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This newspaper named 2007 Business of the Year Alachua Chamber of Commerce
People have major impact on local water quality
By RHANA GITTENS
With a drought tightening its grip on
water supplies over the past year, Alachua
County finds itself in the middle of the tug
of war in the ever increasing need for
water. The battle for water is smoldering in
Georgia to the north, Apalachicola Bay to
the west, Orlando to the south and the St.
Johns River to the east. This is another
installment in a series looking at the water
The biggest threats to water quality
could start in.your own backyard.
As Alachua County develops from
forest land to residential homes, and'
corporate offices, purity of the environment
By DAN REID
HIGH SPRINGS High Springs Police
Department (HSPD) investigators are still
looking into the death of a bicyclist who
was riding on U.S. 441 during the early
evening hirs on Wednesday.
Forty-one-year-old High Springs
resident Michael Daniels was pronounced
dead on the scene after his bike collided
with a 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck driven
by 36-year-old Robert Harris of High
Springs. According to HSPD Detective
Deborah Holley, Daniels was riding his
bike north on 441 from Alachua toward
High Springs just before 7 p.m. when
Harris struck the bike while it was riding
on the edge of the road. She described the
conditions at the time of the accident as
foggy and dark, along with no visible street
lights around the area.
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in and around it is at risk, according to
In the midst of turning forest and
swamp land into neighborhoods,
developers use Saint Augustine grass
which is not native to Alachua County.
Saint Augustine grass is the lawn of choice
for homes in the area, and its usage drives
up the cost of maintenance and increases
the need for potentially damaging
fertilizers according to Chris Byrd,
Director of the Alachua County
Environmental Protection Department.
When homeowners apply fertilizer on a
lawn followed by watering, it drives the
nutrients into the water, said Byrd, causing
an increase in nitrates and other harmful
nutrients in the water.
Alachua County has implemented
numerous programs to prevent pollution,
but there is still a lot to be done, he said.
"I think we have a long way to go in
demonstrating that we've been effective,"
Efforts to reduce nutrient levels have
been implemented extensively in eastern
Alachua County, but little movement has
been made in the county's western region
in Byrd's opinion.
Much of the problem seems to stem
from the fact that older parts of cities were
developed before there was a need or
knowledge of capturing stormwater or
WATER QUALITY on page A4
A final look back
A look at headlines from July through December
Alachua County Today file photo
The City of Alachua Municipal Complex officially opened its doors in August, 20
months after breaking ground on the $7 million facility.
By BRYAN BOUKARI and DAN REID
l b'oday Reporters
High Springs Police Department
Captain Arvey Bass retires after two
decades of service.
The Florida Department of Manage-
ment Services' Division of Retirement
determined that Alachua City Manager
Clovis Watson, Jr. was not eligible to
YEAR IN REVIEW on page A5
RICHARD D. OSBORN/Alachua County Today file photo
Over the years, Rum Island along the Santa Fe River has
become a poplar retreat for local residents, but officials fear
apathy will give way to degradation of water quality in the area,
and rivers and springs in particular.
shock over APD
By DAN REID
ALACHUA The Dec. 21
arrest of Alachua Police
Department (APD) dispatcher
James Hill on charges on four
counts of molestation and
sexual battery on a child has
left employees in the
department and Alachua City
Hall with both disappointment
APD Chief Robert
and sexual Hill
charges. He said Hill was
always pleasant to be around
HILL on page A8
By DAN REID
ARCHER The father of
16-year-old Newberry High
School .student Jacklyn
Wiencek, who died last month
from injuries sustained in a
car crash in Newberry, has
died in a separate crash in
Archer on Saturday.
James Weincek, 37 of
Archer, died after the truck he
was driving left the roadway
and collided with several
large trees. According to the
Florida Highway Patrol
(FHP), Weincek was driving
his 1990 Ford pickup last
Saturday night at
approximately 8:45 p.m. on
SW 143rd Street, near the
intersection of SW 124th
Lane, about two miles east of
Archer, when suddenly the
truck went off the east side of
CRASH onpage A7
Couple brings hometown feel
to pharmacy customers
By DAN REID
ALACHUA When Irby
Elementary School first grade
teacher Nancy Morrison
attended Catholic school in the
fourth grade, she was
disappointed in the manner that
she was taught and thought
school was dull. As a little girl,
Morrison decided that she
wanted to pursue a career in
teaching because she felt that
education could be fun and
enriching to children..
Her enthusiasm and passion
for teaching has resulted in
Morrison being the recipient of
the Irby Elementary School
Teacher of the Year award for
DAN ilDu/Alachua county loday
Irby Elementary School first grade teacher Nancy Morrison
brings enthusiasm and innovation to her classroom. She is
the 2007-2008 recipient of Irby's Teacher of the Year award.
2007-2008. This is the second
consecutive year that Morrison
has been recognized in the
classroom. Last year,
Morrison was named the
MORRISON on page A8
By DAN REID
NEWBERRY With the
proliferation of major
pharmacy chains across the
country, the number of
independent drug stores that
are still around are dwindling.
pharmacists Leslie Brown and
her husband Eddie, still make it
priority to treat their customers
in a personalized manner.
For the last six years the
Brown's have been
pharmacists at Hitchcock's
Pharmacies in Newberry and
Alachua. When Hitchcock's
BROWN on page A8
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Pharmacists Ed and Leslie Brown have been instrumental in
developing pharmacies for Hitchcock's in both Newberry and
Alachua. Hitchcock's owner Alan Hitchcock, right, says the
couple brings a hometown atmosphere to the stores'
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Father of crash victim
dies in separate crash
Wiencek's daughter killed in Dec. 7 crash
ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY COMMUNITY CORNT t THURSDAY, JANIJARY 03, 2008
Meetings & Events in the Heartlands
mArcher Meets the 2nd and 4th
Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at
City Hall, 16870 SW 134 Ave.
*Alachua (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.
ELaCrosse Meets the 2nd
Monday of each month at 7:30
p.m. at Town Hall.
EMicanopy Meets the 2nd
Tuesday of each month at 7:30
p.m. at Town Hall.
ENewberry Meets the 2nd and
4th Monday of each month at 7
p.m. at City Hall
EWaldo Meets the 2nd Tuesday
of each month at 7 p.m. at Yerkes
*AARP 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: Jan. 10
& 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Jan. 28
& 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Feb. 12
& 13, 12 noon to 4 p.m. High
Springs Class: Feb. 12 & 13,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
IThe Alachua Branch
Library is open in a
temporary location at 15100
NW 141 Street (Main
Street), Alachua, FL 32615,
during construction of the
expanded facility. Wireless
and internet access are
available at this location.
Also, library personnel are
going out into the community
- to the preschools,
community center, schools,
etc. to give programs on books
and information services.
EThe 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.
.Before You Tie the Knot, a
provided by the Alachua
Extension Service, is an
educational program offering
constructive guidance to
couples as they begin life as a
This class provides a
certificate worth $32.50
reduction of the fee for a
marriage license obtained in
Alachua County. The
program consists of two
workshops, each lasting two
hours. Participants must
attend both sessions to receive
a certificate of completion.
workshops fulfill the
requirements of Florida
Statute 741, Marriage
Preparation and Preservation
Act, and have been approved
by the Circuit Court of
Presently there is no cost
for this course. Registration is
due no later than one week
prior to class. A minimum of
three couples must be
registered or class will be
cancelled. Call 352-337-6209
(voicemail) to register. For
more information, call 352-
955-2402 between the hours
of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday.
Couples must arrive on
time. The program is intended
for couples only., Children are
not permitted in the class. No
The 2008 classes are from
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Class
and registration dates are:
Jan. 28 and 29, register by
Jan. 18; March 10 and 11,
register by Feb. 29; and May
12 and 13, register by May 2.
*MOPS (Mothers of Pre-
schoolers and younger)
welcomes you! Join us every
first, Thursday from 9 a.m. to
11:30 a.m. at High Springs 1st
Baptist Church. Meetings are
for moms between the stages
of pregnancy and with young
children of kindergarten age.
Cost is $7. per meeting (to
cover general operating cost).
EBread of the Mighty Food
Bank encourages businesses
and organizations to sponsor
food drives for the holidays.
The holidays are coming and
for many in our community
the cupboard will be bare. But
you can help through the
Bread of the Mighty by
donating food and/or finances
to help keep our shelves
stocked and the food flowing
to those in need during the
Conducting a food drive in
your workplace, scout troop,
sport team event, school, or
other organization, is an
effective and enriching way to
make a difference in the lives
of the poor and needy. Non-
. perishable canned and boxed
foods are always needed. For
information contact Kristina
Stubbs or Debbie Talbot at
EThe Star Center Children's
Theater of Alachua will
present a stage play Sunday
Gold on Thursday, Jan. 10 an
Friday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
the Alachua Woman's Clu
255 S. Main Stree
Downtown Historic Alachua
Sunday Gold is an excitittg
drama about the North
Carolina Gold Rush (1840s).
Twelve-year-old Lizzie yearns
for a pair of boots and the
right to go to school. Her pa
sees no need for "book larnin"
although her ma disagrees.
Annie, a hired-out slave,
dreams of the day she can
"walk proud like I had a right
to." Troubled by what she
can't understand, Lizzie defies
the law and teaches Annie
how to write her name. Later,
risking her own future, she
tries to help Annie escape.
General admission is $10
for adults and $5 for children
under 12. Tickets can be
purchased at the door. Special
group rates available.
Call 386-462-1910 for
more information. Event is
sponsored by The Alachua
Woman's Club, Altrusa House
International and tJniversity
Area Building Contractors,
Alachua County Library District
Jesse says, "If you think
nobody cares if you are
alive, try missing a
couple of car payments."
HOW TO REACH US
Phone: (386) 462-3355
Fax: (386) 462-4569
Mail: P.O. Box 2135, Alachua, FL
Office: 14804 Main Street, Suite
Open Monday through Friday 9
a.m. to 5 p.m.
EManaging Editor: Bryan Boukari,
*Sports Editor: Adam Boukari,
mAccount Executive: Ben Boukari,
(386) 462-3355 or email to
mClassified/Legal: Leila Boukari,
ILegal Display: Gail Luparello,
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Empower The Beginning E-
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Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 noon
FREE one-on-one tutoring
is available every Wednesday
morning at 10:00 am. This is
the tear-free way to learn how
to set-up and maintain a free
Crafters' Coffee Klatch -
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 noon.
If you embroider, quilt, knit or
enjoy doing any other "non-
messy".craft, this is the group
for you. Join us any
Wednesday morning at 10:00
am. Regular attendance is not
mandatory; everyone is
welcome whenever you can
attend. No registration just
bring the craft you're working
on. Share what you know, or
learn from someone else.
Enjoy a cup of coffee and
'klatch' with other craft
enthusiasts in the community.
Preschool Storytime -
Tuesday, January 8th, 10:30
a.m.-ll1:00 a.m. Join us for
fun with books, songs, and
more. This program is for
children ages 2 to 5.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC
AMENDMENTS TO THE CITY
OF HAWTHORNE LAND
The City of Hawthorne, Florida proposes to amend section
4.2.22 and section 4.17.2, Land Development Code of the
City of Hawthorne by changing the required 'distance
between Recreational Vehicle units and by adding
Recreational Vehicle Parks as an allowed use in a Planned
Unit Development. The City Commission will consider an
ordinance making changes and titled as stated below at a
meeting on January 15, 2008, starting at 6:30 pm or as soon
thereafter as may be heard.
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF HAWTHORNE,
FLORIDA, RELATING TO RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
PARKS; DECREASING SEPARATION REQUIREMENTS
FROM TWENTY FIVE FEET TO TEN FEET;
AUTHORIZING RECREATIONAL VEHICLE PARKS AS AN
ALLOWED USE IN A PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT;
AMENDING SECTION 4.2.22 OF THE LAND
DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS; AMENDING SECTION
4.17.2 OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS;
PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT AND SEVERABILITY;
PROVIDING DIRECTIONS TO THE CODIFIER; AND
PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
The public hearings may be continued to one or more future
date. Any interested party shall be advised that the date, time
anid place of any continuation of the public hearings shall be
announced during the'public hearings and that no further notice
concerning the matters will be, published, unless said
continuation exceeds six calendar weeks from the date of the
above referenced public hearings. At the aforementioned public
hearings, all interested parties may appear to be heard with
respect to the amendments.
Copies of the amendments are available for public inspection at
the Office of the City Manager, City Hall, located at 6700
Southeast 221st Street, Hawthorne, Florida during regular
business hours. FOR INFORMATION CALL 352-481-2432.
All persons are advised that if they decide to appeal any decision
made at the above referenced public hearings, they will need a
record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, they may
need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based.
(Publish: Alachua County Today January 03, 2008)
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. 5 &
under. Join us for books,
stories, songs, and lots of
Reading Circle: Brown Bag
Lunch Bimonthly on First &
Third Mondays, 12:10 p.m.
Bring your Brown Bag Lunch
(with drink) and join the
Hawthorne Reading Circle as
we share our favorite authors,
titles, and new finds!
Free English Course -
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.-9:00
p.m. from January 3rd, 2008.
Santa Fe Community College,
in cooperation with the
Hawthorne Branch Library, is
offering a free course for
anyone wishing to learn
English. If you have
questions, call Professor Soto
High Springs Branch:
Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. ages 5
& under Stories, songs, and
activities for the preschool set.
Crafter's Circle -
Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. Do
you find the time to work on
your craft projects at home?
NOTICE OF AMENDMENT TO
THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
CITY OF WALDO, FL
The City of Waldo's City Council will hold a public
hearing on a proposed small-scale comprehensive plan
amendment on January 10, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at the Yerkes
Center, 14245 Cole Street. The City Council will consider
action on the following item:
ORDINANCE 2007-12 r
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FLORIDA, TO AMEND T CIT i O
COMPREHENSIVE PLA IRJuT MA'E '
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COUNTY) TO ]NUSTRIAL (CIT LDO) ON
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At the p lic hearing, all interested parties may appear and
be heard jvith respect to the proposed ordinance. Copies of
the proposed ordinance are available for public inspection
at City Hall on any regular business day between 8:30
A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Notice is given pursuant to Section
286.0105, Florida Statutes, that in order to appeal any
decisioif made at this public meeting, you will need to
ensure that a verbatim record is made. In accordance with
the Americans with Disabilities Act, any persons with a
disability requiring reasonable accommodation in order to
participate in this meeting should call City Hall at (352)
418-1001 at least 48 hours prior to the public meeting.
(Publish: Alachua County Today January 034 2008)
Have some fun with the Craft
Circle, which meets at the
library Wednesday afternoons
at 1:00 pm. If.you embroider,
quilt, knit or enjoy doing any
other "non-messy" craft, this
is the group for you. Join us
any Wednesday. Regular
attendance is not mandatory;
everyone is welcome
whenever you can attend.
There's no registration just
bring the craft you're working
on. Share what you know, or
learn from someone else.
Enjoy chatting with other craft
enthusiasts in the community.
Mystery Reading Group -
Monthly on third Thursday,
6:30 p.m. Join fellow readers
for discussions of mystery
novels. Bring any mysteries
you've read this month to
discuss. Newcomers welcome.
Bunny Rescue: Gainesville
Rabbit Rescue Tuesday,
January 8th, 2:30 p.m. Come
learn about bunny -rabbits and
the wonderful organization
that rescues them from
unhappy situations. Meet a
sweet rabbit and learn how to
properly care for the bunny in
. Micanopy Branch:
.Your Library Website-
What's In It For Kids? -
Sunday, January 6th, 3:00
Learn about the databases and
links available from your very
own library! Find out why the
intenet is not the only answer.
NewBooks For Old Readers
Monthly on second Monday,
11:0) a.m. Join the adult book
groip as they discuss new
P1 oos, favorite books, and
th ns of local interest.
Ne* erry Branch:
Computers: Learning The
Ropes Wednesday, January
16th, 6:00 p.m. Want to
increase your computer
comfort level? This beginner's
tutorial will cover the basics
of using a Windows-based
computer, as well as how to
operate some of the more
popular software applications.
Vean R. Seeger, Inc.,
A HIGH-QUALITY PAINTING COMPANY
Alachuta, FL 352-316-4547
ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY' RELIGION THURSDAY, JANUARY 03, 2008 A3
Christs Second Advent is Guaranteed
pecial to Alachua County Today
Tradition holds that the Sundays
Advent are the appropriate time to
ach on death, judgment and last
s. Advent prepares us to enter
.hristmas season with thought
piritual preparation, but that is
S 11. Advent is also a season
duw,g which the Church is to make
ready for Christ's Second
Coming-His Second Advent-
when He will come again with glory
to judge the quick and the dead. It is
described as a frightful time for
those who are not ready for His
return. The twenty-first chapter of
the Gospel of Saint Luke, we are
given the description of the End
Times at Christ's Second Coming:
"And there shall be signs in the
sun, and in the moon, and in the
stars, and upon the earth distress of
nations, with perplexity, the sea and
the waves roaring, men's hearts
failing them for fear, andfor looking
after those things which are coming
on the Farth. For the powers of
heaven shall be shaken. And then
they shall see the Son of man coming
in a cloud with power and great
glory. And when these things begin
to come to pass, then look up, and lift
ap your heads, for your redemption
draweth nigh "
We see and hear many news
stories that the end is near. Or
tensions in the Middle East are on
the rise, leading to more theorizing
on The End Times. At the beginning
of this century we had Y2K but did
you know that there was also a
Y1K? Then, it was feared that the
Anti-Christ would be revealed and
take vengeance on the Church by
entering into it as a leader and
deceiving the masses to follow him.
But aren't we above such
superstitious fears in our day and
age? We are more advanced than
those folks in medieval days who
believed in fairy tale
images of devils with
horns and pitch forks.
But the historic
of our day. May the
pulpits be put to
silence and may God's
Word speak for us this
Advent. His Word
does not tell us to fear
myths or man, but The Ven.J
rather to fear standing, Leasure
unprepared, in His All Saints
Holy Presence, on the ChuA parish,
day of His Return. Christian I
Christ's Second Church
Advent is guaranteed,
but like Noah's flood, it will come
without waming.to those who reject
Scripture states that there will be
signs in the sun, moon, and stars.
This is a universal judgment This is
God revealing Himself at that great
and final day. When unbelievers'
hearts fail, the Church will be
comforted. And where does this
comfort come from at a time like
this? It comes in God's Holy Word:
"...that by the comfort of thy
Holy Worad we may embrace and
ever hold fast, the blessed hope of
everlasting life, which thou hast
given us in our Saviour Jesus
Hope is in Christ-comfort is in
God's Holy Word. Christ cannot be
known separated from His Word,
and comfort in this life will never be
complete until God's Word is heard,
read, marked, and inwardly
digested. We are told in Romans,
chapter 15, that the
written for our
learning, that we,
through patience and
the comfort of the
have hope. The last
great virtue to carry
the broken hearted
person to the loving
arms of Christ is
Hope. The world
lhn E. blows out a candle
and throws a penny in
nglican a fountain for a wish;
inesville. God's people open the
the Word of God and find
St. Luke ends his
apocalyptic vision of the Last Days
with the heart-calming words of
Christ, "Verily I say unto you ...
Heaven and Earth shall pass away;
but my words shall not pass away."
Though the Earth be shaken,
there is something greater than all of
our perceived problems and that is
the comfort of God's Word. The
Second Advent of Christ is only
fearful for those who are without the
comfort of God's Word and without
the hope of everlasting life given in
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
I pray that you will follow the
guidance that makes the Word of
God yourAdvent hope and comfort.
That. cannot happen if your Bible
gathers dust on the coffee table, or is
lodged on a book shelf. It must be
heard, read, marked, learned, and
inwardly digested, becoming a
living book, indistinguishable from
our own thoughts and intents of the
heart. Let us dwell upon God's
comforting Word, let Christ's Words
live in our heart, allow Christ to
dwell in your hearts by Faith-let
the Word of God be your comfort
and hope, always.
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s at these local events
EHope Community Baptist
Church Start off 2008 with SHARE YOUR
some great blue grass gospel U EET
music! The Blue Grass CHURCHE VENTS
Prophets will be at Hope Let everyone know
Community Baptist Church about special activities
13719 NW 146th Ave., your church has on the
Alachua, on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. horizon. Call (386) 462-
Call 386-496-2851 if you need 33r55, ax (386) 462-4569
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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
C H: l T C CENTRAL
"Building Life Together"
Located at 14200 NW 1.48th Place
Downtown Alachua (in the old jPost Office)
meet at various times during the week.
2(1l ibaint anslican CtUrtbl
SA parish of the Christian Episcopal Church
Where worship is our central act
Where the apostolic tradition is upheld
Where we kneel to pray
* Where worshipful music is the standard
Where traditional liturgy is the norm
Where the Holy Scriptures
Where 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
Come Join Us
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
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 11a.m., 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.
Calvary Baptist Church
Hwy 441 1-1/2 miles South ofAlachua
Sunday 10 am., 11 am. & 6 p.m.
Wednesday 7 p.m.
Verse by Verse Preaching
Traditional Christian Music
Pastor Marty Basinger (386) 462-2966
CHRISTIAN FAMILY WORSHIP
CENTER AND BIBIE COLLEGE
Dr. Lloyd S. Williams, Pastor & Founder
220 NE First Avenue, P.O. Box 2187
High Springs, FL 32655
Church: (386) 454-2367 Home: (386) 454-8251
Cell: (386) 344-0058
Contemporary Praise & Worship
Bible Study at 9:30 a.m.
Worship at 10:45 a.m.
16916 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs
Visit us at Sidney Lanier School, located at 312 NW 16 Ave. (Near Burger King, Comer of Main & 16thAve.)
* Congregational Prayer: 10 am. Praise & Worship: 10:30 am. Morning Service: 11 am.
Children's Church: 11 a.m. Bible Study: Wed Evening 7 p.m.
Bible Study location announced Sunday For information call: (352) 318-2208
'Chrstian cLife Fellowship CHRIST'S ANGLICAN CHURCH
Assembly of God ... seeking the Lord as He
Contemporary Worship/Ministry- All Ages wills to be found ...
Sunday: SS 9:30 a.mJWorship 10:30 am. 323 S.W. County Road 778
Wed. 7 p.m./Children/Youth/Adults High Springs, Florida 32643
19817 W. Newberry Rd. (4 mi. E. of (386) 454-1845
Newberry, 4 mi. W. of Jonesville) www.anglican-fellowship.org
clfest(352) 472-5433g SUNDAY WORSHIP 10 a.m.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF ALACHUA
IMPAC INGC One Block east of Main Street in Alachua
OEM= M= __(386) 462-1337
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 10:45 a.m. Worship
Wednesday: 6 7:30 p.m. Children's Ministries, Youth Activities
and Choir Rehearsal 6:15-7:15 p.m. Mid-Week Bible Study
First Presbyterian First United Methodist
Church Chure f A.
of Alachua ac ua 3
Rev. Virginia McDariel S 462
14623 NW 140 Str et Jef Rev. h & Children'sr
(386) 462-1549 ey,i 30 .m. & 11am.
Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship Srvice M chool9:45 a.m.
10:30 a.m. Nursery provide(, St d t Events, 4:30 p.m.
www.firstpresalachua.oIg ...-e /chuafumc
First United Methodist Church
Hwy 441 S, High Springs
Sunday School: 10 a.m.,
Contemporary Worship: 8:45 a.m.,
Traditional Worship: 11 a.m.,
Youth Fellowship: 5p.m.
Wed. Youth Fellowship 6:45 p.m.
Church offers transportation to & from services.
Youth/Childrens Director: Holly Erskine
Gary Eldred, Pastor (386) 454-1255
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.; Thesday: 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
Grace Community Church (PCA)
ANew Churd in WesternAladcua County
Pastor Ty Keys
New Location: 25705 SW 15 Avenue
in Newberry Elementary School Cafeteria
Worship: Sunday 9 am. Nursery provided.
For info go to www.gracecommunityPCAorg
Reaching Out with the Love of Christ by Lfting Up
the Name of Christ-Come hear the Doctrines of Grace
Hare Krishna Templ
International Society for Krishiaa
Consciousness (ISKCON 7
Founder Acarya His Divine t(race
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prnbhupada
3 miles northofAlachua on StatU Road 235
Sunday Services 3:15-7 p.m.: Lecture,
. meditation, chanting, and free vegetarian
feast. Open to the public. (386) 462-2017
Legacy baptist Church
n Sunday Services at The'Alachua Women's
Club. 255 S. Main St., Alachua
Children's Sunday School 9:30 am
Church Service 10:30 am
Family Bible Study 6:30 pm
Pastor John Jernigan (386)454-5529
New,St. Mary Missionary
13800 NE 158th Avenue, Alachua 32616
Rev. Daniel H: McNish, Pastor
Phone & FAX (386) 462-7129
Services: Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship 11 a&m.-lst, 2nd, 3rd Sunday
Quarterly 11 am. 4th Sun. Birthday Rally
Service; Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer
Meeting & Bible Study
St. Bartholomew's ,,
Sunday Services at 10 a.m.
105 NW 2nd St. (next door
to High Springs City Hall)
Father David Kidd
-,iss p.m. fl
Minter: Wayne Rodgers (386)454-2930
Living Hope in Christ
1120 S. Main Street, High Springs
Located on Hwy 27 across fivm Tumnblemania
Hour of Power Sun. 9 a.m., Sunday School 10 am.,
Morning Worship 11 am.; 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays
Evening Services 4 p.m.; Prayer & Bible Study
Tues. 7 p.m.; Street Ministry every 4th Sat. 10,a.m.
Pastor Larry Cannady, Sr. (386) 454-4169
ist your Place of
.all (386) 462-3355
>r more information.
Miiacle Restoration &
HU1nmu1e ot PraverIl
North Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
25330 NW CR239 (1/4 mi north of CR236)
(386) 462-3317 email@example.com
Rev. EdwinA. Gardner, Pastor
Sun. Breakfast 9:30 a.m.; 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 7p.m.
Your search for friendly church has ended
St. John's United
Open Arms, Loving Hearts
& 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 3864624454
Pastor* Mike Lee
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)
Sunday 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
H Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
Youth Service Wed. 7:30 p.m.
Senior Pastors: Edwin & Angela Anderson
16710 NW US 441 Between High Springs & Alachua
List your Place of
Call (386) 462-3355
for more information.
St. Madeleine Catholic Church
Mass Schedule: Saturday Vigil 5 p.m.,
Sunday 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.,
Tuesday 7 p.m., Weekdays Mon, Wed
and Fri 8:30 a.m. No Mass Thursday.
Confession: Saturday 45 min. prior to
Mass or anytime on request
3210 N.E. Santa Fe Boulevard
(U.S. Hwy. 441), High Springs
"We know that in all things
we are more than
Conquerors. We are
Champions." Romans 8:37
New Oak Grove Baptist Church
Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 am.,
Evening Service 6 p.m.
Wednesday Fellowship Meal 6 p.m.
Prayer Mtg/Bible Study 7 p.m.
RAs, GAs & Students 7 p.m.
Terry Elixson, Jr., Pastor
386-462-3390 18105 NW 262 Avenue
Assembly of God
Located at 14200 NW 148th Place
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Children's Church 11:30 a.m.
Adult & Children Bible Study 7 p.m.
Consumed Youth Service 7 p.m.
Nursery provided for all services.
Pastor Greg Evans 352-870-7288
A4 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, JANUARY 03, 2008
Continued from page A 1
Native plant landscaping encouraged
Stormwater often carries the
waste produced in a
community every day to the
same springs, rivers and lakes
area citizen enjoy for
recreation. Meanwhile, aging
septic systems have a
propensity to leach even more
nitrates and harmful
chemicals into the aquifer.
Once the stormwater and
wastewater makes it into the
aquifer, groundwater and
springs, the area's drinking
water has already been
threatened said Byrd,
In older cities is there is no
way to drain the stormwater.
Whatever the residents do on
land goes into the drinking
water, according to Byrd.
"One gallon of gas spilled on
the surface can contaminate a
lot of water."
As most people know, bad
habits are the hardest to
change. But Florida's
legislators are taking
measures now in hopes of
controlling fertilizer usage.
A new fertilizer rule
passed in the 2007 legislative
session established a
Consumer Fertilizer Task
Force. The rule was affective
as of July 2007 and requires
reformulation of fertilizers
sold in Florida labeled for
urban turfs or lawns.
The Task Force has the
responsibility of developing
governing the use of
nonagricultural fertilizer in
light of water quality impacts.
There is a concern among
some officials that
groundwater pollution in
northern Alachua County will
contaminate the Santa Fe
The Santa Fe River
Springs Basin Working Group
is identifying ways to protect
It is proposed that
developers use native plants
because they do not require
pesticides and the high
maintenance routines that
Saint Augustine grass entails.
In an effort to protect the
Santa Fe River, Alachua
County is also considering the
use of high performance septic
systems because conventional
septic systems in most homes
do not eliminate nitrogen.
High performance septic tanks
are expensive, but they deal
with the nitrogen problem and
allow homeowners to employ
water reuse for irrigation and
"A couple thousand dollars
is not a big deal when it comes
to keeping our environment
.healthy. We must insist on
development that is friendly to
springs and lakes," Byrd said.
The Alachua County
Department has added nearly
40 testing wells and data-
points to determine the areas
which need the most
Alachua County Water
Quality Manager Robin
Hallbourg said that they
anticipate a complete mapping
of springs head delineation in
January. The wells and springs
will be sampled for major
nutrients and ions to
determine which fertilizers
and other activities are
contributing to nitrate
But getting the entire
county involved in coming up
with a universal program to
protect the Santa Fe River and
its springs can be challenging.
"We need Alachua, High
Springs and Newberry
municipalities to cooperate
with us," said Byrd.
The county's environ-
mental protection department
is hoping to fix this collective
action problem by adopting
local land development
regulations (LDRs), but there
are some dissenters to their
Fay Baird, from the Santa
Fe River Working Group said,
"My question is why they are
using an LDR over
Comprehensive Plan legisla-
Comprehensive Plan legis-
lation would provide the
framework for developing
planned local government
control of land use.
But the environmental
protection department stands
by their decision.
"We feel that we can move
forward more successfully
doing LDRs than making a
Comp Plan because we want
to do something county wide
to protect the springs and
lakes," Hallbourg said.
Ongoing support from the
Suwannee River Water
Management District and
Department could help
Alachua County improve its
water quality and levels.
Although this area may
have its share of problems,
local leaders are learning from
the mistakes of South Florida
and the Everglades, Byrd said.
"It's not too late for this
area to clean up."
# # #
By DAN REID
NEWBERRY As the City of Newberry is
looking toward the future, along with keeping an
eye on its historical past, one Newberry
Commissioner is hopeful the city will appoint a
board for a proposed historical committee.
Commissioner Lois Forte said forming an
historical committee would help Newberry keep
its historic district alive and allow residents to
become aware of issues that have significant
historical importance. She notes the old
historical committee in the city was gradually
vanishing because of the emergence of the Main
Street program. According to Forte, there's been
no word on if and when an historical committee
board will be appointed.
City planner Lowell Garrett said a hist
committee would benefit Newberry becau
would alleviate some of the historic dit ct
related issues the Planning and Zoning Board are
currently looking at. And an historical board
would help Newberry more easily obtain grants
to buy or renovate historic buildings.
Newberry Mayor John Glanzer said the old
historical committee consisted of a caretaker's
capacity to oversee Newberry's historical nature.
He's skeptical about the formation of a new
committee because of the difficulties of
recruiting dedicated volunteers.
"We're a small town and getting volunteers
to do something is difficult," said Glanzer.
# # #
Michael Maurice Daniels of
High Springs died Wednesday,
December 26, 2007. He was
Michael was a graduate of
Santa Fe High School. He was
employed with Hardee's and
Camp Kulaqua. He was a
member of Miracle Temple
Survivors include his
mother, Vivian Daniels of High
Springs; sister, Jennifer Jones
of High Springs; aunt, Ruthel
Williams of Gainesville;
uncles, Johnnie L. (Evelyn)
Daniels of Alachua, Elbert
Lewis Daniels of Gainesville,
and Robert Earl (Cecelia),
Daniels of High Springs; and a
host of cousins and friends.
Funeral Services will be
held Saturday, January 5, 2008
at Williams Tabernacle Church
of God. by Faith at 11 a.m.,
Elder James Williams, Pastor
Dr. Freddie Hickmon Eulogist.
Burial will be in Pine Hill
Visitation will be Friday,
January 4, 2008 from 7-8 p.m.
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Acie D. James
Acie D. James, husband of
Louise James, passed away on
Sunday, December 23, 2007.
He was 88.
Funeral services were held
on Saturday, December 29,
2007 at Bethlehem United
Methodist Church, Rev.
Pastor/Eulogist. Burial with
Military Honor followed in
Arrangements entrusted to
A. Jerome Brown Funeral
Home, High Springs,
Bill Yarbrough, longtime
Alachua resident, passed away
Saturday, December 29, 2007 at
the VA Medical Center,
Gainesville. He was 82.
Mr. Yarbrough. was a World
War II veteran having served in
the U.S. Army, retired City of
Alachua policeman, and served
as a security guard at Alachua
General Hospital. He also
worked as a lineman with
Florida Power Corp. He was of
the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife,
Bernice Yarbrough of Alachua;
one son, William (Carol)
Yarbrough of Lawtey; one
daughter, Judy (Buster)
Townsend of High Springs; one
sister, Belle Boland of High
Springs; five grandchildren;
seven great grandchildren and
two great great grandchildren.
Graveside services were
held Wednesday, January 2,
2008 at Forest Grove Cemetery
with Brother Royce Hanshew
Visitation was on Tuesday,
Januaiy 1, 2008 from 6-8 p.m.
at Evans-Carter Funeral Home,
Obituaries: The obituaries
in this section are considered
news and are published free
of charge by Alachua County
Today. Obituaries may be
edited for style, space and
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CERTAIN PROPERTY INTO
THE CITY OF ALACHUA,
The City ofAlachua City Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed
ordinance on January 14, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in the
Commission Chambers of the new City Hall, at 15100 NW 142 Terrace,
The ordinance title is as follows:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ALACHUA, FLORIDA,
EXTENDING THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF
ALACHUA, FLORIDA TO INCLUDE CERTAIN LANDS LYING
CONTIGUOUS TO THE EXISTING CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE
CITY; PROVIDING THAT ALL EXISTING LAWS, ORDINANCES,
RULES AND REGULATIONS SHALL APPLY IN SAID AREA;
PROVIDING THAT THE PROPERTY LAND INHABITANTS ARE
SUBJECT TO EXISTING INDEBTEDNESS AND LIABLE FOR
TAXATION; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE (McGINLEY
PARCEL NUMBERS 05893-000-000 and 05893-001-000)
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At the public hearing all interested parties may appear and be heard with
respect to the proposed ordinance. Copies of the proposed ordinance and related
materials are available for public inspection at the Planning and Community
Development Department, 15100 N.W 142nd Terrace, on any regular business
day between the hours of 8:00 a.m, to 4:30 p.m. the Thursday prior to the City
Commission meeting. Written comments on the proposed ordinance may
be sent to the following address: City of Alachua, Planning and
Community Development Department, P.O. Box 9, Alachua FL 32616.
Notice is given pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, that in order to
appeal any decision made at these public hearings, you will need to ensure that
a verbatim record is made. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities
Act, any persons with a disability requiring reasonable accommodation in order
to participate in this meeting should call the City Clerk at (386) 462-1231 at
least 48 hours prior to the public hearing.
(Publish: Alachua County Today December 27,2007, January 03,2008
and January Q12008)
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back city's historical committe
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YEAR IN REVIEW: Moe's Southwest Grill, Domino's and maybe Starbucks to locate in Alachua
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contribute to the special
retirement. The move ca
after political activist Char
Grapski and University
Florida Professor and Attor
Joseph Little forward
documents to the St
indicating Watson was
longer working as a pol
officer. Watson and
attorney, Rod Smith, argue 1
the law allows for contin
participation in the special
class even after leaving
police officer position.
matter has not been resolved
Spencer Norton and Willi
Sparks are arrested in Texas
connection with the robbery
the Ameris Bank located
25365 West Newberry Roac
A firebomb explodes on
roof of the Alachua Sports P
No one was injured during
An ordinance that requi
sexual offenders or predators
notify the City of Newberr
they are moving into the are;
enacted by Newbe
Commissioners. The ordina
requires a sexual predator
live at least 1,500 feet fror
protected place where child
congregate, while sex
offenders are required to liv
least 1,000 feet from a protec
Alachua County Sherii
Office deputies arrest 41-ye
old Michael Arrington
connection with the murder
his brother, Carl, in Newbe:
Arrington was released fr
jail in September after
attorney argued that th
wasn't enough exist
evidence to hold him in j
State Attorney's Off
spokesperson Spencer Ma
said at the time that the char
of second degree murder
first degree murder char
against him had not be
Alachua resident a
Special Olympics coach Jo
Brown and Hamilton Count
Mike Cohen met with Presid
George W. Bush during
Special Olympics recognit
celebration at the White Hou
Thousands of dollars in fc
and audio equipment is sto
from Santa Fe High Schc
Alachua Police arrest f(
teenagers for their role in
burglary, along with ot]
burglaries that occurred withi
few hours of the schi
Officials in the City
Alachua cut the ribbon on a
million municipal comp
some 20 months af
construction began. T
ceremony marked the offic
opening of the town's new C
Hall and Police Stati,, 1T
buildings boast a '
28,000 square feet and state-
risk High Springs Mayor Tom
ime DePeter resigns from the city
rles commission to assume the city
of attorney's position, vacated by
ney retiring Jim Pendland. DePeter
ded had served on the commission
tate since 2004. Mayor Pro Tern
no Larry Travis replaced DePeter
lice as Mayor.
that Political activist Charles
ued Grapski was arrested Aug. 13
risk on several counts of battery on
the law enforcement officers after
The allegedly refusing to leave the
t. Alachua Police Department
when asked and then resisted
iam officers who attempted to arrest
s in him.
of Grapski was later charged
at with similar crimes by Alachua
I in County Sheriff's Office
(ACSO) Department of the Jail
officers when he apparently
the refused to be strip searched
ub. prior to being placed into the
the general jail population. In all,
Grapski racked up a $60,000
ires A judge ordered Grapski to
s to undergo a mental health
y if evaluation. The political
a is activist's bond was reduced
:rry significantly after he embarked
nce on an apparent hunger strike.
to Officials with the State
n a Attorney's office said they
ren agreed to the bond reduction to
ual get Grapski out of jail because
e at he was costing the County
ted thousands in medical expenses,
especially after being taken to
an area hospital.
off's As a condition of his release
-ar- from Jail, Grapski was ordered
in to continue psychiatric
of treatment and, stay away from
rry. Alachua City Hall and Police
om Department. Grapski still faces
his the charges although he is out
ere on a bond of $1,500.
ail. Former Newberry
Fice Commissioner Andrew Karelas
inn is arrested on charges of
ges attempted sexual battery on a
and minor and lascivious
ges molestation against a child less
een than 12 years of age in both
Marion and Alachua Counties.
Later, Karelas was arrested in
Flagler County on charges of
nd lewd and lascivious molestation
)hn against a minor.
ent Archer residents and city
a leaders gathered on Aug. 25. to
ion break ground on the Archer
se. Community Center project.
Area resident Norita Davis
)od donated $100,000 to the project
len located on a five-acre parcel at
)ol. the corner of Church Street and
our U.S. Highway 27/41.
n a High Springs Police
ool Department (HSPD) Chief Ray
Kaminskas dies from an
apparent heart attack while
of dining with his family at an
$7 Alachua restaurant. Kaminskas
lex had served with the HSPD for
'ter four years as its top
'ity City of Alachua
Fhe commissioners agreed to close a
led portion of NW 152nd Place to
of- pave the way for a Walgreens
pharmacy. As a condition of the
closing, commissioners ordered
that pedestrian traffic between
Main Street and County Road
241 must be allowed to traverse
Jacksonville resident Joshua
Smith dies in an early morning
crash on U.S. 441 near the 1-75
entrance ramp. Smith's truck
ran a red light and collided with
a semi-truck driven by 60-year-
old William Ryan.
The Ivy House Restaurant
opened its doors on Alachua's
Main Street. The renowned
restaurant has had a successful
run in Williston, where it's been
since 1993. The Alachua site is
a second location for the
popular eatery which features
select resident Terry Maltbie to
assume the commission seat
previously held by Tom
Alachua County Today first
learned that Moe's Southwest
Grill and Domino's were both
planning to place restaurants in
Alachua. Starbucks was also on
the list to locate in Alachua
although the company will not
comment on proposed new sites
as a matter of company policy.
All three of the companies were
to locate in a strip of new
buildings along U.S. Highway
441 near Hitchcock's Market.
Horseback riders protested
the removal of laurel oak trees
in River Rise Preserve near
O'Leno State Park. Rising
tensions between park officials
and equestrian riders sparked
State Representative Debbie
Boyd to get involved. Boyd
called a meeting between
conservationists, the horse
riders and State park officials
which ultimately led to a
resolution suitable to all
Lois Forte and
in this year's
High Springs resident
Raymond Brown, 73, is found
dead inside his home on 625
South Main Street. HSPD said
Brown died of a gunshot wound
to the stomach.
Owners of Beef '0' Brady's
in Gainesville confirmed that
they intend to open another of
the restaurants in Alachua near
arraigned on four felony
charges and one misdemeanor
charge including resisting an
officer with violence, battery on
law enforcement officers and
trespassing. Grapski was not
present at the arraignment, but
instead was in Tallahassee filing
an appeal on a case challenging
the City of Alachua's 2006
The City of Alachua 2006
election law suit filed first by
Eileen McCoy and later
spearheaded by Charles Grapski
was tossed out of court for the
final time on Oct. 25. A three
judge panel at the First District
Court of Appeals in Tallahassee
reaffirmed the lower court
ruling that the case was not filed
in a timely manner.
Lowe's, the home
improvement giant, confirmed
that it intended to build one of
its stores in the City of Alachua.
Many residents learned details
of the company's plans during a
neighborhood workshop in
October. The company plans to
build the 170,500 square-foot
store on 23 acres along U.S.
Highway 441 near the Food
Lion shopping plaza.
Former High Springs
Commissioner Bill Coughlin is
elected to another term on the
commission after soundly
defeating High Springs resident
Dick Williams mnd former Plan
Board member Gene Levine.
Coughlin, who also served as
Mayor of High Springs from
2002 to 2003, collected 256
votes, while Williams and
Levine garnered 139 and 118
High Springs Resident and
Alachua County Sheriff's
Office (ACSO) Captain Jim
Troiano was demoted to Patrol
Division lieutenant. Alachua
County Sheriff Sadie Darnell
denied that the move was
politically motivated, but
Troiano was once considered a
contender for the Sheriff's
position. In a 16-page
administrative inquiry, a few
ACSO employees gave their
account of Troiano's alleged
poor behavior and management
style. The same report noted
that several employees said they
had never seen Troiano act in an
Two fugitives who escaped
from the Department of
Corrections Reception Medical
Center in Lake Butler are
captured by Florida Highway
Patrol Troopers in High
An HSPD police cruiser Alachua commissioners
meets a fiery demise after the voted to deny a proposed
unattended vehicle caught on concrete batch plant which
fire while the ignition switch would have been located at
was on. The cruiser's driver, Hipp Construction. The
Officer Deborah Holley, was application for a special
conducting traffic at a crash exception by Trinity Materials,
scene when the fire occurred. LLC was denied after five hours
She suffered no injures from the of questioning and review.
incident. Commissioners denied the
request on the basis that it was
Charles Grapski was not compatible with
concerns over noise and
because it was inconsistent with
BRYAN BOUKARI/Alachua County Today
p'diddles, a caf6 on Alachua's Main Street, celebrated the
ground breaking on a second location slated for Progress
the City's 2005 Land
Inc. and Tutogen Medical, Inc.
announced plans in November
to merge. Both biomedical
companies are considered
jewels in Alachua's Progress
Corporate Park. The stock-for-
stock merger is worth some
The inventor of Gatorade,
Dr. Robert Cade, died at 80.
Cade was a member of the
Alachua Lions Club and an area
resident. Dr. Cade was best
known for his work leading to
the development of Gatorade,
but he was also known for his
vast collection of Studebaker
automobiles and philanthropy.
p'diddles, a cafd on
Alachua's Main Street,
celebrated the ground breaking
on a second location slated for
Progress Corporate Park. The
groundbreaking also marked the
construction of Progress One
and Progress Two spec
Blanch Parker, 84, of Archer
was elected to the Archer City
Commission after running
uncontested for the vacant seat.
Parker has long been involved
in community recognition
projects and a community
The Alachua Chamber of
Commerce donated $39,000 to
the Alachua Recreation Center
for a new gymnasium floor.
The donation was just the latest
given by the Alachua Chamber
A car crash in Newberry
claims the. lives of two
Newberry High School
students. Kaitlyn Bailey and
Jacklyn Wiencek, both 16 years
of age and juniors at the school,
were remembered by
administrators and teachers as
positive role models and
A Municipality Fire
Authority (MFA) got the City of
Alachua, the final among its list
of prospective members, to
commit to the new organization.
The MFA is intended to act as a
negotiating unit on behalf of
various municipalities and the
Alachua County Fire Rescue.
Editor's Note: For the
heartland communities, there
have been so many "big"
stories in 2007. From the
never-ending political sagas to
developments and restaurants
dotting the landscape, 2007
brought an abundance of news.
From the opening of Alachua's
City Hall to the death of the
High Springs Police Chief in
2007, the heartland
communities have seen
tribulations, trials and triumphs
alike. But just as with every
year, during 2007, thousands of
folks were touched by the
several) hundred stories that
topped Alachua County Today's
headlines. Given that the "big"
story of any year ultimately
depends on the reader, we hope
to present those stories that we
believe have generated the most
interest, whether through angst,
anger or joy in 2007.
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office by City Mnager Jim Drumm in November.
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Best of Ellen Boukari
As most readers of this column
know, I'm a huge fan of holidays,
vacations and plain old down time.
Vacations are nice they are
calming (or should be) and they can
be as costly or as inexpensive, as
hectic or as relaxed as the
vacationer chooses. Time away
from the daily grind provides an
opportunity for our minds and our
bodies to become rejuvenated and
to keep us from going over the
But as with all good things,
vacations must come to an end, and
then it's time to head back to work,
because as with most things in life,
excess is bad and moderation is
good. If a glance at the calendar, or
a gentle nudge from a spouse isn't
reminder enough that it's time to
head back to the grindstone, there
are a few additional indicators that
might tip one off.
Time slippage The gradual, but
ever so real loss of time perception
is a sure tip off that vacation time
should be'drawing to a close. The
first day of vacation is marked by
the alarm sounding at the usual
hour, bright and early. The freshly
awakened vacationer is out of bed
and completely dressed in 10
minutes, in time to watch the sun
rise. Ahh...how relaxing.
By day two, sleeping in for a few
minutes can surely be harmless and
there is certainly no damage in
staying up a bit later than usual.
However, by day five
the new pattern is
now, the alarm clock is
nowhere to be found,
and neither are the house
slippers that were
between 2 and 4 a.m. as
the late, late show was
moving into hour three.
The sun is high in the
sky and the television is Boukar
blaring something about
the midday news break. The
bathrobe is still stained with last
night's spaghetti sauce as is a drop
of maple syrup from breakfast the
Houseclean fever The bizarre
actions displayed by someone who
could be mistaken for a cross
between Mr. Clean and the Jetson's
Rosie .the maid stealthily surveying
each room, armed with Formula
409 in one hand and a spray bottle
of chlorine bleach and a cleaning
rag in the other. Children and pets
run when this manifestation of
sanitary meets insanity enters the
room. No room, no nook, no
cranny is safe from this cleaning
on terminus Bleary
eyes, loss of verbal
and couch potato
positioning are the
telltale signs of this
malady that results
from watching endless
reruns of the Fresh
Prince of Bel-Air,
C.S.I., I Love Lucy and
The Andy Griffith
cracked If it can be
baked, basted, boiled,
broiled or braised, it is now
crammed in the refrigerator. The
pantry is empty, save the two cans
of Fancy Feast Seafood Gourmet
cat food, and given one more day of
mindless vacation, there's no
guarantee "that won't end up in the
crockpot with the carrot that slipped
behind the refrigerator's vegetable
crisper. All the Tupperware
containers, Glad disposable food
savers and Cool-Whip tubs are
stacked neatly in the freezer, filled
with newly tried recipes spawned
from the cooking frenzy that has
practically depleted the entire
state's supply of milk, eggs and
Hamburger Helper. In fact, even
Mother Hubbard's dog would be
searching for better living
arrangements if he were to venture
into this bastion of homemaking
gone bad. "
The real hint that vacation time
is no longer fulfilling its intended
purpose is when one just can't slip
into that mindfully relaxed state for
which one is searching. There is a
battle of wills raging between
cleaning the cracks in the driveway,
sauteing the dill pickles in Fancy
Feast Seafood Gourmet and
wondering if Leave it to Beaver
will ever be regarded as a literary
work of art.
It's time to call it a day; head
back to work and deal with the
pressing issues of life, such as
where in the heck is that alarm
Ahhh, it's good to be back from
over the edge.
Agree, disagree, don't care?
Contact Ellen via email at
remember, if you don't want your
mama to read it, don't send it!
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ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY CRIME STOPPERS MOST WANTED THURSDAY, JANUARY 03, 2008 A/
High Springs Police
The information below has
been compiled based on police
reports provided by the High
Springs Police Department.
"High Springs resident Essa
Houston reported to High Springs
Police Department officers that a
bicycle was stolen from her
residence at 23718 NW 178th
Place during the afternoon of
*First Wok owner Ru Yi Zheng
reported to High Springs Police
Department officers that the rear
door was pried open at his
business at 20201 U.S. 441 during
the overnight hours of Dec. 18.
According to police, no items
*High Springs resident Mary
Forrester reported to High
Springs Police Department
officers that her purse was stolen
from her shopping cart at Winn-
Dixie on Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. The
purse was later found and given
back to Forrester.
*Rashmi Patel, who owns the
Cadillac Motel at 406 NW Santa
Fe Boulevard, reported to High
Springs Police Department
officers that a lawn tractor was
stolen from his business during
the overnight hours of Dec. 22.
There are no suspects or
witnesses at this time.
*High Springs resident Raynyoda
Jackson reported to High Springs
Police Department officers that
$70 was stolen from a wallet that
she left on the counter of the
Island Food Store at 605 NE
Santa Fe Boulevard during the
afternoon hours of Dec. 25.
Continued fiom page A 1
Driver was not wearing seatbelt
the street before
slamming into the trees.
After rescue personnel
arrived, Weincek was
pronounced dead on the
scene. Investigators said
the victim was not
wearing a seatbelt at the
time of the accident.
FHP Captain Coby
Fincher said the
preliminary stages of the
investigation indicate the
crash was alcohol
related. According to
Fincher, investigators are
still trying to determine
the cause of the accident,
along with compiling a
list of possible witnesses
who were near the area at
the time Weincek's death
Traffic was blocked
on 143rd Street for
Just weeks prior,
Jacklyn and her friend
Kaitlyn Bailey, both 16,
died after the 2007
Chevrolet Cobalt Bailey
was driving collided with
a tree on U.S. 27 in
Newberry. The accident
Wiencek and Bailey
happened one mile south
of State Road 26 on U.S.
27 just after 3 p.m. on
Friday Dec. 7. Bailey
died that night, Weincek
died on Dec. 11.
# # #
Sponore byLACUA OUNY CIMESTOPER-v &ALAHUTCOUTPEODA
A message from the desk of
Sheriff Sadie Darnell
What is Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers began in
Albuquerque, New Mexico, in
September 1976. It is a partnership
of the community, the media and
law enforcement designed to
combat crime and keep our streets
Oftentimes, members of the
public have information that can
help solve a crime. Those are the
people who can call Crime
Stoppers anonymousl y and provide
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a tip that will help investigators opportunity to provide information However, those tips do put law
identify the person or. persons without directly speaking to police enforcement officials on the right
responsible for the crime. or having to testify in court. track to solve crimes.
In any investigation, police and Obviously investigators need Cash rewards from Crime
other law enforcement agencies witnesses to help prove their case Stoppers also motivate some
encounter individuals who will not in court, but most importantly they people to call anonymously with
directly provide information. The need information that allows them information that will be vital to
three key reasons are: to zero in on a suspect or a criminal investigators. Callers can also
Fear of reprisal operation such as a drug trafficking remain anonymous and be eligible
An attitude of apathy network. for a reward of up to $1,000 for
Reluctance to get involved. Tips given to Crime Stoppers information leading to an arrest by
Crime Stoppers breaks through do not give police the evidence calling Crime Stoppers at 372-
these barriers by giving people the they require to arrest an individual. STOP (7867).
Make the Call,
Call (352) 372-Stop
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6'1", 160 lbs
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6', 150 Ibs
Possession of a
stance With Out
a Prescription (2
Deborah Oliver Joseph
Pomeray White Male,
White Female, 12/02/1978
01/20/1959 5'10", 150 Ibs
5'7", 110 lbs Brown Hair,
Red Hair, Blue Eyes
Possession of a
stance (3 Counts),
Possession of Drug
Fraudulent Use of
Passing a Forged
Roderick Deon John M.
Black Male, White Male,
6'2", 240 Ibs 5'11"
Black Hair, Brown Hair,
Brown Eyes Brown Eyes
Possession of Con-
W/O Violence Pos-
session of Metham-
1000 ft of Public
of Narcotic Equipment
Grand Theft III,
Deal In Stolen
Property X 9
Pawn Items X 9
6'6", 255 Ibs
Civil Order -
Leron J. Rodriquez
Owens Antonio Eddie
Black Male, Black Male,
5'10", UNK 5'08", 160 lbs
Weight Black Hair,
Black Hair, Brown Eyes
Civil Order -
Dorothy J. Sara K.
Black Female, Baptiste
4/8/73 Black Female,
Black Hair, 517.
Brown Eyes Black Hair,
Grand Theft III
Mehmet Oztin Thomas
White Male, Scully
06/29/1987 White Male,
Brown Hair, 5'07"
Currently Brown Eyes
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Review the pictures above. If you know the
location of any of these wanted individuals, please
contact the Combined Communications Center at
352-955-1818 or remain anonymous by calling
,Crime Stoppers at 352-372-STOP.
Callers are eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
DO NOT APPROACH OR ATTEMPT TO
APPREHEND ANY OF THESE INDIVIDUALS.
IF NECESSARY, CALL 911.
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A8 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, JANUARY 03, 2008
Hitchcock's pharmacies offer health
screenings for employees
owner Alan Hitchcock decided that his Newberry
.grocery store would benefit from a pharmacy, he
approached Eddie about the idea. According to
Leslie, it took five to six months after Eddie was
first approached about the idea before the
pharmacy opened its doors.
The next year, Hitchcock's opened its second
pharmacy at its new Alachua location. Once
again Hitchcock approached Brown for
assistance in starting the store's pharmacy. Since
then, Eddie primarily works at the Alachua
location, while Leslie mainly works in Newberry,
although the two alternate locations once a week.
Hitchcock credits the couple for the
pharmacies' success. He said they were both
instrumental in developing the pharmacies, along
with bringing their longtime customers to
"We feel good about the pharmacies thanks to
Eddie and Leslie."
Leslie noted both pharmacies have provided
health screenings for employees, along with
providing a healthy environment for store
employees to work in. "We wanted to make
Hitchcock's a healthy place all the around."
When he first came up with the idea of putting
pharmacies in Hitchcock's, Hitchcock said it was
important that the pharmacy promote a
neighborhood environment. He banked the
pharmacies' success on customers and
pharmacists having a personalized relationship
for prescription needs. Hitchcock feels his
stores' pharmacies have provided a comfortable
environment for customers. A third pharmacy is
in the planning stages for next year inside a new
Hitchcock's Market in Old Town.
BICYCLIST: Bicycle rela
Continued from page Al
reflectors or lights placed on their happened.
bike to help avoid tragedies like department
the one that occurred Wednesday. conflicting report
HSPD Lieutenant Gordon about Daniels'
Fulwood said the department is reflectors at th
continuing their investigation and incident.
that they plan to collect Wednesday's
statements from witnesses. He second time in r
noted traffic homicide bicyclist has
investigations take time because Springs' roads.
of the many variables that come former Univer
into place when incidents occur. Professor Gusta
When asked if drugs or alcohol 66, of Gaine
were a factor in the accident, stepson, 42-yeai
Fulwood said tests were Cupple, of Jupit
performed on Harris, and that bikes were stn
HSPD is awaiting the results of truck driven by
the tests that were sent to the Charles Ray Po
Florida Department of Law was sentenced
Enforcement (FDLE). charges of DUI
Charges against Harris are currently serving
still pending. sentence.
Fulwood said the HSPD is Earlier this
still looking into the possibility of Cincinnati r
Daniels using light reflectors on Dominion died
his bicycle when the accident collided with an
"You feel like you're at home in our
pharmacies," said Hitchcock.
Leslie has worked as a pharmacist for 23
years, while Eddie has 30 years experience in this
community. They say that handling insurance
matters have become more common over the
years. According to Eddie, insurance has
determined the price of prescription drugs, and
has forced pharmacies out of the equation when
considering drug prices.
In addition, Brown has seen the profession
become more reliant on technology. When he
was a student at the University of Florida College
of Pharmacy, Brown and his classmates were
never exposed to computers. Today, computers
are a vital tool for a pharmacist in helping
Leslie foresees the pharmacy profession
taking more of an active role in customers' health
care needs. In addition, she said pharmacists will
be trained to administer vaccines to patients,
along with advising them on healthy lifestyle
As a pharmacist for an independent drugstore,
she feels fortunate that she has personal
interaction with her customers. "I like it because
I get to help people and make a difference in their
Since opening the first pharmacy six-years
ago, Eddie is happy that both he and Leslie are
working for a company that wants to emphasize
customer service with a hometown feel for its
stores. "It's worked well for everyone. We feel
fortunate to be here."
# # #i
ted deaths have increased
He said the
ts form witnesses
bike having the
he time of the
s crash was the
ecent years that a
died on High
In February 2004,
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avo A. Antonini,
sville, and his
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uck by a GMC
rter. Porter, who
in May 2005 on
g a 15 year prison
d after his bike
in Alachua. 0
According to the Florida
Department of Highway Safety
and Motor Vehicles the number of
bicyclists killed on Florida roads
have increased. In 2006, 124
bicyclists died, compared to 119
in both 2005 and 2004. Ninety-
five and 108 bicyclists died in
2003 and 2002 respectively.
Fulwood cited drivers not
paying attention to the roads as
one of the reasons for the increase
in bike related deaths. However,
he said it's important to know the
facts behind the increase in
bicycle deaths before drawing
conclusions. Fulwood said
bicyclists need to take the proper
measures when sharing the road
"The bicyclists have to be
mindful that they are sharing the
roads with multi-thousand pound
Continued from page Al
Bedoya: Morrison brings innovation
Alachua Wal-Mart distribution center's Teacher
of the Year.
Despite all the accolades,. she remains
unassuming about the awards. "I was touched
and humbled. I had no words that could express
how I felt."
After hearing the news that she was the
recipient of the Irby award, Morrison was
pleasantly surprised about being honored. Once
it all sank in, Morrison was proud that her
colleagues at Irby recognized her as an educator
who was making a difference in children's lives.
She got her first taste of teaching while in
high school as a certified dance instructor for
preschool aged children. After earning degrees
from Maria College *in New York State, and
Arizona State University, Morrison worked as a
preschool teacher in Scottsdale. Once her
family, moved to Florida, she taught at
Millhopper Montessori and Norton Elementary
in Gainesville, before landing at Irby in the mid
As a first grade-teacher, Morrison is aware of
the importance of guiding students to future
academic success. "The rubber is hitting the
road here with science and reading," she said.
When asked what the differences are
between teaching preschool and elementary
students, she said preschool teaches children
socialization skills, while elementary school
emphasizes the core subjects of reading and
According to Morrison, the biggest
challenge she faces on a daily basis is dealing
with the different learning needs of students.
HILL: Watson: No
Continued from page A policy of pro
policy of pro
and cordial to department Before joinin:
employees. Jernigan was floored 2006, Hill was en
when he first got word of the the Florida H:
arrest. (FHP) and the I
"I was shocked to hear that, Wildlife Commiss
and I was certainly disappointed," to FHP spoke
said Jemigan. Burroughs, Hill
APD Officer Lisa Baldree, agency's Troop
who served as Hill's supervisor in Gainesville from
dispatching, said Hill was a August 2001.
dedicated employee who always officials with the
completed the tasks that were Wildlife Commi,
given to him. She said -everyone was an employe
in the department, including months in late 20(
herself, were shocked and Alachua City
surprised at the charges against Watson, Jr. said h
Hill. Baldree admits there's been by the events lea
a pall over APD since the arrest, arrest. Watson n
but said the department must personally, but hc
move forward. employees that
"We have to keep on going dependable empl
with a business as usual In wake of th
approach." said there are no
She said each student learns in a different
fashion, and that it's essential to have everyone
on the same page in all subjects being taught.
Morrison said being an important part of a
student's life, along with helping them reach
their goals are reasons why she enjoys teaching
children. "I love watching them grow and being
a part of their lives."
Irby principal Lina Bedoya said Morrison's
energy and happiness is noticeable. She notes
Morrison's enthusiasm, dedication and
innovation rubs off on her students.
"She makes learning so much fun for the
An example of Morrison's classroom
innovation is singing to students while teaching
them the basic concepts of math. As she's
singing, the students are learning math in a fun
and easy manner.
Out of the classroom, Morrison enjoys
spending time with her husband Steve, and their
two sons, Justin, 21, and Jeremy, 19. In her
spare time, she loves cooking Tex-Mex dishes.
One of her favorite recipes she makes for
family, friends, and colleagues is her zesty
Morrison said dealing with first graders
requires stamina, patience and understanding.
"It's a bundle of energy out there. It's like
trying to contain popcorn while popping."
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plans to change screening
g APD in May
nployed by both
Florida Fish &
worked at the
B unit in
October 1995 to
Florida Fish &
ssion said Hill
e for a several
.e was saddened
fading up to the
lever knew Hill
seard from APD
t he was a
e arrest, Watson
plans to change
the screening process of
prospective city employees. "The
policies we have in place are
Watson refused further
comment on Hill's arrest citing
Alachua County Sheriff's
Deputies' continuing investiga-
tion into the case. "It's ongoing
and it's not appropriate for me to
say anything at this time."
Deputies arrested Hill after
they interviewed the two female
victims he previously babysat at
his Newberry home. Investi-
gators say the incidents involving
Hill and the minors occurred from
1998 to last year.
Hill remains in the Alachua
County Jail on $400,000 bond.
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Panthers bit by injury bug first half of season
* Newberry boys soccer
is 3-4 at midway point
By CLIFF OLSEN
Today Sports Writer
T he 2007 portion of the 2007-
08 season for the Newberry
High School boys soccer
team hasn't been exactly
The Panthers are currently 3-4 at the
halfway point of their campaign, but
have already lost three players to
season-ending injuries limiting their
* Panthers 3-6 with three
matches remaining in the
By CLIFF OLSEN
Today Sports Writer
Although the Newberry High School girls
soccer team is currently 3-6 with just three
regular-season matches reaming, first year
head coach Takumi Sato has been pleased with
his team's progression
"The girls this winter'
continue t "As a team we've
continue t gotten better and we
work hard continue to improve
and we're despite what the results
impro ing,, may show," Sato said.
"The girls continue to
the score- work hard and we're
not reflect it,
seen a lot of
scoreboard may not
reflect it, but we've seen
a lot of strides."
Newberry has been
outscored 37-12 this
season and has been
shutout in four games.
But Sato said that his
team, which includes
four sophomores, five freshmen and several
first-time soccer players, has been trying to
overcome some inexperience.
But despite Newberry's youth and
immaturity the Panthers grew up and posted
two straight home wins during what was a
tough time at Newberry High School. On Fri.
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roster to just 13 players. Newberry was
also forced to play a majority of games
without two of its top seniors, who were
finishing up their time on the Panthers
But regardless, Newberry head coach
Rod Warner has put his teams' current
situation in perspective.
"It could be worse, I'm content with
where we're at considering the injuries
we have had," Warner said. "It's just
been one of those seasons, I can't
control the injuries, there is really
nothing I can do about it. But I'm real
happy witli my kids' effort, these guys
will keep coming at you."
In its season opening loss at Fort
White on Nov. 19, the Panthers lost
Justin Arters. Towards the end of the
first half, the junior forward suffered a
severe knee injury as he snapped his
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in
two, according to Wamer. Last season,
Arters led the Panthers with 16 goals. In
the same game, freshman Wesley
Beardslee broke his heal causing him to
most likely miss the rest of the season,
according to Warner.
Then in the District 3-3A rematch
with the Indians at Panther Stadium on
Dec. 13, Joey Hoffman went down.
Warner said that Hoffman broke his
right wrist in two places and will also sit
out the remainder of this season. The
good news from that night was that
Newberry won the match 1-0 on a goal
by Levonn Warren in the 26th minute.
Hoffman also showed his toughness on
the night as Warner said Hoffman still
played the final 35 minutes of action
after suffering the injury. Newberry has
also been without the services of Phillip
Warner and Josh Pardo, who were
helping the Panthers football team reach
the Class 2B state title game.
The lack of depth to an already young
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Raiders take Panama by storm
RICK BABSSTON/Alachua County Today
Santa Fe head coach Elliot Harris coaches his team in a game earlier this season in Raider Gym. Harris and the
Raiders finished in second place at the Bay High School Barnstorm Classic this past weekend.
* Santa Fe places
second in tourney
By ADAM BOUKARI
Today Sports Writer
PANAMA CITY, FL The heat of
competition can make a game as
simple as basketball feel as
indispensable as life or death. Of
course, as time passes and life takes
shape, athletes learn that basketball
is low on the totem pole of
That lesson came to Santa Fe High
School boys basketball player
Stephon Lott last week. The 6-foot-
3 junior lost his mother on
Wednesday morning, Dec. 26 after a
long battle with cancer. His team
was to leave for Panama City early
that afternoon to compete in the Bay
High School Barnstorm Classic.
Lott made the decision to travel
with his teammates to take part in
"I knew it would be a tough
"situation for Stephon and we wanted
to be 3s supportive as possible," said
Santa Fe head coach Elliot Harris.
"We wanted to support. him in
whatever decision he wanted to
make. He decided to come, I don't
know if he .wanted to be with his
friends and get his mind off things.
"We didn't try to make him make
a decision one way or another. It's a
tough situation to go through. We
would like to send out prayers out to
his family in these tough times."
Lott's decision proved especially
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Raiders close in on two
* Santa Fe goes 2-
1 in Ocala
By ADAM BOUKARI
Today Sports Writer
laying it close may
the Santa Fe High
basketball team. The Raiders
competed this past weekend in
the Ocala Forest girls basketball
tournament and won two games
by a combined six points and
lost another by just two.
The tournament-style event
gave the Raiders an opportunity
to see different styles of
basketball than they see during
other 1 local regular season
contests. Santa Fe head coach
Leroy Williams was pleased
with his team's performance
nice to be
able to give
different areas, a tournament
situation and an opportunity to
win a championship," admitted
Williams. "We played Forest
and they beat us by two and the
ball game was down to the
wire. Some of the teams there
had some real big inside girls."
In the opening round of the
event, the Raiders played host
school Forest and lost in a 67-
65 decision. The Raiders
trailed early by five but thanks
to a huge 26-point third quarter
took control of the game
entering the final session.
However, Santa' Fe. failed to
convert late down the stretch
and dropped the two-point
game. The visitors were led by
Destiny Carter and Janan
Johnson who each chipped in
15 points in the loss.
Meanwhile, Raider teammates
Shanice Jackson and Curnika
Pierre added 14 and 9,
"In third quarter we came out
of the locker room and we
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RICK BABSTON/Alachua County Today
Raider shooting guard Shanice Jackson helped her team to a 2-1 showing at the Ocala Forest
girls basketball tournament last weekend.
look at the
Happy New Year!
And you know what that
It means Mikey (and the rest
of you college football junkies)
are running out of time.
There's no doubt that there's a
glut of bowl games, but for me,
that is a
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either team might win.
stipulations, that is), but deep
down in my heart, I love the
bowl season.ns LSU
And today, Mikey will discuss
the biggest bowl left this season
LSU vs. Ohio State for the
But, since I've already made
my pick (sorry if you didn't read
last week's column), I will now
only give you five reasons why
either team might win. -
ChaSo, without further ado.t at
Five reasons LSU
The old 'Victory Chain'
betweeAny sports fan worth their salt
and looking for an extra
component for the argument as
to why their team might win -
has likely pulled the "Victory
Chain" theory out of their hat at
one point or another.
Basically, the "Victory Chain"
is a sequence of connection(s)
between any two teams.against
And, this time around, the
"Victory Chain" is on LSU's
That's because LSU beat
Mississippi State, who beat
Kentucky, who beat Kent State,
who beat Indiana State, who beat
Iowa, who beat Illinois, who
beat you guessed it Ohio
As anyone who watched even
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the highlights of last year's BCS
Championship game can tell
you, one of the clear advantages
Florida held in their blowout of
Ohio State was speed.
The truth of the matter is, the
Buckeyes' skill position players
receivers, etc.) were -essentially
just as fast as the Gators' skill
guys, but the.overall team speed
- especially that of the linemen -
is what really killed Ohio State.
Replay after replay showed
Florida's defensive linemen
bolting around the Buckeyes'
offensive line, making for an
impossible night for QB Troy
Thick coat of rust...
Believe Mikey when he says
it's no sheer coincidence that the
Big Ten made a historical change
in their scheduling this year that
will begin next season.
For years, maybe ions, the Big
Ten has typically played their
final regular season games on the
Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Before the BCS came about,
that wasn't much more of a
layoff between the regular
season and the bowl game than
any other conference had to
But .couple the fact that over
the past few years the title game
has moved as far back as January
7, like it is this year, and how
multiple conferences now have a
championship game the week
following the regular season
(SEC, Big XII, ACC, etc.), the
Big Ten has had what amounts to
an extra two weeks to sit.
This does wonders for
repairing aches and pains, but as
last year showed, it might also
give too much time for rust to
Last season, OSU waited a
record 51 days between the
regular season and the BCS title
game, and it showed.
This year? Well, like last year,
the Buckeyes' were off exactly
And guess what? LSU was off
only 37...the same as Florida.
Strength of schedule no
We won't even start the
endless, un-winnable argument
over who has the tougher
conference, but when you
compare Ohio State's schedule
with LSU's, you almost have to
wonder if a new term should be
invented for the Buckeyes' slate
- "weakness of schedule."
Ohio State's non-conference
schedule included Youngstown
State, Akron, Washington and
Plus, while LSU endured the
12th toughest schedule in the
country, OSU played the 34th.
This kind of scheduling does
wonders for win-loss records,
but does little to prepare a team
for a national championship.
Home sweet home...
Michigan fans may beg to
differ, but bowl teams playing in
their own state have more often
than not held a distinct
advantage over the years.
LSU playing just down the
road in New Orleans is no
In fact, the last time LSU
played for a national
championship; it took place in
the same (Superdome) building.
And, the Tiger faithful out-
numbered the Oklahoma
Sooners' fans nearly 3-1, and it
seemed to have a huge impact on
the game in terms of momentum
and ear-splitting noise.'
The Buckeyes travel well, but
the game especially in the
stands will definitely feel like a
home game for the Tigers.
Five reasons why Ohio
State might win
Thorn in the side...
You'd be hard-pressed to find
a single Buckeye who hasn't had
to live with the constant ridicule
of laying a giant egg against
Florida in last' year's BCS title
game during the past 364 days.
And, you had better bet the
farm that complacency and a
false sense of security about a
fast start in the BCS game this
time around will not happen.
Last year around this time,
hardly anyone in red and silver
gave Florida a second thought
heading into that game, and they
got even smugger after Ted
Ginn, Jr. ran back the opening
The Gators went on to
outscore over-hyped Ohio State
41-7 the rest of the way.
If nothing else, the Buckeyes
will be ready from the start, and
for 60 minutes thereafter.
This. may make even the
vaguest of Buckeyes fans a little
queasy, but they can look no
further than their most-hated
rival for encouragement.
If anything, the Wolverines
dispelled the notion of lack of
Big Ten speed (when it comes to
playing the mighty SEC) when
they beat Florida, 41-35, in
Tuesday's Capital One Bowl.
Michigan's wide receivers
seemed to have a field day
running past and behind the
Gators' defense at will, and the
Wolverines "slow" defensive
linemen were constantly in
Florida QB Tim Tebow's face all
Ask any coach and they will
agree that it's more about
attitude and hunger than 40
times that wins you ballgames.
Ohio State may not have
played one single overtime game
this season, but the last time the
Buckeyes did go into overtime
was against Miami in the 2003
national championship. It just so
happens that Ohio State held on
for a 31-24 win over the
LSU cannot say the same
Tigers head coach Les Miles
may bellow from the rooftops
about how his team is
undefeated in regulation this
year, but the fact remains that
LSU is also 0-2 in overtime this
Yes, it took multiple overtime
frames for Kentucky and
Arkansas to overcome the
Tigers, but they did.
You can be sure LSU doesn't
want to be in a close game at the
end with the Buckeyes.
LSU's paper defense...
The Tigers' defense was
supposed to be one of the best
units in the nation this year, but
did little to live up to that
Sure, they were overtime
games, but LSU's "D" gave up
43 points to Kentucky and a
whopping 50 at home to
Arkansas in the regular-season
It's no secret that the Tigers
are the only two-loss team in
BCS history to play for the title,
but Mikey also failed miserably
when trying to find any team in
the history of college football
that gave up 50 in the regular-
season finale and, even played for
a national title, let alone win it.
Haven't you heard? Defense
And on the other hand, Ohio
State despite who they have
played have one of the best
defenses in the nation.
The Buckeyes defense is
nationally ranked No.3 against
the run, ranked No.1 against the
pass and ranked No.1 in overall
Couple that with the fact that
OSU has a more-balanced
offense than last year's squad
and you have a recipe for victory.
It also doesn't hurt that the
majority of this defense was in
this game last season, and know
what to expect from a SEC-
caliber offense like LSU's.
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Dec 7, two Newberry students,
Jacklyn Wiencek and Kaitlin
Bailey were involved in a car
accident that eventually took
both of their lives.
Despite the difficult
blanked Hawthorne 4-0 on the
same day as the accident and
then picked up an important
District 3-3A win over
Williston on Tues. Dec. 11. The
Panthers trailed 3-1 at halftime
but rallied for the 4-3 victory.
"We had a challenging week
at Newberry with the tragic car
accident, but the Williston win
was a big emotional boost,"
Sato said. "We were down 3-1
at halftime and it went a long
ways to let them know we're
always in the game and to play
hard and to finish. It was a big
Madison Karelas leads
Newberry with four goals this
winter, while Joyce Heckerman
is tops on the team in assists.
Freshman Cayla Blincoe, in her
first year as a goal keeper, has
continued to work hard and
make improvements, according
"She (Blincoe) has natural
instincts for the ball and she has
made some phenomenal saves
against some better teams,"
Sato said. "But we have to play
better defense and limit the
number of shots she has to face.
It is a team effort and we need
to tighten up our team effort."
Newberry returns to action on
Monday Jan. 7 with the first of
three consecutive road games to
end the regular season. The
Panthers head to Hawthorne for
a 5 p.m. meeting with the
Hornets on Monday before
traveling to Alachua to face
Santa Fe on Wed. Jan. 9 at 6
p.m. The following night
Newberry plays at Hamilton
County in the regular-season
finale at 6 p.m.
The District 3-3A
tournament, hosted by P.K.
Yonge starts on Tues. Jan. 15.
"I think we need get back to
work and get back to practice,"
Sato said. "We have a fair shot
to pick up two of the three
games and gain some
momentum heading into the
Sato, originally from Oregon,
who his pursuing his Masters
Degree in Science Education at
the University of Florida said
he has had fun thus far in his
first year as a varsity soccer
"I'm enjoying the experience,
it has been a new experience
and it has been challenging,"
said Sato. "But I have been very
impressed with how hard they
work and how each player has
gotten better from the start of
the season. It is a building
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decided we had to play hard,"
said first-year Raider head
coach Williams. "We had some
players step up. Janan stepped
up real big and so did Shanice
and Bri (Destiny). I think that
quarter Bri hit three three-
pointers. Janan has been a solid
player the whole season.
"At the end we have to learn
to win when the games are
close, knowing what the score
is and how much time is on the
clock. It was a learning
experience for us."
And Santa Fe certainly did
learn. The Raiders won their
next two contests in close
fashion in the tourney. In the
second round, the. Raiders
downed Palm Beach, 45-43.
Santa Fe fell behind to Palm
Beach, 19-15 at the end of the
first half, but doubled up on its
opponent 12-6 in the third
quarter. The two teams had an
explosive final eight minutes
with each team scoring 18
points apiece and the Raiders
hanging on for the two-point
Pierre led Santa Fe with a
team-high 12 points while
Jackson followed closely with
11 against Palm Beach.
Santa Fe played in the fifth
place game against West
Gadsden and outperformed the
visitors from the pan handle 47-
43. The Raiders nursed a 14-10
lead into the second period and
both teams netted eight second-
quarter points to give Santa Fe a
22-18 halftime advantage. By
the end of the third, West
Gadsden was able to just chip
away one point and trailed 36-
33 with only one quarter
remaining. Santa Fe found
away to hang on and pulled off
the slim win to take fifth place
Santa Fe sophomore shooting
guard Cynthia Smith led all
Raider scorers with 13 points
while Pierre added 12 and
Jackson recorded 11. Williams
says he was pleased with his
team's ability to close out tight
games following the first loss of
"After the Forest ball game I
think we understand things we
have to do to win," said
Williams. "We have to know
what the situation is. It's good
to play well, but the bottom line
is to finish and to win.
"That was my expectation to
win those two ball games (Palm
Beach, West Gadsden)."
Santa Fe returns to action on
Friday in Raider Gym in a Class
4A, District-3 contest against
Orange Park Ridgeview. The
Raiders fell to the Panthers
earlier this season by a 63-56
decision. Williams says this
game is crucial in shaping the
"That's what we're trying to
do this week, working hard
trying to get ready for
Ridgeview, a big district game,"
said Williams. "It was one of
the two district games that we
lost. We need that win because
I think right now we may be
second in the district so we
really need this one."
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team that includes three
sophomores and three
freshmen, also led Warner to
have to alter his schedule.
Newberry was originally slated
to play in the Columbia/Fort
White Christmas Tournament
on Dec. 28 and 29 but opted to
skip the annual two-day event.
"I would have had 12 players
for four games in two days at
the tournament," said Warner,
who would have been without
another player who was out of
town for the holidays. "It
wouldn't be worth it for us. I'm
trying to keep the kids healthy
for the rest of the season."
But Newberry did take to the
field on Dec. 29 as it hosted an
alumni game, which Warner
said included 14 former players
from the boys and girls teams.
"It was a nice group of
alumni, we had a real good
time," said the coach. "We had
fun and we probably should do
The Panthers return to action
on Mon. Jan 7 as they head to
Hawthorne for a 7 p.m. contest
before returning home the
following night to face P.K.
Yonge in a district match at 7
p.m. Newberry stung the
Hornets 9-1 in the first meeting
earlier this season but was also
blanked 6-0 by the Blue Wave.
Warren leads Newberry with
six goals and an assist with
Shawn Andes adding five goals
and an assist. Phillip Warner,
Who has played in just three
games,-has a pair of goals and
an assist for the Panthers.
"We aren't an offensive
generated team right now,"
Warner said. "We are a decent
defensive team but we're very
inconsistent at forward and at
The coach said that he likes
the progress that goalkeeper
Aaron Arters has made.
"He has come a long way, he
is sophomore and he has never
played goal before. I threw him
in right at the beginning of the
season," Warner said. "He
works hard with assistant coach
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the credit for where Aaron is."
Warner also said he is pleased
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called two of his most
consistent defensive players.
"My job is cut out for me, I
have to keep them enthusiastic
about what is going on," the
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helpful for the Raiders in their second
place finish in the tournament of 12
The junior recorded 18 points in
Santa Fe's 65-62 overtime win over
Bay in the quarterfinal round of the
tournament on Thursday. He netted
four three pointers, all of which came
after the first two periods of play. The
Raiders trailed 12-7 after the first eight
minutes and took a 24-19 deficit into
halftime against the host Tornadoes.
Slowly but surely, Santa Fe (10-5, 5-
1) made its comeback. The visitors
chipped away three points after the
third quarter and then closed in on the
tie in the final period. Santa Fe trailed
by eight points with under three
minutes in the game, but still managed
to mount a comeback.
The Raiders were down by two
points before Lott swished a 10-foot
jumper from the baseline to tie the
game at 56-56 with under a minute
remaining. Santa Fe played disciplined
defense from there and forced
Santa Fe jumped -out to an early
three-point advantage in overtime after
senior Darrius Jones nailed a shot from
behind the arch. The Tornadoes later
took a one-point lead before Lott hit a
three-pointer from the baseline to put
the visitors ahead by two and help
secure the win. Shipwash led all
scorers with 24 points while Jones
chipped in with 10.
"Down eight with three minutes to
go, you never say quit," explained
Harris. "Our guys just fought back and
-showed a lot of heart and a lot of guts,
never quit and took it to overtime and
won convincingly I thought.
"It was a big win for our guys, we're
undefeated in overtime this year, which
means, we have a lot of guts and
character and if a game is close, I'm
confident we'll win."
Santa Fe is 3-0 in overtime games
this year with wins against Lake City
Columbia, Williston and now Bay.
Santi Fe's next game proved to be
the most impressive of all. The
Raiders dominated a long and athletic
Rutherford in a 56-27 win on Friday
night. Santa Fe held a 21-point lead in
the second quarter and led by 19 at
halftime. The Raiders were never
threatened throughout the game and
used a two-three zone defense that took
Rutherford out of its game.
On the offensive end of the floor,
Santa Fe spread the ball around well,
getting all of its players involved.
Raider senior Greg Milliken scored a
team-high 8 points in the win.
"You look at a team like that and you
never want to tell your kids about this
game I'm worried, but we were
concerned as athletic as they were,"
admitted Harris. "We hadn't seen a
team as athletic as Rutherford all year
and to hold them to 27 points that says
something about our guys' defense."
The win over Rutherford propelled
the Raiders into the championship
game against Walton of Marietta, GA.
NBA player Glen Rice has two sons -
a sophomore and junior who play for
Walton, also known as the Raiders.
Santa Fe was without the services of
Lott and family friend and teammate
Darrian Taylor for the championship
game on Saturday because they
returned to the Alachua area for the
funeral of Lott's mother.
Without two of its starters, Santa Fe
trailed by as many as six or seven in the
second quarter against Walton, but
managed to battle back and hold a slim
lead at halftime thanks to transition
buckets. The Raiders were
undisciplined in the early going of the
third quarter and Walton raced out to a
double digit lead.
Santa Fe managed to
get the game to within one
point but failed to take the
lead again. Walton held H(
on for the five-point win
and the championship.
"We're without two of
our starters in Darrian and
Stephon," said Harris.
"They're a big part of our i
team but our guys showed coW
a lot of grits and guts. It
was a very winnable game C
but it just came down to
who was going to execute
and take care of the ball
and in the second half we
didn't take care of the ball
really well. There were
plays here and there that
could have went the other
Shipwash led all scorers
for the game with 27
while Glen Rice, Jr. led
his team with 21.
"I think we grew a lot
over the last two weeks as
a team," leveled Harris.
"We got closer together. I
think it helped them to realize that
anything is possible through hard work
and dedication. Second place isn't bad,
we wanted to win the championship
but we would rather have two wins
than two losses."
Santa Fe faces Middleburg at home
tonight for a Class 4A, District-3
contest. The last time these two teams
played in late November, the Raiders
cruised to a win in Middleburg.
"You go to Panama to get better and
it's one of the best tournaments in the
state," said Harris whb's in his first
year as head coach of the Raiders.
"You go to that tournament to get
better. For us to have some success up
there it bodes well for our confidence.
We're looking to finish the rest of our
district out and one of our goals is to go
5-0 in the remaining games of our
"We've got a little swagger now. We
were down for a little while. Now we
know that we can compete with
anybody when we play and we're
happy with the position we're in now
coming out of Christmas break."
Adam Boukari can be reached at
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Santa Fe senior Steven Shipwash scored 27 points in the championship
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Students' entrepreneurial spirit brings food to the needy
By LEILA BOUKARI e," __
C indy Brady's Alachua Elementary third grade class raised money
by selling Christmas Cards which they personally made and
colored. The students sold their cards to teachers, family and
friends, and then donated the proceeds to the Hathcock Community
Center, which is part of the Gainesville
Harvest Food Program.
With the donation, the
Hathcock Community Center
purchased two cases of
bananas, four cases of
Si canned goods, green beans,
cabbage, and over $100
worth of fresh vegetables and
other healthy foods. The
Gainesville Harvest Program
distributes food to the needy
throughout the entire North
Central Florida Area every
Tuesday from 9-10:30 a.m.
Contributions are received
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The Mike Peterson
Foundation, The Adrian
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and the Wal-Mart Distribution
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1/19/2008, 10:00 a.m. at
14515 NW PEGGY RD,
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pursuant to subsection 713.78
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City of Hawthorne
A Regular Meeting will be held
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2008 at the City Hall in
Hawthorne, Florida, 6700 SE
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A-1 TOWING SVCIAUTO
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1/18/2008, 10:00 a.m. at
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pursuant to subsection 713.78
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NOTICE TO BID
The City of High Springs is
currently accepting bids for the
installation of softball field.
fencing, 200' distance from
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THE CITY OF HIGH
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