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Title: Alachua County Today
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Place of Publication: Alachua
Publication Date: December 24, 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
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By BRYAN BOUKARI
Today Reporter
HIGH SPRINGS A man posing as a
medical doctor at a High Springs clinic was
arrested Friday for practicing medicine without
a license, among other charges according to a
Florida Attorney General's. office.
After a year-long investigation, the Attorney
General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
(MFCU), with help from the High Springs Police
Department, arrested 42-year-old Jorge Manuel


Prieto who was reportedly performing medical
procedures at the High Springs Family Clinic.
Friday morning, the clinic looked less like a
medical facility and more like a crime scene as
crime tape was strung up and law enforcement
personnel and cars were scattered about the area.
In addition to practicing medicine without
a license, Prieto is also being charged with
Medicaid fraud,, grand theft and organized
scheme to defraud federal and state health care
programs. Florida Medicaid fraud totaled $4,147


while the federal Medicare fraud was less than
$1,250, officials with Attorney General's office
said.
Prieto did attend medical school in Cuba, but
according to the Attorney General's. office, he
did not have a license to practice medicine in the
United States and many of the charges pending
against him are related to services provided to
patients and billed to Medicaid.
PRIETO:
Continued on page A6


High Springs police spread holiday cheer


Alachua changes


decades old


meeting schedule


By BRYAN BOUKARI
Today Reporter
ALACHUA At
the Dec. 7 commission
meeting, the City of
Alachua Commission voted
to change the dates and
*time when the commission
holds regularly scheduled
meetings. For decades,
the commission has held
meetings on the first and
third Mondays' of each


BEN BOUKARI/Alachua County Today
With Christmas only days away, Janice Kelly, a disabled mother and grandmother, shed heartfelt tears Monday
as the High Springs Police Department (HSPD) delivered sacks of presents for the family's youngsters.


By BRYAN BOUKARI
Today Reporter
HIGH SPRINGS Monday
might have been a little too early
for old Saint Nick, but not for the
High Springs Police Department
which spread Christmas cheer with
sacks full of gifts for more than a
dozen families. With just weeks
before Santa comes to town, High
Springs Police Department (HSPD)
Officer Michelle Jones and Detective
Betty Holley pulled 'together the
department's first toy drive.
SJones said she and Holley, who
has been with HSPD more than a


decade, had been talking about the
idea of a toy drive and decided to act
on it around Thanksgiving.
"People often'see us in negative
ways and we wanted to show the
community that there is another side
of police officers.
"At first, we were going to solicit
donations of new pajamas, books and
toys," said Jones, who has nearly
five years on the .igh Springs police
force.
And showing people that softer
side is exactly what Holley and
Jones did. In all, the HSPD toy drive
received about $3,000 in gifts and
monetary donations, among them,


new jackets, toys, books, bikes'and
more.
With the donated cash, Holley
and Jones set out to shop for more
clothing, books and other toys.
With the help of the High Springs
Community School, HSPD identified
the neediest 14 or so families and
sorted through and assigned the gifts
according to the ages of the children.:
One of those families was that of
Janice Kelly, a disabled mother and
grandmother who said her household
was on a fixed income.
GIFT GIVEAWAY:
Continued on page A5


month at 7 p.m., with
exceptions for certain
holidays.
Effective January
2010, the Alachua City
Commission will meet the
second and fourth Mondays
of each month at 6:30 p.m.
This change was made to
due to recurring annual
holidays that. resulted in
MEETINGS:
Continued on page A4


City borrows money


to cover water


tower construction


By ALEX AUSTIN
Today Reporter
HAWTHORNE A
contract bid for about
$750,000 was approved 4-0
Thursday by the Hawthorne
Commission for a new
water tower.
A community
development block grant
will cover $650,000 and the
rest will be paid for with a
loan. The remainder of the
money would usually come
from the city's budget,
but due to a tight financial
situation, the Community


Redevelopment Agency
(CRA) approved a $65,000
loan to.the city.
CRA member
Richard Moore voiced
his concern that the CRA
loan was a bailout for the
failures of previous city
administrations' handling
of economic issues.
"I'm wondering what
the city has in place to
prevent that from happening
again, to cover ourselves
as citizens," Moore said.
WATER TOWER:
Continued on page A4


Fashion show for seniors.
STAFF REPORT
Alachua County Today
The 4th Annual Alachua
Seniors Fashion Show brought out
the fashion conscious Saturday
afternoon for the event which was
themed Sounds of Christmas.
Alachua senior citizens
modeled the latest fashions in
the Mebane Middle School
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 Bill :
Rogers & Friends.
Special guests included
Alachua Mayor Bonnie Burgess,
FASHION SHOW:
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And the quilt
Mary Baker (seated) is joined by the staff of
Alachua Dental Center on Thursday afternoon,
as she holds a quilt, pillow sham and throw
pillow she won in a drawing. Mary and
husband, Lee Baker, are long-time patients of
Dr. Marc Cauchon. This year marks the second
in which Cauchon has held the drawing.
The handmade quilt was purchased from
Martha Folston, a longtime Alachua quilter.
"It's nice when you can do a little good for
someone helping themselves," Cauchon said
of Folston. He also said he couldn't think of
person more deserving than Mary Baker to win
the raffle. And she apparently lives up to her
name.
Cauchon and his office staff said Baker is
known for bringing tasty treats like candied
peanuts, chocolate covered peanut butter balls
and Cauchon's favorite, peanut brittle.
"I could hardly believe when I got the call
that I won. I have the perfect place for it,"
Baker said.


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in this listing comes F
from the Alachua County 9/10,
Sheriff's Office daily jail fireal
log as provided to Alachua 20G,
County Today. G
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presumed innocent until' 915
proven guilty. Individuals G
listed on this page may be 8/8/:
cited and released or placed to sig
under custodial arrest. G
Information provided 8/30[
is believed to be accurate, G
however not guaranteed. 3/25
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log. Coca
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Last name, First name, marij
DOB, Charges, Agency use d
Booking: December H
18, 2009 Marl
Allen, Amanda, Reckl
8/31/1978, ROR revoked, H
ROR revoked, ASO 1/3/1
Allen, Katavis Falon, revoke
10/22/1977, Poss cont sub, JI
poss drug para, GPD 10/2'
Anderson, Winford, ASO
4/29/1973, Civil, ASO K
Baer, Ashley, 5/24/
4/29/1989, Drug court, L
ASO 6/13/
Bantle, William, GPD
8/7/1956, VOP, ASO M
Brockington, 4/26/
Rodriguez Cordell, cann,
12/19/1964,' Aggravated resist
stalking, follow, harass, M
cyberstalk after injunction, 3/31/
civil, stalking: follow, UPD
harass, cyberstalk another, O
FTA: Poss of weapon or 3/23/
ammo by convicted FLA O
felony, public order crimes, Vedo
ASO refuse
Brown, Randall, O
1/18/1948, Battery, GPD R.,
Campbell, Tevin O., theft,
6/8/1991, WIE, ASO resist
Camps, Stephanie, poss/
9/11/1984, Battery, ASO
Cline, Amanda, P
10/5/1983, WIE scheme to 1/19/
defraud, grand theft, ASO PC
Coney, Gerald, 10/1
4/10/1981, WIE, ASO ASO
Cunningham, Willie P
F., 9/8/1958, Petit theft 11/2C
retail, GPD state
Dean, Eddie Louis, practi
12/5/1956, Loiter/prowl, grand
GPD obtain
Desir, Ruth, 50K,
11/11/1989, Petit theft, Q


orman, Isaiah,
/1963, Carry concealed
rm, poss of marij <
ASO
iodbolt, Jermairel,
/1984, WIE, ASO
would Aundrey E.,
1962, DWLSR, refusal
gn, GPD
iraham, Anthelyn,
/1981, FTA, ASO
3reene, Brenton,
/1984, ROR Revoked
court, ASO
all, Joshua
nanuel, 4/4/1986,
ine poss, poss
uana, :T 20 G, poss/
Irug para, GPD
largerstrom,
ey, 3/21/1982,
ess driving, ASO
leflin, Givara,
1972, Inhouse ROR
ked, ASO
ohnson, Candace,
4/1982, Sentenced,

:ohn, Michael,
/1969, VOP, VOP, ASO
ockhart, Jeremiah,
/1984, Resist w/o viol,

marshall III, John,
V1989, Poss LT 20 G
poss/use drug para,
t LEO w/o viol, GPD
Ioody, Darryl Todd,,
.1981, Cocaine poss.,
-
)neal, Charlie B.,
'1964, Civil order, ASO
'sorio-Carrasa,
0, 12/5/1978, No DL,
e to sign, DUI, FHP
wenss, Lashanda
12/8/1970, FTA: pet
2ind deg, 1st off; FTA:
w/o viol, narc equip
'use; FTA: VOP DWLSR;

itts, Mary,
'1984, VOP, ASO
omeroy, Richard,
/1987, Drug court,

rieto, Jorge,
)/1967, Fraud;, false
ment x61, heath safety
ice w/o lic x 2, Larc
I theft;fraud -'swindle
n prop 20K less than
ASO
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8/24/1959, DUI 2nd off, G marijuana, poss
FHP para, GPD
Booking: December Mayberry,
19, 2009 J., 6/8/1991, Bu


of less 20
use drug

Darren
rglary of


Anderson, Jack, occupied conveyance, GPD


violence x3, ASO
Robinson, Carl Lee,
2/17/1964, Aggrav battery,
cause bodily harm, ASO
Robinson, Eric,
10/9/1970, DUI and prop
damage, ASO
Rongstid, Renee,
5/26/1962, Drug court,
ASO
Smith, Jehconda,
4/7/1983, VOP, ASO
SSoto, Onix, 6/3/1978,
WIE, ASO
Steen, Allen J.,
3/13/1983, DUI, WPD
Stefanik, Denise,
6/30/1970, Larc theft is
300 or more but less than
5000, false owner ID given
to pawn shop, burg of
dwelling unarmed, Lard
theft is 300 or more but less
than 5000, ASO
Stephens, Cheryl,
1/14/1967, Inhouse VOP,
ASO
Thomas, Ellen,
3/13/1963, Assault w/
intent to commit a felony,
ASO'
Tyson, Arthur,
8/26/1971, Parole
violation, ASO


6/18/1957, Poss drug para,
FTA DWLSR 2nd off, ASO
Bossbach, Tracy
L., 4/17/1967, Petit Theft
retail, GPD
Brown, Gregory
Dwayne, 10/25/1978,
False ID to LEO FTA, ASO
Brown, John Lee,
8/22/1966, DWLSR, GPD
Butler, Charles,
7/11/1955, Cocaine sell,
poss of cocaine, ASO
Carter, Sharecka S.,
7/5/1987, Burglary, GPD
Chavers, Jerald T.,
7/31/1985, Simple assault,
dom disord cond, GPD
Coleman, Keith,
8/13/1986, FTA DWLSR,
ASO
Davlovski, Travis,
9/27/1985, Trespassing,
loitering prowling, UPD
Epes, Ciara,
10/31/1991, Battery touch/
strike domestic, ASO
Flagg, Isaac,
9/16/1963, FTA poss drug
para, FTA poss drug para,
FTA DWLSR 1st off, ASO
Gladin, Michael,
1/8/1983, Agg batt on
pregnant female, GPD
Goggins, Jr.,
Jermain, 8/16/1990, Burg
of occ convey, GPD,
G u e r r e r ,
Melquiades, 5/11/1983,
No valid DL, ASO
Hernandez, David
A., 6/26/1991, Contempt
of court, viol injunct repeat
sex viol, ASO
. Jenkins, Levonya
S., 8/2/1985, Poss marij LT
20 G, ASO
' Jenkins, Michael
H., 12/22/1983, Burglary,
resist w/o viol, GPD
Lee, Aron, 9/14/1955,
Poss of cocaine, ASO ,/ ,
SLott, Johanna Mae,
8/27/1976, Battery, ASO
Mack, Thomas
Leveme, 2/24/1963,
DWLSR-habitual offender,
GPD
Maxwell, Armand,


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McConville, Robert;
3/5/1984, DUI, GPD
McCray, Antonio V.,
7/23/1983, Poss cont sub,
poss cann L/T 20 G, DWLSR,
GPD
Otero, Carlos,
12/4/1972, Give false name
to LEO, ASO
Perkins, Anthony,
9/25/1981, Trespass, giving
false name LEO, GPD
Rawls, Jonathan L.,
1/21/84., Poss cont sub w/
intent, poss drug para, GPD
Ray, Henry, 4/6/1938,
Sex asslt, lewd, las moles
elderly disabled person
(FVOP), DOJ
Reinhold, Kristin L.,
3/15/1983, Stalking, ASO
Renfrow, Leonard
R., 12/31/1976, FTA fraud
insuff funds, ASO
Robinson, Katie
Mae, 1/12/1964, VOP, ASO
Robinson, Morris C.,
3/11/1965, Trespass, poss
drug equip, VOP poss drug
equip, APD
Thompkins, Albert
Eugene, Domestic battery,
VOP, DWLSR, ASO
Tyson, Jerrell,
9/15/1988, FTA, ASO ,
Tyson, Jerrell,
9/15/1988, FTA DWLS
Madison Co., ASO
Vega, Rosa,
8/30/1971; Petit theft, GPD
Walters, Daniel
Joseph, 5/20/1959, FTA:
municipal order, DOJ
Washington,
Elronrico, 12/30/1968,
Civil, posses marijuana 20
G, GPD
Williams, Rodriquez,
11/13/1985, Burglary resist
w/o viol, burglary grand
theft, GPD


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booking logs, see
alachuacounty
today.com.


Valdez, Jamir K.,
1/29/1986. Aggravated
dom assault, dom battery,
GPD
Walker, Gary
Leonard, 11/14/1985,
W/E, ASO
Ward, Linnet,
5/5/1968, Drug 'equip
possess, ASO .
Washington,
Christopher, 3/17/1985,
Marion, DWLSR, serve 10
days, ASO
Washington, Isadore
Leonard, 4/17/1990, VOP,
Drug Equip poss and/or
use, ASO
Willcoxon, 'Melissa
J., 9/29/1966, Petit theft
retail poss cont. sub, GPD
SWilliams, Jame,,
5/9/1975, VOP-RWOV, VOP'
poss. .!cocaine, VOP Poss
mar. less than 20'G, ASO
Woodard, Travis D.,
1/30/1987, Poss drug para,
poss w/intent to sell drug,
poss cann with intent, 1000
ft, resist w/o viol, GPD


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(MeTTTTings & Events in/ the Hea

Meetings & Events in the Heartlands


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PUBLIC MEETINGS


mArcher Meets the 2nd
and 4th Monday of each,
month at 7 p.m. at City
Hall, 1670 SW 134 Ave. -
*Alachua (City) Meets
the 2nd and 4th Monday of
each month at 6:30 p.m. at
City Hall.


*Hawthorne Meetsthe
,Ist and 3rd Tuesdays of
each month at 6:30 p.m. at
City Hall.
SHigh Springs Meets the
2nd and 4th Thursday of
each month at 6:30 p.m. in
City Hall.


wAlachua County -,Meets ULaCrosse Meets the
the 2nd and 4th Tuesday 2nd Monday of each month
of each month at 9 a.m. at at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.


the County Administration
Building, 12 SE 1st Street,
Room 209, Gainesville.,
Citizen comments are
taken at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30
p.m.
wGainesville Meets the
1st and 3rd Thursday of
each month at I p.m. at City
Commission Chamber, 200
East University Avenue.


MMicanopy Meets the
S2nd Tuesday of each month
at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
ENewberry Meets the
2nd and 4th Monday of
each month at 7 p.m. at
City Hall
*Waldo Meets the 2nd
Tuesday of each month at
7 p.m. at Yerkes Center.


* High Springs Adult
Softball Association will
be holding a public meeting
on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 6:30
p.m. at the Civic Center,
High Springs.
m The Alachua County
Crisis Center is seeking
volunteers to become Crisis
Line Counselors. Sixty
hours of in-depth training
are provided. This is an
opportunity to impact the
lives of fellow community
members and to gain life-
enhancing communication
skills. The next training
'class begins Saturday, Jan.
16, 2010. Please contact
Ali Martinez at 352-
264-6782 or visit http://
crisiscentervolunteer.
alachuacounty.us for more
information.
* Beyond the Box
Ministry is holding
their annual "Love


Conquers All" social and
a competition for the title
of Mr. and Miss "Love
Conquers All.. The social
will be held Feb. 12 at the
High Springs Civic Center.
Become a contestant and
begin collecting donations
toward the ministry. There
is d $25 minimum donation
to enter the contest. Ages
5 and up may enter.
Winners will be selected
by the -highest amount
of donations collected.
Deadline for donations is
Feb. 5. Contact Elder Letha
Miller for more information
at 386-462-7583.
* Join Bethesda
Outreach Ministries as
they praise the New Year
in. You and your family are
invited to come out and be
blessed as God allows us to
cross over into a new year.
For transportation, contact


High Springs River Festivallogo competition


Elder Nyron Jenkins at
352-339-4466. See you at
the pool, Dec. 31 from 10
p.m. until dt Quality Inn,
15960 NW US Highway
441, Alachua. Elders
Nyron and Lashandra
Jenkins Pastors.
* Alachua County
Beekeepers Club is
accepting new members.
Anyone interested in
learning about bees,
from Alachua and the
surrounding counties is
welcome to join. Meetings
are held the third Thursday
of each month at Dadant
& Sons, 17074 NW 188
Street,I High Springs.
For more information,
contact Wayne "Chappie"
McChesney, Club
President 386-462-


2637 or chappiesbees@
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Special to
Alachua County Today
HIGH. SPRINGS The High
Springs River Festival will be a
weekend event occurring October
1-3, 2010 in High Springs, Fla., and
hosted by the High Springs Main
Street Program. This event will
be advertised throughout Florida
and surrounding states. The River
Festival will focus on water activities


Special to
Alachua County Today
HIGH SPRINGS The High Springs
Twilight Christmas Parade marched on
despite the wet weather. Although the rain
,and a light mist fell throughout the day and
into the evening, the community turned out
in numbers to enjoy the sights and lights
of the season. Floats were decked out'
-with twinkling lights, and walkers, horses,


at parks and springs across the area
from O'Leno State Park and Camp
Kulaqua to Poe Springs and the
Ichetucknee River just to name a few.
All artists in the area, professional
or aspiring, are encouraged to enter
the River Festival Logo Competition.,
The purpose of this competition is
to find a suitable logo for the 2010
River Festival and utilize that logo
on all publications, t-shirts, and


media advertising that is done for the
festival.
The High Springs River Festival
logo should be centered on the theme
of natural springs, rivers, and water-
based activities found in the area. All
entrees must be emailed 'to Ashley
McDonough directly at manager@
highspringsmainstreet by Friday, Jan.
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Special to have launched exceptional
Alachua County Today public service -efforts
TALLAHASSEE A and CCB was the only
program aimed at inspiring community bank in Florida
programaito be honored.
employees to give back to be honored.
through public service "Voluntr sm is at
already has exceeded the heart and soul of good
expectations for' Capital.. corporate citizenship, and
City Bank (CCB) in its through our Take it to 10
inaugural year tallying -"program .iour, associates
more than 12,092 volunteer reach beyond serving
hours and meeting the goal banking clients to make
after only six months a difference where we
while receiving industry live and work," said
Flecia Brazwell, chief
accolades for community Flecia Brazwellr chief
outreach. brand officer for Capital
CCB's 'Take it to 10" City Bank. "And while
initiative, which requires communities may be the
that associates devote ,at direct recipients of our
least 10 hours to volunteer good works, our 1,089
activities during the associates reap tremendous
year, recently received benefits as well."
an honorable mention at Launched in January,
the first annual Southeast Take it to 10 volunteers can
Community Bank "GIVE" be seen in the community,
Awards in Atlanta. applying fresh paint
The awards recognize to school classrooms,
community banks that mentoring teenagers .and


assisting in homeless
shelters. The last tally was
taken in July when more
than 60 percent of Capital
City Bank. associates had
completed their personal
volunteer efforts, with
many expected to exceed
that commitment by year's
end, according to Braswell.
"GIVE" stands
for charitable Giving,
community Involvement,
Volunteerism and employee
Engagement. Judges
experienced in community
banking evaluated. the
entries based on objectives,
strategies and end results.
Banks from seven
southeastern states, with
asset sizes ranging from
$60 million to $115 billion,
competed for the honors.
"We kniew that many
community banks make
helping the community
a priority, but we were


deeply touched by the
scope of their generosity,"
said Sal Inserra, partner
at Porter Keadle Moore,
LLP, the accounting firm
that hosted the awards.
"These banks had amazing
programs underway long
before the awards were
.announced; we're happy to,:
make people aware of the
inspiring things they do."
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bands, and more brought something for
everyone. Even Santa showed up.
The winners of the 2009 Parade were
Santa Fe High School Marching Band in
1" place; 2nd Place was won by the High
Springs Rotary; and 3rd Place went to
Abbott Racing.
The parade was sponsored by the High
Springs Chamber of Commerce.


Betty B. Shelley
Betty B. Shelley passed
away at home unexpectedly
on Wednesday, December
16. She was 76.
She was born in the
mountains of southwest
Virginia on March 16, 1933
to Howard and Elizabeth
Boardwine, married to
Rev. Robert A. Shelley in
1956, mother to daughters
Lisa Shelley Underwood
and Shannon Shelley,
grandmother of five and
beloved friend to many.
Betty was a member of
Christian Heritage Church
in Tallahassee, Fla. She was
a remarkable school teacher
in both Virginia and Florida
and was an active member
in the Teacher's Sorority.
Betty was an
entertaining and gifted
speaker as well as


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compassionate counselor were
with a gift of mercy to Mond
touch hurting people that 2009
others might never notice. Unite
She "mothered" many with
young people over the years official
as she taught and worked in Ne
alongside her husband in in Al
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Wytheville, Virginia, Canal was
Point, Alachua, Tampa and Tuesd
Tallahassee, Fla. Her own 2009
family will certainly miss Churc
her servant's touch in her family.
awesome cooking, sense hour
of humor and many loving Mond
acts of kindness. A
Survivors include her the
husband of 53 years, Robert Cartel
Shelley; her daughters, Sprinl
Lisa and Shannon; and her Obitu
beloved grandchildren, in this
Christopher, Chase and news
Chandler Underwood, charge
Shayn and Alex Webb. day. O
Funeral Services for sty


held at 2 p.m.,'
lay,, December 21,
at Alachua First
d Methodist Church
Rev. Bill Phares
eating. Interment was
.wnansville Cemetery
ichua.
Memorial Service
also held at 2 p.m.
lay, December _22,
at Abundant Life
:h in Tallahassee. The
y received friends an
prior to services on
lay and Tuesday.
arrangements. under
direction of Evans-
r Funeral Home, High
gs, Fla.
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md are published free of
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Merry Christmas to you


Each December as Christmas comes
and goes, I marvel at how quickly the year
passes. How different it was when I was
a child and I waited with great anticipation
for' the upcoming Christmas celebrations
and the oh-so-wonderful visit from Santa
Clause. In those days, the span between
one Christmas and the next stretched on and
on until the waiting was almost unbearable.
Today, as I remember
those childhood Christmases,
recollections of special people
and traditions are evoked from
long ago memories. I recall
-my parents sending my brother
and 'me off to bed early on _
Christmas Eve, because to stay
up late might risk Santa's visit.
And my brother and I both were
quite certain that we had only
one chance, and if Santa passed
our house because we were still
awake, he wouldn't be back at
least not until the following year.
Not to wake up on Christmas
morning and find presents from Ellen B
Santa "under the tree would be
unthinkable!
And that tree! Each year my family
chopped down our own Christmas tree
we found after trudging through acres
and acres of Florida scrub pines in search
of that perfect tree. Buying a Christmas
tree was virtually unheard of back then, at
least where we lived. Buying a tree was
something left for "city folks" who didn't
have trees growing outside their front doors
- or for people who were rich and Florida's
humble scrub pine wasn't quite suitable for
their homes.
But those tall slender trees, with sparsely
placed: branches and clumps of loose leaf
needles, were plenty good enough to hang
shiny stars and galloping reindeer covered
with sparkling strands of silver tinsel and
to offer a welcoming spot for gifts beneath
the boughs of green.
. My brother always insisted on finding
the tallest tree possible, even though on
occasion, the selected tree was much too
tall to fit inside our modest living room, and
would require much chopping and whittling
to clear the ceiling and for the trunk to fit
snugly inside the old metal green and red


tree stand.
My grandparents' tree on the other
hand was somewhat different. Living just
down the clay-topped country road from
us, my grandmother and grandfather also
subscribed to the "seek and ye shall find"
method of Christmas tree selection. But
that is where the similarity ended.
Their tree was much smaller, never
being more than two feet in
height, and always graced
M /':,, their coffee table. My
S grandmother was devoutly
Sn 'd a religious and I always
.wondered if that was the
reason she was partial to
3 angel hair rather than tinsel.
Each year my grandfather
Stopped their tree with
'. the plain tin star. he. had
hand fashioned ,himself.
i ? Having been an engineer
j by profession, his star was
precisely correct in all its
angles, and I am certain he
Boukari took great pride in that fact.
My grandparents
always opened their gifts on Christmas Eve,
a tradition my family did not subscribe to,
as we waited until Christmas morning to
open ours. But how we enjoyed visiting our
grandparents on Christmas Eve! Besides
seeing the joy in our grandparents' eyes in
response to the gifts we brought them, we
were always allowed to open one of our
gifts as well.
And before the evening was over,
we were treated to my grandmother's
homemade Japanese fruitcake and mouth-
watering sweet ambrosia. Unlike a
traditional fruitcake, her Japanese fruitcake
only- contained raisins and walnuts,
and even then they were only folded in
alternating layers of that sinfully, delicious
cake. Between the layers (and there must
have been at least six or eight thinly sliced
ones) was the best tasting icing in the world.
It must have been her private recipe because
I have never since tasted such a wonderful
mingling of vanilla, almond and butter.
Her homemade ambrosia contained
only two ingredients navel oranges and
coconut. I once suggested to her that surely
she had added sugar in order to create such


a sweet concoction. She assured me in no
uncertain terms that sweet navel oranges
and their juices, along with the coconut
were the sole ingredients. I believe her.
But Christmas traditions didn't only
revolve around Santa, the tree, the gifts,
or even food. Christmas was above all, a
religious celebration. And all the other
activities were only precursors to the big
event. Christmas services at our little
country church were always special and
there was an air of anticipation, joy and
solemnity all at once.
Each year the children re-enacted the
nativity, with the boys solemnly making
their way down the church aisle in their
long robes, carrying exotic looking bottles
as they approached the manger scene
complete with Mary, Joseph and baby
. Jesus. Each year, my brother was always
one of the three wise men since our church
congregation was small, and there were,
only a handful of boys of the proper age.
The girls, on the other hand, viewed
the event in a different light. Who would
represent Mary and wear the beautiful
white robe, golden sash and shimmering
blue scarf? One year I had my turn and I
felt so special for weeks before and after the
service. After all, I was Mary, the mother
of baby Jesus. It just doesn't get any better
than that. Imagine my disappointment the
following year, when I was replaced by
another little girl.
Looking back at how we celebrated
Christmas in years past, today's celebrations
not only diminish the meaning of Christmas.
but the passion as well. The current emphasis
on celebrating for celebration's sake offers a
full dose of instant gratification that is short-
lived and essentially meaningless. How'
fortunate are those who recognize Christmas
as more than simply a seasonal celebration,
but as a time to experience renewed faith
and rededication and genuinely, celebrate
family, tradition and above all, the birth of
Christ.
Merry Christmas to all, and God bless
us every one.
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WATER TOWER:
Continued from page A


"We're back to square one, four
years later, where the citizens still
have to pay again for those failed
programs, of the city," Moore
said.
Commissioner Matthew,
Surrency said the work of former
Interim City Manager Linda
Rice Chapman and the financial
experience and background of
City Manager Ed Smyth are
helping the city not repeat its past
mistakes.
"I think the city is going in
the right direction now, it's just
a matter of building it back up,"
Surrency said.
Mayor Eleanor Randall said
improved financial transparency
will help prevent the mistakes of


Construction to last six to eight months


previous years from, happening
again.
"We're just trying to rebuild
and'start fresh and make sure the
foundation part of it is working
instead ofjust continuing to build
on something that has been broke
for so long," Randall said.
Caldwell Tanks, a
construction company based in
Louisville, Ky., was awarded the
bid. Only one other company,
which was based in Alabama,
submitted a bid during the 30-
day bid period. Only major tank
builders would be capable of
performing the work, and no
local companies submitted bids.
At the Thursday meeting,
commissioners proposed ideas to


reduce cost of construction.
One idea was to opt not to use
shrouding for the construction
process, which costs $46,000.
Vice-mayor William Carlton
said construction has been done
in Hawthorne for years without
the shrouding and that it was an
unnecessary expense.
Now that a bid has been
awarded, the next step in the
process is a pre-construction
meeting that will take place
in January. Construction is
scheduled to last for six to eight
months.
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MEETINGS:
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New schedule to start Jan. 11, 2010
five to six meeting changes per Staff recommended the earlier
year to accommodate the holiday meeting time to the commission
schedule. as a means to reduce employee
The commission approved overtime as well as providing
revising the city's Rules and greater work efficiency by
Procedures to change meetings eliminating the two-hour gap
from the first and third Monday between the closing of City Hall
of the month to the second and and the start of the meeting.
fourth Monday of the month. The new schedule for
City staff said the new schedule Alachua places the commission
may still require some adjustment meetings on the same day as the
in meeting dates depending on City of Newberry's commission
how the holidays fall in any which also meets at 7 p.m. on
given year, but for the most part the second and fourth Monday of
the change would provide a fairly each month.


consistent schedule.
The Commission also
approved the meeting time
change from 7 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


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ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24,2009 A5


By ALEX AUSTIN
Today Reporter
ALACHUA COUNTY -
The Alachua County Health
Department held its second mass
immunization for the H1N1 virus,
or swine flu, Saturday at two local
churches.
Nearly 700 people came to
get vaccines at Trinity Methodist
Church in Gainesville, and 130
showed up at the Fellowship
Church of High Springs.
Jean Mundin, assistant director
of, the Alachua. County, Health
Department, said she was pleased
with the outcome and encourages
those who missed the opportunity
to get a vaccine at the Alachua
County Health Department. The
health department is open from 8


HSPD to continue toy drives in future years


Her children and grand children include
6-year-old Melisa Morton, Johnte Nichols Jr., 4,
and 1-year-old Jahniaya Nichols.
The dozens of modest gifts remain wrapped
awaiting Christmas morning, although Kelly
said Melisa is already reading the books they
were given.
"We haven't opened the gifts, but I've never
seen a giveaway of presents, so elaborate and so
much in quantity.
"The chief and his staff really care about the
people" Kelly said.
Without the gifts they were given through
the HSPD toy drive, Christmas morning for
those three children would have been barren by
most standards.
"If [HSPD] didn't bring the gifts for the
children, we would have had a bible, read a
Christmas story and I would have cooked a
meal.
"We didn't expect to be blessed like this,"
Kelly said.
After each selected family had been assigned
presents, Jones and Holley still had even more
gifts with which to brighten the season. Extra


gifts were combined
with the efforts of
a local citizen who
donates gifts to two
High Springs daycare
facilities. Jones
estimates that over 100
children will have a
brighter Christmas as a
result of the toy drive.
As Jones has
figured out, there's
more to a toy drive than
soliciting donations,
identifying families
and doling out toys.
Someone has to wrap
all of those gifts -
and nearly two-dozen
volunteers stepped
forward Saturday to
help to do just that.
To kickoff the
toy drive, Jones and
Holley spent a couple days making the rounds to
businesses in town and asking
them to put up signs and tell
their customers about the toy.
drive.
"The community response
was amazing. There wasn't a
single person or group that did
it all, but everyone together
made this toy drive a success.
"We're hoping to do this
next year and start planning
sooner. It's something we look
forward to doing from here on
out.
"If we got this great of a
response with- the last-minute


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planning, we can do much more next year and
in the years to follow," said Jones.
Although shopping for gifts for the selected
families was rewarding, Jones said the most
rewarding part of the toy drive was being able to
see how the children reacted when they received
the gifts. '
"A lot of the children weren't expecting the
gifts and they were so excited. And then we had
parents and grandparents crying when they saw
how happy the children were; that was the most
rewarding part of this.
"That's what makes you remember what the
season is really about," Jones said.
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a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 12
p.m. to 8 p.m. on the weekends.
The first mass immunization
was held at four different sites on
Dec. 5. A third mass immunization
is planned for early January.
Of the 71,600 vaccines the
department has received, all but
12,100 have been distributed.
The department has distributed
vaccines through, private doctors,
local schools and the mass
immunizations.
Although vaccines are now
easy to come by, this hasn't always
been the case.
Mundin. said the vaccine. was
in short supply early on because
doctors were dealing with a new
strand of virus. And unlike the
seasonal flu, the number of cases


did not decline in the spring or
summer.
Also, Mundin said many people
who were not the most at risk were
getting the vaccines ahead of those
who needed it more. She said the
lesson to learn from this season is
that the department needs to better
work with the community and
doctors to make sure the most at
risk are getting the vaccine first.
Cases of the swine flu have
declined recently, but Mundin said
a small resurgence is probable
in January. She continues to
encourage people to get vaccinated.
She said the swine flu has added
to the workload for the department,
even leading to the hiring of
additional employees.
She said the symptoms of


the swine flu are similar to the
seasonal flu, but the swine-flu is
more common among children and
young adults than the seasonal flu -
which is more common among the:
elderly.
There are two distribution
methods for the vaccine. One way
is a mist which is for ages 2 to 49.
The other method is a shot which
is for ages as young as 6 months
or older than 49. Children younger
than 9 years old require two doses
of the vaccine.
Those also worried about the
seasonal flu can get a vaccine for
$25 or free, if covered by Medicare.
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Two great DVDs for Christmas


By KEES BOER
Entertainment Writer
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
What do Ian Fleming,
Albert Brocolli, Desmond
Llewelyn, Gert Frobe,
Peter LaMont and Ken'
Adam have in common?
If they asked me, I would
immediately respond
something like James Bond
or Goldfinger. And that
would be right ... but they
also have something else in
common.
Ian Fleming, best
known as the creator of
James Bond, also wrote the
children's novel, "Chitty
Chitty Bang Bang," the
story of a car that can fly.
Albert Brocolli, also known
as Cubby, is best known as
the producer of the Bond
films.
Cubby transformed
Fleming's Chitty Chitty
Bang Bang into one of the
best children's films ever
produced. Dick Van Dyke
stars, playing Charactacus
Potts, as a wacky inventor,
single dad of two children.
When the children discover
one of their favorite cars is
about to be destroyed, they
convince their father to buy
it. In the process, he meets
Truly Scrumptious, the
film's love interest played
by Sally Ann Howes.
Potts rebuilds the old
car and the family discovers
it has magical abilities; it
can hydroplane above the
water and even fly.
The villain in the story is
Baron Bomburst, played by
the late German actor Gert
Frobe, best known for his
portrayal of the character
of Bond's Goldfinger.
Chitty Chitty Bang
Bang would make a great
gift for any child. The
DVD set comes on two
disks featuring the film


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and numerous featgrettes.
The packaging on the DVD
disk set includes a 34-page
booklet about the film and a
fold out map.

The Original Cheaper by
the Dozen
If you have watched
television lately, you've
probably seen a film called


"Cheaper by the Dozen,"
featuring Steve Martin,
Bonnie Hunt and Hilary
Duff. This film is actually
a remake of an old 1950s
film, which is one of the
best family film.
The film is based on
a book, a true story about
Frank Bunker Gilbreth,
an industrial engineer,
who has 12 children and
manages his family through
the principles of both love
and industrial engineering.
Gilbreth actually designed
much of the automation in
American factories during
the 1950s. The film is more
of a comedy, and one could
barely consider the father
type that Steve Martin
plays as someone who
knows how to manage his
family.
This film on DVD
provides an incredible
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Consuming sugary
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Pictured above is a screenshot of the City of Alachua's Web site which was redesigned to be easier for residents,
businesses and visitors to navigate and allows flexibility for the City in'providing content.


By BRYAN BOUKARI
Today Reporter
ALACHUA Online
visitors to the City of
Alachua Web site will
discover the site has a new
look, as the City launched
the latest version of the
site Dec. 21. According
to Interim City Manager
Traci Cain, the updated
Web site provides a more
easily navigable experience
for residents, businesses
and visitors, while at the
same time offering more
flexibility for the City in
positing content. Cain said
that prior to bringing the
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web service in' house, City
employees were limited
in their ability to change
features on the previous
Web site.
Much of the content
from the previous Web site
remains the same on the
new site, although there are
some new features as well.
There are contact forms
available for residents
to send email messages
to city departments and
employees. The. Web site
also includes a "Quick
Links" feature on the
homepage to navigate
quickly to the most popular
pages.


"Citizens will find
the Web site is easier to
navigate and the content is
categorized and arranged.
in a fashion that is more
logical," said Cain. "The'
new Web site will allow
for staff to update content
efficiently and allow for
each department to have
the ability to update and
post department-specific
information."
Uploading and posting
content to the previous
Web sitewxas limited by the
framework provided by the
web service provider. The
new. Web site will allow
departments'within the city


to add information directly,
whereas the former Web
site used a centralized.
content management
system that could slow the
uploading process at times.
The updated Web site
has been in the works for
the past eight months and.
will continue to serve as
a 24-hour resource to the
citizens of Alachua as
well as businesses and
individuals looking to
locate in the area.
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Area children won prizes to brighten their Christmas
Commissioner Gary Hardacre and Interim City
Manager Traci Cain.
Adding to the excitement, Alachua Police
Chief Joel DeCoursey and officers handed out
numerous gifts to children at the event.
Special entertainment was provided by
Ministries of Expressive Song & Dance, Ray
Minter and Bill Rogers.
Mebane Principal Shane Andrew delivered
remarks and the fourth annual fashion show
concluded with closing comments from fashion
show organizers and Cleather Hathcock
Community Center supporters Retha Peterson
and Rose Brown.


Alachua County Today


BEN BOUKARI/Alachua County Today
High Springs Family Clinic Is reportedly not seeing
patients in the High Springs location, but is seeing
patients in Lake City. Dr. Jack's Chiropractic Care,
which is located in the same facility, remains open for
business and is not the subject of the allegations nor


associated with the clinic.
"Prieto... provided
unlicensed medical care to
patients at High Springs
Family Clinic and submitted
.claims for these unlicensed
services to federal and state
health care programs," the
Attorney General's office
said in a news release.
One of those procedures
included outpatient
dermatological surgery
which reportedly involved
the use of a needle to inject
a local anesthetic and a
scalpel or scalpel-like tool
,to remove a mole:
Officials with the
Attorney General's office
said it was not clear if others
at the High Springs Family
Clinic were aware Prieto
was practicing without a
medical license, but that
he introduced himself to
MFCU investigators as the
"Clinic Manager."
Prieto is also listed as
Secretary and a Director
of High Springs Family
Practice Clinic and
Diagnosis Center, Inc.
according to Florida
Secretary of .State.
Historical records also
show that Prieto was the
original registered agent
for the company when
it was formed in June
2003. In those Articles of
Incorporation documents,
the initial registered agent


was listed as Jorge M.
SPrieto Becerra.
Prieto was interviewed
in the course of a separate
MFCU investigation which
resulted in further research
,into Prieto's background,
ultimately leading to his
arrest.
Prieto is being charged
with 61 counts of Medicaid
provider fraud, one count
of grand theft, 13 counts
of practicing a health care
profession without a license,
and one count of organized
scheme to defraud. In all,
Prieto is being charged
with 76 felonies in the 3"
degree. According to the
Attorney General's office,
if convicted on all charges,
Prieto could face up to
380 years in prison and a
$380,000 fine.
Prieto is currently being
held at the Alachua County
Jail on a $760,000 bond.
The Office of the State
Attorney in Gainesville
will reportedly ,prosecute
the case.
The clinic could not be
reached via telephone on
Tuesday afternoon,
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alachuatoday.com


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A message from the desk of

Sheriff Sadie Darnell

Holiday safety and crime prevention,


Many Alachua County
citizens enjoy having a
decorated Christmas tree
merrily twinkling as the
centerpiece for holiday
parties or that Christmas
morning present opening
frenzy. However, for those
who prefer a live over
an artificial tree, please
remember that watering is
essential. -Dry, neglected
Christmas trees cause
approximately 200 fires


annually on average
six people are killed; 25
more are injured; and
property damages amount
to $6 million. A tree can be
completely ablaze within
three seconds of ignition
and the entire room can be
engulfed within 40 seconds,.
according to National
Institute of Standards and
Technology.
Preventing holiday
burglaries involves reducing


opportunities for criminal
activity. If you are shopping
at the last minute, store
packages out of sight in the
trunk of your car, not in plain
view. Once you get home,
keep your house and garage
secured. Keep any sheds
secured because they often
contain just the sort of tools a
burglar can use to break into
your home. If you are away
at a holiday party, make it
look like you are really at.
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home by keeping lights on.
Leave your curtains drawn.
While it may be tempting to
show off that tree through the
window, doing so also shows
off all those presents under
the tree. After Christmas, do
not place all the high dollar
item boxes at the curb for the
garbage truck. Cut up those
boxes and dispose of them in
garbage bags so the thieves
can not tell what. has been-
added to your home.


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Gerald C.
Lockett
Black Male,
8/03/1973
5'11", 1801bs
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
,Burglary of an
Unoccupied
Structure
Unarmed,
Grand Theft


Naryan
Lee
Goodwin
White Male,
4/23/1984
6'03", 3501bs
Brown Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Battery


Monica,
Rae Doris
White
Female,
9/27/1973
5'03", 1101bs
Brown Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently
wanted for:'
Worthless
Checks,
Driving While
License
Suspended or
Revoked


Jamae
Ashley
Dye
White
Female,
8/28/1990
5'06", 1051bs
Brown Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently.
wanted for:
Traffic Offense,
DUI


Ellen L.
Thomas
Black
Female, 5'7",
3/13/63
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Assault with
Intent to
Commit a
Felony


Tonya
Adams
White
Female, 5'3",
10/27/1982
Blonde Hair,
Blue Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Animal Cruelty


Brennan
White Male,
10/07/1956
6'02", 1851bs
Grey Hair,
Blue Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Worthless
Checks


Antonio
Hubbert
Black Male,
5'5",
7/7/1988
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Sell of Cocaine


* Sarah
Aubrie-
Payne
Pocklington
White
Female,
5/26/1988
5'05", 1801bs
Brown Hair,
Blue Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Battery.


Darla
Harmon
White
Female, 5'3",
9/2/71
Brown Hair,
Blue Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Cruelty to
Animals


Timothy
Nunez
White Male,
5'8",
11/28/1976
Brown Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently
wanted for:,
Fraud and
Dealing Stolen
Property


Stacey
Scott
Black Male,
6'2",
9/12/74
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Child Support


micna .u.
NelsonW,
White Male,
6'02",,.
9/19/68
Brown Hair,
Green Eyes

.Currently
wanted for:
Felony DUI,
Habitual -
Driving while
License
Suspended or
Revoked


Samuel
Hamilton
Black Male,
5'8", 5/7/76
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Child Support


AdanaW
Grimes
Whitp Male,
6'03",
4/5/90
Brown Hair,
Blue Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Indecent
Exposure,
Throwing a
deadly missile
into an
occupied
dwelling


Derrick
King
Black Male,
5'9",
4/17/1961
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Currently
wanted for:
Grand Theft


What should I do?


Review the pictures above. If you know the location of any of these wanted
individuals, please contact the Combined Communications Center at
352-955-1818 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 352-372-STOP.
Callers are eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
DO NOT APPROACH OR ATTEMPT TO APPREHEND ANY OF THESE INDIVIDUALS.
IF NECESSARY, CALL 911.


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B2 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY RELIGION THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2009


For unto us a Child is born


We're all familiar with
the beautiful Christmas
carols that are sung at this
time of year. The words
to these joyful hymns are
etched in our hearts and
minds at a very young
age. They're powerful
illustrations of our belief,
capable of doing what
few sermons can; they
create living pictures in
our minds. As we hear the
tune and sing the words, the
images awaken and begin
to breathe their Christmas
spirit on uA. Even the most
Scrooge-like person must
feel the tugging in his heart
when the solemn lyrics and
glorious tunes fill the Yule-
tide air.
These carols have a
moving quality to them,
and we tend to picture the
Holy Nativity through the
images and feelings that
are formed by them. The
beauty and heartfelt impact
of the carols is undeniable,
but sometimes, the Biblical
accuracy leaves a little
something to be desired.
For example, "The First
Noel", has the three Magi



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pressing in for a closer look
at baby Jesus and offering
Him their gifts, just like in
the Nativity sets.
The facts are; that there
were astrologers who came
from the East and brought
gifts of incense,
gold, and
myrrh, but the
missing fact in


this carol and
in the Nativity
set is that the
Magi were
not present on
the night of
Christ's birth.
But not once in
the Gospel of
Saint Matthew
is the number
of the Magi
mentioned
and we're told
specifically
that they


from our traditions, our
carols, and our Yule-tide
customs.
I'm not criticizing
carols or Biblical accuracy
in the hymnal but as I
searched for some sense
of devotion in
the Christmas
carols at the
miracle of


Christ's birth,
I started listing
the main
characters
and events;
shepherds
and wise'
men, choirs
THE VEN. JOHN E. of angels,
LEASURE the Blessed
All Saints Anglican
Church, Gainesville Virgin, the
A parish of the babe in the
Christian Episcopal manger, the
Church cold winter
'night, the


arrived at a house to see
a young child. If the
Bible doesn't support this
nativity picture of wise-
men standing alongside
Mary, Jesus, Joseph and the
Shepherds, where did this
idea come from-it came


silence and
the star. These are,
more or less, the images
etched in our memory,
but after thinking about
this wonderful picture, I
realized that something
very important, had been
left out, and, remember our


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belief is often influenced
by the traditions we keep at
Christmas time.
What I realized was
strangely absent in the
songs of Christmas, was a
portrait of Saint Joseph, the
husband ofthe Virgin Mary.
When I saw this, I had to
admit that even though he
has his place in the Nativity
sets, he's mainly there for
decoration, his presence
isn't necessary. If that
sounds harsh, think how our
carols treat him, and we've
accepted this unimpressive
status as belonging to him.
This oversight is
shameful and can be
spiritually harmful. If there
is any image I'd like to have
awakened in your heart and
into Christmas morning,
it's the image of a Holy
family, not just the portrait
of Mother and child. We
should remember that the
Holy Infant was entrusted
into the hands of Josenh.


This humble and devout
man wasn't a fifth wheel
at the Nativity, he was our
Heavenly Father's specific
choice for becoming the
earthly, or adoptive father
for Jesus Christ. Joseph's
faith is a model faith for all
of us; he accepted the word
of God through an angel
and he never doubted the
testimony of Mary. Without
hesitation or doubt, Joseph
embraced this infant son,
conceived by the Holy
Ghost, and he surrendered
his heart to the love "of
God and offered his life as
a sacrifice. This was not
a man who frowned at an
unexpected turn of events
in his life; he willingly
chose to obey God.
We must remember that
Joseph, .before this event,
was a man with his own
plans to be a husband and
provider, to earn his living
in an honorable vocation,
but after the birth of Jesus.


he's rarely heard from
again except to tell us that
he rescued the baby from
certain death at the hands of
Herod and later when it was
safe he brought his family
to Galilee. What more can
be said of Saint Joseph than
the fact that he guarded the
love of Jesus Christ in his
heart? That he abandoned
his pride, his plans, his
choices, and sacrificially
finished his life with only
one purpose in mind-to
love the Son of God. This
almost forgotten man is
worthy of our remembrance
and admiration. This
Christmas may God the
Father grant us such love in
our hearts for the gift of His
Son that we too will offer
ourselves to His service,
not out of some delegated
duty but out of a consuming
love for God.
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Alachua church of Christ
14505 NW 145thAvenue
Sunday Bible Classes 9:30 a.m.
Assembly at 10:30 am.
Evening Service 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday Bible Class 6:30 p.m.
Minister DougFrazier
(386) 462-3326



f-Oellowship
Church
Contemporary Praise & Worship
Sunday at 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.
16916 NWUS Hwy 441, High Springs
386-454-1700
www.FellowshipOnline.org


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Worship
here
Call (386) 462-3355
ext. 9503
for more information.


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

New Oak Grove Baptist Church
Sunday School 10 a.m.,
Worship 11 a.m, Evening Service 6 pm.
Wednesday Fellowship Meal 6 p.m.
Bible Study 7 p.m.
RAs, GAs & Students 7 p.m.
Nursery Provided
Terry Elixson, Jr., Pastor
386-462-3390 18100NW262Avenue


ofLife
AemblyofGod

Located at 14200 NW 148th Place
Downtown Alachua
www.riveroflifeassembly.org


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Where worship is our central act
Where the apostolic tradition is
upheld
Where we kneel to pray
Where worshipful music
S i the standard
Where traditional liturgy
is the norm
S* Where the Holy Scriptures
are proclaimed
S* Where a prayerful and quiet
atmosphere is provided
Where traditional values are taught
Where we seek to proclaim a risen
Savior in our daily life and work
Come Join Us
Bible Study 9:30 am. Church 10:30 am.
and other special services as announced.
8100 SWArcher Road (Shrine Club)
(352) 317-5757 wwwAUsaintsXnEC.org

First Presbyterian
Church of Alachua
iRe.Vn ginia McDanielPastor
14623 NW 140 Street
(386) 462-1549
Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship
Service 10:30 a.m. Nursery provided.
www.firstpresalachua.org

High Springs Seventh-day Adventists
230 NW IstA'.rene
Bible Study: Si ',I5 a m,
Divine Worship
Sat I', 4 m
Mid-Week: Tusr 7pm a
Youth: Sat. 9:1: m
Wed.3 3i pin
Pastor: Anthon CnAa ,r 1F. .
(386)454-.20)


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here
Call (386) 462-3355
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Services
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Children's Church 11:30 a.m.
.Wednesday:
Adult & Children Bible-Study 7 p.m.
Consumed Youth Service 7 p.m.
Nursery provided for all services.
Pastor Greg Evans 352-870-7288


Bethesda Outreach
Ministries of
Alachua
Reaching
S the lost at
ANYcost and
Sustaining the
Saints behind
S the cross.
Services:
Every Sunday at 11 a.m.
Bible Study:
Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
at
Quality Inn of Alachua
15960 NW US.Highway 441
Alachua, Florida
Elders Nyron and LaShandra Jenkins

First United Methodist
Church of Alachua
14805 NW 140th Street 462-2443
Pastor Dr. Adam Zele
Jeff Van Valey, Youth & Children's Minister
Worship, 10:45 am.
Sunday School 9:45 amn.
www.alachuafirstunitbdmethodist.org


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

St. Luke A.M.E. Church
Rev. Jessie L. Steele, Pastor
14950 Martin Luther King Blvd/Hwy 441
Alachua 32616
386.462.2732(church) 386.462.4396 (Fax)
Email: stlukeamechurch@windstream.net
Morning Worship: 11 a.m.;
Church School 9:45 a.m.
Bible Study: 7 p.m. (2nd &4th Wednesdays)
Theme: PUSH-Pray UrSil Samnstgfkps


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Elder Cynthia Taylor, Pastor
has moved to a new location
530 N. Main Street, High Springs, FL
(behind Hardees)
Bible Study Wed. 7 p.m
Sunday Pastoral Teaching 9:30 a.m.
'Morning Worship 11a.m.
Church: (386) 454-2367
.Cell: (386) 878-9568


Christian Life Fellowship
Assembly of God
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Sunday: SS 9:30 a.mWorship 10:30 a.m.
Wed. 7 p.m./Children/Youth/Adults
19817 W. NewberryRd. (4 mi. E. of
Newberry, 4 mi. W. ofJonesville)
(352) 472-5433
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P Firt tis Baptist Church of Alachua
One Block east of Main Street in Alachua
S.... s (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


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Miracle Word
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3809-A E. University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32641
Pastors Apostle Elect Dr. Donald L. Kelly
& Pastor Dr. Queen Horne-Kelly
The church where everybody is somebody.
Church order of Services Every Sunday
Sunday School 10 a.m.
Morning Service- 11 a.m.
Bible Study & New Beginners Class -
Wednesday Night 7 p.m.
Friday Night Live & Prayer Service 7 p.m.
4th Sundays- 11 a.m. Youth Day Service
Outreach Ministries
Jail & Prison Ministries Evangelism Outreach
Food Outreach Clothing for the Needy
Marriage & Singles Counseling
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Lady Michele Dix (352) 336-8686
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Foundation Chapel Church
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(Published: Alachua
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December 24 lnd 31;
2009) .
IN THE CIRCUIT
COURT FOR ALACHUA
COUNTY,
FLORIDA ..

PROBATE DIVISION

File No. 09-CP-1720

Division A -

IN RE: ESTATE OF RUBY
M. PHILPOT a/k/a RUBY
LEE MYERS PHILPOT
a/kia RUBY MYERS.
PHILPOT, Deceased.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS'

The administration
of the estate of Rtiby M.
Philpot a/k/a Ruby Lee
Myers Philpot alk/a Ruby
Myers Philpot, deceased,
whose date of death was
July 15, 2009, is ending in
the CircuitCourtforAlachua
County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of
which is Post Office Box'
600, Gainesville, Florida
32602. The names and-
addresses of the personal
representative and the


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personal representative's
attorney are set forth
below.
All creditors of the
decedent and other
persons having claitns
or demands against
decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice
is required to. be served
must file their claims with
this..court WITHIN THE
LATER. OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF
THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30
-DAYS AFTER THE DATE
OF.SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM. '
All ,other creditors of
.the decedent arid 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
OFTHIS NOTICE. .
: LL CLAIMS NOT
FILED WITHIN THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH.
IN SECTION 733.702 OF
THE FLORIDA PROBATE
CODEWILL BEFOREVER
BARREOD. :.. '. "
NOTWITHSTANDING:
THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH ABOVE,. ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2)
YEARS OR MOREAFFTER
'THE DECEDENT'S DATE
OF DEATH IS BARRED.

Th- date of first
publication of this notice Fs
December 24, 2009. '

Kirk T. Bauer, Esquire
Attorney for Estate
Florida Bar No. 0471305
Bauer & Associated
Attorneys at Law,P.A. .
:223 S. Woodland
Boulevard
DeLand, Florida 32720
Telephone: (386) 734-
3313
Fax: (386) 738:0424


Personal Representative:
Susan P.Anderson
2345 Wilmhurst Road
DeLand, Florida 32720

(Published: Alachua
County Today -
December 24 and 31,
2009)
IN THE CIRCUIT
COURT FOR ALACHUA
COUNTY, FLORIDA .

PROBATE DIVISION

File Number: 01-2009-
CP-1726

IN RE: ESTATE OF:

DONALD B. SNYDER,

Deceased.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

The administration of
the estate of Donald B.
Snyder; deceased, whose
Sdate of death was October
1, 2009, File Number 01-
2009-CP-1726, is pending
in the Circuit Court for
Alachua County, Probate
Division, the address of
which is P.O. Box 600,
Gainesville, Florida
32602. The names and
addresses of the personal
representative and the
personal representative's
attorney are:set forth
below. ,'

All creditors of the
decedent an'd other
persons having claims
or demands against
decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice
has been served must
file their claims with this
court, WITHIN THE LATER
OF THREE (3) MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
(30) DAYS AFTER THE
DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.

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


DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE.

ALL CLAIMS NOT
FILED WITHIN THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH
IN SECTION 733.702
OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL
BE FOREVER BARRED.

NOTWITHSTANDING
.THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2)
YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE
OF DEATH IS BARRED.

THE DATE OF FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE IS DECEMBER
24, 2009.

Attorney foi Personal
Representative:

Kyle E. Petteway.
23349 Northwest CR 236,
Suite 10
High Springs, Florida
32643
(386) 454-1298
Florida Bar I.D. 0062316

Personal Representative:
Nancy J. Snyder
1928 Windlock Dr.
Charlotte,'NC 28270

(Published: Alachua
County Today -
December 24 and 31,
2009)
CITY OF HAWTHORNE,
FLORIDA
NOTICE OF PUBLIC
HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that the following
Items) will be heard at a
meeting held by the City
commission' of the City of
Hawthorne, Florida,.at a
public hearing on January
5, 2010 at 6:30 p.m., or
as soon thereafter as the
matter can be heard, in
the Commission Meeting
Room, City Hall located
at 6700 Southeast 221st
Street, Hawthorne, Florida.

ORDINANCE 2009-23

AN ORDINANCE OF THE
CITY OF HAWTHORNE,
ALACHUA COUNTY
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interested persons may
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may be inspected by the
public prior to the hearing
at City Hall located at the
address above.

(Published: Alachua
County Today -
December 24, 2009)
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE EIGHTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
SAND FOR ALACHUA
COUNTY, FLORIDA

CASE NO: 09-CA-5288-J

GREEN TREE
SERVICING, LLC,
7406 Fullerton Street,
Suite 201
Jacksonville, Florida --
32256,

Plaintiff,

v.

ALBERTA WILLIAMS,
IF, LIVING, BUT IF
DECEASED, THE
UNKNOWN HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES,
ASS I G N EES ,
CREDITORS, LIENORS,
AND TRUSTEES OF
ALBERTA WILLIAMS,
DECEASED, AND ALL
OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER, AND
AGAINST THE NAMED
DEFENDANTS, FLOYD H.
JOHNSON, PEARLIE M.
JOHNSON, and E SALIMI
TARI DBA SUN CITY
AUTO SALES,

Defendants.
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CLASSIFIED:
Continued from page B3
NOTICE OF ACTION

TO: ALBERTA WILLIAMS,
IF LIVING, BUT IF
DECEASED, THE
UNKNOWN HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES,
ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, LIENORS,
AND TRUSTEES OF
ALBERTA WILLIAMS,
DECEASED, AND ALL
OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH,UNDER, AND
AGAINST THE NAMED
DEFENDANTS,
FLOYD H. JOHNSON,
and
PEARLIE M. JOHNSON:

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that
a civil action has been
filed against you in the
Circuit Court, County of
Alachua, State of Florida,
to foreclose certain real
property described as
follows:

LOT 2, CENTURY
OAKS, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN.PLAT
BOOK U, PAGE 59, OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS
OF ALACHUA. COUNTY,
FLORIDA, TOGETHER,
WITH THAT CERTAIN
2001,60 x 28 PALM
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HOME, SERIAL NUMBER
PH0913132ABFL.

You are required to file a
written response with the
Court and serve a copy
of your written defenses,
if any, to it on Timothy
D. Padgett, Plaintiff's
attorney, whose address
is 2878 Remington Green
Circle, Tallahassee,
Florida 32308, at least
thirty (30) days from the
date of first publication,
and file the original with
the clerk of this court
either before service
on Plaintiff's attorney or
immediately thereafter;
otherwise, a default will
be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the
complaint.

Dated this 3rd day of
December, 2009.

/s/ J.K. Irby
CLERK OF COURT

By: /s/ Erika Powell
Deputy Clerk

Attorney for Plaintiff:
Timothy D. Padgett, Esq.
Timothy D. Padgett, P.A.
2878 Remington Green
Circle
Tallahassee, FL 32308
(850) 422-2520 (phone)/
(850) 422-2567 (fax)


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2009)
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Education

Living on her family's farm in 1814 Vermont,
war seems far away to young Violet Howard. As the
draws nearer so does a song that would later be of
importance, penned first as a poem during a nearby n
battle in Baltimore, Maryland.
As Violet lears the words of this patriotic song,
doesn't know that those words will one day become
country's national anthem.
"Beautiful Music" tells the story of how a little t
written in the midst of battle, became the greatest
in America.


a'


Chapter Five Iby Russ and Kay Hi
As the wagon rolled into Bellows Falls, over the rocks at the Great Falls or
Violet studied everything she passed. watching a boat pass through the locks
During the ride into town, Violet had of the Bellows Falls Canal. She liked to
been nervous. She knew this.was riot watch'the water level go up and down
a normal trip to town and was worried in the locks as the riverboats by-passed
S about what they were going to find. the rough water of the falls.

Her heart raced when the town first Thomas poked his sister and pointed
came into view. She was pleased by to the bridge crossing the river. Built in
what she saw. The town was just like .1785, it was the fist bridge built across
she remembered it. the Connecticut River. The short distance
spanning the river gorge provided a
The Connecticut River narrows as it wonderful location for building a bridge.
S flows into a rocky gorge at the base of Fall Thomas was completely fascinated by
Mountain, The water passing through the bridge, and would spend his free
this gorge creates a series of rapids called time in town looking at it He asked
the Great Falls. The town of Bellows Falls anyone he could find for information
\ sits beside these falls, on the west bank about the bridge.
of the river
When the wagon stopped, the Howard
To Violet, Bellows Falls was the most fun family climbed down to the street. It felt
place she could imagine. She was, good to stand up and move around after
always torn between sitting in a wagon for so long. Thomas
watching the water flow / unhooked the horses and led them
to the river to get a dik. Violet's
fathom r a,l.dd ihe tarp off the
S vagpon, nd n Uley went to
wioit Inloading, hauling
Sand re-loading the wagon
with supplies.


Violet's mother told
the children they were
free to roam but
weren't to get too far
-. -away, so their father

Sl~A AuthorKay Htelyand Illustrator Blle
Gofouth-Stewart both Ie in Neosho, Mo.
Coauthor Russ Hlely lives In Newtonia,
Mo Produced by theMissout Press
Foundation Copyrnht2008.


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the
war
great
aval

she
her

tune,
song


lively
could find them. Violet spent'her tite ati '; :
the Great Falls or watching the-boats ;
moving in and out of the canal. In what
seemed like only a few minutes she head
her father calling.

When Violet got back to the wagon,she
could see that the back end was full of
supplies and the tarp was laid over it.
' Looking at the tarp, Violet could see a
shape that did not look like a bag or barrel
of supplies. Instantly her curiosity got the .
better of her, and she asked her mother.
what it was.'Mrs. Howard looked over
at her husband and grinned.

Mr. Howard flipped back the tarp to .
let his daughter see the surprise in the
wagon. Violet gasped.

illst sy11] "'"* "; ,1';1} ;yl) gl i/
Learn More,
A. Bellows Falls, Vt., sits on the west side of
the'river. What is on the east side of the
river? On which side of the river does Fall
Mountain sit? What kind of map labels
mountains and valleys?
B. Thomas studied and asked people about
the bridge over the Connecticut River.
What Is the title of the person who designs
a bridge? Where are some places you
could find out about designing and
building a bridge?
C. Find a headline for a story in the newspaper
that sounds interesting. Write a list of
questions to find out more Information.
Read the story and see if you can find
answers to your questions. If you don't
find them all, be a reporter and do
further research.
NEXT WEEK: Chapter 6- What's under the tarp?

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2010 at 10:30 AM. Sealed
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BEAUTY SERVICES

ALL CUTS $7
Affordable Color and Perms
I" Walk-ins Welcome
w Appoinfments Available


W-7 386-462-0618
On US Hwy 441 across fromDollar General
CLEANING AND LAWN CARE


RESIDENTIAL &
COMMERCIAL .
Pressure Wash/Painting
Mobile Car Detail
Free Estimates Low Rates
Se HablaEspanol icn dIur
Licensed and Insured
352-225-3798 Cell: 352-225-1094
GENERAL NUTRITION CENTER


GNCLiveWell: *Vitamins-Miner
$5.00 OFF Diet Products
Purchase of $25 or More Sports Nutritiol
-OR-
$10.00 OFF Supplements
$10.00 OFF
Purchase of $50 or More Health & Beaut
*OFFER VALID AT THIS LOCATION ONLY.


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Cornr o NW 9thAve.& 1th S., ainevile (Nxt o Pulix
1 (32 379-1830*


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HAY FARM


SCOTT HAY
Horse quality Tifton
85/Coastal Bermuda $55
full size round bale per bale


Cow Bermuda
full size round bale


$38
per bale


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MEDICAL SERVICES
FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER
S Providing care for the whole family
S'Appointments Recommended
SDiabetes, HTN W
Cardiovascular Disease NEW HOURS:
Annual PE's Monday-Thursday
Drug Screening 9 a.m-6 p.m.
DOT, Sports & School PE's
Most Insurance Accepted Friday /
9 a.m.-1 p.m.


RESTAURANTS
Sonny's BBQ of Alachua
S Come by for some of the best
Authentic southern B-B-Q
S Beef Pork* Chicken Ribs
A L PEN 7day a i eek II a.m. -9:00p.m.a
SONNY'S REAL PIT BAR-B-Q I U.S. 441& 1-15! Alakca (386) 462-3180


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14856 NX M n Street, Alabcha


CONVENIENCE STORES


S Bob's Citgo, Inc.

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1-75 and U.S. Hwy 441 (386) 462-5590
Alachua, FL 32615 (386) 462-5590
GOOD THINGS TO EAT
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HUNTING
COUNTY LINE QUAIL HUNTING
Come & enjoy an oldtime hunt with us.
You can't find rates anywhere comparable to ours
"Old times were really the best of times"
W,qr T For booking call
SWarren Buck: H: 386454-1345; Cell: 352-337-6991
Jerry Hines: H: 386454-9696; Cell: 386-5884104
PIANO SERVICES
PI EHIANOJim Bryant
TECHNICIANS J ,
S GUILD Registered Piano Technician
REGISTERED PIANO TECHNICIAN. ,
High Springs Piano Service
Tuning Repair Rebuild ~ .
HIGH SPRINGS, ALACHiA, AINES\ TLLE
(386) 454-7101 Email: jimrpt@aoLcom
WELDING SERVICES

locally owned and operated
"Mobile Weldin
farm equipment decorative work
restaurants and more!
Available After Hours Fully Insured
SCall for Free Estimates
352-222-5134
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CARPET CLEANING SERVICE
A-1 Academy Carpet Cleaners
Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
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Meeting Professional Industry Standards
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MKM Electrical Services, Inc.
RFSI'DFNTIAI 1 COMMERCIAL


SERVICE REPAIRS REMODEL WORK
NEW CONSTRUCTION. COMPETITIVE RATES
LIC. #ECI13003662 FREE ESTIMATES

GOOD THINGS TO EAT
STEVEN DAVIS FARMS, LLC
PEAS: Acres, Black-eyes, Pink-eyes, Green Butterbeans,
Speckled Butterbeans, Zippers, OKRA, Squash,
Cabbage, Strawberries, Yard Eggs and more!
BEANS:Green, CUT Green, Kentucky, Yellow Wax
GREENS: COLLARD, MUSTARD and TURNIP.
At the Packing Shed in LaCrosse!
20915 N.SR 121, LaCrosse
Phone: 386-418-0511 *Fax: 386-418-054'

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*Daily lunch specials *Friday night pasta For dine in or
*Subs *Salads *Desserts & more! carry out!
OLIDAY HOURS: Closed Thursday and Friday. Willbe
open Saturday from 4:30 9:00. Merry Christmas!
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PROFESSIONAL OFFICE

SPACE/BUILDING

FOR LEASE

1,500 sq. ft.
Partially furnished.
GREAT LOCATION
$1,000 per month


386.4184000

Hwy 441 near Progress Corporate Park Alachua, FL


Timberland Ford
of Perry
has employment
opportunities available.

Automotive Internet Sales Person We are looking
for a person with amazing computer skills and an
outgoing personality. Must have previous sales experi-
ence with a great track record.

Automotive Technician Must have Ford experience
and Certification. Great pay with benefits..


FEATURED PROPERTY
S RIZOTurkey Creek swimming,
golf, clubhouse plus a
custom built 2152sf 3BR
lKRIZON 2BA home. Great open
floor plan, true master
suite, spacious Florida
room, and a screened
Sporch overlooking the large
www.horizonrealty-realtors.com privacy fenced backyard.
$230,000 MLS#307858

Mm Serving the community since 1979


ASK US ABOUT BANI
RESIDENTIAL
Staghom conveniently located
between Alachua and Gainesville. Nicely
updated 3BR 2BA on a half acre lot with
a fenced back yard. Home offers an
open patio and an outdoor workshop.
$145,000 MLS#306591
3BR 2BA DWMH in Alachua
Forest located near downtown Alachua
which offers banking, dining, shopping,
schools, library and more. Easy access
to 1-75 or head south on US441 right to
Gainesville. $50,000 MLS#306452
Peaceful and convenient. Wooded
half acre lot minutes to downtown
Alachua shopping, banks. 2BR 2BA
1092sf CB one-car garage home,.
spacious living room, fresh paint inside
and out, new carpet, range, fixtures and
sink in MB. $142,000 MLS#302976


K OWNED AND SHORT SALE PROPERTIES.


Nature has provided wooded area
surrounding this Jovely 3BR 2BA home on
a half acre lot. Beautiful fireplace in family
room, updated kitchen, top of the line
low 'E' Pella windows, tile and carpeted
flooring. $139,900 MLS#308784
Capri pool, tennis,-clubhouse w/
weight room & cinema plus more! 3BR
2BA 1241sf open floor plan features
vaulted ceilings, wood floors, 2-car
garage with built-ins/pegboards, fenced
backyard. Bus line located at-entrance of
s/d. $159,900 MLS#305161
HOMES WITH ACREAGE
:A world of living can be yours in
this spacious 4BR 2BA 1782sf mobile
home. Island kitchen, luxury master bath,
front porch to sit and enjoy the view of
your 10.85 acres. Property is fenced with
a mix of pasture and trees. $149,600
MLS#308864


Estates
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Magnificent 3BR 2BA cracker style
home on 29+ acres with Granddaddy
Oaks, pasture and pines with income
potential. Massive master suite, vaulted
great room, beautiful kitchen, study. New
carpet interior paint and refrigerator
$550,000 MLS#307882
Spectacular 6 acres with large
oaks for shade around the home and
plenty of pasture in back. 3BR 2B/
2-story home with screened fron
porch, wood-burning stove, shed, watel
softener. Newer appliances, metal roo
and A/C. $209,900 MLS#308355
Looking for room? 3028sf 5BF
3.5BA on 10 rolling fenced acres. Family
living rooms, eat-in kitchen & dining
plenty of closets. 2-car garage, screenec
porch, pasture & mature trees. Sellei
will pay some of buyer's closing costs
$399,000 MLS#304264


ALL LOT $1Z5,00 OR LO $P SPECIAL FINANCING
AVAILABLI, Pleae call our office for details..
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Commence- Landscaped Brick Preserved Green
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The new two-story science classroom building on the Santa Fe High campus has
earned LEED for Schools (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver
Certification from the U.S. Green Buildings Council.


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Special to
Alachua County Today
ALACHUA Alachua
County Public Schools now
boasts two school buildings
that have earned national
recognition for being
environmentally friendly.
The new science
classroom building at
Santa Fe High School has
earned LEED for Schools
(Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design)
Silver Certification from
the U.S. Green Buildings
Council (USGBC). The
non-profit organization
promotes 'green' building
throughout the nation and
recognizes schools and
other buildings that meet
their stringent criteria.
Only six public school
buildings throughout the
state have earned LEED
silver certification, and
two of them are in Alachua
County. The district
was awarded the Silver
Certification earlier this
year for the new classroom
and multi-purpose building
on the campus of the
Professional Academies
Magnet at Loften High
School.
"This award is further
evidence that our district
is fulfilling its commitment
to build facilities that
save energy and other
resources while providing


an outstanding learning
environment for teachers
and students," said
Superintendent Dan Boyd.
The new two-stoty
classroom building on the
Santa Fe High campus is
24,000 square feet in size
and includes eight science
classrooms equipped with
the latest technology,
including SMART boards
and tablet-style computers
for high-tech student/
teacher interaction.
A number of energy
conservation features were
built in to the design and
construction of the building,
from the orientation of the
building to take advantage
of natural light to the use
of recycled construction
materials to the installation
of energy and water-saving
fixtures and equipment,
such as automatic shut-off
faucets and exit signs with
LED lights.
"LEED certification
identifies the building as
a pioneering example of
sustainable design," said
Ed Gable, the district's
director of facilities.
"By using natural light,
installing a more efficient
mechanical system, cutting
down on materials that
emit chemicals and other
strategies, we've shown that
you don't have to sacrifice
comfort and function to


conserve energy."
Santa Fe High principal
Bill Herschleb says
the- students, staff and.
community are thrilled at
the addition of the new
state-of-the-art science
classrooms in a building
that is also state-of-the-art
for energy conservation.
"It's a teaching tool
in itself," he said. "We've
been able to. use this
building to show students
what can be done to meet
pressing environmental
needs."
Gable says the
Westwood Middle School
Student Services building
scheduled to open after
the holiday break may
also qualify for LEED
certification. The process of
applying for and receiving
LEED certification can take
nine months to complete.
More information on the
LEED for Schools program
is available at www.usgbc-
heartofflorida.org and
at the national group's
website at www.usgbc.
org. More information
about the district's overall
energy conservation
program is available on
the district's website at
www2.sbac,eduy/-wpops/
BulletinBoard/Energy/
index.html.


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