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American Legion members Leon Shadd and Quinton Bloodsworth salute the Union County Veterans Memorial after placing a wreath there. 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, May 31, 2018 106 th Year 6 th Issue 75 CENTS County commission 5 The Union County Board of County Commissioner will have a special meeting on Tuesday, June 5 at 10 a.m. in the boardroom at the Union County Courthouse. The June Farmshare food distribution will be held on Saturday, June 9 from 9-11 a.m. at the big pavilion at the Lakeside Park in Lake Butler. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 7 a.m. to assist with the unloading and packaging of the food. Food will be no income requirements to receive food. UCHS Class of 1963 to Meet The Union Count High School Class of 1963 will meet for lunch on Thursday, June 14 at noon at the Steakhouse in Starke. There will be a discussion concerning plans for a 55 th class reunion. Friends welcome. Please contact Sharon Berry, email phillipberry@att.net or by phone at 904-272-8891 or 904-553-5123. Coupons Available for Seniors Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc. has received coupons for the Florida Elder Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Residents sixty years of age and older who qualify for 185% of the poverty income guidelines based on household size are eligible to receive the coupons. Coupons can be used to purchase fresh vegetables and fruits at the area. Coupons are distributed basis until all coupons are distributed. Interested residents should come by the or call Lala Redmond at the more information. the Library The Union County Public Library is geared up for summer fun and offering something for everyone in the family. Adult programs are open to adults age 18 and up and are presented on the second Tuesday of each month. On June 12 Dip Art and on July 10 Canvas Art. The summer adult programs will conclude with Frame Art on August 14. Summer programs, for teens and tweens 11 years old and Union County honors its fallen heroes on Memorial Day BY TRACY LEE TATE Telegraph-Times-Monitor Union County veterans, their families and members of the community came together Monday to celebrate Memorial Day honoring those who have their country. The event was held on the side porch of the Lake Butler Masonic Lodge at 325 West Main Street in Lake Butler, which is located next door to the Union County Veterans Memorial. The event was planned and conducted by American Legion Post 153. The observance began with music and the raising of the was then lowered to half-mast. Ted Barber, commander of Post 153 welcomed the attendees to the 22 nd annual Union County Memorial Day observance, followed by the invocation, delivered by Post 153 Chaplain Gene Gordon. Barber then continued with his opening remarks, then called upon local talent Sondra Hunt to sing the national anthem. Hunt came to the microphone and told the group that she was having problems and was unable to sing that day, but that she had brought her daughter, Vivian, to sing the song in her stead. already performed this service a few times before, never missed a word of the complex song and hit the high notes with ease. Barber then returned to the podium to share the story of the County American Legion, Daniel Lester D.L. Shadd, who had served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Next to the microphone was Union County Historical Museum Curator and Army veteran Bill McGill, who told the crowd that nationally, over the years, more than 40 million American men and women have served in the military and more than one million of these brave people have died in the various wars and police actions our country had been involved in. McGill then read the names of the Union County veterans during wartime, offering personal anecdotes about those he knew and some he attended school with the names of which are engraved on the veterans memorial. These veterans are: World War I Neal Langford World War II Herman Bryan Seeber Buck Crawford John M. Dennison Jessie Dicks Jack Dyer Thomas Moore Wilbur McCall Earl Rhoden City gets clean bill of health on annual audit City enacts and discusses several ordinances BY TRACY LEE TATE Telegraph-Times-Monitor The Lake Butler City Commission heard a report on the annual city audit at its May 15 meeting which gave the city and praise from the auditors on several fronts. Richard Powell, with the accounting form of Powell and Jones in Lake City, presented the audit report at the commissions regular meeting. Powells report noted that the city had a history of clean audits with no reportable was continuing in the current audit year (2016-17). The city is in full compliance with all state statutes and with the state Auditor General. The citys annual local government report, submitted to the Florida Department of Financial Services, was determined to be accurate and in agreement with the citys auditors determined that the city did not meet any of the conditions that might result in found no other reportable matters under the rules of the Auditor General. The citys accounting records and physical control over assets were adequate. The auditors found record keeping to be accurate and appropriate, staff in place with records appropriately and full cooperation among all members of management and staff. It was noted that the city had done an excellent job in keeping within the constraints of its budget. One matter of concern was the depreciation status of the citys capital assets, most of which are either depreciated out completely or within a year or two of being so. This means that much of the citys equipment inventory has met or exceeded its expected useful life and will most likely need to be replaced in the foreseeable future. As of the end of the audit period, the city owns $25,434,295 in capital assets for the items when purchased), which have been depreciated by $22,590,642, making them worth only $2,843,642. Capital assets recreation facilities, buildings, roads, bridges and water and sewer facilities. City Manager Dale Walker had already made the commission aware of this situation prior to the audit report, as a heads up on what might be some large expenses looming BY TRACY LEE TATE Telegraph-Times-Monitor The City of Lake Butler recently enacted several agreements and ordinances should it need assistance during an emergency and bring it into line with new state mandates. Also under consideration is an ordinance to standardize and control the usage of the cityowned Dekle Cemetery. The commission voted to take part in an agreement with the Florida Division of Emergency Management for mutual aid in the event of a disaster. City Manager Dale Walker told commissioners that despite the fact the city had little to offer in aid to another place, it did have manpower and that such an agreement could be a disaster occur. Also approved was an ordinance amending the city land development regulations to accept and approve special exceptions to current zoning regulations to allow the location of medical marijuana treatment center dispensing facilities inside the city in areas zoned as commercial and residential/ Commissioner Scott Cason said the sale of medical marijuana had been approved by the voters, statewide, last year and it was time for the city to deal with the issue. Cason made motion to approve the ordinance on second reading and the motion passed unanimously. Another ordinance, this one on the commission. This ordinance would allow the voluntary annexation of the property owned by Bill and Fayanne Spitzer, located in the area behind Hardees. The matter will reading at the June commission meeting. Commissioners discussed the need to create an ordinance which would codify the rules for the use of city-owned Dekle Cemetery. According to Walker, the ordinance puts on paper several things that the commission has been discussing over the past few months. A draft ordinance was examined by commissioners, and discussion included a rule requiring a city worker to be on site whenever burial was taking place and another prohibiting burials on holidays. Getting some rules set for the use of the cemetery has been long overdue, but we can be sure that not everyone will be happy, Cason said. The rule about no funerals on holidays is going to be a point of contention. Just as sure as we say no, it cannot be done, someones favorite aunt or other relative is going to voice their wish to be buried on somesuch holiday and the problems will start. The same is true about a rule locking the gate people will not be happy about it. Commissioner Jack Schenck agreed with Cason, saying he saw no reason to begin locking the gates. Several commissioners said they would like to have more time to consider the rules to be set by the ordinance and agreed June, giving them time to talk to members of the community and consider what is best for the city. UC grad making history with new team. See Regional news 4-H clovers to visit elephant ranch Page 2A Heroes remembered at Camp Blanding ceremony See Regional news. Challenge Academy cadet Yulissa Ramos escorts seating at Camp Blandings Memorial Day ceremony. (l-r) Kalyn Reynolds, Saige Waters, Hayden Robinson and University of West See AUDIT, 3A See ETC., 2A Union County Historical Museum Curator Bill McGill See MEMORIAL, 4A

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BY TRACY LEE TATE Telegraph-Times-Monitor There is a new Union County Medical Services Director and he brings a familiar face to a permanent position that he has been Wayne Clemons steppedup and volunteered to work to keep UC EMS running at a meeting of the Union County Board of County Commissioners after that body had received the resignation of Director Mitch Andrews after four years in the position. Clemons started out as the acting director in December and the board made the decision to make the promotion a permanent one on April 19. Clemons is 38 years old and his family is from Union County. He was born in Lakeland and moved to Union County with his family as a one-year-old. After his parents divorced, he spent part of his time in Lakeland and part in Union County, so he ended up attending schools in Lakeland for grades K-4, spending summers in UC. He then lived in Union County full time during the school year, with summers in Lakeland in grades 5-10, Lakeland, attending there in grades 11-12 primarily to play baseball. After high school, Clemons enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he worked rescue. When he got out of the military, he knew what he wanted to do. My entire family has always worked in law enforcement, Clemons said. My grandfather was a state trooper; my father was an and stepdad were both Polk County deputies. Even my aunt and uncle were attorneys. I was the non-traditional one in the family. I wanted to venture into something new, but still be a public servant. Clemons started his civilian work for the Newberry Fire Rescue. He came to Union County in 2004 and has been here ever since. He was promoted to captain in 2015. medical technician and has a great many specialty the military, including crash school, haz-mat operations, swift water rescue, infant and adult advanced life support and a 40-hour course in leadership development. Clemons said he considers himself lucky to have had 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 Interim Editor: Dan Hildebran 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 Lab at Lake Butler Hospital earns excellence award A national accreditation organization has awarded Lake Butler Hospital its Laboratory Excellence Award. COLA accredits over 8,000 laboratories and also provides education and consultation services. In a news release, the hospital said its lab has met all criteria for laboratory accreditation by COLA. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-today operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey, the release said. physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement, and accreditation. It is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the American College of PhysiciansAmerican Society of Internal Medicine. Williams and Andrea Cothran. 4-H Clover award winners get big surprise for mystery trip BY TRACY LEE TATE Telegraph-Times-Monitor Members of the Union County 4-H Clovers group got a big surprise when the location of their annual mystery trip was announced at the annual 4-H banquet May 7. The mystery trip is one of the rewards that members of the Clovers work all year to earn. Clovers are the youngest group in the 4-H program, open to youngsters 5-8 years of age. They have a list of performance standards they must achieve during each year to earn their group awards : each members name printed in the 4-H newsletter, a special fun day and the mystery trip. To earn their rewards, members must complete a show-and-tell activity with their club, make a poster about My 4-H Experience, attend at least two-thirds of club meetings, or whatever number is established by the club, exhibit something made in 4-H, complete a My 4-H Cloverbud Project Summary, attend at least one county level activity and participate in at least one community service activity. The standards are a little higher for the older group members, with more projects to accomplish. And the news is big, really big, as big as. . elephants! This years Union County 4-H Mystery Trip will be a day trip to Two Tails Ranch in Williston, an elephant education facility and home for elephants with nowhere else to go (i.e. retired, training, temporary housing and health reasons). The ranch was founded in 1984 by the late Theodore Svertesky and Patricia Zerbini, who came on board a year later. The ranch was opened to the public in 2009. The facility began on 10 acres, but has now expanded to 67 acres, with three main barns, nine yards, two male barns, a work shop and refrigerated food storage. Work on a clinic is in progress. Over its years of operation, the ranch has provided a home for more than 200 elephants, both Asian and African, male and females. Zerbini has worked with elephants on three continents and feels it is time for people to be able to get up close with these animals and learn about them. The ranch is licensed by the USDA and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Department. The Clover Award winners will spend the day, June 8, learning about elephants, from both knowledgeable keepers and the animals themselves, and what can be done to prevent their extinction, which is a real possibility in todays world. Many of the parents of group members are unhappy because they will not be able to go along as well. The facility limits the number of members in any group coming to see the elephants. This is for the welfare of both the elephants and the visitors the idea being that no one gets nervous and no one gets lost. For this trip, the total number is 50, so IFAS Extension 4-H Coordinator Kristi McCallister is working hard to do the best she can to see that all of the kids have a safe, fun and educational trip. Channing Dobbs announces candidacy for county district two seat It is with great pleasure that I announce my candidacy for Union County Commissioner District 2. I am blessed to be able to raise my two daughters, Pamela, 6, and Raelyn, 3, in the same county Im so proud to call home. I am a member of Fellowship Baptist Church of Raiford and the Raiford Masonic Lodge #82. I am a graduate of Union County High School, class of 2007. I have been employed by the Florida Department of Corrections since 2008, also Law Enforcement from Lake City Community College in 2010. I served on the Raiford City Council from 2009 to 2010, at which time I had the honor of serving as Floridas youngest mayor from 2011 until 2014, when I resigned to run for the seat I am currently seeking. I currently work at New River Correctional Institution in Maintenance as well as Florida Home Realty and Mortgage as a real estate agent. There are several qualities that I believe a county commissioner should possess. First, to be willing to dedicate the time not only to the position, but also to each citizen. I believe whoever you choose to elect should have each and every individuals interest at heart as they work diligently, not only for the county but each citizen therein. Second, I believe to be effective in this position, it is going to take experience in public service and local government. In my tenure as mayor, the Town of Raiford received several grants including the placement of sidewalks, as well as a playground at the Raiford Community Center; both of which enhanced the appearance of our community. Lastly, a county commissioner should be effective in communicating and working well with others as a team. Without this quality, little gets accomplished. I believe the most important quality of all is the passion for others and a servants heart. I am asking for your support because I believe I possess these qualities necessary to serve you as county commissioner. If you are as proud to call Union County home as I am then vote Dobbs County Commissioner District Two. I look forward to seeing you at the polls on August 8 th and November 6 th Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated. New titles, new Faces at Union County EMS up, are ready to begin with Teen Art programs beginning June 19 with Canvas Art and continuing on July 17 with Wood Art. There will be free snacks and prize drawings at both these events. Thursdays at 10 a.m. the summer Libraries Rock program will be offered, beginning on June 7 with Lets Rock featuring live Rock and Roll Music. For more information about these programs or other offerings at the library please call 386-496-3432 or visit the librarys website at www. unioncountypubliclibrary.org. Special Bingo The VFW Post 10082, located off S.R. 231 in Lake Butler, invites anyone who is 18 or older to come out and play Bingo on Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the post. For info please call Barbara Fischer at 904-263-0647. Everyone is encouraged to come on out and play. Rachel Harris ETC. Continued from 1A Dobbs See EMS, 3A

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the opportunity, during his time as acting director, to work with former UCEMS and current Bradford County EMS Director Allen Parrish, who came on board in a volunteer advisory capacity before Clemons was given the directors position. I have learned a lot from Allen and we have become good friends, Clemons said. We talk really often, just about every day. He has taught me how things should be done and is always there if I need information or advise. He is a wonderful resource for me and the department. And he has told me that if I ever need him he will be there, he is on standby for us. Clemons said he enjoys his job because there is always something different going on and always something pressing that must be done. His duties include budgeting, keeping a tight rein on ordering all needed supplies, over-seeing vehicle maintenance, applying for and managing grants, creating and enforcing department and county policies, employee relations, training and ensuring compliance with all of the many state regulations imposed on EMS entities. He said he also still goes on calls with the crews every day for quality assurance or simply to I do quality assurance on all calls and review all of the reports, Clemons said. I also work closely with the company that does our billing. Everything must be documented just so. Clemons is dedicated to the county and its citizens and sees this as the primary focus of his job. We want to provide the best service we can within our abilities and the resources we have, Clemons said. We work and train to improve on our abilities and better ourselves and our ability to take care of our stakeholders. This is my hometown and I want to take care of my family, my friends and all of the citizens. Clemons said that his staff is really dedicated to the department and the people whom they serve. He said that his people were all there for the right reasons and that many have made their start in their profession in Union County and could have moved on to better paying positions, but instead have chosen to stay. When he gets a few minutes, a situation which is less common these days than it has been in the past, Clemons said spending time with his wife of 14 years, Ashley, and their two kids. In addition to Clemons taking up his new position, there is a new face in an old position at the UCEMS as the departments new administrative assistant on April 23, taking the place of the retiring Gail Taylor, who served the county for 31 years, including 20 years at UCEMS. Burkel comes to the position after doing similar work for eight years in the U.S. Army. After discharge, she pulled a stint of stay-at-home-mom and domestic engineer duty and then decided she needed to get out into the workforce. Both Clemons and Burkel are still working to learn their new positions, but seem to have developed a good working relationship. They both say they are looking forward to the learning ahead of them and giving the county the best possible service in their new positions. Thursday, May 31, 2018 Union County Times 3A Daily Specials Fresh Home Cooked Meals Hwy 238 Providence 386-755-8667 ~ ~Proudly Supporting Our Local 4-H Proudly Supporting Our Local 4-H PRIME RIBFri & Sat NightsHappy Hour WingsCome watch the GATOR GAME! Enjoy 50 Wings & $199 Beer! $2 BEERSATURDAY NIGHT75$2 55 TV RESTAURANTA Taste of PROVIDENCE! Village Grill 4631 West SR. 238 Lake Butler FL 386-755-8667$2 BEER 12 miles west of Lake Butler Open Tues-Sun Days Open Thursday, Friday & Saturday's Nights FREE SOFT DRINKwith a purchace of a lunchExpires June 30,20184631 West S.R. 238 Lake Butler FL386-755-8667 386-496-9656 620 East Main Street Lake Butler, FL 32054(Across from Subway Plaza) Legals UCT Legals 5/31/18 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR UNION COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case#: 2016-CA-000108 Selene Finance LP -vs,AT THE FRONT STEPS OF THE UNION COUNTY COURTHOUSE, LOCATES AT 103 UNION COUNTY UNION COUNTY, FLORIDA, AT 11:00 LOT 11 OF SANTA FE HILLS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED FN TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS DAYS AFTER THE ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: 360 5/24 2tchg 5/31-UCT UNION COUNTY PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING 5/24 2tchg 5/31-UCT in the future to replace or repair equipment. Overall, the city is in a good, healthy fund balances and concerning the audit, the city had reduced its debt by $98,958. Debt includes the payment of revenue bonds, compensated absences and liability for pensions. The city currently has no outstanding loans, the last of which was paid in full in 2016. The use of grants has increased the citys positive status, largely due to the use of grant funds to make improvements in utilities and recreation. accounted for 31.5 percent of the revenues for governmental activities, with 11.8 percent coming from franchise fees and 30.7 percent from grants. The majority of government activities resources have been spent on general government 38.5 percent, culture/recreation 17.9 percent and transportation 23.14 percent. Business type activities have increased the citys net position by $250,913. The city shows some healthy cash reserves, both in funds with restrictions on their use and funds which may be used at the discretion of the city commission. These unassigned funds may be used to cover budget shortfalls, unanticipated needs which might arise during the course of the budget year or emergency expenses, such as those made necessary by storms. The citys water and sewer enterprises are running with a strong positive balance, but may fall prey, in some areas, to the aging and depreciation of equipment. User fees will keep the departments running, but will not cover many repairs and replacements that can be anticipated in coming years. Walker said the city will be looking for grant funds to accomplish much of what will need to be done in these departments. The audit was clean and this is a positive thing for the community, Walker said. What it means is that the citys department has done a great job in keeping track of all of the money as it comes in and then goes out. Area third-grade reading scores improve, surpass state Telegraph Editor Lake Butler third-graders were most likely to pass the state reading assessment this year, and several Bradford schools showed impressive growth while local schools in Clay County maintained high marks in spite of setbacks. The state released third-grade reading scores last Thursday. Success on the reading portion of the Florida Standards Assessment helps determine promotion to the fourth grade. Seventy percent of Lake Butler Elementary School third-graders passed the FSA reading test. Thats 2 percent higher than last year. The class also maintained one of the highest average reading scores in the region, 307 points. At Starke Elementary, where students have spent additional time on reading instruction this year, the percentage of thirdgraders passing grew 10 percent to 49 percent of the class. At Brooker Elementary, the jump was 11 percent to 61 percent of the class passing. Lawtey Elementary had the highest percentage of third-graders passing reading in Bradford 68 percent, which was 7 percent higher than last year. Lawtey tied its average score of 306 points, but Brookers score rose nine points to 306, and Starke was up three points to 299. They helped increase the districts performance overall, from 44 percent of Bradford third-graders passing to 47 percent. Unfortunately, at Southside Elementary the average score dropped two points and the percentage of third-graders passing reading fell from 42 to 36 percent. A full quarter of the schools third-grade class scored at Level 1, the lowest achievement level. Hamptons score also dropped, and the percentage of students passing Keystone Heights and McRae elementary schools also had a smaller percentage of thirdgraders pass the reading FSA exam this year. McRaes average percentage passing plummeted 15 percent. Still, at 62 percent passing, it was one of the better results in the region. Likewise, while 4 percent fewer Keystone Heights Elementary third-graders passed the test, 66 percent of them made the grade. In fact, 11 percent of them scored at Level 5, the highest achievement level. That was the highest percentage of any area school. Statewide, 57 percent of thirdgraders passed the reading exam. Several local school beat that average, including Lake Butler Elementary, Keystone Heights Elementary, McRae Elementary, Lawtey Elementary and Brooker Elementary. Those schools also beat the state average test score by several points. AUDIT Continued from 1A EMS Continued from 2A

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Dennis Roberts Ernest Roberts Korean War John William Carter Harley Jo Seay Lebanon Jimmie Nettles Vietnam Richard Edward Jr. Charlie Geiger Panama Elbert L. Grantham American Legion members Leon Shadd and Quinton Bloodsworth placed a wreath at the memorial. Barber then introduced the events guest speaker, Marine Major Mitchell Bishop, active reserve, who began by telling the crowd that his Memorial Day gift to them would be not to ramble and talk all day, but to work from the written comments he had brought with him. Bishop is a Union County High School graduate, and a graduate of Florida State University. After completing law school, he volunteered to serve in the Marines where he served three years with the Attorney Generals the state of Florida and then an additional eight years with the Its good to be home today, Bishop told his audience. Bishop stressed that Veterans Day was meant to serve and honor our countrys living veterans, but that Memorial Day was for those who had not survived their service, a special group of veterans, especially those killed in action. He said that these veterans, to quote George Washington, have given our country their last full measure of devotion, and that on this day we should both celebrate and honor their memory. It is not wrong, as some people have said, to enjoy the holiday, Bishop said. Remember our remember those families who have an empty place at their tables because of it, but enjoy the day because it is possible He went on to say that what made this country great was the diversity of its citizens and how that diversity is welded together into a single identity. All Americans are the same, despite their differences and disagreements, all have the identity of being Americans, Bishop said. He said this was brought home to him while serving in Afghanistan, when he was a member of a unit made up of people from all over the country who became a single working entity, while living and working in an area of the country where the peoples identity did not stretch further than their native tribal mentality. Bishop said that there would be a number of large gatherings around the country for the holiday, but he felt the small, more personal gatherings, such as the one he was speaking at in Lake Butler, were the most important in maintaining the spirit of honor and appreciation in our country which is a part After a few closing remarks from Barber, thanking all those in attendance and who helped in the preparations for the event. The observance concluded with the playing of Echo Taps, by Union County High School trumpet players Caleb Hopkins and Johnathan Schmidt. As the crowd began to break up, water and snacks were provided by Lake Butler Facebook Page creators David Stegall and Steven Spitzer. MEMORIAL Continued from 1A Ted Barber, Major Mitchell Bishop, Sondra Hunt, her daughter Vivian Hunt, Bill McGill and Gene Gordan, sing the national anthem. Malphurs. Summerhill. 4-H is all about agriculture and part of that emphasis is on the successful selecting, raising and maintaining of several types of livestock. Working with cattle, swine, goats, rabbits and poultry give members insights into what is involved in raising livestock, keeping records and taking responsibility for the welfare of a living creature. At the recent 4-H Awards banquet, all of the 4-H members who raised animals and participated with them at the Bradford/Union Fair were recognized and given a cash prize. Cattle exhibitors received $20 each, as did swine exhibitors. Goat exhibitors were awarded $10 each, while rabbit and poultry exhibitors each received $5. All of the participants who were in attendance seemed happy to pose for a picture and those who missed the event can still pick up their awards later at

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Complete Funeral Arrangements Pre-planning Assistance Cremation Services Monuments Out of Town Arrangements Spacious and Intimate Facilities O! Street Parking Kelli Parks Moreland Funeral Director 620 East Nona Street (corner of SR 100) Starke 904.964.6200 620 East Nona Street (corner of SR 100) Starke 904.964.6200 340 E. Walker Drive (SR 100) Keystone Heights 352.473.3176 August 11, 1942 -May 25, 2018 (Age 75) Rev. Joe Cephus Johnson formerly of Lawtey, pastor of the Greater Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church 816 N. W. 1 st Ave. Hallandale Beach, FL 33009 passed away on May 25 th Pastor Johnson will rest in the church sanctuary from 12 PM until 8 PM on June 2 nd A memorial service will be held at 5PM on the 2 nd Celebration of life services will be held on Sunday June 3 rd at New Birth Baptist Church 2300 N. W. 135 Street Miami Florida 33167 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2Timothy 4:7 (KJV) August 11, 1942 -May 25, 2018 (Age 75) Rev. Joe Cephus Johnson formerly of Lawtey, pastor of the Greater Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church 816 N. W. 1 st Ave. Hallandale Beach, FL 33009 passed away on May 25 th Pastor Johnson will rest in the church sanctuary from 12 PM until 8 PM on June 2 nd A memorial service will be held at 5PM on the 2 nd Celebration of life services will be held on Sunday June 3 rd at New Birth Baptist Church 2300 N. W. 135 Street Miami Florida 33167 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2Timothy 4:7 (KJV) success in life BY CLIFF SMELLEY Katelyn Massey and Chelsea Creighton, the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the Bradford High School Class of 2018, shared some advice with their fellow graduates during their speeches at the May 25 commencement, and in so doing, probably get a lot of mouths watering at the thought of eating at Olive Garden. It would seem the restaurant is quite popular with the top BHS grads, who both mentioned it during their speeches. In talking about the things that helped her get to where she is today, Massey said one was Olive Garden. "I would not be here without the unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks," she said. advice to the graduates was, "Make sure your family takes you to a nice dinner tonight. You just worked your tail off for 13 years to take, what, 20 steps and receive a piece of paper. You deserve a great dinner at Olive Garden. You should binge on breadsticks." Breadsticks aside, Creighton also encouraged her classmates to make their dreams reality by saying, "Keep your dreams close to your heart. If you want to female president, then go do it. The only person stopping you is yourself." Her last piece of advice to the graduating class was to not get so caught up in life that you ignore the ones you care about. "Make time for the people that love you," Creighton said. "The vast majority of us will end up working a full-time job, so make time for your family and friends. Take a trip to the beach. Do a weekly poker night. Just make the most of the time you have left." Massey said four things impacted her life, adding, "As we take our steps to our next great adventure, we should keep these in mind. First, pray. Remember to pray often and thank God for each moment." After touting the menu at Olive Garden as her second point of emphasis, Massey encouraged her classmates to breathe. "Take a deep breath in all situations and enjoy the moment because moments like this and every other moment may pass far too quickly. Just a few short years ago, we thought this day would never come, so breathe. Remember the good times, the OK times and the not-even-sogreat times. Always live in the moment." Lastly, Massey told her fellow graduates to be thankful. She quoted the New King James Version of 1 Thessalonians 5:1618: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." "In each moment, be thankful," Massey said. "Continue to thank others." BHS Principal Vinnie Blye and Superintendent of Schools Stacey Creighton offered their words of advice as well, with Blye telling the Class of 2018 members to take action in their lives. "Create opportunities and live them," Blye said. "Life will happen to you whether you guide it or not, so you might as well try need to know what you want, and you have to be willing to go after it." Blye cautioned graduates to not get so wrapped up in the future that they forget to live in the moment. "Live in the present and make it so beautiful it'll be worth remembering," he said. In closing his remarks, Blye said, "I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities and to the most special places your heart has ever known." The superintendent said she knows that students have given thought to and made plans for their futures. As students continue to do so, she asked them to consider this question: Is what you want to achieve a dream or a goal? "There is a difference," Creighton said. "You see, a dream is only an ideal, something you fantasize about that looks wonderful and perfect. Most of the time, it is something in the distant future that will probably never happen, but a goal is something real that you set a plan for, work toward and achieve. Our dreams help determine our goals, but no one succeeds on dreams alone." Creighton urged students to take opportunities to leave their comfort zones in achieving those goals. "This is where true growth occurs," she said. "Stepping outside your comfort zone is vital to your advancement. You cannot become a bigger and better version of yourself unless you are willing to stretch beyond what you already know." As they move into the future, members of the Class of 2018 will experience failure, Creighton said. Failure, though, is simply part of that journey of growth. "Failure can even bring opportunities you may have never had otherwise," Creighton said. "A wise quote says that in life, the things that go wrong very often lead to other things that are going right." Creighton closed her speech by reminding the students that Bradford County will always be home and always be supportive. "If you ever need to come home, catch your breath, and get your feet back underneath you, you know we will be here for you, to catch you and support you," Creighton said. "When you have rested, we will push you toward your next goal." Salutatorian Chelsea Creighton Andrews participate in the pledge of allegiance. receive hugs onstage from Superintendent Lindley Adkins. gets his photo taken with his diploma. A happy Bethany Bryan waits for her turn to walk across the stage. and Peyton Welch are graduates. Markayla Sanford waves to someone she knows as she

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Telegraph, Times and Monitor B Section BY CLIFF SMELLEY Keystone Heights batters had little success against West Nassau pitcher Skylar Whitty, who gave up three hits and struck out 10 as the ninth-ranked Warriors defeated the 10th-ranked Indians game on May 22 at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach. Like they did in two of their three regional playoff games, the Indians (20-11) got off to a fast start, taking a 1-0 lead in the top and an error helped West Nassau score four runs on just two hits in the bottom of the second. With the way Whitty was pitching, that was enough to send the Warriors to the championship game, where they lost 4-1 to number-one-ranked Coral 23-7 record. It was Coral Springs Charter's fourth straight state title. "It didn't go our way," Keystone Head Coach Jessica Marquart said. "Our 10 (previous) losses have all been like that, really errors and game on top." The game was postponed three times over the course of four days due to weather. Keystone's players and coaches woke up at 5 a.m. for what was originally scheduled to be an 8:35 start on take place until approximately 5.5 hours later. A steady rain continued to fall throughout the day. Ground twice between innings, while one of the umpires had to be of the third after he appeared to have sustained a knee injury after planting his foot and slipping. before deciding to play the remainder of the game on an and subsequent preparation of almost hour delay. "It was tough conditions," Marquart said, "but everybody had to deal with that." Keystone's leadoff batter Ashleigh Jennings reached on a bunt single to start the game and advanced to second on a Jennings then scored on a single by Bailey Story. Story's hit would be the Indians' last until Lexi Northway West Nassau's bats didn't produce much, either, as pitchers Megan Moncrief and Daelynn Eatmon held the Warriors to four hits. The Warriors, though, took advantage of free passes and a miscue in the bottom of the second. Bre Hickox led off the inning by drawing a walk, moved to second on Courtney on Regan Lee's single into walk, with both Studt and Lee advancing on Mykhala Moore's ground out. Emily Dixon drew a walk to load the bases before scored two runs. The Warriors added one more run when an errant throw in an attempt to catch Dixon stealing third allowed Dixon to score. West Nassau would put six more runners on base following the second inning, but couldn't manufacture any more runs as Eatmon gave up two hits and had relief. Keystone, meanwhile, put reaching with two outs. Marquart said she was proud of the leadership her eight seniors Jennings, Moncrief, Northway, Story, Molly Crawford, Emily Pressley, Skylar Rollins and Makayla Smith provided this season and proud of what her team accomplished. The Indians, as the District 5 runner-up, went on the road for all three of its regional playoff games and had to defeat such teams as thirdranked Hernando and fourthranked Eustis. "Not very many teams get here," Marquart said. "For us to lose districts and do that in regionals and be here that's an accomplishment in itself. I'm proud of them for doing that. They never gave up." Regan Lee. at second prior to scoring on a Bailey Story single in the Second baseman Ashton Ludwig chases after a ball hit just fair Lexi Northway corrals a a single that scored two of West Nassau's four second-inning runs. Pitcher Daelynn Eatmon Makayla Smith makes contact on a pitch in the second inning.