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Publication Date: January 24, 2008
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The truth about the price at the pump


By BRYAN BOUKARI and CRAIG COX each gallon of gasoline, when compared to officials expect the additional fuel tax to
Today Reporters neighboring Marion and Columbia generate about $5.5 million annually. The
ALACHUA As motorists lift the counties, the difference in the price at the County would take about half of the new
levers at fuel pumps around Alachua pump remains unexplained, money raised and the remainder would be
pumps around Alachua 1 -- f -+ ,lct;1nt r] nmth,


County, gasoline prices have been
tightening their grip on the wallets of many
consumers. Despite recent indications that
fuel prices may be on the decline, prices at-
the pump in Alachua County continue to
hover around $3.13 to $3.19 per gallon
according to FloridaStateGasPrices.com.
A recent 5-cent gasoline tax imposed in
Alachua County has been the target of
blame for much of the high fuel costs, but
taxes are only a part of the story. While
Alachua County currently taxes 12 cents on



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energy sources

Is renewable energy the answer?

By ASHLEY CAIN
Today Reporter
By 2012, Gainesville Regional Utilities
(GRU) is expected to require an additional
source of energy generation due to
expanding community growth in Alachua
County. Many proposals of different
energy methods have been delivered to city
commissions around the county, but one
has been consistently on board since 2003.
The Resource Conservation and
Development (RC&D) Council has
proposed a woody bio-mass power plant be
constructed at the Deerhaven site as GRU's
future additional energy source.
With a focus on renewable energy, the
project proposes to build a woody bio-
mass power plant and use the waste wood
available in the area to power the plant.
Tom Cunilio, the council coordinator
for RC&D, has led presentations in many
commission meetings around the area in
search of support for the proposal.
Nine other proposals are currently in
the works, and the Alachua County
Commission is expected to discuss them
on Monday, Cunilio said.
In a High Springs city commission
meeting, Cunilio presented the benefits the
new power plant would bring to local
residents in Alachua County.
ENERGY on page A4


Alachua county Lommunicationsi
Coordinator Mark Sexton made the same
point in a recent interview.
"There's this perception out there that
the 5-cent gas tax is responsible for high
gas prices in Alachua County, but the 12
cents doesn't explain why gas is 25 cents
cheaper in Orlando," Sexton said. .
In June, County Commissioners
approved the additional 5-cent tax
primarily to raise funds for road
improvements around the county. County


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cities in the county.
Columbia County, meanwhile, recently
allowed the same optional tax to expire
following a five-year run.
Judy Lewis, the Internal Auditor for
Columbia County, said the 5-cent tax
adopted there was slated to last only five
years and fund a connector road to alleviate
traffic in congested areas, especially along
U.S. Highway 90.:
FUEL on page A8


King's legacy lives on


Third annual celebration of the civil rights leader's life


BRYAN BOUKARI/Alachua County Today
Renowned vocalist Frances Leslie sings America the Beautiful at the opening of
the Third Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration in Alachua.


By BRYAN BOUKARI
Today Reporters
ALACHUA Nearly 40 years after
his untimely death, Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. is still a celebrated leader in the
American civil rights movement. That
was the focal point of not only his life, but
at the City of Alachua's Third Annual
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration


at the Cleather Hathcock, Sr. Community
Center Monday. There, residents from
around the area paid special tribute to the
late Reverend King as city, religious and
community leaders delivered inspiring
speeches which touched not only on
King's contributions to the civil rights
movement, but those of others as well.
Wilma Rogers was once again the
MLK DAY on page A3


Alachua County Today file photo
While the cost of a tank of gas fluctuates, what remains
constant is the mystery about how gas prices are set in
Alachua County.



Jan. 29 brings pivotal


vote on Homestead


Exemption Amendment


By ASHLEY CAIN
Today Reporter
On Jan. 29, Florida
residents will vote not only for
their preferred presidential
candidate, but also on an
amendment to Florida's
Homestead Exemption Act.
The amendment would
provide Florida homeowners
with an additional $25,000 tax
exemption on the $50,000 to
$.75,000 value of their homes.
The current Homestead
Exemption provides tax cuts
on the first $25,000 of an
owner's home.
Despite the positive
prospect that the words "tax
cut" may bring to a
homeowner's ears, Alachua
County officials are making a
point to let residents know
exactly what a tax cut would
mean for the county.
Last week, county
commissioners voted 4-1,
with Commissioner Lee
Pinkoson in dissent, to
approve a "Vote No
Amendment #1" campaign,
which approved a public
message to be sent to residents
defining the pros and cons of
the Homestead Exemption
amendment.


The official website of
Alachua County,
www.alachuacounty.us, lists
the information as being sent
out to residents by mail this
week.
Attractive to the public is
the fact that residents and
businesses will save
approximately $240 annually,
and the new portability of
Save Our Homes, which
allows citizens to retain their
tax savings when moving or
downsizing their home.
Somewhat ironic is that
the primary negative aspect is
also that homeowners will
save $240 a year, which is
approximately $20 a month,
resulting in significant lost
revenues for the county.
"More than $10 million of
tax revenue would be lost
from Alachua County,"
Alachua County Communica-
tions Coordinator Mark
Sexton said.
This revenue pays for
public safety, criminal justice
programs, public
infrastructure, social services,
cultural programs, and most
services provided by local
government.
HOMESTEAD on page A4


Welcome to High Springs


RHANA GITTENS/Alachua County Today
The first of seven new welcome signs was erected Wednesday on U.S. 441 in High Springs.,


By RHANA GITTENS
Today Reporter
HIGH SPRINGS Driving
down U.S. 441, motorists will
see the newest addition to High


Springs.
A new welcome sign was
erected next to High Springs
Animal hospital on U.S. 441 on
Wednesday.
The High Springs Main


Street Program raised nearly
$10,000 to fund seven new
welcome signs for the city, said
Ross Ambrose, Main Street
Program volunteer.
SIGNS on page A3


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Presidential hopeful's wife



drops by Alachua

Ann Romney visits Main Street


By BRYAN BOUKARI
Today Reporter
Her visit was brief, but
presidential candidate Mitt
Romney's wife, Ann,
stopped in Alachua's own
Conestogas Restaurant to
meet with local supporters
Tuesday.
After speaking about her
husband's candidacy,
Romney shook hands with
supporters, signed
autographs, spoke with
reporters and enjoyed a few
bites of Key Lime pie.
When asked about her
thoughts on Alachua's Main
Street, Ann Romney


commented, "I love it...It
was so funny...We were
driving around and getting
lost and all of a sudden,


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A2 ALAC-HUA COUNTY TODAY COMMUNITY CORNER THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2008


Community


Corner


Meetings & Events in the Heartlands


PUBLIC MEETINGS
MArcher Meets the 2nd and 4th
Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at
City Hall, 16870 SW 134 Ave.
*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.
mGainesville 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.
EHigh Springs Meets the 2nd
and 4th Thursday of each month at
6:30 p.m. in City Hall.
NLaCrosse 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.
mNewberry Meets the 2nd and
4th Monday of each month at 7
p.m. at City Hall
*Waldo Meets the 2nd Tuesday
of each month at 7 p.m. at Yerkes
Center.


Jesse says, "For every
action there is an
equal and opposite
criticism."

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mAARP 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: Feb. 12
& 13, 12 noon to 4 p.m. High
Springs Class: Feb. 12 & 13, 9
a.m. to 1 p.m.
mThe 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.
mBefore You Tie the Knot, a
premarital preparation provided by
the Alachua County Cooperative
Extension Service, is an
educational program offering
constructive guidance to couples
as they begin life as a married
couple.
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.
These Extension workshops
fulfill the requirements of Florida
Statute 741, Marriage Preparation
and Preservation Act, and have
been approved by the Circuit Court
ofAlachua County.
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
exceptions.
The 2008 classes are from 5:30
p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Class and
registration dates are: March 10
and 11, register by Feb. 29; and
May 12 and 13, register by May 2.
EMOPS (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 mbms
between the stages of pregnancy
and with young children of
kindergarten age. Cost is $7 per
meeting (to cover general
operating cost). Childcare
provided.
*Bread 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 holiday season.
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 352-
336-0839. Visit www.breadofthe
mighty.org.
EThe Gainesville Warrior Girls
Fast pitch Softball Organization
will be holding tryouts for the 10U
team spring 2008 season. Tryouts
will be held Sunday, Jan 27 from
2-4 p.m. at the Gainesville
Northwest Boys and Girls Club,
2700 NW 51 Street. A second
tryout will be held on Sunday, Feb.
3 from 2-4 at the Edwards Road
Fields in Starke. For additional
information, call Coach Phil Riley
at 352-215-1884, e-mail
pjriley.l@netzero.net or contact
program director Robert Atwood
at 352-246-6905, e-mail
rra4pfc@aol.com.
*High Springs Babe Ruth
Softball registration is starting
NOW, for youth recreation softball
and coed t-ball. T-Ball is for girls
and boys ages 5-6, and the cost is
only $35. Girl's softball'is for ages
7-16, and the cost is $50. There
will be a late fee of $10 for anyone
that registers after March 1, 2008.
Practices will not start till March,
but we will be having some skills
clinics in February. Register now,
for softball and coed t-ball!
Registration forms are available at
High Springs City Hall. Players,
coaches and volunteers needed.
For more information contact
Johanne Bell, City of High Springs
Parks & Recreation at 386-454-
1416, ext 5. .


*New! Ladies Life Groups Free!
Inductive Bible Study Method
Non-denominational. Group 1
will meet on Mondays, 9:30 a.m. at
the High Springs Library
beginning Jan. 28; Group 2 will
meet on Thursdays, 7 p.m. at High
Springs County Inn meeting room
beginning Jan. 31.
ERelay for Life Alachua High
Springs, save the dates Next
Team Captain Meetings:
Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.,
Alachua Women's Club; Thursday,
March 6 at 6 p.m., Alachua
Women's Club; Thursday, April 3
at 6 p.m., Alachua Women's Club.
Committee Meetings:
Thursday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m.,
Alarion Bank Community Room;
Thursday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m.,
Alarion Bank Community Room;
Thursday, March 20 at 5 p.m.,
Alarion Bank Community Room;
Thursday, April 17 at 5 p.m.,
Alarion Bank Community Room
Relay for Life Friday, May 2
and Saturday, May 3 at Santa Fe
High School.
*Santa Fe Baseball Alumni
Celebration Anyone who has
played baseball at Santa Fe High
School from 1956 to 2008 will be
honored. Many have been
contacted, but there are still so
many that can't be located,
Registration begins at 10 a.m. on
Jan. 26. The Red & Gray game
will start at 2 p.m.
The entire community is
invited to come and eat chicken
dinners and celebrate Santa Fe
Baseball with the new 2008
players and the old. Autographs
will be available; you never know
who might show up. Call Jerry W.
Everett for additional information
at 352-278-3736.
EStar Center Children's Theater
of Alachua presents the family
musical "Little Women" at the
Alachua Woman's Club in


downtown historic Alachua on
Jan. 24-25 at 8 p.m.
Little Women is a musical
based on Louisa May Alcott's
novel of four sisters in Civil War
era New England. Told through
the eyes of Jo, the sister who wants
to be a writer, are the stories of the
sisters, their mother, neighbors and
the people Jo meets when she
moves to the big city to try to make
it as a writer. It features talented
adult actors and wonderful youth
actors as the March Sisters.
General admission tickets are
$10 and $5 for kids under 12.
Special group and senior rates are
available. General admission
tickets can be purchased at Ommi
Bookstore in Gainesville or at the
door. For more information, call
386-462-1910.
EThe Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe
meets weekly on Thursday from
7:30 8:30 a.m. at Brown's
Country Buffet, 12510 U.S. Hwy.
441,Alachua. Special Guest Day is
Feb. 21 and Sheriff Sadie Damell
will be the guest speaker.
*There will be a discus launch
glider contest on Feb. 16 at San
Felasco Preserve State Park. The
contest will take place in a 55-acre
hayfield. Pilots meeting at 9:30
a.m., contest rounds from 10 a.m.
until 2:30 p.m.
This is the first attempt at a
contest, which will grow into an
annual event, attracting folks from
colder climates to take a midwinter
break from the snow and join us
for a weekend of flying in sunny
Florida.
Anyone interested in radio-
controlled flight should consider
coming out to experience this
exciting new style of RC soaring!
More information may be found at
http://www.rcgroups. com/ i
forums/showthread.php?t=800952 ,


Alachua County Library District


Archer Branch:
Empower The Beginning E-
mailer!: for the Internet/
computer novice. Wed-
nesdays, 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 e-
mail account.
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, February 12th, 10:30
a.m.- 1:00 a.m. Join us for fun
with books, songs, and more.
This program is for children
ages 2 to 5.

Hawthorne Branch:
Preschool Storytime Thurs-
days, 10:30 a.m. 5 & under.
Join us for books, stories,
songs, and lots of fun!!
Reading Circle: Brown Bag
Lunch Bimonthly on First &
Third Mondays, 12:10 p.m.
Bring your Brown Bag Lunch
(with drink) and join the


New! Ladies Life Groups Free!
Inductive Bible Study Method Non-Denominational


Group 1: Mondays 9:30 a.m.
High Springs Library
(beginning Jan. 28)
or
Group 2: Thursdays 7p.m.
High Springs Country Inn
meeting room
(beginning Jan. 31)


Hawthorne Reading Circle as
we share our favorite authors,
titles, and new finds!
Free English eCourse -
Thursdays, 7:00 p.mn-9: p.m.
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 at 352-381-
7270.
African American Read-In -
Sunday, February 3rd, 3:00 p.m.
Join over a million readers
nationally to celebrate African
American Literature &
Literacy. Favorite books,
poems, & stories by African
American authors will be
shared. Among the featured

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readers will be local community
leaders from several fields
including govenment,
education, religion, the afts and
.cominmuriity members of all
ages. Refreshments provided by
the Hawthorne Woman's Club.
Teens Read: When You Just
Have to Tell About It! -
Tuesday, February 12th, 3:30
p.m.-4:30 p.m. Bring your
favorite books magazines -
zines. Be ready to share your
opinion about the best and
worst you ever read. Stay to
plan what to read next, when to
meet again and what you want
to name this group!

High Springs Branch:
Preschool Storytime -
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 wbrk on your craft projects at
home? 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.
Birds Of Prey Tuesday,
February 12th, 2:30 p.m. Birds
of prey are our guests as Florida
Wildlife Care personnel inform
and entertain with live hawks
and owls.

Micanopy Branch:
New Books For Old Readers -
Monthly on second Monday,
11:00 a.m. Join the adult book
group as they discuss new
books, favorite books, and
things of local interest.
Valentine Cards! Sunday,
February 10th, 3:00 p.m. Make
your own valentine, 'folded,
pop-up, or just fancy. Materials
provided.

Newberry Branch:
Preschool Storytime -
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. from
March 5th, 2008. Stories, songs
and activities for the preschool
set.


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ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2008 A3


Charles Goston was keynote speaker


master of ceremonies as renowned gospel singer
Frances Leslie gave a moving rendition of America the
Beautiful. Leslie was followed by City Manager Clovis
WaLson, Jr, who credited King's dream for his own
reality.
"If it were not for the dreams of Dr. King and others,
there would be no City Manager Clovis Watson, Jr.
"There would be no Vice-Mayor Bonnie Burgess,"
Watson said.
Watson told residents to go out and educate
themselves.
"Look for hand ups, not handouts.
"When you accept handouts, you are at their
mercy," he said.
Watson, a black man, noted the progress made by
society and drew a contrast with the social injustices of
years ago, and he spoke of the benefits realized by the
civil rights movement.
Mayor Gib Coerper gave a brief biography of
King's life and commented on the occasion to celebrate
Monday.
"The holiday is for thanksgiving and unselfishness
and to rededicate ourselves to the principals tbr which
[King] stood," Coerper said.
Charles Goston, owner of Black College Monthly
publication was the keynote speaker Monday, Goston
delivered commentary on his interpretation of King's
dream. Goston said he wanted equality, not diversity.
"I don't embrace diversity.
"We could have a lot of black people in a lot of
places, but they'll do absolutely nothing,"


Providing equality is a much more important cause
than diversity according to Goston, who believes that
placing people in positions for the sake of diversity does
nothing to raise the community as a whole.
"Everyday we wake up, we have another
opportunity to get it right," said Goston.
He also told the residents they should be proud of
their community and said Alachua was the envy of the
area.
"In Gainesville, they used to laugh at you when you
had one traffic light.
"I promise you they aren't laughing anymore."
Following Goston was Vice-Mayor Bonnie Burgess
reciting the opening lines of King's famous "I have a
dream" speech. Commissioner Jean Calderwood,
meanwhile, took the stage and invited all of the
youngsters in attendance to join her. Calderwood held a
plate of cupcakes which she noted all had different
icings and different colors.
"But they all taste good," Calderwood said.
Calderwood proceeded to light candles on the
cupcakes and asked Burgess and the children to join her
in singing Happy Birthday to King.
Live music was provided by Billy and Kevin
Rogers of Createlt Productions.
The celebration was capped off by a barbecue and
potluck luncheon.
The Cleather Hathcock, Sr. Community Center was
first officially opened during the inaugural Martin
Luther, King, Jr. Day Celebration in 2006.
# # #


SIGNS:
Continued from page A]

Signs in character with Main Street theme

of 'Enjoy our Good Nature'


The signs that currently surround entrances to
the city have not been replaced for almost 20
years and are often hard to locate.
"We needed signs that were visible," Ambrose
said. "We wanted more of the focus to be on High
Springs."
The largest welcome sign is visible to visitors
that are entering High Springs from 1-75.
Created by Robby Rucker of Festival Sign
Service, the signs' depiction of a hand oil


painting of canoeists gliding through fresh spring
waters ties in perfectly with the theme the Main
Street Program is working hard to promote.
"Our theme is 'Enjoy our Good Nature',"
Ambrose said.
And visitors definitely will when all seven
signs are up by the end of the summer.
Residents should expect the signs to be placed
in prominent locations at all the city entrances.
# # #


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Alachta City Commissioner Jean Calderwood (right) and Vice-Mayor Bonnie Burgess (left) along
with dozens of area children sing Happy Birthday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.




Posthumous awards to honor


Glynn Markham

Veteran served in WW It and Korea


Special to Alachua County Today
The United Daughters of the
Confederacy, Kirby Smith
Chapter #202 and the 2nd Florida
Cavalry Camp of the Confederate
Sons Association of Florida will
hold their annual Lee Jackson
Dinner on Jan. 26 at the Matheson
Center, 513 East University
Avenue in Gainesville at 6 p.m.
Both of these organizations'
members have an ancestor who
served in the War Between the
States. This is an annual event in
celebration of two great leaders of
the Confederate States of
America, Robert E. Lee,
President of the Confederate
States of America, born Jan. 19,
1807, and General Thomas
Jackson born Jan. 21, 1824.
This year, one of Alachua's
past residents, Glynn Markham,
will be honored with two Military
Service Awards, one for his
service in World War II and the
other for service in the Korean
War. These two awards are only
given by the United Daughters of
the Confederacy and are an
outgrowth of the Cross of Honor.
The recipient must be a veteran
himself and have given faithful
devotion and patriotic military
service to his country in the time
of war, as well as exemplified
courage and loyalty which reflect
honor upon himself as well as his
confederate ancestor.
Glynn Markham served in
WW II as a Signalman 2nd Class
on the USS, Mc Cook in the US
Navy lie was just off shore on
D-Day. In the Korean War, he
served as a third ma#, on the USS


Corry dd-817 US Navy. His
widow, Frances Markham, will
receive the World War II Military
Service Award and the Korean
War National Defense Medal in
his honor.
Mr. Markham was a lineal
descendant of Henry Clark
Marcum, his great grandfather,


who served honorably as a
Private in the War Between the
States in Company A. Dunham's
Artillery, Florida.
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ENERGY:
Continued from page A I

RC&D mission is to help people
in rural areas


Cunilio said those benefits
would include the development
of new markets for waste wood
as a carbon- neutral alternative
to coal and providing stable
energy supplies for the
community.
The project would also
create well paid local jobs and
support rural communities,
Cunilio said.
Cunilio also said a long-
term goal was for the
restoration of long-leaf pines,
and subsequent planting of
trees to save local forests.
The RC&D plan also
includes provisions for the ash
produced by the power plant,
proposing to scatter the ash
back out on the land to
replenish the growth of the new
forest, which would also help in
satisfying environmentalists,
Cunilio explained.
"Energy providers like
GRU are all trying to figure out
how to get away from fossil
fuels, and the power plant
would be a solution in many
ways," Cunilio said.


RC&D is also working with
John Deere to lead the initiative
for a national woody bio-mass
plan, to bring in logging debris
cheaply to woody bio-mass
power plants around the U.S.,
instead of burning debris on-
site.
If the plan were to be
adopted by Alachua County, the
USDA could possibly provide
technical and financial
assistance and sponsors to
obtain additional funding and
services in order to carry out
the construction of the new
power plant. .
The RC&D mission is to
help people in rural areas
conserve natural resources,
support economic development
and enhance the environment
and standard of hying.
It has successfully initiated
many beneficial programs in
other rural communities around
the U.S. as well, such as school
lunch programs, downtown
revitalization projects, wetland
filtrations, and wheelchair
accessible lakes.
# # #


NOTICE OF ANNEXATION

ORDINANCE FOR THE CITY

OF HAWTHORNE, FLORIDA
The City of Hawthorne Commission will consider an ordinance relating to
annexation of property at a meeting on February 5, 2008, starting at 6:30
pm or as soon thereafter as may be heard. The.ordinance title is as
follows:
(1) Ordinance No. 2008-05 provides for the voluntary annexation of a parcel of
land lying within Section 22, Township 10 South, Range 22 East, Alachua
County, Florida. Said parcel lies north and east of the existing city boundaries
and west of US HWY 301 (State Road 200).
Containing 6.68 acres, more or less.
ORDINANCE 2008-05
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF HAWTHORNE, FLORIDA, RELATING TO
VOLUNTARY ANNEXATION; MAKING FINDINGS; ANNEXING TO AND
INCLUDING WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF HAWTHORNE;
FLORIDA, CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY AS DESCRIBED HEREIN AND
DEPICTED ON SCHEDULE A: LOCATION MAP, ATTACHED TO THIS
ORDINANCE AND INCORPORATED HEREIN BY REFERENCE, WHICH IS
REASONABLY COMPACT, AND CONTIGUOUS TO THE BOUNDARIES OF
THE CITY OF HAWTHORNE, FLORIDA; REDEFINING THE BOUNDARIES
OF THE CITY OF HAWTHORNE, FLORIDA; PROVIDING THAT EFFECTIVE
JANUARY 1, 2008, THE REAL PROPERTY TO BE ANNEXED SHALL BE
ASSESSED FOR PAYMENT OF MUNICIPAL AD VALOREM TAXES AND BE
SUBJECT TO ALL GENERAL AND SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS; PROVIDING
THAT EXISTING LICENSED BUSINESSES, TRADES, OR PROFESSIONS
OPERATING WITHIN THE REAL PROPERTY TO BE ANNEXED MAY
CONTINUE SUCH BUSINESSES, TRADES, OR PROFESSIONS
THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF
HAWTHORNE, FLORIDA; DIRECTING THE CITY CLERK WITHIN SEVEN
DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE, TO FILE CERTIFIED
COPIES OF THIS ORDINANCE WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF
STATE, TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
ALACHUA COUNTY, FLORIDA, THE CHIEFADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER OF
ALACHUA COUNTY, FLORIDA, THE PROPERTYAPPRAISER OF ALACHUA
COUNTY, FLORIDA, THE TAX COLLECTOR OF ALACHUA COUNTY,
FLORIDA, AND ALL PUBLIC UTILITIES AUTHORIZED TO CONDUCT
BUSINESS WITHIN THE CITY OF HAWTHORNE, FLORIDA; PROVIDING
SEVERABILITY; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; AND
PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE






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The public hearing may be continued to one or more future dates. Any interested
party shall be advised that the date, time and 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 and the complete legal description by metes and
bounds are available for public inspection at the Office of the City Manager, City
Hall, located at 6700 Southeast 221st Street, Hawthome, 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.
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Alachua County isn't the
only governmental body fearing
potential impacts from passage
of Amendment 1. High Springs
Commissioner Kirk Eppenstein
said the amendment would tie
the hands of local government
and cripple already suffering
budgets.
"This is being packaged as a
pig in a poke, and according to
some information I've been
given, property owners will
soon be paying higher taxes
than they are right now.
"There is a possibility with
the portability component of
this amendment that someone
moving into a community may
pay less tax than a neighbor
who may be living in a
comparable house for a number
of years.
"I agree the system needs
reform, but I don't believe this
amendment is the answer,"
Eppenstein said.
According to the 2006 U.S.
Census Bureau, more than $1.2
billion of taxes were deducted
through the Homestead
Exemption in Alachua County
alone.
The average taxable value
of the residential condos,
mobile homes, and single
family homes in Alachua
County, all of which are
applicable for Homestead
Exemption, is $104,715,
according the Alachua County
Property Appraiser's Office.
Another troublesome point
stated on the Alachua County
website notes the erosion of
Home Rule, which says that the
amendment would allow for an
improper shift of local decision
making to the state government.


Sexton said he felt it was "a Some of Alachua County's portion," Boyd said.
mistake for Tallahassee to concerns about the amendment Boyd also added that the
micromanage Alachua County," are also being shared statewide. Save Our Homes portability
and other local governments, a State Representative Debbie clause wouldn't .help those
primary reason for the county Boyd said the new amendment looking to move into Florida
commission's decision to start is basically just "giving relief to from another state, which also
the "Vote No" campaign. those who already have it." makes the amendment
The fact that $21,500 of "It's not really going to challengeable under the Federal
taxpayer money was spent to benefit new home-buyers and Right to Travel and Commerce
produce the campaign has met recent honiebuyers either," clause.
with some criticism from local Boyd said. If approved, the amendment
residents and media, but Sexton Also contrary to many would create more than $12
points out Gov. Charlie Crist's homeowners' belief, the billion in property tax cuts for
multimillion dollar campaign to amendment to the Homestead Florida, in addition to the $15
get residents to vote 'yes' has Exemption wouldn't double a billion in property tax cuts
often been overlooked, homeowner's savings, already passed in June 2007,
"I don't really think we "Residents only get the which could have potentially
should be criticized when we're exemption on the non-school disastrous effects on the
spending money to protect the funding of many local
residents of Alachua governments throughout
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ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2008 A5


Farmers' Market training




available


Special to Alachua County Today
The Florida Department of
Agriculture & Consumer
Services (FDACS), Bureau of
State Markets, will be
conducting training sessions
for the WIC Farmers Market
Nutrition Program (FMNP)
and the Senior Farmers'
Market Nutrition Program
(SFMNP) at the Alachua
County Extension Office.
Training sessions will be held
Tuesday, Feb:. 5 at 3 p.m. and
7 p.m. and again the
following morning on
Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 9 a.m.
A final training session will
be conducted on Thursday,
Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. Interested
growers are required to attend
only one training session to
meet program requirements.


This program has
increased sales for growers
selling at the farmers' markets
and is required before you can
accept program coupons. All
farmers who are interested in
selling their produce at retail
markets are encouraged to
attend.
These nutrition programs
provide WIC participants and
seniors with coupons that can
be used to purchase locally
grown, fresh Florida fruits
and vegetables. This produce
can be purchased at
authorized community
farmers' markets from April 1
through July 31, 2008. Under
guidelines applicable to both
programs, only fresh fruits
and vegetables grown in
Florida or within 50 miles of
.the farmers' market may be


purchased with the coupons.
Coupons may be used to
purchase a wide variety of
approved commodities.
This program benefits
farmers by expanding the
base of consumers who shop
at community farmers'
markets. It also benefits
consumers who can easily
purchase locally grown fresh
produce using their program
coupons. Fresh fruits and
vegetables are important to
good health, and these
programs enable WIC
participants and seniors to
conveniently purchase nutri-
tious products that enhance
their diet.
For more information call
FDACS at 800-357-4273.
# # #


Alachua County expands




weather station network


Special to Alachua County Today
ALACHUA COUNTY Alachua County'
Emergency Management recently expanded- its
weather monitoring network with the purchase
and installation of two more WeatherBug
stations. The two stations are located at the
following County Fire Rescue facilities: Rescue
20 just south of Highs Springs on US 441 and at
Rescue 8 in the Orange Heights area just off of
US 301.
Each station is capable of collecting and
displaying rainfall, wind speed, temperature,
humidity and atmospheric pressure. Live weather
data from these stations is broadcasted via the
internet at Emergency Management's homepage.
Historical weather data is maintained at the
WeatherBug website.


This network will allow first responders to
access live weather data during severe weather,
chemical spills and wildfires. Additionally,
residents in these areas can monitor the weather
conditions in real time. WeatherBug provides a
free software download in which users can select
their nearest station and will alert them to severe
weather as it happens.
The weather data can be accessed at:
http://www.alachuacountv.us/govemment/depts/f
r/em/weathertools/currentweather.aspx.
For more information, contact Alachua
County Emergency Management at 352-264-
6500.


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and dug your way into a few
minor frustrations along the
way. While good landscaping
can vary by degrees including
budget, skills and climate, there
are a few easy things you can
do in order to be proud of your
landscaping without paying an
expert.;:
The" following tips will
guide you on the right path to
do-it-yourself landscaping:
Always layer your
planting beds. Layering in three
rows, begin with your tallest
plants in the back row, next
tallest in the middle and your
shortest plants in the front. And
don't just plant one bed -;
putting another elsewhere in
your yard will help provide a
sense of harmony.
Calm your yard with
water features. Providing focal
points in your landscaping
work is a must, and one- great
way is to incorporate water
features such as ponds and
simple waterfalls into your
landscaping. They both look
appealing and add an attractive
element to your yard -; the
calming sounds of moving
water.
Utilize retaining walls. If
you are planning on protecting
the fragile landscaping work
around your home, it's a must
to construct a strong retaining
wall. Erosion-prone areas in
your yard will benefit greatly
by incorporating segmental
retaining walls constructed
from concrete masonry. Using
concrete masonry not only


provides the best value for the
investment, it also delivers
superior design flexibility and
aesthetic appeal to any
landscape idea. For more
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with annuals. To have a
continuous sense of color
throughout your yard, plant
annual flowers alongside your
favorite perennials. Research
and lay out creative flower
combinations that make use of
both kinds of flowers for year-


round beauty.
Think year-round. One of
the biggest flaws one can make-
is only providing one or two-
seasons' worth of eye-catching
landscaping. Plan for having,
plentiful trees and shrubs'.
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High Springs Plan Board Workshops




The Planning & Zoning Board of High Springs will be
holding a series of workshops to review the proposed
update of the comprehensive plan.
All Citizens are invited to participate.




Dates & Times though February 2008


Tuesday- January 15th 6:30 pm 9:00 pm
Tuesday February 5th 6:30 pm 9:00 pm
Tuesday February 19th 6:30 pm 9:00 pm



These workshops will all be held at the
High Springs Civic Center, and will be in

addition to the regularly scheduled
Plan Board meetings



For Questions about these workshops, please contact City Hall

Phone: 386-454-1416 Ext. 230
Email: cpopoli@highsprings.com
Website: http://city.highsprings.com


'(Publish: Alachua County Today January 17, 24, 31
and February 7 and 14, 2008)






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From one Boomer to another


The best of Ellen Boukari
If you were born between 1946 and 1964, you
belong to a group of Americans that have had a
significant influence on this country and the world.
Yes, I'm talking about the Baby Boomer. I belong to
the Baby Boomer generation and so do more than 70
million other Americans.
Apparently there are people among us
who believe it is virtually a matter of
national security to track Baby Boomers.
These folks, who apparently have nothing
fi live for, will point out that during the
Baby Boomer years, 1946-1964, 75.8
million Americans were born. And today,
Boomers represent 28-percent of the U.S.
population. But that pales in comparison to
1964 when Boomers represented nearly
40-percent of the population meaning
that more than a third of the population
was under 19 years of age.
Having raised five teenagers, that's a Ellen B
scary thought.
It's no wonder then, that the 60s have been called
at various-times, "the decade of discontent," and "the
decade of peace, love, and harmony."
But. nothing lasts forever, and in 2008, Boomers
range in age between 44 and 62 years old. And. get
this, for the next 17 years, a Boomer will turn 60 years
old at the rate of one every seven seconds.
That's a lot of prune juice ... and Grecian Gray.
And opportunities for jokes... at the expense of the
Boomers.
. Forget blonde jokes, or mother-in-law jokes this
is the decade of Baby Boomer jokes.
And it's only the beginning.
These days my email inbox is filled with jokes
about Baby Boomers and offers from AARP.
Understandably, I could be aggravated at the senders


who are taking potshots at Baby Boomers, but these
folks are Baby Boomers. And theoretically anyway,
maybe they are trying to find a sympathetic ear in
someone who can have compassion with what is
turning into a national pastime making fun of Baby
Boomers.
But really, some of these jokes are hilarious.
Because while many Baby
Boomers are aging like that fine wine
we have all heard about, others are
more like prune juice that nobody
wants to hear about. And thus, the
opportunity for the all out assault with
Baby Boomer humor abounds. From
the popular fads back in the day (does
anyone remember or care to remember
go-go dancers) such as big hair, fast
cars and loud music that drove our
parents crazy, we Baby Boomers have
much to offer that can be exploited -
all in good fun of course.
oukari Some of the music of the Baby
Boomer generation remains popular
today. But even these classics aren't immune to Baby
Boomer humor.
Since my Baby Boomer friend and number one
email buddy has once again filled my inbox to
overflowing, I'll share with you a rockin' and rollin'
list of updated song lyrics to accommodate aging
Baby Boomers.
So Baby Boomers, take a breath, crack a smile and
prove to everyone that not only are Baby Boomers
great in numbers, we're great in laughing even if it's
at ourselves.
Here are the updated versions of some of our
favorite songs, with apologies of course to the original
artists.
Herman's Hermits: Mrs. Brown, You've Got a
Lovely Walker


Ringo Starr: I Get by with a Little Help from
Depends
The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Hip?
Bobby Darin: Splish Splash, I Was Havin' a Flash
Johnny Nash: I Can't See Clearly Now
Paul Simon: Fifty Ways to Lose Your Liver
The Commodores: Once, Twice, Three Times to
the Bathroom
Marvin Gaye: Heard It through the Grape Nuts
Procol Harem: A Whiter Shade of Hair
Leo Sayer: You Make Me Feel Like Napping
The Temptations: Papa's Got aKidney Stone
Abba: Denture Queen
Tony Orlando: Knock Three Times on the Ceiling
If You Hear Me Fall
Helen Reddy: I Am Women, Hear Me Snore
Leslie Gore: It's My Procedure, and I'll Cry If I
Want To
And my favorite Willie Nelson: On the
Commode Again
Laugh if you will, but don't count us aging Baby
Boomers out. It was George Bernard Shaw who
wrote that youth was such a wonderful thing it was a
shame to waste it on the young.
From the beginning, the Baby Boomer influence
has been remarkable throughout society, resulting in
major changes and innovations in economics,
technology, healthcare and more.
A few laughs at our expense?
Bring it on and enjoy it.
f know we will.
After all, as everyone knows, old age is always 15
years older than you are.

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Florida Agriculture commissioner


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for 2007


Special to Alachua County Today
TALLAHASSEE -
Florida Agriculture and
Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson has announced that
violations of Florida's Do Not
Call law once again lead the
list of written complaints filed
with the department in 2007.
However, the number of
complaints dropped by more
than 500 from the previous
year.
Bronson releases the list
of top 10 complaints each
year so people will have a
better idea of the types of
consumer issues and crimes
that are impacting the state
and can take steps to protect
themselves. The department
is the clearinghouse for
consumer complaints in
Florida, regulating 11
industries from travel to
telemarketing, and mediating
complaints against
unregulated businesses.
"We have been able to
assist a lot of people who
were victims of unfair and
deceptive busiriess practices,"
Bronson said. "But it is
always better to educate
people about their rights and
responsibilities as consumers
so they won't be targeted in
the first place."
More than 25 thousand
complaints were filed with the
department in calendar year


2007 and the department was
able to recover nearly $4.7
million for consumers.
As in previous years, the
largest number of complaints
involved violations of
Florida's "Do Not Call"
program which prohibits most
telemarketing calls to people
who are on the list. There
were 4,223 complaints in
2007 compared to 4,782 in
2006. Bronson says it may be
that businesses are starting to
recognize that the department
aggressively pursues violators
with fines and are paying
more attention to the list. The
department collected
$252,500 in fines against
telemarketers who violated
the law in 2007.
Consumers can pay a fee
of $10 with a $5 annual
renewal fee to have their
home telephone numbers
placed on the list and avoid
unwanted sales calls. The fee
is used only to administer the
program. The types of calls
that are exempt from the list
can be found at
http://www.800helpfla.com/n
osales.html.
Travel/vacation plans
ranked second on the top 10
list with 2,494 written
complaints, a drop of more
than 1,300 complaints over
2006. There were 1,960
complaints about
communication issues, motor


vehicle repair problems
generated 1,664 complaints,
credit/banking had 1,623
complaints and there were
1,259 complaints about
construction problems, all ten
categories receiving fewer
complaints than the previous
year.
"I hope the reduction in
the number of complaints
means people are becoming
savvier about consumer issues
and not allowing themselves
to fall prey to shoddy
business practices," Bronson
said.
Rounding out the top 10
list of written complaint
categories are: motor vehicle
sales/accessories with 1,214
complaints, other
telemarketing calls with 1,104
complaints, electronic
equipment with 754
complaints and
landlord/tenant issues with
746 complaints.
Bronson urges consumers.
to contact the Department's
Consumer Hotline at 1-800-
HELP FLA (1-800-435-7352)
or 1-800 FL AYUDA (1-800-
352-9832) to register any
complaints, but also to find
out the complaint history
against a company before
conducting any business.
Consumers can also file
complaints online by visiting
the Division of Consumer
Services website at
.www.800helpfla.com.
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A8 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2008


edfompage Motorists don't find it economical to drive out of their way for better gas prices


"When commissioners first
said they were going to adopt
the additional fuel tax [in
Columbia County], people were
up in arms, but now people love
to drive on the connector road
that it funded and the tax is
gone.
"The simple fact is that
somebody has to keep these
roads up and somebody has to
pay," Lewis said about the
roadway network in Columbia
County..
According to Marion County
officials, they have never
imposed the additional 5-cent
tax.

Breaking it down
At over $3 per gallon of
gasoline, Alachua County's 12
cents in taxes are just a small
part of the price of a product
everyone wants to get their
hands on. The State of Florida
mandates counties to charge a
State Comprehensive Enhanced
Transportation 'System Tax
(SCETS) which accounts for
another 6.4 cents. The state
itself charges 15.6 cents on a
gallon of gasoline. The United


States government charges
another 18.4 cents on each
gallon of gasoline. In all, taxes
on gasoline account for over 52
cents on the gallon.
While the taxation on fuel is
black and white, the price at the
pump is harder to breakdown.
Most motorists in the area know
as a general rule, fuel in Alachua
County is more expensive than
in neighboring counties. That
was the case even before the
nickel tax which started earlier
this month. Before January 1,
Alachua County's fuel taxes
were identical to that of Marion
and Columbia counties, but the
price at the pump seemed
worlds apart.
There's no easy way of
nailing down the ever-changing
price of gasoline across
counties, but many people rely
on websites like
FloridaStateGasPrices.com,
where motorists voluntarily post
the price of fuel they've seen at
gas stations. On Wednesday, the
cost of a gallon of gasoline in
Alachua County was 10 to 13
cents more expensive than
Marion County and 4 to 7 cents
more than in Columbia County


according to
FloridaStateGasPrices.com.

The Pantry owns many
local gas stations
To get more answers,
Alachua County Today
contacted Sanford, NC based
The Pantry, Inc., the single
largest owner of gas stations in
Alachua County.
Florida is The Pantry's
largest single market with over
450 stations in the- Sunshine
state. In Alachua County alone,
The Pantry operates some 44
gas stations, many of which are
located adjacent to and across
the street from one another.
Selling fuel under the
company's private label stations
called Kangaroo, Smokers
Express, Lil Champ and many
more, The Pantry is a publicly
traded company which also sells
fuel by larger names such as
Chevron and Mobil.
Keith Bell, Senior Vice
President of Fuels at The Pantry,
offered a variety of explanations
for the price difference in gas
from one county to the next.


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None of his answers, however,
gave clear reasoning why fuel
prices in Alachua County are
consistently higher than those
found in surrounding areas.
Bell said his company does
not price fuel at its stations
based on the cost.
"The price is based largely
on the competitive conditions
within the market place.
"There is no set margin, we
don't price on a cost basis," said
Bell.
At a station in Ocala polled
Wednesday by The Pantry, the
company made just one cent on
each gallon of gas. But The
Pantry made 12 cents on each
gallon of gas at a station polled
in Gainesville according to Bell.
He also insisted that his
company's locations must
remain competitive, even in
cases where The Pantry owns
the only three gas stations on
one side of Interstate 75, such as
near Santa Fe Community
College.
According to The Pantry,
Inc.'s websites, the company
owns four stations in Alachua,
three in Newberry, Hawthorne
and Micanopy, one in LaCrosse
and Archer, 28 in Gainesville
and none in Waldo.

Florida Motor Fuel
Marketing Practices Act
Bell alluded several times to
the company's need to remain
compliant with Florida's Motor
Fuel Marketing Practices Act
(MFMPA). A law gas station
operators are well aware of, the


MFMPA prohibits gas station
owners from pricing gasoline at
the pump below cost.
It's unlikely anyone is going
to accuse The Pantry of pricing
fuel at below cost in Alachua
County. But The Pantry itself
has filed complaints in the past
of alleged below-cost fuel
pricing against other large
station operators in Florida.
While Bell repeatedly
referred to competition as the
explanation for gasoline price
differences, his company has
worked steadily to prevent
competitors from selling fuel in
Alachua County where The
Pantry operates over three dozen
stores.
Bob Cohen, a consultant for
the Pantry, and a City of
Gainesville Plan Board member,
has been vocal against a number
of proposed Wal-Mart super
centers.
The world's largest retailer,
Wal-Mart, typically includes gas
stations at its super center stores,
and is much of the reason the
MFMPA exists. Before the law
was adopted several years ago,
Wal-Mart priced fuel at what
competitors called below
wholesale costs something the
retailer could afford to do
because it lured patrons in to
buy other products from its
massive stores.
Bell said over time allowing


gas stations to sell fuel at ultra-
cheap prices would put nearby
fuel providers out of business,
reducing the competitive
marketplace. And Bell may be
right. But he would not
comment on why his company
continues to oppose the
construction of stores like Wal-
Mart super- centers when the
MFMPA exists.
At a number of gas stations
in Alachua County owned by
The Pantry, notes on the pumps
recently told consumers to thank
their County Commissioners for
the increased cost of fuel, but
such a statement unduly points
the finger at local government.
according Communications
Coordinator Sexton.
"Blaming it on the gas tax is
really disingenuous," said
Sexton.
No one seems to point out
directly why fuel prices in,
Alachua County are higher than'
those in surrounding counties.:
But the elephant in the comer of
the room may well be that,
motorists aren't willing to drive:
across, county lines, so,
competition only exists in a;
largely closed: market. Bell'
agreed that motorists typically,
buy fuel close to home or close,
to work because it's convenient,;
and in most cases, the cost of,
driving to another county isn't
worth the savings.


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High Springs Police cocaine
Department several
The information below has transpo
been compiled based on police Sheriff
reports provided by the High the Jail
Springs Police Department,


Today StaffReport

*The High Springs Police
Department reports that High
Springs resident David Nobles II,
22, was arrested Friday and is
being charged with possession of


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alleged.
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traffic citations and
)rted to Alachua County
's Office Department of
without incident.

oy Bond, 47, of High
s, was charged Thursday
Grand Theft auto for
ly stealing High Springs
t Bobbi Brainard's vehicle,
ng to the High Springs
Department.


*Fort White resident Terry
Yerger, 19, and two others are
suspects in the theft of nine cases
of Pepsi from the High Springs'
Coastal Mart at 10 NW 1st
Avenue, reported the High
Springs Police Department.
Coastal Mart employee John
Courtney witnessed the three
subjects pumping gas and loading
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5'09" 5-07, 150 Ibs
Brown Hair, Red Hair,
Brown Eyes Brown Eyes


Currently
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Worthless
Checks


Currently
wanted for:
Burglary (two
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Brian W.
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White Male,
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5-06, 155 Ibs
Brown Hair,
Green Eyes

Currently
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Substance by
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Levi Ray John M.
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White Male, White Male,
/31/1987 5/28/86
5'10" Brown Hair,
rown Hair, Brown Eyes


Brown Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Possession of
Drug.
Paraphernalia


Currently
wanted for:
Grand Theft III,
Deal In Stolen
Property X 9,
Fraud-False
Owner Info
Pawn Items X 9


Favona D. William
Boston Dougherty


Black Female,
8/23/83
5'4"1
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Pass Forged
Altered
Instru'menit


White Male,
09/21/1984
5'10"
Brown Hair,
Brown Hair

Currently
wanted for:
Resist Officer
without violence


Gena
Paul
Black Female,
04/20/1986
5'03"
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Public order
crimes, Sell/
Possess cocaine


Derrick
Moore
Black Male,'
10/30/61
6-00, 190 Ibs
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Grand Theft


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Earl Hamilton
White Male,
8/14/49
5-11, 160 Ibs
Gray Hair,
Hazel Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Felony DWLSR,
Improper Tag.


-April D.
Collins
White Female,
4/01/73
5-06, 150 Ibs
Brown Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Grand Theft


Freddie L. Tanisha A.
Neal Wright
Black Male, Black Female,
8/26/1976 12/24/1984
6'02" 5'02"


Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Battery


Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Petit Theft


Douglas W.
Tate
White Male,
12/11/1964
5'11"
Brown Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Grand Theft,
Fraud


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Graham Mufson
Black Female, Black Male,
3/8/83 7/30/70
5'7" 5'6"
Black Hair, Black Hair,
Brown Eyes Brown Eyes


Currently
wanted for:
Aggra-Assault


Review the pictures above. ,If you know the
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contact the Combined Communications Center at
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JCrime Stoppers at-352-372-STOg,


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ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2008


The Eye of the Dolphin


By KEES BOER
Today Entertainment Writer
Troubled teenager Carly Schroeder
plays Alyssa, who is living with her
grandmother, since her mother had passed
away a year earlier. She is kicked out of
school for smoking dope, prompting her
grandmother to suggest she goes with her
to the Bahamas to visit her father. Alyssa
had never met her father and had assumed
he wasn't still alive. Equally mistaken was
her father, who was unaware he had a
daughter.
Now, every teenager would love to go
to the Bahamas,. but Alyssa isn't really too
pleased at all especially, when she meets
her father, who is a drunk.
Her father is a marine biologist, who is
in the Bahamas studying dolphins, and has
come to the conclusion that dolphins have
a highly developed sense of
communication with each other, but he
needs some extra time to prove it. But the
local city government is pressuring him,
his grant is running out, and they haven't
seen any results yet from his research.
Meanwhile, tourists are hindering his


research through their continued
interactions with the dolphins.
Alyssa's father isn't pleased to
suddenly learn he has a daughter, and it
takes their common interest in the dolphins
for them to bond as father and daughter.
The film shows the dolphins in all their
glory, and unlike most modem films, it's
actually not that fast moving, which gives
it a really nice pace. The Eye of the
Dolphin is a film of hope and the love
between a father and his daughter. The
scenery of the Bahamas and the deep azure
waters is definitely breathtaking.
Several months ago I spoke with Carly
about the film and she said she really
enjoyed being able to swim with the
dolphins, which is a scene in the film.
Carly's performance is worthy of an
Oscar nomination. I've followed this
actress since her performances on the
Lizzie McGuire show and movie, and this
is by far her best performance.
The film is rated PG-13 for substance
abuse involving a teenager. Normally,
when a'film is PG-13, I don't see as family
friendly. But the Eye of the Dolphin is an


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exception, and I recommend it for
teenagers. It's a beautiful film.

Editor's Note: Today Entertainment
Writer Kees Boer is committed to
Compassion International, an
organization that helps children in
developing countries through education,
health services and spiritual guidance.
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Gladys Callisaya, a child he sponsors
through Compassion International.
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w a deep breath. A soft sea breeze tossed her dark hair over
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her would now have time to explore the island all day,
y day. Sarah liked playing on the big rocks by the water
watching for ships to pass by. But best of all, she liked
g to the top of the lighthouse.
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brother, Gabriel.


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School is out at last and Sarah Callaway has returned to Lighthouse
Island for the summer. She is happy to be back home to help her father take
care of the lighthouse. But, on her first day home, a mystery develops when
Sarah discovers a monkey perched up on the lighthouse galley and a strange
boat is found hidden in the cove. Sarah's summer adventure becomes a real
circus in a story titled "Freedom Circus."


A big tomcat lived in the boathouse. Sarah called him "Admiral,"
but he was not very friendly. Admiral had come as a stowaway on
the mail boat. Gabe had a dog named Prince, but there were no
other animals on the island except for seagulls that flew overhead
looking for food.
For many weeks, Sarah had been on the mainland going to school.
This was her first day back on the island. It was a beautiful day and
she was eager to climb the lighthouse. Taking the narrow winding
tower stairs, she made her way up the lighthouse. Sarah felt close
to heaven up there. Even on a cold day, it was warm in the
lantern room.
Because Poppa kept the storm panes very clean, Sarah could see for
miles and miles. The storm panes had to be clean so the lamp light
could shine far out to sea. Ship captains used the light to guide their
ships to safety.
Around the top of the lighthouse was a gallery with an iron railing.
Standing on the gallery, Poppa could clean the outside of the storm
panes. Sometimes, Sarah and Gabe were allowed out on the gallery,
but only in nice weather, and only if one of their parents went
with them.
The lantern room was like a circle. In one direction Sarah could
see all the way to the other side of the island. She could even see
a bit of the mainland. Walking around to the other side of the room,
she looked out to sea. Sometimes she could see ships coming very
close. But most of the time, they were only little dots on the ocean
far away.
Sarah strained her eyes, looking for a ship. Suddenly, out of the
corner of her eye, she saw movement. Sarah turned her head,
expecting to see a seagull floating by. But it was not'a seagull.
It was something Sarah had never seen in all her life.
Right there, perched on the gallery rail, was a monkey!
Sarah squealed in surprise and stared hard at the monkey. The
monkey, with a grin on its face, stared right back at her. It
seemed as surprised to see Sarah as she was to seethe monkey.


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William "Bill" E. Elrod of
Jacksonville, Florida passed
away January 9, 2008. He was
73.
Born in Barrow County,
Georgia, he was preceded in
death by his parents, Oswald and
Laura Elirod and sister, Margaret
White.
Bill served
his country in
the United
States Navy. He
was a veteran of
the Korean
Conflict. and
retired from
Elrod active duty after
23 years of distinguished service.
In his civilian years he
worked for the United States Post
Office until his retirement.
I He enjoyed hunting and.
fishing, although his true passion
was bluegrass music. He was a
well-known bluegrass mandolin
player and highly regarded in the
bluegrass community.
He was a member of Evangel
Temple Assembly of God. He
was a Master Mason,. Scottish
Rite, and a Shriner for over 40
years.
Bill was a beloved husband,.
father, grandfather and friend. He
had a strong spirit and deep love
for his country, family and
friends, and will be truly missed.
Survivors include his wife of
50 years, Joyce "Joy"; son, James
of Jacksonville; daughter, Laura
Shepard of St. Augustine;
granddaughter, Jennifer Shepard
of Palm Coast; numerous nieces
and nephews in Florida and
Georgia and his beloved dogs,
Buddy" and "Sweetie."


A memorial service will be
held at 10 a.m., Saturday, January
26, 2008 at Evangel Temple
Assembly of God, 5755 Ramona
Blvd., Jacksonville Florida
32205.
The committal service will
follow at 1 p.m. at North Pleasant
Grove Baptist Church Cemetery,
25330 NW CR 239, Alachua.
Those who prefer may send
memorials to the Evangel Temple
Assembly of God Building Fund
or The American Cancer Society.
Arrangements by Giddens-
Reed Funeral Home, 904-266-
2337.

Master Namorien
Amonte Smith
Master Namorien Amonte
Smith passed on January 16,
2008. He was six months old.
Survivors include his mother,
Natasha Elena Fleming of Fort
White; father, NaJeeb Smith, Sr.
of Lake Butler; grandparents, Mr.
and Mrs. Glen Fleming of Fort
White, Kammy Highland of Lake
Butler and Henry Smith of New
Jersey.
Services for Master Smith
were held Monday, January 21,
2008 at Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church, Fort White, Rev.
William Jones, Pastor and burial
followed in Fort Call Cemetery in
Lake Butler.
Arrangements were entrusted
to A. Jerome Brown 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 policy.


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Higher Calling Christian Outreach


seeking church partners


Special to Alachua County Today
HIGH SPRINGS Higher
Calling Christian Outreach is a
new organization in High
Springs that is bringing area
churches together to jointly
pursue local, social ministries.
Higher Calling Christian
Outreach, HCCO. has a mission
statement that says it all:
"Christ's family uniting to bring
His compassion to those in
need."
HCCO is looking for
representation from all
churches in the area to serve on


the steering committee so we
can build an organization to
identify community projects
and the resources to address
these needs. Our goal is not to
replace any existing programs
or ministries such as Catholic
Charities, but to augment those
ministries with a network of
combined talents and resources
from members of all the local
churches. Many needs in the
community could be addressed
- needs such as transportation,
counseling, mentoring, and
handyman services.


aNorth Pleasant Grove Baptist Church is
having an Old Fashion Pig Roast on
Saturday, Feb. 2. The pig roast will be at 4
p.m. followed by a Pure Heart Concert at 6
,p.m.
Pastor Edwin A. Gardner. The church is
located at 25330 NW CR 239, Alachua, 1/2
mile North of CR 236 and 239/intersection.
For information, call the church office 386-
462-3317.


If you feel God is nudging
you to get involved in this joint
effort, or if you know someone
else who feels called to serve
through this ecumenical
ministry, please contact Ann
Marie Smith at 386-454-5640.
The next monthly meeting of
the HCCO steering committee
is Feb. 13, at High Springs First
United Methodist Church
immediately following the 6
p.m. church dinner. Prospective
members are welcome to
attend.
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aFoundation Chapel Church of God by
Faith is proud to serve the community as a
host site for food distribution by The
Gainesville Harvest. You are welcome to
come every Thursday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
The church is located at 13220 NW 150
Avenue, Alachua. The phone is 386-462-2549.
Elder Willie J. McKnight, Sr., Pastor
mHare Krishna Temple Free feast every
'Sunday at 4 p.m. The Temple is located three
miles north of Alachua on State Road 235.


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Special to Alachua County Today
HIGH SPRINGS --
GraceWorks Community
Outreach of High Springs has
extended a 30-day challenge
match of up to $3,000 for the
fundraising campaign for
bathroom facilities at Catherine
Taylor Park, located at 210 SE


Douglas Street in High Springs.
GraceWorks will match
collected contributions up to
$3,000 until Feb. 17, 2008.
GraceWorks helps the local
community by selling donated
goods to raise funds for those in
need and by providing
individuals and families with


food, clothes, household items
and assistance in finding
employment. GraceWorks runs
entirely on a volunteer staff.
For more information, contact
Glenda Heft at 386-454-5043.
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The perfect gift from God


Special to Alachua County Today
Christmas Day is finally
here: a simple phrase has
different meanings for different
people in the.United States. For
some it means an
end to the long lines
at Wal-Mart or the
mall and the
maddening search
for parking, the
traffic jams and
hordes of shoppers
in the stores and at
the grocery. I
overheard one
stressed-out person
mutter, "I can't wait The Ven..
for Christmas to be Leasure
over!" It is All Saints
extr e m e l y Church, G
unfortunate that A parish c
some people seem Christian
to have forgotten Church
the true meaning of
Christmas.
The excessiveness of gift-
giving during this season has
gotten to the point that some go
into great debt buying "things."
I have to admit that I have been
guilty of that in the past myself.
We all want to give "good"
presents. This tradition of gift-
giving is said to come from the
gifts' brought to the Christ-child
by 'the Magi; gold from
Gaspard, frankincense from
Melchior, and myrrh from
Balthazar.
But I want to tell you about
another, more valuable gift, one


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that holds more meaning than
material .earthly trinkets, given
to all of mankind from a most
loving God. The words I mean
are taken from the Prophet
Isaiah, the sixth verse of the
ninth chapter. "For
unto us a child is
born, unto us a son
is given: and the
government shall
be upon his
shoulder: and his
name shall be
called Wonderful,
Counsellor, The
mighty God, The
everlasting Father,
hn E. The Prince. of

nglican Peace." The first
inesville. two statements of
the this prophecy are
piscopal what we are going
to look at a little
more closely.
"For unto us a child is
born..." Can there be any
greater gift than the Saviour of
all mankind? He, through
whom the world was created,
came to us as a babe, wrapped
in swaddling clothes and lying
in a manger. He stepped from
His Heavenly Throne into a
stable and lay where animals
feed. Why would He do such a
thing? Quite simply, He did this
because He loves us. And it is
only by Jesus assuming our sin-
filled human nature that
salvation can occur. If He did
not assume our human nature


there would be no connection
between Him and mankind. We
as humans cannot assume His
Divine nature because we are
not without sin. So our Lord
assumed our nature and was
both human and Divine, the
God-Man. It is by this
connection that we are tied to
Him and also to Hi4 Father.
The second statement is,
"unto us a son is given..." In
this portion of the prophecy, we
are shown that, God the Son
was born to be sacrificed, He
knew this and yet He humbled
Himself to assume our human
nature. You might ask, "why
was it necessary that Jesus die?"
If we go back to the Fall in the
Garden of Eden, death was
introduced into the world, by
the sin of man.
Christ took upon Himself,
the sin of mankind, and in His
death, resurrection and
ascension defeated death and
reconciled mankind to God. By
Jesus' victory over death, those
who share in His human nature
are assured eternal life if they
believe and accept Christ as
their Saviour.
In the third chapter of Saint
John we are told, "For God so
loved the world, that he gave his
only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have
everlasting life. For God sent
not his Son into the world to
condemn the world; but that the


world through him might be
saved. He that believeth on him
is not condemned: but he that
believeth not, is condemned
already, because he hath not
believed in the name of the only
begotten Son of God."
We are here today, this
moment, to celebrate the giving
of a gift so wondrous that it is
impossible to comprehend


Himself to bring the lost and
wandering sheep back into
communion, to everlasting life
with Him. How. can any
material gift of this sin-filled
world compare to that? And it
is our task to share this gift of
love with the world; it is our
duty to our most Gracious and
Glorious Lord and Saviour, who
has done so much for us.


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The Heartland Community Places of Worship


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

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S386-462-2264

HI RIST CENTRAL
INT STRIE S
"Building Life Together"
Temporary Location
Located at 14200 NW 148th Place
Downtown Alachua (in the old Post Office)


Service Times:
Sunday


9:00-10:15am


10O:30-1I:OOam
Lfe Groups
meet at various times during the week.
Wednesday
7:13pm


W First Presbyterian
Church
of Alachua
Rev. Virginia McDaniel, Pastor
14623 NW 140 Street
(386) 462-1549
Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship Service
10:30 a.m' Nursery provided.
www.firstpresalachua.org

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

Legacy laptist Church
S mSunday 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 pin
Pastor John Jernigan (386)454-5529
www.legacybaptistchurch.org

New St. Mary Missionary
Baptist Church
13800 NE 158th Avenue, Alachua 32616
Rev. Daniel H. McNish, Pastor
Phone & FAX (386) 462-7129
Services: Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship 11 am.-Ist, 2nd, 3rd Sunday
Quarterly 11 a.m. 4th Sun. Birthday Rally
Service; Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer
Meeting & Bible Study
St. Bartholomew's S
Episcopal Church
Anglican Tradition
Sunday Services at 10 a.m.
105 NW 2nd St. (next door
to High Springs City Hall)
i Father David Kidd
S (386) 454-9812


lI Saitnts anglifean Chulnt
A 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
are proclaimed
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.


First United Methodist
Church of Alachua
14805 NW 140th Street 462-2443
Rev. Rob Atchley, Pastor
JeffVan Valey, Youth & Children's Minister
Worship, 8:30 am. & 11 a.m.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Youth Events, 4:30 p.m.
www.gbgm-umc.6rg/alachuafumc

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

Living Hope in Christ
Outreach Ministries
1120 S. Main Street, High Springs
Located on Hwy 27 across from Twnblemania
Hour of Power Sun. 9 a.m., Sunday School 10 am.,
Morning Worship 11 a.m.; 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays
Evening Services 4 p.m.; Prayer & Bible Study
Tues. 7 p.m.; Street Ministry every 4th Sat. 10 a.m.
E-mail: Livinghopeinchristom@yahoo.com
Pastor Larry Cannady, Sr. (386) 454-4169


North Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
25330 NW CR239 (1/4 mi north of CR236)
(386) 462-3317 edwin3441@cox.net
Rev. Edwin A. Gardner, Pastor
Sun. Breakfast 9:30 aam.; Sun. School 9:45 am.;
Worship 10:45 a.m.; Spanish Sunday School 2:30
p.m.; Spanish worship 3:30 p.m.; Spanish Supper
4:30 p.m.; Choir Rehearsal 5 p.m.; Evening Service
6 p.m.; Weds. Bible Study 7 p.m.
Your search for friendly church has ended

St. John's United
Methodist Church
Open Arms, Loving Hearts
J & 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


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Worship
here
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for more information.


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CHRISTIAN FAMILY WORSHIP
CENTER AND BIBLE 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



CFellowship
SChurch
Contemporary Praise & Worship
Bible Study at 9:30 a.m.
Worship at 10:45 a.m.
16916 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs
386-454-1700 www.FellowshipOnline.org


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


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Worship
here
Call (386) 462-3355
for more information.


PASSAGE
Family Church
"Reaching h coliph where thin, are"


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2020 NE 15 Street
Gainesville
(352) 336-8686


www.passageministnies.org


"We know that in all things
we are more than
Conquerors. We are
Champions." Romans 8:37


Visit us at Sidney Lanier School, located at 312NW 16Ave. (Near Burger King, Comer of Main & 16thAve.)
* Congregational Prayer: 10 am. Praise & Worship: 10:30 a.m. Morning Service: 11 a.m.
Children's Church: 11 a.m. Bible Study: Wed Evening 7 p.m.
Bible Study location announced Sunday For information call: (352) 318-2208


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


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 pmn.; Tuesday: YSB 7p.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


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


Grace Community Church (PCA)
ANew Church in Western Alachua County M
Pastor Ty Keys
New Location: 25705 SW 15 Avenue
in Newberry Elementary School Cafeteria
(352) 472-9500
Worship: Sunday 9 am.Nursery provided.
For info go to www.gracecommunityPCA.org
Reaching Out with the Love of Christ by Lqfing Up
the Name of Christ-Come hear the Doctrines of Grace

Service Times
Sunday 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
Youth Service Wed. 7:30 p.m.


Ves Senior Pastors: Edwin & Angela Anderson
MPactiR of 386-454-1563
with t Word." www.impactfamilychurch.com
Gods 16710 NW US 441 Between High Springs & Alachua

New Oak Grove Baptist Church
Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship, 11 am., List your Place of
Evening Service 6 p.m. Worship
Wednesday Fellowship Meal 6 p.m.
Prayer Mtg/B'ible Study 7 p.m. here
RAs, GAs & Students 7 p.m. Call (386) 462-3355
Nursery Provided
Terry Elixson, Jr., Pastor for more information.
386-462-3390 18105 NW 262 Avenue

Services
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Children's Church 11:30 a.m.
Adulo &Wednesday:
olfGod Adult & Children Bible Study 7 p.m.
Located at 14200 NW 148th Place Consumed Youth Service 7 p.m.
Downtown Alachua Nursery provided for all services.
www.riveroflifeassembly.org Pastor Greg Evans 352-870-7288


St. Luke A.M.E. Church
Wednesday- 7:00 P.M. Family Study
Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. Church School
11 a.m. Morning Worship
Rev. James R. Watkins, Pastor
Theme: "Knowing and Growing"
14950 Martin Luther King Blvd/Hwy 441
386.462.2732(church) 386.462.4396 (Fax)
stlukeamechurch@alltel.net


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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
(386) 45.-2358_


FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF ALACHUA

IMPAC ING One Block east of Main Street in Alachua
. .4 .ma.-amB_ (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


Miracle Restoration &
Deliverance Center
House of Prayer


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
ALACHUA COUNTY,
FLORIDA
'PROBATE DIVISION

File No. 07-CP-1902
Division: A

IN RE: ESTATE OF
STEPHEN G. RYAN, JR., A/K/A
STEPHEN G. RYAN
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS

The ancillary administration
of the estate of STPEHEN G.
RYAN, JR., a/k/a STEPHEN G.
RYAN, deceased, whose date of
death was November 17, 2007,
is pending in the Circuit Court
for Alachua County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of
which is P.O. Box 600,
Gainesville, FL 32602. (201 E.
University Ave, Gainesville, FL
32601). The names and
addresses of the personal
representative and the personal
representatives' attorney are set
forth below.

All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's
Estate on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be served
must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.

All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons
having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must
file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST


PUBLICATION
NOTICE.


OF THIS


ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE
TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of
this notice is January 17, 2008.


Attorney for
Representative:


Personal


Nancy E. Yenser
NANCY E. YENSER, P.L.
Florida Bar No. 222348
Post Office Box 1440
Gainesville, FL 32602-1440
Telephone: (352) 378-8544

Personal Representative:

NANCY E. RYAN
5120 NW 30TH LANE
GAINESVILLE, FL 32606
(Published: Alachua County
Today January 17
and 24, 2008)


NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: A-
1 TOWING SVC/AUTO
REPAIRS gives Notice of
Foreclosure of Lien and intent to
sell these vehicles on
2/07/2008, 10:00 a.m. at 14515
NW PEGGY RD, ALACHUA, FL
32615-5449, pursuant to
subsection 713.78 of the Florida
Statutes. A-1 TOWING
SVC/AUTO REPAIRS reserves
the right to accept or reject any
and/or all bids.

1G3HN54C7L1832116
1990 OLDSMOBILE
(Publish: Alachua County
Today January 24, 2008)
NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: A-
1 TOWING SVC/AUTO
REPAIRS gives Notice of
Foreclosure of Lien and intent to
sell these vehicles on
2/12/2008, 10:00 a.m. at 14515
NW PEGGY RD, ALACHUA, FL
32615-5449, pursuant to
subsection 713.78 of the Florida
Statutes. A-1 TOWING
SVC/AUTO REPAIRS reserves
the right to accept or reject any
and/or all bids.

2MECM75FOLX667906
1990 MERCURY

(Publish: Alachua County
Today January 24, 2008)


BRANCH MANAGER
Millennium Bank, a recipient of the Business of the Year
Award for three years, has a Branch Manager opportunity
at our Alachua Branch. Plans, directs, and organizes
sales and daily operational activities, including lending,
new accounts, staffing and customer service. Position
requires professionalism, proven sales and supervisory
experience, sound judgment and decision-making ability.
Bachelor's degree with business management emphasis or
equivalent experience is preferred.
For more information and to apply, visit Millennium Bank
located in the Millennium Center on 4340 Newberry Road.
EOE/AA/DFWP
352-335-0999 ...www.millenniumbank.net


NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: A-
1 TOWING SVC/AUTO
REPAIRS gives Notice of
Foreclosure of Lien and intent to
sell these vehicles on
2/08/2008, 10:00 a.m. at 14515
NW PEGGY RD, ALACHUA, FL
32615-5449, pursuant to
subsection 713.78 of the Florida
Statutes. A-1 TOWING
SVC/AUTO REPAIRS reserves
the right to accept or reject any
and/or all bids.
JT2EL45F6N0036549
1992 TOYOTA
(Publish: Alachua County
Today January-24, 2008)
Request for Proposals
City of Alachua

RFP 2008-03
Construction of Concession
Stand and Restroom Facility


The City of Alachua is
requesting proposals from
qualified building and/or general
contractors for construction of a
proposed 1,200 sq ft concession
stand and restroom facility to be
located at the Hal Brady
Recreation Center baseball
field, 14300 NW 146th Terrace,
Alachua FL. The building will be
concrete block construction.
Completion time will be a
primary consideration in
evaluating proposals.

To be considered responsive,
proposals must be received by
the City prior to 4:30PM, 8
February 2008. Proposals
should be clearly marked "RFP
2008-Q3 Construction of.
Concession Stand and
Restroom Facility" and
submitted to Frank Sodek, Ill,
City of Alachua, 15100 NW
142nd Terrace, Alachua, FL
32615. The City reserves the


right to reject any and all
proposals. Contact Frank
Sodek at 386-418-6105
(fsodek@cityofalachua.com) for
proposal documents and
blueprints.

The City of Alachua supports
Equal Opportunity Employment,
Fair Housing, Drug-Free
Workplace and providing
Handicapped Access.

(Published: Alachua County
Today January 24, 2008)
NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: A-
1 TOWING SVC/AUTO
REPAIRS gives Notice of
Foreclosure of Lien and intent to
sell these vehicles on
2/04/2008, 10:00 a.m. at 14515
NW PEGGY RD, ALACHUA, FL
32615-5449, pursuant to
subsection 713.78 of the Florida
Statutes. A-1 TOWING
SVC/AUTO REPAIRS reserves


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On December 1, 2007 Lane Hevel, marketing manager for
Gainesville Today was injured at Ironwood Golf Course during a
golf tournament. Since the accident, Lane has been and still remains
at Shands Hospital. Over the years, the relationship with many of
Lane's customers has become one of friendship. Those of us that
consider both Terry and Lane our fi-iends have come together to
organize an effort to help them financially during this difficult time.


Donations
Donations may be made at any SunState Federal Credit Union. Just
mention to the teller you want to donate to the Lane Hevel Fund.
Below are all the SFCU Location in Gainesville/Alachua Area:

Alachua 14520 NW US Hwy. 441 (386) 462-3900
Gainesville Main Branch 405 SE 2nd Place -(352) 381-5200
Gainesville VA Hospital 1601 SW Archer Rd. (352) 244-5242
Gainesville Magnolia Parke 4936 NW 39 Ave. (352) 378-2125


You can also write a check payable to Terry Hevel and mail it to her
c/o Gainesville Today, 2306 SW 13th Street, #1101, Gainesville, FL
32608


Golf Tournament
The Lane Hevel Golf Charity Tournament is scheduled for
February 23rd at 12:30 p.m. at Ironwood Golf Course.

To register, please go to the website HelpLaneHevel.com, select
golf tournament, and you will be able to click on register.

There are several different sponsorships. Please choose one that
best fits you. Either mail in the form to Casey Smith, APR, 2306
SW 13th Street, Ste 1101, Gainesville, FL 32608 or fax it to 352-
338-9006. Entry deadline is January 31, 2008. If you have any
questions please e-mail Casey Smith at Gainesville Today
casey@gainesvilletoday.com.


Whether you are able to help or not, we hope you will pray for his
speedy recovery.


Warm wishes are sent to

Terry and Lane Hevel

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B6 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY BUSINESS & SERVICES DIRECTORY THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2008


the right to accept or reject any
and/or all bids.
1N6SD11S2MC417382
1991 NISSAN
(Publish: Alachua County
Today January 24, 2008)
ADC Self Storage, in accor-
dance with the Florida Self
Storage Act, hereby notifies that
the following units are sche-
duled for public auction, or other
disposal, on Monday, February
11, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. The
Auction, or other disposal, will
be held at ADC Self Storage,
13701 NW US Hwy 441,
Alachua, Florida 32616
A04 Richard Carl Kinsey
A20 John Wilson Reynolds
A113 Melissa Leigh Sullivan
C03 Bruce G Cherry
D12 Leaf S Blanchard
D20 Pamela Biggs
B13 Donna Haile Sheppard
(Published Alachua County
Today January 24 & 31, 2008)


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to the Police Department. He
was my best friend. If anyone
out there has seen him or knows
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High Springs quiet ,safe 1
BR apt. on water. Great view.
next to state park and river.
500/month references,
386 454 7562 or 352 318 4602
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New one-bedroom house on
10 acres. Six miles north of
Alachua. Utilities included. No
dirt roads. $220/week, first, last
and deposit. 352-514-4356 cell
or 386-462-3084.
3BR/2BA Foreclosure! $32,100!
Only $238/Mo! 5% down 20 years
@ 8% apr. Buy, 4/BR $421/Mo!
For listings (800)366-9783 Ext
5798.


SAWMILLS from only $2,990-
Convert your LOGS TO VAL-
UABLE LUMBER with your own
Norwood portable band sawmill.
Log skidders also available.
www.norwoodsawmills.com/300
N FREE Information:
(800)578-1363-Ext: 300-N.




DISCOUNT SHEDS USA!
Financing Available! 100 Alum-
inum & Steel Portable Buildings
in Stock. Corner of Waldo Road
and NE 31 Avenue. 5-Acres of
Buildings. Call 352/373-6294,
352/372-0304 or 1-800-559-
2449, Gainesville.


BUILDINGS FOR SALE! "Rock
Bottom Prices!" 25x30 Now
$4100. 25x40 $5400. 30x40
$6400. 35x50 $8790. 35x70
$11,990. 40x80 $14,900.
Others. MANUFACTURER DIR-
ECT since 1980... (800)668-
5422.


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AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train
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DIVORCE$275-$350*COVERS
children, etc. Only one signature
required! *Excludes govt. fees!
Call weekdays (800)462-2000,
ext.600. (8am-6pm) Alta Di-
vorce, LLC. Established 1977.


Damon
Waitson
352-15-69'


OAK RIDGE
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iKtEA nuHOM ruO RA G(EAMI
PRICEI This 1775 sq ft 3BR/2BA
home on 6 acres of pasture, gorgeous
trees, many upgrades, wood floors,
Jacuzzi tub, energy star certified.
Convenient to Gainesville. Seller priced
home for QUICK SALE. $249,900.




Beautifully landscaped and well
kept 5+ acre lot with gorgeous
4BR/2BA pool home. Fireplace,
huge Jacuzzi tub, terracotta tile
floors and open floor plan. This is
a must see at $339,900..


NOW AVAILABLE! 2008 POST
OFFICE JOBS. $18-$20/HR.
NO EXPERIENCE, PAID
TRAINING, FED BENEFITS,
VACATIONS. CALL (800)910-
9941 TODAY! REF #FL08.


Real Estate Auction 1-26-08
at 1pm. Commercial building,
Commercial vacant lot
Residential lot in Live Oak. For
info call (888)821-0891 or
www.iwhillauctions.com
AB#2083.
Absolute Auction, Homes &
Land. No Minimums, Homes
and Lots will be sold absolutely.
Live Auction, Phone bidding
permitted. Realtor/au460 Neal
VanDeRee Auction (941)488-
3600 www.vanderee.com.
Absolute Auction!! Developer
close-out sale. New 1, 2 & 3
bedroom condos in Viera
Beach, FL. 20 left from 250+. 10
are being sold ABSOLUTE
February 10 at 1pm. Viera
Holiday Inn. (941)373-1433
www.MarshaWolakAuctions.co
m AU3600 AB2578 BK536374.
Real Estate Auction 1-26-08 at
1pm. Commercial building,
Commercial vacant lot Residen-
tial lot in Live Oak. For info call
(888)821-0891 or www.iwhill
auctions.com AB#2083.







Club Car Electric Golf Cart.
1994 rarely used. White W/Rear
Seat New Batteries in 09/2004.
Call Chris at 352-538-0798


$500 POLICE IMPOUNDS Cars
from $500! Tax Repos, US
Marshall and IRS sales! Cars,
Trucks, SUV's, Toyota's,
Honda's, Chevy's, more! For
Listings Call (800)425-1730
x2384.


Single Famil-y
Homes 'i the
$180s


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A steal currently priced thousands Incredible new home has
below its $160K+ appraisal.Come 3BR/2BA, oak cabinets and
see this 3BR/2BA 1444 sqft home all new appliances. Conven-
located on 3.5 heavily wooded iently located in Alachua.
acres! In Columbia county just $149,900.
north of High Springs $139,900. $4,0
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Great home, location & price. New energy Efiiciency eaniii ru e 2 rBWjDMA, iurt07sq futWinuuoe
tile & laminate flooing, new kitchen $$$ in your pocket Super energy is move-in ready. Convenient to
te& bat" cainets &, ,conte tops effident 3BR/2BA home on 1/2 are Jachua, 1-75 & Gainesville
& bath cabUnets& counter -ps. lot loaded with upgrades & detailed .c uad
I -I d includes private fenced-in courtyard.
Freshly painted. Located near quality. W ood lam inate flooring, .. is ]e, ,n c .... ,-
University & Downtown $141,900. maple cabinets w/solid surface Seller will pay $2000 towards
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,. ---- Country comfort! 2004 concrete block 3BR 2BA 2176sf home designed
niThriialiT-eal s Am ,with no space wasted and'5+ acres is accented with a 36x36 detached
ww.horizonrealty-realtors.com garage/workshop. Just moments to Alachua, High Springs & Gainesville.
Sn $339,900 MLS#282485.

i SeFrving the community since 1979
LEADING


RESIDENTIAL
Space plus location here with 4BR 2BA
home. A separate living room & family room
with a FP, oversized kitchen, large master suite
and a great open floor plan. $130,000
MLS#287193

Looks as good as the day they moved in!
2BR 2BA home with a large vaulted living
area and all appliances included. Located on a
half acre lot with a storage building. $149,900
MLS#284706

Just need 2 bedrooms and 1 bath on almost
a half acre of gorgeous lawn? One owner,
well-maintained home includes CB
outbuilding and one-car carport close to


Gainesville and 1-75. $115,000 MLS#283507
Redone from top to bottom and clean as a
whistle! Concrete block 3BR 1BA 1014sf
home features ceramic tile flooring, utility room
and carport. A great starter home or investment

HOMES WTIHACREAGE

rental. $139,900 MLS#284711
Enjoy the easy life. 5 acres of lush grass,
over 8 varieties of trees. Charming country
home, tile throughout and 3 sets of French
doors leading to lanai.. 2 stall barn, tack
room plus covered area for storage. $299,900
MLS#281018

Pristine 3BR 2BA home with an open floor
plan, over 2200sf of living space including a


study on 5 acres. Walnut wood floors,
Corian counters, seamless sink, SS
appliances plus many more extras located be
tween Alachua and High Springs. $365,000
MLS#287201

10 private acres in North Newberry with
immaculate 1997 3BR 2BA DWMH. This
mini-farm has some open pasture and some
woods for all of your pets and activities.
$154,900 MLS#274344

Own your own estate gorgeous 5+ acres
and a 3BR 2BA 1485sf CB home. Large
oaks and pasture in homes only subdivision.
Features screened porch, 2-car garage,
security system, fully fenced and. more.
$294,900 MLS#287380


PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE!

2500sf with reception area, private offices, 2 large kitchen area. Located across from Alarion Bank on 441
executive offices, conference room, file/copy room & in Alachua.


THINKING ABOUTA CAREER IN REAL ESTATE? CALL US TODAY!


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at through the years!)

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Home on 5 acres in River Rise
subdivision. 3BR/2.5BA home
with separate study is loaded
with upgrades. If you're looking
for a home with it all, you'll love
this one. $398,900.
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