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Title: Alachua County Today. March 22, 2007.
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cannot seek Calderwood's seat


Judge tosses another Grapski case


By BRYAN BOUKARI
Today Reporter
Gainesville Charles Grapski
will not be allowed to run for the
commission seat currently held
by Alachua Mayor Jean
Calderwood. That ruling came
Monday from Judge Robert E.
Roundtree, Jr. who said Grapski
had, "no clear legal right," to
Grapski have the court force the City of


Newberry Elementary


in1 0ckdown Friday

Armed suspect in area


By DAN REID
Today Reporter
NEWBERRY A vehicle
chase of an armed man near
Newberry Elementary
School forced a lockdown of
the school last Friday
afternoon.
According to .Alachua
County Sheriff's Captain Jim
Troiano, an off duty deputy
attempted to question the
man, when suddenly the man
escaped. A school resource
officer at Newberry High
School notified


administrators at Newberry
Elementary about the
incident .forcing
administrators to lockdown
the school. Troiano said the
school was in lockdown
mode for about an hour and
only affected a few students
that were part of an after
school program.
No further information
was given about the suspect
who fled authorities and the
reason he was being
questioned.
LOCKDOWN on page A3


Alachua to allow him to i tn lor
Calderwood's seat. A major
contributing factor im
Roundtree's ruling is that
Grapski and candidate MIclhiel
Perkins were questioning the
validity of the "very act that Bur
would allow Mr. Grapski to
change [which seat he seeks]."
Grapski and Perkins had both originally filed
election documents to run against Commissioner


Bonnie Burgess. Meanwhile, Lowell "Bud" Byrd
filed similar documents to challenge Calderwood
in the upcoming election. According to the city,
none of the three challengers had complete
qualifying papers and were therefore not eligible
to run.
The city later allowed the three candidates to
complete their documents. Byrd declined to do so
and withdrew from the race. Perkins submitted a
missing financial disclosure report. Grapski
ELECTION onpage A7


Youth Fair and





Livestock Show




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EcoArray helps test


for water toxins

Biotech in our backyard


By DAVID WISENER
Today Reporter
A fathead minnow may
be able to help you stay
healthy.
EcoArray, Inc.
specializes in using genetic
science for environmental
testing, specifically by
mapping the genetic profile
of fathead minnows and
testing certain minnows to
reveal the presence of toxins


or pollutants in water.
"The notion is if we have
a picture of how the
environment affects fish, we
can have an idea of how it
affects people," said CEO
John Rogers.
"Eventually, our hope
and goal is that you can look
at the environment and
connect it to human health
since 97-percent of the genes
ECOARRAY on page A3


Mebane Middle School FFA student and 4H member Kayla Cain won Grand
Champion Steer during the 25th Annual Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock
Show last week.


By DAN REID
Today Reporter
SGAINESVILLE -It was a little
something for everyone who attended.the
Alachua Youth Fair and Livestock Show
last week at the Alachua County
Fairgrounds as many attendees got to soak
in the fun and excitement of the 25th


annual show.
Attendees enjoyed displays of
animals, livestock, farming, and other
agricultural interests. In addition, there
were baking contests, a geography bee,
and many items on sale related to farming.
The event was held from March 9 to
FAIR on page A8


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APD settling into


new home


LAl, k y. L U.t ;..- n.jl ..iJ .iT.'l '.ia,
Alachua Police Department Deputy Chief Major Clayton Reiter
has considerably more space in his new office than when the
department was located on Main Street. Look for more photos
and a story soon in Alachua County Today.
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Historical home gets national attention


By DAN REID
Today Reporter
ALACHUA It was lights,
camera, action inside Diana
Felver's home last week as the
historical structure in the heart
of downtown Alachua became
the site for film crews of
HGTV's program If Walls
Could Talk as they were
filming for an episode to be
aired in late fall or early winter
about the 116-year-old house.
When viewers watch the
program later this year they
will be in for quite a treat as
they will see colors on the
interior walls that were based
on the original wallpaper
inside the home. In the dining
room hanging from the ceiling
is a replica of the original
ALACHUA HOME onpage A4


BEN BOUKARI/Alachua County Today
A filming crew from the national network channel HGTV were in Diana Felver's historic downtown
Alachua home last week for a special to air in the fall.


Drive-by


shooting in


Alachua
Stray bullet hits Alachua's
Hathcock Center
By DAN REID
Today Reporter
ALACHUA Alachua Police are still
investigating a shooting that occurred on
Monday in which a stray
bullet hit the city's Cleather
s Hathcock, Sr. Community
Center.
According to Alachua
Police spokesperson Darry
Lloyd 21-year-old- Donald
Shazel
SHOOTING on page A9


Car chase from


Waldo to Gainesville
By DAN REID
Today Reporter
GAINESVILLE A St.
Petersburg resident was
arrested. last Friday
afternoon after police say he
was involved in two traffic
crashes in both Waldo and
Gainesville.
As of Monday morning, Shazel
31-year-old Fernandz Shazel was still in the
Alachua County Jail facing charges of
criminal fleeing, eluding law enforcement,
WALDO CHASE onpageA8

Nature trail, ballpark

improvements set for

Copeland Park
By DAVID WISENER
Today Reporter
The J.N. Copeland Park in Alachua should
have a variety of recreational facilities-
including a baseball field, playground, multi-
use trail, and boardwalk-completed or
improved within the year.
A special presentation was given Monday
night at the Alachua City Commission
COPELAND PARK on page A8


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A2 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY COMMUNITY CORNER THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2007


Community


Corner


Meetings & Events in the Heartlands


PUBLIC MEETINGS
mArcher Meets the 2nd and 4th
Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at
City Hall, 16870 SW 134 Ave.
mAlachua (City) Meets the 1st
and 3rd Monday of each month at 7
p.m. at City Hall.
*Alachua County Meets the 2nd
and 4th Tuesday of each month at 9
a.m. at the County Administration
Building, 12 SE 1st Street, Room
209, Gainesville. Citizen
comments are taken at 9:30 a.m.
and 5:30 p.m.
*Gainesville Meets the 2nd and
4th Monday of each month at 1
p.m. at City Hall Auditorium, 200
East University Avenue.
*Hawthorne Meets the 1st
Monday of each month at 6:30
p.m. at City Hall.
*High Springs Meets the 2nd
and 4th Thursday of each month at
6:30 p.m. in City Hall.
ULaCrosse Meets the 2nd
Monday of each month at 7:30
p.m. at Town Hall.
iMicanopy Meets the 2nd
Tuesday of each month at 7:30
p,m. at Town Hall.
nNewberry Meets the 2nd and
4th Monday of each month at 7
p.m. at City Hall
iWaldo Meets the 2nd Tuesday
of each month at 7 p.m. at Yerkes
Center.


Jesse says, "Experience
is the thing you have
left when everything
else is gone."

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NAARP Driver Safety Program
monthly classes cost $10. The two-
day, eight-hour classroom instruction
refines driving skills and develops
defensive driving techniques. The
three-year certificate qualifies
graduates for an auto insurance
discount. Call 352-333-3036 for
information and to register for a class.
Gainesville Classes: March 27 and
28, 9 am. to 1 p.m.; April 10 and 11,
12 noon to 4 p.m.; April 27 and 30, 9
a.m. to 1 p.m.
aDo you collect thimbles?
Spoons? Cow themed items?
Everyone is invited to come share
their special collections at the
Alachua Woman's Club on April
15, from 2 5 p.m. at the Alachua
Historical Society's Collectors Day.
Please RSVP to Valerie Taylor, 386-
462-4001.
*The Alachua Lions Club meetings
are held weekly on Thursday at 7
p.m. The weekly meetings are held at
the clubhouse located at 15115 NW
142 Terrace (Lions Club Terrace). If
you are interested in becoming a
member of the Alachua Lions Club,
please join us for a meeting or call
386-462-7178. Lions are men and
women who volunteer their time to
humanitarian causes in their local and
world community.
Call for Dealers -Antique Market
and Garden Show at Thornebrook,
to be held April 27-29, is a two-day
opportunity for antique dealers to
bring their wares. In addition to the
two full days of selling, there will be a
free preview opportunity for the
serious collectors on Friday afternoon
and early evening from 3-7 p.m.
along with jazz on the plaza and
refreshments in the Thomebrook
stores. Since this is the time of year
people are interested in not only
acquiring lovely pieces for their
interior spaces, but are also interested
in beautifying their outdoor spaces,
there is opportunity for garden art and
plants to also be displayed for sale.
There will be 100 premium
spaces both undercover size 15'x5'
and tent or canopy spaces of 10'xl0'
available for a fee of $65 per space.











By LaGina Shine
Horizon Realty of Alachua, Inc.

NESTING

INSTINCTS

The impending arrival of a
nev baby is an important
catalyst that inspires many
couples to plan a move to a
new home. You may need
more space or prefer a larger
yard or a street with less
traffic. Starting a family
represents a profound change
in life! Your thoughts about
housing suddenly begin to
include serious considerations
about school districts,
neighborhood parks and
playgrounds, safety issues
and proximity to other
families with young children.
If you are hoping to
enlarge your family in the
near future, it is a good idea to
assess your real estate needs
early in the planning stage. If
you own a condominium or
smaller house that you need to
sell in order to buy a new
home, talk to a
knowledgeable local real
estate agent about placing
your current home on the
market now. It could take a
while to close the home sale
transaction, even if we find
buyers relatively quickly. Let
us help you make your move
before you make your trip to
the maternity ward!
If you would like information
about buying or selling your
property, call me. I will work hard
until we locate that perfect home or
piece of land. I am available to
assist you. Call, e-mail or stop by
the office and see me. It would be
my pleasure to help. 352-514-4315


or theshine4@alltel.net



-IORIZVON
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Vendors provide their own setups and
canopies. Early setup available on
Friday with the benefit of security
both Friday and Saturday nights.
Application deadline is April 1, with
space available after that date. Net
proceeds from the space rental fee
will be donated to Haven Hospice.
Music and entertainment will be
provided during the hours of the
Antique Market and Garden Show.
The event will be heavily publicized
in print and radio with live remotes
featured from Smooth Jazz and
RADIO.
Applications and information on
theAntique Market and Garden Show
can be found at the website:
www.thornebrookvillage.com.
Thorebrook Village is located at
2441 NW 43 Street, Gainesville.
NAntique Tractor Show at Stephen
Foster State Park onApril 6 and 7, 9
a.m. 5 p.m. Show participants will
operate working equipment and
compete in tractor races.
Demonstrations of wheat threshing,
shingle milling, com grinding, and
unusual engines for everyday
purposes. Exhibits will include
collections of flywheels, hit and miss
engines, water pumps, vintage pedal
tractors, antique cars, and farm
equipment.
Competitions for adults include
tractor pulls, barrel races and a blind
race. Children can participate in
pedal-powered tractor races, an old-
fashioned game of needle-in-a-
haystack or a rooster-crowing contest.
Arooster crowing contest will be held
under the sponsorship of Gold Kist
Farms, Inc. All contestants in the
rooster crowing event receive prizes.
Friday is an educational day and
school groups are admitted free of
charge. Food concessions will
include root beer floats, hamburgers
and hot dogs, barbecue, and kettle
corn. On Saturday afternoon, an
antique tractor parade will feature
everything from customized lawn
tractors to restored farm machinery.
Exhibitors are admitted free of charge:
Admission to the public is $4 for a
vehicle with up to eight passengers.
For more information, call 386-397-
7005 or visit
http://www.FloridaStateParks.org.
The Stephen Foster Folk Culture
Center State Park is in White Springs,
on US 41, three miles from 1-75 and
nine miles from 1-10.
EThe City of Newberry will be
holding its Great American City
Wide Clean-Up Day on March 24
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dumpsters
will be provided at 120 NW 260th
Street. For further information,
contact Connie Goode at 352-472-
8149 or email at connie.goode@
ci.newberry.fl.us.
nElderCare of Alachua County
needs volunteers. Are you able to
spare two hours a week to help
Gainesville's elderly? Volunteers are
needed to deliver Meals on Wheels to
frail elderly in Gainesville.
Lunchtime meals are delivered
Monday-Friday, own transportation
needed. Work individually or inpairs.
For more information or to volunteer
contact ElderCare ofAlachua County
at 352-265-9040.
EFarmers Market- Nutrition
Program (FMNP) is looking for any
growers, new to established FMNP
community farmers markets, wishing
to participate during April July.
Growers are encouraged to sign up
for the FMNP, a coupon program for
seniors and women, infants &
children (WIC) FMNP recipients.
This program is for fruits and
vegetable products growers herbs,
honey and nuts and other products are
not qualified. Those growers trained
last year do not need to be trained this
year. Please contact Karen Blanchard
at 850-487-4322 if you are, or know
of, any growers interested in
participating.
*High Springs Farmers Market
hosts a 6th birthday party March
22 The High Springs Farmers
Market turns six years old this year
and will host a birthday party on
Thursday, March 22 during normal
market hours of 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The


party will feature a Birthday Cake
Cutting at 3 p.m., fresh from the
market Food Sampling (with recipe)
courtesy of the Grady House Bed &
Breakfast, live folk, rock and original
music with Jim & Don's Velvetta
Underground and another monthly
installment of Fun with Fiber: Colors
to Dye For, an adventure into Fiber
Dyes, both Natural and Acid based,
throughout the event.
The High Springs Farmers
Market is open every Thursday from
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is located in
James Paul Park in downtown High
Springs. Access and parking is
available from Main Street at NW
2ndAvenue and from NW 1 stAvenue
(Hwy 27) at City Hall, located at 110
NW 1st Avenue. The market features
locally produced fresh fruits and
vegetables, plants, trees, shrubs,
flowers, jams, jellies, baked goods
and many other agricultural products.
The High Springs Farmers'
Market is a year-round growers'
market supporting local agriculture,
education, the arts and businesses and
is produced by the City of High
Springs. For more information,
please contact Sharon Yeago at 386-
454-3950
EThe Master Gardeners of
Alachua County Plant Sale -
Saturday May 5 from 8 am. to noon
at the Alachua County Extension
Office, 2800 NE 39th Ave., in
Gainesville (near the fairgrounds).
There will be a great selection of
plants grown by Master Gardeners at
amazing prices.
Master Gardeners are volunteers
trained by the University of Florida
Institute for Food and Agricultural
Sciences and the County, who in turn
assist in a number of community
programs, such. as establishing
gardens with local elementary
schools, helping the elderly, and
Physically challenged, working with
the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods
programs, and devoting time to youth
programs such as local 4-H clubs.
Proceeds from the plant sale will go
toward supporting these efforts.
Please bring your own wagons
and/or boxes if you have them. For
further information, please call the
Extension Office at 352-955-2402
*March 22nd Evening Event at
Florida Museum of Natural
History For kids of all ages!
Thursday evening, March 22nd,
2007, 5:30-9:00PM, the Museum of
Natural History is partnering with the
UF Geology Department, and the
Gainesville Gem and: Mineral
Society, in presenting Museum
Nights- Can You Dig It? Friday
March 23rd is an Alachua County
School holiday so this will be a
delightful event for all family.
members.
Come see fascinating displays of
specimen rocks, minerals, gems,
fossils, antique cameos and Chinese
Scholar Stones (gongshi stones).
Children can go on a treasure hunt
mining for gems. There will be
demonstrations of gem cutting, gem
cabbing, and faceting. Educational
exhibits about plate tectonics,
paleomagnetism, and fluorescent
minerals will also be available, along
with popular science lectures. Films
will be shown highlighting seafloor
exploration, and North Florida
Springs. Samples of seafloor
materials will accompany the film.
Exciting specimen rocks from
Florida, Tibet, China and other parts
of the world will be featured. And
there will be more geological
surprises.
For more information, please
contact Gainesville Gem and Mineral
Society President Bob Woodruff
at:bobsgems@aol.com.
iWanted: Santa Fe High School
Class of 1977. Plannowto attendthe
30th Reunion Celebration on
Saturday, June 30, 2007, starting at
6:30 p.m. Cocktails and hours
d'oeuvre, live music and fun. The
reunion will be held at Emerald's
Thomebrook Village, Gainesville.
Your reward is a fun-filled evening?
Don't miss this once in a lifetime
party! For more details and to order


Boil water notice


Special to .llaclna C.:,nn-r Todarv
ALACHUA The Cir, of
.Aachua has issued a precautionary
boil v'.ater notice for residenrts who
are connected to the C'it of
.-jlchua's \\ aer distrbution s stem
and li\ ing bet. een NA\ 59 Terrace
and NW 104 Terrace Turkey
Creek area).
The citr's after r s. stem
pressure dropped belo\% the State
ninmnum of 20I psi early
\Vednesd.ia morning The pressure
issue %\as repaired by 6:30 a.ln.
The cit\ is llusling the distribution
s\ stem in the \ Icinit\ of the low
presstue elent and collecting
samples to demonstrate the absence
of bacteriological impurinies.


your tickets, go to www.SFHS
1977.com or call 386-0454-1071.
*Pioneer Days Call for Sponsors -
The High Springs Chamber of
Commerce is proud to present its 31st
Annual Pioneer Days Saturday,
April 21 and Sunday, April 22.
Become a sponsor for High Springs'
major event of the year and gain
exposure for your business.
Pioneer Days provides a glimpse
into our city's past, while offering a
variety of vendors, food and
entertainment for visitors. It is the
ultimate family event, drawing
crowds of all ages.
Pioneer Days typically attracts
approximately 10,000 to 15,000
people over the course of the two-day
event The festival brings about 130-
150 vendors from all over the country,
offering crafts, fine art, gourmet
products and food vendors. In
addition, visitors enjoy period
displays and costumed characters in
the Heritage Village, aKidsKorralfor
the children and one of the highlight
events of the festival a re-enactment
of a shoot out from pioneer times!
A new event, an old fashioned
Banm Dance, will be presented on the
evening ofApril 21. The Dance will
feature "old fashioned" music
performed live on stage, while
attendees feast on delicious food and
dance the night away. The events for
the evening will be open to all
vendors and the general public for a
nominal admission fee that covers
dinner, dancing and entertainment!
This event will be promoted in a
variety of media, including local
television, radio and newspaper
outlets. The Chamber also accepts in-
kind donations of services or goods in
exchange for sponsor recognition.
Sponsorship forms can be
obtained by contacting the Chamber
office at 386-454-3120 or online at
www.highsprings.com. Whenyou are
ready to select your Sponsorship
Level, simply complete the Sponsor
Application and return to the
Chamber by fax at 386-454-5848,
email at chamber@highsprings.com,
or by mail to P.O. Box 863, High
Springs, FL 32655. Please return
your application and payment to the
Chamber by March 25, 2007.
EPioneer Days Call for Vendors-
On Saturday, April21 and Sunday,
April 22 the High Springs Chamber
of Commerce will present the 31st
Annual Pioneer Days Festival. The
theme this year is "The Waters of
High Springs...It's in our Nature".
The High Springs Chamber is
currently accepting applications from
vendors interested in participating in
this fun-filled, family-friendly event
Each year, the event draws thousands
of visitors from around the North
Central Florida area. Application fees
range from $100 to $160, depending
on the type of vendor. Certain
categories of arts and crafts will be
judged. In addition, vendors can
enjoy outstanding hospitality while at
the event including complimentary
food and entertainment Friday
evening while checking in and new
for this year, a barn dance and BBQ


As a precaution, the CitN of
Alachua is asking that all water in
the affected area used for drinking,
cooking. making ice. brushing teeth
or % ashing dishes be boiled prior to
use. Bringing \ater to a rolling boil
for one minute is sufficient Water
used for hand washing g or bathing
need not be boiled
The piecautionar, boil water
notice \\ill remain in effect until
bacteriological testing demonstrates
that there is not a presence of
bacteriological impurities
Notice of rescission of the boil
after r notice \\ill be posted on the
cit 's \\ebsite at cii ofalachua.com
and is expected by noon on Frida\.
March 23.


on Saturday night for a nominal fee.
For more information on the
event and for an application, .contact
the High Springs Chamber of
Commerce at 386-454-3120, or visit
their website at
www.highsprings.com. The deadline
for applications to be 'submitted is
April 6, 2007.
*YARD SALE Alarion Bank is'
having a yard sale in Alachua,
Saturday, March 31 from 10 am. to
2 p.m. For $10 an individual or group
canuse a 10x10 spotto sell items. It's
a great time to clean out your closets.
There will also be a car wash in
the parking lot of Alarion Bank and
Alarion Bank will be selling hotdogs
and cokes. All of Alarion Bank's
proceeds will go to Relay for Life,
which is a fundraiser for theAmerican
Cancer Society. The Relay itselfwill
be held at the Santa Fe High School
track May 4 and 5.
Please call 386-462-5700 to
reserve your spot Alarion Bank is
located at 16404 NW 174 Drive,
which is on US 441 across the street
from Santa Fe Ford.
NYulee Railroad Days (YRRD),
Florida's first linear event is a
celebration honoring Senator David
Levy Yulee and the railroad he built
150 years ago. The event is a slew of
happening stretclung 155 miles from
the east coast of Florida to the west
coast
YRRDs \\ll be celebrated the
\% weekend of bJne i.2 and 3. 2007. and
began in Archer. Florida 12 Nears ago.
It has since become a cross the state
celebration .ll da\ fesm\ als happen
in Archer. Melrose and Callahan.
NModel trams circle inside the
Malheson Museumn in Gaines lle.
There is a vibrantt remembrance of the
slaVes who built the railroad at the
Cotton Club in Gaines\ille In
Melrose, there are lake cruises, mor
trains in Hawthorne and a plateful of
history in Micanopy. Everyone will
want to see the period locomotive at
theArcher Railroad Museum.and feel
the Civil War Cannons blast.
Yulee Railroad Days is sponsored
by the Archer Historical Society and
Railroad Museum. Visit the web
page www.yuleerail roadda) s org or
phone 352-495-1044 for additional
information.
*The 23 Annual Zukefest will be
held on May 12 at the fire station in
Windsor, 1401 SE County Road 234.
All proceeds go to the Windsor
Volunteer Fire Department Fri~d
zucchini, zucchini bread, bar-b-qued
chicken and many wonderful veggies.
There will be rides, magic show,
beauty pageant, fun run and activities
all day from 8 am. until 5 p.m. The
arts' and crafts booths will be selling
great gifts for Mother's Day (57
booths last year).
Planning meetings are every
Monday night at 7 p.m. at the fire
house. For information, contact
Bobbi Walton, Chairperson at 352-
372-7814, bjwalton910@ bellsouth.
net; Dwayne King, Fireman at 352-
378-8671, windsorfirerescue@msn.
com; or Kealyn Brown, Committee
Person at 352-378-1586.


PUBLIC NOTICE

A, Neighborhood Workshop will be held to discuss a Special
Exception Permit and Site Plan for the development of a concrete
batch plant. The project site is A10-acres located along US 441,
just west of Sabine Manufacturing. The purpose of the
Neighborhood Workshop is to inform owners of nearby lands
about the proposed development process and receive comments.

The meeting will be held Thursday, April 12"'. 2007 at 6:00 pm
at the Alachua Elementary School (Media ( :ntor). The schlil is
located at 13800 NW 152"d Place, Alachua, FL 32615.


CONTACT:
PHONE:


Meeting each Sunday following worship,
from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Alachua
1462f NW 140th Scre ,t www.firstpresalat.hua.org


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in fish are the same as humans,
but that is probably a decade
away," he said.
"Assuming that we have a
genetic profile for humanity
then, it could be as simple as
learning what allergies you
would have if you moved to an
area."
EcoArray analyzes fathead
minnows through a device
called a microarray, which
allows an individual to read the
genetic material of a specific
fish. That data is then
compared to a database on gene
expression patterns observed
when the fish is affected by
different chemicals.
Rogers said this provides a.
much better analysis of water
quality than current testing
methods.
"Water quality is usually
tested now by measuring water
or gauging the health of fish,
which isn't that good," he said.
"If you look at the gene
response of fish it is more data-
oriented and gives you a much
broader stream of what's going
on."
EcoArray has currently
produced one gene chip, but
Rogers said the goal is to have
five to seven chips within three
years.
"We're at the beginning of
being a product development
fim," he said.


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Principal Lacy Redd said she
was pleased with how the
school conducted the
lockdown procedures. She
added the school has thus far
during the school year
practiced lockdown drills
three times.
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"Until recently we've been
entirely grant-funded. Right
now most of our revenue comes
from selling the separate
services that go into making
microarrays, such as
performing statistical analysis
for people and companies and
helping them draw conclusions
frorr the data."
EcoArray is located in the
University of Florida Sid
Martin Biotechnology
Development Incubator in the
Progress Corporate Park in
Alachua. It was started in late
2002 and currently has three
employees, which Rogers said
makes them what is called a
"virtual company."
Rogers also said the
company would not be able to
exist without the support of the
Sid Martin Incubator, which
currently helps support 11 small
biotech companies.
"The Incubator gives us the
rather expensive basics," he
said.
"We use about a million
dollars worth of equipment
which we couldn't get a hold of
otherwise."


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importance of the scientific
community that exists via the
many biotech companies
located in the Progress Park.
"The Park forms a nucleus
of people that is very


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"The more biotech
companies that are here, the
more job opportunities exist for
workers to come here, which
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Justine Priest McElroy of Alachua died
Monday, March 19, 2007 in Shands at AGH,
Gainesville, Florida. She was 79.
Mrs. McElroy had been a resident since 1952
coming from Williston. She was a member of
and was a longtime church organist for First
Baptist Church Alachua, where she taught Girls
Auxiliary .and served on the Church Building
Committee.
Mrs. McElroy was a graduate of Stetson
University and taught school at Alachua
Elementary for many years. She was an avid
Gator fan.
Mrs. McElroy was preceded in death by her
husband, Gerald E. McElroy.
Survivors include two sons, Charles McElroy
of TallJaLsee and Bryan (Debra) McElroy of
Alachua; one daughter, Mary Ann (Philip) Snead
of Alachua; and four grandchildren.
Graveside funeral services will be conducted
at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 22, 2007 in
Newnansville Cemetery with Rev. Mary Lynn
Moore officiating. Interment will follow.
Visitaiiorn with the family was Wednesday
evening from 6-8 p.m. at Evans-Carter Funeial
Home. 220 North N[lin Street. High Springs, who
has care of all arrangements.'
In lieu of flot\er.s the fainily requests that
memorial donations be made to Hospice. 421.0
NW 92 B1hd. Gainestille. FL 32606; The
National Paikinson Foundation. 1501 NW 9th
.\\enue. Miami. FL 33136 oi The American
Parkinrson Association. 147 East 5(.th Street. Ne\\
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Loraine Heagles Dunbar


Loraine Heagles Dunbar of High Springs
passed on March 16, 2007. She was 55.
Mrs. Dunbar was the daughter of the late
Arthur Frazier Heagles, Sr. and Flossie Mae
Gainey Heagles.
She was of the Baptist faith and employed by
Tacachale.
Survivors include her husband, Willie J.
Dunbar, Sr. of High Springs; t\v o daughters, Erma
Strawder of Alachua and Nlae Helen Dunbar of
Columbus, Georgia; on son, Jared L Dunbar of
Columbus, Georgia; four brothers. Robert
(Jennifer) Heagles of Mliami. Arthur F. Heagles.
Garris (Rosemary) Heagles and Dallas Heagles.
all of High Springs; tio sisters. Helen E. Griffin
of Aljch.u and Joanna i\\llhe' Dob\ of High
Springs; on grandson. Antonio James Hall. Jr.:
one stepdaughter and nine stepsons.
Visitation for Mrs Dunbar is Fridaj. March
23, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. at Bro.wn's Funeral
Home. A Memorial Ser\ ice \\ll be held
Saturday, March 2-4, 200' at 2 p.m. at Alien
Chapel A.MN.E Church. High Springs. Rex.
Ocelia \allace officiating. Eulogist Re\. Vernon
Randall
Arrangements entrusted to A. Jerome Bro\ n
Funeral Home. 1560 N\\ 1st A.\enue. High.
Springs

Obituaries: The obituaries in this section are
considered ne\'s and are published free of
charge b\ .4iclhm Couirlv oJia Obituaries
ima\ be edited for st le. space and police.


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I have exciting news this
week. I have taken on a
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are taking on the Alachua
market. Mrs. Jeannette
Banks owned and ran a
Florida construction
business for 30 years. She
is also a former flight
attendant. She has been
with ERA Trend Realty
Since 2004 and her
special field of expertise
is customer service. I am
really excited about
working with such an
energetic and
professional colleague.
We will continue to
provide service
throughout Columbia,
Union, Gilchrist and
Levy counties but want to
be your "go to" experts
for Alachua, particularly
Turkey Creek and
Alachua Highlands. If
you, a friend or family
member is interested in
moving in or out of these
areas, please give us a
call. Jeannette can be
reached at 352 278 3499.
Additionally, for compe-
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re i al \with guest speaker
.rnold O'Steen March 19
thitoughl 23 at p.m. nightly
E er none is \welcome. The
church is located on Count\
Road 3411 one mile \\est of
High\a\ -I47 south of Fort
\\ white. Come expecting to
receive e a blessing.
mCorinth Baptist Church or
Neberri. s.ill host a Gospel


Concert Saturda March 24
at p.m. featuring "The
Sincing Reflections" of
Trenton. Directions. Turn %\est
onto N\\ 62 A\ enue off of US
27 41 Follo\ church signs
For additional information.
please call 352--45-2510
EHague Baptist Church is
holding a sing featuring The
Belier ers on Saturda~, Mlarch
24 at 7 p.m. fhe sing is free


but a loxe offering is taken.
The church is located at 6725
N\\ 12ti A.enue For more
information. please contact
Fred or Lillian OC)ens at 386-
462-2795.
*Hare Krishna Temple Free
feast e\erS Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Temple is located three
miles north ofAlachua on State
Road 235.


ALACHUA HOME:
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Historical home was once the residence

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brushing your teeth?
A: To get the best result
from brushing your teeth, do it
this way: divide your mouth
into four equal sections the
left and high halves of your
upper and lower teeth. Each
section has an inner and outer
side.
Brush one of those
sections at a time. Since the
back teeth are the hardest to
reach and usually the most
neglected start with them. It
will be .easier to brush the
outside surfaces of the teeth if
you open your mouth only
slightly.
Opening wide presses the
inside of the cheek against the


teeth. Tilt the brush to a 45-
degree angle and apply
enough pressure to make the
bristles open up. You want to
have enough pressure to get
into the groove called the
sulcus at the gum line.
Brush back and forth
horizontally with short strokes
until you have thoroughly
done all the teeth in a section
and then move on to the next.
Brush the top surface of your,
tongue, too. It's refreshing
and can help keep your breath
fresh.
Talk with your dentist
about brushing, flossing and
other steps you can take daily
to keep your mouth healthy.


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chandelier that glowed years ago.
Other distinct features include original
woodwork on the floors and staircase that have
recently been restored. Felver said the house is
still in the restoration phase and it will take a few
years until the project is complete. Future plans
for refurbishing the house include gutting an
upstairs bathroom and exterior painting.
Felver said she wants the house to be returned
to its original state.
"We're trying to do perfect restoring the way
it was," said Felver.
Felver and her husband, Rob, first moved into
the house two years ago after living for many
years in California. Felver, who is a teacher, and
her husband, a former minister, found out about
the historical home while they were traveling
from the Florida Keys during a winter vacation.
Their brother-in-law's sister told them about the
structure and said it would be worth the visit to
take a look.
Rob Felver said he is happy with the way his
family's move to the Sunshine State turned out.
"It's great to live on Main Street and be a part
of the downtown atmosphere," said\Rob Felver as
he was standing in the midst of spotlights and
cables that were used for filming inside the home.


Since the home was built, se\ eral owners
have occupied the two story Victorian building
according to documents obtained by Diana
Felver.
The first owner of the home was Leroy
Pearce. According to incorporation papers,
Pearce was one of the founding fathers of the city
of Alachua and his name was signed on the
document along with other prominent men in the
community. Pearce also served as Alachua's first
mayor.
Between 1910 and 1914, James Bishop, who
was Alachua's first physician and one of the city's
founding fathers, purchased the home. During
Bishop's time at the residence the property was
home to muscadine grapes and mulberry trees.
The property also was the home to moonshine
during this period.
Not much information is known about the
owners of the home between 1926 and 1998.
However, in 1998 a property investor bought ihe
vacant home. During this time Alachua's Main
Street Historic District was added to the National
Register of Historic Places, with the home being
a contributing building on the register.
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SCertified/Credentialed Teachers
Separate grade level classrooms
Kindergarten. Patty Earnhart; 1st Grade Kim Friar;
S2nd Grade, Chris Gerlach; 3rd Grade, Harper Hunter;
and Media Specialist, Janet Bridges

Class Size is limited to 20 students. Do not delay.
Admission packets may be picked up in the
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ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY RELIGION THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2007 A5


Lent, a Time of Fasting and Penance


The season before Lent is a
time of preparation and
instruction. It helps us to
understand the discipline of
living the Christian life, of
following Christ, and of the
spiritual and carnal dangers that
wait to snare us.
In St. Luke, chapter 8, Jesus
speaks the parable of the sower
for our instruction; He explains
different situations that cause the
seed (the Word of God) not to
grow in our hearts. Successful
growth depends on the
Christian's spiritual condition,
our receptiveness to God's Word
and the presence of our Lord. In
the parable, Jesus describes
temptation, cares, riches, and
pleasures as causes that keep His
people from growing spiritually.
God's grace and our spiritual
discipline counter these dangers.
At the top of the list of
dangers is temptation. Though
we may blame the Devil for our
giving in to temptation, it actually
comes from within our own
hearts. We are reminded of this in
St. James (James 1:14), "...every
man is tempted, when he is drawn
away of his own lust, and
enticed. Giving in to these
temptations is really entering into
a pact with the tempter, preferring
self-love over love for God.
The Lord also warns us about
"cares" or unnecessary worry and
anxiety, as a barrier to spiritual
growth. It is not a sin to be
thorough or deliberate in the
affairs of this life. However,
allowing ourselves to get so


wrapped up in the details that we
push God from our lives is a sin.
Anxiety and worry steal our
ability to focus upon the power
and influence of God in our life.
Our Lord tells us that "cares" in
this parable are a thorn that
chokes out what might have been,
a productive spiritual life.
Next, Christ tells us about the
danger of riches and pleasure that
puts the soul in peril. Remember,
God has blessed many saints with
riches, saints who have blessed
God and His Church
with their charity. It
is not a sin to be
blessed with riches
but this parable is
about those who are
slaves to their .
wealth. Wealth and "
pleasure promise
everlasting n
happiness to those
who attain it, but _
they are empty The Rev'd
promises. Like the Leasure
"cares of this All SaintsA
world", our Lord Church, G
interprets the misuse A parish o'
of riches and power Christian E
as thorns choking Church
out the life of His
seed.
This is the purpose of this pre-
Lenten season, to use the time for
personal inventory, and as an
opportunity for cleansing our
heart, with confession to God.
But there is another danger in this
parable-the first one mentioned
by our Lord.
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by the wayside, Jesus Christ
warns that the devil took God's
Word out of the hearts of those
who had received it-a
disturbing picture filled with
spiritual violence. Rather than
taking this repulsive image
seriously, we paint it in a comical
way as a red suited, sinister fiend
with horns and a pitch fork,
prancing around like a pick-
pocket, stealing Bibles from the
unwary.
While temptations, cares,
riches, and
pleasures, can
Adversely affect our
spiritual growth, we
'.. cannot fathom how
evil in the flesh, robs
us of opportunities
to grow in Christ.
St. Paul tells in
graphic detail that
evil had become
personified-come
r. Jo in the flesh-in
Corinth (2 Cor
,nglican 11:19), and how the
inesville. violence and
the molestation of evil
episcopal had worked itself
into the Church,
bringing peril to
their souls. Consider St. Paul's
shocking description, "Ye suffer
fools, gladly, seeing ye yourselves
are wise. For ye suffer; if a man
brings you into bondage, ifa man
devour you, if a man take of you,
if a man exalt himself if a man
smite you on the face." This
horrifying portrait is evil revealed
in human flesh. In many a house


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of prayer there resides something
sinister in shepherd's clothing,
dressed as apostles but the fruit of
their teaching and the
endorsement they give to
immorality reveals they are false
apostles, thieves who would steal
faith from the soul.
In 'these times, we must
submit to our Lord and accept His
description of Satan coming
violently into the place of God's
workmanship, to steal the
heavenly grace from the hearts of
those who follow after the words
of false spiritual leaders.
.We prepare for Lent by
guarding against those vices-
temptation, care, riches, and
pleasure, while remembering that
we are dependent upon the graces
of God. God's Word assures us


that He will provide true
ministers in every generation to
be witnesses to the authentic
Gospel rather than the forgeries
of false apostles. As we submit to
the Word of God, we will find
new life within ourselves,
brought as seed fallen into well-


prepared soil. Our goal during
this time is to search our hearts
and consecrate ourselves anew to
godliness as a standard in
thought, word, and deed, praying
unceasingly to God.
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The Heartland Community Places of Worship


Alachua church of Christ
14505 NW 145th Avenue
Sunday Bible Classes 9:30 a.m.
Assembly at 10:30 a.m.
Evening Service 6 p.m.
Wednesday' Bible Class 7 p.m.
Ministers: Gene Burgett & Larry Pahman
(386) 462-3326

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Located at 14200 NW 148th Place
Downtown Alachua
Sunday 2 services
9:00-10:15am
S1:15-12:30pm
"Where Kids bring their
Parents to church"
.. .- 10:30- 1 1:00am
Small Groups meet at various times during the week
,AfP -ir, Wednesday
Student Ministry 7: 13pm

FirstPresbyterian Church
v of High Springs
202 N. Main Street
(386) 454-1037
Sunday School 10 a.m.
Worship Service at 11 a.m.
Pastor: Glen Busby
www.fpchighsprings.org

Hare Krishna Temple
International Society for Krishna
Consciousness (ISKCON)
Founder Acarya His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
3 miles north ofAlachua on State Road 235
Sunday Services 3:15-7 p.m.: Lecture,
meditation, chanting, and free vegetarian
feast. Opentothe public. (386)462-2017

Living Hope in Christ
Outreach Ministries
1120 S. Main Street, High Springs
Located on Hwy 27 across from Tumblemania
Tues.: Bible Study 7 p.m.;
Tues.: Prayer Meeting 8 p.m.;
Sun.: Hour of Power 9 a.m., Sunday
School 10 a.m., Services 11 a.m.
1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays Evening Services 4 p.m.
Pastor Larry Cannady, Sr. (386) 454-4169


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Meeting at First Presbyterian Church
of Alachua 14623 NW 140 Street
Services: Sun 11:45 a.m., 6:30 p.m.
Wed 7:00 p.m.
Pastor Greg Evans 386-454-0800
www.riveroflifeassembly.org


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A parish ofthe Christian Episcopal Church
Where worship is our central act
SWhere the apostolic tradition is upheld
Where we kneel to pray
* Where worshipful music is the standard
* Where traditional liturgy is the norm
SWhere the Holy Scriptures
are proclaimed
SWhere a prayerful and quiet
atmosphere is provided
Where traditional values are taught
Where we seek to proclaim a risen
Savior in our daily life and work
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Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Sunday 10:30 a.m.
and other special services as announced.
8100 SW Archer Road (Shrine Club)
(352) 317-5757 www.AllsaintsXnEC.org


Cornerstone _,
Baptist Church U
Wednesday Church 7-8 p.m.
Sunday School 10 a.m.
Sunday Church 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sunday Discipleship 5 p.m.
Sunday Church 6-7 p.m.
Pastor: Marc Pargo (386) 497-3106
Meet at Ft. White Community Center


Antioch Baptist Church
3612 NW 177th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32609
462-2768 Pastor: Jim Leftwich
Sunday Services: S.S. 9:45-10:45 a.m.;
Worship Service at 11 a.m.;
Evening Worship at 6 p.m.
Wednesday Services:
Supper 5:45-6:30 p.m.; AWANA 6:30-8 p.m.;
Youth 6:30 p.m.; Prayer
Meeting 6:30 p.m.; Discipleship 7 p.m.


C hristian 'ife 'Fellowship
Assembly of God
Contemporary Worship/Ministry All Ages
Sunday: SS 9:30 am/Worship 10:30 am.
Wed. 7 p.m./Children/Youth/Adults
19817 W. Newberry Rd. (4 mi. E. of
Newberry, 4 mi. W. of Jonesville)
(352) 472-5433
www.clfbest.org


Fellowship Church
Hrgh Springs, FL

Contemporary Praise & Worship
Bible Study at 9:30 a.m.
Worship at 10:45 a.m.
HWY 441 between Alachua & High Springs
386-454-1700
www.FellowshipOnline.org


First United Methodist First United Methodist Church
Church of Alachua Hwy 441 ., High Springs
14805 NW 140th Street 462-2443 Sunday Schooi: 10 a.m.,
Contemporary Worship: 8:45 a.m.,
Rev. Rob-Atchley, Pastor Traditional Worship: 11 a.m.,
Jeff Van Valey, Youth & Children's Minister Youth Fellowship: 5p.m.
Worship, 8:30 am. & 11 am. Wed. Youth Fellowship 6:45 p.m.
Sunday School 9:45 am. Church offers transportation to & from services.
Sunday Youth Events, 4:30 p.m. Youth/Childrens Director: Holly Erskine
www.gbgm-umc.org/alachuafumc Gary Eldred, Pastor (386) 454-1255


HIGH SPRINGS CHURCH
OF CHRIST
520 NE Santa Fe Boulevard
Bible Classes forAllAges 9:30 am.
Worship 10:30 a.m.
Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday Bible Classes 7 p.m.
highspringscofc@alltel.net
Minister: Wayne Rodgers (386)454-2930


New Oak Grove Baptist Church
Sunday School 10 am., Worship 11 am.,
Evening Service 7 p.m.
Wednesday Fellowship Meal 6 p.m.
Prayer Mtg/Bible Study 7 p.m.
RAs, GAs & Students 7 p.m. -
Nursery Provided
Pastor: Reverend Tony Barber
386-462-3390 18105 NW 262Avenue


St. Bartholomew's
Episcopal Church
Anglican Tradition
Sunday Services at 10 a.m.
105 NW 2nd St. (next door
to High Springs City Hall)
Father David Kidd
S (386)454-9812


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New St. Mary Missionary
Baptist Church
13800 NE 158th Avenue, Alachua 32616
Rev. Daniel H. McNish, Pastor
Phone & FAX (386) 462-7129
Services: Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Moming Worship 11 am.-lst, 2nd, 3rd Sunday
Quarterly 11 am. 4th Sun. Birthday Rally
Service; Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer
Meeting & Bible Study


St. John's United
Methodist Church
Open Arms, Loving Hearts
5 & Helping Hands.
Sunday School: 10 a.m.
Sunday Service: 11 a.m.
On CR 239 about 1/4 mile north
of NW CR 236 in Alachua
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT 386-4628454
-Pastor: Mike Lee


Calvary Baptist Church
Independent
Hwy 441 1-1/2 miles South ofAlachua
Sunday 10a.m., 11 am. & 6p.m.
Wednesday 7 p.m.
Verse by Verse Preaching
Traditional Christian Music
Pastor Marty Basinger (386) 462-2966


Corinth Baptist Church
5577 NW 290 Street, Newberry
Pastor Henry M. Rodgers
(352) 472-7770 or (352) 495-2510
Sunday: Sunday School 10 am., Morning
Worship 11am., Evening Worship 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Pioneer Club & Dinner
(ages 3 to high school) 6:30 p.m.
Prayer and Bible Study 7 p.m.
Choir Practice 8:15 p.m.


First Baptist Church
of Alachua
Impacting Lives for Christ
Sunday: Small Group Bible
Study 9:30 a.m.,
Worship: 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday: Prayer Meeting 6:30 p.m.
HWY235 SouthAlachua 462-1337


Foundation Chapel Church
of God by Faith
Sunday: Sunday School 10 p.m.; Mid-Day
Worship 11:30 am.; Children's Church 6 p.m.;
Evening Worship 6 p.m.; Tuesday: YSB 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Outreach Fellowship Dinner 6
p.m.; General Prayer Service 7:30 p.m.
13220 NW 150th Avenue, Alachua
Pastor Willie J. McKnight, Sr. 462-2549


Service Times
Sunday 10.30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
Youth Service Wed. 7:30 p.m.


Senior Pastors: Edwin & Angela .nder:son
386-454-1563
www.impactfamilychurch.com
16710 NW US 441 Between High Spnngs & Alachua


North Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
25330 NW CR239 (1/4 mi north of CR236)
(386) 462-3317 edwin3441@cox.net
Rev. EdwinA. Gardner, Pastor
Sun. Breakfast 9:30 am.; Sun. School 9:45 a.m.;
Worship 10:45 a.m.; Spanish Sunday School 2:30
p.m.; Spanish worship 3:30 p.m.; Spanish Supper
4:30 p.m.; Choir Rehearsal 5 p.m.; Evening Service
6 p.m.; Weds. Bible Study 7 p.m.
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St. Luke A.M.E. Church
Wednesday- 7:00 P.M. Family Study
Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. Church School
11 a.m. Morning Worship
Rev. James R. Watkins, Pastor
Theme: Knowing and Growing"
14950 Martin Luther King Blvd/Hwy 441
386.462.2732(church) 386.462.4396 (Fax)
stlukeamechurch@alltel.net


CHRIST'S ANGLICAN CHURCH
... seeking the Lord as He
wills to be found ..
323 S.W. County Road 778
High Springs, Florida 32643
(386) 454-1845
www.anglican-fellowship.org
SUNDAY WORSHIP 10 a.m.


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First Presbyterian
Church
of Alachua
Rev. Virginia McDaniel, Pastor
14623 NW 140 Street
(386) 462-1549


Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship Service
10 a.m. Nursery provided.
www.firstpresalachua.org


Grace Community Church (PCA)
ANew Church in WesternAladtua County
Pastor Ty'Keys
22405 W.Newberry Road in
Milam Funeral Home's Chapel
(352) 472-9500
Worship: Sunday 9 am.
For info go to www.gracecommunityPCAorg
Reaching Out with the Love of Christ by Lifing Up
the Name of Christ-Come hear the Doctrines of Grace


Legacy Baptist Church
l Sunday Services at The Alachua Women's
Club. 255 S. Main St.. Alachua
( hl .i ...,,.i .' School 9:30 am
('hurch Service 10:30 am
Family Bible Study -6:30 pin
Pastor John Jernigan ,:'.i.. i 4-5529
www.legacybaptistchurch.org


PASSAGE Ministries
"Reaching people where they are...
And receiving them as they are...
Pastor George Dix, Jr.
Praise & Worship: Sunday 11 a.m.
Bible Study/Prayer: Wednesday 7 p.m.
PASSAGE Family Church
2020 NE 15 Street Gainesville
(352) 514-7047

St. Madeleine Catholic Church
Mass Schedule: Saturday Vigil 5 p.m.,
Sunday 7:30 am., 11:30 am., 6 p.m.,
Tuesday 7 p.m., other weekdays at 8:30 am.
Confession Hours: Saturday 4-5 p.m.;
Sunday 10:30-11 am., 5:30-6 p.m.
3210 N.E. Santa Fe Boulevard
(U.S. Hwy. 441), High Springs
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A6 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2007



City of Newberry names Judy Mebane offers head start


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By DAN REID
Today Reporter
NEWBERRY Seventeen
year City of Newberry
employee Judy Rice has
recently been named as the
City's first Employee of the
Year.
Rice, who serves as Finance
Director for the City of
Newberry, first started her
career in City Hall as a clerk. In
1997 Rice was namedvDeputy
City Clerk, and in 2002 was
named to her current position as
Finance Director where she
works closely on the City's
budget with City Manager


Keith Ashby.
When she first heard that
she was named for the award,
Rice said she was honored that
she was being recognized for
her achievements.
"I was elated and felt very
honored. I don't know how else
to describe it," said Rice.
Rice said the best part of
working at City Hall is working
with other employees, solving
problems, and achieving goals
along with enhancing the total
environment of Newberry.
When asked what has
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more diverse than it was at the
beginning of the 90's.
According to Ashby the
criteria for the award included
acceptance of change,
initiative, accomplishment,
community activity, being a
team player, annual appraisal,
and compassion. Also,
department heads at City Hall
voted as well.
Ashby adds Rice has a good
ability for dealing with people
and is a vital cog when dealing
with the City's budget.
Ashby said one of the
reasons the award was initiated
was. to foster a professional
working environment at City
Hall.
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By DAN REID
Today Reporter
ALACHUA Mebane Middle
School students got a glimpse of the
world of work as the school held a
career fair last Thursday involving
guest speakers from numerous
professions.
Speakers included
representatives from the Alachua
Police Department, engineering
firms, and fire rescue personnel.
Also, students had the chance to
hear speakers from the fields of
nursing, law, and agriculture.
Alachua City Manager Clovis
Watson was on hand to tell students
about careers working in city
government.
Throughout the day students
eagerly asked questions to the guest
speakers about their respective line
of work, and by the end of the day
the students were more
knowledgeable about the fields of
employment they were interested in.
Mebane reading coach Debbie
Dixon said the expo helps prepare
rising ninth graders to choose a
required major once they reach the
high school level. Dixon mentioned
the information the students receive
during the event will guide them in
making wise choices once they have
an opportunity to choose a major.
"The more information we can
give to our kids, the better choices
they make," said Dixon.
Mebane Principal Veita
Jackson-Carter said the fields of
employment represented at the
event were chosen by the students
from career inventories they
completed. Jackson-Carter said the
event has always been a priority for
her since being named principal of
the school last summer, but felt she
wanted to have a different feel for
career day than the ones she had
been apart of in the p:Lt.
"This is something we wanted
to do anyway, but on another level,"
said Jackson-Carter.
Jackson-Carter pointed out the
middle school years are an


DAN REID/Alachua County Today
L-R Alachua Police Departmetn Officers Cesar Vargas, David
Floyd, William Baldree and K-9- Kaiser all taught youngsters
at Mebane's career day about working in law enforcement.


important time in a student's life
when thinking about future careers,
and that the expo helps students to
go in the right direction.
"It's time to plant that seed and
water it," said Jackson-Carter
Dixon was quick to point out
that Mebane has the highest number
of elective offerings for a middle
school in the district. She said
Mebane students have the
opportunity to choose a wide range
of electives that will benefit them in
their future courses of study.
Mebane art and yearbook


teacher Valerie Pothier-Forrester
said the expo is important to
students because they can find
direction and plan for the future.
At the end of the day students
got a special treat as Alachua
residents and NFL players Mike
Peterson of the Jacksonville Jaguars
and his brother, Adrian, of the NFC
champion' Chicago Bears made a
special appearance inside the
school's gym to give students
advice and words of
encouragement.
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ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2007 A7


ELECTION:
Continued from page Al

Case challenging trespass

warning may be dropped


completed qualifying documents he originally
submitted to run against Burgess in addition to
completing a new set of documents to run for
Calderwood's seat. But city officials said the
special accommodations to allow the trio of
disqualified candidates to fix their documents did
not also allow them to file entirely new sets.
Still Grapski was insistent that he run against
Calderwood, likely because Byrd pulled out of
the race, leaving Calderwood \without an
opponent. Judge Roundtree's ruling Monday
seems to dash any hopes Grapski may have had
to run against Calderwood. Calderwood's name
is not slated to be on the ballot during the
upcoming election.
Attolne) Gary Edirfger, who represented
Grapki and Perkins in Mondai\ s lheairn. said in.
an intern ie\\ last \ eek his clients iere seeking to
have the election extended by two weeks because
his clients have had two less weeks to raise funds
and campaign. The judge never took that issue
under consideration because it was a moot point
given his dismissal of petition. :
Commissioners approved an ordinance
Monday which clearly states that the election
SBoard of Canvassers is responsible for certifying
the 2007 election within 24 hours of poll closing.
That was a point of great consternation for


Grapski during a lawsuit challenging the 2006
election between Commissioner James Lewis
and Lewis Irby.
Grapski's attorney argued that the Board of
Canvassers did not have the authority to certify
election results. The court ruled otherwise,
leading to dismissal of that case which is now
being appealed by Grapski and other plaintiffs.
A lawsuit filed by Grapski challenging a no-
trespass warning which was issued to him may
also be of little consequence anymore. As of
Monday, Edinger said his client would drop the
request for injunctive relief since the city said the
warning was only to keep Grapski from returning
to City Hall and being disruptive on the same day
it was issued.
Still active is a lawsuit by Grapski alleging
that the City of Alachua and Clovis Watson, Jr.
are breaking a law that prohibits dual office
holding. Another case by Grapski alleges
wrongful arrest by the city last year after it was
discovered he was recording Watson while in the
city manager's office.
The election is set for April 10. Burgess,
Perkins and Grapski will all appear on the ballot
and challenge one another.
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A8 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2007
TN


COPELAND PARK:
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Bike racks, benches and signage to be
installed with improvements


meeting in order to update both the commission
and citizens on the progress and goals of planners
for the park and the approximately 24-acre
wildlife, greenway and recreation corridor
adjacent to it.
A nature trail is planned for much of the
acreage which runs from the San Felasco
Hammock State Preserve to Progress Corporate
Park. The land use zones for the property would
need to be changed from its current industrial
designation to conservation and recreation.
Other than the baseball field, playground, and
trail, other recreational additions or
improvements planned to be completed by
December 2007 include- bike racks, additional
parking, and benches and trashcans placed along
the trail. Signs will also be placed along the trail


for educational purposes regarding the native
flora and fauna.
In addition to the recreational additions, plans
exist to improve the environment of the property.
An upland and wetland restoration is scheduled
to be completed by December 2012 on
appropriate land, as well as the removal of
invasive exotic plants.
The property has many diverse environs,
including forest, wetlands, and fields. City
Planner John Richardson said it also had a
palmetto grove and great specimens of live oak,
black cherry, and long-leaf pine trees.
A baseball field already exists at Copeland
Park, and a picnic pavilion was added in June
2005.
# # #


March 13.
According to Alachua County Extension
Livestock Agent Cindy Sanders there were about
200 exhibitions involving livestock, while
roughly the same number of exhibits displayed
non livestock items.
Sanders said the event's main purpose is to
promote clubs such as 4-H and Future Farmers of
America. She said students who participate in
the event learn basic subjects such as record


keeping, organizing, and classifying that are
helpful for a livestock career
Winners for this year's event include 4-H
member Dustin. Atha who won the Grand
Champion Pig category at $5.25 a pound,
Nicholas Bowman 's goat won grand champion
at $6.50 a pound, and Kayla Cain's was the
Grand Steer Champion at $2.60 a pound.
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Student Government of High Springs from the list below:
Community School is sponsoring a Book bags, pencils/sharpeners, notebooks,
Community School is sponsoring a """" 6 p,
humanitarian project for school materials markers, colors, construction paper, glue,
called, "Operation Flying Start." The school tape, paints, coloring books, crayons, binders,
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violence there, but how often do \\e / -. -;are wel
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doing over there? Schools are '. ot rel iious or
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them a chance in life. / -~ Stued animals ae idl.
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helping Iraqi children, (. .-, ., carrying size for the child
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them- with the necessary / .. -.
school equipment for them to .. ommunty School,
succeed. Student SL... dent Government
S.. Sponsor, at 386-454-
Government will be .'.. Sosr 3
Government will bA 1958 for additional information.
collecting each month from January to April.
If your civic organization, church group, or


WALDO CHASE:
Continued from page Al

Cocaine found in possession of suspect


and aggravated assault. Shazel's bond was set at
$120,000.
According to Waldo Police ChiefA.W. Smith,
officers received a call of a minor crash in Waldo
involving a 1990 Cadillac driven by Shazel.
Shaze pulled his car into a BP gas station and was
approached by a Waldo police officer. Smith said
Shazel looked nervous and sped from the scene.
After Shazel escaped, officers from the
Gainesville Police Department and Alachua
County sheriff's deputies pursued Shazel. The
chase ended when Shazel slammed into a Chevy


Blazer at the 2100 block of Waldo Road. The
Blazer overturned due to the impact of the crash.
A person inside the Blazer was taken to a
local medical facility for non-life threatening
injuries. No names were released for the driver
and passengers of the Blazer.
Smith said cocaine was discovered in
Shazel's possession, and that he is currently
serving felony probation until 2011.
Smith credits teamwork between all three
agencies for successfully capturing Shazel.
# # #


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The City of Alachua will have an election April 10, 2007,
for City Commission Seat 2. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 Ipn
The City is using three polling places for the 2007 election.
IMPORTANT: These polling places might be different from the
one you used when voting in last year's elections.

If you are assigned to Alachua County Precinct 3,
you will vote at either:
1. Alachua County Fire Station #21
13815 U.S. Highway 441 or
2. City of Alachua Recreation Center

Cards will be mailed to all voters in Precinct 3

who will be assigned to the Fire Station.
If you are assigned to Alachua County Precinct 63,
you will vote at:
Plantation Oaks at Turkey Creek
11400 Turkey Creek Blvd.


Poll workers*


Sam Ulbing
Kenneth Bowen
Barbara Plasters
DeeDee McClain
Delores Wheeler
*Poll workers Subject
to change.


Judy Malphurs
Karen Williams
JR Cannady
Mary Latson
Rose Brown


Hal Brady
Patty O'Sullivan
Elaine Green
Marleen Holmes
Thelma Hammon


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OFFICIAL BALLOT AB
GENERAL ELECTION
CITY OF ALACHUA, FLORIDA -
-. AL APRIL 10, 2007 -

TO VOTE COMPLETELY FILL IN THE OVAL # NEXT TO YOUR CHOICE. 1
Use only the marking device provided or a number 2 pencil.
If you make a mistake, don't hesitate to ask for a new ballot. If you erase or make other
N. marks, your vote may not count. -
SALACHUA CITY COMMISSION
GROUP 2 -
(Vote for One) -

C" Bonnie K. Burgess
C" Charlie Grapski
C D Michael A. Perkins
M- _- -


Proclamation of thle filapor of lacdma
I, Jean B. Caldenvood, Mayor of te City of Alachua, Florida, do hereby proclaim:
An election is called for Tuesday, April 10, 2007, for the purpose of filling Seat Number 1* and Seat
Number 2 on the Alachua City Commission;
The successful candidates shall serve three-year terms, ending in April of 2010;
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the City Recreation Center, Plantation Oaks at Turkey
Creek, and the Fire Station;
This information and the names of inspectors and clerks to serve at each location shall be published in
an informational advertisement in a newspaper of general circulation for four weeks prior to the election.
Hereby witness my signature and the seal of the City of Alachua this 12th day of February 2007.


*C'andidaie unopposed.


IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE APRIL 10, 2007, CITY OF ALACHUA CITY COMMISSION ELECTION,
S-/. *- PLEASE CALL DIANE MORGAN OR DEPUTY CITY CLERK ALAN HENDERSON AT 386-462-1231, OR E-MAIL
HIM AT AHENDERSON@CITYOFALACHUA.COM.

ELECTION RESULTS WILL BE POSTED ON THE qITY'S WEB SITE FOLLOWING THE ELECTION AT WWW.CITYOFALACHUA.COM ,


FAIR:
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Students learn subjects beneficial to farming careers


ELECTION DATEE~9I


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ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2007 A9


Cash, credit or debit

Grant smooths way for High Springs Farmers Market


By DAN REID
Today Reporter
HIGH SPRINGS The Kellogg
Foundation has recently awarded the High
Springs Farmers Market with a grant
totaling $35,000 that Market officials say
will help lower income residents of High
Springs.
Sharon Yeago of the High Springs
Farmers Market said the grant will enable
the Market to purchase a credit, debit, and
food stamp machine to help with
transactions. According to Yeago the


SHOOTING:
Continuedfrqm page A

Ford Jr. and 24-year-old Clifton
Rushing were trying to shoot a
man during a verbal altercation
on Northwest 158th Place. On
Tuesday evening authorities
arrested Ford and transported
him to the Alachua County Jail.
Recovered from Ford and the
vehicle believed to be used
during the shooting was a 45
caliber gun and a shell casing
similar to that used in the


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machine will be the first in Florida to
successfully transact food stamps used at
places similar to the High Springs Farmers
Market.
Yeago said the machine will cost $1,000
and the rest of the money will be for
operating costs, funding for community
gardens, and funds for the Farmers Market.
Before the grant was obtained Yeago said
the Farmers Market was operating on a
shoestring budget. With the grant now in
place Yeago mentions planning for the
future is secure for the Farmers Market.
"This will give us opportunity to plan


for the future," said Yeago.
Yeago said she originally wrote the
grant for $12,000, but the Kellogg
Foundation said they wanted more money
written for the grant so people with food
stamps could be assisted. She adds the
grant will help close the economic disparity
gap for low income residents in High
Springs.
Yeago is encouraging businesses in the
area to get involved in the Farmers Market.
Persons desiring additional. information
may call 386-454-3950.
# # #


)ne suspect remains at large


incident.
Ford is facing charges for
attempted felony murder,
discharging a firearm in public,
and possession of a firearm by a
convicted felon.
Lloyd said Ford has a
lengthy criminal record and had
an active warrant for violation
of probation in Alachua County.
Ford is currently being held in
the County Jail on $82,000


bond. However, no bond has
been set for Ford on two other
cases.
According to Alachua
Recreation Director Hal Brady,
the stray bullet which hit the
community center did penetrate
the outside wall, but did not
travel into the building and no
one was hurt.
Police were still searching
Rushing as of Wednesday


PUBLIC NOTICE

THE MAYOR'S YOUTH COUNCIL WILL HOLD
A PUBLIC HEARING TO RECEIVE PUBLIC
INPUT FROM INTERESTED PARTIES
REGARDING THE POSSIBLE CLOSING OF
THE HIGH SPRINGS SKATEBOARD PARK.


PLACE: HIGH SPRINGS CITY HALL
110 NW 1ST AVENUE

TIME: 4:30 PM

DATE: MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2007

JAMES D. DRUMM
CITY MANAGER/CLERK
(Pub: March 22, 2007)


afternoon.
The name of the intended
target in the shooting has not
been identified.
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CITY OF HAWTHORNE
FIRST PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
The City of Hawthome is considering applying to the Florida Department of CommunityAffairs (DCA) for aFY2007 Small Cities Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG) of up to $650,000.00. These funds must be used for one of the following purposes:
1. To benefit low and moderate-income persons; or
2. To aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight or
3. To meet other community development needs ofrecent originhaving particular urgencybecause existing conditions pose a serious
and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community and where other financial resources are not available to meet such
needs.
The categories of activities for which these funds may be used are in the areas ofhousing, neighborhood revitalization, commercial revitalization,
or economic development and include such improvement activities as acquisition of real property, loans to private-for-profit business, purchase
of machinery and equipment, construction of infrastructure, rehabilitation of houses and commercial buildings, and energy conservation.
Additional information regarding the range of activities that may be undertaken will be provided at the public hearing.
For each activity that is proposed, at least 51% of the funds must benefit low and moderate-income persons.
In developing an application for submission to DCA, the City of Hawthorne must plan to minimize displacement of persons as a resultofplanned
CDBG activities. In addition, the City of Hawthome is required to develop a plan to assist displaced persons.
The public hearing to receive citizen views concerning the community's economic and community development needs will be held at the
Hawthorne City Hall, 6700 SE 221st Street, onMonday, April 2,2007, at 6:30 pm. Forinformationconceming the public hearing, contact Donna
Mayes, City Clerk at (352) 481-2432.
The public hearing is being conducted in a handicapped accessible location. Any handicapped person requiring an interpreter for the hearing
impaired or the visually impaired should contact DonnaMayes at least five calendar days prior to the meeting and an interpreter will be provided.
Any non-English speaking person wishing to attend the public hearing should contact Donna Mayes at least five calendar days prior to the
meeting and a language interpreter will be provided. To access a Telecommunication Device for Deaf Persons (TDD), please call (800) 955-
8771. Any handicapped person requiring special accommodation at this meeting should contact Donna Mayes at least five calendar days prior
to the meeting.
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Horizon Realty Baseball and Softball Opening



Community effort brings great returns


Guest Editorial by Hal Brady, City of Alachua Recreation Director


want to thank so many volunteers
who made a great day for so many.
boys and girls from Alachua, High
Springs, LaCrosse, Newberry,
Jones ville 4
Gainesville, Archer,
Alachua County
unincorporated area and
teams that played against "
these teams from the
surrounding Counties.
The Horizon Realty
2007 Baseball and Softball
opening was a great success
because of hard working .
volunteers.
Dignitaries giving high
fives and a tunnel to the
participating teams have been a tradition for
over 25 years. The five parachutes from the
High Blue Sky came flying down to excite all
the players when they touched down on the
baseball field. The bare-b-cue, moonwalks,
dunking booth and homerun derby added to
the fun, and of course ended with the baseball
games.
To Mayor Calderwood, City of Alachua
Commission and City Manager Clovis
Watson, Jr., you have continued to give
financial support for athletics and recreation
for our youth. Thanks for teaming up with the.
Alachua Chamber of Commerce, volunteers,
sponsors of small businesses, corporations,
big businesses and other civic groups to
make our city The Good Life Community for
our children growing up.
Thanks also for the spray park, skate
park, new restrooms and concessions at the
softball fields, new lights in the gym and the
new Copeland Park at the San Felasco
corridor which the City Commission has
earmarked to enhance what we are blessed
with already.
;The volunteers have fixed up the World
Series Field Concession Stand with a new air.
conditioner, roof, shelves, paint job, freezer,
counter tops and a paint job to the press box.


The City painted and replaced boards to
the bleachers and obtained new BBQ grill.
The long hours of all the coaches of the
teams make it fun, and the kick off Saturday
of games will go through May for
all the girls and boys.
The Hal Brady Award this
year goes to Mike Griffis "Mr.
Robot Man" from High Springs
i', Florida for his dedication to all
', ^i. uhis volunteer work for all the
youth. Becky and Kevin
Blackburn were awarded a
plaque for long years of baseball
volunteering in the program.
William Helms and John Scott
were recognized for leadership
and maintenance to all the fields
in Alachua and High Springs that the children
will be playing on. Many fathers assisted to
build and add on many additions to the bull
pens, batting cages as they teamed up to
enhance Griffis batting cages at Skinner Field
with the City of Alachua.
Conestogas and Rick's Fish House owner
Rick Robertson was recognized for
sponsoring youth teams in every sport for
over 10 years. Rick is also one of the original
Chamber Sport Fest Organizers, who through
the Chamber, has put in hundred of
thousands of dollars to the Recreation Center
and other projects in our community.
Wal-Mart was recognized for donating
$9,200 to team sponsorships, for bleachers,
senior and youth programs and support work
at the Recreation and Community Centers in
Alachua. Wal-Mart donated $1,500 to the
Santa Fe Babe Ruth Baseball as well this
year. Geoline donated $1,500 to help with the
needs of Santa Fe Babe Ruth as well and Mr.
Brewer was recognized on the company's
behalf. Sheriff Sadie Darnell and the Alachua
County Sheriff's helicopter arrived and the
new Sheriff in town was a big hit for all the
kids. Alachua County Fire Chief (Chief May)
was here and once again led the tunnel of
Dignitaries of High Fives to all the kids.


Thank you to City of Newberry Fire
Chief David Rodriguez, Alachua Elementary
Principal Jim Brandenburg and Alachua Vice
Mayor Gib Coerper who were also in our
Dignitaries Tunnel of High Fives.
Many people donated items for the silent
auction, which raised money for the program.
The Color Guard from the Alachua Police
Department and'Alachua County Sheriffs
Department presented the flag as local
country music singing star Mark Copeland
sang the National Anthem.
The Volunteer Board Members of Santa
Fe Babe Ruth Baseball and the Volunteer
Board Members of Softball should, be
congratulated for making a difference for our
youth.
Alachua County Commissioner Lee
Pinkoson and Alachua County School Board
Member Tina Pinkoson were also at the
opening of baseball and helped announce the
T-ball game on the World Series Field. This
was a true team effort of government support,
private support, corporate support, school
support, civic group support, federal and state
support. Everybody in our community
teamed up together to help our children.
God bless you all, City of Alachua and thank
you:.

Baseball
Mike Schentrup, Mike Gentry, Kathy
Geelhoed, Mike Griffis, William Helms,
Mike Harbert, Stacy Smith, Vern Stewart,
John Scott, Kelly Barber, Gator Netherton,
Kevin Lacoste, Robert Gainey, Lynnette
Scott, and all the volunteers in the program.

Softball
Earl Findley, Al Lewis, Don Lopez, Bill
Shisken, Bob Bowlin and the many other
volunteers in the softball program.
To see photos of the event, visit the
Alachua County Today's website at
AlachuaToday.com starting Friday and click
on "Photo Gallery."


U HDUETENUToUEDITOR ISU


Local governments
should be consolidated
Currently we are li\ in in the
unincorporated area of Alachua
Counts. right now \we "don't have a
dog in the fighr". Some days I'm
glad w\e don't other da s I wish wee
did. However. because w\e are
central located between Alachua.
High Springs and Newbeny, one
day we might find ourselves
annexed into one of these
municipalities. I don't know\
%whether I'd dread or welcome the
change.
But for no\%. from an
"outsider's perspective," I find the
antics of these municipalities
go eming bodies to be anywhere
tiom amusing to highly disturbing.
Most recently. "King Clo\is and his
Court" made a mockery of
American democracy with their
bungling of elections for Alachua
cit\ comnissloners
Whether it be corporate
development i.e.. Dollar General
and Wal-NMart (Alachua).
residential de\ elopment and growth
(High' Springs) or industrial
development, i.e.. cement plant
(Nee\ berr'), the municipal
government of these once "quaint
and small" rural communities are
ill-prepared to contend with such
issues. Toda 's world of corporate-
backed, "out-of-town" businesses.
withh their inancially-sound "'\ar
chests" and highly-skilled
attome\ s. are ravenously! digesting
areas such as ours by preying on the
'ulnerabilities of "local-yokal"
go eminent and politicians.
Meanwhile. preservation of
long-term residents' desirable rural
lifestyles becomes less and less of a


priority for our elected officials, in
their frantic and haphazard efforts to
expand the local tax base and
"improve" the local economy. Soon
\we will find ourselves engulfed in
the same environments (and
problems) of Lakeland. Orlando
and Tampa. as if we are not already.
Long-term residents are and will
continue to be driven away. and
those who relocated here fiom other
more congested and developed
areas (to escape congestion and
development) \will be disgruntled.
It's time to serious\ consider
abolition of all local municipal
govemments in Alachua County
and consolidate all elected
government representation.
government services and taxpayer-
deri\ed resources at the counts
level. Potentially. consolidation
could yield greater efficiencies and
eliminate duplication of services,
"turf wars" and the current surplus
of well-intended elected officials
kwho are unqualified to manage
public affairs on a "part-time" basis.
Count-w\ide consolidation could
help bring a higher level of
qualified. "fuil-time" elected
officials and their appointees to
represent all residents of Alachua
Count. in their best interests.
But then what wouldd become of
those such as "King Clovis and his
Court." their salaries, pension
benefits, etc.? With "the foxes
guarding the hen house." don't look
to the municipal governments'
elected and appointed officials to
lobbs for consolidation, because it
\%ill eliminate their positions of
power and "meal tickets."
Richard Devereaus
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POLICE REPORTS


Alachua Police Department
The following information was
provided by Alachua Police
Department (APD) Detective Dary
Lloyd
Career Criminal Arrested for
Battery on a Law Enforcement
Officer
*On March 17, 2007 at 3:30 am.,
officers responded to the area of
13606 NW 158 P1 for a distressed
woman banging on doors. Officers
arrived and were informed by
neighbors and a female adult victim
that 47 year old James "Mann"
Garrison of Alachua, assaulted her.
Officers made contact with Garrison
in front of his mother's house.
Garrison advised Officers that nothing


was going on and they needed to
leave the area. Officers stated that
Garrison appeared to be intoxicated
and was in an agitated state. Garrison
then stated that he was going to kill
someone. Officers stated that
Garrison's brother appeared and
attempted to calm Garrison down.
Garrison then pulled a black semi
automatic weapon from his waistband
and continually stated that he was
going to kill someone. It was later
learned that the weapon was a "BB"
gun. Officers tackled Garrison placing
him into a prone position Garrison
continued to resist Iand struck one
officer with an elbow strike. Officers
used a dry stun maneuver v.ith die
"Taser" to gain control of Garrison.
Search incident to arrest Ga-rrison \ as-


found to be in possession of crack
cocaine, Alprazolam, and drug
paraphernalia. Garrison was charged
with Battery on Law Enforcement
Officer, Possession of Crack Cocaine,
Battery, Possession of Firearm by
Convicted Felon, Resisting with
Violence, Possession of a Controlled
Substance and Possession of Drug
Paraphernalia. Garrison was arrested
\ith no further incident
Death Inmestigation
*On March 16 2007 at 5 p.m. officers
responded to a medical emergency: at
16000 US 441 (KFCI i_'pon arnm al
Officers observed an unresponsive
female inthe driver's seat of j vehicle
that was inmotion. (Officers ; ere able
to enter the vehicle and attempted to
render first aid. The female ictnum


died on-scene. The victim was later
identified as 54 year old Loraine
Dunbar of High Springs. Foul play is
not suspected in this incident
WarrantArrest
*On March 17, 2007 at 5:43 am.,
officers made contact with Lisa
Abbot inthe 13800 Block ofNW 158
PL. A computer check revealed that
Abbot had an outstanding warrant for
Fraud insufficient Funds out of
Alachua County with ROR Bond.
Abbot was arrested without incident.
*On March 20, 2007 at 3:51am.,
officers made contact with 52-year-
old Margaret Fishman pursuant to a
traffic stop. A computer check
revealed that Fishman had an
outstanding warrant for Dm ng
whilee License Suspended or
Retoked .\ith a $2000 Bond.
F shmjn as arrested without
incident


High Springs Police Department
Today Staff Report

*At 9:55 p.m. on March 13, 2007
High Springs Police discovered a
white Chevrolet had been vandalized
with chicken eggs at the Winn-Dixie
parking lot on U.S. 441. The same
day, at 8:32 p.m. High Springs
resident Jennifer Peluso reported to
the High Springs Pohce Department
that her car \.as hit \ith eggs at 322
Northwest 8th Street. Police are stll
intesugaung the incidents
*On Nlarch 13. 2007 at 6:2- p.m
High Springs Police conducted a
routine traffic stop ofa vehiclee driven
b\ 20-)ear-old High Springs resident
Devter Burnert of 23555 Northdest
179th Place at the 3100 block of
Northviest 1oth Street for dr ine with
loiid music. During the Iraffic stop
police discovered Bitnien had a
misdemeanor \%arrant in Alachua


County for failure to appear in court
on marijuana possession. Police
transported Bumett to the Alachua
County Jail and issued him a traffic
citation for loud music, unsafe
equipment, and violation of learner's
restriction.
*On March 14, 2007 at 6:40 p.m.
during a routine traffic stop at the 400
Block of Northwest 9th Avenue High
Springs Police anc-ted 42-\ear-old
Nicola Thomp on ol 158 Southtmest
Cochran in Font \\lute for an act\e
warrant in Okjal'',,j Countn for
relocation of bionJ Thompson \as
transported to thie A.,ichua Counti Jail
\ here no bond Ihar been set according
to police.
*On IMarch 16, 2007 at 9:13 am.
Lake Ci! resident Danny Brown
reported to High Springs Police that
tires on the vehicle he was driving
\\ere slashed at 17-12 Nonth\west 222
Street -he incident resulted in
appro\imatel., t1.,0.1 t) t damages to
the tires


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Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently wanted
for: Trespass,
Resist Officer W/o
Violence, Possession
of Cocaine W/I
1000ft School,
Possession of
Narcotic Equipment,
Writ of Bodily
Attachment


Arthur
Daniels
Black Male,
08/12/67
.6'
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently wanted
for: Possession of
a Controlled
Substance,
Maintaining a Drug
Vehicle, Possession
of Drug
Paraphernalia


Richard
Wright
White Male,
05/08/82
Brown Hair,
Blue Eyes
6'1'

Currently wanted
for: Sell and
Possession of a
Controlled
Substance,
Trafficking in
Cocaine


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Curtis
Black Male,
08/01/84
5'7"
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently wanted
for: Possession of
Cocaine with Intent
to sell, Possession
of Drug
Paraphernalia


Keith David
Pitts Braxton Beard
Black Male, White Male,
,/ 2/9/1980
06/06/1985 5'10", 185 Ibs
6' Brown Hair,
Black Hair, Brown Eyes


Brown Eyes

Currently wanted
for: Larceny (2
counts), Use or
possess drug
paraphernalia


Currently wanted
for: Possession of a
Controlled Substance
w/o Prescription,
Possession of
Marijuana with intent
to sell, Manufacture
and Distribution of
Imitation Drugs


Isaacs
Black Female,
5/13/80
5'7"
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently wanted
for: Fraud (Fail
Redeliv. Hired
Leased Prop.300
Dols or Over)


Cornelius C.
Allen
Black Male,
8/25/75
5'10"
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently wanted
for: Aggr. Battery
on a Pregnant Vict.,
Neglect Child w/o
Great Harm


Matthew
Wayne
Johnson
White Male,
12/7/82
5'6", 170 Ibs
Brown Hair,
Green Eyes

Currently wanted
for: Dealing in
Stolen Property


Nancy Bruce Bibi Sabree
Davis Dallas


White Female,
9/13/66.
5'3", 200 Ibs
Black Hair,
Hazel Eyes

Currently wanted
for: Worthless
Check, DWLSR


Black Female,
5/17/78
5'4", 130 Ibs
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes


Currently wanted
for: Civil Order


Jorge
Dominguez
White Male,
09/12/78
5'9"
Brown Hair,
Green Eyes


Currently wanted
for: Grand Theft


White Female,
10/22/82
5'3"
Brown Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently wanted
for: Child Neglect


Black Male,
08/20/86
5'6"
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently wanted
for: Worthless
Check x4


Scottie L. Crystal L.
Sherman McIntosh


Black Male,
5/30/1969
5'07", 162 Ibs
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently wanted
for: Burglary,
Dealing in Stolen
Property, Larceny


Black Female,
10/21/83
5'10"
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently wanted
for: Battery,
Fraud-Illeg. Use
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Special to Alachua County Today
(Gainesville, FL) The
goal of Maddie's Pet Rescue
Project of Alachua County is to
find permanent, loving homes
for about 300 animals each
month and ultimately end the
euthanasia of animals within
the county. Working towards
this goal, the partners of the
project announce their annual
Spring Adopt-a-thon "Lucky
Pets" on March 24 and 25,
offering a great opportunity for
Alachua County residents to
find a perfect pet for their
family.
On the South Lawn of the
Oaks Mall, just behind Macy's,
the partners of Maddie's Pet
Rescue of Alachua County will
have their adoptable cats and
dogs ready to meet all visitors.
Whether looking for a pet to
play catch and take daily jogs
with, one with the patience to
let your child dress up or hug
on, or just a loving companion
to come home to each day, there
is a cat or dog with a unique
personality waiting to go home
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Large, small, furry, shaggy,
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Maddie's Pet Rescue project
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the partners were able to
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number of pets euthanized;
adoptions have gone up from
692 pets to 2,708 and the total
euthanasia of pets has gone
down from more than 8,000
pets to just over 4,000 pets


annually. To keep the Partners'
promise to the animals of
Alachua County, the help of
citizens with loving homes is
greatly needed.
Lucky Pets will run from 10
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March 24 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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To continue to save lives,
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By donating any money you are
able to give, animals will be
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well as at any of the
participating agency locations.
For more information about
the Lucky Pets Adopt-a-thon,
Maddie's Pet Rescue of
Alachua County or the
participating pet. rescue
agencies, contact Chase Wiley
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Gatomationals


BASEBALL, B3
Fr- er are coach dies


SOFTBALL, B2




Your award winning sports section -Florida Press


Williston's fast



start downs



Newberr

*Knoblauch had three hits
and two RBIs in the loss for
the Panthers
By CLIFF OLSEN
Today Sports Writer
NEWBERRY Head coach Bryan
Roundtree said he had planned on using a lot
of pitchers when his Newberry High School
baseball team battled Williston in a Class 3A,
District-5 contest on Tuesday night.
The Panthers ended up
using seven different
pitchers, but that didn't
stop the Red Devils from
Scoring at least one run in
., six of the seven innings
that were played.
S Williston collected nine
Roundtree hits and scored seven runs
over the first two innings
en-route to a 12-5 win over Newberry.
Coulter Knoblauch finished with three hits,
PANTHERS on page B5


Raiders

doomed by

plate

struggles

Santa Fe collects four
hits in loss to Middleburg
By ADAM BOUKARI
Today Sports Writer
after an extra-inning loss to
Suwannee last week, the
Santa Fe High -School
baseball team was trying to
bounce back with a win on
Monday at Middleburg. However, due in
large part to another poor performance at
the plate with just five hits, Santa Fe (5-7)
found itself on the downside of a 3-1
decision.
"It was just a situation where we pitched
well, played great defense, but had the same
RAIDERS on page B4


Gator


Fever


2007


Jury still out on 'Countdown'


By MIKE DAROZA
Today Sports Writer
One of the more obvious differences
between the NHRA POWERade Drag
Racing Series and NASCAR Nextel
Cup is that the drag racers don't
navigate turns during a race.
However, one similarity between
the two racing sanctions currently has
the straight-liners turning circles.
Much like "The Chase" points
format in NASCAR, the NHRA is
embarking on its first-ever
"Countdown to the Championship"
points format this season.
In laymen's terms, the Countdown
breaks the 23-race NHRA POWERade
Series season up
into three distinct
sections; the 17-
race Countdown to
eight, the four-race
Countdown to four
and the two-race
Countdown to one.
After 17 regular
season races,,only the top eight drivers
in each of the four professional classes
(Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and
Pro Stock Motorcycle) will advance
into the first round of the "playoffs"
when the top points standing driver' at
the time will be assigned 2,070 points
and each of the remaining (seven)
drivers will be re-adjusted 10 fewer
'points each (eighth place is assigned
2,000 points).
The Sunday (eliminations) format
COUNTDOWN on page B3


Your average


Force


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Pro Stock Bike racer Angelle Sampey speaks to reporters Saturday
afternoon after qualifying first at the Gatornationals.


Tragedy fo lows Gatrnationals


By MIKE DAROZA
Today Sports Writer
GAINESVILLE Perhaps the
biggest, if not most important, news
story in the wake of the 38th annual
AC Delco Gatornationals this past
weekend came after the prestigious
race was over and done with.
Eric Medlen, one of four John
Force Racing, teammates, was
injured Monday when his Funny
Car wrecked during a testing


accident at
Gainesville ..
Raceway.
Medlen suffered
injuries when his .
entry crashed
heavily into the
right guard wall. Medlen
He was
transported via ShandsCair
helicopter to Shands at the
University of Florida medical
center.


According to reports on
NHRA.com, on Wednesday, doctors
were continuing to work to reduce
pressure and swelling from what
had been characterized as a severe
closed head injury suffered when
the 33-year-old's car crashed.
He underwent three and a half
hours of craniotomy surgery and
was still listed in critical condition
as of press time.
GATORNATIONALS on page B2


By ADAM BOUKARI
Today Sports Columnist
She's not your average 24-
year-old. Sure, she likes
going shopping, watching
movies and hanging out with
her friends. But when she's
not doing that, she's flying
down a quarter-mile drag
strip at 300-plus mph and is
the co-star of an A&E reality
television show "Driving
Force".
NHRA Funny Cat driver
Ashleyj Force is certainly
poised to carry the family
legacy. Her father, John
Force, is the % inninge;t
driver in NH-RA history and
is one. of the m6st beloved
racers of all time. If that's
not enough, Ashley races in
the same category as her dad.
In fact, both competed at the
Gatornationals this weekend
in Gainesville, a place that
both daughter and father
have fond memories.
Ashley won the
Gatornationals in Top
Alcohol dragster last year
and John has won in
Gainesville seven times in
his historic career. So,
coming back to Gainesville
Raceway this past weekend
was a welcomed event for
the duo.
While neither of the Forces
won the event, both qualified
for elimination Sunday. John
was booted in the first round
while Ashley gave all those
BOUKARI onpage B2


Panthers tough out win against Rams

SBurgin finished ,.
with five hits,
including the game-
winning single in the
13th inning ,,


By CLIFF OLSEN
Today Sports Writer
NEWBERRY Kristina
Burgin's RBI single in the
bottom of the 13th inning
capped her five-hit evening and
lifted the Newberry High
School softball team to a
dramatic 7-6 come-from-
Sbehind victory over Eastside on
Tuesday night.
After going hitless in her
first two at bats, Burgin
NEWBERRY on page B3


SRICK BABSTON/Alachua County Today,
Newberry's Lavarsha Nattiel returns to the dugout after scoring
a run in a game earlier this season, Nattiel had two hits and
scored a run in the Panthers' 7-6 win over Eastsjde on Tuesday.
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Santa Fe rallies past 'Cats

E Raiders use
final two innings
to win over
Baker County
By ADAM BOUKARI
Today Sports Writer
With only two innings left
to play and trailing by one
run, comeback time arrived
for the Santa Fe High School
softball team. The Raiders .
used a four-run sixth inning
and tacked on another score
in the seventh to beat district-
opponent Baker County, 6-2.
Santa Fe (8-7, 5-3) needed the
district win in hopes of
securing a higher seed in the RICK BABSTON/Alachua County Today
Santa Fe catcher Carrie Kuiter tries to throw a base runner out
SANTA FE on page B4 earlier this season.


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ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY SPORTS THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2007


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You Guess the Score!
Each week, Alachua County Today's Two-Minute Drill
scoreboard will be displaying a significant score from the past.
Test your trivia skills by trying to guess which game it was, and
what two teams played in the game that the score applies to.
Please note that the winner of the game always will be listed as
the "Home" team, regardless of where the game was played. This
week's answer can be found below.
*The Mid-Florida Officials Association is recruiting
Individuals to become FHSAA Certified Officials. MFOA serve
the following Counties Alachua, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie,
Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Marion & Sumter Counties. Come join us,
you may be the next NFL or NBA official but, you will never
know if you don't start. For information contact Wade Clayton at
352-665-3142 or email: wadeclayton@hotmail.com
ESanta Fe Youth Basketball Sign-ups
Sign up now at the Alachua Recreation Center. Ages 4-14
years old. Contact us Alachua Recreation at 386-462-1610.
iNewberry baseball Alumni game
Newberry High School will hold its annual alumni baseball
game on Saturday, April 14th. The home run derby is scheduled
for 6 p.m. with the game to follow at 7 p.m.
Earlier in the day the Panthers baseball team will be having a
car wash at Hitchcock's in Newberry from 9 am -12:30 p.m.
For more information; contact head baseball coach Bryan
Roundtree, 352-317-0328.
mFindley earns 2nd-consecutive pitcher of the week award
For the second week in a row University of North Florida
freshman Devyn Findley was named the Atlantic Sun Conference
Pitcher of the Week.
Findley had a stellar week in the pitching circle, going 3-0 in
four appearances with a 0.42 ERA and a save. The only run
Findley allowed for the week came on 'a double steal in a
conference win against Campbell.
The Camels' Megan Paul was the only person to score against
Findley and was the only player the lefty from Gainesville, Fla.,
allowed past second base.
Findley did not give up an extra-base hit, allowing eight overall
in 16.2 innings, of work while striking out 22 and holding
opponents to a .136 batting average.
She began the week with a complete-game win against Maine
that saw her strike out seven. She followed that the next day with


i \',n and a sa c in i \o relief appearances against Ball State.
Findley didn't allow a hit in either game and helped herself by
driving home the game-winning run in both contests.
The freshman finally capped her week with a complete-game
win against Campbell, giving up only three hits and striking out
eight.
Two weeks, ago Findley hurled two shutouts, including a no-
hitter against Mount St. Mary's to earn her first pitcher of the
week award. She is the first Lady Osprey pitcher to garner back-
t0-back conference pitcher of the week awards since Trish Davis
was named the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week on
March 8 and March 15, 2000.
Findley now ranks third in the Atlantic Sun with a 1.41 ERA,
while ranking third in opponents batting average (.199), fourth in
strikeouts (76) and fourth in wins (8).

ESaints Sweep Monroe CC
Gainesville, Fla. The Santa Fe Saints pulled out a pair of one-
run wins over Monroe CC out of Rochester NY Tuesday
afternoon by scores of 4-3 and 7-6. Both games were seven
inning contest.
Ricardo Gonzalez (2-0) pitched five shutout innings in the
opener, allowing just two hits and no walks with one strikeout to
earn the win. Chris Warren, Brandon Neff and Ryan Wolfe each
worked in relief.
The Saints took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Kyle
Cushenbery doubled down the left field line and Johnny Duncan
walked to set up a two-run double by Todd Waller.
Duncan drove in Cushenbery with a sacrifice fly in the fourth to
make it 3-0 and again in the sixth with a single to make it 4-1.
MCC rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh, but Wolfe got
Steve Mucio to ground out to second with the bases loaded to end
the game.
In game two, the Saints took advantage of three errors by the
Tribunes to score six runs in the first inning after MCC had struck
one in the top of the first.
MCC battled back with three runs in the second and two in the
fifth to tie the score at 6-6.
Andrew Migetz scored what proved to be the winning run in the
bottom of the fifth when he led off with a triple and scored on a
throwing error on the play.
Chad Brock, Caleb Fuddy, Brandon Neff, Tim Burke, Ryan Wolfe


and Rene Guerra all pitched for the Saints %\ith Nel'fi'2-2 getting
the win and Guerra earning his eighth save of the year.
SFCC (20-10, 4-5 MFC) returns to Mid-Florida Conference play
on Friday. when they travel to Sanford to take on Seminole CC at
3 pm.

* iSaints pitch way to sweep over Lake City
Lake City, Fla. Lindsey Wright threw a 5-hitter in the opener
and Tiffany Bratcher threw a 1-hitter in the nightcap as the Santa
Fe Saints swept a doubleheader from Lake City CC by scores of :
10-2 and 8-1 Tuesday afternoon in Lake City.
Each team scored two unearned runs in the third inning of gained
one, but the Saints added two more runs on a two-run double by
Sherquita Bostick in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead.
Keisha Pereira drove in a run in the fifth and Staci Fernandez
another in the sixth to make it a 6-2 game going into the final
frame. The Saints scored four more times in the seventh with
Jessica Paez contributing a two-run home run and Bostick a solo
shot.
Wright (11-1) went the distance for her 10th complete game of
the year, registering eight strikeouts and just one walk.
Lake City took the early lead in game two when Saints right
hander Tiffany Bratcher gave up the Timberwolves' only hit of
the game, a solo home run by first baseman Briana Durden with '
two outs.
But the Saints bounced back to take the lead for good with a pair
of runs in the top of the second inning on RBI singles by Paez and
Bostick.
Laura Hall had an RBI single in the third and Jessica Bohn and
Hayley O'Mara drove in runs in the fourth to give the Saints a 5-
1 lead.
The Saints iced the win with three more runs in the fifth with
Paez's second home run of the day with a runner on being the big
blow.
Bratcher (6-0) went seven innings and stuck out one batter while
lowering her ERA to 2.19.
Bostick was 6-for-8 on the day with five runs scored and four
RBI while Paez was 4-for-10 with three runs scored and five RBI.
Fernandez also had four hits for the doubleheader as did Bohn.
The Saints (27-5, 7-1 MFC) will return to action when they host
Mid-Florida Conference rival Seminole CC for a doubleheader in
Gainesville beginning at 2:30 pm today.


BOUKARI from page Bl

in attendance a little piece of
history as she earned her first-
ever round win. Ashley looked
poised to win in the second
round, but she bumped the wall
and was disqualified.
Racing is a family affair for
the Forces. Ashley's sisters
Brittany, and Courtney are
racers and the fourth and oldest
sister Adria is married to Funny
Car driver Robert Height who is
a teammate of both John and
Ashley.
John Force is the team owner
and has four Funny Car drivers
- himself, Ashley, Height and
former crewmember Eric
Medlen. Force admitted that he
can't believe he's got four
Funny Car entries, but says as
long as one of them wins he's
happy.
Most, if not all, fathers would
have serious reservations in
putting their child in a machine
that travels at life-threatening
speeds and John Force is no
exception.
"The fear of them getting hurt
is my biggest concern and I
made that clear to them," said
John. "Ashley had a pretty
good fire in Phoenix and she
told me she met the monster
and I told her no, you met his
little brother. It's always in my
head, mother says bring her
home."
Ashley and John both know
the dangers the sport presents
each time they suit up and put


on their helmets. They were
reminded of that just days ago
when Medlen was doing a test
run after the Gatornationals was
over and hit the guard wall.
Medlen, reportedly, sustained
head injuries and was
transported via helicopter to
Shands at the University of
Florida medical center and
remains in critical condition.
The senior Force makes it
undeniably clear that he has no
plans to "cash out" of the sport
anytime soon, but says his goal
is to build the next generation
of drivers and crews. Don't
think that by any stretch of the
imagination means he doesn't
want to win. He's an ultra-
competitor and winnings is in
his blood, no matter who's on
the other side of the track.
"If you don't win, you'll
never last in this sport," leveled
the 14-time NHRAPOWERade
champion Force. "She
(Ashley) better be ready,
especially when she faces the
old man, because I'll whoop
some ass."
That doesn't sound like a
statement from your average
father about his daughter, but
there's nothing average about
the Force family. They're
different, but they make it
work, and the love is
unmistakable. That's what
draws drag racing fans, media
and everyone in between to the
Forces.
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But, the Funny Car racers says
what she misses the most is
actually drag racing. She
recalls a time when she was a
little girl and ran around the pits
and the track all day long.
Now, that's not an option.
She's got a job to do, and it is a
job. Sponsors pay a lot of
money for Ashley to put their
names on her car and in her
mouth anytime she can.
On top of that, she's got to
live up to the expectations of
being the daughter of arguably
the best drag racer of all time.
There's some pressure involved
there. She knows her father is
at the starting line every time
she rolls up to the staging lights
and wants to win not only for
herself and for her sponsors, but
for him. She wants to win to
make her dad proud and she
wants to win to make her owner
(dad) happy.
The NHRA POWERade drag
racing series is a hot ticket right
now and Ashley Force is
quickly becoming the main
event. With new sponsors on
board and a return of the reality
show in a new season on March
27, she's got big plans for the
future. And you can bet, just
like the Force family, her future'
is bound to be anything but
average.
Adam Boukari can be reached
at sports@alachuatoday.com oor
by calling (386) 462-3355.





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A former crewmember on
boss and teammate John
Force's championship-
winning Funny Cars, Medlen
began his driving career in
2004, winning a race his first
year.
He won three more times in
2005 and two times last season
in a Funny Car prepared by his
father and crew chief, John
Medlen.

nSchumacher Racing team-
mates Tony Schumacher and
Ron Capps each scored their
second career Gatornationals
victories on Sunday.
Schumacher topped Larry
Dixon in Top Fuel, while
Capps edged Phil Burkart, Jr.
in the Funny Car final.
Schumacher's win, his 36th
career victory, moves him
into sole possession of tenth
place on the NHRA all-time
wins list ahead of "Big
Daddy" Don Garlits (35).

*Three-time NHRA champ
Greg Anderson improved his
chances of winning a fourth
title by blowing by Larry
Morgan in the Pro Stock
final. Anderson dominated
the event by not only
winning it, but also by
setting a new national and
track record in elapsed time
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Funny Car driver Ron Capps drove his way into winner's circle
again in Gainesville after beating Phil Burkart, Jr. in the finals.


EPro Stock Motorcycle winner
Karen Stoffer had an
amazing weekend. Stoffer
barely made the elimination
field by qualifying last
(16th), and then proceeded to
win her fifth-career event by
beating three of her four
elimination-round opponents
by holeshots (slower elapsed
time, but quicker reaction
time).


BEN BOUKARI/Alachua County Today
Ashley Force prepares in the staging lanes on Saturday prior to
qualifying for Sunday. Force went on to win her first round win in
her career on Supday. '


nAshley Force captured her
fiist-ever Funny Car round
win by beating Jeff Arend in
'the first round on Sunday.
Force was on her way to
putting a second round win
in her pocket before she
banged the outside retaining
wall and was disqualified
against Burkart in round two.

NKenny Bernstein ended his
drought of non-qualifying
during his recent comeback
in Funny Car. Bernstein,
who was the first NHRA
driver to reach the 300-mile
per hour milestone in,
Gainesville in 1092. not pnly
qualified 15th, but alko made
it into the semifinals on
Sunday before losing to
eventual winner Capps:
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Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher drives his dragster down the quarter-mile strip in Gainesville this
past weekend. The multiple time NHRA POWERade series champ beat out Larry Dixon for the win.


COUNTDOWN:
Continued from page B1
for the final six races will
remain the same with full fields,
but with only eight drivers in
contention for the
championship, meaning those
drivers eliminated from the
Countdown will have more
opportunity than ever before to
play the role of spoiler.
The top four drivers after the
four-race playoffwill have their
points re-adjusted again in 10-
point increments, starting with
first place at 3,030 and fourth
place at 3,000.
The championship will then
be decided over the final two
races of the season in Las
Vegas and Pomona.
And, just like when "The
Chase" was implemented in
NASCAR, the opinions are
mixed among the drivers.
"I liked .it the other
(traditional) way better,
period," said four-time Top Fuel
champ Tony Schumacher.
"But, it's not about me. I
think the (driver) that is the best
over the season should be the
champion, not just over the last


few races."
Schumacher's teammate, and
two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle
champ, Angelle Sampey
agreed.
"I'm not a big fan of it," said
Sampey, the all-time winningest
female in drag racing history.
"If I'm up by a thousand
points by then, I'm going to
hate it. But if I'm down by a
thousand at that point, I'm
going to love it.
"If it helps our sport grow,
then great."
Some drivers are reluctantly
supportive of the new format,
and somewhat question the
timing of the change.
"I think it's probably a good
idea," said three-time Top Fuel
title holder and 2005 Funny Car
champ, Gary Scelzi.
"Historically, the champs
have always run away with the
points 'in this sport. But,
recently, most of the points
battles have come down to the
wire.
"It definitely leaves less room
for error along the way."
Some drivers seem to be
totally in favor of the new
format change.


RICK BABSTON/Alachua County Today
The all-time winningest driver in NHRA history, John Force,
signs autographs for fans in the pits late Saturday night. Force
has won the NHRA POWERade drag racing series a record 14
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On Saturday, former Newberry
High School and Santa Fe High
School baseball coach Des
Hamilton died on Saturday during
pregame warm-ups at a Florida
Community College at
Jacksonville game in
Jacksonville. Hamilton, who has
been an assistant for the FCCJ
Stars for two years was only 53
years old.
Hamilton coached Newberry in
the late 1990s and coach current
Panthers' head coach Bryan
Roundtree: He served as head
coach for the Raiders for one year,
during the 2002 season.
According to reports, Hamilton
had just completed pitching
batting practice on Saturday for
about half an hour then stepped
off the mound and collapsed. He
was transported to Shands and
died at 12:30 p.m.
He was a graduate of Fletcher
Sr. High School in 1972 and
graduated from the University of
North Florida in 1978 with a
bachelor's degree in Physical
Education. Hamilton played
baseball at FCCJ and was drafted
by the Cleveland Indians in 1974

NEWBERRY:
Continued from page B1
collected five straight hits,
including an RBI single, which
tied the game at 5-5 in the
bottom of the 12th inning.
"She was big and she came
through when she needed to,"
said Newberry head coach
Jessica Ross, about her senior
right fielder who was hitting
sixth in the batting order. "I'm
very proud because we kept
fighting. We came through in
the clutch with the game on line
and we didn't give up."
Sophomore Kris McDilda (4-
7) pitched every inning of the
almost three-hour game to earn
the complete-game victory. The
right hander, who was battling a
cold throughout the night,
allowed just one earned run on
nine hits, while striking out 11
batters and walking just one.
Eastside (0-15) got off to a
quick start in search of its first
victory of the. season. Rams
pitcher Amanda Ayers helped
her own cause with an RBI
single, before Chymerial Jones'
two-run single gave the visitors
a 3-0 lead after a half-inning of
play. Ayers rapped another RBI
single two innings later to give
Eastside a 4-0 edge.
While the Panthers (4-8) went
three up and three down in each
of the first three frames, they
broke through in the fourth
inning. Ashley Nattiel knocked
in two runs with her one-out,
bases-loaded single as the home
team sent seven batters to the
plate.
Then with two-outs in the
sixth inning, Newberry pulled
even. Lavarsha Nattiel tripled to
left field to lead off the stanza
and scored on sister Ashley
Nattiel's single to left field.


Alachua County Today file photo
Des Hamilton died on Saturday after throwing pitches in
batting practice at FCCJ just before a game.


"I'm all for it," said Funny
Car pilot Ron Capps, who has
finished second in the points
championship battles an
amazing three times since 1998.
"People used to complain that
the NHRA never took enough
risks to make our sport better,
and now they're complaining
about the NHRA taking this
risk.
"It's already served its
purpose, and generated a ton of
interest with the fans and the
media.
"I guarantee that 80 percent
of the people frowning on it
now are going to be happy later
because it's going to make our
sport more exciting for the
fans."
Then again, some drivers -
even those who are usually
known for their candid opinions
- basically say the new format
change doesn't matter to them.
"The NHRA doesn't tell me
how to run my (racing)
business, and I don't tell them
how to run their points
championship," said John
Force, 14-time Funny Car
champion and the winningest
driver in the history of drag
racing.
"(The NHRA) is just trying to
do what other sports have done,
like the (AFC meeting the NFC
in) the National Football
League. They're trying to create
some interest, some excitement.
And, that's okay.
"The jury's still out because
the last two races will make the
champ. So, it's a crap shoot, and
I think that's what has everyone
nervous.
"I'm sure that if (The
Countdown) needs tweaking,
the NHRA will tweak it, just
like NASCAR did with The
Chase when it first came out."
Regardless of what anybody
thinks about the new format
change, it is officially the only
way in which POWERade
Racing Series drivers will
compete for a championship for
the foreseeable future of drag
racing.
And for some, that's alright,
too.
"Look," Force added. "If
(NHRA president) Tom
Compton told me I had to race
on a beach, I'd drag my heap to
the beach and race."
Mike DaRoza can be reached
at mdaroza@alachuatoday.com.


and played in their minor leagues
for two years.
He has had various coaching
stints, including Ed White High
School in Jacksonville, Baker
County, West Nassau and
Fletcher, in addition to coaching
Newberry and Santa Fe. He also
served as a part time scout for the
Seattle Mariners and a special
assignment scout for the


Burgin then followed with a
double to right field to chase
home Ashley Nattiel and
deadlock the game at 4-4.
"We didn't play ball for the
first three innings, we hit the
ball but we hit it right at them,"
Ross said. "We dug that hole but
we fought hard to get out of it."
For the next five innings, both
clubs battled and threatened to
score, but the contest remained
Seven until Ayers singled in Kaiti
Ross-Drummond to give
Eastside a 5-4 edge in the 12th
inning.
But the Panthers wasted little
time in the bottom half of the
frame as Ashley Nattiel doubled
to left field to start the inning.
The senior then scored to knot
the game at 5-5 as Burgin
followed with a single to left
field. Newberry went on to load
the bases with one out in the
inning, but failed to push the
winning-run across.
In the top of the 13th inning,
the Rams didn't let up and
surged ahead once again. Ross-
Drummond doubled to right
field ard scored on a Newberry
error to give Eastside a 6-5
advantage.
In the bottom of the inning,
Laporcha Robinson singled to
lead off the frame and scored to
tie the game at 6-6 on Lavarsha
Nattiel's double to right field.
After Ashley Nattiel flew out to
left field for the first out of the
inning, Burgin came up and
blooped a single down the left-
field line to bring in Lavarsha
Nattiel and give Newberry the
thrilling victory.
"I was physically and
mentally exhausted. It was the
hardest and the longest game
I've coached this season," said
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science at Jacksonville
Sandalwood High School since
2002.
Hamilton was preceded in
death by child Sibby, Des Jr. and
leaves a wife, Mary and children
Katy and Chase.
Adam Boukari can be reached
at sports@alachuatoday.com or
by calling (386) 462-3355.


game in the 12th by the quick
start we had, but to play such a
long game and all of those
innings and to come out with a
win is a big confidence booster."
Ashley Nattiel finished with
three hits, two runs and three
RBIs in the win for the Panthers.
Robinson added a pair of hits
and a run for Newberry, which
collected 14 hits on the night.
And despite the fact that the
Panthers made six errors in the
field, the coach said she was
happy with her team's
performance defensively. Ross.
added that catcher Lasheta Lillie
turned in a solid performance
behind the plate.
As for Eastside, Ayers took
the loss, giving up 14 hits in 12
one-third innings of work, while
striking out three and walking
three,batters. At the plate, Ayers
ended with four hits, one run
and three RBIs, while Ross-
Drummond chipped in three hits
and two runs in the
Sheartbreaking-loss for the
Rams. Bianca Smith also made
a handful of solid defensive
plays in centerfield for Eastside.
"They (Eastside) put forth a
good effort," Ross said. "They
didn't play like a team that
hadn't won a game this year,
they came out hitting the ball."
The Panthers return to action
on Thursday as they travel to
Gainesville to face P.K..Yonge
in a Class 3A, District-6 contest,
at 6 p.m. Newberry then plays
host to Chiefland on Monday at
night at 7 p.m.
"It was good, it was a definite
confidence builder," Ross said.
"We almost played two games
and we pulled it out."
Cliff Olsen can be reached at
olsenc@alachuatoday.com or
by calling (386) 462-3355.


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SANTA FE:
Continued from page B1
district tournament.
"It was important because
we've not been swinging the
bat real well," said Santa Fe
head coach Loretta Shane about
the win. "The first part of the
game we weren't swinging the
bat well and then we had a
couple of key hits that came in
when we needed them."
Santa Fe scored one run in
the second inning while the
Wildcats recorded their only
two runs of the contest in the
fourth. Earning the win on' the
mound for the Raiders was
freshman Katelyn Rolling who
didn't record any strikeouts, but
walked just one and allowed
only one earned run by Baker
County.
"She finished the game and
pitched strong with good


defense behind her," said
Shane. "I've been waiting for
an opportunity to give her a
little more throwing time and it
worked out real well putting her
in right there. She really did
what we need her to do and we
played good defense behind
her, especially Lindsey Fischer
who made some great plays on
hard-hit balls."
Santa Fe wasn't errorless in
the contest, committing two,
while the Wildcats committed
four. The Raiders earned seven
hits and left five runners on
base while Baker County
collected five hits and
squandered opportunities with
12 runners left on base.
Next up for Santa Fe is the
annual Raider Invitational held
at Santa Fe High Scho6l. The
Raiders host six other teams
including Buchholz, Crystal
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Date of Notice: January 18, 2007
The City of Alachua is accepting applications for appointment to
the DRTB. The DRTB serves as our Community Redevelopment
Agency for the Downtown Redevelopment District, also known as
our Community Redevelopment Area. The District encompasses
an area whose boundaries are shown on the map insert below. The
Board meets at least quarterly at City Hall. Applicants must either
reside within the City of Alachua or engage in a business within
the City of Alachua. The City Commission by Resolution shall
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electronic applications, visit the City website at
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Please forward completed applications on or before March 22,
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North Marion and Williston.
The tournament will start on
Friday afternoon with four
games schedule for that day.
Then on Saturday, play begins
at 9 a.m. and runs through the
championship game which
starts at 7p.m.
"It's quite interesting because
we've played Buchholz, we
played North Marion, we
played Williston and we ran
pretty well with them," said
Shane about the team in the
invitational. "To me the big
question mark will be Crystal
River. They've got to be the
team to watch. Buchholz is.
coming on strong, we'll see.
Anything goes. Williston's
tough, too because we split with
them."
Crystal River landed a big
win recently, handing the only
loss of the season to Class 5A
Tallahassee Lincoln, which is
ranked No.9 in the latest state
poll.
Santa Fe will kick things off
on Friday at 3. p.m. against
Gainesville with another pair of
games to follow. The Raiders
will complete the night cap,
playing Keystone at 7:30.
Santa Fe will then play
Buchholz on Saturday at noon.
The seven teams are split into
two separate pools with a
playoff-style tournament to
follow on Saturday afternoon.
Adam Boukari can be reached
at sports@alachuatoday.com or
by calling (386) 462-3355.



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RAIDERS:
Continued fiom page B1
problems we've had at the
plate," said a frustrated Raider
head coach Ron Brooks. "You
play great defense and pitch
well, but the hitting part, that's
what it all boils down to."
The Broncos tacked on two
runs in the opening inning to
jump ahead early. After a
scoreless second inning, Santa
Fe managed to get one run
across the plate in the top of the
third before Middleburg
recorded the final run of the
game in the home half of the
inning.
Middleburg out-hit the
visiting Raiders by five, earning
nine hits in the game and playing
solid defensively with just one


error. Santa Fe committed two
errors and left six runners on
base while the Broncos left
seven on base. Brooks says his
team missed opportunities to
move runners and score.
"There were plenty of times I
felt that the game could turn
around," explained Brooks.
"We don't have a lot of
confidence at the plate right
now. We have to have more
confidence at the plate to get it
done."
Pitching for the Raiders
against Middleburg was
Brandon Vazques who recorded
five strikeouts, one walk and
allowed two earned runs.
Santa Fe will play tonight at
home against Bradford, a team
the Raiders beat just a few
weeks ago. Santa Fe is


desperate for a win particularly
in Class 4A, District-3, and the
Tornadoes coming to town
present that opportunity.
"Other than the (Orange Park)
Ridgeview game, every district
game we've played and lost was
by two runs or less," said
Brooks. "As a coaching staff we
look at what can we do
differently to get those two runs.
We're going to go back to the
drawing board a little bit and
keep trying different things until
we see what works.
"We're searching for leaders,
and hopefully one of them will
step up soon."
The game time is set for 7
p.m. at Santa Fe.
Adam Boukari can be reached
at sports@alachuatoday.com or
by calling (386) 462-3355.


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NOTICE OF VACANCIES
Date of Notice: February 15, 2007

The City of Alachua is extending the deadline
for accepting applications for membership on
the CATF. The CATF is the advisory body to.
the Alachua City Commission on the CDBG
Program. It is a seven-member committee and
meets at least quarterly at City Hall. Applicants
must reside in the City of Alachua and meet
certain membership requirements.
Appointments to staggered terms will be made
by the City Commission no later than April 30,
2007.

Applications may be obtained in person either at
City Hall, 15001 NW 140th Street, or from the
Grants & Contracts Specialist, 15100 Main
Street, Monday through Friday, between the
hours of 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM. For electronic
applications, visit the City website at

www.cityofalachua.com

Please complete an application and send it on or
before April 16, 2007 to City of Alachua,
ATTN: Grants & Contracts Specialist, P. O. Box
9, Alachua, FL, 32616.

Any questions; please call the Grants &
Contracts Specialist at 462-6683.

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Date of Notice: February 21, 2007

The City of Alachua is accepting applications for one
appointment to be made on our Planning & Zoning
(P & Z) Board. The P & Z Board is a five-member
board that meets monthly. Applicants must reside in
the City ofAlachua.

Applications may be obtained in person either at City
Hall, 15001 NW 140th Street, or from the Department
of Planning & Community Development, 15100 Main
Street, Monday through Friday, between the hours of
8:00 AM until 4:30 PM. For electronic applications,
visit the City website at www.cityofalachua.com.
Completed applications must be received no later than
March 26, 2007 and should be sent to the City of
Alachua, ATTN: Planning & Community
Development, P. O. Box 9, Alachua, FL, 32616. Any
questions, please call the Planning & Community
Development Department at 386 418-4067.

(Pub: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2007)






ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY SPORTS THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2007 B5




Raiders place 10th at Invitational


SJoseph leads
Santa Fe with a
first-place finish
in the shot put
By CLIFF OLSEN
Today Sports Writer

coach Tommie
Turner said was
the best
competition his
team will face all season, the
Santa Fe High School boys track
and field team compiled 20
points to finish 10th out of 51
schools at the 43rd Annual Bob
Hayes Invitational on Saturday.
Linval Joseph led the Raiders
by winning the shot put and
finishing third in the discus
competition. Chris Trebilcock
added a third-pace result in the
1600-meter invitational run at
the event, which was hosted by
Raines High School.
"I was happy with the meet, it
was what I expected," said Santa
Fe head coach Tommie Turner.
"This is the best competition
anyone is going to see in the


state of Florida."
Miami Northwestern won the
team title on the boys side with
65 points, with Miami
Southridge finishing second with
60 points. Miami Washington
was third with 45 points, while
Flagler Palm Coast was fourth
with 39.2, with Orlando Evans
rounding out the top five with 39
points.
Each of those top five schools
qualified for the state meets a
year ago. Evans won the 4A title
in 2006, while Flagler Palm
Coast was fifth, Northwestern
was eighth and Southridge was
25th. Washington placed ninth in
the Class 3A state meet last
spring.
While the Raiders were 10th
among a field that included
many schools in a larger
classification, the only other
Class 2A school to place in the
top 10 was Tampa Jesuit, which
finish ninth. Jesuit, the Class 2A
state runner up a year ago,
collected 22 points, finishing just
two points ahead of Santa Fe.
The Raiders were 13th at the
Class 2A state meet last season.
"I think we realized what the


top competition is like," said
Turner, who is in his 20th season
as the Raiders cross country and
track and field coach. "If we can
compete at the Bob Hayes and
place in the top 10 we have a
good shot at doing something at
the state level."
The 6-foot-6, 308-pound
Joseph, who placed third in the
shot put and finished second in
the discus in the Class 2A state
meet a year ago, was the only
Santa Fe athlete to win an event
on Saturday.
In the shot put, Joseph's throw
of 54-02 landed him a first-place
finish and earned the Raiders 10
points. In the discus, Joseph was
fifth (144-07) and picked up four
points for Santa Fe.
Chris Trebilcock, a state meet
qualifier in the 1600-meter run
last spring, placed third in the
1600-meter invitational run with
a school-record time of 4:23.17.
"We have to get points out of
Linval and out of Chris and
some of our other guys," Turner
said. "I wanted to feature my
seniors, Linval, Chris and
Sidney (Dennis) and Justin
(Odom) and let them have the


experience at a meet like this."
In the 100-meter dash, Odom
finished 35th out of 105 runners
with a time of 11.48 and did not
qualify for the finals of the event.
In the 200-meter dash, Odom's
time of 22.59 landed him 18th
out of 99 runners, but he did not
qualify for the finals.
Dennis, also a state-meet
qualifier last spring although he
couldn't participate due to injury,
was 40th out of 74 runners in the
110-meter hurdles with a time of
17.17. In the 300-meter hurdles
he was 32nd out of 90 runners
with a time of 41.91. But he did
not qualify for the finals in either
race.
On the girls side,
Northwestern, the 2006 Class
4A state champions, won the
team title with 127 points.
Southridge, the Class 4A state
runner up a year ago, was second
out of the 43-team field on
Saturday with 84 points.
Unfortunately for the Raiders,
no athlete qualified for the finals,
thus Santa Fe failed to score any
points.
"We ran well," Turner said.
"We just didn't run well enough


RICK BABSTON/Alachua County Today file photo
Sidney Dennis and the Santa Fe track and field teamfinished
10th out of 51 schools this past weekend at the Bob Hayes
Invitational.



to get to the finals, so we could
score."
Santa Fe returns home on
Saturday and will host the 19th
Annual Raider Invitational at
Raider Field beginning at 9:30
a.m. Admission for the meet is
$4.
Turner said he is hoping to
have between 10-12 schools


participate in the event.
"I like to always have a meet
at home, it is more exciting to
have a meet at home than it is to
travel," said the coach. "I'm
hoping to have a good showing
from the guys."
Cliff Olsen can be reached at
olsenc@alachuatoday.com or by
calling (386) 462-3355.


PANTHERS:
Continued from page BI
one run and two RBIs to lead the
Panthers (3-10, 2-5). For the Red Devils
(6-5, 3-1), Damon Ming had a pair of
hits and drove in three runs, while Trip
Fugate had two hits, scored two runs and
had two RBIs in the win.
"I think the last three times we played
Williston they've scored 14 or more runs
against us so why not throw the whole
(pitching) staff and mix it up a little bit,"
said Roundtree, whose club dropped
both meetings with Williston this
springs. "Our kids at least battled, and
they had chances. But if you get yourself
in a 5-0 hole against a team like
Williston it is tough to dig out of."
Alex Tipton (0-2) struggled in just 1/3
inning of work before Josh Aggers came
on and. record the final outs of the
opening inning in which Williston
scored five runs and sent nine batters to
the plate. The first four hitters for
Williston reached base and Fugate's two-
run single and Ming's two-run double


highlighted the early offensive out put
for the visitors. Williston also scored a
run on the second of Newberry's five
errors on the night.
University of Florida signee, Jiwan
James belted a solo home run to right
field to lead off the second inning for
Williston before another Newberry error
helped the Red Devils take a 7-0 lead.
Brent Stegall's RBI groundout in the
third inning and a Panthers' error in the
fourth inning padded Williston's cushion
to 9-0.
But Newberry avoided the possible
10-run, five-inning mercy-rule defeat. In
the bottom of the fourth inning,
Knoblauch doubled in a run before.
Casey Colding's RBI groundout made it
a 9-2 contest.
Ming's RBI single in the fifth made it
10-2 in favor of Williston, but Josh
Pardo's RBI double and Knoblauch's
run-scoring single keyed a three-run
fifth inning as Newberry pulled within
10-5.
But that would be as close as
Newberry would get the rest of the night.


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athletic programs and schools will be recognized for thei
Center and Keith Helsel from Pray then Play Sports of Hig


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D.J. Bowers rapped an RBI single to cap
Williston's two-run sixth inning and
provide the eventual final margin.
"We discussed jumping on people
early and trying to put theti away. We
feel like we're very capable of that in this
district and our players expect to win the
district," said Williston head coach Jim
Smith. "They (Newberry) played with a
lot of heart, they came back, and they
could have laid down. You have to give
them some credit for battling back, they
could have quit at 9-0 and they didn't."
Gary Cecil (1-0) earned the win for
Williston allowing one earned run on
five hits, while walking one and striking
out five. Fugate worked the final two
innings of the game and gave up two hits
and struck out three batters.
"The guys are upset obviously, but
eventually upset gets kind of old and you
have to do something about it and right
now we're not," Roundtree said. "But we
are playing better and I think we're better
than we were two weeks ago."
For Newberry, Pardo ended with two
hits, scored a run and also drove in a run


in the loss. Tipton, Aggers, Knoblauch,
Jake Rhoden, Donnie Michaux, Pardo
and Tillis Gibson each saw time on the
mound for Newberry, which has now
dropped two straight after last
Wednesday's 10-8 district-win over Fort
White. Knoblauch had three hits,
including a home run, and collected four
RBIs as the Panthers topped the Indians.
"I think we can build some
momentum, as long as the kids are
battling and playing hard, that's about all
I can ask," Roundtree said. "Sometimes
a team is going to beat you but I like the
effort, I really do. I think we're getting
better."
Newberry returns to action Thursday
as it hosts Dixie County in a district
game at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, the Panthers
will open play in the Fifth-Annual
Alachua County Baseball Tournament.
The eight teams in the county are
separated into two groups: 'Group A-
Santa Fe, Newberry, Gainesville and
Oak Hall; Group B- Buchholz, P.K.
Yonge, Eastside and Hawthorne. The
four teams in each group will play each


A


other' during the first three days,,
Tuesday, March 27 through Thursday,
March 29. At the end of the week,
Saturday March 31 at Eastside, schools
from Group A will face those from
Group B based on records from the
opening three contests.
Newberry will face Gainesville on
Tuesday, March 27th at 4 p.m. at Santa
Fe. On Wednesday, the Panthers will
battle their rivals, the Santa Fe Raiders at
4 p.m. at Gainesville. Then on Thursday,
Newberry will host Oak Hall at 7 p.m.
Newberry has played in the fifth-place
game of the tournament in each of the
.first three years of the tournament,
before landing a spot in the third-place
game last spring. The Panthers were
fourth in lat year's event.
Note: The result of Newberry's game
on Wednesday against Eastside was not
available as ofpress time. Details of the
game will be included in next week's
paper
Cliff Olsen can be reached at
olsenc@alachuatoday.com or by calling
(386) 462-3355.



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science fair nets Santa Fe many awards


'ecial to.qlachlia Cutirn ThodaY


GAINESVILLE -Santa Fe High School .
is well represented at the Alachua l'". "
regional Science and Engineering Fair on
bruary 13th, 2007 \%here some 18
dents presented their projects. The fair
is hosted by Santa Fe Community
>llege and included over 270 projects
)m students around the district. '
Representatives from Santa Fe High
hool included: Hollk Bruck, Tamara ..
nkins. Sean Smith. Alex Romero. Kase
etzler. Chloe Campbell. Rhett Klemen"s. ,
Drew Gocek. Trea Plasters. Britney\ %
nith. Tamara Deutsch. Kathleen MurphN. .FI Y
lie Du\all. Quintin Polly. Brianna s .',.I 4... .uacrn-r. ai
Steen, Lindse) Alligood. R) an TenBroeck Ryan TenBroeck (above) is a junior at Santa Fe and one of 28
d Brad Witt. students from the entire county to be selected as a
Ss fm S a Fe Hh representative to the State Science and Engineering Fair.
Several students from Santa Fe High


hool received recognition for their outstanding
ence projects during an awards ceremony\ at
ainesville High School on February 15th. Allie
uvall was awarded 3rd place in the botany
vision as well as receiving an Alachua Count.
riscience award. Tamara Dinkins received 2nd
ice for her project in computer science. Holly
uck received third place, and Tamara Deutsch
.s awarded second place in the environmental
ence category. Kasey Nletzler \%as awarded
rd place in the medicine and health division.
an Smith placed 3rd in the Zoology category.


Trea Plasters and Andrew Gocek placed third in
the team division.
Walking avay \\ith the highest honors of anN
Santa Fe High School students \3as Ryan
TenBroeck \\ho \as awarded second place the in
the physics category received a Ci\il Air Patrol
Blaser Memorial A\iation and Aerospace Award.
and \was selected as one of 28 individuals to
represent the Alachua region in the State Science
and Engineering Fair R\an %\ill attend the State
Fair in Fort Nl\ers on April II through April 14.


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NOTICE TO BID


The City of High Springs is
currently seeking bids for the
following project:

Supply the main service, 277/480
3 phase 4 wire with at least a 60
amp contactor for new lighting at
the High Springs Sports Complex
fields. Areas to be lighted are 2
soccer fields (60 ft. x 100 ft.) and 2
softball fields (300 ft. fences).
Atotal of 16 light poles will
be installed by the City.
The breaker panel for each
pole will be supplied by the City
and installed by the successful
bidder.
The bid includes running
copper wire in conduit from pole to
pole.

Contact: Parks & Recreation
Director Jerry Bratcher 386-454-
1416 ext. 228, or cell # 386-588-
4017.

Sealed bids must be submitted to
the City Manager's office at City
Hall, 110 NW 1st Avenue, High
Springs Florida 32643, by 4:30
p.m., Thursday March 29, 2007.

THE CITY OF HIGH SPRINGS
RESERVES THE RIGHT TO
REJECT ANY OR ALL BIDS.

(Pub.: March 22, 2007)
PUBLIC HEARING

The High Springs Plan Board will
hold a Public Hearing on the
following request on Monday,
March 26, 2007, at 6:30 pm or as
soon thereafter as they may be
heard, in the City Commission
Room at City Hall, 110 NW 1st
Avenue, High Springs:

Conditional Use Permit request by
Michael B. Davis for an addition
to a noh-conforming residential
structure in commercial zoning at
505 NE 4th Street.


All persons or parties interested in
the above items may attend the
hearing.

PLEASE NOTE: If a person
desires to appeal any decision
with respect to any matter
considered at this meeting, such
person will need a record of the
proceedings and that, for this
purpose, such person may need
to ensure that a verbatim record of
the proceeding is made which
includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal is
to be based.

JAMES D. DRUMM
CITY MANAGER/CLERK

(Pub.: March 22, 2007)
City ofAlachua
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Special Magistrate
Date of Notice: March 8, 2007

The City ofAlachua, a transitioning
community with a population of
about 7,500 and some 46 square
miles, is located due north of
Gainesville. The community has
a Council Manager form of
government and a five member
Commission.

Recently, the City of Alachua
abolished its Code Enforcement
Board to enact a Special
Magistrate System. The
Magistrate shall be appointed for
a two-year term by the
Commission and have the
authority to hold hearings and
assess fines against violators of
City ordinances. Staff support will
be provided by. the City.
Candidates must be a member in
good standing of the Florida Bar,
municipal experience preferred,
but not required. Salary range is
$125-150 per hour, depending
upon qualifications.


Please send resume,
references, and


with 3
salary


expectations to the attention of the
City Manager, P. O. Box 9,
Alachua, Florida, 32616. Mark
envelope "Special Magistrate".
The contractual position is open
until filled.

(Pub.: March 15, 22, 29 &
April 5, 2007)
THE CITY OF WALDO
FIRST PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE

The City of Waldo is considering
applying to the Florida Department
of Community Affairs (DCA) for a
Small Cities Community
Development Block Grant
(CDBG) of up to $650,000. These
funds must be used for one of the
following purposes:

1. To benefit low and
moderate-income persons; or

2. To aid in the prevention or
elimination of slums or blight; or

3. To meet other community
development needs of recent
origin having a particular urgency
because existing conditions pose
a serious and immediate threat to
the health or welfare of the
community and where other
financial resources are not
available to meet such needs.

The categories of activities for
which these funds may be used
are in the areas of housing,
neighborhood revitalization,
commercial revitalization, or
economic development and
include such improvement
activities as acquisition of real
property, loans to private-for-profit
business, purchase of machinery
and equipment, construction of
infrastructure, rehabilitation of
houses and commercial buildings,
and energy conservation.
Additional information regarding
the range of activities that may be
undertaken will be provided at the
public hearing.

For each activity that is proposed,
at least 51% of the funds must
benefit low and moderate-income
persons.


In developing an application for
submission to DCA, the City of
Waldo must plan to minimize
displacement of persons as a
result of planned CDBG activities.
In addition, the City of Waldo is
required to develop a plan to
assist displaced persons.

The public hearing to receive
citizen views concerning the
community's economic and
community development needs
will be held at the Yerkes Center,
14245 Cole Street, Waldo 32694,
on Wednesday, March 28, at
11:00 am. For information
concerning the public-hearing,
contact Kim Worley (352) 468-
1001.

The public hearing is being
conducted in a handicapped
accessible location. Any
handicapped person requiring an
interpreter for the hearing impaired
or the visually impaired should
contact Kim Worley, (352) 468-
1001 at least five calendar days
prior to the meeting and an
interpreter will be provided. Any
non-English speaking person
wishing to attend the public
hearing should contact Kim
Worley at least five calendar days
prior to the meeting and a
language interpreter will be
provided. To access a
Telecommunication Device for
Deaf Persons (TDD), please call
(800) 955-8771. Any
handicapped person requiring
special accommodation at this
meeting should contact Kim
Worley at least five calendar days
prior to the meeting.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
EMPLOYMENT, HANDICAP
ACCESSIBLE
AND FAIR HOUSING
JURISDICTION

(Pub.: March 22, 2007)



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ALACIUA COUNTY TODAY CLASSIFIED THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2007


Business & Services Directory


CONCRETE


Outdoor Masonry
Fireplaces
Fire Pits


Concrete.Ia, s&Designs
c.,'oncrete Ima es & Designs


* Driveways
Patios
* Decorative
Designs
* Restoration
* Pool Decks
* Walkways


DRY CLEANING SERVICES

Sudtee Dudz Dry Cleaners

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SJDresses $875 Suits $875 Shirts $185

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Vet Tech surgery and .. :'-"
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with special needs.
REAL ESTATE SERVICES

BUY HOUSES SELL HOUSES
Home Improvements Small Home Repairs .


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Lit. Real Estate Broker
Lie. Residential Contractor


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BOOKS
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; Previously Loved Books
S: 14720 Main Street
Downtown Alachua
386-462-9552 pinkporch@alltel.net
We take books in trade,
so bring your beloved books
to us where they'll be cherished

CONVENIENCE STORES

A Bob's Citgo, Inc.
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1-75 and U.S. Hwy 441 (386) 462-5590
Alachua, FL 32615 386) 462-5590
FISHING SUPPLIES AND SERVICE
THE TACKLE BOX
Fresh & Saltwater Tackle
Reel & Rod Repair .:
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24HR FISHING REPORT 352-375-FISH(3474).1
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(352) 372-1791
5902 SF Hawthorne Road Gainesville 32641
MORTGAGE SERVICES
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LOWER INTEREST RATE
ABBA Mortgage Services, Inc.
www.abbamortgageservices.com
Mortgage Broker/Bob Fraser 352-376-1311
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RESTAURANT
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Tree Removal Trimming Dead Wooding
Stump Grinding Topping
Bucket Truck Chipper Loader .
15 Years Experence
Free Estimates
Call David Tyndal f
(386) 454-2328
(386) 623-9179 cell


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MEDICAL EQUIPMENT
COMPANY
serving ALL of North
Central Florida

Medicare approved provider!
Lift Chairs from $499
delivered, power wheelchairs
and scooters, hospital beds
and much more.
Call 352-672-0546 for
more information.

LET US HELP YOU
STAY MOBILE!
Driver-BYNUM TRANSPORT
needs qualified drivers for Central
Florida- Local & National OTR
positions. Food grade tanker, no
hazmat, no pumps, great benefits,
competitive pay & new equipment.
(866)GO-BYNUM. Need 2 years
experience.
DRIVERS! ACT NOW! 21 CDL-A
Drivers Needed 36-
43cpm/$1.20pm $0 Lease NEW
Trucks CDL-A + 3 mos OTR
(800)635-8669.
A COOL TRAVEL JOB!! Now
hiring 18-24 Guys/Gals to work
and travel entire USA. Paid
training. Transportation and
lodging furnished. Call today, Start
today. (877)646-5050.
Drivers & O/O's-CDL-A: Top Pay,
Excellent Hometime & Benefits!
Must Have 2yrs. Recent car
hauling exp! Centurion Auto
Transport 800-889-8139
Driver, Class A CDL wanted. Must
have tractor trailer experience,
800 to 1,000 per week, home on
weekends. Call David 352-494-
6653.
Stylist wanted for small,
professional, progressive salon
with family atmosphere in High
Springs. Established clientele
helpful. Please call Antoinette
Hunt at 386-454-4422.
Live in Caregiver needed for 50
year old female. Rent Free
(Alachua). Some medical
knowledge helpful. Call Brenda at
386-454-4566 or Charlotte at 386-
462-5966.
J&K Canine Academy is hiring
part-time Kennel Technicians to
work in the Kennel Training area in
High Springs. For information
,contact 386-454-3647 or email
admin@jkk9.com






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Notice: Post Office Positions
Now Available. Avg. Pay
$20/hour or $57K annually
including Federal Benefits and OT.
Get your exam guide materials
now. (800)709-9754 EXT.5799
USWA Fee Req.


DIVORCE$275-$350*COVERS
children, etc. Only one signature


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Call weekdays (800)462-2000,
ext.600. (8am-6pm) Alta Divorce,
LLC. Established 1977.


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Handyman Special!
BR/2BA Fleetwood DW on 5
gorgeous oak shaded acres.
Fireplace and porch. Needs
interior remodel. Owner
Financing! No Down Payment!
Only $1,285/mo. Total
$125,000.00 352-215-1018.
Handyman Special. 3BR/2BA'93
Mobile Home on 1 acre. Beautiful
country setting just off paved
Wilson Springs Road. -Needs
interior remodel. Owner
Financing. NO DbWN PAYMENT.
Only $925/mo $89,900.00 352-
215-1018.
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4BR/2BA Foreclosure! $21,000!
3/2 $19,000! More Homes
Available now from.$10,000! For
listings (800)366-9783 Ext 5796.
NEW MANUFACTURED
HOMES Hwy 441 Ocala,
Doublewides start $39,900/$500
Down EZ Financing, $5000 in
FREE furniture ROOMS-TO-GO!
Free delivery-FL Kinder Homes
(352)622-2460 or
www.kindersales.com.
PALM HARBOR HOMES
Certified Modular & Mobile Home
Specialists. Call for FREE Color
Brochures (800)622-2832.


Coastal Georgia- New Property
Release March 30th weekend in
Savannah. Large lots & condos w/
deepwater, marsh, golf, nature
views, gated. Golf, Fitness Center,
tennis, trails, Docks. $70k's-
$300k. (877)266-7376
www.cooperspoint.com.
Won't last! Price Reduced 50%
29 ACRES/ $195,000 Great
location close to Cedar Key. Nice
meadow, scattered pine & oak,
abundant wildlife. At end of private
rd. Utilities, survey, excel. Fin. Call
(866)352-2249 x 1192.
Lake Access Bargain 1+ Acres,
$34,900 with FREE Boat Slips!
RARE opportunity to own land on
spectacular 160,000 acre
recreational lake! Mature oak &
hickory, park- like setting with lake
access. Paved rd, underground
utilities. Excellent financing. Prime
waterfronts available. Call now
(800)704-3154, X 916.
Tennessee Lake Bargain. 3 +
Acres- $19,900. FREE Boat Slips!
Save $5000 during pre-
construction sale! Enjoy access to
private, Jimmy Houston endorsed
bass lake. Paved roads, utilities,
soils tested. LAKEFRONT
available. Excellent financing. Call
now (866)685-2562, X 1006.


WATERFRONT! 2.5 ACRES-
$199,900. Williamsburg, VA area.
Beautifully wooded, serene
setting, wide water views. Build
when ready. Excellent financing.
Call now (800)732-6601, x 1287.
Coastal GA. 135+ AC, $249,900!
GA/ FL border. Mature pines,
abundant wildlife. Only an hour
from Jacksonville, FL! CALL NOW
(904)206-5114 x 1195.
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30% to 50% below market. Call
(866)352-2249, X. 1200.
OWNER SAYS SELL! 10 AC-
$150,000. 50% below cert.
appraisal. Great location in So.
Central FL. Paved rd, util's, exc.
financing. Call (866)352-2249,
x.1000.
Lexington Estates Alachua's
Newest Gated Subdivision.
Homes Only. 5-12 Acre Home
sites from 200k. Underground
Utilities. Great for Horses! Owner
Financing Available. 352-215-
1018
NEW PRICE! 10+ AC- $299,000!
UPSCALE EQUESTRIAN
GATED COMMUNITY! 200 Year
old Oaks. Established lush
pastures. Paved private rds, u/g
utilities. Ocala area, 2 miles from
HITS! Exc financing! Call
(866)352-2249 X 1156.
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23.55 AC, only $99,900 (was
$124,900) Coastal region.
Wooded, loaded w/ wildlife. Easy
drive to St. Simons Island!
Subdivision potential! CALL NOW
(800)898-4409 X 1178.
5 ACRES HIGH SPRINGS
AREA Well, Septic & Pwr already
installed. Beautiful rolling pasture -
perferct" for horses. Owner
Financing! NO DOWN PAYMENT.
Only 1079/mo. Total $104,900.00
352-215-1018
South Central Florida. Owner
Says Sell!! 5 Acres- $99,000. 50%
Below Recent Certified Appraisal.
Unbelievable opportunity to own 5
acres of meadows in excellent
location. 50% OFF recent
appraisal!! Great financing. Call
now (866)352-2249, x 1218.
NORTH FLA PROPERTIES 10 to
350 Acres starting at $6200 per
acre w/Owner financing.
(800)294-2313, ext.1485 A Bar
Sales Inci 7 days 7a.m. 7p.m.
GA LAND BARGAINS! 20+ AC
Great price, location and
financing! www.gaforest.com.


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( 8 0 0 ) 6 8 2 9 9 5 1
www.CoastalCarolinaLifestyle.info
ASHEVILLE, NC AREA
Breathtaking mountain view &
river parcels. 1 to 8 acres from the
$80's. Nature trails, custom lodge,
river walk & more. 5 min. from
town of Hot Springs. Call
(866)432-7361.


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Properties. For your free guide
call (877)635-6461 or to see entire
book, visit
www.ngmrealestateguide.com
and click on front page picture.
HOT SPRINGS, NC Gated
residential community surrounded
by National Forest. Paved roads,
clubhouse, waterfall, pond, hiking
trails and more. Lots starting at
$60K. Call (877)477-3473.
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dream rustic 2- story log cabin on
13 acres with barn, pastures,
woods, creek, adjoins Jefferson
National Forest with miles of trails,
have to sell $389,500 ovwner
(866)789-8535.
THE BEST LAND VALUES IN
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as 30% below recent appraisals.
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more 90 mins Jacksonville/ 30
mins Savannah GRAND
OPENING SALE Saturday, March
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Wanted room to rent. Live in
Georgia and work in Alachua.
Just need a place to rest my head
Tues. through Thursday night.
Call 386-418-5914 Tuesday thru
Friday, 7:30AM-3:30PMt Ask for
Sam or call 912-393-4954 anytime
and leave message


Share large split bedroom home
with professional woman; you get
3BR/2BA, Private Entrance,
handicap access, for just
$900/mo. Alachua area, elderly,
hospice okay. First, last and
security req. 352-562-2200.


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Duplex 2 BR 1 BA, carport, utility
room, Central-Heat/Air, wall-to-
wall carpet. $650 first, $650 last,
$650 deposit. 18015 NW 164
Lane. One-year lease. Alachua.
352-318-0182.
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High Springs Small efficiency in
woods near river and state land.
Private and safe. 375/month. 386-
454-7562 or 352 318 4602
High Springs: Safe and quiet 1
BR waterfront; close to town,
great location between state
preserve and river.
450.00/month with security, first,
last, references 386-454-7562
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Brand New Block Home in
Newberry, rent to own
352-472-1356
One bedroom home with large
yard, centrally located in Alachua
w/ heat/ac, new interior, partially
furnished. Small pet okay.


$200/wk. Utilities included.
Available April 1st. 386-462-3084


Ocean Isle, NC. Rent new,
beautiful, private oceanfront
home. Close to Myrtle Beach and
historic Wilmington. Perfect for
larger group retreat. www.Chateau
DeChef.com, (910)579-3535.




Used-Yard Machine
Rider Mower
$450.00
True Value & Outdoor
Power Equip
386-454-1717
Used-Craftsman Tiller
Rear Time
$300.00
True Value & Outdoor
Power Equip
386-454-1717


Used-Push Mower
$50.00
True Value & Outdoor Power
Equip
386-454-1717
Used-Troybilt 42"
Rider Mower 16HP
$695.00
True Value & Outdoor
Power Equip
386-454-1717
Used-Craftsman 42"
Rider Mower 16HP
$695.00
True Value & Outdoor
Power Equip
386-454-1717
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$2450.00
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Grilling Area with Computer Stations
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Used-Snapper 30" ES
Rider 12.5HP
$650.00
True Value & Outdoor
Power Equip
386-454-1717
Used-Snapper 30" Manual
Start Rider 9.0HP
$700.00
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Power Equip
386-454-1717
Used-Snapper 28" ES
Rider 12.0HP
$900
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Power Equip
386-454-1717
Used-ProMark Chipper
Truck Tow w/directional chute
$5500.00
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Used-Rider Mower 38" 12.5HP
$500.00
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LARGEST LOT IN NORTH
FLORIDA! Financing Available!
Aluminum, Steel, Gazibos. Decks
Available. Corner of NE 31st
Avenue/Waldo Road. 6-Acres of
Buildings., Call 352/373-6294,
352/372-0304 or 1-800-559-2449,
Gainesville.


Bed Full size set, plush pillowtop
mattress set. New, still in plastic
with warranty. Sell $135. Call
352-372-7490.
King Size Pillowtop Mattress and
boxspring with manufacturer's
warranty. Orthopedic rated, brand
new, still in plastic. Can Deliver.
Sell $225. Call 352-372-8588.
Bed Queen Size plush
Orthopedic pillotop mattress and
boxspring. Name brand, hew in
plastic, with warranty. Can deliver.
Sacrifice $145. Call 352-372-
8588.
100% Microfiber Suede SOFA &
LOVESEAT
Brand new, still in package with
warranty. Retail $1,500, Sell
$425. Can Deliver. Call 352-377-
9846.


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For Sale By Owner $169,000


Donna Gocek 352-339-3250
Owner/Realtor


Cherry Sleigh Bed, solid wood
with new pillowtop mattress and
box springs. All new still in
boxes. List $1,500 Sale $550.
Call 352-377-9846
Bedroom Suite 7-piece Beautiful
Cherry queen/king bed, dresser,
mirror, 2 nightstands, chest avail.,
dovetail construction. New, still in
boxes. Must sell. Can deliver.
Retail $5800, sacrifice $1200. Call
352/377-9846.
Dining Room Set Beautiful
Cherry table with leaf, Six (6)
Chippendale chairs and lighted
hutch and buffet. Brand NEW, still
in boxes. Can deliver. Retail
$6,200, sacrifice $1,100. Call 352-
377-9846.


YARD SALE Alarion Bank is
having a yard sale in Alachua,
Saturday, March 31st from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. For $10 an
individual or group can use a
10x10 spot to sell items. It's a
great time to clean out your
closets.
There will also be a car wash in
the parking lot of Alarion Bank and
Alarion Bank will be selling
hotdogs and cokes. All of Alarion
Bank's proceeds will go to Relay
for Life, which is a fundraiser for
the American Cancer Society. The
Relay itself will be held at the
Santa Fe High School track May
4th and 5th.
Please call 386-462-5700 to
reserve your spot. Alarion Bank is
located at 16404 NW 174 Drive,
which is on US 441 across the
street from Santa Fe Ford,


Three upcoming Florida IRS
auction sales! Merritt Island
home, Palm Coast home site, and
Orlando-area lot with partially-built
luxury home. April 10-12, 2007.
Visit www.irssales.gov or call
(850)445-4625 for info.


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No detail overlooked in this 3BR 2BA home. New oak wood floors,
WWW. 1nmOriZunr lly-rleto US. IO carpet, ceramic tile, crown molding & built-ins where it counts. 2.5 acres
of manicured lawn, giant oaks & impeccable landscaping. Brand new
.MADNG driveway brings you home in style. $359,900 MLS#270561
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GAINESVILLE RURAL PROPERTIES RESIDENTIAL FARMS/ACREAGE


RESIDENTIAL
Brand new 2006 home! 3BR
2BA with open floor plan and fully
equipped kitchen on comer lot in
downtown Alachua. Convenient
to shopping, banks & restaurants.
Affordable at only $149,900.
MLS#241748
Cute and affordable describes
this home located in the Alachua
community.. 2BR 2BA, inside
laundry room, all appliances,
hardiboard exterior, fresh paint
inside. Priced to sell.at $150,000
MLS#275602
Brand new 2006 3BR 2BA
home with 2-car garage on large
lot in Alachua. Spacious backyard
has privacy fencing and a
beautiful deck on the back of the
home. Lease option available.
$169,900 MLS#261093
Ready to move in! Freshly
painted, ceramic tile in living
areas, 2BR 1 luxury bath with
jetted tub. Fenced yard with
detached workshop on a comer
lot for privacy & close to downtown
Alachua. $59,000 MLS#271558


HOMES WITH ACREAGE
Large home on 10 acres. 5BR -
3 upstairs and 2 down. 2 living
rooms, brick fireplace and 3.5BA
Abundance of storage space and
located off scenic paved road.
Location, location, location.
$494,900 MLS#265507
Cedar country style 2544sf
home with large front and back
porches in the center of 30 acres.
Open floor plan, spacious kitchen,
unfinished attic, deck with hot tub,
2 outbuildings, 8-run' kennel and
12x24 office building. $775,000
MLS#273806
Hang your spurs here. 5 acres
of pasture and shade trees fenced
for horses. Feed & tack rooms,
hay loft and bath in 7 stall bam.
3BR 2BA home with office and
covered porch in Alachua on a
paved road. $237,500
MLS#270893
10 acre estate! 3BR 2BA block
home with metal roof, pole barn
andwater treatmentsystem. Lots
of wildlife and very private.
Additional 10 acres also available.
$329.900 MLS#263713


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Come see this re-modeled
2714sf 3BR 2BA country retreat
on 6.5 acres. Great room with
brick fireplace, wood floors, and
oversized Florida room. Fenced
pastures with scattered oaks,
detached workshop and more.
$379,000 MLS#274756
Isn't this really where you want
to live? 5 acres of fenced pasture
with 30x31 pole barn and a 2BR
1BA mobile home. Great starter
home and located off CR241 in
Alachua. $125,000 MLS#268985
Great location on, 5 nicely
wooded acres only minutes to I-
75- Easy commute to Gainesville
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bright and open space in this 3BR
2BA DW Homes of Merit with lots
of upgrades. $164,900
MLS#272461
10 private acres in North
Newberry with immaculate 1997
3BR 2BA DWMH. This mini-farm
has some open pasture and
some woods for all of your pets
and activities. $164,900
MLS#274344


VACANT LAND
Stunning 5 acres in High
Springs. Huge Granddaddy
Oaks and hardwoods surround
a naturally cleared area. Off a
paved road in the deeded
subdivision of Oak Meadows.
Close to Gainesville, Alachua,
Lake City and the local springs.
$100,000 MLS#267569
5 private acres ready for your
site-built or mobile home! No
deed restrictions, high and dry
and in a convenient location -
only minutes to Gainesville.
$90,000 MLS#274880
Unbelievable wooded 2.5
acres. Homesite already
cleared with well and septic.
Huge granddaddy oaks and
scattered trees throughout.
$114,000 MLS#276021
Building lot in Alachua
Highlands. 2.5 fenced acres
with a cleared homesite and
paved road. $128,500
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Beautiful

Welcome to Alachua "County
Today's FINALLY SPRING 2007.
Spring is a wonderful time of year
when so many exciting things are
happening in our communities that
it's hard to decide what we want to
attend' \\e have had a great time
putting this issue together and hope
that Ou \. Ill enjoy all of the features
that are included. It is our hope that
% ou'll find the gardening and home
improvement tips helpful and that


you'lll use our aiea festival
guide to keep ou on track
for all of the areas
actix cities.
After a long.
sometimes lonesome
\\inter I jm in lo\e \ith
spring! As it begins to
showX itself in the budding
trees on m\ farm. the
dogw oods, maples and
redbuds are more beautiful
than I have ever seen them.


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The butterflies and dragon flies
(al\I a\s ai fa\ ointc l hi.ie returned to
dance in the sunlight to offer m\
beloved dogs. Phoebe and Phinneas.
hours of ho\\ling entertainment
chasing their shadows. And the light
spring breezes remind me to take
e\ ery opportunity to inhale the
w\anned air knowing that thle\ \ill
warm mI heart while spring's
colorful palette dazzles me.
As 1 dri\e down the country
roads between m' farm and nm\
daughters I marvel at the roadside
carpets of yellow \ coreopsis sharing
space with the fuscia. purple and
pink phlox. All of these \wonderful
\\ ildtfloers inspire me to expand m\
own gardens and off I go to mni
favorite nurse ies. There is


Color, Romance & Hope


something spiritt.il about digging in
the dirt and planting flowers that
attract nature's best. And I would be
remiss not to mention the sw eet
aromas of Carolina and Confederate
jasmine that travel like magic as the
warmed breezes bring their intoxi-
cating aroma into my home. These
smells always remind me of mi\
youth when spring meant proms, the
beach and a long anticipated summer
filled with hot days, refreshing %water
sports, cookouts.
laughter and friends.
In a lovely spot on
l my farm which
S overlooks the pastures I
planted a winged elm
The elm is surrounded b\
boulders rescued from
property in High Springs
and native wildflower
RS1-LALL that I planted to attract
SoltnisI bees, butterflies, and of
course, the ruby throated
humming birds. I spend a lot of time
on the bench in this small garden
shaded from the heat of the day b%
the gnarl\ arms of the wonderful
elm. I can quiet myself here and
reflect. The Martin houses stand
guard from their tall perch, moNed
into the garden last spring to be rea.
w ater. All si, ofthe gourds are full of
nesting Martin families. It's spell-
binding to \- atch these graceful birds
di\ ing for insects and then soaring to
great heights only to land gracefully
on the edge of the troughs where
the\ drink water beside my horses.
Babies \\ill be born soon and their
chirping \will add music to the
waarmth and colors of spring. I love.
the spring orchestra of robins,
cardinals. mockingbirds and blue


BRYAN BOUKARI/Alachua County Today
Ben Boukari and Toni Marshall are prepared for spring gardening.


jays that would inspire even
Beethoven.
What would spring be without
babies? I'm entertained eacheyening
as I watch the baby skunks,
armadillos and 2 fawn cross the road
with their mothers in front of my


house on their way to my neighbor's
wet weather pond. My daughter has
a new paint colt on her farm and
we're expecting another in late May.
My neighbor down the road
welcomed a much anticipated new
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Zones 8-9 in the Southern
States

Spring is here and with it
comes the opportunity to get
outdoors and tackle those laxxn
and gardening chores that h:i\e
been waiting for your attention
all winter. If you've lost plants or
shrubs during the winter, rowo\ is
the time to add new plar.tngs. If
you want to redesign paintings, '
the spring is the best time to put
\ our new, garden plans into action.
The following spring checklist
should help.

March
*Early-to-mid March is the time
to scalp or dethatch warm
season lawns. This practice
should be done only if there is a
thatch problem. Yearly practice
of these methods without reason
can cause potential stress to a
lawn. Otherwise mow at 1.5
inches for Argentina or 0.75
inches for h, brid Bermuda
through May. Mow fescue or
bahia at 2.2.5 inches.


* Appl', pre-emergent herbicides
to lawns prior to the middle of
March to prevent unwanted
warm season weeds like
crabgrass and dollar weed.
* Remove winder weeds in annual
beds.
*Prune roses and dwarf crape
myrtles early in this month even
if foliage has started to grow
* Prune spring flowering plants
(i.e. forsythia, dogwood,
redbuid, etc.) immediately
following their bloom period.
* A oid removing foliage from
spring flowering bulbs. Foliage

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Lawn and Garden Decor


By LEIGH MAISENBACHER
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You \kork hard on \our
landscaping to achieve a certain look.
You toil countless hours pruning,
fertilizing and watering and Nour
plant selection and lawn care are
impLcc.ible. YoIu and your landscape
deserve the best in lawn and garden
decor Here are some suggestions.

Birdbaths
Bird itchingng and landscaping
can complement each other
beautifull. Birdbaths are a great
example. They will not only provide
birds' with refreshing water but
enhance your lawn and garden decor,
especially if you select one with an
especially attractive design.

Build-Your-Own Waterfall
You don't need to hire a pro to
install an artificial waterfall for you. Nor
do you need extensive expertise to set
one up for yourself.

Decorative Lawn and Garden Stakes
There's something for everyone.
Some decorative stakes are also
practical, displaying your house number
in a most charming fashion. Others are


simply artitic creations, topped with
suns or moons, birds or ladybugs, and
much more.

Gazing Balls
How \would you like the beauty -
offered by gazing balls without the
potential for bieakage? Then you need a
stainless steel or copper gazing ball. Be
forewarned: The fancy ones do break!


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SYou can't go wrong with a Grecian
urn. as long as your landscape design
tastes tend toward the formal. Grecian
urns make for a classic planteron a dcl:
or patio. Get two to put on either side of
a porch or driveway to create
symmetrical balance.


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Heartland Spring Festivals


Springtime in Alachua
County is the perfect
time of year for families
to get out and take a
leisurely stroll while
enjoying the annual
festivals hosted by some
of our communities. So
mark your calendars and
be sure to get out to these
wonderful springtime
events.

.17th Annual Spring
Garden Festival -
Kanapaha Botanical
Gardens, Gainesville
March 24th, 9 am-6 pm
March 25th, 10 am-5 pm

Usually attended by
10,000 people over two
days, this annual event at
Kanapaha Botanical
Garden features more
than 200 booths, with a
plants, landscape
displays, a walk-through
butterfly house,
children's activity area,
live and silent auctions
and arts and crafts. There
is a free shuttle bus
service from Kanapaha
Park and Kanapaha
Middle School, both on

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Tower Road.
.37th Annual Santa
Fe Community
College Spring Arts
Festival, Gainesville
April 1st, 9 am-5:30pm
April 2nd, 1-5:30 pm

One of three of the
largest events in
Gainesville, last year
Spring Arts hosted
130,000 visitors from all
over the country. Held in
downtown Gainesville
on Northeast 1st Street
between 2nd and 8th
Avenues, more than 250
artists from 25 states in
12 different areas such as
jewelry, photography,
digital art, painting and
photography ,will be
represented. Always a
favorite, the Kid's Art
Jungle will feature 14
free art projects for
children who attend and
the Youth Art Exhibit
area will feature more
than 70 young artists'
work on display.

.5th Annual Alachua
Spring Festival,
Alachua
April 15th. 11 am-5 pm

Organized by the
Alachua Business
League and held on Main
Street in downtown
Alachua, this e\ent
attracts 3.000 visitors
and features booths with
plants, arts and crafts,


home & garden
improvement, music,
food, rides, a Farmers
Market, Attic Treasures
Yard sale and an area just
for children's activities.

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31st Annual
Pioneer Days
"The Waters of
High Springs...
It's in our Nature"
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*31st Annual High
Springs Pioneer
Days, High Springs
April 21st 9am 5pm
April 22nd 10am 4pm

The High Springs
Chamber of Commerce
and the High Springs
Main Street Program join
forces this year to
produce the annual
Pioneer Days Festival.
Originally a Tobacco
Festival. this annual
e\ent features historic
Gun Fight reenactments
and an interactil e


Heritage Village. Area
visitors will also enjoy
the many vendors
including arts and crafts,
plants, food, and a Kid's
Korral featuring
activities just for
children. New this year
to the festival is a
Saturday evening BBQ
and musical concert.

.2nd Annual
Thornebrook Antique
Market and Garden
Show, Gainesville
April 27th 3-7pm (free
preview)
April 28th, 10am-5pm
April 29th, 10am-5pm

Hosted by the
Thornebrook Merchants
Association this event is
held within the lovely
confines of Thornebrook
Village. This is a premiere
opportunity for visitors to
enjoy 100 vendors selling
Antiques from the fine to
primitives, collectibles,
china, crystal, and vendors
who can help you spruce up
your outdoor spaces with
garden items and plants.
There is a free preview for
serious collectors on Friday
April 27th from 3pm 7pm
and the three day event will
include food, refreshments,
music and entertainment.
Net Proceeds from Vendor
Space rental is donated to
Haven Hospice.

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.62nd Annual
Newberry
Watermelon Festival,
Newberry
May 12th

The areas oldest
festival was attended last
year by over 5,000
people and will be
piloted by master of
ceremonies Lewis
Stokes, a DJ from 93.7
K-Country' FM.
Originally held in a small
skate rink in 1946, this
event was established by.
Veterans returning from
World War II who
wanted to host a family
oriented activity that
celebrated Newberry's
agricultural industry.
Many of the traditions of
the original festival are
still a big part of event in
its 62nd year. This year's
festival features free
watermelon slices, piel
and cake baking, seed
spitting contests, beauty
pageants, hog calling,.
and a free concert with
Mark Copeland, a.
Newberry native and-
others. The Main Event
of the festival is the
crowning of the
Newberry Watermelon.
Festival Queen and the
"Big Melon" contest .and
visitors will enjoy
vendors featuring food,
shirts, arts and crafts and
carnival rides.

*The 23 Annual
Zukefest
May 12

The Zukefest will be
held at the fire station in
Windsor, 1401 SE County
Road 234. All proceeds go
to the .Windsor Volunteer
Fire Department. Fried
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many wonderful veggies.
There will be rides, magic
show, beauty pageant, fun
run and activities, all day
from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The arts and crafts booths
will be selling great gifts
for Mother's Day (57
booths last year).
Planning meetings are
every Monday night at 7
p.m. at the fire house. For
information, contact
Bobbi Walton,
Chairperson at 352-372-
7814, bjwalton910@
bellsouth. net; Dwayne
King, Fireman at 352-378-
8671, windsorfireres-
cue@msn. com; or Kealyn
Brown, Committee Person
at 352-378-1586.

*Yulee Railroad
Days (YRRD)
June 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Yulee Railroad Days,
Florida's first linear event
,is a celebration honoring
Senator David Levy Yulee
and the railroad he built
150 years ago. The event
is a slew of happening
stretching 155 miles from
the east coast of Florida to
the west coast.
YRRDs will be
celebrated the weekend of
June 1, 2 and 3, 2007,:and
began in Archer, Florida
12 years ago. It has since
become a cross the state
celebration. All day
festivals happen in Archer,
Melrose and Callahan.
Model trains circle inside
the Matheson Museum in
Gainesville. There is a
vibrant remembrance of
the slaves who built the
railroad at the Cotton Club
in Gainesville. In
Melrose, there are lake
cruises, more trains in
Hawthorne and a plateful
of history in Micanopy.
Everyone will want to see
the period locomotive at
the Archer Railroad
Museum and feel the Civil
War Cannons blast.
Yulee Railroad Days is
sponsored by the Archer
Historical Society and
Railroad Museum. Visit
the web page
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Have you ever heard of a starving termite?

By Tresa Erickson uncover where wood touches the ground.. Shorten all latticework
Special to Alachua County Today sticking into the ground, move wood piles far away from the house,
Long mud tubes. Hollow wood. Damaged wood flaked with mud add concrete bases under posts and pull soil and mulch away from
or soil. All of these are signs of termites, and if you have noticed any wood siding.
of them around your home recently, you need to call a pest company Make sure you correct any moisture problems around your house
and arrange for a termite inspection right away. as well. Clean your gutters, repair leaky faucets and air conditioners,


In addition to a home inspection, most homeowners
have a termite inspection done on any property they
intend to purchase. That way, they know for certain
if the property is termite free. Although termite
inspections are recommended on the property every
year thereafter and many companies will do them for
free, not all homeowners comply. As a result, many
do not notice they are having a problem until


and regrade the soil next to your foundation so that


A yearly

inspection

is vital


extensive damage has been done.
To ensure you never have to deal with extensive
termite damage, you should have a yearly termite inspection. You
should also take some precautions around your home to reduce the
risk of termites. Here are some tips.
In order to survive, termites need food, water and shelter. They
can find all three any place where wood meets soil. Inspect the
exterior of your home carefully and take care of any areas you


it slopes away from your home. Reduce
humidity in your crawl space by installing
adequate venting and polyethylene sheeting
over the soil and keeping the vents clear.
Even with these precautions, termites may:
still attack. That's why it is important that you
have a yearly termite inspection. Remember, it
won't cost you a penny, unless the inspector
finds something wrong or you have them write up


a report.
If left alone long enough, termites can wreak havoc on a home
and be expensive to remove. Don't let it happen to you. Arrange for
an annual termite inspection and take the steps necessary to reduce
your risk of termites.


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It's finally here
donkey to his farm and I have loved going
over to take pictures and spend time with this
tiny jenny because I know she will eventually
find her way to my farm to become a
companion for' my mischievous donkey,
Baxter.
Spring....It offers us hope and a grand
canvas of beautifully colored spring flowers,
babies, butterflies, dragon flies, and bees
seeking nectar for their honey. The warm
sunny breezes heal the cold empty places left
in our hearts by winter sorrows and losses
while the aromas of azaleas, jasmines,
dogwoods, redbuds and magnolias fill our
heads with dizzying reflections of youth and
summer. The warm waters of the rivers' and
cool bubbling springs beckon us to refresh
our bodies as the warm, bright sun adds much
needed color to our skin.
I love spring and the renewal and
refreshment it brings to the land and our
spirits. Welcome spring with open arms;
welcome the colors of a Matisse gardenscape,
welcome renewal, hope, and the promise of a
good year.
Again, please enjoy Alachua County
Today's FINALLY SPRING 2007!


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4 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY inally Spring THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2007



Style On A Shoestring


By Tresa Erickson
Special to Alachua County Today
That's it. You've had it with your bathroom.
The fixtures are old, the tile is cracked and the
faucets leak. You can't take one more day of
dealing with that outdated bathroom. The
budget for your mini remodel is small, so
you're going to have to get creative.
Fortunately, that doesn't mean you'll have to
skimp on style. By following these tips, you
can create a stylish bathroom on a modest
budget.
Start your remodel not by looking at what
you can't afford on your wish list but what you
can. Focus on the products within your budget
that you adore and decide how to spend your
funds from there. Devote less to higher-priced
items and use them sparingly, and devote more
to lower-priced items and use them abundantly.
Encase the shower with large faux slate tiles,
for example, and reserve the smaller authentic
slate tiles for an accent in the shower and
around the sink.
Use what you have when possible. Rather
than purchasing a new vanity cabinet, for
example, consider transforming that old dresser


you've got stored in the attic into your vanity.
Take out the drawers, remove the fronts,
reattach them to the dresser, cut a hole in the
top and drop in a sink and faucet. Bring in your
grandmother's sconces and install them on each
side of the dresser mirror, and presto, you've
got yourself a new, inexpensive vanity that you
can dress up however you want.
Take full advantage of paint and fabric.
These are two of the easiest and most
inexpensive ways to transform a room. When
selecting a paint color, keep in mind that you
don't have to stick to light shades. While a pale
yellow will certainly open up the room and
keep it light and airy, a rich gold will add drama
and warmth to it. For texture, you may want to
try a faux paint finish, such as combing or col-
orwashing. The fabrics you choose should
complement your paint color, and you can mix
patterns if you wish. A print combined with a
stripe or plaid and,a solid color often makes for
a good trio, providing the hues match.
Hire quality labor as needed. Do as much as
you can yourself,' of course, to save on costs,
but don't overestimate your abilities. If you
have very little experience with wiring, bring in
a professional to install the new lighting for


you rather than attempting to do it yourself or
enlisting the help of a friend. Not only can
electricity be dangerous, but if you or your
friend makes a mistake and doesn't realize it, it
could cause damage and lead to more expensive
repairs later. For safe, quality work, your best
bet is to hire a qualified professional, even if it
means that you have to use less expensive
materials in your remodel.
Pay attention to the details. These are what
make a room. Replace all mismatched switch
plates, frame out mirrors and install crown
molding to finish off the room. Once the room
has been completed, go back through it a
second time and make any final touchups
needed. If the paint on the door got scuffed or
the caulk around the tub got cracked, make
those repairs right away. Don't wait. Small
flaws like these will take away from ihe overall
design of the room.
Bathroom remodels don't have to cost a
bundle. By thinking outside of the box and
following the tips above, you can transform
yours for less than you might imagine. Good
luck.


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Saturday, April 21st 9 a.m.-5 p.m
Sunday, April 22nd 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Come enjoy High Springs at its finest and
relive its past right along Main Street!

f i Shop for arts, crafts and other goods from over
100 vendors from around the country!

f4' Pick fresh produce from our Farmers' Market!

Stroll through Heritage Village and enjoy
historical presentations from Pioneer Times!

Cool off and sit a spell in the Grimy Gulch Saloon
with food and silent movies!

Bring the kids to an expanded Kids Korral with fun
activities for all ages!


31st Annual

Pioneer Days

"The Waters of
High Springs...
It's in our Nature"
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-[' Don't miss the rip roaring Shoot Out at 12 noon and 2 p.m. both days!

NEW for this year! An old fashioned Barn Dance!
Come out Saturday night and enjoy delicious BBQ and
good music dust off your dancing shoes!


Vendor applications still being accepted! Deadline is April 6, 2007.
To learn more, please call (386) 454-3120 or visit www.highsprings.com.!
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Adding art to your yard .


Gnome Statues
Trends in stat..,r icolnie
and go. The hot itemr
now is the gnome l
Displaying a gnome
is a quick way to
inject Old-World
charm and
playful fantasy
into your yard.
Whimsical
Water
Fountains
Fountains are
lawn and garden .a
decor classics
Outdoor water
fountains will bring
you an element no
landscape design 1ioild
be without, the sound of
running water.


Wishing Wells
Wishing wells fit nicely into the
cottage landscape style. They also


complement other styles as
v. ell and they're helpful
in est.ablishing focal
points. Many
homeowners use
them as planters
and, when
bedecked by
vines, they
seem as firmly
rooted in the
landscape as
revered old
.- trees.
Quality
lawn and
garden d6cor
makes that final
statement that sets
a landscape apart.
Latin and garden
decoi.ations also make
fine gifts, in case you need to
shop for -other lovers of the
outdoors. Whether it's for your yard
or a gift for someone else, be
,imaginative and have fun!


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Lawn and garden tips


should be allowed to die naturally since it
nourishes the bulb for the next year's -growth
and flowers. Tying the foliage in a knot keeps it
more attractive until it dies.
* Spray susceptible trees for foliar diseases
during bud swell, when leaves are half-grown,
and again at maturity according to label
directions.
* Start spraying pine trees for foliar diseases
when their buds or candless: start to grow. (For
example, tip light on Mugho pines.) Repeat
sprays according to label directions
*Apply pre-emergent to shrub and perennial
beds.
* Treat trees prone to fireblight when leaves first
begin to emerge.
* Remove winter mulch from perennial and rose
beds. Divide and replant overcrowded
perennials.
* Control Eastern tent caterpillars as soon as they
appear (as wild cherry leaves break bud); it is
best to spray in early morning before they leave
their tents.
* This is a good time to replace dead trees and
shrubs.

April
* Prevent cedar-apple rust infestations on
crabapple trees with a fungicide as soon as
orange jelly galls emerge on cedar trees.
* Proper watering of newly planted trees and
shrubs often means the difference between
success and replacement
Check plants for powdery mildew and other
foliage diseases during heavy spring rains.
Fertilize warm season grasses early in the
Month according to soil test results.
*Prune out winter damage on shrubs. Prune
spring flowering plants as soon as they are
finished blooming.
Continue to spray schedule for disease prone
trees and pines
*Lace bugs, aphids, spider mites, bagworms,
etc., may start popping up in the landscape.
Keep an eye on all plants and treat
accordingly
*Fertilize any early-blooming azaleas or
rhododendrons after bloom
Apply Di-syston granules to any
barberries with a history of damage by
barberry looper
*Deadhead spring bulbs as needed, but
leave foliage alone
Begin prepping any annual beds that do
not have pansies
Fertilize bulb plants that are not in pansy
beds as soon as they finish blooming
Startroses preventative spray program to


control black spot and powdery mildew. Other
Plants may need a preventative program also
(e.g. crape myrtles and phlox)

May
*Thin perennials and shrubs susceptible to
powdery mildew to encourage air circulation
(or thin neighboring plants)
* Plant summer bulbs such as cannas, dahlias,
elephant ears, caladiums, and gladiolus
* Bagworms will be emerging soon or arborvitae,
junipers, and various other plants. Treat when
they are small. Untreated plants can be killed
* Insect problems begin to climb as temperatures
rise. Look for aphids, lace bugs, spider mites,
webworms, elm leaf beetles, etc. Scouting
frequently is the key to control
Check and spray and underside of leaves where
insects hide
Shake a leaf over white paper to look for spider
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*Late May is the best time to control borers.
Check for label recommendations and controls.
(Especially susceptible to borers are dogwoods,
birches, and flowering cherries and plums.
Spray dogwoods)
Continue applications of fungicide for pine
diseases according to label directions
If watering is needed, water deeply
*Prune and fertilize azaleas immediate after
blooming according to azalea fertilization
schedule. Use Miracid or dry food.
Fertilize perennials during the first part of May
Bermuda and Argentine grass mowing height
should be set at 0.75 to 1 inch. Zoysia should be
mowed at 1.5 inches. Fescue and bahia should
be mowed at 2 to 2.5 inches. Never remove
more than 1/3 of the grass height at one time.
Apply pre-emergent to shrub and perennial
beds
Spot spray lawns as needed for weed grasses
Begin pinching mums for compact growth
Pull pansies and plant summer annuals


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ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY -Iinla 14 Spring THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2007


Remodeling:





Getting Through It


By Tresa Erickson
Special to Alachua County Today
You can't put it off any longer. The
kitchen needs to be remodeled, and after years
of saving, you finally have the money to go
forward with it. While you would like to do
most of the work yourself, that just isn't
possible. You are going to have to deal with a
contractor and all of the challenges that come
with a remodel.
Remodeling is rarely simple or quick.
Oftentimes, people must move to another part
of their home while the remodel is taking
place. Some people, in fact, decide that the
best alternative is to move out of their home
temporarily until the remodel is completed.
That way, they don't have to deal with
actually living through the remodel. If that
sounds like a good idea to you and you have
the means to do so, go for it. If you prefer to
stay in your home and live with the inconven-
iences or if moving out is just not in the
budget, don't despair. You can survive the
remodeling process. Here's how.
First, sit down with your contractor and
discuss what lies ahead in great detail. Find
out how long they expect the remodel to take
as well as what they intend to do. Get
everything in writing, especially the start and
end date of the project. The contractor will be
more apt to stay on track if something has
been put in writing.
Stay on top of the budget. Know exactly
where your money is going in the remodel
and be prepared for unforeseeable circum-
stances by putting back some extra. While a
contractor can give you a breakdown of the
budget, they cannot account for surprises like
a busted pipe or a change in materials. If all
goes as planned, the project may stay on
budget and you may be able to use the extra
money you have put back for other things. If
surprises crop up, you will have the money to
deal with them and will not have to break the


bank or cut back on something else in the
project.
Move to a part of the house well away
from the remodel. Study your home carefully
and select a site that is far from the remodel
and can be adapted to your family's needs.
With a kitchen remodel, for example, you
may be able to set up cooking quarters in the
kitchenette on the third floor. If the site has a
separate entrance, that is even better. Your
family can come and go as they please
without walking through the mess. Whatever
, site you choose, seal it off to keep out dust
and debris from the remodel and set up an air
purifier for family members who suffer from
asthma or allergies.
Try to keep the remodel in perspective. At
best, remodels can be noisy, messy and
chaotic, and if you're not in the right mindset,
they can get the best of you. Be prepared for
things to get crazy and go wrong. Overlook
the mess, take mistakes in stride and live by
the motto, "This too shall pass."
Take a break when the remodel gets to be
too much. No matter how well you try to
make the best of things, there may come a
time.when you can't stand another minute of
the chaos and must take a break. Go shopping,
see a movie or take a weekend trip. Get out of
the house for a while, and you'll return
refreshed and ready to face the chaos.
Attitude is everything with a remodel. Do
your best to stay positive and keep up
everyone's spirits. And when it's all done,
give yourself and your family one last gift: a
professional cleaning. No contractor can keep
the site 100% clean. Dirt and dust will get
through the best of barriers. Rather than try to
tackle the mess yourself at the end of the
remodel, hire someone to do it. The crew will
get in there and do it right with the best tools.
Then all you'll have left to do is move
everything back where it belongs and enjoy
your new space!


The first steps to planning your wedding


By Samm Erickson
Special to Alachua County Today
It's so exciting! Everyone is atwitter. You've
just gotten engaged and set the date. Now all you
have to do is to start the massive preparations,
make the guest list, order flowers, find a chapel,
decide on food, buy flowers, enlist
bridesmaids...and the list goes on and on.
Although most couples look forward to
celebrating their love with family and friends,
there is a lot involved in planning a wedding and
it can be a stressful time. Many couples don't
know where to begin planning and get so
concerned they are paralyzed into inaction. Don't
let this happen to you.
One of the most important things to do early
on is to set a budget. Are you going to use all of
your savings on your wedding, or are you going to
be frugal and save some of it for that exotic
honeymoon or the family that you'd like to start
right away? The tradition no longer uniformly
holds that the bride's family is responsible for the
wedding and the groom's family only has to take
care of the rehearsal dinner. These days, couples,
particularly those, marrying later, take on more of
the financial burden of the wedding. This is a great
time to establish good financial habits and talk
openly about expenses and expectations.
Make a priority list. Often things turn out to be


more expensive than expected, so it's important to
know what can be cut out if there are cost
overruns. Do you need the professional jazz
quartet at the reception or will a local band
suffice? Can you use a few less flowers and
purchase a larger wedding cake? Knowing that
you have extra to cover expenses can bring a lot of
peace of mind, which can be extremely valuable,
particularly in the days leading up to the wedding.
Once you have a budget, establish a timeline.
Depending upon your personality, you may need
strict, rigid deadlines or loose deadlines that allow
for more flexibility. When do you need to decide
on the invitations, the flowers, the cake? What is
the most important thing that has to be taken care
of this week? Making these decisions and
displaying them prominently in your home can
remind you daily of the tasks you need to get
done. This will make them more manageable and
prevent you from becoming overwhelmed at any
particular point in the planning process.
Creating a budget, priority list and timeline
may not be exciting work, but it is essential for
staving off the stress of a wedding. By laying this
groundwork early, you can save yourself a lot of
frustration later. The more organized you are in
the planning stages, the easier it will be on your
special day to attend to your spouse, your guests
and the celebration of your love that is your
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