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Hawthorne gets interim city manager
By CRAIG COX
HAWTHORNE An interim city manager has
been- selected to run the City of Hawthorne while
the search for a permanent manager continues.:
Alachua resident Linda Rice-Chapman has
been chosen to fill the city manager position, which
was left empty when Chad Shryock was abruptly
terminated in January.
Rice-Chapman, who is the president of the
Another killed in
By CRAIG COX
Alachua man was killed
Saturday night after being
"hit by a car while he was
trying to cross U.S. Hwy
441 at the intersection
with Main Street,
according to police.
Continued on pace A.-'
Special to Alachua County Today
County Department of
Public Safety personnel
responded to a kitchen
fire Tuesday night .in
Alachua that destroyed a
house and killed a family
received a call about the
fire at 14404 NW 1451*
Continued on page .44
Special to Alachua County Today
SOn Friday; April 3 at
7 p.m. at St. Matthelw
I Baptist Church in
Alachua, Anointed and
Appointed Outreach Inc..
in partnership with the
City of Alachua, will be
hosting an appreciation
,a Legend" for the
Rev. Gerald Cnswell.
Criswell is a native of
Alachua who has served
in the community. His
attributes have paved the
way for many. with all,
Continued on page .A4
Alachua Chamber of Commerce, has been working
with Hawthorne Mayor Deloris Roberts in the
search for a new city manager, but Roberts said she
needed more time to find a replacement, and Rice-
Chapman was her best option to fill the temporary
'"Some of our applicants were overqualified,
and others were just filling out papers for a bunch
of job applications," Roberts said. "I think Linda
Continued on page A8
R edlight cameras
get green light
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A semi-truck flies through a red light Wednesday in High Springs. City officials are fed
up with red-light runners, and they have decided to put a stop to the frequent activity by
using cameras to issue tickets to people who fail to stop.
By TRACEY MCLMANUS
HIGH SPRINGS Instead of checking
the rearview mirror to see if they got caught
running a red light. High Springs drivers may
soon just need to look in their mailboxes.
The city commission voted Thursday to
allow the installation of-cameras that capture
video of cars running red lights by a company
that will then mail out tickets for the violations.
Cameras are intended to be installed at the
cit)'s two intersections of U.S. 441 and North
Main Street as well as NW First A'enue ald
North Main Street.
'If the ordinance passes the final reading
March 27. High Spnngs will follow hundreds
of cities across the country that are contracting
with red-light camera companies that install
Continued on page.4 5
Local events support Red Cross campaign
By TRACEY NICRANrS
BRYAN BOLiKAR1.4i .:hua County Today
Emily Baggett offers customers a taste of
her mom's Red Cross scones. The Buttery
Sweet Bakery Cafe will be selling the treats
ALACHUA With March being National
Red Cross Month, the organization's local
chapter is raising awareness with its Paint the
Town Red Campaign.
While the American Red Cross of North
Central Flonda has done small events every
March in the past to raise money for the cause.
it is aiming to get more people and businesses
involved this year. said the chapter's execute
director. Laura Mager.
"We need to get Red Cross out there."' Mager
said. "We're using the month of March to have
special events and have people donate to Red
Cross in ways maybe they didn't know they
Continued on page A4
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200 acres near
By CRAIG COX
HA'LWTHORNE Alachua County Fire
Rescue officials were -wprking to extinguish
a 200-acre brush fire northwest of Hawthorne
late Wednesday, but only 40 percent of the
fire had been contained by 8 p.m.
The fire, located south of County Road
1474 near S.E. 245th, was reported at about
4 p.m., but it quickly. expanded from a 50-
acre fire to a. 200-acre fire due to high wind
gusts, said Rick Dolan, Division of Forestry
(DOF) forest area supervisor.
The' fire threatened se eral structures in
the area, and by 8 p.m. Wednesday, a barn
Continued on page .48
By GABRIELA 1ZARRA
NEWBERRY In the midst ofeconomic
turmoil throughout the nation, seven
representatives from Newberry met with
legislators' in Washington D.C. on Feb. 24
to discuss the development of the Advanced
Nutrition Foods (ANT) Corporation in the
city, which would provide up to 2,000 jobs.
Senator Bill Nelson arid Congressman
', : Contiuiued onpage A5
By CRAIG COX
ALACHUA With spring air and the
warm:sun regaining control of Alachua's
skies, some 72 sports teams gathered in
the city on Saturday to compete during the
celebration of the start of a new season.
The Santa Fe Babe Ruth baseball and
softball teams held their opening jamboree,
Sand volleyball and basketball teams joined
in the March Madness with competitions of
All the games were played from 10 a.m.
to 8 p.m., with participants and parents from
Alachua, Union, Leyy, Gilchrist, Marion,
Putnam, Suwannee, Columbia, Clay, and
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A2 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2009
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REAL ESTATE .B6
Ellis Daniel Baker
Ellis Daniel Baker, of
12110 NW 191st Terrace,
Alachua, went home to be
with the Lord on March 12,
2009. He was 67.
Daniel worked as a
for Alachua Sherwood
Oaks Apartments for 14
Daniel was preceded
in death by his daughter,
Jenny Baker of Alachua,
his parents JC and Estelle
Baker, and two brothers,
JC Baker, Jr., and Jack
Baker of Rock Hill.
Survivors include his
wife, Marian; and five
children, his son, Tony
Slaven and companion
Anna Thompson; his
daughters, Pam Sapp and
husband Gene, Theresa
Coleman and husband
Randy, Susan Baker, all of
Alachua, and Kim Baker of
Rock Hill, South Carolina;
13 grandchildren, Tara
Lynn. Thomas, Jason
Slaven, Tony Slaven,
Brandi Dowling and
husband Jason, Stevie
Pruitt, Shawn Spomrnhauer,
Brandon Baker, Cody
Voitle, Quinton Ayala,
Jordan Lee, Victoria Baker,
Jessica Sapp, Anthony
* Britt, Meghan Bradley, and
Live AcOustic MusIC FridayS & Saturdays 8:30 p.m to close
FRIDAY: Dennis & Preston Howell
SATURDAY: Moondool "
Sunday Happy Hour All Day
SEE YaAtBeeft Hours: Mon-sun 11-11 p.m.
Downtown Alachua on Main Street (386) 462-3224
Alexis Parnell, Camryn
Vance, and Kylee Dowling;
five sisters and three
brothers from Rock Hill,
South Carolina, Isabel
Freeman, Evelyn Deyton,
Grace Neely and husband
Donald, Ervin Baker and
wife Joan, Tony Tinker
and husband Charles, Bill
Baker, Bob Baker and wife
Slvia, and Von Earle and
A Memorial Service
was held on Sunday, March
15, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Haven
Hospice Chapel, 4305 NW
90th Blvd, Gainesville,
In lieu of flowers
donations may be made to
Haven Hospice of North
Central Florida, 4200 90th.
Blvd., Gainesville, FL
Nita Hazel Farnell
Nita Hazel Farnell
Nettles of Alachua passed
away on March 12, 2009 at
her home. She was 87.
Bom in Columbia
County, Florida, she
resided in the Alachua/
Santa Fe community. She
was a member of Santa Fe
She was preceded in
death by her husband,
Charles Nettles and
Survivors include four
sons, Randall (Linda)
nettles of Atlanta, Georgia,
Terry Nettles of Alachua,
Deani (Cheryl)} Nettles and
Kenneth (Sue) Nettles, both
of Palm Coast, Florida;
three daughters, Linda
Hunt and Sandra (Bobby)
Chesser, both of Alachua,
Norma Kuhr of Gainesville;
one sister, Jeanette Cole
of High Springs; 16
grandchildren and 17 great-
Services were held on
Saturday, March 14, 2009
at 11 a.m. at Santa Fe
Baptist Church with Rev.
Beaver Twist officiating.
Burial followed at High
Arrangements were in
the care of Evans-Carter
Obituaries: The obit-
uaries in this section
are considered news
and are published free
of charge by Alachua
County Today. Obitu-
aries may be edited
for style, space and
Local business teams with
Humane Society to help find a
new home for unwanted animals
Special to Alachua County Today
Alachua County Humane
Society and Buddha Belly
Restaurant are teaming
up to find a new home
for unwanted companion
animals in Alachua County
by announcing Curry Night
the first Tuesday of every
month with a portion of
the money benefitting the
Alachua County Humane
The Alachua County
Humane Society (ACHS)
is a not-for-profit, private
organization that receives
absolutely no tax dollars
to accomplish its mission.
The group -has been
rescuing over 1,000 animals
per year and serving the
Alachua County area for
over 35 years as a "no kill"
"Once we take an
animal into bur shelter,
we guarantee that animal
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finds their forever home,"
explains Kirk Eppenstein,
Executive Director of the
organization. "We have
been in the same facility
for almost 35 years and are
limited to the number of
rescues we can do by the
size and age of our shelter,"
The current facility
is considered a non-
conforming use and cannot
be updated without years
of hearings to do so. The
organization is under
contract to purchase a
facility which will be
almost five times the size
of the current facility and
will allow the .Humane
Society to double its efforts
according to Eppenstein.
The biggest stumbling
block is always money so
the organization has turned
to the community to help
support the expansion
of the facility. "We are
asking for private and
corporate donations ... no
amount is too small"?' says
Owner of Buddha Belly
Restaurant located at
25 NW 16th Avenue in
Gainesville heard the plea
and decided to help. "It is
an important role that the
Humane Society plays in
our community and one
in which we believe so
we are going to put our
money where our mouth
is" exclaims VanHart. "We
are a community business
and like to be involved in
worthwhile causes and this
one is near and dear to our
hearts," he adds:
VanHart already has
flyers all over the dining
room asking people to
support the worthy cause
butpledges 15 percent of all
curry sales the first Tuesday
of each month to go to the
building fund for ACHS.
Both Eppenstein ,and
VanHart are encouraging
people to eat curry that day
to support a good cause.
"You gotta eat anyway, so
why not benefit animals
at the same time," says
may also be made by mail
to: Building Fund, 2029
NW 6th Street, Gainesville,
FL 32609 or by visiting.
to make a donation.
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Gainesville: 352-374-7786 Alachua: 386-462-1445
The smallest things can change our lives,
One hand reaching out to another
One prayer whispered in faith
One moment that shines with His presence.
Thinking of us
Believing with us
Praying for us
And wanting you to know how much we
Appreciate you giving and sharing with us.
We Thank Each of YOU
Jabari, Theophilus Rivers and Family
Alachua Lions Club
70th Annual Cattlemen's Banquet
Keynote Speaker Jim Brvin, Past President Lions
.-- Clubs International
S". Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 7 p.m.
at the Alaohua Woman's Club on Main Street in Alachua
Delivering the keynote address for this year's banquet Is Jim Ervin, Pat President Lions
Tickets may be purchased through any Alachua Lins Club member.
cket Chairman, PDG GuerH ch can be reacd 386462-30 (H)
or 352538-9709 (Q. Reservations mst be made by March 3rd
The Cattlemen's Banquet functions as a platform to honor those persons who have
made significant contributions to the cattle Industry in Florida. It has honored a worthy
recipient yearly since 1939 as a distinctive Alachua Lions Club project.
A delicious steak dinner and genial fellowship has made the banquet a ftn and popular
annual event, '
All proceeds fom the club's fund rers go to local, state, national and ntermatdonal
charities. Locally the club supports sight and hearing assistance to needy persons,
supports youth activities in education and recreation and general community needs.
itings and former Lions or anyone nterested in Lions Club memb rship are invited
to visit the club. Alacha Lions Club is Iocated at I515 N, W 142nd TErace in Aacha .
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A3 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY COMMUNITY CORNER THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2009
.Meetings & Events in the Heartlands
contact Linda Woodcock
PUBLIC MEETINGS :at 352-472-2440. Garden
mArcher Meets the 2nd items, plants, vegetables,
Archer Meets the 2nd etc. are welcome to join
,.and 4th Monday of each
moandthat7pmodatfC us. Booth rental is only
month at 7 p.m. at City $10 for the day. To order
fHall, 16870 SW 134 Ave. bulbs before they are sold
SAlachua (City) Meets 'out, call the above number.
the 1st and 3rd Monday Funds sponsor students
of each month at 7 p.m. at to attend camps, ecology
City Hall. programs, and Santa Fe
SAlachua County Meets College scholarships.
"the 2nd and 4th Tuesday April 4 Flea Market
of each month at 9 a.m. at Spaces Available First
-,the County Administration United Methodist Church
,Building, 12 SE 1st Street, of High Springs is having
Ropm 209, Gainesville their annual Flea Market
pCitizen comments' lare on Saturday, April 4 from 8
Citakizen at 9:30 a.m. and 530 a.m. 2 p.m. on the church
grounds at 17405 NW US
p.m. Hwy 441. Vendor spaces are
*Gainesville -. Meets the available for $15 per 15'x
2nd and 4th MondaN of 20' space. Reservations
each month at 1 pnm. at may be made by visiting
City Hall Auditorium, 200 or calling the church
East University Avenue. Tuesday through Thursday,
mHawthorne Meets the 8. a.m. 1 p.m. at 386 454-
1st, and 3rd Tuesdays of 1255. There will also be
each month at 6-30 p.m. at a Rummage Sale, Bake
Cits Hall. Sale and BBQ Chicken
Z tHigh Springs '- Meets Dinners sold. Breakfast
the 2nd and 4th Thursday and lunch concessions will
Sof each month at 6:30 p.m. be available. All money
'.in Cit Hall. raised will be used for
i 'LaCrosse leets the 2nd mission projects, including
LaCrosse -ehMeeto the and a Habitat for Humanity
-. Monda of each month at house in High Springs.
7:30 p m. at Town Hall. Santa Fe College
-' Micanopy Meets the Spring Arts Festival,,one
'. 2nd Tuesday of each month of the top juried art festivals
at 7:30 p.m at Town Hall. in the southeastern United
"mNewberrn Meets the States, will be held along
.- 2nd and 4th Mondam of NE 1st Street in downtown
each month at 7 p.m. at Gainesville March 28-
".'Citr Hall 29. Artwork 'includes
*\Valdo Meets the 2nd jewelry, sculpture, fiber
-. Tuesday% of each month at arts, digital and traditional
.7 p.m. at Yerkes Center. photography, mixed media,
.'m Adult Co-ed Softball printmaking, graphics and
SRegistrations are being digital art. Young artists
Racceptedr by' the Cityngof sell their work at the
igh pis Teams ad Thomas Center grounds and
High Springs. Teamsand ilies .. ts
.&indiniduaJs are needed-ito families ni rtprojec ,
indvidu's are nee dedto: at thi Children's Rainbow
hill thdyi'season. Gasles **i-,r Cilrren' .1!,
adl tw.,season. Ganes 'r Ga'rden Festital hours are
,have just started and' are arden Femti5al hours are
,,hosted at the newly lit 9.a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday
complex. For a and 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday.
.sports complex. For a For more information,
limited time,, team fees are F. m information .
limited time, team ees are contact festival coordinator
.only $200. Registration
oy $2-0. Rgi Kathryn Lehman at 352-
forms and team packets are 395-5355 Lehmaor kat35hryn.2-
,available at High Springs 395-5355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Hall. email@example.com.
i') Youth lSoccer University of Florida
registration has started. Rugby Club 40th
The fee for team soccer Anniversary Games
'-s $50 per child if paid by will be hosted by the City
!.is $50 per child if paid by o N e Pa' ks &
L.March 9. Practice will of Newberry Parks &
start as soon as there are Games will take place
enough per team and a G w t place
enough per team and a Saturday, March 28 at the
coach assigned. A soccer Saturday, March 28 at the
board meeting will be held Easton Newberry Sports
Thursday, Feb. 26. The Complex. Games will
meeting is for all parents begin at, 1 p.m. with UF
interestedd inyouth soccer (A playing the University
.-and will start at 6:30 p.m. of North Carolina (A),
FSign up sour child today. Nicevi l High School
S r furtherinformation playing Tampa; 2:45 p.m.,
For further information .. -0 ( p UNC (\
.on tennis or any recreation, UP ) playing UNC ();
contact ohann at H 4:30 p.mi, UF Alumni
contact Johanne at High
Springs C Hall 36-4i- game and Niceville playing
I-Springs CIt s Hall, 3A6-454- .
.1416. extension 5 or email TBA.
SprinRcratini City of Newberry Parks
-hoo .m & Recreation Department
3- TheNew bern Garden
club %.will hold their annual
plant sale on Saturda.,
^larch 28 at the downtown
'Municipal Building from 8
C a m. 1 p.m. Reasonable
prices on a variety of plants a
to beautify your yard, as
'%ell as deserts, a white, ,
Meleplhait table and. famous .i fll T.
',Jumbo Caladium Bulbs G S
.ill be for sale. If you ,
rre interested in a booth,
I ' .'.., ' *
will also be hosting the
18 & Under. North vs
South game Sunday,
March 29 at 11:00 a.m. For
additional information, call
City of Newberry Parks
& Recreation Director
Richard Blalock at 352-
* The Alachua
program will be March
24 at 7 p.m. at the
Alachua Woman's Club.
Will Irby and Tate Mikell,
the Editor-in-Chief and
Managing Editor of The
Old Florida Journal will
speak. You can check
out the publication online
com. Lots of great history
here! Collectors Day will
be on Sunday, April 19
at the Alachua Woman's
Club from 1-4 p.m.. There
is no charge but we would
love to have people bring
their collections to share.
For more information,.
contact Emelie Matthews
* Route 66 come get
your kicks with Route 66
on March 28 at 6 p.m. at
the Alachua Recreation
Center, 14300 NW 146
Terrace, Alachua. There
will be music and dancing,
door prizes and food.
Couples $15, Singles $10,
Students $6 and children
under 7 free. Tickets are
available at the door or at
Birth Center of Gainesville,
810 E. University Avenue,
or Alachua Recreation
All proceeds go to the
following: Alachua Police
Miracles, Indigent Pregnant
.Association pf Florida.
Biker's Run will meet
at 12 p.m. at Joe's Angry
Onion located at 2043
Dunnellon. Run will take
off at 3 p.m. headed to the
Alachua Recreation Center.
is holding Pastor's
Celebrate' the Pastor's
March 19 and 20 at 7:30
p.m. at the Fort White
Community Center located
at 17579 SW State. Road
47. The appreciation will
be concluding oh Sunday,
March 22 at 11:30 a.m.
also at the Fort White
Community Center. Come
help us celebrate this
glorious occasion. If you
can come, please contact
us on which night you
would like to attend. For
reservations or information,
contact Sister Quana
m. Mrch29t 9 .1Apm
15560 NW US Hwy 441, Next to Hitchcock's (386) 462-1848
New member sign up is FREE when you donate one bag
of non-perishable groceries to Food 4 Kids.
ONLY $29/Month Membership
with automatic'draft from checking or savings account.
L Alachua Location Only Special Ends April 15, 2009
Thomas 386-344-4376 or to share their information Chili Cookoff, (CASI
Deacon Al McClellon 386- along with a token gift to the sanctioned) to be held at the
496-3190. public (magnet, pens, etc.) O'Leno group camera area.
* Mt. Nebo UMC are welcome and the fee is This is open to all members
invites the community waived for these groups. of CASI and anyone who
to fellowship with them The cost is $45 Per 10 x would like to cook chili
as they celebrate the 8th 10 space. Save on the cost according to their rules and
Anniversary 'of Pastor, and join ABL for $75 per regulations: www.chili.org.
Rev. William R. George, year and get a free space at Registration is from 9am -
Sr. On Friday, March 20 at both festivals. The festival 10am in the O'Leno Dining
7-:30 p.m. participating will is sponsored by Alachua Hall on the day of the event
be Rev. Ernest Holmes and Business League and the which is a fundraiser for
Antioch MBC, Alachua; City of Alachua. For more Friends of O'Leno Inc., a
Rev. Daniel McNish and information, visit www. non profit agency currently
New St. Mary MBC, alachuabusiness.com; email raising funds for a Nature
Alachua, and Rev. Michael firstname.lastname@example.org, call Center at O'Leno State
Perry and Old Shiloh MBC, 386-462-9552; Joan Sroka, Park. Anyone who would
SAlachua. email@example.com, 352- like to help sponsor one of
On Sunday, March 514-1258; or Kelly Harris the above events or would
22. at 3 p.m. participating 386-462-5010 or, Kelly@ like more information,
will be Rev. Theo Jackson kellyskreations.com. email: Friendsoleno@
and Pleasant Plain UMC, O'leno State Park windstream.net or call
Jonesville, Pastor Marcia March 28 is the 2nd Harriet Walsh at 386-454-
Molsley and Heaven Annual O'Leno Ole' 4806.
Bound Outreach Ministries,
LaCrosse. CHht is our
For more information, W hat is your..
contact Bro. Carl Hathcock
at 386-418-3570 or Bro.
Donald Page at 352-377-
Vendor All Call for M
the Seventh Annual
Alachua, Spring Festival
taking place on Sunday,
April 19 from 11 a.m. to
5 p.m. on Main Street in
Downtown City of Alachua Enter to Wm.
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A4 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2009
Remembering the unforgettable
By TRACEY MCMANUS
HIGH SPRINGS Although
Ludell Mobley's influence in her
community is certain to not be
forgotten, the High Springs City
Commission has guaranteed that
by naming April 28, 2009 Ludell
Ludell G. Mobley, 79, passed
away March 1, 2009, but her
influence in her native city of High
Springs still lingers in the issues
about which she spoke passionately.
Mobley was instrumental in getting
the automatic doors at City Hall for
elderly individuals who had trouble
opening the older, heavier doors,
said High Springs Vice Mayor Byran
"She represented the community
at City Hall," Williams said. "She
was always there for. the meetings.
Citizens that couldn't make it for the
meetings, she would be their voice."
Mobley attended most city
commission meetings during the 20
years after her retirement and raised
awareness about water rates, garbage
rates and the installation of the sewer
Speaking about Ludell Mobley
Day, daughter Eunice Mobley of
West Palm Beach said, "I just think
it's absolutely wonderful, I'm so
excited about it.
"It's a nice way to memorialize
how she participated in the community.
and what an active role she had in
Because of her role in local
government over the years, the city
commission honored her death by
covering her usual seat at City Hall
with a black cloth at Thursday's
commission meeting. This is an.
honor normally reserved for members
of a legislative body that pass away
during their term in office.
"Tonight we extend that honor to
one of our regular members of our
audience, Mrs. Ludell Mobley," High
Springs City Manager James Drumm
said. "Her regular seat is reserved
for her in the back. She is with us in
Remembrance day falls on what
would be Mobley's 80th birthday.
# # #
uedfompage Smoke alarm alerted sleeping resident
Terrace at about 11:30 p.m.
The house was already consumed
by fire and smoke when fire personnel
The lone female resident of the
house did not suffer any injuries, but
one cat died in the fire. Fire personnel
were able to go back into the house
Continued from page A 1
, and save a second cat.
The fire started after a pot was left
unattended on the stove and spread
quickly throughout the house.
A working smoke, alarm alerted
the resident, who had fallen asleep, to
Fire units from High Springs and
La Crosse also responded to assist in
extinguishing the fire.
According to Alachua County
property records, the owner of the
home is Valerie Tallman.
# # #
Red Cross depends on community support
The campaign will hold the CPR-
a-Thon and Prepare Fair 2009 on
Saturday at Westside Baptist Church
in Gainesville from 8 a.m. to noon as
well as from 1 p.m. to 5p.m. The event
will feature an adult CPR certification
course that, at $15 for pre-registration,
is half the price of traditional classes:
The ongoing events include
'the campaign's restaurant days at
Restaurant Deneno's and Buttery
Sweet Bakery in Alachua. The bakery
is holding a cookie fundraiser where
the profits of each Red Cross cookie
sold will go to the organization, while
Restaurant Deneno's will donate five
percent of every Thursday's sales in
March to the cause.
"It's important to contribute
because if I were in a situation that
I needed the Red Cross, it's nice to
know it's there," Paula Davis-Kropp,
manager of Restaurante Deneno's,
said. "Without support they can't
continue to exist."
The Painting the Town Red
Campaign also, held a wing eating
contest at Gator's .Dockside in
Gainesville on March 3 that raised
between $700 and $800 with all
proceeds going to the local chapter,
"We have a really good campaign
going this year," Mager said. "We
are making it more of a grassroots
thing by going to the community for
# # #
Continued from page A
Became mayor in 1978
I Special to Alachua County Today
Gerald Criswell played an important role in the City of Alachua,
leading the city as the first African American commissioner
and mayor. His leadership paved the way for future African
Americans to lead the city.
his wonderful deeds while
Elected and sworn
in April 1977 as city
then in April 1978 as
mayor, Criswell :was the
first African American in
Adriane Jones is
president of Anointed
and' Appointed Outreach
Inc., and along with .City
Manager Clovis Watson,
Jr., she has been working
on this event since January
2009 and both are excited
about the celebration for
includes dedication to
ministry the majority of
his life, while maintaining
a good reputation in the
community. He has always
been a man with a heart full
of compassion and complete
for all God's people.
Jones would like to give
special thanks to Pastor
Adriari Weeks, pastor of St.
Matthew Baptist Church,
along with his congregation
for their participation and
,free use of the facilities.
would like to thank
everyone for their time
and consideration in,
participation in this event
and look forward to
whatever support they can
provide to this great man of
God. All checks .should be
made payable to Mr. Gerald
Criswell. The event will be
held at 15712 NW 140th St.
Adriane Jones at 386-418-
<0103 or Marnique at 352-
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The City of High Springs is currently accepting
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Task Force. The objective of the HPTF is to investigate
the need, if any, to change or modify the existing policies
relating to historic preservation within the City and to
make recommendations to the- City Commission. This
HPTF is a temporary committee and the appointment
and will expire September 1, 2009.
Applications may be obtained Monday through Friday,
8:00 4:30, from City Hall, 110 NW 1st Avenue, High
Springs, Florida 32643. To be appointed, applicants
must be registered voters of the City of High Springs, or
owners or managers of businesses or properties located
within the historic districts located within the City of
High Springs. Applications accepted through Friday,
March 27,2009. Members to be appointed at the April
9, 2009 City Commission meeting.
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Continuedfrom page Al
and provide the equipment
free of charge but keep a
portion of each citation.
High Springs ChiefofPolice
James Troiano said most
citations run about $100,
depending on the company,
with approximately $80 of
that going to the city and the
other $20 being paid to the
"We know those
violations are out there,
and we'd like to keep our
intersections safe," Troiano
said. "This is not about
revenue generation, it's
about increasing traffic
safety and awareness."
Since the citations come
" Continuedfrom page A]
Vloney from citations will go to the general fund of the city
from private companies,
they are considered
violations of city code
instead of traffic violations
and do not carry points or
increases in insurance. Each
video would be reviewed
by the police department
before the camera company
mails the driver a bill for the
Troiaro said a 2008
Texas A&M study showed
an 11.4 percent decrease in
rear-end crashes and a 41.6
percent decrease in overall
crashes with the use of red-.
However, most studies
including a 2008 year-long
review by the University of
South Florida College Of
Public Health concluded
that red-light cameras
crashes. These studies
suggest that accidents would
,, be better prevented with
,like signal visibility and
increased lengths of yellow-
"The rigorous studies
clearly show red-light
cameras don't work,"
lead author of the study,
said in the report. "Instead,
they increase crashes and
injuries as drivers attempt
to abruptly stop at camera
While critics of red-light
cameras point out the high
profits that cities make from
these citations, Troiano
said this system could be
a cheaper alternative than
if patrol officers manually
issue traffic citations for
red-light running. Traffic
tickets issued by officers for
this offense run at $165 for
drivers while the city also
pays for the officer's time
and vehicle expenses while
on the job.
Although the city
predicts the rate of citations,
to decrease after drivers
become aware of the
cameras, Troiano estimated
15 citations per day at
each intersection when the
equipment is first installed.
He added that with $80 of
the $100 ticket going to the
city, this would generate
$2,400 per day or $876,000
per year in fines.
High Springs City
Manager James Drumm
said the money from the
camera citations can be
used to supplement needs in
"This type of funding
could help in the general
fund," Drumm said. "The
legislature is looking at new
ways to reduce taxes, and
this revenue may be a way
to supplement some of it."
Along with disputes
about the effectiveness of
the system, some cities
have also dealt with privacy
issues that the cameras may
"There are going to
be people that are very
uncomfortable with this
kind of system, with this
kind of technology, because
it is very much that unseen
big brother in the sky always
watching," Mayor James
# # #
Cliff Steams met with the
group face to face and
agreed to support the project
and sign draft letters being
sent to the principal agencies
responsible for approval.
Senator Mel Martinez was
unavailable but sent his
senior staff on his behalf.
"It's just been h really
positive response," said
Newberry City Manager
Keith Ashby, who went to
. the meeting as the city's
. principal lobbyist, "That's a
In order to launch the
project, the cityhas requested
$700,000 in a Community
Development Block Grant
(CDBG) from the Florida
Department of Community
SAffairs and $3.5:million in
an Economic Development
" Administration (EDA)
grant from the Department
The city will be notified
by mid-May whether or not
the government will provide
the funds, Ashby said.
With the ANF industrial
park, TechCoin,A .ANF's
parent company, is trying
to create an international
nutritional food centerwhere
companies such as Po,st arid
Kellogg's can do research
for their food products,
Ashby said. Though not
, yet set in stone, it will most
likely be named The ANF
Nutritional Food Park.
Nelson, Steams and
Martinez's senior staff were
reportedly pleased to hear
about a project that would
bring such a favorable
economic opportunity to
North and Central Florida.
"They thought it was
marvelous that this project
was going forward," Ashby
said. He was pleased with
the outcome of the meeting
with the legislators and
anticipates positive results,
Ashby traveled Ito
Washington D.C. with Jon
Anfinsen, chief executive
officer of TechCom, Stefan
Davis, president of DAvis
Companies that owns the
park where the ANF park
will be located, Susan
Parker and Bill Brant from
the Newberry Chamber
of Commerce, Newberry
Commissioner bill Conrad,
and Ben Biscan, vice-
president of several Florida
"We had to do what we
had to do to make sure' we
were on the radar," Ashby
said. "If you don't play, then
,guess what, you can't win!"
Aside from supplying
2,000 direct jobs, the project
should also create about
5,000 spin-off jobs by the
time of completion within
the next 15 years, he said.
Spin-off jobs are those
jobs created as a result
of an initial supply of
employment. Once the
ANF Park is underway,
new businesses will pop
up around Newberry to
satisfy the needs of ANF
Ashby also said there is
a possibility that the ANF
project will receive an
earmark, funds requested
by legislators for projects
and programs in their home
state, though earmarks are
difficult to obtain.
The federal grants
anticipated for the park
are not related to President
Barrack Obama's stimulus
package, though Newberry
has submitted art application,
to the EDA for grants
associated with his economic
plan to fund improvements
to the intersection where the
ANF Park will be located.
ranked Newberry's "shovel
ready" project to improve
the intersection on the
southwestern comer of U.S.
Route 41/27 and Southwest
30thAvenue as No. 1 out of
other"shovel ready" projects
proposed in the rural areas
of Alachua County.
The state of Flprida
has identified $9 billion
worth of "shovel ready"
projects, those projects
part of Obama's 'stimulus
plan that can be quickly
launched and are aimed at
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"I feel very, confident
that we're going to receive
the funds," Ashby said.
"They told us we're number
If the "shovel ready"
project, is approved by the
Florida Department of
will receive $811,000 for the
# # #
The Booster Club of the Santa Fe High School Raiders Football team is
proud to announce the 5th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday,
April 25, 2009 at Turkey Creek Golf Course. Net proceeds are to
benefit the youth of.the Santa Fe High School Football Team.
Registration will start at 7:30 am and the golf will shotgun start at
8:30am;. lunch, awards, and raffle will be directly after golf.
7:30 Rgstraon ($75 p.r pt.y-er$3S per t )
830 Shotgun sart (2 four prson ems per hle)
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.!The City ot Alachua will have an election April 14, 2009, tor City
Commission Seats 4 and 5. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The City is using three polling places for the 2009 election.
IMPORTANT: These polling places might be different from the one
you. used when voting in last year's elections.
If you are assigned to Alachua County Precinct 3, you will vote at either:
1. Alachua County Fire Station #21
13815 U.S. Highway 441 or
2. City of Alachua Recreation Center
Cards will be mailed to all voters in Precinct 3 who will be assigned to the Fire Station.
If you are assigned to Alachua County Precinct 63, you will vote at:
Plantation Oaks at Turkey Creek
11400 Turkey Creek Blvd.
Fire Station (70)
*Poll workers subject
Recreation Center (3) Turkey Creek (63)
Judy Malphurs Sam Ulbing
Mary Grady Richard Traud
Ron Tristani Mike Croce
DeeDee McClain, Karen Williams
Thelma Hammon Pam Schutzler
Ella Thomas Sharon Traud
CITY OF ALACHUA, FLORIDA
APRIL 14, 2009
* TO VOTE COMPLETELY FILL IN THE OVAL 4 NEXT TO YOUR CHOICE.
SUse only the marking device provided or a number 2 pencil.
SIf you'make a mistake, don't hesitate to ask for a new ballot If you erase or make other marks,' your vote may not count.
CITY OF ALACHUA COMMISSION CITY OF ALACHUA CHARTER AMENDMENTS
-.. . . . ... .
ALACHUA CITY COMMISSION
,. .(Vote for One)
ALACHUA CITY COMMISSION
(Vote for One)
(2) Douglas Dean
CITY OF ALACHUA CHARTER
* NUMBER 1
ARTICLE III LEGISLATIVE,
SECTIONS 3.01-3.06 AND 3.07
ARTICLE V- QUALIFICATIONS AND
SECTIONS 6.01, 5.02 (A) AND 5.03
Shall the Charter be amended to create a
specific elected seat for the office of
Shall the above-described amendment be
" C) For Approval
* C)Agalnst Approval
a NUMBER 2
ARTICLE III LEGISLATIVE,
SECTION 3.06 (C)
Prohibitions on Former Elected City
Shall 'the Charter be amended to provide
that the City Commission may waive the
provision that prohibits a former elected
City official to hold any compensated
appointed office or become a City
employee until one (1) year after either the
expiration of the term of office or vacation
of the office?
Shall the above-described amendment be
CD For Approval
ARTICLE III LEGISLATIVE,
SECTION 3.08 (A)
City Commission Meetings
Shall the Charter be amended to provide
that City Commission Meetings shall be at
times and places as. prescribed by law and
City Commission Rules?
Shall the above-described amendment be
ARTICLE IV ADMINISTRATIVE,
City Manager Residency
Shall the Charter be amended to require
the City Manager to be a resident of the
City within six months of appointment,
unless the City Commission agrees in
writing to allow the City Manager to reside
outside the City limits?
Shall the above-described amendment be
C For Approval
ARTICLE V QUALIFICATIONS AND
ELECTIONS, SECTION 5.04
Shall the Charter be amended to allow
the City Commission to appoint a
Canvassing Board for City elections
whose duties, responsibilities, and
procedures shell be as set by
applicable law and City Ordinances?
Shall the above-described amendment
ARTICLE IX PLANNING & ZONING
BOARD, SECTION 9.02
Planning & Zoning Board Meetings
Shall the Charter be amended to
provide that Planning & Zoning Board
meetings shall be at times and places
as prescribed by law and as may be
directed by the City Commission?
Shall the above-described amendment
NUMBER 6 NUMBER S
ARTICLE V QUALIFICATIONS AND ARTICLE IX PLANNING & ZONING
ELECTIONS, SECTION 6.03 BOARD, SECTIONS 9.04-9.06
Form of Ballot Planning & Zoning Board putlea
Shall the Charter be amended to provide Shall the Charter be amended so that
that a symbol, or any other method Planning and Zoning Board duties shall
prescribed bylaw, shall be used to vote be In accordance with applicable law
either for or against an amendment to the and as directed by the City
Shall the aboye-described amendment be hall the above-described amendment
adopted? be adopted?
C For Approval C For Approval
CDAgainst Approval rJDAgainst Approval
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONSABOUT THE APRIL14, 2009, CITY OF ALACHUA
CITY COMMISSION ELECTION, PLEASE CALL DIANE MORGAN, ASSISTANT DEPUTY Q ,o C -
CITY CLERK; OR DEPUTY CITY CLERK ALAN HENDERSON AT 386-418-6100, OR E-MAIL '
AT AHENDERSON@CITYOFALACHUA.COM OR DMORGAN@CITYOFALACHUA.COM.
ELECTION RESULTS WILL BE POSTED ON THE CITY'S WEB SITE FOLLOWING THE ELECTION AT WWW.CITYOFALACHUA.COM
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v Date: APRIL 25, 2009 Registration due: April 13, 2009
Proc0amation of the dapyor of O1ladjua
I, Jean Calderwood, Mayor of the City of Alachua, Florida, do hereby proclaim:
An election is called for Tuesday, April 14, 2009, for the purpose of filling Seats 4 and 5 on the
Alachua City Commission;
The successful candidates shall serve a three-year term, ending in April of 2012;
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the City Recreation Center, Turkey Creek, and the
The names of the inspectors and.clerks are as follows: Delores Wheeler, Elaine Green, Debra Davis,
Thelma Welch, Ella Thomas, Judy Malphurs, DeeDee McClain, Thelma Hammon, Sharon Traud, Ron
Tristani, Sam Ulbing, Pam Schutzler, Richard Traud, and Karen Williams.
This information and the names of inspectors and clerks to serve at each location shall be published in
an informational advertisement in a newspaper of general circulation for four weeks prior to the election.
Hereby witness my signature and the seal of the City of'Alachua this 9th day of February 2009.
Jan Calderwood, Mayor
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OPINION red-light camera tickets? for an electric compa- VOTES42
nyredsight camera tickets? mistakes?
Florida's economy calls for thoughtful solutions
Guest Editorial by Senator Steve Oelrich
As many of you know, the
legislature recently met in a special
session to make significant cuts to
the state's budget for the current
fiscal year. This special .session
was called as a direct result of'the
economic downturn our nation,
our state and our individual
communities have 'all been
experiencing. This downturn led to
subsequent cuts to many programs
and it will definitely shape the
policies we implement, as well as
the final budget we pass during the
upcoming regular session.
It isn't an easy task to maintain a
balanced budget, which is mandated
by our constitution.' When state
revenues are dramatically down
it requires either cutting funding
to departments and programs
or raising taxes. .Many of mni
colleagues and. I felt that now%
%was not the time to further burden
Florida's families and businesses
with additional taxes. Nu single
solution will be able to resolve the
deficit we are facing this spring.
Howe er. by making reductions in
spending and using reserve funds.
we have been able to steer clear of
tax hikes and also were allowed to
avoid major reductions to essential
While we faced a $2.5 billion,
shortfall for this
fiscal year, next I
year's shortfall has,
the possibility of
reaching $5-6 billion.
I think this makes .
our decisions and our
approach this year
e' en more.iniportant.
By tightening our
collective belts and
reducing spending in
non-essential areas,:S St
we will be-better Sen. Steve
prepared for future
shortfalls. Using tax increases as
a "'band-aid" for this year will only
delay the inevitable as we' move
into the next fiscal year.
Many citizens have voiced
their concerns about the cuts, that.
Shave been made. to education. As
chair for the Higher Education
Committee and a father of three
sons that attended public schools.
the education of our children is a top
priority. However. with the deficit
we face, no program or department
can be held harmless and education
is no different.
takes up over half of
the budget, sparing
education from cuts
would undul) burden
the departments that
less inri propriai ons
(Health and- Human
Services is second
with just over 25
percent). We have
Oehnch worked- to cut as
little as possible, and
maintain funding in. areas that
are essential to our youth that are
enrolled in K-12 classes. Higher
education as' a whole will be aided'
by the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act. The stimulus
bill will provide additional funding
for Pell Grants, work-study
programs and higher education tax
credits. While the total amount of
money allotted for each program is
not fi ll\ kno\'n. it ill certainly be
a help to those that are looking to
further their education in a time of
economic hardship The Uni\ ersit
of Florida will also be helped if a
bill allowing tuition increases is
successful during this session. The
bill. currently in committee, \'ill
pro% ide additional funding to the
university system and bring tuition
closer to the national average.
lu Althoughwe are Tacing in m
-times :economically, -we are
working to build a more efficient
and effective government. Our
decisions today, as tough as
they may be, will ,go further in
securing a stronger future for the
generations that will follow. B\
requiring that our government li\ e
within its means we can remain
confident that the state of F lorida
and its people will return to better
* economic times.
Taking the meaning of 'stress' to a new 'Hight'
You \want to talk about stress?
Trn going from zero to 300-plus miles per
hour in just over four seconds.:
Now, try doing that, while at the same time
- in the back of your mind having to wonder.
whether or not your house is going to be a mound
of ashes when you get done.
,That's what had NHRA Funny Car driver
Robert Hight in town for the 401' annual
ACDelcp Gatomationals last weekend biting
a few extra fingernails a few
months ago a's one. of:the largest
forest, fires in Oi-ange Count .
(California) history raced toward
his home in Yorba Linda.
On November 15 of last year,
two very large forest fires the
Freeway Complex Fire and the
Yorba Linda-Corona Fire near
Hight's home merged into one
MAJOR forest fire called the
Triangle Complex Fire.
Yes, we Floridians have our
fair share of forest fires every Mike DalR
now and then, but none of them
has ever been "named" to my knowledge.
This Triangle Complex Fire eventually
burned 30,305 acres, destroyed over 200
structures both residential and commercial -
and caused between 8-10,000 evacuations, and
Hight and his family were one of them.
And even though the race Hight was
competing at (Pomona) was less than 20 miles
from where this fire was consuming acre by
acre.and home by home' heading toward his
neighborhood. Hight \'as some hat unaware-of
At first, Hight didn't even think it was that
"We didn't think very much about it at first
because we didn't exactly\ know where the fire
was, but we did know the winds were really)
Those winds, however, 'are the' Santa Ana or
Sundowner Winds in that area of California, and
they were gusting up to an, estimated 80 miles
per hour, basically fanning the flames faster than
.some drive on the interstate.
SAnd, they were blowing right toward Hight's
house in Yorba Linda.
"When we heard it was getting close (to our
neighborhood), we had friends and neighbors
keeping us informed about the situation, but
they kind of played it down so we wouldn't
be worried while we were racing -
they knew we were trying to win a
What they didn't want to tell
Hight was that not only had the fire
already reached his neighborhood,
the fire was already creeping up into
his yard anid threatening the home he
and his family live in.
Later, they would confess to
Hight that when authorities finally
forced them to leave, they genuinely
didn't expect to see the entire
loza neighborhood ever again.
Luckily, these individuals were
able to remove a few valuables from Hight's
home and desperately keep the flames at bay
with water hoses before getting out of Dodge.
In the meantime, back at the track, Hight's
weekend and chase for his first Funny Car
championship ended when he went out in a
first-round loss to Tony Pedregon, and wound
up finishing fifth, just 199 points behind Tony's
brother and eventual champion, Cruz Pedregon.
The pain of his first-ever championship still
eluding him after two consecutive runner-
up finishes in the points standings in 2006 and
2007 was heavy, but paled in comparison to
what awaited him and his family when they
were finally permitted to come back into their
"Our neighborhood was hit pretty hard,"
"Eight to 10 houses on my street were
completely leveled, so it was mixed emotions
,"On one land we, felt terribly sad for our
friends and neighbors, but on the other, we felt
very fortunate that, for whatever reason, our
house was spared."
Five months later, things have started to
grow back once again, but Hight still admits it's
still riot quite the same.
And, it turns out that the stress Hight and his
family had to deal with in Mother Nature back
then is presenting yet another. challenge.
Apparently, the loss of thicker vegetation
burnt up in the fire, mixed with the typical late
winter and early spring rains-in California have
created unfavorable conditions with mud and
Hight, who has also had to deal with the
loss of friend and teammate, Eric Medlen who
died in an horrific testing crash at Gainesville
Raceway two years ago watched his father-in-
law and drag racing legend John Force endure
months of extensive rehabilitation from serious
injuries sustained in an awful crash in 2007, and
just recently received a scare when Eric's father
and teammate crew chief, John Medlen, was
suddenly hospitalized with chest pains and had
two stents placed in his heart.
"I think the whole experience with Eric,
John (Force), the fire, the mud, and now John
(Medlen) has, 'in a way, helped everyone I'm
close to become closer because of how we have
all pulled together and worked as a group to try
and get things back to normal."
Whether you're a drag racing fan or not, you
have to admire what this "group" has had to deal
with over the last couple of years, especially
Robert Hight with the added anxiety brought on
by Mother Nature.
And here I was thinking that watching my
401K was stressful lately.
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New rules of civility
Could it be possible
that Alachua Mayor
Jean Calderxxood has
put down her gavel and
opened her arms to real
citizen input and a new
civ ility rule of conduct?
nights' public hearing.
it was her husband Bud
%\ho left his place at the
podium and approached
the dais for a "side bar"
private council with city
attorney NMarian Rush.
This happened not once
but twice. The second
time he approached the
dais. it wasdirectl from
his seat in the audience.
I am o'itraged to
think, the cit attorney
who is paid $185'
hour. would need
counsel fiorn attending
citizens during a public
hearing Ho\we\er. I
am comforted b\ the
ne\ rule of cit ility and
public participation the
mna\or has apparently
embraced. Since I
am certain Mayor
not discriminate, I
look forward to m\.
opportunity for a "side
bar" with the attorney,
I can imagine what
the headlines would
have read if the person
approaching the dais had
been Charles Grapski.
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ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, MARCH 19,2009 A7
No experience required
The winner's circle at the 40th running of the NHRA ACDelco Gatornationals featured an odd
collection of the have's and have not's of professional drag racing
By MIKE DAROZA
Today Sports Writer
GAINESVILLE The four professional
category winners at the 40th annual NHRA
ACDelco Gatornationals. on Sunday have a
combined 63 national event wins.
On the surface, that would give the appearance
of a veteran group hoisting the famed "Wally"
trophies presented to the winner of each NHRA
However, a'whopping 60 of those wins are
owned by just two drivers.
That made for an interesting mix of the sport's
have's and have not's gracing the winner's circle
at Gainesville Raceway this weekend.
"What can I say," said Bob Tasca III.
"I'm speechless. It's hard to believe, but I did
Tasca, driving the Motorcraft Quick Lane
entry, picked up his career-first victory when he
powered past his best friend and best man at his
wedding, Tony Pedregon, in the Funny Car final
with an elapsed time (ET) of 4.20 seconds at
280.70 miles per hour.
Tasca, the number-one qualifier going into
elimination rounds on Sunday, not only picked
up his first win, but he also did it by winning
three consecutive rounds without lane choice.
"Whatever lane he (crew chief Chris
Cunningham) points to, that's where I go," Tasca
said with a laugh.
"No, that right lane out there (at Gainesville
Raceway) has been awfully good to me.
"I set the world record in Top Alcohol Funny
Car and got my first win in that same right lane.
I might even kiss it before I leave."
Another relative newcomer to the winner's
circle on the NHRA circuit got his second-career
event win in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Hector Arana, who has been racing in the
NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle category since
1990, outlasted pole-sitter Matt Smith in a photo
finish in the final with his Lucas Oil Buell.
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Tony Pedregon in his Quaker State Chevrolet Impala was overtaken by Bob Tasca III driving his Motorcraft Quick
Lane Ford Mustang at 280.72 miles per hour down Gainesville's raceway.
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"I wanted to win this race," said Arana, who
finally picked up his first win last season in over
18 seasons and 149 races.
"I red-lighted on my last qualifying run
Saturday and couldn't sleep last night thinking
"It feels awesome to prove that last year
wasn't a fluke, and I want to win some more."
The winners in Top Fuel and Pro Stock,
however, were no strangers to winning in the
Larry Dixon, who had 43 event victories
coming into Gainesville good enough for 10th
place on the all-time career wins in NHRA history
- collected his 44th win and fourth Gatorntionals
title by beating Cory McClenathan.
"It's hard to win these races, especially with a
brand-new team," said Dixon, who joined famed
team owner Alan Johnson and Al-Anabi Racing
over the offseason.
Last year, Johnson was the crew chief for the
Don Schumacher U.S. Army Top Fuel team that
won an amazing 15 races in 2008.
"They can have all the notes they want from
last season, but you don't have the same parts
they had last season.
"They don't have the same blowers or the
same clutch discs, and anyone who runs a fuel
car will tell you that each of those parts has
its own personality and you have to learn that
personality and understand it, and they've been
able to do that."
Jason Line picked up his 17th career Pro
Stock win in a holeshot.
Line; driving his Summit Racing Pontiac
GXP, reached the stripe with a slower ET (6.61)
than veteran Allen Johnson (6.60), but he beat
Johnson off the starting line to take the narrow
"We've really struggled. all weekend said
Line, who picked up his second Gatomationals
win, his first coming in 2005.
"But it was a great win, and I'm very excited
about this one."
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A8 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, MARCH 19,2009
rake in few dollars
Robbins and Dianna Kosman-
By BRYAN BOUKARI Rothseiden. Leslie Richardson,
Today Reporter Carol Thomas and James
ALACHUA It's likely a Stephens also gave money to
sign of the economic times that fund Canney's run.
fundraising seems to be slow Three candidates are
for candidates aiming.to win a runnimmng for Seat 5 to replace
seat on the City of Alachua's. Commissioner James Lewis
commission. The five who is not seeking re-election
candidates raised a combined after more than four decades on
candidates raised a combined the commission. c
total ofjust $7,858 according to Oneofthosethreecandidates
March 13 campaign treasurer's Oneofthosethreecandidates, d
reports submitted by the five Gary Hardacre, has picked up 1
candidates. Of that which was $1,515 in contributions, all
candidates. Of that which was from individuals. Hardacre also
raised, $1,950 of it came by way loaned his own campaign $200. t
of loans to the campaigns from loaned his ow campaign $200.
the candidates themselves. Former Ibry Elementary School u
Veteran commissioner Principal Dr. Christine Hirsch,
Orien Hills raised only $610aand Commissioner Gib Coerper
loaned his campaign another and Linda Chapman who was
$1,000. Hills' -contributors recently picked as Hawthorne's
included two individuals for a interim city manager are some
total of$210 while another $400 of the notables supporting
was contributed by First Street ardacre.r Mallard also hopes
Group and Alachua Holdings, Rodger Mallard also hopes
LTGroup and Alachua to win Seat 5 and has given his
Challenging Hills for own campaign $250 in loans i
Seat 4 on the commission is while raising another $650,
Michael Canney who, raised including $500 fromAthe Fire
$460 mostly in the form of RescueProfessionalsofAlachua
small donations. .Contributors County union 'The remainder
to Canney's campaign include of Mallard's contributions came
former commissioners Tamara from individuals
The big fundraiser in the .
BRUSH FIRE: ,7 tractor plows, 1 heli<
Connnued fri-omn page Al
aircraft sent to scene
and other, structures had been consumed by the officials said the
flames. Dolan said. residents near the
The Division of Forestry sent seven tractor and secure their
plow\ 'units to the site as well as one heavy dozer conditioning and c
helicopter and one six-wing aircraft. The American
As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, Division of Forestry the Hawthorne Ur
officials did riot know the cause ofthe fire. Crews at 6701 SE 219thI
hoped to get a line around the fire by Thursday affected by the bru
morning, Dolan said. .
Alachua County Emergency Management
2009 City of Alachua election
seems to be Douglas Dean
who has raked in $2,723.77
of which $500 he loaned to
himself. Only two of Dean's
campaign contributions came
from individuals. Meanwhile
Innovation Partners, Alachua
Self Storage, First Street
Group and Alachua Holdings
contributed $500 each for a
total of $2,000 to fund Dean's
bid for Seat 5.
With the election just weeks
away, candidates still have
time to raise money, but it is
unlikely candidates will come
close to pulling down the kinds
of contributions seen in past
In 2006 when James Lewis
sought re-election and faced
off against Lewis Irby, the two
candidates raised a whopping
$28,065 in total. Lewis raised
$15,300 while Irby brought
in $12,765. Lewis won that
election spending $13.84 per
vote on average. Although Irby
lost his bid for the seat, he spent
considerably more per vote on
average at $17.58 each.
# # #
copter and 1
fire caused heavy smoke, and
flames were urged to evacuate
homes by turning off the air
Red Cross opened a shelter at
united Methodist Church located
Terrace in Hawthorne for those
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Officials say Rice-Chapman
has impressive resume
will allow us time to find the right fit
The search for a new city manager
is expected to last about 12 weeks, but
Rice-Chapman will be working about
40 hours a week until a replacement
Rice-Chapman said most of
her activities in Alachua will not be
affected by her new duties, but she
will have to cut back on her after-
school reading program that she runs
at Alachua Elementary.
"It's an exciting challenge,".
Rice-Chapman said. "The mayor
has been very flexible. If I have to
work Saturday or Sunday here in
Hawthorne to. make up for missed
days, I'm glad to do that."
during her tenure as city manager are
*to capitalize on the city's lakes and
recreation opportunities and to bring
more businesses into the city.
"I was just appointed [Tuesday]
night, so I haven't gotten iny'feet wet
yet," she said, "but I have a lot of ideas
I'm anxious to work on, including
drawing some light manufacturing
businesses into the city."
Rice-Chapman plans to spend
Tuesday in Alachua to consult with
Alachua City Manager Clovis Watson
Jr., who has been guiding Hawthorne
in its search for a ne\v city manager.
Watson said he recommended
Rice-Chapman for the position
because she has a lot of experience
with cities in south Florida. arnd her
resume speaks for itself.
Rice-Chapman is a practicing
attorney and real estate agent, so
she is well-versed in legal contracts,
"Linda will fit in quite well," he
said. "She's been a good steward in
, Alachua. She's passionate, and she's
someone who really gets involved."
At a meeting at City Hall two
weeks ago, the Hawthorne City
Commission voted to give former city
manager Shryock a severance package
of $12,300 for his termination, which
passed with a 4-1 Commission vote.
Commissioners alleged that
Shryock expended more money than
the city had in revenues in the fiscal
year 2007-2008; led the city into
taking on police and fire departments
that it could not afford, which may
lead the city into deficit spending;
and he also allegedly did not keep
business hours at City Hall and did
not use good judgment in his outside
activities, according to a letter from
Roberts to city commissioners.
Roberts also claimedmisfeasance,:
the wrongful performance of:
a normally lawful act, and she
requested reimbursement by the court
for money inappropriately expended
by Shryock. Roberts also alleged that
Shryock failed to back up records
on the city's laptop and failed to
keep appointments with a potential
pharmaceutical business interested in
locating in Hawthorne.
Rice-Chapman said she is ready
to help the city move past the difficult
situations and difficult economic
"The city is composed of a lot of
wonderful people who are ready for
change." she said. "'I'm ready and the
citizens are ready to see progress."
# # #
s 30th Babe Ruth jamboree in city's history
Alachua Police Chief Joel
DeCoursey. City Manager Clovis
Watson, Jr., and Mayor Jean
Calderwood joined in the festivities,
giving high fives to the players as they
ran through the tunnel.
The teams played on fields"
throughout the city, including Skinner
Field. Preacher Copeland Park on Bill
Dunlap Field, Alachua Recreation
Center on World Series Field. Pavilion
Field, Patti Dunulis Field, Marion
Neiland Field, and the. Alachua
Chamber of Commerce- basketball
floor at the Hal Brady Recreation
The event's master of ceremonies.
Lewis Stokes of K-Country, awarded
the Hal Brady Most Inspired Volunteer
Award to Helen McGee and Mike
The World Series Field was taken
over by baseball and softball players.
and the playground at- the Alachua
.Rec(eatioon Center u'Wgcked With
Beef '0' Brady's served dinners
for, visitors while the snowcone
man entertained children on the
The city's new water park served
as a popular cooling spot throughout
the day. and skate boarders hit the
ramps at the skate park.
This was the 30th jamboree in
the city's history. Santa Fe Babe
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48, was struck by a small
vehicle in a north-bound
lane at about 9:17 p.m..
Saturday, said Alachua
Police Department (APD)
Sergeant "Bunky" Baldree.
Police are unsure why
Johnson crossed the road
when the traffic on Hwy
441 had a green light, but
toxicology reports have
been submitted to assess
,if he had. been drinking
The driver of the vehicle
attempted to avoid striking
Unidentified man killed in early morning crash
the pedestrian, but he was
unable to stop in time, said
APD spokesman Patrick
Johnson, who was not
crossing in a designated
crosswalk, died at the
Witnesses said the driver
appeared to be driving near
the posted speed limit of 45
The APD Traffic Unit
is handling the ongoing
In a separate accident
early Wednesday morning,
a man was killed in a
single-car crash about a
mile west of County Road
241 near the intersection of
NW 155th Way and County
The driver of a 2007
Nissan 350 Z, who has not
been identified due to the
extent of bums, traveled
off of the south side of C.R.
232, where he struck a field
After striking the
fence, the car continued
and ran into a tree.
The Nissan rotated in a
struck a second tree and
The crash, which caused
the car to catch on fire, was
reported by a passerby at
Alachua County Fire
Rescue pronounced the
driver dead at the scene.
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