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Today Staff Report
; 'ALACHUA - An Alachua
ksident was arrested.Thursday
dight after leaving a Santa Fe
iigh School (SFHS) basketball
game with imitation drugs.
C Chanci Miller, 19, who is
On probation with the Florida
game, and a
Miller uas wanted by
;i. the Alachua
Gpunty Sheriff's Office for
';l.After Miller was arrested,
Alachua Police Department
OPD) officers searched him
abd found 28 baggies with a
White powder packaged to look
Springs Police Department will
S6on welcome an officer with a
little more bite to their team.
SHigh Springs Police
C(ief James Troiano was
granted permission by the
. Continued on page A7
High Springs gives nod to Sunday alcohol sales
By TRACEY MCMANUS
HIGH SPRINGS -High Springs is no
longer the lone area in Alachua County
with dry days as the city commission
finalized an ordinance Tuesday night to
permit beer and wine sales in restaurants
and packaged stores on Sundays.
The ordinance clears the way for
restaurants that derive at least 51 percent
of their gross revenue from food sales
as well as packaged stores to sell beer
and wine on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 11
p.m. The commission also eliminated
the restriction that required restaurants
to have at least 65 seats in order to sell
alcohol any day of the week.
While the issue was divided between
those who believed. Sunday alcohol
sales would take away the, quaintness
of High Springs and those who saw'
the restriction as economic poison, the
decision was made to encourage business
as was recommended by the economic
development task force in November.
"To have people come invest in us, we
need to create polices that enable lawful
business," said Mayor James Gabriel.
"We shouldn't be in, the business to
create impediments to people pursuing
their dreams. We should not be impeding
their lawful business."
However, the commission was
not all in agreement on the issue and
Commissioner Byran Williams said
the change may not be positive for the
"We want our quiet, quaint
Continued on page A3
One year later, killer
remains at large
By CRAIGCOX received more
Today Reporter than a dozen
ALACHUA- One year has the case since
passed since a bullet took the the fateful '
life of a local immigrant. night, and
Felimon Lemus Jimenez several persons
was shot and killed on Dec. of interest
21, 2007 in the Autumn Leaves have been Jimenez
mobile home park across from established,
Irby Elementary School in but no arrests have been made.
what appeared to be a robbery- . However long the case
gone-bad. 'takes to' solve, Lund said it
.Alachua Police Department remains the top priority ofAPD
(APD) spokeswoman Carrie JIMENEZ:
Lund said the department has Continued on page A5
a step closer
NEWBERRY - The
Kincaid building renovation in
downtown Newberry is gaining
momentum as the city approved
the final lease agreement with
the Newberry Main Street
The approval came, after
the Newberry Main Street
Organization revised five
aspects of the original lease and
specified that the organization
will only control the lot where
the building sits, will have the
opportunity to purchase the
building at anytime at a set
amount of $150,000, will have
the opportunity to sublease the
building when it is occupiable,
will make the renovation costs
serve as rent and that the city
maintains the liability insurance
on the building.
Continued on page A2
By BRYAN BOUKARI.
ALACHUA - Alachua
celebrated the season with
its 31st annual Christmas
parade under sunny skies and
pleasant temperatures Saturday
afternoon. Themed "Hometown
Heroes" this year, Alachua's
annual parade is the oldest in
Alachua County and once again
delivered a grand performance
for area residents.
Kicking off the procession
in traditional . fashion was
Alachua Police Department
and other law enforcement
officials. Grand Marshall Julius
Davenport ushered the parade
through the downtown area.
Sponsored by the Alachua
Chamber of Commerce and
the City of Alachua, Saturday
marked another successful event
as the holiday spirit flourished
among children and adults
enjoying the sights and sounds
of the parade.
Lining Alachua's winding
Main Street, spectators eagerly
Continued on page A8
he Alachua Seniors in
'tyle Annual Fashion
Show 2008 brought out the
shion conscious Sunday
afternoon. Alachua senior
citizens modeled the latest
'.fshions to a standing
room only audience
in the Mebane .Middle
$.Shool auditorium: Wilma
Rogers and Ben Boukari
introduced the .senior
models who displayed
a variety of dazzling
outfits and accessories while taking to the
runway accompanied by the music of BiJI
iRogers & Friends. Special guests included
iAlachua Mayor Jean Calderwood, and
commissioners Gib Coerper and Orien
ills, City Manager Clovis Watson, Jr., and
Assistant City Manager Traci Cain. Adding
'to the excitement, Alachua Police Chief
w for seniors
ELLEN BOUKARKAlachua County Today
Joel DeCoursey and Officer Mark Kramer
handed but numerous gifts to children at
the event. Providing upbeat entertainment
during intermission were the Alachua Senior
Cha-Chas. The third annual fashion show
concluded with closing remarks from fashion
show organizers and Cleather Hathcock
Community Center supporters Retha.
Peterson and Rose Brown.
Salute to homeless veterans
By CRAIG COX
Today Reporter I ,.
Haircuts, toothpaste and
clothes may 'seem like
everyday essentials, but for
some local -people, such
services and items come only
once a year - during the Stand '
Down for Homeless Veterans
event in Gainesville, which
has been held for more than
Some 200 homeless
veterans stopped by the U.S.
Army Reserve building Friday
and Saturday to receive basic '
necessities and services from
organizations such as the
Continued on page A5
BRYAN BOUKARI/Alachua County Today
The American Red Cross provided personal care items as well
as blankets and first aid kits to homeless veterans at the Stand
Down for Homeless Veterans event.
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ELLEN BOILARI. .lachra Cr'i.nn To7ia
Alachua hit the mark again with its annual Christmas parade in downtown where throngs of
people.lined the town's winding Main Street Saturday afternoon. Young and old alike were
thrilled by the sights and sounds of the colorful floats as they rolled through town.
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Continued from page Al
Organization to request a $50,000 historical grant
among the commission on how
subleasing the building to a
private entity would affect taxes
on the city. The organization's
current lease qualifies the
city to be exempt of taxes on
the building because of their
nonprofit status, but that could
change if certain businesses
sublease the building.
"If you don't have control of
who goes into the lease, there's
a possibility some entity comes
in, and we all think it's a great
idea but now they change the
usage into a taxable entity, aid
the tax goes into the city," said
Scott Walker, Newberiy's city
Along with the lease, the city
also approved the organization's
first grant application for the
The organization is asking
for the grant through the city
to make the process easier and
eliminate the requirement of a
matching grant, said Newberry
Main Street Organization
President Barbara Hendrix.
CHOOSE AND CUT.
Alachua County Today file photo
The Newberry Main Street Organization plans to renovate the Kincaid
building which has historical significance in the Newberry community,
including its one-time use as a drugstore and convenience store.
"It's going to be hard work,
but with all the help you're really
going to see something here
in a few years," Hendrix said.
"If we get the grant, we would
disburse it upon their approval in
The application is for a
$50,000 Historical Preservation
Match Grant through the
Department of State's Division
of Historic Resources.
The approval of the lease
and request for the first grant
mark the initial steps in the
organization's plan to renovate
the building into a historically
accurate and occupiable
building. The building will hold
a small museum, an area for a
chamber of commerce and an
area for banquets and the main
street organization's offices.
Upon the city's approval
Monday, the commissioners
were in unanimous agreement of
the initial steps to move forward
with the improvements.
"Go ahead, Barbara," said
Commissioner Joe Hoffman.
# #. #
T h. e
Rochester. New *
Mr. and Mrs.
Florida, son of
Rev. and Mrs.
of Alachua. Florida took
place on September 27. 2008
at 10:30 a.m. at Community
Baptist Church of Rochester,
New Hampshire, Rev. Marty
Grandparents . of the
couple are Rheal and Rolande
Bougie, Raymond and Theresa
Bilodeau. both of Rochester,
New Hampshire; James and
Bertty Basinger of Hanceville,
Alabama: Betty Green
Skerjanec of Hickory, North
Carolina and the late Daniel R.
Maid of Honor was Claire
Bougie, sister of the bride.
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Bridesmaids were Christine
Hemandez, Kaitlyn Searles,
Alicia Jensen, and Viviana
Valdes. Best Man was Chase
Basinger, brother of the groom.
Groomsmen were David
Basinger, Nathan Emery, Jason
Rivas, and Adam Howell.
Ushers were Daniel R. Green,
Jr., uncle of the groom, and
A reception following
the ceremony was held at
Emmanuel Advent Christian
Church Fellowship Hall.
The couple will reside in
Greenville. South Carolina.
Continued from page Al
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and for possession of drugs with
intent to sell themwithin 1,000
.feet of a school. Both charges
Miller is also being charged
with a violation ofprobation, and
he is being held in the Alachua
County Jail with no bond.
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ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY COMMUNITY CORNER THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2008 A3
Meetings & Events in the Heartlands
mArcher - Meets the 2nd and 4th
Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at
City Hall, 16870 SW 134 Ave.
*Alachua (City) - Meets the 1st
and 3rd Monday of each month at
7 p.m. at City Hall:
*Alachua County - Meets the 2nd
and 4th Tuesday of each month at 9
a.m. at the County Admiriistration
Building, 12 SE 1st Street,
Room 209, Gainesville. Citizen
comments are taken at 9:30 a.m.
and 5:30 p.m.
*Gainesville - Meets the 2nd and
4th Monday of each month at 1
p.m. at City Hall Auditorium, 200
East University Avenue.
*Hawthorne - Meets the 1st
Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
at City Hall.
*High Springs -Meets the 2nd and
4th Thursday of each month at 6:30
p.m. in City Hall.
mLaCrosse - Meets the 2nd
Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
at Town Hall.
mMicanopy - Meets the 2nd
Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
at Town Hall.
iNewberry - Meets the 2nd and
4th Monday of each month at 7
p.m. at City Hall
mWaldo - Meets the 2nd Tuesday
of each month at 7 p.m. at Yerkes
* Alachua Community Market is now
open every Friday (weather permitting) from
2 p.m. to dusk. Vendors welcome. Selling
farm produce, plants, crafts, green products.
For more information: healthnews@
windstream.net, 386-418-1234. Volunteers
needed to help develop this community
space. The market is located at 14804 NW
140 Street, one block from Main Street in
* The Alachua Children's Theater
presents Snow White and the 7 Dwarves,
Thursday, Dec. 18 and Friday, Dec. 19 at
7:30 p.m. at the Alachua Women's Club
A young princess finds herself on
the run from her wicked stepmother and
finds refuge in a small cottage out in the
forest with seven pint-sized dwarves who
immediately decide to adopt and protect her
with their lives.
General admission is $5 for adults
and free children under 5. Tickets can be
purchasedat the door. For more information
call 352-870-3535 or JacksonCarolm@
* Quality health care in your own
backyard! Archer Family Health Care
has expanded to a new location and
provides affordable, quality health. care for
children, adults and families. We provide a
range of services from physical exams to
immunizations and prescriptions. We help
cover the cost of care for families with
little or no income and no health insurance.
Selected insurance is accepted, including
Medicaid and Medicare. A limited number
of same day appointments are available. This
is a service of the UF College of Nursing.
Call 352-495-2550 for more information.
* The Gainesville Gator softball
organization is holding their spring/summer
try outs for 12u, 14u, and 16u teams on
Jan. 10, 2009 at The Girls Place located at
2101 NW 39th Ave. For more information,
please visit our web site at www.eteamz.
com/ggators/index.cfm or call Rick Pena at
Continued from page A 1
Ordinance to lower distance restrictions
from churches fails
community," Williams said. "It's unique. I don't
have a problem with change, but you can't push
change on people. If you try to push change on
people, guess what they're going to do - rebel."
Economic factors weighed heavily
Citizens and commissioners largely focused
on the economic aspects of the ordinance and
how the Sunday alcohol ban has affected tourism
and restaurants in the city since 65-70 percent
of the High Springs economy is from tourism.
The Great Outdoors Restaurant owner Bob
Bentz said the economy has forced 10 local
businesses to close in the past year and urged
the commission to do anything to help the local
economy, especially on Sundays which are the
worst days for business, Bentz said.
Close to 20 other residents spoke at Tuesday's
!meeting that the local economy is struggling and
that allowing alcohol sales on Sundays would
circulate more money in the city.
"I've spoken personally with Bev's and
Alice's, and their sales are off by 50 percent,"
said Lani Simmons, High Springs Main Street
program Manager. "This is not about religion
)ur gp~rggte is -separaproi ~Tc ch- id-1
late, and it's not.about disrespecung anyone
don't think serving alcohol Monda) through
dollar is spent in our community, it is proven
o circulate 20 more times in the community. I
don't see business owners getting up here and
saying 'we don't need this'."
The possible conflict with the separation
f church and state was questioned by several
citizens, but High Springs Pastor Lawrence
ayley explained that traditions such as dry
Sunday are what the United States was founded
"Christians are starting to speak up because we
ee the things that were once held by Christians
are taken away by government," Hayley said.
"They take away the Ten Commandments. in
Sort houses and take away prayer in schools. It
is not that we are telling people how to do things.
God is the one we will all answer to. He is the
one who will have the ultimate judgment one
The battle between economic and religious
issues with the Sunday sales of alcohol were
only heightened as the commission voted 'to
ill the sister ordinance that would reduce the
distance from churches that an establishment can
sell alcohol from 500 feet to 105 feet.
An amendment to reduce the 500 foot
restriction was created at the Nov. 25 special
meeting and was considered to allow restaurants
in the restricted areas like J. Coconuts Beach
Grill to be able to sell alcohol.
' "We would like to become part of a mainstay
here in High Springs," said James Graham, co-
owner of J. Coconuts Beach Grill. "We're not
looking to be a bar. We would really like this
second portion approved so we will be able to
have a level playing field with the Great Outdoors
Restaurant and Trombone Charley's."
Supporters of an 'ordinance to reduce the
restrictions argued that this change would go hand
in hand with supporting the local economy, and
prohibiting the change would produce religious
conflicts because it directly involves churches.
"When you prohibit an activity on Sunday
that's allowed the other six days of the week or
when you limit someone to do business a certain
amount of feet from a church, synagogue or
cathedral, that is religious," said High Springs
resident Lohren Edney. "There should definitely
be a separation of church and state."
No reduction in distance to churches
Conimqissioners opposed to the reduction said
the decision should he niade with churches in'
mind and to acknowledge that all churches would
not want the sale of alcohol near their properties.
Although the First Presbyterian Church of High
Springs that is located 109 feet from J. Coconuts
Beach Grill sent a petition giving their permission
for the restaurant to serve alcohol, some said this
is not representative of the whole community.
"I'd like to se us be able to examine this more
on a case to case basis," said Commissioner Diane
Shupe. "I'm sympathetic also with (J. Coconuts
Beach Grill), and the fact that the neighborhood
church is not opposed should carry some weight,
but that is not the case across our city."
While the city joined other parts of the
county in allowing alcohol sales on Sunday, the
commission decided to maintain the 500 foot
minimum distance from churches, keeping High
Springs as. the city with the greatest minimum
distance requirement for alcohol sales in the
The commission discussed the possibility of
creating an ordinance that would permit alcohol
sales near.churches on a case-by-case basis, but
according to High Springs. City Manager Jim
Drumm, that would be a long process.
The lift of the ban for alcohol sales on
Sunday will take effect 10 days from the date of
approval, which is Dec. 26.
# # #
Temporary cut in zoning fees
By TRACEY MCMANUS
HIGH SPRINGS - New
businesses locating in High
Springs will catch a 50 percent
break on zoning fees until April
13, giving the city 120 days
to create a revised schedule of
fees that will be implemented
The changes temporarily
reduce zoning permit fees from
$290 to $100, conditional use
permit fees for less than three
acres from $400 to $100 and the
certificate ofappropriateness fee
from $100 to $50. The changes
come as an effort to increase
economic development in
High Springs and as a reaction
to several businesses that are
discouraged from setting up
shop due to heavy permit fees.
High Springs resident and
owner ofacornnmllercilfl 61 ildiI-
'bearn Davis ~.-id ibe pru . m1iJ
zoning fees are discouraging
business from coming to High
Springs and putting a burden on
his own business.
"Government should be by
stewardship," Davis said. "If
you can explain to me how it's
fair, then I'll hush, but no one
has been able to do that. It cost
$400 to open a business in High
Springs. 1 just want to ask each
ofyou, you are not unreasonable
people, I want to ask you to ask
yourself, is this fair?"
According to High Springs
Mayor James Gabriel, the
existing fees were based .on
processing costs and not
speculation, but should be
changed to reflect specific costs
for a zoning request.
"The fees were not just
arbitrary numbers pulled out of
the air because the city wanted
to make money off you,"
Gabriel said. "Nothing's ever
perfect and nothing ever will
be, and we should adjust things
as they need to be."
.While 2006 marked the
first year since 1993 that
fees had been raised in High
Springs, City Manager Jim
Drumm still questioned the
use of conditional use permits.
According to Drumm, several
cities go by their code books
for zoning and eliminate, fees
by not holding a review process
Zoning fees apply when
business spaces change usages
such as from retail to office
or visa versa and change the
impact on the city with water
usage, utilities and parking.
The city plans to meet in
January to create a new fee
schedule, and the temporary fee
reductions were agreed to have
more benefits than financial
deficits since the capital gained
from taxes and revenue of new
businesses will outweigh the
money lost in fees.
"After the first of the year,
we can open meetings and
look at our regulations as
they affect small businesses
and homeowners," said
Coughlin. "We'll see what we
have at this. point in time to
# # #
SSarah Louise Clay,
SSarah Louise Clay, longtime Alachua resident,
Passed away Thursday, December 11, 2008 from
Injuries sustained in an automobile accident in
iAlachua. She was 90.
She was a native of Hampshire, Tennessee
Shaving moved to Alachua in 1985 from North
NMiami. Florida. She was a member of the
SAlachua Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her late husband,
SSurvivors include a son, Stanley Clay of
Mason, Ohio; a daughter, Charlene Sanders
Sof Flint, Texas; a sister, Christine Davidson of
Orange Texas; five grandchildren and two great
I Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m.
SMonday, December 15, 2008 at the Alachua
Church of Christ with Brother Doug Frazier
conducting the services.
Visitation was Sunday, December 14, 2008 at
Evans-Carter Funeral Home, High Springs.
Sybil Doke Shipp
Sybil Doke Shipp died December 15, 2008.
She was 91.
She was predeceased by her husband of 66
years, John S. Shipp, Jr.; her parents, Carl and
Daisy Doke of Alachua County, Florida; and her
sisters, Hazel McLean, Joyce Riherd and Shirley
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-
law, Gwen and Bob Moore of Marietta, Georgia;
Gayle and David Hard of Dunwoody, Georgia;
grandchildren, Kristen (Danny) Rueckel, Erica
Moore, Matthew Walters, Kevin Moore; great
granddaughter, Charlotte Ruechell; sister-in-law,
Kathleen McClellan, all of Atlanta; three sisters,
Nell -Dukes, Sue (Chester) Ellis, Claire (Duke)
Ellington; a brother, Kent (Barbara) Doke, all
of Florida; many nieces, nephews and their
Graveside services will be held at
Newnansville Cemetery in Alachua, Florida on
Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 2:30 p.m.
There will be a Memorial Service at 3 p.m.
on Monday, December 22 at Mt. Bethel UMC in
Contributions may be sent to the Helping
Hands Fund at Mt. Bethel UMC, 4385 Lower
Ros\well Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068.
Local arrangements under the care of Evans-
Carter Funeral Home, High Springs.
Obituaries: The obituaries in this sec-
tion are considered news and are pub-
lished free of charge by Alachua Coun-
ty Today. Obituaries may be edited for
style, space and policy.
A4 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2008
The Chronicles of Narnia, the Prince of Caspian on DVD
By KEES BOER
Today Entertainment Writer
This is the new adventure
of the former kings and queens
of Narnia, Peter (William
Moseley), Susan (Anna
Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar
Keynes), and Lucy (Georgie
Hensie) Pervensie. It starts with
them in a train station from
which they are transported to
the land of Namia. When they
return to Narnia, it is 1,300
years after they left. The white
witch is dead and no one has
seenAslan for over 1,000 years.
The land's mythical creatures
of half human/half man and
all of the other creatures are in
hiding in the woods.
The Prince of Caspian (Ben
Barnes) lives with his uncle,
Miraz, and is next to take over
the throne. When Miraz's wife
gets a baby, they plot to kill
the prince. The prince escapes
with a horn that he can use to
call the four kings and queens
back to the Land of Narnia, but
he can only use this when he's
in extreme danger. Within a
short time of his escape, he is
about to be discovered and he
uses the horn.
Together with a couple of
dwarfs and an incredible mouse
called Reepicheep, they lead
the Narniaris back to victory
from the armies of Miraz.
This film is the second based
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Narnia; there are five more
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place and the special effects
are incredible. Several Biblical
stories come to mind when
watching the film, such as the
story of David and Goliath, the
drowning of the Egyptian army
in the Red Sea, and of course,
Aslah is a symbol of the Lion
of Judah, Jesus Christ.
I thought the film was
excellent, and you'll definitely
get your money's worth. It will
make a great Christmas gift. It
is family friendly and family
safe, though I could see that
some of the creatures could've
a little scary for young children.
Outside of that, I recommend
this film wholeheartedly. .
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Spend the holidays
in High Springs
Special to Alachua County Today
HIGH SPRINGS - The
High Springs business
community has come out in
force to support local charities
and provide residents and
visitors with great events and
activities for the holiday season.
These events and activities will
raise funds for both the Alachua
County Humane Society
and the Catholic Charities of
High Springs. High Springs
is well known for its small
town atmosphere, as well as
quality services, shopping and
dining experiences, as well
as its generous community
spirit. Join local residents
and visitors at these holiday-
oriented events which are free
and open to the public.
* First Avenue Shopping
Center, 200 Block of NW
1st Avenue (Hwy 27) hosts
a Decorated Christmas Tree
Drawing to benefit High
Springs Catholic Charities &
Food Bank. Three winners
will receive the potted living
Leland Cypress trees which
were decorated by Center
merchants. The three winning
tickets will be drawn at l1a.m.
on Saturday, Dec. 20, at the
Trees have been placed and
decorated at businesses and
other sites throughout High
Springs. The winning tree is
located at the High Springs
Community School. Other sites
include City Hall, the library
and police department. Trees
will be on display through the
city through December. For
information call 386-454-1674.
High Springs says no to annexation changes
By BRYAN BOUKARI
Commissioners did not pass a
resolution Thursday that would
support certain changes to the
Alachua County Boundary
Adjustment Act (BAA). The
resolution was proposed by
the Countywide Visioning
and Planning Committee
(CVPC) and would encourage
amendments to the BAA which
is a state law written specifically
to govern annexations in
High Springs Attorney
Tom DePeter said he and
commissioners had concerns
with the suggested changes
although the general consensus
was that changes were
Chief among concerns
for Depeter was a proposed
amendment to, the '-wording
of the BAA which deals with
involuntary annexation of
enclaves. Those proposed
changes would essentially use
language from Florida's general
law pertaining to enclave
annexations. DePeter said that
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with involuntary annexation
"I see no formula or
standards included with this
change that gives us some
guidance on what kind of
,involuntary annexations might
be acceptable," DePeter said.
Still, the former mayor of
High Springs and current city'
attorney said a change is needed
because a small grouping of
properties in the county's
jurisdiction but completely
surrounded by a city's limits
presents real problems.
And High. Springs City
Manager Jim Drumm agrees.
"If we need a police officer
in an enclave, we can't go in the
enclave. We have to wait for a
[Sheriff's deputy] to come in,"'
ir Drumm and commissioners
were concerned . that the
revisions in the BAA would
mean Alachua County would be
the final authority on involuntary.
Under the BAA as it is
currently written, involuntary
annexations are sent to a
referendum where voters living
in the affected area determine
if the annexation should go
forward. The proposed revisions
would place that power into the
hands of Alachua County.
Another major sticking
point involves a wholesale
revision to the urban reserve
area around each municipality,
DePeter said. The urban reserve
area was a chief catalyst behind
the creation of the BAA in the
The urban reserve area
sets a boundary around each
municipality showing how
the town expects to annex
and grow in the coming years
while preventing land grabs by'
neighboring cities. Under the
BAA, cities are only permitted
to annex property into its
corporate limits if that land is
within the town's urban reserve
Also raising concern for
DePeter was an increase
in information required
when providing an urban
services report for voluntary
annexations. DePeter said it
didn't seem to make sense that
the City of High Springs or
any other municipality would
have to produce complicated
urban services drawings and
Is there a , '
way out? \ l
documents for voluntarily
High Springs is just one
of nine cities reviewing the
CVPC's suggested amendments
to the BAA. Some don't
believe the support is there for
the amendments as they are
Mayor Jim Gabriel said,
"Right now there is not that
unity in Alachua County...I
would like to do this right the
Although High Springs did
not pass a resolution supporting
the proposed changes, Alachua
Commissioners did Monday
evening as they unanimously
voted in favor of the
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More than one third of homeless adults are veterans
American Red Cross and Employ Florida.
The Red Cross camped out with its
Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) on
Friday to 'hand out toiletries, blankets and
first aid kits to the veterans, and other
organizations lined the auditorium to offer
Laura Mager, executive director of the
North Central Florida chapter of the Red
Cross, said the organization was at the event
to assist on two fronts.
"We are part of this event today because
we are dedicated to assisting military
personnel and their families on two fronts,"
Mager said. "Not only are we helping
homeless people get basic necessities, but
we dre helping veterans who fought for our
The Red Cross spent.more than $2,000
to purchase the comfort kits with toiletries
and blankets for the cold nights.
Those who visited the Red Cross ERV
also received "Holiday Cards for Heroes,"
which were cards sent by people throughout
the United States who wanted to thank
In addition to the products offered by
organizations, homeless veterans were
able to find medical, legal and employment
services at the event.
Flu shots, dental examinations and
medical exams were just a few of the
services that were offered free of charge to
Vianne Marchese, homeless veteran
coordinator for the Gainesville Veterans
Affairs Medical Center, said this year's
gathering drew a large number of homeless
veterans who do not live in a shelter, which
are the maip targets of the event.
"We especially want to provide these
huge array of services to the most in-need
veterans," she said. "And this event helps
raise awareness so we can spotlight the need
out there to help these people."
The Stand Down for Homeless Veterans
is held in the fall or winter each year so
volunteers .have the opportunity to hand
out blankets and clothes for the cold, bitter
nights, she said.
Marchese said the event was targeted at
veterans because they sacrificed their lives
for the United States and should not be
forgotten or brushed aside.
"Homeless veterans are special
because they served their country and
offered themselves," she said. "They are
overrepresented in the homeless population,
so we need to focus on helping them."
According to the Department of
Veterans Affairs, more than one-third of the
adult homeless population has served in the
military, and there are more than 250,000
veterans living on the streets or in shelters
on any given night.
"One of the things I'd like to get out
there is that these people are working hard
to get out of poverty," Marchese said. "We
work with some amazing people who got to
the same spot through different means."
ntin pag Only second killing in city since 1980s
officers, and the department
remains optimistic they will
solve the case.
"We want all of Alachua to
feel safe, including the Spanish-
speaking community," Lund
said. "We take pride in being
a safe community to raise a
family, and we work very hard
to keep that tradition going."
Lund said,the killer is
probably a local resident who
did not plan to shoot Jimenez,
so someone in the city knows
The shooting occurred late
in the evening when, witnesses
say, a gun-wielding black male
approached several people at the
mobile home park and ordered
them to turn over their cash.
Three of the people
complied and gave the robber
an undisclosed amount of cash,
but Jimenez attempted to fight
and was shot once in the head.
Jimenez was on life support
following the' shooting, but
family members requested its
He left behind a, wife on
the family's ranch in Mexico, a
son and grandson in the North
Central Florida area as well as
family in Texas, according to a
Sheriff's Office interpreter.
Witnesses described the
shooter as being a 6-foot to
6-foot-3-inches black male with
dark skin. The armed robber was
on a bicycle, witnesses said.
The killing was only the
second in Alachua since the
1980s, former police chief
Robert Jernigan said.
The reward for the arrest of
Jimenez' killer is set at $2,000,
and anyone with information
about the case should call
Detective Carrie Lund at 386-
"Whoever is responsible
showed no regard for other
human life and should be
arrested and held accountable
for his actions," Lund said.
"The suspect is obviously
unstable and.could be a danger
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U,S. Social Security Administration
Special to Alachua CountyToday
As the holidays approach, Social
Security has good tidings to share with
Social Security and Supplemental Security
Income (SSI) beneficiaries: All Social
Security and SSI beneficiaries will receive
a 5.8 percent increase in benefit payments
beginning with the January payments.
The 5.8 percent Cost-of-Living
Adjustment (COLA) will begin with
benefits that over 50 million Social Security
beneficiaries receive in January 2009.
Increased payments to more than 7 million
SSI beneficiaries will begin on Dec. 31.
Social Security and Supplemental
Security Income benefits increase
automatically each year based on the rise in
the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer
Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and
Clerical Workers (CPI-W), from the third
quarter of the prior year to the corresponding
period of the current year.
This 5.8 percent increase is the largest
Along with the annual COLA come
other changes, including an increase in the
amount of wages subject to Social Security
tax. In 2008, the maximum taxable amount
was $102,000. Beginning in 2009, the
maximum taxable amount will be $106,800.
This change will affect about 11 million of
the 164 million workers who pay Social
Security tax. The tax rate remains the same:
6.2 for employers and employees, anti 12.4
for the self employed.
In 2009 it will take $1,090 in taxable
earnings to earn a credit of coverage for
Social Security, up from $1,050 in 2008.
All workers can earn up to four credits in
The average retired worker will receive
$1,153 per month in Social Security benefits
in 2009, up from $1,090 in 2008.
People who have Medicare coverage
will want to visit Medicare's website at
www.medicare.gov for changes coming in
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Date of Notice: December 4, 2008
The City of Alachua is accepting applications
for appointment to the Charter Review Advisory
Board. The Board advises the Alachua City
Commission on revisions and updates to the City
Charter. It is comprised of seven members. Its
initial task will require that it meet weekly to
make recommendations for a ballot referendum
on the City Charter scheduled for April 2009.
Thereinafter, members must meet at least
quarterly. A copy of the proposed committee
schedule may be found on the City's website at
www.cityofalachua.com. Applicants must reside
in the City of Alachua. The City Commission
will make seven appointments to staggered terms
during its January 12, 2009 meeting.
Applicants must submit a statement of interest
and biographical sketch/resume, not to exceed
five pages in length, on or before December 31,
2008. Completed submittals may be mailed to
the attention of the City Manager, P. 0. Box 9,
Alachua, FL, 32616, or delivered in person to
Alachua City Hall at 15100 NW 142nd Terrace,
Alachua, Florida. The outside of the envelope
should be marked Charter Review Advisory
Board. Any questions should be directed to Mr.
Alan Henderson, Deputy City Clerk at 386 418-
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My two cents
There's a new bulldog in town - and he's a Gator fan
As a University of Florida student, I
expect to actively engage in the leaning
process. However, it seems every time I
turn around, I am learning anew life lesson
thanks to my reporting here at Alachua
County Today. Most recently, I
have learned that being hard-nosed
is sometimes the only way to get
sources to be honest with me.
I am by nature a trusting person.
IJ tend to believe what people tell ..
me is the honest and accurate truth.
I try to believe any inaccurate
information I receive is a result
of miscommunication or mere
accident. After all, we all make
mistakes. Is it justifiable to be upset Cra
with someone for erring every onceCr
in a while? '
But, after what I perceive as less than
candid information from the Office of
the State Attorney, I fear I may be jaded
from this point forward. For months, I
called the Office of the State Attorney to
determine if there had been an update on
the investigation of former High Springs
Fire Chief Terry Jewell. I felt bad for
asking so many times, but a spokesman
repeatedly told me I would be one of the
first to know if any updates occurred with
the case. After further probing, however,
we discovered that a decision had been
made on the case in August - nearly five.
months earlier. So either the spokesman
had incorrect information or was being
less than forthright with me. I'd like to
believe the former, but I'm afraid tAe
latter may be the real story.
I don't believe most readers realize
how much effort goes' into getting what
appears to be a simple story. For instance,
just to get a one or two sentence update
on political activist Charles Grapski,
Managing Editor Bryan
Boukari and I spent about
seven hours making
calls. We called public
^ t' information officers with
S the Sheriff's Office,, we
" -,. ' . called several ail officials
Repeatedly, and we had
to get down and dirty,
making rounds of calls
to officials throughout
Sthe county. We made
g Cox such a ruckus that the
officer began receiving
calls from his colleagues telling him to
give us the information so we would leave
them alone. And he informed us that we
had turned the situation into a "complete
nightmare" for him. He was eventually
forced to drive back to the office to get us
a simple update for our 300-word story.
But our readers deserve to know what is,
going on with their tax dollars, and the
story was well worth the hard work and
There.is a fine line between being genial
with'sources to encourage the free flow
of information and being forceful enough
so they know\ you aren't playing games.
Perhaps sadly and all too often, the only
way to get information is to become so
annoying that your questions are answered
only as a means to get rid of you. It's often
even more difficult to walk this fine line
in small towns-because there are so few
officials with information, meaning they
can be fingered as the information source.
In more urban areas, a larger number of
officials have information, meaning that
sources have better odds of remaining
semi-anonymous with reduced odds of
retaliatory action by their employer. This is
definitely not the case in the smaller cities
in Alachua County. If we get information,
it's a safe bet that it is usually pretty easy
to tie it back to one or two sources.
But, after all this, my point is that the
gloves are off.
My sole job is to give accurate
information to our readers.
Reporters are the watchmen of public
officials, and if deception by officials
prevents me from doing my job, I am
not a happy camper. I will no longer
sit back and simply wait for promised
As annoyed as these officials may get
with me, I will 'not accept the standard
"We will tell you when we get an update"
Congratulations readers.i You have
gained a new bulldog.
And sorry, public officials, you have
gained a new bulldog.
Hopefully we won't have to see if this
gator's bite is bigger than his bark.
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Holiday spirit thrives in downtown Alachua
Linda Rice Chapman, President, Alachua Chamber of Commerce
If you build it; they will
come. That certainly was true
for our Main Street Shop-Dine-
Stroll last Friday night. It was
heartwarming to see all of our
Main Street restaurants on wait
status - absolutely slammed!
Strollers were meandering up and
down the street with coffee cups
to ward off the brisk weather.
Pedestrians congregated at
Theater Park for livej azz outdoors
and we were treated to two large
groups of caroling children from
the Gainesville Youth Choir.
They strolled and sang as they
made their way up and down
Main Street, stopping at porches
along the way to give min-
concerts that drew crowds. They
were dressed as elves, reindeer
and Santa's helpers and
their renditions of the
old favorite carols put
everyone in the holiday
spirit. We were blessed ,
with a clear, moonlit .
night that was simply
magical with all the
Christmas lights. The
shops that stayed open
late were full of browsers
and buyers; there was a
line at our new bakery
and many newcomers fell in love
,with our quaint downtown - and
Santa was holding court at
Main Street Pie Company (as he
will this Friday. night) but soon
got into the spirit
of the evening
shed his heavy coat
and worked the
crowd on the street
in his Christmas
The buggy was
drawn by a rather
with antlers that
looked like a
close cousin to the
usual horse. The buggy, driven
by one of Santa's elves, thrilled
local children (and adults) by
taking them not only up and
down Main Street, but also to
see the City Christmas tree and
the other fabulous decorations
by homeowners on NW 142nd
Terrace as well.
We have , received much
positive feedback and even one
handwritten thank you note for
this new Alachua Chamber of
Commerce event. We have been
stopped on the street and told
what a great time people have
been having on our Main Street
during these events. We still
need some donations in the form
of gift certificates for our raffle
(four winners each week). We
want them to receive these from
Alachua businesses so they will
come back and spend their money
in our community. We also nee4
monetary donations to fund th�
final buggy ride, the donation
to the Santa Fe High School
Jazz Band and our Theater Park
We have one more Shop-Dine4
Stroll this coming Friday night
Dec. 19. I would love to sef
more Chamber members coming
downtown to mingle and dinm
on our "Beautiful Historic Mai
Street" and enjoy the music an
festive atmosphere. So gather uti
your friends and loved ones for
memorable occasion. We wish all
a safe and happy holiday season
See you Friday night.
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ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2008 A7
Battle of Gainesville
years after the
Civil War Battle
of Gainesville, re-
out the' scene
at Poe Springs
and true to the
original ' battle
on Aug. 17, 1864.
battle was* all
for show with
and .much more. In the end, re-enactors
from the Union and Confederacy were on
the same side when it came to putting on a
lifelike show.for spectators. Kicking of the
weekend Friday was a fitting Honor Guard
Salute to Pearl Harbor Day. Saturday and
Sunday brought a Ladies Tea and battle
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re-enactments. .Sponsored by the 28th
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Training costs, the dog and first year of vet
costs donated by residents and businesses
city commission Dec. 11 to
implement a K-9 unit as a tool
to increase efficiency with drug
searches and eliminate the hassle
of borrowing a search dog from
the Alachua Police Department
for specific cases.
"It comes down to doing
our job better," Troiano said. "It
is to enhance and broaden our
crime fighting ability. We can-
not smell as good as a K-9 can,
and our search ability is limited
compared to a K-9. It saves time
and effort,. frees officers up and
identifies where drugs may be."
According to Troiano, the
departmentwillchoose a German
Shepard, a Belgian Malinois
or a Labrador Retriever, which
would be examined' before the
purchase by Dr. Phillip Eugene
Stine of Countryside Animal
Hospital free of charge.
A large portion of the cost
for the program will be waived
as Pepe Peruyero, owner of J
and K Canine Academy, has
offered to train the dog and the
handler free. of charge and an
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anonymous resident has agreed
to purchase the dog for the city.
Several businesses in High
Springs have donated money to
cover the first year of vet costs
for the dog and the department is
in negotiations with Countryside
Animal Hospital to donate dog
food, which would save the. city
$863 in food per year.
After the first year, Troiano
budgeted$3,000 for the expenses
which include veterinary care,
food, leashes, collars, kennel
and training needs but predicted
that the K-9 unit may not affect
the budget if the department
continues to receive donations
for the program.
The sheriff's department has
also donated a 1998 Ford Crown
Victoria with a dog cage and
over-heating alarm, and the dog
and handler would be prepared
to be on the road with the vehicle
to combat drugs after a 400 hour
With the' trained handler,
the K-9 unit will be a vital
part of narcotics detection,
area searching and education,
"If someone runs into the
woods, they discard items, ike
bank bags or guns, the dog can
search the area and can find
a credit card in a large field or
missing children. The team
together can do education. We
can take the dog into schools.
A lot of good things, you'll see,
come out of having a K-9 unit
and education is one of them."
While some commissioners
raised the question of veterinary
costs since many police dogs are
inclined to suffer hip problems,
it would be very simple to
take the dog out of service
and discontinue the program,
Although the K-9 program
poses financial problems if
donations fall short or the dog
develops health problems, the
commission authorized the
High Springs Police Department
to pursue the program for the
possibility of eliminating drugs
in High Springs. According to
Troiano, the costs may also be
covered by recovery that the
Kr9 seizes in cars, drugs and
"There is no downside to
what you're bringing to High
Springs tonight," said Mayor
James Gabriel. "I'm quite
confident that it will prove td be
a vital part of your department,
and I very much support it."
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darted across the street,
trying to catch a glimpse o
as the time approached.
sirens blaring and lights
parade crossed U.S. High
procession snaking along t
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Parade was over 75 floats and an hour long
the parade, engines oftractorsandtrucks announced fallen firefighters,
id a taste of the arrival of colorfully decorated floats police officers and
d beverages lumbering up and down the rising and members of the
hants. Lawn falling pavement of Alachua's Main military.
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impatiently Jean Calderwood, Vice-Mayor Gib and lasting well
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At last, with
way 441, the
uoerper and Commiissioneris Otren
Hills and Bonnie Burgess as well
as City Manager Clovis Watson, Jr.
welcomed parade goers. Lining the
curbs, children anxiously awaited the
star of the procession - Santa Claus.
Positioned at the blinking light,
Recreation Director Hal Brady
announced parade entries as they
passed the reviewing stand.
On came the barrage of floats and
bands, tw irlers and tumblers, and
A highlight olhbe procession was
Alachua's own award winning Santa Fe
Band, putting on a spectacular show.
Alachua's popular Senior Cha Cha
dancers entertained .onlookers along
the parade route.
Civic organizations such as the
Alachua's Cub Scout Pack 88 made
their annual appearance representing
scouting in Alachua. The Alachua
'iand Turkey Creek
Lions Clubs made
appearances as well,
as did ladies from
the Red Hat Society'
red and purple outfits
topped by colorful
ovie an Iour, tle
parade was again
an undeniable hit
with young and old
alike. Little ones,
and flushed with
retrieved candy and
treats tossed into
by the Grinch
laughing as a
his theme song.
But once again,
Santa Claus was
the star of the
hundreds of awe-
St, Nick appeared in
his sleigh, wishing
a merry Christmas
to everyone. In the
blink of an eye. he
was off - no doubt
heading back to
the North Pole to
put the finishing
touches on this
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Even President of the
'United States since :1981
has proclaimed December
"National Drunk and Drugged
Driving (3D) Prevention
SMonth." Everyday, 36 people
'in the United States die in
crashes and 700 more are
.injured by alcohol impaired
drivers. Consider what you
,can do to make deaths and
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Sheriff Sadie Darnell
National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month
injuries from impaireddrivers
less of a threat this year. The
holiday season is one of the
busiest and high incidents of
alcohol-related crashes make'
it one of the most dangerous.
This year during the
holiday season, take measures
to make sure that you and your
friends celebrate responsibly.
Avoid driving or letting
friends drive that have been
drinking. Follow these tips
to make your holidays and the
New Year safe and accident
* Plan ahead. Always
designate a driver before
any celebration begins.
* Take the keys. Remember,
"Friends don't let friends
drive drunk or impaired "':
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* Be a responsible host. If
you are hosting a party,
remind your guests to plan
ahead. Offer alternative
beverages and make sure
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thought will keep everyone
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B2 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY RELIGION THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2008
Faithfulness to the Lord is the Christian's calling
Scripture tells us almost
nothing about the Apostle, Saint
Bartholomew. The.phrase in
the Apostle's Creed, "I believe
in the Holy Ghost," is said to
come from this 'mysterious
Apostle, but there is nothing
more than sacred tradition to
go by. Then as if to ,' .
add insult to injury, .
Bartholomew is not I
even a true name-it
is the Jewish form of
saying that he is the
son of a man named
Tolmai, or son of the "
meaning that his
father was a farmer..
The historian John
Foxe wrote in his THE VE
classic "TheActs and LEA
Monuments of these All Saint
Latter and Perilous Church,
Days" or the "Book . A pari
of Martyrs" that St. Christian
Bartholomew was Ch
beaten, flayed alive,
crucified and finally beheaded.
Why would we celebrate this
Apostle, Saint, andMartyr, while
remaining largely ignorant of
the events of his life? It's wrong.
to think that the only Apostles
worth remembering are the ones
who 'had extraordinary events
happen in their ministries--like
founding the Church at Rome,
or becoming the first Bishop of
Jerusalem, -or being exiled to
Patmos and writing the book of
.Almost every town has. a
church dedicated to St. Peter
or St. Paul, but how many St.
Bartholomew's do you find?
Not many and m6st of the ones
you find are not in this country.
So, one of the 12 Apostles, a man
whose life we know virtually
nothing about, doesn't have the
honor of but a few churches or
a couple of hospitals named
after him. And yet, we have
a Saint's day to remember St.
Bartholomew, to commemorate
him, and even to
S honor him while
ignorant of his
SWhat would be the
reason for this?
We live inaday
around the world,
N. JOHN E. musicians can
kSURE become household
s Anglican names, or
Gainesville. Christian authors
sh of the can become multi-
iurch We live in a day
where being' a
Christian doesn't equate to
suffering, but. if marketed
correctly it can possibly lead to
fame and fortune. So, is it any
wonder there are hardly any St.
Bartholomew churches? Who
wants to identify with a man
who didn't have the good sense
to write a Gospel or Epistle,
a man who seemed content to
carry out the will of Jesus Christ
without being noticed?
This . is exactly what
we need to see. about this
mysterious Apostle-he wasn't
unimportant, he was faithful
unto death.. There is nothing
more important that we. can
say of any person who goes
by the name of Christian.
Bartholomew was a follower of
Jesus Christ and like most of us;
his contribution to the Church
didn't get any special attention
from historians, biographers, or
artists. He probably never wore
silk vestments, handled a golden
chalice, or worshipped in the
glow of stained glass windows.
But he did know who His Lord
was and he carried the Word of
the Lord in his heart and on his
The pagan world that had
the privilege of hearing this
unknownApostle preach to them
wasn't worthy of him; they beat
him, skinned him alive, crucified
him, and beheaded him. He must
have known that the message
he carried was controversial,
challenged the local gods,
rebuked the local customs,
and would demand the same
sacrifice from him as it did his
Lord. Kingdoms on earth were
never promised to the Apostles,
but rather a baptism of fire and
a baptism of blood were to be
the lot that these messengers
of the King would be granted.
St. Bartholomew is worthy of.
our commemoration because,
unlike Saints Peter and Paul,
he leads us by example to be a'
faithful witness to Jesus Christ
regardless of fame, fortune, or
popularity in society. Never in
the history of the Church has
identification with the truth been
so costly -we do not suffer death
as many Christians have faced -
but, we do suffer the shame of
being identified with confessing
Christians who count friendship
with the world more important
than the glory of the crucified
Lord Jesus Christ.
Are we humble enough to be
a martyr for the truth, knowing
that it could cost us everything
and reward us with nothing in
this lifetime. Are we content
to live our lives faithfully as
witnesses to the truth without
so much as a scrap book left
to remember us by? You see,.
while few churches are named
St. Bartholomew, his witness to
Jesus Christ changed a segment
of the world so. radically that
in order to silence his witness
he was cruelly tortured and
killed. His witness may well
be why we are here today, but
none of us would know it. And
undoubtedly it would make no
difference to Str Bartholomew -
what was important to him was
that his Lord would be known.
and worshipped throughout the
world. Faithfulness to the Lord
is the Christian's only calling,
whether it brings the world's
reward or the world's wrath.
One Anglican author correctly
remarked of St. Bartholomew
that his "was a life of which the
world sees nothing, because it is
hid with Christ in God."
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Join us at these
* Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Calvary Baptist Church
- Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held on Wednesday
evening at 7 p.m. at the church which is located at 13920 NW Hwy
441Alachua. For additional information call 386-462-2966
*First United Methodist, Alachua invites the community to join
us for this Sunday's Christmas Cantata at the 10:45 a.m. worship
service. Also please worship with us at 7 p.m. or 11 p.m. on
Christmas Eve, for carols, candles and communion.
iCome hear the word of God in songs at New Saint Mary
Missionary Baptist Church on Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. The church
is located at 13800 NW 158th Avenue in Alachua. Contact Sister
Roberta McNish for more information at 386-496-0800 or contact
the church at 386-462-7129.
EHare Krishna Temple - Free feast every Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Temple is located three miles north of Alachua on State Road
Let everyone know about special
activities your church has on the
horizon. Call (386) 462-3355, fax
(386) 462-4569 or email to gail@
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T.he Heartland Community Places of Worship
Alachua church of Christ
S14505 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 & LarryPahman
ContemporaryPraise & Worship
Sunday at 9:30 a.m. & 11 a:m.
16916 NWUS Hwy 441, High Springs
386454-1700 * wwiFellowshipOnline.org
S First United Methodist
14805 NW 140th Street *:462-2443
Rev. Rob Atchley, Pastor "'
Jeff Van Valey, Youth & Children's Minister
S Worship, 8:30 am. & 11 am.
Sunday School 9:45 am. '
Sunday Youth Events, 4:30 p.m.
Hare Krishna Temple
International Society for Krishna
FounderAcarya lis Divine Grace
AC. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
3 miles north ofAlachua on State Road 235
Sunday Services 4:15-7 p.m.: Lecture,
meditation, chanting, and free vegetarian
feast. Opeinto the public. (386)462-2017
S New Life
Meeting at Westside
Park Recreation Center
1001 NW 34th Street
Gainesville, FL 32605
Sunday Worship - 10:30 AM
Pastor Leonard R.Traina (352)214-4462
Located at 14200 NW 148th Place
4 AIl Maints! nglican Claurct)
Aparish ofthe Christian Episcopal Chuch
* Where worship is our central act
* Where the apostolic tradition is upheld
* Where we kneel to pray
* Where worshipful music is the standard
* Where traditional liturgy is the norm
* Where the Holy Scriptures
* Where aprayerful and quiet
atmosphere is provided
* Where traditional values are taught
* Where we seekto 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
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.,
S'Youth Fellowship: 5p.m.
"Wed. Youth Fellowship 6:45 p.m.
Churfchoomiansportation to & fiom services.
YoutlhChildrens Director: Holly Erskine
RichardStauffer, Pastor * (386) 454-1255
HIGH SPRINGS CHURCH
520 NE Santa Fe Boulevard
Bible Classes forAllAges 9:30 am.
Worship 10:30 am.
Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday Bible Classes 7p.m.
Pastor: Cori Lewis * (386)454-2930
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Children's Church 11:30 a.m.
Adult & Children Bible Study 7 p.m.
Consumed Youth Service - 7 p.m.
Nursery provided for all services.
Pastor Greg Evans 352-870-7288
CHRISTIAN FAMILY WORSHIP
CENTERAND BIBLE COLLEGE
Elder Cynthia Washington, Pastor
220 NE First Avenue, P.O. Box 2187
High Springs, FL 32655
Bible Study Wed. 7 p.m; Sundays - Pastoral
Teaching 9:30 a.mn., Morning Worship 1 la.m.
Church: (386) 454-2367 Cell: (386) 878-9568'
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)
, Family Church
2020 NE 15 Street
S Mie D\ Gcaincsville
r't ' 1 (,~3 3"- , .8t
L.advMidchl nD i (352) 336-8686
Place of Worship
Call (386) 462-3355
for more information.
W First Presbyterian
SRev. Virginia McDaniel, Pastor
14623 NW 140 Street
Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery provided.
Grace Community Church (PCA)
4NewChrh in WesternAlachua County
Pastor Ty Keys
New Location: 25705 SW 15Avenue in
Newberry Elementary School Cafeteria
Worship: Sunday 9 am. Nursery provided.
For info go to www.gracecommunityPCA.org
Reaching Out with the Love of Clist byLfting Up
the Name ofChrist-Come hear theDoctrinesofGrace
Place of Worship
Call (386) 462-3355
for more information.
Sunday Services at 10 a.m.
105 NW 2nd St. (next door
to High Springs City Hall)
Father David Kidd
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
Christian %ife Fellowship
Assembly of God
Contemporary Worship/Ministry -All Ages
Sunday: SS 9:30 am./Worship 10:30 am.
Wed. 7 p.m./Children/Youth/Adults
19817 W. Newberry Rd. (4 mi. E. of
Newberry, 4 mi. W. of JoneSville)
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF AIACHUA
IMPACt IfNG One Block east of Main Street in Alachua
raw.wlranafla (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
Foundation Chapel Church
of God by Faith
Sunday:' Sunday School 10 pm.; Mid-Day
Worship 11:30 am.; Children's Church 6 p.m.;
Evening Worship 6p:m.;'iTesday: YSB 7 pn.
Wednesday: Outreach Fellowship Dinner
6 p.m.; General Prayer Service 7:30 p.m.
13220 NW 150th Avenue,Alachua
Pastor Willie J.McKnight, Sr. * 462-2549
GRACE CHURCH OF THE
210 SANTA FE BLVD/HWY 441,
HItH SPRINGS, FL 32643
SUNDAY SCHOOL 10AM
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP 11 AM
I : [ N'DI EVENING WORSHIP 6P.M
%N LDNESDAY WORSHIP 7 P.M.
Pastors Jiimes Lawhun 386-454-9709
and Larry Haley 386-454-0720
VISITORS ALWAYS WELCOME! Come join us!
Sunday 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
fJ Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
_" Youth Service Wed; 7:30 p.m.
Senior Pastors: Edwin & Angela Anderson
16710 NW US 441 * Between High Springs & Alachua
New Oak Grove Baptist Church
Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 am.,
Evening Service 6 p.m.
Wednesday Fellowship Meal 6 p.m.
Bible Study 7 p.m.
RAs, GAs & Students 7 p.m.
Terry Elixson, Jr., Pastor
386-462-3390 * 18100NW262Avenue
New St. Mary Missionary
13800 NE 158th Avenue, Alachua 32616
Rev. Daniel H. McNish, Pastor
Phone & FAX (386) 462-7129
Services: Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship 11 a.m.-st, 2nd, 3rd Sunday
Quarterly 11 am. 4th Sun. Birthday Rally
Service; Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer
Meeting & Bible Study
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ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY CLASSIFIED THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2008 B3
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NOTICE TO BID
The City of High Springs is
currently accepting sealed
bids from licensed real
estate agents for.the listing,
marketing and arranging
the sale of a 4,427 total sq.
ft. home on approximately
eight (8) acres. Sealed bids
must be submitted to the City
Manager's office at City Hall,
110 NW 1st Avenue, High
Springs, Florida 32643 by
3:00 pm, January 6, 2009.
Bid packets are available at
THE CITY OF HIGH
SPRINGS RESERVES THE
RIGHT TO REJECT ANY OR
County Today - December
18 and 25, 2008)
City of Newberry
NOTICE OF COMMITTEE
The City of Newberry is
accepting applications for
5 seats on the Recreation
Advisory Board, 2 seats
on the Beautification
Committee, 2 seats on
the Planning and Zoning
Review Board, 2. seats on
Committee, 2 seats on the
Code Enforcement Board,
and 3 seats on the Cemetery
must reside in the City of
Applications may be obtained
from City Hall or for electronic
applications please visit.
the City website at www.
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Call (386) 462-3355
Hours to place, correct or cancel ads:
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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applications must be received
no later than 5:00 pm, Tues.,
Jan. 5, 2009 and should
be dropped off or mailed to
City of Newberry, Located
at 25440 W. Newberry Rd
or P.O. Box 369, Newberry,
FL 32669. If any questions,
please contact the City Clerk
at 472-2446 ext. 101.
(Published: Alachua County
Today - December 18 and
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR ALACHUA COUNTY,
File No.: 08-CP-1635
HASER, alk/a JOSEPH A
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the
estate of JOSEPH ANTHONY
HASER, alkla JOSEPH A.
HASER, deceased, whose
date of death was August 17,
2008, File Number 08-CP-
1635 is pending in the Circuit
Court for ALACHUA County;
Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is PO
Box 600. Gainesville. FL
32602. The names and
addresses of the personal
representative and the
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 TIME OF SERVICE OF
A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
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 OF
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE
TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS
The date of first publication
of this notice is December 11,
Attorney for Personal
JERRY W. ALLENDER
Attorney for Personal
Florida Bar No. 110030
ALLENDER & ALLENDER,
719 Garden Street
Titusville, FL 32796
Telephone: (321) 269-1511
Fax: (321) 264-7676
JOSEPH A. HASER, JR.
1101 Linda Avenue
Titusville, FL 32780
County Today - December
11' and 18, 2008)
Alachua County Today
P.O. Box 2135, Alachua, FL 32616
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B4 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY BUSINESS & SERVICES DIRECTORY THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2008
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Greens, New Crop Shelled
PecansGeorgia Jet Sweet
Potatoes, Pumpkins, Corn
Stalks, Vine Ripe Tomatoes,
Fresh Shelled Acre Peas
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Cabbage, Lettuce, Local
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Amish Jellies and Jams,
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SunState Federal Credit Union and Alachua County Today
are partnering to bring you "The Christmas Tree." The purpose
of this campaign is to get young people reading. Alachua County
Today will publish an eight-chapter serialized short story, "The
Christmas Tree" as part of our Newspapers in Education program.
The newspapers will be sent home with the students after the
project for the week is completed so that parents can share the
stories with their children.
-ChOpter Eift by Kay Hively
Mr. Weaver looked out r.e ki chpr window-and then asked
Mary Jo if she was ready to save.the Christmas tree. He said
there was still plenty of daylight outside. Mary Jo looked at her
mother for advice. She nodded her head and told Mary Jo to
go with Mr. Weaver.
On their way out to the Christmas tree, Mr. Weaver stopped at the
tool shed and got two shovels. Mary Jo carried the smaller one.
When she and the old man reached the little tree, Mary Jo
thought it looked sad. It also looked very dry. Mr. Weaver laid
his shovel down and picked up a branch that was lying on the
ground. The branch was shaped like a "Y." Mr. Weaver said the
branch was from a peach tree. He said it would help him find water.
Mary Jo watched as the old man picked it up, holding ofne of the
top parts of the Y in each hand. The bottom part of the Y stuck out
in front of Mr Weaver. Slowly he began walking around, staying
close to the little tree.
In only a few moments, that part of the branch that stuck out
in front began to jump up and down. It shook so violently that
SMr. Weaver could-hardly hold onto it.
The old man stopped and stuck the branch into the ground. Then .::
he told Mary Jo that if they could dig down a few feet, they would
find water. Not a lot of water, he said, but enough to keep the
Christmas tree alive.
"Bring the shovels," the old man said.
Mary Jo picked up'both tools and hurried to Mr. Weaver's side..
Together they began to dig in the black dirt. Mary Jo could only
dig a small amount of dirt, but Mr. Weaver dug up big shovelfuls
with each effort As they worked, the old man told Mary Jo that
using a peach branch to find water was called water witching.
Not everyone could do it, he said. Only a few people have special
Things to Think About and Do -
A. Get a book and learn more about water witching. Do
you think it works?
B. Draw a picture of what you think Mary Jo's tree will
look like on Christmas morning. What do you think
will be under the tree?
A message from the sponsor: Parents interested in teaching
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Life on a Mississippi cotton farm is always hard. But it gets
worse when the Great Depression turns the land to dust. Mary Jo
Drake must decide between saving her tree or doing what's best
for her family.
But things change when a stranger, using a bit of magic, gives
Mary Jo a chance to save "The Christmas Tree."
powers to find water, he said. Not everyone had what he
called "the gift."
As she dug into the earth, Mary Jo listened to Mr. Weaver
tell about water witching. He said the peach branch was called
a "diviningrod," or a "dowsing stick." He also said that some
people witch with a branch from a cherry tree or even with
a piece of steel.
Mary Jd.asked Mr. Weaver how he learned to water witch. He
said he had been born that way - it was a natural gift. The secret
to water witching, he said, is believing you can do it.
The hole w4s getting deep, but the two diggers found only black
dirt. Then just as Mary Jo was about to give up, she saw mud on
her shovel. Mr. Weaver thrust his shovel deep into the hole and
water began flowing up out of the dirt.
Muddy old water had never looked so good, and there was
plenty for the tree.
Mary Jo screamed with delight.
Author Kay Hively and Illustrator Billie Gofourth-Stewart are
both of Neosho, Missouri. Produced in partnership with this
newspaper and the Missouri Press Foundation with support
from Verizon Foundation. Copyriht 2002.
are fun to work with and include games, puzzles, and more.
SunState Federal Credit Union strongly supports literacy both
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