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Nassau County Council on Aging, in partnership with Baptist Health, will present the sixth annual Senior Expo & Health Fair today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center auditorium, 2500 Atlantic Ave. More than 50 health ser vice providers, state and local government agencies, and other senior service organizations and businesses are expected to free and open to the public. Call NCCOA at 904-261-0701 for information. rfntbf Keep Nassau Beautiful and Kayak Amelia have organized a Suit Up To Clean Up beach cleanup event for 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at an Amelia Island public beach of your choice. The ocean provides the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. Ocean trash is a global problem but has a local solution. Be part of the solution, a press release about the event states. To participate, register for the event by visiting kayaka and selecting BOOK A TRIP. Choose one of the access points to reserve your spot. Site captains will be avail able at each location to provide gloves, trash grabbers, trash bags/buckets. Volunteers should bring sunscreen and water if desired. There will be a volunteer appreciation gift at the close of the event. To qualify for a gift, you must register, check in with the site captain and sign a registration form. For information, contact 261-0165 or f The Nassau County Chamber of Com-merce will hold its next EmpowHER! luncheon Monday, Sept. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Course Clubhouse. The program will feature guest speaker retired Command Sergeant Major Teresa King. After serving 28 years in the U.S. Army, King has a long list of accomplishments to her name. Most notably, she became the first female commandant of the Drill Sergeant School in Fort Jackson, S.C. in 2009. EmpowHER is a profes sional growth of businesswomen in Nassau County. Luncheons include discussions on trending topics, an inspir ing speaker and mentoring and partnership opportunities. Tickets for the luncheon are $20 per person for members. To attend this event, you must pre-register at nassaucountyflcham For more information, contact the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce at 261-3248. ntff Captain Mike Doran, USN retired, will address the major changes coming to TRICARE at the Tuesday, Sept. 18, lun cheon of the Nassau County, Fla. chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). Doran will discuss the changes and how they may impact your current coverage. The meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club; a light lunch will be served for $10. To attend, RSVP to Lou Tonti at 206-4460 by 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. A large attendance is anticipated so RSVP early to ensure a seat at what promises to be a high-interest session. The MOAA Nassau County, Fla. chapter welcomes all active, retired and former officers and their spouses; for more informa tion, visit or come to the September meeting. ff The Yulee branch of the Nassau County Public Library System will host a homebuyer seminar from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. The seminars are open to the public. If opportunity for great advice from experts. tf The Nassau County Council on Aging Caregivers Support Group will meet 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at 1367 S. 18th St. in Fernandina Beach (across from Baptist Medical Center Nassau). The support group meeting will be followed by a special presentation from Byron Beall, bereavement counselor with Community Hospice & Palliative Care, from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. In addition, from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m., Janice Clarkson will instruct caregivers in Chair Yoga, a workout featuring stretching and Caregivers Support Group meets the third Thursday of each month. The overall goal of the group is to offer support and educa tion for caregivers. It is not suited for loved ones to attend; however, all caregivers are welcome. For more information, call Debra Dombkowski, LPN, CDP, at 261-0701, ext. 113. tft A family-friendly vintage car event sponsored by Friends of Fort Clinch and Auto Legends Amelia will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Fort Clinch State Park. Proceeds and community projects. In addition to the vintage car show, there will be historical military vehicles on display and period re-enactors will bring the history of Fort Clinch alive. If you wish to enter a vintage car (1993 or older), entry forms are available at the Fort Clinch Ranger Station and Eight Flags Autosports at 925 S. Eighth St. in Fernandina Beach. Visitors are encour aged to wear vintage outfits. For show information contact len f Wild Amelia is sponsoring a road clean-up on Sunday, Sept. 23, along South Fletcher Avenue (A1A). Anyone interested in a brisk morning walk while picking up litter on a 2.6-mile stretch should meet in the Peters Point parking lot at 8 a.m. It will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete the task, depending on the number of volunteers participating. Disposable gloves, orange safety vests and litter bags will be provided. You may want to bring medium-weight garden gloves, a hat, sunglasses, water and closed-toed shoes. It is a requirement that everyone who participates in the event view the safety video on the following website: Follow the site to Offices, Maintenance, Adopt-A-Highway, Safety Video. For more information, contact The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1088, will hold its monthly meeting Monday, Sept 24, at 7 p.m. at The Ark Nassau, 86051 Hamilton St. in Yulee. The guest speaker will be Mike Smith with the Wreaths Across America program. A social hour with refreshments will begin at 6 p.m. Guests and new members are welcome. For information, call 432-7006. has changed its location. The next blood drive, in cooperation with OneBlood and Nassau Health Foods, will be Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Nassau Health Foods parking lot at 833 T. J. Courson Road in Fernandina Beach. The drive will start at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Your donation can help save the lives of up to three people. Come by and roll up your sleeve, then join the Rotary Club for lunch at its new meeting location, the Story & Song Neighborhood Bookstore Bistro, just two blocks east on Park Avenue. ff The Federated Republican Women of Nassau will host the End of Summer Inaugural Marilyn Evans-Jones Scholarship Cruise fundraiser 6-8 p.m. Oct. 4. Reservations are $50 per person; the price includes food. Contact Amelia River Cruises at 261-9972 or nff An LGBTQ support group will begin meeting Oct. 10 at Family Support Services in Yulee. For more information contact Lori at 716-5390. f The Fernandina Beach High School ESE class is taking orders for new crop mammoth pecan halves ($11/pound), chocolate-covered pecans ($8/12 oz.), pecan caramel clus ters ($8/8 oz.) and cinnamon-glazed pecans ($8/10 oz.). The last day to place orders is Oct. 31; orders should arrive before Thanksgiving. You may place your order by calling Pamela Nobles at 261-5713, ext. 2694, or emailing noblespa@nassau. ff Nassau Habitat for Humanity will begin its 25th building sea son in October. The local Habitat nonprofit affiliate constructs quality affordable homes and has completed construction of 42 homes. In the 2018-2019 building season Nassau Habitat will complete House No. 43 on South 10th Street in Fernandina Beach. The organization is looking for volunteers to help build homes. There are opportunities to participate in actual construc tion and site construction support. For more details call 2770600 or email You can also learn more at The Northeast Florida Area Health Education Center is offer ing the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at no charge 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through Sept. 21 at 37002 Ingram Road in Hilliard. The program offers low-impact physical activity proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness. Sessions will include gentle range-of-motion exercises that are suitable for every fitness level and ability. To pre-register, contact Northeast Florida AHEC at 482 0189. f The Amelia Island Beach and Marine Life Protection Task Force is seeking volunteers to remove litter from area beaches before it is ingested by animals. Volunteers will work one or two evenings a week, through August, for one to two hours between 5:30 and 8 p.m. For information, email charmontaskforce@ or The UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension Service is offering weekly individual consultations at the Barnabas Center, located at 1303 Jasmine St. in Fernandina Beach, for Medicare ben eficiaries. If you will be new to Medicare, have questions about Medicare or want to know if you qualify to save money on your Medicare drug costs, Medicare monthly premium, deductibles and copays, call Meg McAlpine at 530-6359 to schedule your private appointment. Appointments are being scheduled Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Healing Hearts is a local support group for those who have lost a spouse. The group meets twice a month on the second Monday at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at the Marina Restaurant and again on the fourth Monday at 6 p.m. for dinner at the Marina Restaurant. For information, contact Mary Mercer at 415-1881 or Joni Reid at 556-6767. Do you ever have the need to visit the Nassau County School District administration office at 1201 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach? Do you find yourself driving 20 miles or more to get there? Is it a trip that takes you more than an hour these days? The Nassau County School District now has two satellite offices. The westside location is at 45021 Third Ave. in Callahan and the Yulee location is at 86207 Felmore Road in Yulee. The offices will provide a place for parent meetings, employ ee meetings, staff meetings, and support. If you have questions or would like to schedule a meeting,call 491-9900. f NHS Second Chance Resale Store and its sister clothing store, NHS Second Chance Closet, are looking to grow their team of volunteers in all areas. If you have a few hours a week to spare and enjoy meeting and working with other animal lovers in a fun atmosphere, pick up a volunteer application at Second Chance, located in the Eight Flags Shopping Center on South 14th Street or go online to and click on Volunteer. For information, call 321-0022. Amelia Residents in Action for the Symphony sponsors a program each January and February that visits all fourth grade classes in Nassau County with 40 orchestral instruments. The goal of the program is to acquaint students with how to properly hold and play each instrument. To be able to reach all Nassau County students, ARIAS needs volunteer zookeepers. No experience is required. To volunteer, contact Susan Kosciulek at 548-0227 or Barbara Zacheis at 321-5639. ff Gary W. Belson Associates holds basic with defensive tactics courses, concealed-weapon license courses and close-quarter defensive tactics courses. For information, contact Gary Belson at 491-8358 or 476-2037, or, or visit r fnt n ff Interim County Manager Mike Mullin will be holding regularly scheduled meetings from 3 to 4 p.m. on the sec ond Tuesday and fourth Thursday of each month to make himself available for anyone to ask county-related questions and/or address county issues. The meetings will take place in the Commission Chambers, located in the James S. Page Governmental Complex at 96135 Nassau Place in Yulee. nt In a story published Sept. 7, Homestead exemption affects the bottom line, the company that Nassau County began using in April to detect fraud in homestead exemptions was incorrect. The company is TransUnion. The approximate number of homestead exemption applications received each year was also incorrect. The county receives about 2,500. The News-Leader strives for accuracy. We will promptly cor rect all factual errors. Please notify the editor of errors at pegdavis@ or call (904) 261-3696. ntf The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) now posts its weekly lane closure report online at TrafficReport. With major work underway on A1A and other projects in Nassau County you can stay up-to-date on which roads will have lane closures. Commuters traveling into Duval County can also get the latest on Jacksonville lane closures. The report is updated every Friday. Nancy W. Berry, 88, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Community Hospice & Palliative Cares Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla. She was born in Sanford, Fla. to the late Robert Austin Williams and Thelma Edith Dobbins. She was raised in Sanford and lived there most of her young adult life until she married Kenneth Leon Berry Sr. in 1952. They relocat ed to Orlando, Fla., where she taught music at Jefferies Elementary School in St. Cloud, Fla. for many years. Mrs. Berry received her bachelors degree in music education from Stetson University in Deland, Fla. and continued her educa tion at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., where she obtained her masters degree in education. After retiring from teaching in the early 1990s, she moved to Fernandina Beach, Fla., where she pursued her love for geneal ogy, history and sports. She could always be found watching ten nis, Atlanta Braves baseball games and, above all, Gators football. Mrs. Berry was very active at Amelia Baptist Church and up until her early 80s she went on missionary trips all over the world, taking in the sights and enjoying the new people she met. Mrs. Berry loved her family and relished every minute spent with her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Berry Sr., and her grandson, Jason Flood. She leaves behind her son, Ken (Cindy) Berry of Jupiter, Fla.; daughter, Angela (Dave) Flood of Yulee, Fla.; son, Dana (Karen) Berry of Hoover, Ala.; grandchildren, Jeremy (Suzanne) Flood of Huntington, Texas, Ashley (Jeff) Spencer of Yulee, Rob Berry of Inverness, Fla., Christine (Drew) Blasband of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Joshua (Shaina) Berry of Birmingham, Ala., and Jordan (Jourdan) Berry of Hoover; 11 great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Dena Flood of Jacksonville. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Amelia Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the hour of service at the church. She will be laid to rest in Green Pine Cemetery. Flowers are welcome, but if so desired, donations may be made in Mrs. Berrys name to Amelia Baptist Church Missions Fund, 961167 Buccaneer Trail, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Please leave your memories and condolences at www.oxley rf rfntb Sean Michael Humberson, 31, passed away Friday, September 7, 2018, in Middleburg, Fla. Sean was born November 30, 1986, in Norfolk, Va. He had resided in Camden and Nassau coun ties for 27 years and was of the Baptist faith. Sean was loving and kind, had an amazing sense of humor and enjoyed sharing family stories. He dearly loved his girls, enjoyed paintball and the Oakland Raiders, supported his moms Jaguars, and especially treasured beach and pool time with his girls. A Celebration of Seans Life will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys, Ga. Survivors include his two children, Kayden Marlee Humberson and Kealli Michelle Humberson; his girls mother, Caitlin Humberson of St. Marys; his mother, Donna Humberson of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; brother, William Billy Humberson (Alysia); niece, Izabel Humberson; paternal grandmother, Rosemary Humberson; maternal grandfather, George Nick Smichnick; maternal grandmother, Carol Smichnick; and numer ous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, William R. Humberson, and paternal grandfather, William Humberson. The family requests memorials in memory of Sean be made to the Sulzbacher Center, 611 E. Adams St., Jacksonville, FL 32202. frntrb nnt Anna M. Gerrity, 89, of Clark Summit, Pa., passed away September 5, 2018. f rf rbr b rftrtnrr The News-Leader is published every Wednesday and Friday by The Fernandina Beach News-Leader, 511 Ash Street, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Periodicals postage paid at Fernandina Beach, Fla. (USPS 189-900) ISSN# 0163-4011. Reproductions of the contents of this publication in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher are prohibited. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: News-Leader, P.O. Box 16766, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035. The News-Leader may only be sold by persons or businesses authorized by the publisher or circulation director. NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS: The News-Leader assumes no financial responsibility for typographical errors in advertising. When notified promptly, the part of the advertisement in which the typographical error appears will be reprint ed. All advertising is subject to the approval of the publisher. The News-Leader reserves the right to correctly classify, edit or delete any objectionable wording or reject the advertisement in its entirety at any time prior to scheduled publication if it is determined that the advertisement or any part thereof is contrary to the gen eral standard of advertising acceptance. SUBSCRIPTION RATES Mail in Nassau County ........................................ $41.99 Mail out of Nassau County .................................. $71.99 ADVERTISING DEADLINES WEDNESDAY NEWS-LEADER Classified Ads: Monday, 5:00 p.m.* Classified Display: Friday, 3 p.m. Legal Notices: Friday, noon Retail Advertising: Friday, 3 p.m. FRIDAY NEWS-LEADER Classified Ads: Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. Classified Display: Tuesday, 5 p.m. Retail Advertising: Tuesday, 3 p.m. Monday holidays will move the Classified deadline to Friday at 5 p.m. NEWS DEADLINES Community News: Wednesday, 12 p.m. Letters to the editor: Monday, Wednesday 5 p.m. Wednesday, 5 p.m. Church Notes: Tuesday, 5 p.m. People and Places: Wednesday, 3 p.m. UPDATE Continued on 5A NL 6 col. Fri. 09.14.indd 2 9/13/18 3:56 PM


r 169569-5 SR rrfntbn bnnn bnnn nnn nrn n nbnnn rfrntfbr 2018 Brookdale Senior Living Inc. All rights reserved. BROOKDALE SENIOR LIVING and BRINGING NEW LIFE TO SENIOR LIVING are the registered trademarks of Brookdale Senior Living Inc. nnn The News-Leader was escorted by Healan to view the nest, but saw no eagles or activity there on that day. Healan offered that it could be mating season. Taylor said afterward, Its not uncommon for eagles to have multiple nests all up and down the coastal area. Sometimes they will leave it dormant for a number of years and will let the nest sit for a while. Kirkpatrick seemed to agree: The guidelines regarding breeding are from October to May. We had a lot of birds showing up back in August. They do not follow a calendar. Kirkpatrick added that what is important are people being careful and cautious whenever the birds are there. Diane Hirth, the habitat and species conservation communications coordinator for the FWC, has good news in general about bald eagles in Florida. Given that the bald eagle population in Florida has met or exceeded the objectives of FWCs 2008 Bald Eagle Management Plan annual statewide monitoring of nesting eagles is no longer required. Local groups, such as Eagle Watch, monitor some bald eagle nests, and the FWC maintains the bald eagle nest location database, Hirth wrote in an email. Hirth also suggested that readers might be interested in a publication called Eagle Watching Etiquette: http:// eagle-etiquette.pdf. For further information and to review the laws pertaining to bald eagles visit https://www.fws. gov/, and For a view of live HD nest cams, go to FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE/RON HOLMES.A bald eagle holds a fish in its talons.Continued from 1A expenses of the much larger operation. 801 Kitchen & Bar Meanwhile, the 801 Kitchen & Bar, which was located at the corner South Eighth and Beech streets, apparently closed in late July with little or no notice. In fact, a posting on the Open Table online restaurant reservation system quotes a man as saying he made a reservation on a Tuesday in late July and, when he turned up for dinner, the restaurant was closed. A phone call to the number listed for the restaurant still mentions the hours of operation and solicits reservations through that number and Open Table, which now indicates 801 Kitchen & Bar is permanently closed. Under a previous owner, the restaurant, then called Beech Street Grill, was a longtime local favorite. Health issues forced its closure several years ago. 801 was opened by the Tim Seyda Restaurant Group, which also owns Bar Zin and Coquina South restaurants in midisland. The house was built in 1889 and was passed down through the Bell family until 1972, when it became a gift shop and then a restaurant. The property is now owned by local entrepreneur Ernie Saltmarsh. Halftime Sports Bar & Grill The Halftime Sports Bar & Grill, which reopened in January 2017 under new ownership, at 320 S. Eighth St., also closed unexpectedly in the past couple of weeks, with no indication the closing is anything but permanent. Outfitted with large TVs and various games and more, Halftime served beer and wine, wings, hamburgers and sandwiches, to name just a few menu items. The sports games will go on, but apparently Halftime Sports Bar & Grill is taking a very prolonged time out.PHOTOS BY PEG DAVIS/NEWS-LEADER801 Kitchen & Bar was locked up tight on Wednesday evening. Restaurants have come and gone from the historic building at the corner of South Eighth and Beech streets in the past four years. Below a sign on the door at Halftime Sports Bar & Grill at 320 S. Eighth St. notifies customers the business is now closed. The owners say they are going in a new direction.Continued from 1A Che ck out M ark etp lace a t f bnews leade r.c o m Ch Ch M f f f f f f f NL 6 col. Fri. 09.14.indd 3 9/13/18 3:54 PM


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Call for a Free Home Assessment 904.277.0006 Fax 904.277.0017www.mybfcc.com9 North 14 Street Fernandina Beach, Florida Turner Ace Hardware2990 S. 8th Street Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 (904) 261-5270photo shown is for illustration purposes The helpful place MADE IN THE USArEarlier this year, the somewhat controversial and unconventional Seminole County tax collector, Joel M. Greenberg, announced he would begin accepting Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash two worldwide cryptocurrencies as payment for things like property taxes, drivers licenses and ID card fees, tags and titles. A call to his office Wednesday confirmed the system to accept these payments is up and running. To accept the new forms of payment, Seminole County is working with BitPay, a global Bitcoin cryptocurrency payment service provider headquartered in Atlanta. It is BitPays first contract with a government entity and Seminole County is believed to be the first government agency in the U.S. to accept cryptocurrency as payment. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are digital assets designed to work as a medium of exchange using strong cryptography to secure financial transactions, control the creation of additional units, and verify the transfer of assets. The virtual Bitcoin currency has no physical backing and can either be held as an investment or used to purchase goods. Similar to stocks and bonds, the Internal Revenue Service views Bitcoin as property for tax purposes. Like a share of stock, the price of Bitcoins is determined by open market bidding on exchanges, although Bitcoin is more volatile and less liquid than most stocks. Many merchants, however, do not accept Bitcoins as a form of payment because it is not considered to be legal tender. So is it legal tender in Florida for the payment of taxes and state fees? The News-Leader attempted to clarify through the Florida Attorney Generals Office if cryptocurrencies are considered legal tender under state statutes. The Attorney Generals press secretary, Kylie Mason, emailed, Florida Statutes (do) not authorize the Attorney General to render opinions or advice to private individuals. The Orlando Sentinel reported in May that Greenberg didnt receive permission from the state before making the decision, he said, nor does he think he needs to. On Aug. 3, Greenberg took the initiative a step further, announcing via Facebook that the county has installed a fully functional Bitcoin ATM at the Casselberry office of the Seminole County Tax Collector. Bitcoin kiosks and ATMs are connected to the internet and allow the insertion of physical money in exchange for Bitcoins. Paying taxes by debit or credit cards requires a third-party processor, leading to additional fees. Bitcoin helps eliminate most, but not all, of the fees required for a transaction. We live in a world where technology has made access to services on demand and we should expect the same from our government, Greenberg said in May, when he first announced the new payment practice. The aim of my tenure in office is to make our customer experience faster, smarter, and more efficient, and to bring government services from the 18th century into the 21st century, he added. One way is the addition of cryptocurrency to our payment options. Greenberg ousted a longtime incumbent in the 2016 election, running on the campaign promise of bringing new technologies to Seminole County, a suburb of Orlando. While Bitcoin has garnered significant attention over the past few years, its widely believed to be too costly and impractical to use for small payments. And, there is no indication Nassau County will be accepting Bitcoin as payment for taxes or license fees any time in the near future. Nor apparently have local merchants jumped on the Bitcoin bandwagon. Nassau County Tax Collectors Office will continue to accept U.S. currency, checks, credit cards and debit cards. That seems to have worked well for us over the past decade, Nassau Tax Collector John M. Drew told the News-Leader. The citizens of Seminole County elected their tax collector to do what is best for them and the voters of Nassau elected me to continue to provide the level of services that best fit our needs and level of security, Drew added. The city of Fernandina Beachs new comptroller, Pauline Testagrose, said, I have not heard any discussion in meetings I have attended about consideration of accepting Bitcoin for payment of city fees. Asked if she had an opinion as to whether the city should consider accepting Bitcoin payments, Testagrose said, I dont know enough about Bitcoin to recommend it or not. I would have to research it thoroughly before I could make any recommendation about it. While the News-Leader did not poll local merchants about their acceptance of Bitcoin, Regina Duncan, president of the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, said she has not heard of any local merchants who are accepting in Bitcoin. An online map of Bitcoin merchants, available at http://, shows one in Kingsland and seven in Jacksonville. None are shown in Nassau County. Greenberg seems to be the Lone Ranger regarding this business practice, at least among county agencies in the United States. Tracy J. Marshall, president of the National Association of County Collectors, Treasurers, and Finance Officers, said, I have not heard of anyone doing it. But then I had not heard of that gentleman doing it before now. Wow! That is interesting. Marshall told the News-Leader that her board is having a meeting in a week, and now we will be discussing that situation. Attempts to get comments from the Florida Tax Collectors Association for this article were unsuccessful. Meanwhile, the value of Bitcoin is volatile. It fell Sept. 10 as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suspended two cryptocurrency investment products a day earlier. Bitcoin fell 1.60 percent to $6,307.50 on the Bitfinex exchange, as of 8:22 a.m. The SEC suspended trading in Bitcoin Tracker One and Ether Tracker One on Sunday. Trading will remain halted in the U.S. until at least Sept. 20, the agency said in a statement. Both products track the price of cryptocurrencies and are listed on a NASDAQ exchange in Stockholm, but trade over the counter in transactions that occur off exchanges within the U.S. The SEC is reviewing a recent decision to reject the applications of Bitcoin exchange traded funds. The cost of individual Bitcoin payments skyrocketed in December 2017 at the height of the cryptocurrencys price and popularity and, according to news reports, the BitPay company even temporarily banned processing Bitcoin purchases under $100, as fees on the network hit a high of $37 per transaction. It now costs around $1.30 per transaction with Bitcoin. For citizens of Seminole County who opt to pay with Bitcoin cryptocurrency, that fee reportedly will have to be accounted for, in addition to a 1-percent transaction fee paid to BitPay. Seminole County officials have been reported as saying that government expects BitPay to help it settle payments quicker and cheaper than is possible with traditional credit card processors. BitPay was first founded in Orlando in 2011 to provide mobile checkout services to companies that want to accept Bitcoin. BitPay provides Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash payment processing services for merchants, and is one of the largest Bitcoin payment processors worldwide. It relocated its headquarters to Atlanta in 2013. In 2014, BitPay expanded its North American presence beyond its headquarters in Atlanta, opening offices in New York City, San Francisco and St. Petersburg, Fla. BitPays European headquarters opened in Amsterdam and its South American headquarters were opened in Argentina. In May 2016, BitPay launched the BitPay Visa Prepaid Debit Card, the first prepaid Visa debit card available for Bitcoin users in all 50 states. In October 2016, company CEO Stephen Pair introduced the BitPay app, a secure Bitcoin cryptocurrency wallet which stores the keys which can be used to receive or spend a cryptocurrency built on the companys open source Copay wallet platform. BitPay enables merchants to accept Bitcoin in payment for a transaction by entering into the Bitcoin transaction on the merchants behalf, and converts the Bitcoin amount to one of 30 currencies of the merchants choosing. BitPay transactions are nonreversible, making it valuable for merchants who are working internationally. Today, more than 100,000 merchants worldwide accept Bitcoin. Notable ones include Microsoft, Expedia, and the online electronics retailer Newegg. It is more rare for brick-and-mortar fntbtntbbttn BITCOIN Continued on 9A SOURCE: SEMINOLECOUNTY.TAXA screenshot taken recently of the Seminole County Tax Collectors Office website. A call to the office on Wednesday confirmed the system for accepting Bitcoin to pay for services is up and running. Panther Termite and Pest ControlRon Alleman says customer service is the number one priority with Panther Termite and Pest Control. We offer service the way the customer likes it! Offering the best service inside or outside your home for a pest-free atmosphere. Panther Termite and Pest Controls technicians have attended classes through the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and have passed the inspection required by Florida law. Our customers receive not only quality service, but also a licensed knowledgeable person. Safety is our utmost priority for customers and our crew. The label is the law so we follow it completely. The Panther Termite and Pest Control crew has met a lot of people, made a lot of new friends and become family to all, notes Ron. Stop by and see us or call for our specials. We would love for you to become part of our family.Panther Termite and Pest Control is located at: 3032 S. 8th Street. Business hours are 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ask about free estimates. Phone: 321-4000 or visit our Facebook page. Left to right: Russell Welch, Ron Alleman and Jay Layman NL 6 col. Fri. 09.14.indd 4 9/13/18 3:58 PM


r NL/PSA NL/PSA rf Nassau County Animal Services recently euthanized dozens of cats being held at the Yulee facility after feline panleukopenia, a highly contagious viral disease more commonly known as feline distemper, broke out in the facil itys cattery. Its been a nightmare, NCAS Director Tim McGuire said. The problem started several weeks ago when a kitten came down with the virus on the main adoption floor. The kitten was euthanized due to the severity of the illness, a statement from NCAS said. A littermate of that kitten, which was located in a different bank of cages, also tested positive for FP, which is closely related to the parvovirus found in dogs. At that point, the entire cattery was placed on a 10-day quaran tine, and a protocol was initiated that included gowns, boot covers and gloves being worn by staff throughout the cattery. On day seven of that 10-day quarantine, a third cat tested positive for FP. At this time we consulted with several different veterinar ians regarding our options to deal with the situation, a state ment from NCAS said. We were given options ranging from extensive isolation (for which the facility is not equipped), euthaniz ing the entire cattery or eutha nizing the kittens due to their weaker immune systems. We chose to euthanize cats under six months of age in hopes that the adults would survive. We then began a new 10-day quarantine period. During the second quarantine, an adult feral cat tested positive for FP, and NCAS euthanized the cats in the room where that cat was found and began a third 10-day quarantine, which was subsequently extended to 15 days to err on the side of caution. The facility then reopened, but between seven and 10 days later another kitten tested posi tive for FP, at which point all the cats in the area where the kitten had been located were placed in isolation in an attempt to control the spread of the virus. The quar antine process began again. At this time we reviewed our options given to us while consult ing with multiple veterinarians and made the very difficult deci sion to euthanize the cattery in order to stop the cycle and, in the long run, actually save more cats and kittens, the statement said. The facility is undergoing extensive sanitation work, dur ing which the cattery is closed to the public. McGuire said NCAS had to put down maybe as many as 50 cats. He praised the efforts of Nassau County in the battle against infectious diseases at the facility. He said the county is funding a new room at NCAS, which will more than double their capacity for cats from 110 to 213 cages. We will be able to isolate cats in a room with negative pressure, with direct access to the outside, McGuire said. He said the proj ect is currently in the engineering and design phase. He did not have a price tag for that project. We were just really happy that the county acted so quickly, he said. McGuire said Dr. Julie Moore, chair of the University of Florida rrf ntbnbn bntbn College of Veterinary Medicines Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, is scheduled to visit the NCAS facility today to look at the pro cedures in place, and what can be done to improve conditions there. NCAS is expected to open to cats and kittens again on Tuesday, Sept. 18, McGuire said. Included in the statement from NCAS was information from, which said symptoms of feline panleukopenia include fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, vomit ing and diarrhea. The virus also causes a decrease in white blood cells, leaving affected cats sus ceptible to a secondary bacterial infection. There is no treatment for the virus other than managing symp toms. Dehydration and second ary bacterial infections are often life threatening, according to the website. Vaccination for the virus is included in routine cat vaccina tions. rf JULIA ROBERTS/NEWS-LEADER Nassau County Animal Services remained closed Thursday due to an outbreak of feline panleukopenia. The shelter plans to reopen Tuesday, Sept. 18. nfrtbr Pistol and revolver gun classes for beginniners to advanced shooters are given by NRA-certified instructor and retired state and federal law enforcement officer Frank P. Covie and held at the convenience of each person starting any weekday except Wednesday. Both basic and personal protection classes are available and including class room, range shooting and no-cost use of a .22 pistol and rifle including ammo. Contact 277-4144, 603-491-7017,or for complete info. trbr Overeaters Anonymous meets in the 801 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, at 1 p.m. Thursdays. There is also a meeting at the Alachua Club, 32 N. Third St. at 6 p.m. Mondays. For more information, contact Lorrie at 343-4771. rr Lions Club bingo, every Thursday and Sunday, Yulee Lions Club Bingo Hall. Doors open at 4 p.m., warm-ups at 5:15 regular program at 6:30 p.m. Participants must be 18 years old; minimum purchase $15. Information, 708-2591. ACBL Duplicate Bridge, Peck Center, 516 S. 10th St. Amelia Island Duplicate Bridge Club hosts games. Monday, 1 p.m.; Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.; Thursday, 1 p.m. For information, contact fred or (770) 616-7664. rr Bingo is played every Thursday at American Legion Post 54, 626 S. Third St. The public is invited to play. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and early bird games begin at 6:05 p.m. Regular session, which consists of nine games for $20, begins at 6:30 p.m. Games have cash prize pay outs, and proceeds are donated to help veterans and the community. If you have questions, call 261-7900. nrr Guests on this tour will learn Amelia Island ghost stories while they tiptoe through dark streets and walk in the foot steps of a bygone era. This tour begins at 6 p.m. every Friday and lasts approxi mately one hour. Meet your guide in the Church, 801 Atlantic Ave. Tickets may be purchased at the Amelia Island Museum of History for $10/adults and $5/students, or before the tour from the guide with check or cash only. b Nassau County residents are entitled to receive a summer home energy pay ment of up to $475 toward their electric or gas bill through the Low-Income the toll free number 844-625-8776. Appointments can be scheduled through an interactive voice response (IVR) sys tem or through operators. Continued from 2A NL 6 col. Fri. 09.14.indd 5 9/13/18 4:00 PM


r BUDGET SUMMARY CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH FISCAL YEAR 2018-2019MORE THAN LAST YEAR'S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES. Millage Per $1,000 General Fund 5.8553 Voted Debt 0.1929 GENERAL SPECIAL CAPITAL ENTERPRISE DEBT INTERNAL TRUST TOTAL FUND REVENUE PROJECTS FUNDS SERVICE SERVICE FUNDS BUDGET FUNDS FUNDS FUNDS FUNDS CASH BALANCE BROUGHT FORWARD 7,632,964 2,511,178 8,680,050 9,008,313 254,342 63,670 47,138,000 75,288,517 Estimated Revenues TAXES Millage Per $1,000 Ad Valorem Taxes 5.8553 12,346,297 8,000 12,354,297 Ad Valorem Taxes 0.1929 (Voted Debt) 407,009 407,009 Sales/Use/Fuel Taxes 2,596,579 125,000 225,000 2,946,579 Franchise Fees 1,460,000 1,460,000 Utility Service Taxes 2,432,920 2,432,920 Licenses/Permits 1,601,825 1,601,825 Intergovernmental 1,514,375 127,644 2,145,000 7,235,000 11,022,019 Charges for Services 1,348,943 151,700 16,000,991 17,501,634 Fines/Forfeitures 23,700 15,000 38,700 Miscellaneous 148,944 12,500 1,742,250 200,704 125,500 7,910,000 10,139,898 Other Financing Sources 2,391,000 11,300 4,680,700 7,670,000 3,178,052 1,760,050 19,691,102 TOTAL REVENUES AND OTHER FINANCE SOURCES 23,838,672 2,759,064 8,692,950 31,106,695 3,178,052 1,885,550 8,135,000 79,595,983 TOTAL ESTIMATED REVENUES AND BALANCES 31,471,636 5,270,242 17,373,000 40,115,008 3,432,394 1,949,220 55,273,000 154,884,500 EXPENDITURES/EXPENSES General Government 5,073,824 1,600,000 1,853,451 3,611,430 12,138,705 Public Safety 11,856,109 241,300 500,000 12,597,409 Physical Environment 101,181 10,889,010 10,990,191 Transportation 2,332,491 826,500 1,129,236 4,288,227 Economic Environment 84,791 84,791 Human Services 58,500 58,500 Culture/Recreation 2,577,888 191,698 4,864,000 10,013,238 17,646,824 Debt Services 699,715 6,120,030 3,178,030 9,997,775 Other Financing Uses 2,625,020 2,640,000 4,590,332 25,700 9,881,052 TOTAL EXPENDITURES/EXPENSES 24,608,623 3,174,179 8,490,215 32,741,846 3,178,030 1,879,151 3,611,430 77,683,474 RESERVES 6,863,013 2,096,063 8,882,785 7,373,162 254,364 70,069 51,661,570 77,201,026 TOTAL APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES AND RESERVES 31,471,636 5,270,242 17,373,000 40,115,008 3,432,394 1,949,220 55,273,000 154,884,500 THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED, AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE REFERENCED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD. THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH ARE 7.0% BUDGET SUMMARY CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH FISCAL YEAR 2018-2019MORE THAN LAST YEAR'S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES. Millage Per $1,000 General Fund 5.8553 Voted Debt 0.1929 GENERAL SPECIAL CAPITAL ENTERPRISE DEBT INTERNAL TRUST TOTAL FUND REVENUE PROJECTS FUNDS SERVICE SERVICE FUNDS BUDGET FUNDS FUNDS FUNDS FUNDS CASH BALANCE BROUGHT FORWARD 7,632,964 2,511,178 8,680,050 9,008,313 254,342 63,670 47,138,000 75,288,517 Estimated Revenues TAXES Millage Per $1,000 Ad Valorem Taxes 5.8553 12,346,297 8,000 12,354,297 Ad Valorem Taxes 0.1929 (Voted Debt) 407,009 407,009 Sales/Use/Fuel Taxes 2,596,579 125,000 225,000 2,946,579 Franchise Fees 1,460,000 1,460,000 Utility Service Taxes 2,432,920 2,432,920 Licenses/Permits 1,601,825 1,601,825 Intergovernmental 1,514,375 127,644 2,145,000 7,235,000 11,022,019 Charges for Services 1,348,943 151,700 16,000,991 17,501,634 Fines/Forfeitures 23,700 15,000 38,700 Miscellaneous 148,944 12,500 1,742,250 200,704 125,500 7,910,000 10,139,898 Other Financing Sources 2,391,000 11,300 4,680,700 7,670,000 3,178,052 1,760,050 19,691,102 TOTAL REVENUES AND OTHER FINANCE SOURCES 23,838,672 2,759,064 8,692,950 31,106,695 3,178,052 1,885,550 8,135,000 79,595,983 TOTAL ESTIMATED REVENUES AND BALANCES 31,471,636 5,270,242 17,373,000 40,115,008 3,432,394 1,949,220 55,273,000 154,884,500 EXPENDITURES/EXPENSES General Government 5,073,824 1,600,000 1,853,451 3,611,430 12,138,705 Public Safety 11,856,109 241,300 500,000 12,597,409 Physical Environment 101,181 10,889,010 10,990,191 Transportation 2,332,491 826,500 1,129,236 4,288,227 Economic Environment 84,791 84,791 Human Services 58,500 58,500 Culture/Recreation 2,577,888 191,698 4,864,000 10,013,238 17,646,824 Debt Services 699,715 6,120,030 3,178,030 9,997,775 Other Financing Uses 2,625,020 2,640,000 4,590,332 25,700 9,881,052 TOTAL EXPENDITURES/EXPENSES 24,608,623 3,174,179 8,490,215 32,741,846 3,178,030 1,879,151 3,611,430 77,683,474 RESERVES 6,863,013 2,096,063 8,882,785 7,373,162 254,364 70,069 51,661,570 77,201,026 TOTAL APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES AND RESERVES 31,471,636 5,270,242 17,373,000 40,115,008 3,432,394 1,949,220 55,273,000 154,884,500 THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED, AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE REFERENCED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD. THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH ARE 7.0% NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASE The City of Fernandina Beach has tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy. Last years property tax levy: A. Initially proposed tax levy.$12, 123, 361 B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment Board and other assessment changes.$ 9, 618 C. Actual property tax levy.. $12, 113, 743 This years proposed tax levy $12, 860, 995 All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearing on the t ax increase to be held on Tuesday September 18, 20 18 5:05 p.m. at Commission Chambers, City Hall204 Ash Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at this hearing. NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASE The City of Fernandina Beach has tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy. Last years property tax levy: A. Initially proposed tax levy.$12, 123, 361 B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment Board and other assessment changes.$ 9, 618 C. Actual property tax levy.. $12, 113, 743 This years proposed tax levy $12, 860, 995 All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearing on the t ax increase to be held on Tuesday September 18, 20 18 5:05 p.m. at Commission Chambers, City Hall204 Ash Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at this hearing. NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASE The City of Fernandina Beach has tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy. Last years property tax levy: A. Initially proposed tax levy.$12, 123, 361 B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment Board and other assessment changes.$ 9, 618 C. Actual property tax levy.. $12, 113, 743 This years proposed tax levy $12, 860, 995 All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearing on the t ax increase to be held on Tuesday September 18, 20 18 5:05 p.m. at Commission Chambers, City Hall204 Ash Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at this hearing. NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASE The City of Fernandina Beach has tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy. Last years property tax levy: A. Initially proposed tax levy.$12, 123, 361 B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment Board and other assessment changes.$ 9, 618 C. Actual property tax levy.. $12, 113, 743 This years proposed tax levy $12, 860, 995 All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearing on the t ax increase to be held on Tuesday September 18, 20 18 5:05 p.m. at Commission Chambers, City Hall204 Ash Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at this hearing. NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASE The City of Fernandina Beach has tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy. Last years property tax levy: A. Initially proposed tax levy.$12, 123, 361 B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment Board and other assessment changes.$ 9, 618 C. Actual property tax levy.. $12, 113, 743 This years proposed tax levy $12, 860, 995 All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearing on the t ax increase to be held on Tuesday September 18, 20 18 5:05 p.m. at Commission Chambers, City Hall 204 Ash Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at this hearing. NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASE The City of Fernandina Beach has tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy. Last years property tax levy: A. Initially proposed tax levy.$12, 123, 361 B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment Board and other assessment changes.$ 9, 618 C. Actual property tax levy.. $12, 113, 743 This years proposed tax levy $12, 860, 995 All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearing on the t ax increase to be held on Tuesday September 18, 20 18 5:05 p.m. at Commission Chambers, City Hall204 Ash Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at this hearing. DONT LITTERSP SP A A Y ~ NEUTER Y ~ NEUTER A Public Service Announcement by The News-Leader A s has been oftmentioned, this Novembers ballot will include several key political races, including the statewide contests for U.S. sen ator and governor. Additional statewide issues on the ballot are the 13 proposed state con stitutional amendments. Each of these amendments will require at least 60-percent approval in order to be incorporated into the Florida Constitution. Over the next few weeks, Id like to pro vide a brief description of each amendment in order to provide an introductory level of familiar ity to what is proposed. Question No. 1 is titled Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption. This proposed amendment would increase the homestead exemption for qualifying prop erty owners for the portion of a homesteaded propertys assessed valuation greater than $100,000 and up to $125,000. Please note that this increased exemption does not apply to every homesteaded property only those with an assessed value of at least $100,000. If your property has a lesserassessed value (or is not home steaded), you will not be affect ed by this change, if adopted. The Nassau County Property Appraiser has prepared a map (based upon 2017 values since the 2018 values have not been integrated) that illustrates the potential impact upon your property. Please visit http://bit. ly/2CTShjT to begin a search. Click on Map Layers at the top of the screen, then select Land Records in the box on the left, and finally, select rd HX Savings. When you locate your property on the map, the map will show the potential impact. Again, this map tool provided by the Nassau County Property Appraiser, Mr. Michael Hickox, is an incredibly useful tool, offering a wealth of information related to County properties. Question No. 1 was placed on the ballot by vote of the Florida Legislature, passing in the House, 83-35 (two nonvotes), and in the Senate, 28-10 (one non-vote). Proponents of the amendment believe that the additional exemption will lessen the tax burden on home owners, generating additional revenue for the state economy. Opponents believe that the amendment would result in a shift in taxes: reducing taxes for those properties valued at over $100,000, but, due to the loss of that revenue, taxes would be increased on lesser-valued homes. Question No. 2 is titled Limitations on Property Tax Assessments. Currently, the state constitution limits prop erty tax assessment increases to 10 percent annually for specified non-homesteaded property. This cap is slated to expire Jan. 1, 2019. The pro posed amendment would make this 10-percent cap permanent. The properties affected by the amendment include second homes, rental apartments and non-residential property (com mercial and vacant land). The cap does not apply to school dis trict taxes. Again, this amend ment was placed on the ballot by the legislature: House, 110-3 (seven non-votes); Senate, 35-0 (four non-votes). This amend ment would prevent substan tial increases of assessments (when rising property values would demonstrate) to many Fernandina Beach commercial and second home property own ers. As indicated by the legisla tures votes, this amendment does not appear to have any organized opposition. Question No. 3 is titled Voter Control of Gambling in Florida. If passed, the Florida Legislature would not be allowed to authorize casino gambling through state statute or constitutional amendment. Instead, voters, through citizeninitiated ballot measures, would have the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling in Florida. Casino gambling is defined as card games, casino games, and slot machines; wagering on horse racing, dog racing, and jai alai exhibitions is not included, nor is gambling authorized on Native American tribal lands. Proponents argue that only in recent years has the legisla ture inserted itself into casino regulations, and that the issue should return to voter-control. Opponents argue that regula tions related to casino gambling are more easily implemented through the legislature rather than through citizen initiatives. I will continue the overview of the proposed amendments next week. I hope that you take appropriate time to consider your vote on every candidate and question on the 2018 ballot. Dale Martin is the city man ager of Fernandina Beach. r fnntb rfntbbbb nfnbt r f nrrt b rfntbb NL/PSA NL 6 col. Fri. 09.14.indd 6 9/13/18 3:37 PM


r fn f tbf t f r The News-Leader is published with pride weekly for the people of Nassau County by Community Newspapers, Inc., Athens, Georgia. We believe that strong newspapers build strong communi ties Newspapers get things done! Our primary goal is to publish distinguished and profitable community-oriented newspapers. This mission will be accomplished through the teamwork of professionals dedicated to the truth, integrity, quality and hard work. f f ff f rff f f f f rf ntbrf b t f r f rf ntnntb tntnnnt nt nf W hen you enter a state prison for the first time, and after the friendly greetings from the expectant staff, you will find yourself led through several monitored gates surrounded by tall fences wrapped in concertina wire. You feel immediately cut off from the reality of the outside world. But after the long walk down the restricted pathways, you enter a compound standing alone as a refuge for a band of fellow brothers, the quarters of the incarcerated members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1080. The atmosphere sud denly changes to one of hope and service to others. Painted on the wall are murals depicting recognizable scenes from the Vietnam era. This is Fire Base Golf, G-Dorm, Union Correctional Institution, Raiford, Fla. Sixty miles east of Raiford Prison are Duval, Clay and Nassau counties, each with a Veterans Treatment Court, one of more than 20 VTCs in Florida counties and 150 VTCs in the coun try. The VTC program has become a positive approach for many veterans who need help and a second chance to live life free and unblemished by negative decisions, and for many, their unwanted and unrequested handicaps. So just what do these two entirely different entities have in common? How could they pos sibly form a bridge between themselves? Well, VVA Chapter 1080 is an avid supporter of incar cerated Vietnam veterans in Raiford Prison. They got together with representatives of the Veterans Treatment Court in Jacksonville and discussed a terrific idea to enhance the lives of veterans in both areas working together, the Veterans Interaction Program. VIP offers a one-on-one, non-confrontational engagement between incarcerated veterans and a veteran enrolled in the Veterans Treatment Court program. The visits show the Veterans Treatment Court program participants firsthand what the future could hold for them if they dont make the individual effort to change their direc tion in life by completing the programs opportu nity. Many Vietnam veterans returned to misrep resentations by the media and fellow citizens. They were put down, spit on, degraded and criticized upon their return to their own country. They returned impacted by the violence, loss of comrades, horrific conditions, fatigue, hunger, disease, and with a deep distrust of their own government. Some had post-traumatic stress dis order or other emotional and physical injuries that they would carry the rest of their lives. They suf fered and went undiagnosed. Very few received services from the government. Some of these veterans, men and women of honor, made subse quent mistakes in judgment that led to incarcera tion as their future. The cooperation between VIP and the Veterans Court gives the veterans of Chapter 1080 a chance to give back to their fellow veter ans, to share the lessons they learned and allow them to exhibit compassion and positive selfesteem through their outreach trying to save another person from a negative destiny. The visits by at-risk veterans in the VTC pro gram with the veteran inmates of VVA Chapter 1080 create the opportunity for a successful reentry to society and a new life and reduce the possibility of a return to crime and custody. They decrease the potential inmate population, the caseloads in the court system, and potentially save millions of dollars in expenses for the agen cies, court systems, institutions and for taxpayers. One of the main reasons VVA Chapter 1080 functions as a model program is the attitude and enthusiasm of the facilitys warden and assistant warden, as well as the efforts of the magistrate judge in Duval County, of the 4th Judicial Circuit, and of the very special people who are liaison officers. The other side of this successful collaboration is the Veterans Treatment Court program serving Duval, Clay, and Nassau counties. The VTC offers a voluntary alternative to honorably discharged veterans charged with non-violent felonies or misdemeanors, providing structured support and services that could include VA medical and mental health treatment, housing, and a dedicated mentor to walk side-by-side with the program veterans through the one-year process. Upon suc cessful completion, they have the opportunity to have their arrest record expunged and to restart a productive life. There are over 700,000 military veterans esti mated to be incarcerated in our country in over approximately 4,575 prisons and detention facili ties. The VVA national records show 21 active VVA incarcerated chapters nationwide with more than 2,196 inmate members. The incarcerated inmates of VVA Chapter 1080 and others across the country are truly their brothers keepers and are having a positive impact. To find out more about the Veterans Treatment Court program, call (904) 225-1046 to speak with a coordinator. rrrrbr t tn tt r September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Thoughts of suicide cross all boundaries of age, gender and background. For this reason, Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition is reaching out to raise awareness and provide resources needed for the discussion of suicide prevention. If you or a loved one want to gain more information or services, please contact us at (904) 277-3699. Did you know more than 41,000 individuals die each year by suicide, leaving friends and family members to deal with the loss? According to Florida in 2017, Nassau County had a suicide rate of 14.6 percent, compared to the state rate of 14.1 percent (based on single year per 100,000). Although the suicide rate in 2016 was 30.5 percent, Nassau County did experience a significant decrease from 2016 to 2017, however we are still above the state rate of 14.1 percent. One in 5 Americans experiences a mental health con dition. Persons with mental health conditions are more likely to cancel their appointments for treatment (37 per cent). The stigma of mental illness causes isolation, blame and secrecy creating many challenges. Reaching out, get ting the help and support needed becomes an obstacle due to the stigma. The definition of stigma is a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. Many describe stigma as shame that can be felt as judgment from someone or feeling and thinking they are less than everyone else. 90 percent of those who die by suicide have an underly ing mental illness. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Medical Examiners Office, in 2016 24 percent of the reported suicides were attributed to over dose by Hydrocodone; 21 percent from Diazepam, 17 per cent Oxycodone; 17 percent Alprazolam and 8 percent from Methadone (top 5). We as a community need to be aware of the silent suf fering. When sought, treatment for serious mental illness is very effective with between 70-90 percent of individu als experiencing a significant reduction of symptoms. The quality of their life improves with the right treatment and support. During September, please help promote awareness by using #SuicidePrevention, #StigmaFree or #IAMMORE on your social media posts. Informational resources: Know the Warning Signs and Risk of Suicide; Preventing Suicide as a Family Member or Caregiver; Being Prepared for a Crisis. Crisis resources: If you or someone you know is experi encing an emergency call 911 immediately. Call 1-800-2738255 (talk) National Suicide Hotline. You can text the National Alliance on Mental Illness Crisis Text Line: Text to 741-741. Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition Fernandina Beach fnt Writing in his Coachs Corner column, Howard Pines does a fine job of outlining the issue of term limits for legisla tors. Its a popular topic that many people support, but its a dumb way to govern state or federal legislatures. Limiting terms transfers power from legislators to unelected legislative staff and lobbyists. It promotes grid lock by discouraging legislators from forming long-lasting relationships with each other. It also robs the legislative process of historical knowledge. Ive seen first-hand the chaos in legislative committee meetings in Tallahassee because theres so many newbie lawmakers who lack understanding of the legislative pro cess. The other problem with term limits is that it discourages legislator from working on long-term solutions to problems. They wont be around to accept credit (or blame) for their work, so why bother. Having so many lame ducks at one time is counter to good governance. And besides, our system already has a process for limit ing terms. They are called elections. Dennis Jay Fernandina Beach A once-blissful marriage is deteriorating between Nassau County and the developer of the massive Wildlight commu nity in Yulee. And a potential divorce could unfold over major disagreements between the two sides. In response, county com missioners will meet with our state representatives this Monday over contested issues with Raydient Places + Properties, the owner of Wildlight. The public is invited to the 4 p.m. meeting at the commission chambers. The sad part, says County Commissioner Steve Kelley, is that people of the county dont have a clue whats about to go on. At the heart of the issue is state legislation designating Wildlight as a special stewardship district, enti tling it to a 13-percent reduction in property taxes (among other things). Stewardship districts are far-reaching and powerful, and have been enacted in other parts of the state. Other recent legislation impact ing Wildlight was blocked by Aaron Bean, the state senator for our area. This legislation would have precluded Wildlight from paying for recreational facilities within its vast complex. And thats when county com missioners unified. Commissioners traveled to Tallahassee for the spring legislative session to protest this pro posed bill. Under their arrangement with the county, Wildlight is respon sible for constructing recreational facilities within its borders. Since that time, county officials have been thwarted in efforts to meet with Wildlight representatives for new talks, Kelley says. Therefore, the most viable solution is to meet with Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, and local State Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, over what is an important county issue. If youre not going to honor your agreements, then we do not have a partnership in good faith, Kelley says about the two parties. Commissioners may ask Bean and Byrd about the harshest measure revoking Wildlights status as a stew ardship district. This would reverse previous legislation that granted the preferred designation to Wildlight. Raydient is a subsidiary of Rayonier Inc., a prominent developer. We would have to formally ask them to go back to Tallahassee and rescind the stewardship district, Kelley says. When you go against Raydient, youre going against every big developer. There are other solutions to the standoff, which the county could enact on its own like creating a special tax ing district or imposing targeted fees, for instance. A renewed agree ment is imperative. Otherwise, the coun ty will carry a heavy burden of providing recreational facili ties, along with road improvements and other infrastructure. We have an obliga tion to our 80,000 stockholders, called taxpayers, Kelley says. There are other variables. The makeup of the county commission changes in November, with two new commissioners replacing Kelley and another conservative voice, George Spicer. A decision on the Wildlight project could be delayed until then. Either way, the burden of additional infra structure at substantial expense hovers over the county commission. How much the county must provide, versus Wildlight/Raydients respon sibility, will be critical to the financial future of the county. Kelley feels the county will already provide police protection and a fully manned fire station within the mam moth development. The need for improved roads to accommodate 22,000 new homes in Wildlight is a given; who pays for them is not. The infrastructure to provide ser vices to Wildlight is not even a break even for the county its going to cost taxpayers money, he says. Prominent community organiza tions are moving into Wildlight, includ ing a UF Health facility, a YMCA, along with influential businesses and churches. Some of the most influential organizations in Nassau County will have a vested interest in Wildlight, Kelley says. Theyre get ting their tentacles out into the com munity. Kelley has seen this genre of movie before. And he isnt optimistic about the ending. This is exactly how they have developed South Florida, he says. Steve Nicklas is a financial adviser and a chartered retirement planning counselor for a regional U.S. firm who lives on Amelia Island. He is also an award-winning columnist. His busi ness columns regularly appear in several newspapers in North Florida and on his website He has published a book of his favorite columns from the last 20 years, All About Money. The book is available in local stores and on Amazon. He can be reached at (904) 753-0236. nttffnf bf trr rrnn t b Nassau County Commissioners: Danny Leeper, District 1 -Fernandina Beach, 261-8029 (h), 430-3868 (cell), email: Steve Kelley, District 2 Pat Edwards, District 3 George V. Spicer, District 4 Justin M. 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The frozen water will slow down the temperature increase in the event of a power failure. You can also place frozen water in the refrigerated section. Generally, if there is a power outage, a well-insulted refrigerator and freezer will maintain refrigeration and freezing temperatures for several hours to two days, provided that the door is kept closed and only opened infrequently. Monitor the temperature of the refrigerator and freezer. An unopened refrigerator will keep food safe for four hours. A full freezer that is unopened will keep food frozen for 48 hours. Perishable foods that have been exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for over two hours should be thrown out. Never taste food to determine its safety. If unsure of the length of time that your perishable food has been exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, use a food thermometer. If the internal temperature reads 40 degrees Fahrenheit or above, discard the food item. 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Although partial thawing and refreezing of these foods will be safe, the quality of some foods, especially vegetables and fruits, may be reduced. Hard cheeses, breads, and fruits and vegetables and their juices if they look and smell normal can be refrozen even if they have been above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than two hours. One way to ensure the safety of thawed meat products that have been above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or less is to cook them immediately. Either serve the food immediately or refreeze the cooked item. Be sure to cook to the proper temperatures, checking internal temperatures with a thermometer. Refrigerate and use within two days or freeze the leftovers immediately. For more information, call the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Services Meat and Poultry Food Safety Hotline at 800535-4555. The Savvy Consumer is a monthly article written by Meg McAlpine, Family and Consumer Sciences agent with UF/ IFAS Nassau County Extension Service. McAlpine provides research and factbased information in the following areas: Nutrition and Health, Human Development, Family/Individual finances and Health Care (Medicare, Medicaid). She can be reached at 904-530-6359 or rFernandina Beach Market Place, the familyand petfriendly downtown farmers market open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday rain or shine, will tempt your taste buds with amazing artisan foods, natural body products, and seasonal produce. EPIC Ice Cream is back with handcrafted ice cream sandwiches and pints available in a variety of delicious flavors. Making an additional September visit is our glutenfree vendor, Something Good. She completely sold out of everything she baked for her last market visit, including sweet breads, cookies, and biscuits. Hairy Farmpit Girls will be back with their natural goatmilk soaps, and Amelia Naturals is now attending every week with her foot reflexology balms and other, all-natural salves. Seven Trees Nursery has an abundance of colorful mums in stock in addition to their succulent plants and hanging baskets. Look for Lydias return with Succulent Designs of Vilano this week and her cute little gardens in a dish. Robert, with Everblooming Gardens, brings hundreds of outdoor landscaping and patio plants, and even Bacons Select Produce will have a small selection of herbs in stock on Saturday. When you come to the farmers market, come hungry. Great Harvest Bread Company and Rudys Bakery offer freshbaked breads, pastries, cookies and more, while Bite Sized Confections offers perfect sized bites of red velvet or lemon miniature cupcakes and chocolate fudge. Market Place Sponsor Jack & Dianes Cafe will be open right across the street to satisfy your coffee, smoothie, breakfast or lunch cravings. Looking to feed the carnivores in your family? Chessers Seafood has wild caught shrimp; Upstream Seafood has salmon, scallops, and crab legs; and JD Beef has a beautiful selection of beef and pork perfect for the smoker or grill. And dont forget our farmers with their seasonal produce like cabbage, squash, watermelon, and now in season perfect pie pumpkins. In addition to these fine vendors, you will also find dips, sauces, honey, lotions, specialty dishes, desserts, cocktail mixes, jams, jellies and more. Entertainment this week will be provided by Colored Sound, a three-piece band from Fernandina Beach. The band consists of Thaxton Rowe (guitar/vocals), Andrew Haynes (bass), and Michael Hawthorne II (drums/vocals). Their sound is a combination of rock and funk jams with a melodic blues touch. Market sponsor All American Gutter will be on hand with a booth to show you the latest in home gutter designs, and sponsor Jack & Dianes Cafe will be open to satisfy your coffee, smoothie, breakfast or lunch cravings. The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is located on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre Streets, in historic Fernandina Beach. JUDIE MACKIE/FOR THE NEWS-LEADERSeven Trees Nursery has an abundance of colorful mums in stock in addition to their succulent plants and hanging baskets. fntbtt nt rfn September is Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month and the Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation will mark the month by continuing its mission to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of brain aneurysm, according to a news release. According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, each year, brain aneurysms cause nearly 500,000 deaths worldwide. Researchers estimate that six million Americans have an unruptured brain aneurysm. The annual rate of ruptured aneurysms in the United States is about eight to 10 in every 100,000 people, or about 30,000 people a year. Every 18 minutes, a brain aneurysm ruptures. And when it does, death or lifelong disabilities often result. A ruptured brain aneurysm is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment, Olivia Hoblit, director of the Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation, said in the release. Risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, traumatic head injury, excessive alcohol use and drug use, particularly cocaine. Women, people of color and individuals over 40 are at higher risk. We also know those with a family history of brain aneurysms are at a higher risk. Survivors of brain aneurysm often experience what they describe as the worst headache ever. A sudden, severe headache is a common warning sign that someone may be suffering a brain aneurysm, a weakened arterial wall that, if it ruptures, causes bleeding and damages the brain. Other signs include dilated pupils, blurred vision, pain behind the eye, weakness and numbness, and difficulty speaking. Reducing the time between signs and symptoms and treatment saves lives and improves outcomes, said Reena Bayardo, a survivor with a family history of brain aneurysm. When Bayardo was 16, her mother passed away at the age of 36 from a ruptured brain aneurysm. In 2015, Bayardos 15-year-old daughter Lisset fell while walking to school. When I spoke to Lisset on the phone, her speech was slurred, she was crying and said her head hurt really badly and that she had just vomited another warning sign, said Bayardo. Lisset was rushed to the hospital and scans revealed two ruptured brain aneurysms. The procedure to close off the ruptures was successful, but Lisset remained in critical condition in ICU for weeks, followed by a long recovery. After Lissets recovery, doctors recommended that Bayardo and her other three children undergo brain scans. While her son was cleared, her other two daughters show areas of concern that require future monitoring. As for Bayardo, she suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm in 2016 after it was missed by the reading radiologist. She also underwent successful treatment and has made a near-complete recovery. I am grateful for the work that The Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation is doing to increase public awareness of this devastating and often fatal condition, said Bayardo. Through awareness and funding that supports additional research, we can develop new treatments that save lives and improve the outcomes of survivors. The Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation, founded in 2016, is a nonprofit organization located in Fernandina Beach dedicated to raising awareness about the signs and symptoms of brain aneurysm. The organization also provides support and funding for neuroscience research for brain aneurysm with the goal of advancing treatment options and reducing the time between treatment and signs/symptoms to ensure better outcomes for those suffering a brain aneurysm. To learn more about brain aneurysm, the Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation and to donate, visit www. A portion of all gifts will be matched by the Baptist Health Foundation in Jacksonville, Fla. rfnrtrbfrtt trbfr Smoking High blood pressure Family history Age over 40 Female Person of color Drug use (particularly cocaine)tbff Loss of consciousness Confusion Seizure Nausea and vomiting Stiff neck Sensitivity to light Numbness or weakness Pain behind eye The Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation is continuing its mission to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of bran aneurysm.SUBMITTED NL 6 col. Fri. 09.14.indd 8 9/13/18 4:39 PM


impact on transportation, and an emphasis on mixed-use growth as opposed to mere residential growth, citing the cost effective ness of that strategy. Mullin mentioned the growing needs of fire and rescue, public safety and animal control to keep up with the pace of growth. He stated that the countys road and bridge department now operates with fewer people than it did back in 2004: There are less people doing 10 times, 20 times or more work. Mullin also said there are more than 400 work orders in place for the west side of the county alone, estimating it will take over a year to get to all of them, and that he receives about three to four calls a day about drainage issues. He stressed that roads and other capital improve ment projects are needs, not wants. He said that those projects are expensive but that the new budget does address those needs. Governments should main tain a prudent level of financial resources to protect against reducing service levels or raising taxes annually because of tempo rary revenue shortfalls or unpre dicted one-time expenditures, Mullin said. Your proposed bud get will accomplish this. Mullin mentioned the A rat ing Nassau County schools have and the low crime rate, which has made the community attractive, adding that it is poised to become one of the fastest-growing coun ties in the state. When Office of Management and Budget Director Justin Stankiewicz took over the discus sion, he explained that, since the tentative budget was approved in July, a few adjustments were made including the addition of 16.5 new positions 15 for fire and rescue and 1.5 for animal con trol. Increases were also made in the overlay and double chip seal program, the budget for the offic es of the constitutional officers to increase their level of services, and money allotted for Florida Department of Transportation grants for Pratt Siding Road and Henry Smith Road. In addition, money has been added for the completion of a new fire station at Heron Isles. The date for the final public hearing to adopt the fiscal year 2018-19 budget and increase in millage rates was set for Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. Additional details and a copy of the complete proposed budget are available on the county website at Management-Budget. Up next for the commissioners is a special joint meeting between the board, state Sen. Aaron Bean, and state Rep. Cord Byrd to dis cuss the East Nassau Stewardship District legislation. That meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m. at the James S. Page Governmental Complex, located at 96135 Nassau Place in Yulee. For additional information, call (904) 530-6100. r NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing is scheduled for Monday, September 24th at 5:00 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers, 204 Ash Street Fernandina Beach, Florida to consider the following LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE (LDC) TEXT AMENDMENTS: THE CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH, REQUESTS LDC TEXT AMENDMENTS TO ADDRESS ISSUES OR ERRORS, AND TO ACCOMPLISH CITY COMMISSION DIRECTED ACTION AS FOLLOWS: PAB CASE 2018-20ADDS OR MODIFIES CERTAIN DEFINITIONS (SECTION 1.07.00); REVISES STANDARDS FOR CALCULATION OF BUILDING HEIGHTS AND PLACEMENT OF MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT (SECTION 4.02.03); RESTRICTS THE GRANTING OF CERTAIN VARIANCES (SECTION 10.02.01); AND PAB CASE 2018-24 CLARIFIES PARKING STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS (SECTION 7.01.04) AND REVISES AMELIA RIVER WATERFRONT CRA STANDARDS (SECTION 8.01.02). Interested parties mway appear at said hearing and be heard as to the advisability of any action, which may be considered. Any persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in this program or activity should contact 310-3100, TTY 711, (TTY number for all City offices) or through the Florida Relay Service at 711 at least 24 hours in advance to request such accommodation. The PAB serves as a recommending committee. Every application is submitted to the City Commission for final decision making. Copies of the applications may be inspected in the office of the Planning Department, City Hall, 204 Ash Street, between the hours of 8:00 AM 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. To make an appointment with a planner, please call 904-310-3135.NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PLANNING ADVISORY BOARD CITY OF FERNANDINA BEACH NOTICE OF SPECIAL JOINT MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERSDATE: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 TIME: 4:00 P.M. PLACE: COMMISSION CHAMBERS JAMES S. PAGE GOVERNMENTAL COMPLEX 96135 NASSAU PLACE YULEE, FLORIDA PURPOSE: SPECIAL JOINT MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, SENATOR AARON BEAN AND REPRESENTATIVE CORD BYRD AND ANY OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES TO DISCUSS THE STEWARDSHIP DISTRICT LEGISLATION AND CONCERNS THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HAS SINCE ITS ADOPTION AND POSSIBLE AMENDMENTS TO THE LEGISLATION. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO BE PRESENT AND BE HEARD. IF A PER SON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION BY THE BOARD, AGENCY OR COMMISSION WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETNG OR HEARING, HE/SHE WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND THAT FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO EN SURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE, WHICH RECORD INCLUDES THE EVIDENCE AND TESTIMONY UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED. ATTEST: BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF NASSAU COUNTY, FLORIDA /s/ JOHN A. CRAWFORD BY:/s/ PAT EDWARDS Its: Ex-Ocio Clerk ts: Chairman Individuals with disabilities needing a reasonable accommodation to partici pate in this proceeding should contact the Oce of the Ex-Ocio Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners at least two days prior to the proceeding at (904) 548-4660, or, if the hearing impaired, Florida Relay Service at 1-800-9558770 (v) or 1-800-955-8771(TDD). stores to accept the digital curren cy as a payment method. REEDS Jewelers, which has over 60 retail locations in the eastern U.S., is one of the rare ones. Major retailers such as Walmart and Amazon have yet to sign off on Bitcoin as an accepted payment, but the mobile gift card app Gyft offers one way around that. You can use Bitcoin to buy a gift card and then shop at those retailers or another of the 200some that they work with, includ ing giants like Nike, Target, and Starbucks. Alternatively, indi viduals can also use a service like Shakepay to convert cryptocur rencies into U.S. dollars or Euros for a fee. The rise of cryptocurrency for payments in the real estate world began with a house here and a condo there. Now the larg est affordable housing developer in Florida is considering accepting Bitcoin and other virtual curren cies for rent payments in what may be the next frontier for com mercial real estate, according to a recent story by the Bisnow online real estate news service. Miami-based Housing Trust Group is looking at going beyond cash for rental payments in the future, CEO Matt Rieger told Bisnow. Im not telling you that this is rolling out in 2018 or 2019, but it is something Ive been per sonally (interested in), because it is really interesting. While there has been a lot of talk, speculation, and theorizing as to the impact of blockchain technology the system on which cryptocurrencies run that effect has so far been felt mostly in the condominium market, according to Bisnowespecially in major cities, often where foreign inves tors use online currency like Bitcoin to transfer wealth from one country and from one cur rency into another. According to the Bisnow article, There is no definitive estimate of how much real estate worldwide has traded using cryp tocurrencies, but blockchain is being used often by foreign investors seeking loopholes to funnel money out of their countries, the article said, cit ing Collaborative Construction Resources President James Salmon, who is also the Cincinnati chapter chairman for the International Blockchain Real Estate Association. Right now, I dont think that the world is quite ready to engage in transactions that may even take a few days to close, Salmon told Bisnow. Theyre not ready for the volatility of the radical swings in value that occur when utilizing cryptocurrencies. Salmon said where blockchain technology may have a more immediate impact is if it is used as a sort of electronic token tied to the value of cash in an escrow account. That way real estate can easily be sold for cryptocurrency without exposing the buyers and sellers to the roller-coaster val ues. Meanwhile, Floridas Chief Financial Officer, Jimmy Patronis, has concluded that Florida needs to babysit cryptocurrency, and establish a position for someone to oversee Floridas digital currency craze, a Cryptocurrency Czar, according to ConsumerAffairs. Miami reportedly has become a landscape flush with milliondollar condos for sale in Bitcoin and special ATMs that turn legal tender into crypto-cash. We cannot allow the crypto currency industry to expand in Florida unfettered and unchecked with the potential for so many, including our large population of seniors, to be exploited. It is absolutely essential that Florida create safeguards to protect our consumers from fraud. The establishment of a cryptocurrency chief in the state will help protect Floridians from scams, Patronis told ConsumerAffairs. In June 2017, Gov. Rick Scott signed House Bill 1379, which expanded the Florida Money Laundering Act to expressly pro hibit the laundering of virtual cur rency, which the bill defines as a medium of exchange in electronic or digital format that is not a coin or currency of the United States or any other country. The bill took effect July 1, 2017. Florida joins nine other states California, Nevada, New York, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Illinois, Wyoming, and Delaware that have cobbled together a mix of new and old statutes to get a grip on cryptocurrency, according to ConsumerAffairs. Continued from 4A As I write this Wednesday morning, Wilmington, N.C. is in the bulls-eye of Hurricane Florence. Wilmington often deals with hurricanes riding the Gulf Stream north from the southern Atlantic. This storm is on a beeline toward Wilmington. It is tracking slightly south as of the latest track. Several times I recall cat egory 1 or 2 storms that we rode out in Wilmington proper, not the beach communities. Florence, N.C., particularly with the threat of sustained rains, is a different animal. We will pray for landfall in an area less populated and developed. From Myrtle Beach to north of Wilmington, gaps in develop ment are few. Our family moved in 1970 to Wilmington, where my father assumed general management and a minority ownership in a Chevrolet dealership. A rising high school junior at 15 years old, it was an awkward time to move from York, Pa. along with my four younger siblings. It ended up being great. The family moved to Charlotte in 1974 when Dad bought his first dealership. The same year, I went to Midland, Mich. to attend Northwood University, a specialized business col lege where the biggest major was automotive retail mer chandising. I suppose it paid off. Upon graduating, I went back to Wilmington and sold cars for Bob King PontiacGMCMercedes. I stayed from 1978 to 1988 before moving to Charlotte to join the family businesses. Ten years in Wilmington are a time that will always be a great memory. The simi larities to Nassau County are amazing; they include historic downtown areas, container ports made possible by rivers coming off the Atlantic, two mills (Wilmington had GE and DuPont), Wrightsville Beach and Fernandina Beach, big tourism focuses, and a wonder ful quality of life. In the s, New Hanover County, N.C. had a population of 100,000, with Wilmington making up 60,000 of that total. Today the county has 220,000, while Wilmington has grown to 119,000. The charm of s Wilmington has been impacted by a more than doubling of population. We in Nassau County have more of that s Wilmington feel. Will we dou ble in population in 40 years? Time will tell. Hollie and I were due to head Thursday to Brevard, N.C. My father-in-law paid my entry in a scholarship golf tournament scheduled for Friday. No pressure. My mother-in-law questions why we would even consider not coming. We will most likely evacuate sunny Nassau County into the fray. Wilmington still has a place in my heart. The Wilmington Morning Star newspaper had a tag line on the front page, The Port City of Progress and Pleasure. Always liked that. My hope is that those affected by Florence stay safe and rebound quickly. Have a good week. You can buy Bitcoins from a digital currency exchange or broker such as Coinbase, Bitstamp, Kraken, and Gatehub, or from other people. Youll also need a digital wallet to hold the digital currency. The wallet stores your private key, a secret number that gives you access to your Bitcoins. Your private key ensures that you can always access your wallet, whichever marketplace you use. There are software and hardware wallets. Software wallets are applications that connect to your traditional bank account. Hardware wallets store the users private keys on a small device. You can create a digital wallet by signing up with companies like Coinbase, Exodus, MyCelium, or and downloading an application through the Apple App Store or Google Play. You can buy and trade Bitcoins as well as store them through the app. Then visit the exchange youve picked and register with it. Most require you to connect with your bank account to pay for your Bitcoin purchase. Some exchanges like Coinbase offer an app that acts as an exchange and a wallet. Select the amount of Bitcoin you want to buy. You can buy less than one Bitcoin on these exchang es with a credit card, a bank transfer, or even cash. For the online article, go to: 2018/01/03/bitcoin-buy-how-to-cryptocurrency. Continued from 1A rfrnrtbfbrrfrbr rf br NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARINGe Amelia Island Mosquito Control District of Nassau County, Florida, has tentatively adopted a budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019. A public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on:WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 at 5:30 P.M. in the CHARLES BUDDY BROWN MEETING ROOM 2500 LYNNDALE ROAD FERNANDINA BEACH, FLORIDA NL 6 col. Fri. 09.14.indd 9 9/13/18 3:50 PM


r f ntb f f f t rf r rf The Hornets home opener is tonight. The Yulee High School football team hosts Paxon in a District 3-5A match up, the district opener for the home team. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Hornet Field. The Hornets are com ing off a 40-15 loss to unde feated Menendez. Yulee (0-2) answered the Falcons 27-point first half when Cole Richardson reeled in a pass from Antonio Parks. Menendez scored twice in the third quarter, and again Yulee answered with a touch down thanks to Parks, who scored on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter. Parks connected with Richardson for the twopoint conversion. Parks completed six of 11 passes for 104 yards. Richardson finished the night with 55 yards on two catches. JhaCurry Simpson was the Hornets leading rusher with 20 yards. Parks had 10. The Yulee defense was led by Bryson Williams, who had 10 solo tackles, six assists and a pair of quarterback sacks. Clayton Walden had five solo stops and six assists. Terrell Jackson recorded eight solo tackles and two assists, and Gavin Knight had five of each. The Fernandina Beach High School Pirates were idle last week. They host Wolfson tonight at 7 p.m. Homecoming is next week. The Pirates host Stanton at 7 p.m. Sept. 21. The homecoming parade will be held at 4 p.m. downtown, going down Ash Street and up Centre. The Fernandina Beach Middle School Pirates are 2-1 on the season with wins over Camden County and Episcopal. The lone lass came at the hands of St. Marys. We are doing good this year and are still growing, Coach Michael Leverett said. We have a lot of seventh and sixth graders, so we have talent coming back. We didnt play that well against St. Marys. We made mistakes and missed multiple touchdowns. FBMS heads to Callahan on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. match. We play Callahan this com ing Tuesday so we will see how well we play against a rival, Leverett said. The Pirates are back at home on Sept. 25 with Charlton County. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. r The Tiny Mites kick off Fernandina Beach Pop Warners homecoming Saturday with a 10 a.m. game against Callahan (red). The Mitey Mites take on Callahan at 11:30 a.m., and the Junior Peewees face Callahan at 1:30 p.m. Yulee is also home Saturday. The Tiny Mites take on Callahan (gold) at 9 a.m. The Mitey Mites (gold) take on Oakleaf at 10:30 a.m. The white Mitey Mites take on Ponte Vedra at 12:30 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., the Junior Peewees (green) take on Fleming Island. nt rfbf PHOTOS BY BETH JONES/NEWS-LEADER The Yulee Middle School football team hosted the Lake City Falcons on Tuesday. Yulee is back home Tuesday with Bolles. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. NEW Sports Fri.indd 1 9/13/18 2:34 PM


r rFirst Tee Golf will continue this fall for local teens in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs. Sessions start Sept. 19 and run through Oct. 24 at the Amelia River Golf Course and the Golf Club of Amelia Island. First Tee is dedicated to impacting youngsters with an educational program aimed at building character, instilling life-enhancing values and healthy choices through the game of golf. Teens who are interested in participating can call the Roberts Learning and Achievement Center at 4919102 or the Miller Freedom Center at 261-1075. For more details about overall Boys & Girls Clubs programs, visit Beach Babe Ruth fall baseball opening day is Oct. 6. The season runs through Nov. 23. Visit www. for information.trA hunter safety class will be held Oct. 6, with sessions from 8 a.m. to noon in the Callahan Fire Station community room and from 1-4 p.m. at the North Florida Firearms and Tactical Center in Hilliard. Students must have completed the online course at before taking the course.tbAmelia Island Nassau County Youth Lacrosse is a developmental youth lacrosse program for boys and girls ages 8-15. Registration will begin Oct. 1 for the 2019 spring season. No prior experience or knowledge of the sport is necessary. The club is a non-profit member of U.S. Lacrosse and volunteer driven. Visit or the club Facebook site, www.facebook. com/groups/AINC Youth Lacrosse for additional information and updates or contact Head Coach Carl J. Bazarian at (703) 981-7703 or President Robby Allen at aincyouthlacrosse@ or (843) 263-0761.rtThe Nassau County Chamber of Commerce will hold the inaugural Complete & Putter Madness mini golf tournament from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Putt Putt at Main Beach, 6 N. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach. This is not your average golf tournament for not your average player. Teams of four will represent businesses throughout Nassau County and compete for bragging rights and a trophy. There will be goodie bags for each team and entertainment throughout the tournament. The event is sponsored by Putt Putt Amelia Island, Kona Ice and Waterwheel Cigar. The entry fee for each team is $100 and spaces are limited. The registration deadline is Oct. 16. For information, visit www.nassaucountyflchamber. com or call 261-3248. Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is a membershipbased association of Nassau County businesses, professional leaders and individuals working together to provide leadership which will aggressively promote and defend responsible economic growth, employment opportunities, government and excellence in education and quality of life.tbMaster Tom Gagne is offering adult tai chi classes at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email paksfernbch@yahoo. com or call 261-8660 for information.fttnThe Amelia Island Boules Club holds petanque pickup games on the petanque courts at Central Park, corner of Atlantic Avenue and South 11th Street, Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and most afternoons on weekdays. Petanque (pay-tonk) is a cousin of both horseshoes and bocce, the Italian bowling game. The public is always welcome. Call 491-1190 for information.tnThe Amelia Island Sailing Club meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Kraft Athletic Club at Ten Acres, located off Buccaneer Trail. Social hour starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner, business meeting and guest speaker presentation. Guests are welcome. Current boat ownership or sailing skills are not prerequisites to joining. Club activities throughout the year may include day/ overnight excursions by water and/or land, sailboat racing, social activities such as tubing, swimming with manatees, picnics and parties; as well as assisting with local conservation and environmental efforts in surrounding waters. For information, contact Commodore Tom Maguire at (703) 298-1714.The Nassau Sport Fishing Association holds its monthly business meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. The monthly social gettogether is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The location for both meetings is Kraft Ten Acres, 961023 Buccaneer Trail, Fernandina Beach. All are welcome. The Nassau Sport Fishing Association, founded in 1983, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to develop and promote saltwater fishing in the Nassau County area while adhering to state, federal and local regulations, to encourage compliance with rules of water safety by club members and the general public and to promote youth-related community and other civic-minded activities. Contact President Dennis Burke at (256) 453-4744 or email North Florida Bicycle Club offers several organized bicycle rides each week at various times and locations on Amelia Island and in Nassau County. Cyclists of all abilities are welcome. Helmets and a bicycle in good working condition are required. Bicycle safety will be emphasized at the start of each ride. Cyclists typically split into groups, depending on pace and skill level, and there are options to cut the ride short. Anyone who joins the group will not be left behind. Lunch is optional. Call 261-5160, or visit, or The News Leader Weather Summary Fernandina Beach's Seven Day Forecast rf nnr tbf nrtbf nrtbff f fff Local UV Index 0 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11+ bbrnn bfbn nnn Weather Trivia rf tnnr n Weather Historyntbb btrn rnnr rnrnnnnn ntn trnrnr nnn rfrn Peak Fishing/Hunting Times This Week b r bb bfbf bbf bfb b r tnbb nrffbffb tbbnn Sun/Moon Chart This Week n f tn nr t f Last Week's Almanac & Growing Degree Days n n ffff fff ff fff ff ff fff bfbb n nnn n nnn frnnnrnnrnnnnnn nrrnnnnnrnnnn nnnrnnr Tides This Week b f f ff f tnff nrf tn tbb f f f f tn nrf tn StarWatch By Gary Becker Record Misery for Late Summernnrnnnrnnnnnnnnrn nnnnnnnnnntnrnnnnnnn nnnnrnnnnrnnrnnnnnnnnr nnrrnnnnnnrnnnnnrnnnnrrnn nnnnnntnnrnnrnrrnnnnnr fnnnfrnnnnnnnnnnrnfrnnnr nnnnnnnnnntnn nnnnnnnnnrnrnnnnrnnr nntnrnnnrnnnrnnnnrnrnnnn nnnnnnrnnnnnnnrnnnbrnnnr rnnnrnnnrnrnnnr nnnnnrnnnnnnrnrnrnnnrnn rnnnnnnnrnnnrnnrnrntnnn nnnrnnnnnrnnnnntnnnnnnnn rnnrrnnnnnnnnnrnnrnnn FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Varsity Football Sept. 14 WOLFSON* 7:00 Sept. 21 at Stanton (homecoming) 7:00 Sept. 28 at Zephyrhills Christian 7:00 Oct. 5 at Paxon 7:00 Oct. 12 WEST NASSAU* 7:00 Oct. 19 SATELLITE BEACH 7:00 Oct. 26 at North Fl. Edu. Institute 7:00 Nov. 2 at Yulee 7:00 *District YULEE HIGH SCHOOL Varsity Football Sept. 14 PAXON* 7:00 Sept. 21 at West Nassau 7:00 Sept. 28 NEW SMYRNA BEACH 7:00 Oct. 5 BISHOP KENNY** 7:00 Oct. 12 at Stanton* 7:00 Oct. 19 SUWANNEE* 7:00 Oct. 26 at Ribault* 7:00 Nov. 2 FERNANDINA BEACH 7:00 *District ** Homecoming FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Junior Varsity Football Sept. 27 STANTON 6:00 Oct. 14 YULEE 6:00 Oct. 11 at Ridgeview 6:00 Oct. 18 at Bolles 6:00 Oct. 25 at Episcopal 6:00 YULEE HIGH SCHOOL Junior Varsity Football Sept. 20 WEST NASSAU 6:00 Sept. 27 BISHOP KENNY 6:00 Oct. 4 at Fernandina Beach 6:00 FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Cross Country Sept. 16 at Ponte Vedra Invite 7:30 Sept. 23 at UF Mt. Dew Invite 2:00 Sept. 30 at Alligator Lake Invite 8:10 Oct. 14 AMELIA ISLAND INVITE 8:00 Oct. 28 DISTRICT 8/8:35 Nov. 4 Regional at Alligator Lake Park Nov. 11 State FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Volleyball Sept. 14-15 at JJVA River City Classic Sept. 27 at West Nassau 5:30/6:30 Oct. 1 PAXON 5:30/6:30 Oct. 4 at Duval Charter 6/7:00 Oct. 6 JJVA JV tourney Oct. 9 UNIVERSITY (srs.) 5:30/6:30 Oct. 15-16 District at Episcopal *District YULEE HIGH SCHOOL Volleyball Sept. 14-15 at River City Classic Sept. 17 at Ridgeview 6/7:00 Sept. 18 WEST NASSAU 5:30/6:30 Sept. 20 TERRY PARKER 5:30/6:30 Sept. 24 CAMDEN COUNTY 5:30/6:30 Sept. 25 at Fernandina 6/7:00 Sept. 27 at Stanton 6/7:00 Oct. 2 at Paxon 6/7:00 Oct. 4 at West Nassau 6/7:00 Oct. 6 JJVA JV tourney Oct. 8 at Hilliard 6/7:00 Oct. 9 BAKER COUNTY 6/7:00 Oct. 15-19 district tournament FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Swimming Sept. 25 BISHOP SNYDER 5:00 Oct. 2 at Clay/Ridgeview 4:00 Oct. 4 FLORIDA D&B 5:00 Oct. 9 COUNTY 5:00 FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Girls Golf Sept. 17 at Ponte Vedra 4:00 Sept. 29 PONTE VEDRA 4:00 Sept. 26 BISHOP KENNY 4:00 Sept. 27 BOLLES 4:00 Oct. 2 at Episcopal 4:00 Oct. 9 at Bolles 4:00 Oct. 11 WEST NASSAU 4:00 Oct. 15 DISTRICT 8:00 Oct. 22, 23 or 24 Regional Nov. 1-3 State FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL Boys Golf Sept. 18 NEASE 4:00 Sept. 24 at Episcopal 4:15 Sept. 25 BOLLES 4:00 Sept. 28 STANTON 4:00 Oct. 1 at Bishop Kenny 4:00 Oct. 4 WEST NASSAU 4:00 Oct. 15 DISTRICT 8:00 Oct. 22, 23 or 24 Regional Nov. 1-3 State at Mission Inn YULEE MIDDLE SCHOOL Football Sept. 18 BOLLES 5:00 Sept. 25 TRINITY CHRISTIAN 5:00 Oct. 3 ST. MARYS 5:00 Oct. 9 Open Oct. 16 at Camden 5:00 Oct. 23 at Ferandina Beach 6:00 YULEE MIDDLE SCHOOL Volleyball Sept. 17 at Hilliard 5:30/6:30 Sept. 20 at Trinity 4:00/5:00 Sept. 21 BOLLES 5/6:30 Sept. 24 B semis at Hilliard 5:30/6:30 Sept. 25 A semis at FBMS 5:30/6:30 Sept. 27 Finals at Callahan 5:30/6:30 FERNANDINA BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL Football Sept. 18 at Callahan 6:00 Sept. 25 CHARLTON COUNTY 6:00 Oct. 2 TRINITY 6:00 Oct. 9 Open Oct. 16 at Bolles Oct. 23 YULEE* 6:00 *Homecoming FERNANDINA BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL Volleyball Sept. 14 at Lakeside 5:30/6:30 Sept. 20 BOLLES 5:30/6:30 Sept. 24 JV semis at Hilliard 5:30/6:30 Sept. 25 V semis at FBMS 5:30/6:30 Sept. 27 Finals at Callahan 5:30/6:30 SUBMITTEDOpening Day for the 18-hole Ladies Golf Association at The Golf Club of Amelia Island was held on Sept. 6 with 26 ladies coming out to begin the 2018-19 golf season. Also attending lunch were two honorary members Nancy Speck and Betty Quealy. The competition for the day was a captains choice scramble followed by a great buffet luncheon. The first-place winners were Chris Danbeck, Donna Spears, Janet Woodward and Cathy West with a gross score of 70; second place went to Sue Lansdell, Linda Larabee and Kate Wiest with a 73. President Janet Woodward kicked off the season with a business meeting, officer and committee reports and discussions of upcoming tournament play and social activities. LGA events are held throughout the year from September through May. The tennis One-on-One Doubles Shootout series will make a stop in North Florida when the Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach hosts a serve-and-volley event with rocking blues music from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 6. One-On-One Doubles is the half-court, serve and volley singles game played crosscourt-only with the alley included. Tournaments enforce the serve-and-volley rule, on both serves, or there is a loss of point. Half-volleys are permitted, and the returner can stay back or come in. All players are guaranteed three matches that usually last two hours before we hit the quarterfinals, says organizer Ed Krass. Top juniors, college players, teaching professionals and touring players are all welcome to register. The winner will receive $1,200, with prize money distributed through fourth place. Play will be alongside a live concert by Chicago blues circuit veterans the RJ Howson Band, and the $50 entry fee includes the player party with food and beverages. For information visit www.oneononedoubles. Find The News-Leaderon the World Wide Web Read the news, e-mail the staff, check the classifieds, or subscribe to Floridas Oldest Weekly Newspaper! Find The News-Leaderon the World Wide Web Read the news, e-mail the staff, check the classifieds, or subscribe to Floridas Oldest Weekly Newspaper! r f n t b n t f n b n r f n Display Advertising deadline for Wednesday is 3 p.m. Friday Classified Advertising deadline is 5:00 p.m. Monday.Display Advertising deadline for Friday is 3 p.m. Tuesday Classified Advertising deadline is 5:00 p.m. Wednesday.Please call 261-3696 to place your advertisement. rfntbDONT LITTERSPAY~NEUTER rfntbDONT LITTERSPAY~NEUTER rfntbDONT LITTERSPAY~NEUTER Attention!NASSAU COUNTY!Y ou can get SAME DAY DELIVERY of the News-Leader every week, delivered by the US Postal Service, directly to your home or business. See page 2A for more details. Attention!NASSAU COUNTY!Y ou can get SAME DAY DELIVERY of the News-Leader every week, delivered by the US Postal Service, directly to your home or business. See page 2A for more details. Email items for Sports Shorts to or call 261-3696 for information. 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Business and Commercial Customers must have an existing checking account or establish a new Preferred Business Checking or Commercial Checking account. rfntbn2.40%APY* FACEBOOK/NASSAU COUNTY FIRE-RESCUE 3101Nassau County Fire-Rescue 3101 posted this picture and status about their response Wednesday to a fire on Bermuda Drive in Fernandina Beach: Stations 70, 30, 20 Bat 1 and Fernandina Beach Fire Department quickly contained a fire to the garage on Bermuda Drive this afternoon. Great Stop Everyone. Two rare whooping cranes that hatched this spring at White Oak Conservation in Yulee and their parents were reintroduced to the wild at the end of last month, according to a news release from the facility. The family of four was flown by private jet to the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Wisconsin, the culmination of a successful breeding program conducted with the International Crane Foundation and the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership. The young cranes, a male and a female, hatched in late April at the Nassau County wildlife refuge owned by philanthropists Mark and Kimbra Walter. Since then, they have grown nearly as big as their parents and have been taught to fly by their father 16-11, also known as Grasshopper, and their mother 18-12, known as Hemlock. The whole family has been fitted with VHF and GPS telemetry devices attached to their color bands, allowing researchers to track their future movements. The private flight that took the cranes to Wisconsin was donated by Windway Capital Corporation, which has been donating flights to the ICF and whooping crane recovery program since the early 1980s. White Oaks mission is to save endangered species around the globe, and as this case shows, exceptional care and planning among many partners is required to achieve it, Mark Walter said in the release. This months events make me hopeful for the future of the whooping crane. Grasshopper was raised by the International Crane Foundation in Wisconsin and released at Horicon in 2011. Hemlock also was reared by the International Crane Foundation, but remained at the foundations headquarters until both cranes were moved to White Oak in October 2016 and introduced for breeding. The 4-month-old cranes 73-18 and 74-18 are the adult pairs first offspring. Their hatches were a milestone for the species, as only 700 to 800 of the critically endangered cranes remain in North America because of hunting, power line collisions, habitat reduction and encroachment. The adult male will teach the family to survive in the wild, and all four cranes are expected to migrate as a family to their wintering area in the fall. The family likely will stay together until the next breeding season, in spring 2019, when the young cranes will strike out on their own. The adult cranes typically pair for life. This whooping crane family is part of the Eastern Migratory Population, one of two current experimental release programs that seek to protect the existence of this critically endangered wetland bird. The successful release of this crane family is testament to the commitment and cooperation of the partners involved, resulting in positive outcomes and support for the long-term recovery of the whooping crane, said Steve Shurter, CEO of White Oak Conservation, in the release. Every individual of an endangered species is important, and success stories like this are critical for whooping cranes, said Anne Lacy, Crane Research Coordinator for the International Crane Foundation. The pairing of 16-11 and 18-12, their two healthy chicks, and now the familys return to their breeding grounds in Wisconsin, gives us hope for the future of the species. The program is managed and monitored collaboratively by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership. Members include the International Crane Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Operation Migration, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, White Oak Conservation, and other partners. More information about the partnership is available at rf PHOTOS BY WHITE OAK CONSERVATION/SPECIALA young, brown whooping crane with parent behind at White Oak. The photos and videos were captured by remote camera, as there has been virtually no human interaction with these cranes. White Oaks fledgling whooping cranes eating bugs. The white parent can be seen in the back. NL 6 col. Fri. 09.14.indd 12 9/13/18 3:35 PM


Tickets for the 2018 Amelia Island Jazz Festival are now on sale. The critically acclaimed Requinte Trio, featuring multiple Grammy Award-winning vocalist Janis Siegel, a founding and longtime member of Manhattan Transfer, and veteran Chicago guitarist Henry Johnson will headline the week-long festival. This years festival is scheduled for Oct. 7-14. Johnson was formally introduced to jazz by hearing guitarist Wes Montgomery. In 1976, he went on the road with jazz organist Jack McDuff and was called to work with vocalist Donny Hathaway. Johnson began playing with jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis and was added to the regular group of jazz legend Joe Williams in 1985. Johnsons musical roots run deep into gospel, blues and jazz. His strongest and earliest influences were Kenny Burrell, George Benson, and most significantly, Wes Montgomery. While influenced by these great guitarists, Johnson also cites the music of Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, big bands, and jazz orchestras as integral forces which shaped his sound and style. Over the past four and a half decades, the voice of Janis Siegel, a nine-time Grammy winner and 17-time Grammy nominee, has been an undeniable force in The Manhattan Transfers diverse musical catalog. Alongside her career as a founding member of this musical institution, Siegel has also sustained a solo career that has spawned almost a dozen finely crafted solo albums and numerous collaborative projects, amassed a large international fan base and garnered consistently high critical praise. Her latest collaborative venture includes a Brazillian/jazz project, Requinte Trio, comprised of Siegel, pianist and arranger John diMartino, and percussionist, singer and guitarist Nanny Assis. Their first CD, Honey & Air, has garnered much critical and popular acclaim and the group tours as much as their individual schedules allow. They have played in London with the great Joo Donato and the guitar wiz Diego Figuerado.Jazz in the Park is a free concert that will feature the Florida State Unviersity Jazz Ensemble 1 at Amelia Park. Leon Anderson will direct. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. BBQ will be available from Gilberts Underground Kitchen.rfnA Jazz Festival Sponsor Party will be hosted by Les DeMerle and Bonnie Eisele and feature special guests. This event is by invitation only for Bronze Saxophone Sponsors and above and will be held at Horizons Gourmet Restaurant, located at 5472 First Coast Highway on Amelia Island.tbnAmelia Island Wine Company at 4924 First Coast Highway on Amelia Island will host a Wine Tasting & Jazz event featuring multi-instrumentalist Bill Prince on trumpet, trombone, clarinet and flute and Doug Matthews on piano. Tickets are $30. bbJump, Jive and Wail, a swing night concert and dance at The Sandbar & Kitchen, will feature The Dynamic Les DeMerle Little Big Band. The restaurant is located at 2910 Atlantic Ave. in Fernandina Beach. A cash bar and food will be available. Tickets are $30.tEl Nio & The Latin Jazz Kings will headline a Hot Latin Jazz concert and dance at The Sandbar & Kitchen. This Latin band has been influenced by salsa greats like Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, and Ray Barretto. A cash bar and food will be available. Tickets are $30.Henry Johnson is one of the festivals two headliners to appear at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club, located at 2800 Bill Melton Road in Fernandina Beach. The Les DeMerle Jazz Quartet will also perform. After the concert, a late-night jam session from 10 p.m. to midnight will be hosted by 2018 AIJF Scholar David Trulio in Dizzys Den at Sliders Seaside Grill. Ticket prices start at $50.The festivals second headliner, the Requinte Trio featuring Janis Siegel of The Manhattan Transfer, pianist and arranger John diMartino, and percussionist, singer and guitarist Nanny Assis will also play at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club, with the Les DeMerle Jazz Quartet, also appearing. The nights late-night jam will take place between 10:30 p.m. and midnight. Ticket prices start at $50.Nawlins Dixieland Jazz Brunch, with two performance times, will send off this years festival at Horizons Gourmet Restaurant. Tickets are $60 per person and include a special Jazz Festival menu. A cash bar will be available. For complete information about the festival and to purchase tickets, visit Tickets may also be purchased at The UPS Store, 1417 Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach, and The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, in Fernandina Beach. rfntbffftf ftf t trfnt bfff rfb b ff fff bbbfbff ffff bfb ffrfntfr ff fff ftttt bb r fntffbrrr rf frfr fbb fff ff ffn fff fbbrbfr rfr ffbf ff frf rf t f The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival announced this week that donors will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2019 season before they go on sale to the general public in October. Donors can purchase tickets on the following dates at various contribution levels: Sept. 17 $500 and above Oct. 1 $100-$499 Oct. 15 general public If you are not already a donor, consider making a tax-deductible contribution soon, since concert tickets for the upcoming seasons three internationally renowned headliners Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (Jan. 25), violinist Joshua Bell (Feb. 1) and pianist Emanuel Ax (March 22) will sell out quickly, the release states. All performance dates are in 2019. Visit aicmf. com to learn about the special benefits contributors receive. In addition to the Festivals headliners, the 2019 season will also feature internationally recognized stars such as the Dover Quartet, the Mir Quartet, the award-winning Balsam Range bluegrass band and violin virtuoso Anne Akiko Meyers. This line-up of acclaimed talent clearly reflects the Festivals status as one of the premier music events in the nation, says the release. For tickets and complete information about the 2019 season, visit Tickets also can be purchased by calling the Festival office at 261-1779. Entering its 18th season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is a not-for-profit, taxexempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.brbbffbff rf frt f NL 6 col. Fri. 09.14.indd 13 9/13/18 10:34 AM


r Elizabeth Babor, a pia nist and daughter of local residents Jerry and Mary Lynn Torchia, will be return ing to the area at 7:30 p.m. tonight for a third recital at St. located at 801 Atlantic Ave. in Fernandina Beach. She UF/IFAS Nassau Exension Director Rebecca Jordi will conduct a Plant Clinic 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17. All offered for correction. There information call 530-6353. The Amelia Island Genealogical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting UF/IFAS Nassau Master Gardeners Vicki Martin and Claudia Witcher will conduct a Landscape Matters class Guild & Gallery will host a painting demonstration or call 432-1750. The Fernandina Beach High School homecoming parade Fernandina Beach at 4 p.m. invited to participate in the Amelia Musical Playhouse will present A. Sylvia this month. p.m. Sept. 21-22 and 28-29 and at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23. com or calling 277-3455. The Moon and You fea turing husband and wife duo Melissa Hyman on cello and Ryan Furstenberg on banjo and guitar calling 601-2118. fn f r frfrn tbtbr frnb rrr fr Wednesday, September 12 Solution Rehearsals for An Evening in December 2018 261-9527 or Allen Lennon at r Two six-week adult begin ning guitar classes are being offered in Fernandina Beach. Amelia Community Theatre will hold auditions 6-8 Fernandina Beach. Five women and three men The Florida Alpha Alpha chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Organization for Women Educators is cele brating the 60th anniversary The West Nassau Historical Society will hold its fundraiser Hobos, Hot Rods, and Heroes Festival and Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Local live entertainment will perform from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. rr The Island Art Associalocated at 18 N. Second St. in Fernandina Beach. For more Local artist Lisa Inglis will host painting parties during the summer at The vided. p.m. Sept. 18. 1-4:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Ballroom On Amelia offers Two for Tuesday group classes are on hold while Ballroom page. The newest exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Urban Spaces, Open Skies: 20th-Century American Landscape Resin epoxy, dirty pour art classes at 518-322-7937. Kings Bay RC Modelers Overeaters Anonymous meets in the parlor at St. Bingo is played every Thursday at American Legion Lions Club bingo, ACBL Duplicate Bridge, Fernandina Beach. Amelia (770) 616-7664. Contract bridge, Fernandina Beach. Living With Loss for information. SUBMITTED The Kraft Dance Series with Crescendo Amelia will continue at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Kraft Athletic Club, located at 961023 Buccaneer Trail. BYOB responsibly. Tickets can be purchased for $20 online at or for $25 at the door. rffnftbtbnb Alhambra Theatre & Dining has announced the schedule for its 2019 sea son. To purchase tickets, visit alhambrajax. com/2019-show-schedule. Godspell Jan. 9 to Feb. 10 A Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical that follows a group of storytell ers as they help Jesus Christ tell different parables with music, games, and hefty doses of comic timing, dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical Feb. 20 to March 24 A hilarious romp with an honest humor about the trials and tribulations of the unavoidable aging process. Sketches make fun of the frustrations of mammograms, love handles, and weekend warriors. Big the Musical March 27 to May 5 After Josh makes a wish to become an adult, he is forced to do adult things, like getting a job. Soon, he resents the pres sures of adulthood and desperately seeks a way to be a kid again. This high-energy musical based on the film is a family-friend ly smash-hit. Aint Misbehaving May 8 to June 9 A tribute to the black musicians of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, this revue provides an evening of rowdy and humorous songs. Winner of the 1978 Tony Award for Best Musical and celebration of legendary jazz writer Thomas Fats Waller. The Little Mermaid June 12 to July 28 Ariels fascination with a young human prince brings her on an adventure leading to a showdown between good and evil, where only love can prevail. Mamma Mia! Aug. 7 to Sept. 15 On the eve of her wedding, a daughters quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mothers past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. A mother, a daughter, three possible dads, and a trip down the aisle you will never forget! Brighton Beach Memoirs Sept. 18 to Oct. 13 Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable moth er, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. This dramedy is a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. Jekyll & Hyde Oct. 23 to Nov. 24 While trying to find a cure for his fathers mental illness, Dr. Jekyll makes himself the subject of his experimental treatments. Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson, this musical brings to life the epic struggle about the nature of man. A Wonderful Life Nov. 27 to Dec. 24 Based on the beloved 1946 film, this musical follows George Baileys life from his childhood dreams to his midlife disap pointments and beyond. NL 6 col. Fri. 09.14.indd 14


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Egans Creek is part of the St. Marys watershed, which is monitored by the St. Marys Riverkeeper. However, no monitoring has been done for the Riverkeeper for Egans Creek, which means that the students are providing the much-needed baseline data of Egans Creek for the watershed study. On the first Wednesday of each month, a group of students will walk to the sample site with their teachers, Angie Kindler and Joseph Waas, to collect the water from the creek at Hickory Street. While at the site, they will fix the sample so chemical tests can be performed back in the lab, where students will test for dissolved oxygen concentration and pH level. Students test for dissolved oxygen amounts because the results indicate the ability of aquatic organisms to breathe. In addition to the chemical tests, students will also monitor for E. coli bacteria levels in the water sample by plating the samples and a control sample and then incubating the plates for 24 hours. The next day, students will count the number of bacterial colonies. We test for E. coli because it is considered an indicator species. The presence of high levels E. coli indicate that other pathogens might be in the water. Sources of E. coli in our water could be livestock, wildlife, urban storm runoff, leaking pipes, or failing septic systems. Currently, students are monitoring only one site, Hickory Street, but are looking to expand their monitoring to at least one more site at Beech Street, or possibly three more sites Beech Street, Atlantic Avenue, and Sadler Road. Angie M. Kindler is an AP Environmental Science and Anatomy & Physiology Honors teacher at Fernandina Beach High School. More than 90 students and mentors of Take Stock in Children of Nassau County gathered Saturday, Aug. 25, at Florida State College at Jacksonvilles Nassau Campus for the organizations annual Back to School Bash, according to a news release. In addition to enjoying several hours of food, fun and games, participants also took part in the Cha-Cha and Stanky-Leg dance craze as well as a DJs conga line that stole the show. Students also enjoyed a BBQ lunch catered by Callahan BarB-Q, a meet-and-greet with Take Stock mentors, a photo booth and competitive gaming and entertainment courtesy of Amelia Island DJ. Establishing a network of support among students and mentors is a critical component of the Take Stock program. To help break the ice, Executive Director Dr. (Andrea) Cummings set four unique goals for the event. First, every student was challenged to take at least one picture with their assigned mentor. Second, all attendees participate in the group game and in at least one competitive challenge. Third, no superficial student or mentor diets were allowed while enjoying lunch. And fourth, everyone was required to socialize and have fun, fun, and more fun, the release states. Some of the sporting events at this years Bash included needle and thread, lime and spoon, jump rope, checkers, cards, dominoes, Uno, Connect Four, Pictionary, and a corn hole toss on the green. Games also included a random raffle drawing for prizes and lots of highly sought-after gift cards. Take Stock Nassau would like to extend a special thank you to James and Regina Lee, as well as our local Publix supermarket for making our Back to School Bash a huge success. It was your gracious, heartfelt participation in this event that made it so incredibly special, the release says. It would be a mistake not to mention the camaraderie shared by all as so eloquently mentioned by Deb Walton, a mentor in attendance at the event. Thank you to all our Board members and staff who attended and assisted to make it such a huge success. Take Stock in Children is a nonprofit student mentoring and scholarship program that assists academically qualified low-income students to reach their greatest potential through higher education. Take Stock helps students stay in school, strive for better grades and, ultimately, succeed in college. Upon completion of the program, Take Stock students receive a tuition scholarship to college. All college scholarship funds raised locally are matched 100 percent by Florida Pre-Paid. rffn PHOTOS BY ANGIE M. KINDLER/SPECIALTop left, Petrifilm after incubation. To determine the number of colonies, students count the blue dots surrounded by air bubbles. Recent counts were well below the minimum level established by the St. Marys Riverkeeper. Right, students rinsing the collection bottles to perform the chemical (dissolved oxygen) tests. Pictured are Shemyah Preliou and Graham Murphy. Above, Petrifilms to be counted. Top right, students using micropipette to take water from the sample bags that will be placed on the petrifilm for bacterial testing. Pictured are Will Waters, Harmony Gaskin, and Shemyah Preliou. rff nfSUBMITTEDStudents and mentors at Take Stock in Children of Nassau Countys recent Back to School Bash participated in a conga line. NL 6 col. Fri. 09.14.indd 15 9/13/18 10:16 AM


Applications are being accepted Sept. 17 to Oct. 26 for The Salvation Armys Senior Angel Tree Program. If you are or know a low-income senior citizen who is 60 years or older and could use a little help this Christmas, please call 321-0435 or come to the center for application criteria and to apply 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Salvation Army Hope House is located at 410 S. Ninth St. in Fernandina Beach. r fnt Worship this wee kat the place of your choice... Doug Sides, Senior Pastor Morning Services 8:15 and 11:00 am Sunday School 9:45 am Sunday Evening 6:00 pm Wednesday Prayer Meeting 6:30 pm Wednesday Children 6:30 pm Nursery Provided For All ServicesYulee, FL 3209785971 Harts Rd. 9042255128 Y BC ULEE Y BCAPTISTVisitors Always Welcome! HURCH 904-261-4293 7:30AM Rite 1 Service 8:15AM Breakfast 9:00AM Rite 2 Service 10:10AM Fellowship 11:00AM Rite 2 6:00PM 2nd Sunday Beach ServiceMain Beach 4th Sunday Celtic ServiceWelcomes You!Located at the corner of 8th &AtlanticSt. Peters Episcopal Church B LACKROCK B APTISTCHURCH96362 Blackrock Rd., Yulee261-6220 John Kasper, PASTORSunday Morning Worship Service 10:30 amSunday School 9:15 am Sunday Evening Worship Service 6:00 pm Wednesday Service 7:00 pm Awana Wednesday 6:45 pm 8:15 pm Nursery Provided 10:45 a.m. Sunday Worship Nursery/Childrens church provided Located near Yulee Winn-Dixie 96038 Lofton Square Court 904-491-0363 F o c u s e d o n J e s u s C h r i s t F a i t h f u l t o G o d s W o r d O v e r f l o w i n g w i t h G o d s l o v e Sunday Service at 10am American Beach Community Center 1600 Julia Street UnityIsleofLight www. u nity i sleof l ight.comAll are welcome. Positive Path for Spiritual Living r fntbnnb b t bbbbnn bbnn bnn bbb brnn b 904 491 6082 8:00 AM Holy Communion ( aid) 9:15 AM Sunday Bible College 10:30 AM Holy Communion ( ung) The Church with the RED DOORS In Amelia Park by the YMCA 1830 Lake Park Drive Anglican Province of America TRINIT Y CHURCH HOL Y Living Word Church Meeting at: 910 South 14th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 Pastor Dan and Teresa Sawyer Service times Sunday @ 10:00amWorship service. Coming soon...Thursday night Bible Study FIVE POINTS BAPTISTMORE THAN A CHURCH, WERE FAMILYCome Experience the Joy of Worship & Service Psalm 100Rev. FRANK CAMAROTTI, Pastor Sunday School ........................................ 10:00am Worship Service ..................................... 11:00am Evening Worship ......................................5:00pm Young Adult Bible Study ........................... 7:00pm Wednesday Encounter Youth Group .......... 7:00pm Children in Action .................................... 7:00pm Wednesday Prayer Service ........................ 7:00pm736 Bonnieview Road 904-261-4615 Nursery provided WorshipInJoy.comFind us on Facebook: Five Points Baptist Encounter Youth Christ Fellowship Church850987 U.S. 17 North, Yulee Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Worship 10:30am Wednesday Evening 6:30pm Messed up people, Saved by Christ, and Loved by God. Pastor J.J. Bradleywww.christfellowshipn .org Sunday Services 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. ( 904 ) 277-4414 Amelia Plantation Chapel 36 Bowman Road Pastor Conrad Sharps You Are Welcome Here! rfntb rf ftbrrb trrt rrffbt nrnrbrrfnttbbrrnrf Teaching and Living a Changed Life in Jesus Christ LEGACY BAPTIST CHURCH Sunday School all ages 9:30am Sunday Worship Service 10:30am Nursery and childrens church provided Wednesday Night Meal at 5:15pm, Bible study all ages 5:45pm, Prayer service 7:00pm Nursery provided.941328 Old Nassauville Road in Volunteer Fire Dept. Building 904-753-0731 Sunday School all ages 9:30am Sunday Worship Service 10:30am Nursery provided Wednesday Night Service 6pm Nursery provided 941328 Old Nassauville Road in Volunteer Fire Dept. Building 904-753-0731 Pastor Bill Yeldell Weekend Masses:Sat Mass 4 p.m. (7:00pm Spanish) Sun Mass 8 a.m. (9:30am Family) Rev. Rafal 86000 St. Francis WayIntersection of SR200 & Gene Lasserre Blvd. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission Church ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI Catholic Mission In the Heart of Fernandina 9 N. 6th StreetDr. Wain Wesberry, PastorRev. Julie JensenAssociate Pastor FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Nursery Children Youth Adults 261-3837 Five Points Baptist Church will hold a Homecoming celebration on Sunday, Sept. 16. Music will begin at 10 a.m. with Reign Down; Jimmy Bryson will be the guest speaker at 11 a.m. Dinner will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Five Points Baptist Church is located at 736 Bonnieview Road in Fernandina Beach. Call 2614615 for information.rfntrbfPrince of Peace Lutheran Church will be showing the movie Gods Not Dead 2 at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, and having a discussion afterward on the movie. The church is located at 2600 Atlantic Ave., across from Fort Clinch, in Fernandina Beach.Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the second of Gods appointed fall feasts and begins Tuesday evening, Sept. 18. We will be praying at 12 p.m. for ourselves, our loved ones, the church, our nation and more during this special feast. The Salvation Army Hope House is located at 410 S. Ninth St., Fernandina Beach.fnThe regular multi-faith inspirational afternoon is on the second Sunday of each month. The next one will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Springer Controls, located at 96072 Chester Road in Yulee. This will be an open, discussion/ conference-style meeting. Bring your own ideas, thoughts, writings, book, etc. All are welcome for a casual couple of hours, hospitality, friends and fellowship. The current Bah month is Names. The month of Might begins Sept. 8. For more information, call 566-5437 or 432-8845.Franklintown Community Church of Amelia Island will serve a meal at 4 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month in its Gabriel Means Fellowship Hall. The dinner is open to the public and all are welcome. The church is located at 1415 Lewis St. in American Beach. For more information call 277-2726 or 261-5354.rAmelia Baptist Church hosts the Bible Study for College Age group at 7 p.m. each Sunday. For information and directions, call Adam Page at 261-9527.rThe Bahs of Nassau County hold prayers and meditations for peace, amity, concord and harmony every Saturday morning from dawn to sunrise on the beach at Seaside Park (east end of Sadler Road). For more information, call 556-5437.r Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is the only Lutheran church in Nassau County and offers two worship services on Sunday mornings. The 9 a.m. service is a traditional liturgical service, while the 10:45 a.m. service is a more casual service. If you are coming or going from the beach and have shorts, a T-shirt and flip-flops on, you are welcome. All children present are invited to join in the sending song by picking out a percussion instrument to add to the joy of our worship time together. On the fifth Sunday of each month there is one combined service at 10 a.m., following by a fellowship meal and community service project. Children are welcome and encouraged to be present at either worship service; however, a nursery area is available for children five years old and younger. Holy Communion is offered at all worship services, open to all baptized believers in Jesus Christ. Lutheranism is Biblebased and utilizes the Common Lectionary of scripture readings. Prince of Peace is located on Amelia Island at 2600 Atlantic Ave., next to the Atlantic Recreational Center and across from the main entrance to Fort Clinch State Park. To learn more, visit Submit event announcements/briefs to: Calendar Listing c/o News-Leader, 511 Ash St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034;; or 261-3696. Last week, the president guesstimated that some 80 percent of the press is the enemy of the people. Later, he shrugged off some unfavorable coverage in The Washington Post, telling those within earshot that it was, again, fake news. To be sure, there are publishers who serve no higher purpose than to distribute salacious clickbait. There are writers who yearn to win praise from their political tribe, and the rising incidence of actual fake news should alarm us all. Even so, the presidents hyperbole isnt helpful. The American people, and Christians in particular, need to know if reporters and publishers take their role seriously, because without dependable news, were ill-equipped to fulfill Gods calling. The Bible, of course, never mentions newspapers or cable television. But it does tell us to be engaged in the life of our cities. The prophets Jonah and Jeremiah, along with the Apostle Paul, and Jesus himself instruct Gods people to be good citizens to pray for those in authority, pay taxes, love their neighbors, care for the poor, and pursue the peace and prosperity of all. In a fallen world where theres ample corruption of every kind, we depend on a free press to show us the gaps between what is and what ought to be. Citizens trust journalists to take notes at city council meetings, question the mayor, investigate finances, and study the drab documents that define public policy. Whats more, they rely on the press to hold the powerful accountable to the people. Bob Case, the former president of the World Journalism Institute, talks about the obligation to shine light where there is darkness. If there is one practical calling of a journalist, Case says, it is to investigate. Christians, he notes, are to be children of light; therefore, Christian journalists should be purveyors of light in dark places. They must expose corruption, evil, injustice, malfeasance, and even sin. Regrettably, such accountability news is growing scarce. In the digital age, economic pressure has forced big-city newspapers to appeal to a broader audience, primarily those who care more about sports and entertainment than the civic health of their city. More disturbing is the content of cable news. After a thorough study, Terry McDermott of the Columbia Journalism Review concluded, Whatever it is that dominates cable news, it is not journalism. Rather, McDermott found, Its just talking. Its reporters talking to themselves, to other reporters or co-hosts, to guests, political operatives who, he suggests, are mostly expert at being guests. Christians need to read and watch critically. Bryan Chapell, the president emeritus of Covenant Theological Seminary (and a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism), once told an assembly of student journalists, We should use Christian principles to evaluate the journalism that pervades our culture. We cant consume todays media without biblical discretion, Chapell says, otherwise well soon accept and imitate what is now secular and pervasive. The reason that some of todays advocacy journalism is so dangerous to Christians is not because we are blind to its bias, Chapell said. The danger lies in our tendency to think that, since we agree with the politics of certain commentators, the witticisms and disrespect of leaders and opponents are acceptable among us. We are obligated, Chapell told his audience, to consider the heart and soul of those we oppose as well as those we defend. Name-calling, shaming, and the taking of political scalps these are not the objectives. Our most rigorous critiques, Chapell insists, still require us to desire the good of those we are correcting. If we desire the good of all, says Bob Case, well relentlessly pursue truth. To diligently report the truth, Case writes, is to take part in the cosmic struggle to redeem human culture. To be truthful with our neighbors, he continues, is to love them as we love ourselves because truth is the power of the incarnational lifestyle. Case encourages journalists to report the facts even when theyre ugly, because ultimately, God will use the truth to work his perfect will for our neighbor. The glory of journalism, Chapell adds, is using demonstrable truth to edify and if edify is too mild a word then lets say that Christian journalism is to champion truth, dignity, justice, and mercy. Journalism the kind that investigates, is verified, and speaks truth to power reflects Gods concern for human culture. But such journalism comes with a catch: If Christians are responsible to report the truth, theyre also obliged to know it. And to act on the honest, accurate news theyve been given. Richard Doster lives in Fernandina Beach with his wife Sally. Hes the editor of byFaith, the magazine of the Presbyterian Church in America, and attends Grace Community Church in Yulee. 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