needed to be established regarding all areas of county etc.) and said that the board and various departments should make an effort not to try and micromanage the department. I have never not been involved in Union County EMS, Parrish said. I care about this county and its people. I am committed to seeing that the citizens of Union County receive the highest level of emergency medical service and response possible. What I have done here is not an indictment of the people that have served the county in the past or now, it is, rather, an analysis of why certain problems keep occurring in the department and suggestions of ways to correct these weaknesses. I have done this not as a person in authority, but as a private citizen working on his own personal time. In discussion, the Commissioner Jimmy Tallman noted that the current special assessment for EMS services in the county was less than that for garbage. As usual, money is the root of all evil here, Tallman said. Union County is a target for people looking for experience to take elsewhere. I feel like we are a training facility. County Clerk of Court Kellie Connell noted that the special assessment for EMS has not changed since it was established in 1987 and that, given the change in the value of the dollar, the amount of the assessment needed to be changed. Tallman added, I am tired of putting Band-Aids on this. I am not concerned about the money. The bottom line is the citizens need to be taken care of and they deserve the service they are paying for. Parrish said that the county needed to have two ambulances, with staff, on duty 24/7. He noted that the department received an average of seven 911 calls per day (which did not include its being called out for prison calls (each of which tied a unit up for an average of 2.5 hours). Parrish offered to work with the board and Clemons to get the EMS department back on track so that a new director would not be starting out with a big mess on his or her hands. He said he did not feel that he should replace Clemons, as he was doing the job and stepped up when needed. Parrish said he would be on hand in an advisory capacity, through the authorization of an interlocal agreement. Motion was made by Tallman to approve this agreement and seconded by Willie Croft. The motion passed unanimously. The board plans to have a workshop in the near future to discuss and attempt to deal with some of the many problems discovered by Parrish, as well as to select picks from the applications received for the position of EMS director. The hiring issue was tabled on a motion by Tallman, who said he wanted at least some of the problems solved before bringing in a new-hire. Special to the Times The FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) chapter at Union County High School sponsored the 7th annual Showcase of Talent talent show last Thursday, January 18 in the schools auditorium. Nine competitors gave it their all to get a shot at winning the grand prize of $100. From singers, to dancers, to speed artists, the showcase of talent was just that... applause and thoughtful words from all, including the judges. the likes of Lauren Daigle, Kari Jobe, Ellie Holcomb, Bebe Rexa and Florida Georgia Line, and even Colbie Caillat. The FBLA students and advisors worked hard backstage, behind the sound booth, at the door, and all throughout the show, in order to give the audience a show full of entertainment, and the contestants a victory. The show was emceed by FBLA members Derrick Searcy and Delaney Sweat. The chapter Ashley Harris, welcome the guests and spoke about FBLA. The audience was able to learn about the American Cancer Society, Florida FBLAs charity for the year, throughout the program. A portion of the proceeds from the event were donated to a local team, some of which are breast cancer survivors, who will be participating in the Donna Hicken marathon in Jacksonville in February. The team is being led by Mrs. Cathy Sams. She can be contacted at the Union County School Board on how others can personally get involved. The team was presented a check worth $300 after the show. At the end of the night, the winner was Emily Davison! She ballet danced to the song Come Alive by Lauren Daigle. She was given a standing ovation and was excited to take a picture with the giant check worth $100. Emily says that dance is one of her biggest passions and she saw the talent show as a chance to practice her choreography. When interviewed, Emily said, Im very thankful for getting unexpected. All of the other competitors and I became friends and supported each other so it didnt seem like we were even competitors. Emily says she plans to use the prize money to fund her trip to Costa Rica this summer with her dance team at Kelly Christies Dance Academy. The following Lake Butler Elementary students earned their place on the A/B Honor Roll for the second nine-week grading period. Way to go, kids! Aelias Strickland, Aubrey Park, Aubrielle Gist, Avery Ward, Brantley Bennett, Bryce Keen, Brylee Harden, Cameron Freeman, Conner Rye, Dalton Morgan, Drayton Paige, Fayla Holmes, Francesca Thomas, Gavyn Smith, Giavanna Thomas, Greyson Johns, Hailey Rainey, Harper Forbes, Ian Hadlock, Isabella Keith, Jace Forbes, Jeremy Salisbury, Joseph Tyler, Kalayah Odom, Kassidy Maloney, Kaylee Crawford, Kendra Harrison, Kenly Combs, Kmari Jackson, Kyleigh McSpadden, Landon Ford, Mackenzie Patrick, Marley Robbins, Matthew Wylin, Mikayla Johnson, Naliana Hampton, Naomi Croft, Nolan Stokes, Pamela Dobbs, Rashawn Edwards, Sutton Sharp, Wade Christie, and Zandin Wise. Aaliyah Jackson, Abigail Melton, Aiden Mitchell, Ashlyn Williams, Brale Schill, Brantley Johnson, Brayden Alexander, Braylen Sellers, Bryar Staier, Christopher Sweat, Clayton Perry, Corbin Neal, Eleonora Boccanelli, Ella Brannen, Emily Hunt, Emily Watts, Eric Hall, Gage Burnett, Gracelyn Jackson, Gracin Sharp, Harley Johnson, Hayleigh Andrews, Issac Johnson, Janessa Jenkins, Jaxson Thornton, John Keen, Kayla Poston, Kayliana Cummings, Ken Cox, Khaliaa Ross, Kieren Seay, Kynley Tomlinson, Leigha Bell, Levi Zukowski, Malana Patrick, Marya Kelly, Nyla Smith, Peyton McRannolds, Phillip Watts, Preston Graham, Raegan Godwin, Rhylee Schaffer, Rylen Cox, Suniyah Henderson, Tristan Kelley, Tyler Aldridge, William Belche, and William Frank. Alaina Tanner, Alexander Pascual, Alona Davis, Autumn Burnette, Ayden Klein, Ayden Tomlinson, Ayleana Reeves, Breanna Barringer, Canaan Harris, Cane Reddish, Conner Atwater, Damon Ferrer, Delana Barton, Elauna Roberts, Eli Perkins, Elijah Llanes, Ella Moppert, Gabriel Hunlock, Gabrielle Bradley, Garrison Smith, Gracie Crawford, Hayden Robinson, Isabella Hayes, Ivy Wilson, Izabella Preston, Jackson Andersen-Davis, Jackson Crawford, Jason Burnette, Jaycee Elixson, Jayden Johnson, Joshua Davis, Kage Sapp, Kanaan Waters, Kayden Cone-Howard, Kayleb Graham, Kaylin Taylor, Kelsey McSpadden, Kendalyn Hall, Kennady Smith, Khloe Larsen, Kielee Leet, Kullen Barnett, Madyson Van Leeuwen, Lillian Jacobi, Lillyanna Cowger, Lindsey Nash, Madison Adams, Malachi Bennett, McKinleigh Barringer, Morgan Smith, Owen Parrish, Paislee Stalnaker, Peyton Randolph, Russel Wade, Rylee McDowall, Sabrina Barnes, Saige Waters, Sophia Patterson, Taylor Hunsinger, Taylor Lesch, William Wilkerson, Zachary Jackson, and Zavier Roberts. Adrian Tucker, Aislynn Smith, Alexia Cyr, Anthony Todd, Antonio Geist, Ashton Pierce, Bella Crawford, Brayden Williams, Brianna Taylor, Bristol Tetstone, Bronson Haight, Brooke Hunt, Brooklyn Gay, Cameron Bacon, Carmyn Barringer, Casey Morris, Cole Fillyaw, Dalton Bacon, Derrick Mann, Edward Durant, Elijah Preston, Gabriella Parrish, Irmarhi Green, Jacee Box, Judd Connell, Justine Tarver, Krystian Davis, Landon Register, Layla Pedigo-Winn, Levi Stauder, Madelyn Croft, Madison Andrews, Malik Hendricks, Marcus Jefferson, Mia Ken, Michael Hill, Nathalie Thames, Nelson Ward, Nivera Jenkins, Orson Dicks, Paul Dinatelo, Princess Maxwell, Symphony Snyder, Travis Johnson, Tywana Smith, Walker Richards, William Bennett, Wilson Velazquez, Zachary Yandle, and Zoey Accordino. Aiden Hancock, Allison White, Amry Sullivan, Aniya George, Ashlyn Thomass, Aubree Gay, Aubree McDowall, Bailey Varnes, Baylie Cubbedge, Bella Johnson, Braelyn Slater, Brianna Elixson, Brooklyn Barnes, Brycen Sapp, Carolena Rangila, Carsyn Dukes, Chelsea Waters, Cheyenne Carrigg, Chloe Gartman, Chloie Harris, Codi Huntley, Dallas Cason, Dallas Walker, Delani Harden, Derrick Brock, Devin Brown, Ella McRae, Grace Hobson, Hailey Garrison, Hannah Rollins, Harbor Belot, Indi Knox, Isabella Kalback, Isabelle Kirsten, Jackson Hipps, Jackson Thames, Jacob Scott, Jailyn Simmons, Jakari Hill, Jayden Godsmark, John Boyette, John Brannen, Justus Erwin, Katelyn Seay, Kelley Rollins, Kendall Crawford, Kenli Jenkins, Kerissa Seay, Kierston Clemons, Landon Jones, Cooper Van Leeuwan, Lillie Lane, Lilly Hall, Logan Johnson, Lucas Thompson, Mason Fassett, Matthew Walin, Natalie Campbell, Preston Archer, Sandra Schaffer, Sarah Baker, Selah Tompkins, Shane Stokes, Skylah Smith, Stefani Nash, Summer Shaw, Sydni Faulk, Terriana Holton, Thomas Mobley, Trent Hines, Vanessa Raymond, Wyatt Barber, and Wyatt Elixson.

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