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PAGE 1 Deadline Monday 5 p.m. before publication Phone 352-473-2210 Fax 352-473-2210 Keystone seniors depart high school during Project Graduation Summer in the City Band begins rehearsals New Melrose welcome sign to be installed Lake Region lawyer protests school boards agenda policy 3 qualify for Clay School Board District 1 Clay commissioners recognize Middleburg graduate, national champion Clay commission stays out of DJJ Gilhousen seeking District 5 school board seat Clay commissioner Gavin Rollins seeking District 4 commission seat Keystone Heights-area property crimes Sports Obituaries Social news Letters to the editor Whats Inside Lake Region Monitor Lake Region Monitor USPS 114-170 Keystone Heights, Florida Thursday, July 3, 2014 42 nd Year 9 th Issue 75 CENTS Keystone HeightsPublic Works Supervisor Kenny Hall and Code Enforcement and indicate the events closing during July and August. Meanwhile, the Keystone markets former manager, Cheryl Owen, is leading a group of vendors to set up a summer market at Midways Faith Presbyterian Church. Owen wrote in a press release that the new organization is called The Vendors Farmers Market, and it will open on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Vendors invite all their customers to drive a little further and come have fun, wrote Owen. Coffee and Music will be back. New vendors or vendors that have been gone for a while are invited to come share the shade. Faith Presbyterian Church is located at 2738 SE S.R. 21, between Melrose and Keystone Heights. One market closes, another set to start Our Country Day Parade Grand Principals to school board: stop interfering BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor FLEMING ISLAND-Five Clay County school principals told the school board during a June 20 meeting that board members have lost their focus and are interfering into management areas that belong to the superintendent. The five administrators, Lee Oliver, principal of Plantation Oaks Elementary, Tracey Kendrick, principal of Clay Hill Elementary, Linda Pratt, principal of Swimming Pen Creek Elementary, David McDonald, principal of J.R. Wilkinson Junior High and Susan Sailor, principal of Keystone Heights Junior Senior High School, spoke against a district administrator hiring freeze that board member Janice Kerekes had proposed. Oliver, Kendrick, Pratt and Sailor served on a steering committee that before the June 20 school board meeting, raised campaign contributions for Betsy Condon, who is running against school board member Tina Bullock. Oliver told board members that administrators at the district office provide valuable support to schools. We depend on these positions to keep us up and running at the most efficient level possible, she said. Oliver accused board members of meddling into the management of schools and using the district to advance their own political agendas. The micromanaging of the district by the board is appalling to me and to our community, she said. I have never seen a board behave in such a manner. Why have you lost your focus of what you are here for and what your priorities are? Your objective is clear. You are on a mission, not for our children, but for some self-serving motive that we are all aware of. Oliver also told board members they had lost focus of the central mission of the school district. Please turn your attention back to our children, their growth, their achievement and the improvement of our schools. This is whats important to us and what used to be important to you. Kendrick told board members that one of their new policies, which requires board review of any vacant job, has put an important grant in jeopardy. Due to delays by this board, the supervisor for elementary education position was so delayed, that the position has only just now been recommended for appointment, she said. Kendrick added that the supervisor for elementary education writes the Title 1 grant for the district and that the grant application is due on June 30. Title 1 funds are used to support tutoring, extended day, transportation, reading interventions and technology to include iPads, which I deployed to fourth, fifth and sixth graders, she said. Kendrick told the board that its new personnel policies have affected the classroom. These continual delays and threats against district staff members is negatively impacting the children, she said. She also said the delay in the See PRINCIPALS, 2A BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS The Grand Marshal for the 2014 Our Country Day Parade comes from one of the founding families of Keystone Heights and was the first editor of the Lake Region Monitor. Linda Walker Wharton was born in Jacksonville and moved to Keystone Heights in 1938 with her parents, Lindsay and Lois Walker. The Walkers built a Standard Oil gasoline station on the southeast corner of S.R. 21 and S.R. 100 in the late 1930s. To accommodate growth, Lindsay Walker moved to a larger station on the southwest corner of the same intersection in 1941 and added boats and fishing gear to his inventory. Walker, who died in 1967, was mayor of Keystone Heights from 1962-1963 and was a member of the city council from 1942-1946. He was also one of the founding members of the Keystone Heights Golf and Country Club and a past president of the Rotary Club. In 1980, the city council designated S.R. 100 within the city limits as Walker Drive in honor of the businessman and community leader. Linda Walker attended a red brick, three-room school in Keystone Heights before graduating to Melrose High School in the eighth grade. She completed her senior year in Cuthbert, Georgia and attended Wesleyan College in Macon before marrying Jim Wharton and moving to Orlando. In the 1950s the couple returned to Keystone Heights to take over operations of the Standard Oil station. Linda Wharton was one of the first female members of the Keystone Heights Volunteer Fire Department. She was also an organizer of an annual swimming program at Keystone Beach, which was sponsored by the Rotary Club and managed by Camp Immokalee counselors. In the early 70s, Wharton had established herself as a writer, penning social columns for the Gainesville Sun and Bradford County Telegraph. In 1973, Telegraph publisher John Miller persuaded Wharton to edit Keystone Heights first newspaper, the Lake Region Monitor. Wharton launched the operation by moving a kitchen table and portable typewriter into the gas station, which became the first office for the Monitor. Whartons first edition, on May 10, 1973 reported that the city was abandoning its plans for a municipal water and sewer system. She also reported that 18 co-eds were competing for Miss KHHS and that Fire Chief Huntley Redfearn and the rest of the Keystone Heights Fire Department were honoring retiring volunteer Jack Haberstroh. Wharton oversaw the publications growth from six to twelve tabloid pages and was soon joined by Helen Egan and later, Faye Greek. Keystone residents soon dubbed Wharton and Greek The Snoop Sisters because of their aggressive reporting. Staying true to her roots, Wharton focused on social news and developed one of the Monitors most popular features and Whartons favorite: The Keystone Kapers. In a 2011 interview, Wharton said her least favorite part of the job was assembling the publication on Tuesday nights, sometimes remaining at the Telegraph office in Starke until three or four the following morning. She also said she gained an appreciation for what the newspaper meant to her readers, serving as a focal point for the community and strengthening connections among Lake Region residents. I think it was a connection to the town, to things happening and to other people in town, she said of the newspaper. (We) had a lot of subscriptions to kids in college and it was their In this 1980 photo, City Council Member Bruce McRae and Linda Wharton install new street signs after the council named S.R. 100 within Keystone Heights as Walker Drive, in honor of Whartons father, Robert Lindsay Walker. Green Cove Springs business owner pleads guilty to tax refund theft BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor JACKSONVILLEA Fleming Island resident faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty on June 26 to stealing government property Abass Issa, 47, may also have to repay $1.9 million in fraudulently obtained tax refunds. According to a plea agreement, Issa owned and operated a convenience store in Green Cove Springs known as V&J Stores Inc. Antoun Arbaji, who previously pleaded guilty on May 27, owned and operated another convenience store, Fina Express, a few blocks away. In 2011, Issa began obtaining fraudulent tax refund checks and fraudulently-obtained refund anticipation loan checks from a source in Tampa. Issa, in turn, located individuals like Arbaji who, for a percentage fee, would cash the checks through their business accounts. After cashing the checks, Arbaji would remit the cash proceeds to Issa, who in turn, would keep a fee and remit the remainder of the proceeds to the source of the checks in Tampa. During 2011, Arbaji cashed more than $1.5 million in fraudulently-obtained tax refund checks and more than $400,000 in fraudulently-obtained refund See GUILTY, 3A See WHARTON, 3A July 4th activities Keystone Heights Friday July 4, 7 a.m. Our Country Day 5K run Friday July 4, 11 a.m. Our Country Day parade Friday July 4, evening, Our Country Day fireworks Melrose Friday July 4, 11 a.m., Melrose Boat Parade Friday July 4, 4 p.m., Melrose sign installation Friday July 4, 6-9 p.m. Melrose Art walk


2A Lake Region Monitor Thursday, July 3, 2014 Mon Thurs: 9:00am 11:30am & 2:00pm 4:30pm Fridays: 9:00am 2:00pm W.H. Marshall, M.D.Opthamologist(352 ) 475-3991EXAMS AVAILABLE Optical Hours Happy4th of July Lake Region MonitorUSPS 114-170 Published each Thursday and entered as Periodical Postage Paid at Keystone Heights, Florida under Act of March 3, 1879.POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Lake Region MonitorP.O. Drawer A Starke, FL 32091 7382 SR 21 Keystone Heights, FL 32656Phone: (352) 473-2210 (352) 473-6721 John M. Miller, PublisherSubscription Rate in Trade Area $39.00 per year: $20.00 six months Outside Trade Area: $39.00 per year: $20.00 six monthsEditor: Dan Hildebran Sports Editor: Cliff Smelley Advertising: Kevin Miller Darlene Douglass Typesetting Eileen Gilmore Advertising and Newspaper Prod. Earl W. Ray Classified Adv. Heather Padgett Bookkeeping: Joan Stewart-Jones Keystone Heights-area property crimes (1) On June 15, a cell phone was stolen from The Keystone Saloon on S.R. 100. The cell (2) On June 13, a bicycle was stolen from the front yard at a residence on Baylor Avenue. (3) On June 17, a welder and copper cable were stolen from the front yard at a residence on Oakbrook Court. (4) On June 20, a gate was damaged at the Mike Roess Gold Head State Park on S.R. 21. (5) On June 25, there was an attempt to steal money from a vending machine at the Blue Lagoon Car Wash on Cargo Way. There were signs of forced entry into the vending machine, but it was not entered. (6) On June 25, a front window was damaged with what appeared to be a BB gun or pellet (7) On June 26, a lawn mower was stolen from the front yard at a residence on Cascade Drive. (8) On June 29, a lawnmower was stolen from the back yard at a residence on Baylor Avenue. BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS Clay County Commissioners decided to stay out of a dispute involving the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, the Florida Association of Counties and 23 individual counties, over how the state agency bills local jurisdictions for juvenile defendants predisposition detention costs. Under a 2004 Florida law, the states 38 largest counties must share in the costs of housing juvenile defendants while their cases are proceeding through the juvenile justice system. The legislature exempted smaller counties from having to pay part of the expenses. For several years, DJJ has billed the counties 75 percent of the detention costs. However, the agency recently tried to increase the counties portion to 89 percent. A Florida appeals court rebuffed that attempt. Last year, Clay County paid over $1 million in juvenile detention costs using the higher percentage and county officials claim the county is due a credit of around $333,000, based on the courts decision. This year, a bill in the legislature would have fixed the cost sharing at 50-50 between local governments and the state. The measure failed because the counties wanted the bill to include a provision that the state credit the counties $140 million in previous costs DJJ collected from counties based on the 89-percent cost-sharing allocation that the court ruled illegal. On June 16, the Florida Association of Counties and the 28 individual counties filed a petition with the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings. The petition claimed that during the current fiscal year, DJJ implemented a rule which moved 57 percent of detention costs to the counties. The association and the counties claimed the new rule violated Florida statutes and court decisions. During the June 24 Clay County Commission meeting, County Attorney Mark Scruby told commissioners they could join the petition. Commissioner Ronnie Robinson said he favored joining the petition because of the amount of money involved in the dispute. Board Chairman Wendell Davis said joining the action would be a huge waste of money. appointment of the supervisor for elementary education has put her own planning on hold. I cant move forward with my plans for my school year and what I am going to do and what I would like to do-which is to expand my iPad initiative to my third graders-until I know whats going to happen with Title 1, she said. And I dont know what is going to happen with Title 1 until that person has been approved, allocated and appointed. The continual delays must stop. We cannot get the job done at our schools. Pratt told the board that its personnel policies might slow the districts preparations for reaccreditation. She said that during the current school year, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools will examine Clays 41 schools for a 5-year review. In order to successfully develop, plan and implement a successful SACS accreditation review, it is vital that all district allocations are approved, she told the board. We depend on district personnel to assist us in this district-wide accreditation. I beg you to approve your district allocations, to support us in the 41 schools, to support your teachers and support staff. McDonald complained to the board that the focus of recent board meetings appeared to be on governance, rather than on students. As you look at the agenda tonight, the agenda items, there doesnt seem to be a single item on the agenda that has anything to do with students, student achievement, student growth or student caring, he said. Its all about board governance and those types of things. McDonald also questioned board members motive for the new personnel policies, asking if they truly came from alarm over the districts deteriorating financial position, or perhaps your obvious, intense dislike for our superintendent and his fully legal responsibility and obligation to fill the positions allocated by this board. McDonald criticized a series of policies enacted over the past year by 3-2 votes supported by board Chair Carol Studdard and members Tina Bullock and Janice Kerekes. Those measures restricted Superintendent Charlie Van Zants hiring and purchasing authority. I ask you to consider the fact that a long series of 3-2 votes that changed longestablished policies in divisions and departments, which have functioned systematically and effectively prior to 2012 does not make them right or good decisions, he said. Sailor echoed McDonalds claim that recent board action appeared devoid of initiatives that would improve student performance. Unfortunately, its been over a year since Ive seen any board agenda items directly related to student achievement, what we spend 100 percent of our time working toward, she said. I would ask that you return your focus to the students of this district and remove yourself from areas that seem to encompass all your time and emotions, but over which you have no statutory authority. Sailor asserted that the board, in passing its new personnel policies, exceeded the authority granted to it by Florida law. You have no statutory authority to freeze or eliminate allocated positions, once a nomination has been made by the superintendent, she said. She also agreed with Oliver that the boards policies have affected classroom performance. Continuing to stall, delay and combat the superintendent and district office personnel is negatively impacting children, she said. Board member Janice Kerekes rejected McDonalds and Sailors claims that the board has abandoned actions that relate to student achievement. She pointed out that the hiring freeze was the 61 st item on the June 30 board agenda. If anybody is looking at the consent agenda, she said, look at the first 46 items that are on it. Every one of those relate to student achievement. So to say that the board is sitting here and not focusing on our students and our students needs is not accurate. She also defended the boards personnel policies saying they were within the boards responsibility for ensuring the financial stability of the district. We need to look everywhere we can to cut dollars, she said. Kerekes pointed out that board members still need to find $900,000 in cuts in order to raise the districts fund balance to three percent of district revenues, the threshold set by state law marking financial stability for school districts. So unless we start looking at different ways to save money that is not going to hurt any PRINCIPALS Continued from 1A See KEREKES, 4A See DJJ, 5A


Thursday, July 3, 2014 Lake Region Monitor 3A Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (LCMS)Sunday School 9 a.m. W orship Service at 10 a.m. 4900 NW 182nd Way Starke(Entrance to Conerly Estates on S.R. 16) (904) Everyone Welcome!Childrens Church 10 a.m. Welcome Home To 4004 SE State Road 21, Keystone Heights, FL 32656 Son-shine Worship in our Fellowship Hall Ed Stark speaking on Contemporary Worship in our MMC Traditional Worship in our Sanctuary Dr. Tom Farmer will be preaching on Romans 8: 38-39 Dinner (call 352-473-3829 for reservations) followed by Bible Study by Dr. Tom Farmer, Jr. Series: Summer in the City Band begins rehearsals 3 qualify for Clay School Board District 1 BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor Three candidates are facing off for the District 1 School Board seat, including incumbent Janice Kerekes. District 1 covers all of Fleming Island and the portion of Middleburg south of Doctors Lake, Brickyard Road and Old Jennings Road and east of Knight Boxx Road and Little Black Creek. However, all Clay County voters can vote in the election because school board candidates run county-wide. Janice Kerekes Kerekes is a long-time volunteer and board member for nonprofit groups. She has served on the boards of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Clay County and Childrens Lighthouse Learning Center. When 20-year board member Carol Vallencourt chose not to seek reelection in 2010, she endorsed Kerekes who defeated Alesia Ford-Burse, Eric Jeffe and Lynn W. Martin.. Through June 20, Kerekes raised $18,486 for her campaign. Notable contributors include Clay County Republican Executive Committee member Steve Boccieri, Orange Park Town Council member James Renninger, school board Chair Carol Studdard, attorney John Fagan, former school superintendents Ben Wortham and Ann Wiggins, Clay County Commission candidate and former school board member Wayne Bolla, Clay Education PAC, attorney and former school board candidate Joe Wiggins, former Charter Commission member and former school board candidate Karen Lake, Clay County Education Association President Renna Lee Paiva, school board attorney Bruce Bickner, Clay County Planning Commission members Ralph Puckhaber and Rick Bebout, Lake Education Association and former State Rep. Chance Irvine. Kerekes claims a net worth of $206,012 on her financial disclosure form with household goods and personal effects valued at $215,000 and a home valued at $285,000. The only liability she lists on the disclosure is a $295,000 mortgage and her sole income is from her school board salary of $32,187. Kenny Leigh Leigh is a Jacksonville native, Marine Corps veteran and Fleming Island resident with four children in Clay County public schools. He is a former assistant state attorney. His law firm, Kenny Leigh and Associates, represents men only in family law cases. The firm has offices in Jacksonville, Fleming Island, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Boca Raton and Ft. Walton Beach. Leigh got the attention of political observers in February when he put $100,000 into his campaign account. Leigh is a client of Keystone Heights-based political consultant Matt Justice. Through June 20, contributions to Leighs campaign totaled $104,776, including his personal loan to the campaign of $100,000. Other notable contributors include former State Senator and Florida Secretary of Education Jim Horne and American General Properties in Jacksonville. Leigh claims a net worth of $2.3 million with $1.265 million in real estate and a $1.5 million interest in his law firm. He lists a mortgage of $778,135 and automobile loans of $88,272 as liabilities. Salary and distributions from his law firm totaled $643,154. Quote: My most important roles are that of a husband and father. Thats why Im running for School Board. As an educator, my wife Heather served as a public school teacher in Green Cove Springs and our children currently attend Clay County Schools. We believe its time to focus on our students again. I know how important it is to have strong compassionate leadership on the school board. Amber Harmony Shepherd Shepherd is the director of career services at Fortis College in Orange Park. She previously held a similar position at Everest University and also has an accounting background. According to her profile on the Clay County Supervisor of Elections website, Shepherd, her husband and two children enjoy outdoor activities like camping and fishing as well as reading and watching Duck Dynasty. Her two children attend Clay County public schools. In an interview, Shepherd said one reason she decided to run for the seat was the incumbents attempts to have the school superintendent appointed rather than elected. I was very concerned when she (Ms. Kerekes) decided that the vote of the citizens was no longer a valid method of selecting a school superintendent and sought to overturn the vote and have the board vote and appoint a superintendent of their choice. Through June 20, Shepherd raised $14,864. Notable contributors include school board member Johnna McKinnon, former school superintendent candidate Fred S. Gottshalk, District 4 county commission candidate Stanley Pfenning, former school board candidate Carla Cran, Charter Commission member and Soil and Water Conservation District candidate Travis Christensen, Tax Collector Jimmy Weeks, Fortis College Academic Dean Evelyn Presley, Florida House candidate Ken Willey, Jacksonville contractor W.W. Gay, Palatka automotive dealerships Beck Chevrolet Buick GMC, Beck Ford Lincoln, Beck Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Beck Nissan, Green Cove Springs business Ronnie Robinson Inc., BroadsRaines Funeral Home in Green Cove Springs, Clay County Port Inc., Jacksonville surveyor Clary & Associates Inc. and county commission candidate and former school board member Wayne Bolla. According to her financial disclosure form, Shepherds net worth is $16,110. The only assets she lists are household goods and personal effects worth $25,000 and the only debt she reports is an $8,890 loan from Carmax Auto Financing. She also lists an annual income of $45,423 from Career Training Institute of Orlando Inc., which operates under the fictitious name of Fortis College in Orange Park. Fleming Island crash injures 7 BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor FLEMING ISLANDThe driver of a tractor-trailer rearended an SUV on U.S. 17 anticipation loan checks using his Fina Express business account. After cashing the checks, he delivered the proceeds to Issa, who, after collecting his fee, delivered the remaining proceeds to a source in Tampa. The individual in Tampa was prosecuted in the Northern District of Florida. Many of the fraudulent tax refund checks and refund anticipation loan checks were obtained in the names of individuals who were dead when the tax returns were filed. According to court records, the Internal Revenue ServiceCriminal Investigations and the United States Secret Service seized more than $352,000 from Arbajis bank account prior to the return of an indictment in this case. In May, Arbaji and Issa were two of five people arrested by Clay County deputies, Green Cove Springs police and other law enforcement officers. Green Cove Springs police started investigating Issa and Arbaji in June of 2011, in connection with a suspected organized theft ring. The sheriffs office said that during undercover operations, law enforcement officers saw the defendants purchase stolen merchandise. KEYSTONE HEIGHTSThe Kiwanis Summer in the City Band held an organizational meeting at Keystone Heights High School on June 19. Organizer Steve Hart reported that the get-together was well attended and that he anticipates about 25 participants. About one-half of the band members are high school students. The remainder are adults. Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. in the schools band room. Anyone interested in playing can contact Steve Hart at 352-281-8297 for more information. Pictured at right is Music Director, Michael Raftice, introducing himself to the group. Photo courtesy of Steve Hart. GUILTY Continued from 1A connection to the community and to their hometown. After 13 years editing the Monitor, Wharton moved onto the real estate business, first as an agent and later as a secretary for Helen Hersey Realty. Today Wharton is retired and is a member of the Keystone United Methodist Church and sings in the choir. Her two daughters, Kathy and Laura also live in the area. WHARTON Continued from 1A Thursday afternoon, causing a chain reaction that damaged eight vehicles and sent six people to area hospitals with minor injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. According to an FHP report, Harold McGill, 53, of Jacksonville was driving a 2003 Freightliner northbound on U.S. 17 approaching C.R. 220 at 2:40 p.m. As the line of cars in front of the semi slowed, McGill failed to follow suit and ran into the back of a 2008 Ford Explorer driven by Paul Bobo, 35, of Middleburg. The pileup damaged six more vehicles. Additional injured people included Craig Loewe, 66, of Middleburg, Kathleen Roney, 30, of Fleming Island, Jennifer Baumgartner, 37, of Green Cove Springs, Cynthia Cooper, 57, of Orange Park and Jason Timpone, 27, of Palm Coast. Not injured but also involved in the crash was Mike Parker, 16, of Orange Park. McGill received minor injuries but was not transported to a hospital. According to the FHP report, troopers charged McGill with careless driving. LRM Legals 7/3/14 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Personal property of the following tenants will be sold for cash or other wise disposed of to satisfy rental liens in accordance with Florida Statutes, Self Storage Facility Act, Sections 83.806-83.807. Auction will be held on Tuesday, July 15 th 2014 at 10:00 AM at Melrose Mini Storage, 827 N. SR21, Melrose, FL 32666. Phone (352) 475-5000. All items may not be available on the date of the sale. TENANT NAME Nadine Dexter UNIT# 45 DESCRIPTION House hold. 6/26 2tchg 7/3-LRM LEGALS


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Residential Lots & Property Commercial RentalsWishing All a Very Safe & Happy 4th of July! These Local Merchants & Advertisers Wish You a Very Happy 4th of July BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor FLEMING ISLAND-A Keystone Heights-area-based attorney told the Clay County School Board that its new rules over who controls the board agenda is likely illegal. Gary Yeldell, founder and attorney for Wise Counsel Legal Services, told the board that his children attend Clay County schools and that his wife has been selected as teacher of the year twice at her Keystone Heights school. Yeldells firm specializes in advising churches. During the boards June 20 meeting, he told the panel that its new policy giving the board chair complete control over the board meeting agendas, violates state law. Frankly, I think its illegal, he said. He said the revision gives the board chair authority that has always belonged to the superintendent. I think that statutorily, it must remain the superintendents, he added. Yeldell also complained that the new policy is inconsistent because it allows any board member to put an item on the agenda and keep it on, while at the same time granting the chair sole authority over the agenda. What happens if the board member doesnt agree with the board chair? he asked. They cant both be right. Somebody has to win and the way it is written, we dont know who wins. Yeldell also said the new policy does not solve the problem it purports to solve: abuse by the superintendent in setting the agenda. We are not taking away the abuse, Yeldell argued about the new policy. We are simply shifting the ability to abuse from that chair, where the superintendent sits, to that chair, where the chairperson sits. Board attorney Bruce Bickner disputed Yeldells claim that the new policy is illegal, and summarized applicable statutes that applied to agenda setting. (Florida statutes chapter) 1001.43, paragraph 10 gives the school board the authority to work on and create policy as to how their school board meetings are run, he said. 120.525 says the agency is in charge of setting their own agenda. The second part of that same paragraph says that the only person that has the authority to change the agenda once its published is the person presiding over the meeting. Bickner cited an attorney generals opinion and told board members that the home rule provisions of state law gives them broad authority to set their own rules. Bickner also disputed Yeldells claim that the new policy cuts the superintendent out of the agenda-setting process. It is not excluding the superintendent in any way, he said. He is still working with the school board chair. He is still tasked with establishing the agenda. He just doesnt have the power to block people out from putting things on the agenda, which I think is the complaint that has been had before. The board passed the new policy 3-1 with Lisa Graham dissenting. Johnna McKinnon was not at the meeting. Lake Region lawyer protests school boards agenda policy (The following is a statement of intent to run for public office, submitted by the candidate.) My name is Gavin Rollins and I am running for Clay County Commission, District 4. My vision for our community is to work for policies on the commission that will strengthen families, grow the economy and protect our lakes and land. As a lifelong Lake Region resident, I understand the unique needs of our community. I was a voice for those needs on the city council and will be a voice for those important concerns on the county commission. In 2009, I was elected to the Keystone Heights City Council and then re-elected to a second term. While on the council I advocated for conservative principals. I stood up for religious freedom, proposed ideas to simplify government processes and consistently voted against tax increases. I also worked on a renewed effort to find practical solutions for the areas low lake levels. In 2011, I stepped down from elected office to serve on active duty in the Army National Guard. I have served in various capacities both as an enlisted soldier and as an officer. I have been a paralegal in the JAG Corps, an officer in a public affairs unit and an intelligence officer, where I currently serve part-time. My full-time job is the public relations officer for the Clay County School District, where we have led efforts to improve the districts internal communications and outreach to the community. I am a graduate of Keystone Heights High School, Santa Fe College and the University of Florida. I graduated with a bachelors degree in agricultural education and communication. While at UF, I was a brother in the agricultural fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho, and participated in Army ROTC. I graduated with honors and was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame. I believe this race is ultimately a question of leadership ability. Others can talk about what they might do if elected. I can point to a proven conservative record. I would love to earn your support. Please call me on my cell phone: 352328-4892 or visit the website Gavin Rollins seeking District 4 commission seat (The following is a statement of intent to run for public office, submitted by the candidate.) My name is Ashley Gilhousen and I am running for the Clay County School Board District 5 seat. I live in Green Cove Springs with my husband Adam and our three sons Aiden, Brantley and Caleb. We are active members of Hibernia Baptist Church. I attended Charles E. Bennett Elementary School, Green Cove Springs Middle School and Clay High School. In college, I received my A.S. degree from the University of Florida, and my B.S., R.N. from the University of North Florida. My professional career began at Orange Park Medical Center. As a parent who directly system, I am personally vested in the future of our districts performance. I will be a voice of reason that focuses on the purpose of our schoolsto o er a world class education to our students, to provide a safe environment for everyone on our campuses and to invest in our faculty and sta In addition to my healthcare career, which also included work at Wolfson Childrens Hospital, I have served our community through Youth Leadership Jacksonville, domestic and foreign aid missions, Young Republicans, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as a youth leader and as a member of the Mothers of Preschoolers leadership team. It is apparent from my resume that I have not been preparing for a political career. My interest lies in representing this generation of parents and their children. As a concerned parent, I know the dramatic di erence that has occurred in the past 10 years as knowledge is now doubling at a rate never before imagined. Our children will work for companies that do not exist today on products that have not yet been created. This means we have entered a time when being relevant is more critical than ever in the education of our children. As a medical professional, I have been involved in educating and serving our local community through organizing events Gilhousen seeking District 5 school board seat individuals-will not put them out of a job-thats what we need to do, she said. The board is responsible for the budget and the board is responsible for policy, and this all does fall under our purview. Kerekes added that in addition to serving students, the board also owes a responsibility to taxpayers. We need to look at every penny to be responsible to the citizens, she said. Im a taxpayer too and I want to know that every one of my taxpayer dollars is going to a good cause. Rollins KEREKES Continued from 2A Gillhousen See GILHOUSEN, 6A


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Project Graduation is a national event sponsored by local community members to provide a chaperoned, drug-free and alcohol-free celebration for graduating seniors. Community members of Keystone Heights have been providing this event for decades. It starts at 11 p.m. the night of graduation and continues until 5 the following morning. Over the past several years it has been hosted by Keystone United Methodist Church. During this years event, graduates rode a mechanical bull; raced over-sized tricycles; jousted; played basketball, pool and ping-pong; enjoyed live music; ate lots of goodies and recorded many memorable moments with friends in the photo booth. It was a dont miss event, said Grant McGee, senior class president. It was awesome, full of fun and competitive games! Local teachers, as well as other adults, volunteered their time to celebrate the accomplishments of the departing seniors. The event would not be possible without the support of area businesses, churches, individual donors, and civic organizations, who donated prizes to Project Graduation. All seniors left with a door prize, and some of them were given laptops or electronic devices as grand prizes at the end of the night. Erika Dingman, a graduate, stated, It was a fun way to say goodbye to friends and end the school year! Danny Fritch tests his skill on the mechanical bull during Keystone Heights High Schools Project Graduation. Dakota Black grabs as much U.S. currency as he can in the money machine. Clay commissioners recognize Middleburg graduate, national champion BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGSClay County Commissioners thanked a Middleburg High School graduate for representing Clay County on the University of Florida national champion softball team. Briana Little moved to Clay County in 2005 and played softball at Middleburg High School for four years under Coach Rob Justino and Athletic Director Alan Powers. She graduated in 2011 and signed a scholarship with Florida. Little is the daughter of Bridgette Waines of Middleburg and Vernon Little of Jacksonville. While at Middleburg, she was a 2011, 5-A first team allstate selection and the Offensive Player of the Year. She was also on the Bronco weightlifting and volleyball teams and was a member of the Spanish Honor Society. The Gators claimed the national title on June 3 with a 6-3 win against Alabama. The national title was the teams first in 18 years of competition. The Gators were runners up in 2009 and 2011. In 2014, Little played left field and was a designated hitter. She batted .320 for the Gators, with five home runs and 26 RBI. During her sophomore year she set Floridas single season record for a batter hit by pitches (20). Last year, she had more at-bats (8) in a single game than any other player in Gator history during the teams 15-inning, Womens College World Series game against Nebraska. Little is a sociology major and was on the Southeastern Conference academic honor roll in 2013 and 2014. Little Hutchings ORLANDO The Florida Association of Counties presented Clay County Commissioner Diane Hutchings with the Certified County Commissioner designation following her completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association. Hutchings received the designation with 41 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the associations annual conference in Orange County. Hutchings represents District 3, which covers the northern portion of the Orange Park area, Lakeside and the section of Fleming Island east of U.S. 17. Certification is not a requirement to serve as a county commissioner in Florida. However, commissioners may voluntarily enroll in the program and complete a series of courses totaling 42 hours. The coursework is designed to provide information and enhance skills relevant to a commissioners duties and responsibilities as an elected official. This certification allows our citizen electorate to become experts in county government improving their communities, said FAC Executive Director Chris Holley. The 380 graduates of this program are a testament to the importance of this curriculum to Floridas public servants and our counties. The programs coursework covers a variety of topics, such as county government roles and responsibilities, county government structure and authority, financial management, ethics and sunshine law, negotiation skills, economic development and effective communication. Completion of all coursework averages 12 to 18 months. The University of Florida/ IFAS Extension sponsors this program. The state doesnt have any (money), he said. If you win in court, all you did was win. You are still out your money plus what you paid for in legal fees. Robinsons motion to join the petition died for a lack of a second. Commissioner Doug Conkey said litigation has a tendency to hinder legislative action. Both he and Commissioner Diane Hutchings said the best solution to the dispute will come from state lawmakers. DJJ Continued from 2A


6A Lake Region Monitor Thursday, July 3, 2014 New Melrose welcome sign to be installed MELROSEThe Melrose Business and Community Association will install the towns new welcome sign at 4 p.m., July 4 on S.R. 26, west of town. Last June, Melrose residents voted between several designs to replace the current welcome sign. Amy Zackowskis design won the balloting by a wide margin. Her display highlights the value Melrose community members place on the arts, culture and the environment. This June, the MBCA unveiled the sign at Artists Hall, where it has been on display during the month. Other Independence Day Activities for the community include the Melrose Boat Parade on Lake Santa Fe at 11 a.m. and the First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. such as health fairs, blood drives, and educational classes on parent health issues in our community. With a career at Orange Park Medical Center in labor and delivery, it was quite a full circle moment for me to be hired onto the sta of the exact same unit on which I was born! The fact that I am not a career politician makes me unique from other candidates. My career in nursing has taught me how to adjust and adapt to evolving situations, listen actively, research the facts, educate, discern, make decisions and manage unforeseen outcomes. On the school board, my role would be a continuation of the serving and problem solving that I performed as a nurse. Nurses are excellent problem solvers, in part, because we are taught throughout nursing school to use the nursing process as a means for problem solving while caring for our clients. We are taught to see the client as a whole person and assess their needs, design a care plan that includes measurable goals, and as we implement our solutions we are simultaneously assessing the e ectiveness of those solutions for those whom we serve. Assessment is one of the most vital skills that I honed as a nurse, and that ability will transfer well to my service of our local community as a member of the school board. I was entrusted with the lives of mothers and their babies and the responsibility to respond to any issues that may arise and interfere with their wellbeing. Although the school board issues I will address wont be medical, they certainly a ect peoples lives. My parents entrusted me to care not only for them, but also for their most precious possession: their children. I served as the advocate for both the mother and the child. On the school board I will advocate for the needs of our children, families, faculty, and taxpayers. I will be sensitive to the needs of all our community stakeholders and will seek to for everyone. As a nurse, I learned the value of teamwork. We roll up our sleeves, get involved, and make things better. That translates well to quality school board work. While I never aspired to be a politician, I am excited to have the opportunity to serve in shaping the future of our community. For more information about me, please visit my website: GILHOUSEN Continued from 4A Worth Noting We need your clothes Community Church of Keystone Heights is hosting our 6th Annual Back to School event on July 22. Clothes will be given away free to children in need. Donate clean, gently used clothes for children sizes 3T through adult. Teenagers come in all sizes and this collection is for all ages and sizes. Drop clothes off at Community Church marked B2S (Back to School). The deadline is July 10. Please call Barbara Sullivan (258-3113), Karen Powell (5389546), Jenn Cumbus (258-5479) or Kim Nugent (258-3602) for more information or to volunteer. Fizz, Boom, Read! At the Keystone Heights branch library Preschool programs for children aged 3-5 will be offered each Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. July 9, and 16. Stories, songs and crafts and a related snack will be offered. There will be a special Stuffed Animal Sleepover (for stuffed reading buddies only) as well as a preschool story time program on July 15 at 6:30 p.m. Reading buddies to be picked up at the final story time, theaterevent breakfast, the following morning. For school-aged children, kindergarten through fifth grade we will offer: July 11th Friday at 10:30am How and Why stories with Kaye Byrnes, Storyteller extraordinaire July 18th Friday at 10:30am Its a Wrap! Finale with special guest, Ronald McDonald. Whats That Smell? Exploring Smell at Your Library Children can explore the sense of smell and smelly thing at their library this summer. There will be smelly experiments, stories, crafts, and games. This free science fun program is open to all school age children and their caretaker. Thursday, July 3rd at 10 at the Melrose Public Library the fun begins. The library is located at 312 Wynnwood Avenue behind the post office. For more information about this and other childrens summer library programs contact the library at 352 475-1237. This program is a Fizz, Boom, Read, a Summer Library Program of the Putnam County Library System with refreshments provided by the Melrose Library Association. Park Rangers Teach Children how to be Nature Detectives at the Melrose Public Library Are you a nature detective? Do you know the difference between a frog and a toad? Have you ever wondered why there are so many different shapes of leaves or where the seeds of a pine tree are? A Gold Head Branch State Park Ranger will visit the Melrose Public Library on Thursday, July 31st at 10 am. School age children and their caretakers will learn how to be nature detectives, and explore the librarys native garden with the ranger. There will also be nature stories, crafts, and a special snack. This free Putnam County Library System Summer Program has been made possible because of the support of the Gold Head Branch Parks staff. Additional program funds are provided by the Melrose Library Association. The Melrose Public Library is located at 312 Wynnwood Avenue, behind the Melrose Post Office. For more information about the program call the library at (352) 475-1237. Putnam County Library Systems Teen Art Exhibit Local Teen Artists have a chance to put their art on display at their local libraries for the Teen Art Exhibit. The art will be put on display and voted on by the public. The first place ribbon winner will also be awarded a $25 VISA gift card, all other artists will be given a certificate for participating. Artists can register at under the Special Events section. Registration deadline for the Melrose Library is July 12. Voting will take place during the Teen Art Reception, where refreshments will also be served. The date for the Teen Art Reception in Melrose is July 22. The Teen Art Exhibit will be from 1:00 3:00 PM. Entry is limited to 6th-12th graders. For additional information or help with registration, please contact Robin, Darlene or Stella at 386 329 0126 or send an email to robin.bellamy@putnam-fl. com.


BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer His father established quite a legacy as a head coach. Now, Corey Green is looking to start a legacy of his own after being hired as Bradford High Schools new head football coach on June 26, with final approving occurring at a June 30 school board meeting. I feel honored and humbled to come away with the position, said Green, who served as assistant head coach at Fleming Island High School last season. Green has a 12-year coaching career, which included a threeyear stint as head coach at Hamilton County High School from 2005 through 2007. He is the son of Danny Green, who compiled a 254-106 record in 31 seasons at such schools as Baker County, Columbia and Orange Park. Green coached with his father for five years at Orange Park High School before the elder Green retired. Corey just comes in with a tremendous amount of high school football experience, Bradford Superintendent of Schools Chad Farnsworth said. We were very fortunate to get such a high-quality coach at this time of year. Bradford was put in the position of having to hire a coach after Steve Reynolds resigned after two years on June 12. Green admitted the timing of taking a head coaching job is not great, but said the job at BHS had what he was looking for. He likes the opportunity of coaching in a county that has only one high school. Plus, he doesnt live far from Bradford County. He and his wife live south of Middleburg. It was very appealing to me, Green said of the job. Green, after playing at the University of South Carolina and Carson-Newman College, started his coaching career in 2001 at Cook High School in BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer At first, the children in attendance may have wondered what they had gotten themselves into when Gerard Warren, with as serious a look as one can have, said, I hope you all are ready to work. A few seconds later, you could see the good-natured gleam in Warrens eyes as he gave the command, Have fun. Well, what do you do when a 6-4, 300-pound-plus, former NFL defensive lineman tells you to have fun? You have fun. Thats what it was all about at the fourth annual C.J. SpillerGerard Warren FUN-damentals Campa program of USA Footballon June 27 at the Union County High School football field. Its always good to come out and have a fun time, said Spiller, a 2006 UCHS graduate who played for Clemson University and is now a member of the Buffalo Bills. The biggest thing is just seeing the kids and putting a smile on their face. Theyre learning a little bit about football and fundamental stuff, but as long as theyre happy, thats the biggest thing. Warren, a 1997 UCHS graduate who played at the University of Florida prior to an 11-year NFL career, said he enjoys the fact that the annual camp gives children a chance to go outdoors and mingle with other children. This year, approximately 90100 turned out for the five-hour event. We havent completely lost them to the video games and the TV screens, Warren said. Several current and former NFL players joined Warren and Spiller in teaching children some football basics. Spiller said it means a lot to him that people such as Darrell Jackson, Louis Murphy, Mike Nattiel and Vince Wolfork are willing to travel to Lake Butler and take part in such an activity. These guys are not selfish, Spiller said. Theyre willing to sacrifice their time to come out and help teach (children) some of the things about football and Regional News Regional News B Section Thursday, July 3, 2014 News from Bradford County, Union County and the Lake Region FEATURES CRIME SOCIALS OBITUARIES EDITORIAL Fleming Islands Green hired as BHS coach Spiller, Warren bring football, life lessons to annual camp See CAMP, 8B Corey Green See COACH, 6B Former UF wide receiver Darrell Jackson shows Jhailynd Cooper how to do a particular warm-up exercise. through a drill.


Experimenting withand eatingcandy, traveling around the world, starting drama or simply having a party. Those were just some of the things enjoyed during the Santa Fe College Jr. College for Kids program, which was held in Starke June 23-27. Learning and fun went hand in hand with such classes as Experiments in Candy Land, Around the Start Some Drama and 2B Telegraph, Times & Monitor B Section Thursday, July 3, 2014 SUNTHURS10AM-9PMFRI-SAT10AM-10PM BBQ Burgers Steaks Salads Soups Friday & Saturday Steak & Shrimp Night For More Details visit us at: 7154 S.E. CR 21B Keystone(intersection of SR100 & 21B)(352) 473-9873N OW OPEN Brisket Pulled Pork Chicken Ribs Steaks & Turkey$3999 Sat July 5 LIVE BAND 5-9PMAYCE RIBS LOOKfor us in the PARADE! 1 0 O FF Total PurchaseWith this Ad (excluding A.Y.C.E.) Florida Twin TheatreAll Seats $6.00 Before 6 p.m. 964-5451* OPEN EVERY NIGHT SCREEN 1 SCREEN 2 NOW SHOWING Visit us on-line at www.FloridaTwinTheatre.comFri 7:00 Sat 4:50, 8:00 Sun 5:30 Mon Thur 7:15NOW SHOWING Fri 7:15 Sat 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 Sun 5:00, 7:00 Mon Thur 7:30Teo Halm in Mark Wahlberg in Wed. Kids Shows 10am & 1pm All Seats $5.00July 9th Earth to EchoEarth to Echo No late-night cram sessions here LEFT: Mason Young works on a project in Exploring Art. RIGHT: The princess, played by Zaya Thompson, is happy to get her unicorn in a Drama play. (All photos by Cliff Smelley.) ABOVE: Teacher Colleen Gaffney takes a picture of Wendy Shi for an Exploring Art project. LEFT: Practicing some moves in Shake your Pom-Poms are (foreground, l-r) Isabella Templeton, Madison Sellers, (background, l-r) Raven Ford and Kimberly Young. (More photos can be viewed at Students like Harley Swilley learned how to convey emotions Some Drama by using puppets. Laci Hall (left) and Ian Scott back stroke their way down the sidewalk as they execute swimming moves in Go for the Gold. Lego spaceship in Race to Outer Space. ABOVE: A record? Teacher Lyn Veliz, who works at WEAG, shows Lane album in the class Radio Up. RIGHT: Teacher Mary Kramer spins Jamarian Cummings around as he prepares to pin the tail on the donkey in the ABOVE: Maracas are made for shaking, but Madison Sellers enjoys tossing them RIGHT: Astrid Sellars (left) and Stamatia Papaioannou design Australian didgeridoo instruments.


He and Dukes were married for 49 years before her death on Nov. 22, 1997. Following his service with the Air Forcehe retired in 1964Cox went to work at the Reception and Medical Center for just over two years as a boiler operator. He transferred to Florida State Prison, where he worked another 11 years. Cox lives in a house he built for himself and Avis between Lake Butler and Worthington Springs on S.R. 121. He is a member of Grace Christian Fellowship Baptist Church and occasionally visits Sardis Baptist Church. (He used to be a member of Philippi Baptist Church in Columbia County with Avis.) He has found a home in the South. Cox said his son from his first marriage, Ronnie, has tried to talk him into moving back to Illinois to live with him, but his response is, Ill never leave Florida. Cox has become good friends with his neighbors, Rodney and Carol Prins. Carol Prins said she has enjoyed having coffee with saw some horrible stuff they dont want to talk about. Most everything Ive seen hasnt been that bad. Cox admitted he was thankful he wasnt in Europe where he possibly couldve seen concentration camps. Thats something Im glad I didnt seethe Jews that were killed over there, he said. When the war came to an end, Cox was in the Panama Canal Zone. He was later discharged from the Navy on points. Cox stayed out of the service for 18 months. He tried to rejoin the Navy, but said there were too many of his rank. Instead, he joined the Air Force. While stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in California, Cox got to seeand hearthe rocket-powered X-15 aircraft that were part of a research program NASA conducted with the Air Force, Navy and North American Aviation Inc. He also got to know Chuck Yeager while he was in the Air Force. Cox said the two were in the same rod and gun club. Cox also had an interesting encounter with an actress he cant remember the name of while in the Air Force. When Bob Hope came over to Japan with his troupe, he had two or three girls with him, Cox said. This girl, she said, I forgot my pea jacket. Its in my luggage up there in that truck. Can you help me up there? I looked her over. She had on these tight britches, and I thought to myself, How am I going to get her up there in that truck? As I was lifting her up there, I just took both of her cheeks, you know, in my hands and pushed her up there on that truck. Though he cant remember her name, Cox said, She felt pretty solid. Cox, who had since divorced his first wife and remarried a woman with children, said it was at that momentwhen his hands were on the womans rear end that his stepson Jerrell Ellis, who was in the service, caught him. Cox laughed as he remembered Ellis saying, Wait til I tell Thursday, July 3, 2014 Telegraph, Times & Monitor B Section 3B STARKE 904-368-0131 1103 S. 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He even expresses disbelief at the fact he was awarded a Purple Heart, saying he may have been injured in a war zone, but the injury was the result of an accident of his own doing, not the enemys. The 93-year-old Union County resident, though, takes a tremendous amount of pride of having been aboard an LST and even donated money to restore LST-325, which is now docked in Evansville, Ind., as a museum/ memorial. I dont believe wed ever have won the war if we didnt have the LSTs, Cox said. Dozens and dozens of jeeps and trucks and stuff that we got to the beach never wouldve gotten there if theyd had it on a cargo ship. Theyd never have gotten to the beach with it. Cox served more than three years in the Navy before putting in approximately another 17 years of service with the Air Force. I was crazy to have ever gotten out of the Navy, Cox said. I wouldve probably come out a rank higher if I had stayed in the Navy. Then, with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, Cox added, Like they say, you have to have your nose in the right place in the Air Force to get anywhere. Cox grew up as one of 12 children on a farm in Illinois. (It wouldve been 13 children if a sister hadnt died approximately eight hours after birth.) They raised big families up there, you know, because they had to have workers, Cox said. He laughed as he talked about his parents having two families. They had a family of older (children), and then they started in again and had another batch, Cox said. I was about the middle one. Cox admitted he knew little of what was going on in the world prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, but he wasted little time in joining the war effort after that morning of Dec. 7, 1941. When I heard about (the Pearl Harbor attack), I made up my mind right then I was going to go in the service. Cox, who was 21 and married at the time, attempted to enlist in the Marine Corps, but said he was rejected for weighing only 113 pounds. I went across the hall and joined the Navy, Cox said. Great Lakes Naval Training Station was the start of the journey. From there, Cox went to diesel school in Chicago before going to Portland, Ore., where he boarded LST-452. The LST 93-year-old Cox proud to have served on LST in WWII sailed to Brisbane, Australia, and was the first LST to cross the Pacific Ocean, Cox said. It wasnt a fast crossing by any means, Cox said, explaining the LSTs top seed was 12 knots. An LST was what we called a large, slow, target, Cox joked, despite his love for the ship. Brisbane was the location of Gen. Douglas MacArthurs headquarters. Cox recalled how he was on the same beach, though on a different ship, when MacArthur made his return to the Philippines. Though he didnt actually see it, Cox said he heard that MacArthur waded through the water several times from his ship to the beach as photographers captured the iconic image. Well, I guess he wanted to make sure they knew he returned, Cox said. In all seriousness, Cox thinks highly of MacArthur and his actions. I think MacArthur was the greatest general there ever was because he bypassed a lot of islands, where if he went in and hit the beaches there, there would have been a lot of boys killed. He would bypass some islands that had Japanese on them. I think he saved a lot of lives. The last landing Cox experienced aboard his LST was in the Philippines. He said it was probably his scariest moment during the war. He said an LST alongside his was on fire. Plus, the skipper of the LST Cox was on disobeyed orders from higherranking officers who wanted the LST to back away from the beach. The LST was getting fired upon, but Cox said the skipper realized the ship would take more hits if he backed away from the beach. Our skipper, they were going to court martial him because he wouldnt back off, Cox said. He explained to them why he wouldnt back off. If hed have backed off the beach, probably several more wouldve gotten killed. Cox said working in the engine room of the LST is probably the main reason hes still alive today. He wasnt as susceptible to getting hit by enemy fire as men on the top deck were. Aside from scary moments in the Philippines, Cox doesnt look upon his war experience as having been that traumatic. Some veterans might have been through a lot tougher things than I did, Cox said. You take some of these Marines that Mom. Avis Dukes was Coxs second wife. They met while Cox was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. A neighbor of Dukes was stationed at MacDill as well, and he would take Cox home with him on weekends. Home was in Columbia County, where Dukes lived on an 80-acre farm with four children. I came down south to get the best girl I ever had, Cox said. PUBLIC MEETING KEYSTONE AIRPARK AUTHOR ON THE 1 st Legals Glenn Cox during his Navy days. See COX, 7B Glenn Cox, pictured in his Union County home, displays photos and medals from his 20-plus years of military service. He enlisted in the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor and later served approximately 17 years in the Air Force. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked at RMC and Florida State Prison. Glenn Cox is pictured with his wife, Avis, whom he was married to for 49 years prior to her death in 1997. I came down south to get the best girl I ever had, the Illinois native said.


Dear Editor: Why, in the name of heaven, would the NAACP oppose a bill in Arizona which would ban race-based abortions? This organization claims to advance the causes of black citizens. How does abortion succeed at doing that? The leading cause of death in the black community is abortion, by a two-to-one margin over everything else combined. Black citizens make up 14% of the female population of child-bearing age, yet 35% of all abortions are performed on black females. Over 14 million black babies have been murdered by abortion; the black population in this country has been reduced by 33%. 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Letters Warren Tillery, of Melrose, earned a Juris Doctor cum laude from Mercer University during the Walter F. George School of Law spring commencement. Mercer conferred bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees to more than 1,900 students representing all 12 schools and colleges at five ceremonies during May in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah. Dear Editor: This morning, I awoke to my 50th wedding anniversary, and I was somewhat overwhelmed with gratitude, for I have so much. To my wife and family and friends, I have frequent opportunities to express this gratitude. But to so many others, I do not. So, this attempt to speak to the rest of the world, and, in particular, to those who make it possible for all of us to live in a land that, though far from perfect, remains head and shoulders above all the rest. We, the citizens of the United States of America, are in the midst of another birthday celebration. Unfortunately, there are those who are unimpressed by this event, but I am not among them. For me, this country is, indeed, a place of opportunity; a land where there is the potential to become anything for which you are willing to work. We have been blessed by natural resources, freedoms from our Creator, the skills and ingenuity of individuals from across the globe, and the foresight of founding fathers who constructed a system that can work to the advantage of all. Without fault? Hardly! As a matter of fact, I believe that the current crises that we are now experiencing in this country far exceed any that we have previously seen. I also feel that, if we have the will to overcome these afflictions, it will be done. If not, then we will lose what God has so graciously granted us. Its up to us. But my purpose here is not to extol the obvious virtues of our country, but rather to speak to those individuals whom I believe make it possible for us to continue to live as we doall of those who have served, and are serving, in any of our military forces. I, personally, have never served. And, even though a son has served, and a son-in-law is currently active duty, my deep feelings about these individuals does not originate with them. I actually discovered an increase in my admiration and respect for our military while on a fishing trip. About 15 years ago I traveled alone to Ft. Stewart, Ga., to spend a couple of days on that military reservation fishing for largemouth bass. I had been there before and had enjoyed the several small bodies of water that are available to those outside the military who secure a permit. Of course members of our armed forces also utilize these waters. As I was moving along the shoreline of one of these lakes, quietly tossing artificial lures at those fish, I came upon a solitary soldier, fishing from shore. We struck up a conversation, basic fisherman small talk. As we were doing so, I became aware of an immense sense of seriousness that emanated from this young man. Because I was alone in the boat, I invited him to join me. And when he politely declined I learned why he seemed to have the weight of the world on his shoulders. An event worthy of celebration, thanks He said, No thank you, sir. Im about to leave to spend a few more hours with my wife and son, Im shipping out tomorrow, For a few moments. I was dumbstruck. Then I asked him his first name and his hometown. Im John, from Baton Rouge, was his reply. I told John from Baton Rouge that I would pray for him and his comrades. Then he packed up and left. It often amazes me how seemingly small, insignificant events have such an impact on my life. And this was no exception. I dont have any idea of what has become of John, one of many persons who ensure that I can take advantage of all that this country offers. I sincerely hope that he returned safely and is currently engaged in a life that is productive and rewarding in spite of any difficulties as I have been privileged to enjoy over these many years. Since the day that I encountered John, I have been very aware of the sacrifices being made on my behalf by all of those who serve. And John, wherever you are, know that, every day, I have and will continue to pray for you and your brothers and sisters-inarms. To all of those who ensure our freedoms I say Thank you! And for your willingness to serve I say, Deo Gratias, (Thanks be to God). Leonard C. Young Keystone Heights Dear Editor: The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System (NF/SGVHS) is honored and privileged to provide care to those who have earned and deserve the best health care possible. As one of the busiest VA facilities in the country with two hospitals (Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Gainesville and Lake City Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center) and 11 outpatient clinics we provided health care to more than 125,000 Veterans last year, which translated into 1.4 million outpatient visits, 575,000 specialty consultations, 185,000 Striving to best meet veterans needs radiology studies, 10,000 GI procedures, 8,000 surgeries, and 2,000 cardiac catheterization laboratory procedures. Our work is expected to increase even further this year: since October 1, 2013, NF/SGVHS has cared for 14,672 new Veteran patients. Our employees over 5,300 strong (33% of whom are veterans) come to work every single day to provide the very best care our Veterans deserve. As I walk the halls of our hospitals and clinics, I see firsthand the care, compassion and dedication our staff show to those we are entrusted to serve. Building and maintaining the trust of our patients must be accomplished one Veteran at a time. As our Veteran population has grown, our organization has continually worked on making improvements to providing access to care within our healthcare system. We have established new clinic locations, expanded diagnostic and treatment options, extended our hours of operation, reviewed those waiting for care, and examined alternatives to providing care both within and outside of the VA. We have made improvements in our ability to make available additional access appointments for our Veterans. Our efforts are complicated by limited capacity in the community to provide additional care, continuity of care, no show rates for clinic appointments, our clinic cancellations, space constraints, and scarcity of critical specialty physicians and primary care physicians. Even with these challenges, I want to assure you that we will continue to strive to meet the needs of each and every Veteran we serve. Thomas Wisnieski, MPA, FACHE Director North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System Dear Editor: On June 21, a storm brought a tree into the road on NW 181st St. in Starke. Nobody could get in or out, some of the neighbors brought out their hand saws and tow ropes to gain road access again, although much work went into it, it was just not enough. A man came down the road with what looked like a three ton front lift and picked it up and put it right back on the unkept property, Mr. Elixson was a good neighbor and helped us all gain access to our homes. Thank you Mr. Elixson for restoring the fact that there are good people out there. Sincerely, Deborah Kopcho Thanks, good neighbor as the NAACP, defend, and even promote, abortion and the nations number one abortion provider. Planned Parenthood. Are they ignorant of the fact that the founder of PP advocated selective population control and promoted a reduction in the black population? Do they not know that 80% of PPs abortion clinics are located in minority neighborhoods? It would seem that the NAACP is, in reality, the National Association of Abortion Condoning People. And anyone who supports such an organization is actually condoning Black Genocide. Wake up, people!! Leonard C. Young Keystone Heights Socials Tillery graduates from Mercer Law School


Thursday, July 3, 2014 Telegraph, Times & Monitor B Section 5B Be Sure YOUStay Cool!SUMMER is HERE...and It s Heating Up!!! SUMMERTIME CHECKUPJENKINS HEATING/AIRand Electrical, Inc.Sales & Service All Brands Licensed/ www.RJACandElectrical.comLic# RA13067498 EC13005674 $9 9 t Crime t The following individuals were arrested recently by local law enforcement officers in Bradford, Union and Clay (Keystone Heights area) counties: Bradford Alexis Aaron, 18, of Starke and Taiylor Janay Clayton, 18, of Sanderson were arrested June 24 by Starke police for disorderly conduct. According to the arrest report, the two started arguing over who owned certain items at Aarons apartment at Whispering Oaks in Starke after Clayton came to retrieve some of her possessions. Both admitted to pulling each others hair and pushing and grabbing each other before police arrived. Both were arrested for affray. Emily Ann Adkins, 27, of Jacksonville was arrested June 30 by Bradford deputies for probation violation. No bond was allowed for the charge. Jason Solomon Barr, 32, of Starke was arrested June 29 by Bradford deputies on a warrant for larcenypetit theft third offense. Bond was set at $20,000 for the charge. Cheryl Lynne Birk, 50, of Lawtey was arrested June 25 by Lawtey police for disorderly intoxication and for disorderly conduct. Bond was set at $5,000 for the charge. Ronald Jeffery Canady, 29, of Sanderson was arrested June 27 by Bradford deputies for driving while license suspended or revoked. Bond was set at $500 for the charge. Chad Austin Carpenter, 27, of Bradford County was arrested June 29 by Bradford deputies for battery, two charges of battery on law enforcement officer, resisting an officer and for escape. According to the arrest report, deputies were called to a residence on C.R. 229 after Carpenter threw a cell phone at his mother, hitting her in the arm with enough force that she thought her arm was broken. When deputies located Carpenter on the property later and handcuffed him, he pulled away from the officers several Recent arrests in Bradford, Clay and Union times and ran toward the house, refusing to get in the patrol car. At one point, Carpenter spit at a deputy while they were trying to get him into the vehicle, and after being hit twice with a Taser, he still kicked another officer in the chest as they wrestled him into the back seat. The following day, June 30, Carpenter was charged again for battery and aggravated battery against law enforcement officers. According to the arrest report, Carpenter became combative with the correctional officers at the jail, biting, fighting and attacking several until he was eventually hit with a Taser and restrained with a restraint chair before being put back into his cell. Jason Wayne Crews, 25, of Lawtey was arrested June 24 by Bradford deputies for sexual predator violation and for probation violation. According to the arrest report, deputies were notified by Crews parole supervisor that his tracking bracelet had been away from the base station three times in one hour, a violation of his condition of probation. He also didnt register a new address within 48 hours, and was charged for that. No bond was allowed for the charges. James Elie Davy, 21, of Starke was arrested June 26 by Bradford deputies for probation violation. No bond was allowed for the charge. Darryl J. Durant, 48, of Melrose was arrested June 24 by Bradford deputies for driving while license suspended or revoked. Bond was set at $500 for the charge. Dwayne Edward Gann, 55, of Starke was arrested June 25 by Lawtey police for disorderly intoxication and for disorderly conduct. Bond was set at $500 for the charges. Adam Eldred Glover, 32, of Starke was arrested June 29 by Bradford deputies for probation violation. No bond was allowed for the charge. Quincy Lamar Harris, 28, of Starke was arrested June 27 by Starke police for family offenseinterfering with custody of a minor. According to the arrest report, Harris housed a 17-year-old female for several days in his residence in Starke after the minor ran away from her grandparents home. Several other male suspects are also being sought who may have had sex with the minor and were aware she was a runaway. Bond for Harris was set at $25,000. Donald Link Hill, 41, of Starke was arrested June 27 by Bradford deputies for battery. According to the arrest report, Hill was meeting the victimwhom he has several children withat Edwards Grocery. The victim stated they had a brief argument over their children when she spit toward Hill while he was sitting in a vehicle. Hill then exited the vehicle and picked up a stick on the ground, hitting the victim on the arm with it. Bond was set at $5,000 for the charge. Bascombe Wesley Hymes, 40, of Hampton was arrested June 26 by Bradford deputies for probation violation. No bond was allowed for the charge. Richardlyn B. Jamison, 20, of Starke was arrested June 26 by Starke police for probation violation. Frank Leamon Kern, 24, of Starke was arrested June 25 by Bradford deputies for five charges of larceny and for five charges of frauduse or possession of ID of another person without consent. According to the arrest report, Kern is accused of using a stolen debit card to make several purchases over the Internet in February. Kern may have obtained the card or its numbers when working for the victim over a period of several months cleaning his home in Starke. Bond was set at $50,000 for the charges. Tammy Sneed Lazaro, 39, of Hawthorne was arrested June 27 by Starke police for larceny, possession of drugscontrolled substance without a prescription, trafficking in opium or derivative and possession of drug equipment. According to the arrest report, Lazaro was at Walmart in Starke when she was observed by an employee putting clothing in her purse. She paid for several items in her cart at check out and went to leave the store when she was detained. When police arrived and searched her purse, they found, in addition to the stolen clothes, several bottles of pills containing Methadone and Klonopin, along with a glass crack pipe. Bond was set at $75,000 for the charges. Leroy Roger McCauley, 38, of Starke was arrested June 26 by Bradford deputies for battery and Albert Leo Whitmore, 27, of Hampton was arrested by Bradford deputies for aggravated assault with a weapon. According to the arrest report, McCauley started hitting Whitmore after Whitmore threatened to slice another persons throat if he was let back in the home and told McCauleys wife he would use the knife on anyone if he needed to. Law enforcement was called, and a knife was found on Whitmore during his arrest. Bond was set at $25,000 for the charge against Whitmore. Bond was set at $10,000 for the charge against McCauley. Joshua Wade McGilvery, 25, of Melrose was arrested June 28 by Bradford deputies for driving under the influence. Kenneth Ash McNeal, 50, of Brooker was arrested June 25 by Bradford deputies on an out-ofcounty warrant from Alachua for possession of drugscontrolled substance without a prescription. Bond was set at $10,000 for the charge. Eugene Sylvester McRae, 35, of Brooker was arrested June 30 by Bradford deputies on a warrant for burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and for larcenygrand theft. Bond was set at $100,000 for the charges. Tykey Taran Mendez, 21, of Gainesville was arrested June 30 by Starke police during a traffic stop for two charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drugscontrolled substance without a prescription and possession of drug equipment. His passenger, Amadino Rahim Ortiz, 21, of Gainesville, was also arrested by Starke police for possession of marijuana and possession of drugscontrolled substance without a prescription. Chad Walter Moore, 26, of Jacksonville was arrested June 27 by Lawtey police for possession of marijuana and possession of drugs without a prescription. Bond was set at $6,000 for the charges. Ariel Renaee Olive, 21, of Starke was arrested June 26 by Bradford deputies for battery. According to the arrest report, Olive got into an argument with her husband and struck him multiple times with her hand and fist and kicked him in the groin. Ternisha Angelica Owens, 20, of Jacksonville was arrested June 25 by Bradford deputies for probation violation. Bond was set at $25,000 for the charge. Leigh Phillip Pinckney, 20, of Lawtey was arrested June 26 by Bradford deputies for loitering. Bond was set at $1,000 for the charge. Gustavo Rendon-Martinez, 26, of Keystone Heights was arrested June 27 by Bradford deputies for operating a vehicle without a valid drivers license. Bond was set at $500 for the charge. Shirley Ann Robinson, 43, of Gainesville was arrested June 28 by Bradford deputies for driving while license suspended or revoked. Bond was set at $500 for the charge. Sharmaine Barbara Sailes, 22, of Jacksonville was arrested June 25 by Bradford deputies for failure to appear. John Robert Stout, 22, of Graham was arrested June 24 by Bradford deputies for driving while license suspended or revoked and possession of drugs controlled substance without a prescription. According to the arrest report, law enforcement was called about a person in the Brooker area riding a motorcyle, and possibly under the influence of methadone. A deputy spotted Stout on a motorcycle near River Bend Estates, but Stout pulled into a driveway when he saw the deputy. A search of Stout turned up a bottle of methadone pills, and he was arrested. Bond was set at $6,000 for the charges. Kevin Laroy Sullivan, 35, of Brooker was arrested June 26 by Bradford deputies for probation violation. No bond was allowed for the charge. Felicia Naomi Swafford, 22, of Starke was arrested June 26 by Bradford deputies for probation violation. No bond was allowed for the charge Antonio Pierre Urolia, 38, of Jacksonville was arrested June 27 by Starke police for hit and run, driving while license suspended or revoked and on an out-of-county warrant from Duval. According to the arrest report, Urolia hit the back of a vehicle that was stopped on S.R. 16 at the intersection of U.S. 301 in Starke. Urolia then turned around and went east on S.R. 16, with the victim following him in his vehicle to Thompson Street in Starke, while also calling the police. When the officer arrived, Urolia admitted to hitting the vehicle, but said he left to go to a friends home to check on his kids. Running Urolias information through dispatch, it was discovered his license was suspended, along with the warrant out of Duval County for his arrest. Bond was set at $3,100 for the charges.


Adel, Ga. He was an assistant for four years, serving as offensive coordinator for the last two years. In 2005, Green returned to Florida, accepting the head coaching position at Hamilton County High School at the age of 27. He went 11-18 in three seasons at Hamilton County before resigning to become offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Orange Park High School, where his father was hired as head coach. I wanted to work for him and try to learn how he did things, Green said. The biggest thing he learned from his father, Green said, was how to manage a coaching staff and ensure that coaches and players were all on the same page. He taught me a lot about how to do that and how to go about doing it the right way, Green said. Orange Park went 34-22 in the five years Green and his father coached there. The school had won only two district championships in its history, but went on to win three straight in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In his one year as assistant head coach at Fleming Island, the Golden Eagles put together the second undefeated regular season in school history and finished 10-1 after a loss in the first round of the playoffs. Farnsworth said he feels good about hiring Green because Green wasnt putting his name in for every head coaching opportunity that became available. He knew what he wanted, and Bradford High School was that school. What he was looking for was a small, rural community with one high school and one that he could put back on the map, Farnsworth said. Green said it will take time and a lot of work as Bradford tries to rebound from a 3-7 season, though it was a season in which the Tornadoes qualified for the playoffs. Numbers were down in the spring as just over 30 players were attending practices. Im willing to put in the time and effort it takes, Green said. I know its not a one-year turnaround. Green said he would soon be getting out in the community, talking to current players and their families and describing to them his philosophies and what he wants to accomplish at BHS. The goal is to not only convince current players to stick with the program, but to also convince other kids, through word of mouth, to join as well. The following individuals were arrested recently by local law enforcement officers in Bradford, Union and Clay (Keystone Heights area) counties: Bradford Ernest Charles Vanwart, 56, of Starke was arrested June 27 by Starke police for disturbing the peace. According to the arrest report, Vanwart was drinking and banging on the back door of the victims residence, and wouldnt leave when asked to. Bond was set at $5,000 for the charge. Terrell S. Warren, 33, of Starke was arrested June 28 by Starke police for two charges of battery. According to the arrest report, Warren and the victimhis girlfriendwere arguing, during which time Warren kicked and punched her in the face. Warrens uncle was also in the home and yelled at Warren during the argument, causing Warren to run to the uncles room and start choking him and holding him to the floor. The girlfriend kicked Warren in the back to get him off his uncle. Warren then got up and hit her in the face again before leaving the residence. Charles Bradley Wilson, 53, of Lawtey was arrested June 30 by Bradford deputies for failure to appear. Bond was set at $1,000 for the charge. Keystone/Melrose Alejandro Jimenez, 32, of Keystone Heights was arrested June 28 by Clay deputies for battery. Michael Merritt, 63, of Keystone Heights was arrested June 24 by Clay deputies for two probation violations. Aaron Taber, 28, of Melrose was arrested June 30 by Clay deputies for battery and criminal mischief. John Walker, 26, of Keystone Heights was arrested June 30 by Clay deputies for battery and resisting a law enforcement officer. Joshua Watts, 27, of Keystone Heights was arrested June 30 by Clay deputies for leaving the scene of a crash. Union Zachery Clifford Schaeffer, 22, of Worthington Springs was arrested June 26 by Union deputies for aggravated assault with a weapon. According to the arrest report, Schaeffer, who lives in the Santa Fe Mobile Home Park, got into an argument with next-door neighbors over a dog. The neighbors told the deputy their kids were outside playing when a small dog was let outside from Schaeffers residence. The dog ran toward the kids playing in the driveway and almost bit one of the kids. The mother of the kids yelled that if the dog bit one of her kids, she would break the dogs neck. Schaeffer then came out cursing the woman and eventually cursing her husband, who came out and walked to the road to yell at Schaeffer, too. Schaeffer then went inside his home and came back out with a knife with a red handle and a bent blade. Schaeffer started to walk off the porch toward the husband, but was restrained by someone in the home. The neighbors called law enforcement, and the deputy was able to locate a knife that fit the description in Schaeffers residence before arresting him. A 16-year-old male was arrested June 26 by Union deputies for felony battery and felony larceny. According to the arrest report, the juvenile got into an argument with his mother, and when she asked him to leave her room, he slapped her across the face, causing her to fall down. When his mother got back on her feet, he head-butted her in the forehead, causing her to fall again. He then took her cell phone and her keys, preventing her from leaving. The mother eventually went to a neighbors home and called law enforcement, and the juvenile was arrested at the home where the mother and several other children live. Quentin Johnson, 20, of Lake Butler was arrested June 24 by Union deputies on a warrant for distribution of cocainewithin 1,000 feet of school or public park, and possession of drugs controlled substance without a prescription. Bond was set at $60,000 for the charges. Linda Gail Beadnell, 51, of Lake Butler was arrested June 29 by Union deputies for disorderly intoxication. According to the arrest report, Beadnell was walking in the middle of C.R. 239A near dark. A family member called law enforcement to report that Beadnell was drunk and was walking in the middle of the road. When a deputy arrived, Beadnell said she was walking to Providence, but couldnt say whom she would stay with and said she wouldnt stay with her family nearby. She then started walking in the middle of the road again, causing several oncoming vehicles to pull over to avoid hitting her. 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CaptainsPartyRentals .com Bounce Houses W ater Slides Dunk Tanks Trackless Train 904-364-6128 t Crime t Recent arrests in Bradford, Clay and Union COACH Continued from 1B Green stressed he has an opendoor policy in which anyone, regardless of whether or not they played last year or in the spring, will be welcomed. My number-one priority right now is to try to touch the community through the kids and get the numbers back up, Green said. In a portfolio that accompanied his resume and application, Green wrote that he envisions his offense operating out of multiple formations and running the ball 60-65 percent of the time. That is an estimate, though, as Green noted that the team will take what the opposing defense gives it. My philosophy on offense is that in order to win championships, you must establish a strong running game and an efficient passing game, Green wrote in his portfolio. I will use the run to set up the pass. Green said his defensive philosophy centers on adapting to take away an opponents strength and utilizing speed to create a blitzing and aggressive style of play. The key, though, is to keep it simple. I believe a confused defense is a passive defense, so we will keep it simple to allow our players to be aggressive, Green wrote in his portfolio. The majority of the time, the most physical team will win, and we will strive to always be just that. Green said he is looking forward to building upon the foundation already in place at BHS and trying to take it to another level. Farnsworth said, Im really excited about the future. The Bradford High School Football Boosters invite Tornado supporters to meet Green, his family and staff at the Downtown Grill in Starke on Friday, July 11, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.


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A product or service to sell?The Bradford County Telegraph Advertising Department can provide you with the in depth coverage you desire...Call 904-964-6305or email us atDarlene Douglassdarlene@bctelegraph.comor Kevin Millerkmiller@bctelegraph.comAdvertorial Advertising Works! d Obituaries d Gerald Dukes LAKE BUTLERGerald Reuel Dukes left this world to meet his heavenly father on Thursday, June 26, 2014. He entered this world on Oct. 12, 1934 in Dukes to the late Gracie Green Dukes and Reuel King Dukes. Mr. Dukes was a Christian and a member of Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Lake Butler. He graduated from Union County High School and lived his entire life in Union County. In the 1970s he owned and operated Dukes and Sons Produce, Inc in Lake Butler. He was well known in this area as a successful farmer, farming in Alachua, Bradford, Baker, and Union Counties. For many years he grew various truck crops and tobacco. He also had a successful timber business while farming. Along with his parents he owned and operated Dukes Grocery store for many years. Mr. Dukes retired from farming in the 90s. His hobbies were fishing, gardening, and cooking. He was preceded in death by his son David Randall Randy Dukes. He is survived by: his loving wife of 57 years, Joyce Long Dukes of Lake Butler; sons, Gerald R (Gerry) Dukes, Jr. of Denver, Colo., Michael Dean (Tammy) Dukes of Brooker, and Terry William Dukes of Lake Butler; daughter-in-law, Julie Brown Dukes of Orange Park; sisters, Eloise McCormick and Diane Alligood both of High Springs. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Services were held on June 30 at Harmony Free Will Baptist Church. Burial followed at Elzey Chapel Cemetery. Archer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. PAID OBITUARY William Hopkins William Hopkins STARKE William Walter Hopkins, age 84, of Starke passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at his residence. He was born on June 1, 1930 to the late Edwin A. and Elsie Hopkins. William has been a resident of Starke since 1980 where he was a longtime member of St. Marks Episcopal Church. After graduating from high school in Cincinnati, Ohio, William entered into the United States Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and fought in Korea at the Chosin Reservoir. He worked in the finance business for a number of years until he was hired by the Florida State Prison where he retired in 1994. While working for FSP, William was on the Pistol Team where he and his wife traveled all over the state of Florida. He enjoyed fishing and most of all spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. William was preceded in death by his son, Michael Dennis Hopkins; his brothers, Edwin A. Hopkins, Jr. and Howard Hopkins; and his sister, Ethel Reisinger. William is survived by: his loving wife of 40 years, Linda Hubbard Hopkins; his children, Timothy (Heather) Yarbrough of Little Rock, Ark., Lee (Tracy) Yarbrough of Leesburg and Wendy (David) Reynolds of Keystone Heights; his sister, Thelma (Steve) Edwards of Joshua Tree, Calif.; his sister-inlaw, Eleanor Hopkins of Cincinnati, Ohio; his six grandchildren, Tim, Alan, David, April, Dylan and Heather; many nieces and nephews; and his dog, Angel. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm at St. Marks Episcopal Church with Reverend Dennis ONeill officiating. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Archie Tanner Funeral Services of Starke. 904-964-5757. PAID OBITUARY Mary Norman Mary Norman HIGHLAND Mary Crofford Norman, 63, of Highland died Saturday, June 28, 2014 at her residence. She was born in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 10, 1950 to the late James and Marie Crofford. She resided in Highland for the past 47 years. She attended Highland First Baptist Church for many years and worked at Penney Retirement Community as a housekeeper for 16 years. She is survived by: her husband of 47 years, Howard Norman, Sr.; her children, Howard (Dana) Norman, Jr. of Raiford and Hope Norman (B.J.) Crawford of Lawtey; two grandchildren; sisters, LouEllen Wilkerson of Starke, Betsy Gordon of Atlanta, Ga., and Jimmy Dean Hoover of Clay Hill. The funeral service was held on July 2 at Highland First Baptist Church with Pastor Gary Melvin officiating. Interment followed at Highland First Baptist Church Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Archie Tanner Funeral Services of Starke. Mary Paulk ITALY, TEXASMary Evelyn Hendricks Paulk, 93, of Italy, Texas, formerly of Lake Butler died Monday, June 23, 2014. She was born in Lake Butler where she graduated from Union County High school. She was daughter of the late Butler and Ollie Langford Hendricks. She was preceded in death by: her husband of 63 years, Edison Paulk; son, Gary Edison Paulk; and daughter, Mary Iris Paulk; brothers, John, Harold, and James Hendricks. She was a Christian. She is survived by: daughter, Susan Thomas (Byron Lee) Fuller; four grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren; sister, Marie Brooks of Jacksonville; brothers, Drew, David, Brian, and Herman of Lake Butler, Joe of Springhill, Vernon of Gainesville, and Donald of Tennessee. Graveside funeral services were held June 28 at Elzey Chapel Cemetery with Mark Redd officiating. Archer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Max Raulerson Max Raulerson MONIAC, GEORGIA Max Raulerson, age 71, of Moniac, Ga. passed away Friday, June 27, 2014 at his residence shortly after his loving wife of 36 years passed away. He was born in Moniac on Oct. 3, 1942 to the late Douglas Raulerson, Sr. and Cleo Canaday Raulerson. Max has been a lifelong resident of Moniac where he attended school and graduated from St. George High School in 1962. In 1962, Max started his career as a mental health staff member at Northeast Florida State Hospital where he met the love of his life, Patricia Ann Griffis. On Dec. 31, 1976, Max and Patricia were married; residing in Moniac since their marriage. In 1987, they had a daughter they named Jessica. They both enjoyed being parents and loved raising their daughter. Max retired after many dedicated years of service at Northeast Florida State Hospital. Max was very friendly and sociable. He loved being around people and helping others. Max enjoyed gardening as he had many garden projects and yard work. Most of all, Max loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He was preceded in death by: his parents; his loving wife, Patricia Raulerson; his sister, Ella Higdon; and his half brother, Billy Taylor. Max is survived by: his loving daughter, Jessica Irene Raulerson of Moniac; his brother, Douglas (Kathleen) Raulerson of Moniac; and his sisters, Gail (Leonard) Davis of Macclenny and Maxine Burnsed of Baker County. Funeral services were held on July 2 at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services Chapel with Pastor Randall Griffis officiating. Interment followed at Brown Cemetery in Starke. The arrangements are under the care and direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services, 250 North Lowder Street, Macclenny, FL 32063 (904)259-5700. Visit to sign the familys guest book. PAID OBITUARY Patricia Raulerson Patricia Raulerson MONIAC, GEORGIAPatricia Ann Griffis Raulerson, age 63, of Moniac, Georgia passed away Friday, June 27, 2014 at her residence. She was born in Gainesville on Dec. 12, 1950 to the late Elisha Griffis and Irene Woods Griffis. Patricia was raised in Union County where she graduated from Union County High School in 1970. After high school, Patricia began working at Northeast Florida State Hospital in Macclenny. While working for the hospital she met the love of her life, Max Raulerson. They married on Dec. 31, 1976 and moved to Moniac where they have resided for many years. She continued her education at Lake City Community College and earned her Associates Degree in mental health. Patricia loved helping people and enjoyed her career at the hospital. She retired after 35 years of service as a supervisor. In 1987, Patricia and Max had a daughter they named Jessica. They both enjoyed being parents and loved raising their daughter. Patricia loved her family and enjoyed working on crafts. She enjoyed making jewelry, sewing, wood working, and making her home beautiful with home dcor. Her loving husband of 36 years, Max Raulerson, went to be with her in heaven on June 27 shortly after her passing. Patricia is survived by: her loving daughter, Jessica Irene Raulerson of Moniac; her brothers, Roger and Earl (Edith) Griffis both of Lake Butler; and her sisters, Peggy Griffis of Jackson, Miss. and Susan (Lloyd) Roark of Lake City. Funeral services were held on July 2 at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services Chapel with Pastor Randall Griffis officiating. Interment followed at Brown Cemetery in Starke. The arrangements are under the care and direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services, 250 North Lowder Street, Macclenny, FL 32063 (904)259-5700. Visit to sign the familys guest book. PAID OBITUARY Lois Varnes LAKE BUTLERLois Varnes, 87, of Lake Butler died Sunday, June 29, 2014 at E.T. York Haven Hospice in Gainesville after an extended illness. She was born Aug. 17, 1926 to the late Perry M. and Nita F. Green. She was preceded in death by: her husband, Aaron Varnes; six brothers and two sisters. She was a Baptist. She is survived by: her niece, Nita (Donald) Jones; sisters, Sherry Miller of Raiford, and Beatrice Johns of St Augustine Graveside services were held July 2 at Sapp Cemetery in Raiford. Archer Funeral Home of Lake Butler is in charge of arrangements. Joyce Windgassen KEYSTONE HEIGHTS Joyce Brymer Windgassen, age 70, of Keystone Heights passed away at her home Friday, June 27, 2014. She was born in Utica, N.Y. on June 17, 1944 to the late John R. and Ethel (Parry) Jones and had moved to Keystone Heights in 1988 from St. Petersburg. While serving our Country as a Merchant Marine she was also a ship nurse. Mrs. Windgassen was a big believer in education; she had earned her Masters Degree in nursing which led to her career as being a RN and Nurse Educator with the State of Florida before retiring from the Northeast Florida State Hospital in Macclenny. She was a longtime Elder with the First Presbyterian Church of Starke in which she was also very active. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter #40 in Lake Butler and in New York; she enjoyed quilting, sewing, and reading in her spare time. Her son, Philip Windgassen preceded her in death in 1987. Survivors are: her husband of 46 years, Robert Bob Windgassen; and their daughter, Ericka Brown of Keystone Heights. Also left behind are her precious grandchildren, Michael and Danielle and greatgranddaughter, Penelope Brandon; along with numerous cousins. Funeral services for Mrs. Windgassen were July 2 in the First Presbyterian Church of Starke with Dr. Don McGarity officiating. Interment followed at the Keystone Heights Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to be made to the Presbyterian Church Womens group or the Order of Eastern Star. Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, 340 E. Walker Drive, Keystone Heights, FL 32656. (352) 473-3176. www.jonesgallagherfh. com PAID OBITUARY COX Continued from 3B To live a life gentle and kind To treat all people as friends of mine To take the good with the bad To thank my God for faith I have had To try to do the things that are right To make someone elses pathway bright If friends of mine, my life review, They can say he was a friend we knew He was a man who looked for good He was a man who stood for right, as all men should Some words that I hope I leave behind Will encourage these dear friends of mine To be honest and generous while I am here No criticisms at all will I fear This I am sure is all I need For my philosophy and my creed.


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rallied with an eight-run fourth to even the score. Williston added another run in the top of the fifth with one out, but Keystone got out of the inning when Ryan Jones turned a double play. Williston held a 9-8 lead going into the last inning. Keystone put two runners on when Carson Eatman and Chase Packham each got a hit. Ty Glenn then doubled to left field to bring both runners home and give Keystone a 10-9 win. Keystone had to face Williston again in the championship game, but this time it was Keystone doing all the early scoring, while pitcher Karsen Smith kept the Williston bats in check. Keystone scored 13 runs in the first inning of what turned out to be a 14-2 win. Smith recorded four strikeouts in earning the win. For the tournament, Smith pitched 9.2 innings, giving up seven earned runs and striking out 12. Ashton Roach pitched three innings, giving up one earned run and striking out three. Glenn batted .556 for the tournament, while Caleb Hall and Jones batted .455 and .444, respectively. The three batters combined for four doubles, two triples and 14 hits overall, with Hall leading the team with three extra-base hits. Jones scored a team-high nine runs, while Eatmon and Gage Smith each scored five runs. Head coach Chris Roach emphasized teamwork all season and said every player contributed to the district championship. Some of the players he singled out were: Wil Rogel with two hits and one walk, Packham with three stolen bases, one double and eight walks, Jackson Williams with a perfect fielding percentage, Gage Smith with one double, Eatmon with three hits, Caleb Crawford with one triple and two runs scored and Bryce Hart with a perfect fielding percentage and two runs scored. Keystone Recreation Association wished to express its thanks to field crew members Tommy Baker, Dan Glenn, Justin Jones and Jason LeMaster, as well as sponsors B&H Interiors Inc., B.C. Industrial Supply Inc., C&R Electrical Services Inc., M&R Construction Inc., Keystone Building Corp., Teal Tile, Sunbelt Rental and E. Vaughan Rivers Inc. 10B Telegraph, Times & Monitor B Section Thursday, July 3, 2014 2 PER PKG$179 lb FAM PAK$499 lb PRICES AVAILABLE JULY 2 JULY 8 Amazing quality. Fantastic prices.Satisfaction Guaranteed $249lb $299 $24 9 lb FAM PAK$29 9 lb FAM PAK$399 FAM PAK$349 lb Open 7 Days a Week 8am to 8pm1371 South Walnut St. (Hwy 301) Starke (904) 368-9188 16 FL OZ 12-PACKVAN CAMPS KRAFT 17 OZKINGSFORD CHARCOAL 8.3 LB BAGCRYSTAL 24-PACK 2 $1 200 2 $ 100 $579 $229GATORADE 32 FL OZMINUTE MAID 12 FL OZMORNING DELIGHT COBURN FARMS 12 PACKPILLSBURY $100 $100 $100 2 $3002 $400 lb $29916 OZ 3 $ or GREAT ON THE GRILL!12 OZ 19 OZ lb 12 OZ 8LB BAG $69912 OZ The Keystone Recreation Association 10U all-star baseball team won its district for the second straight year, going 4-0 and earning the right to compete in a state-level tournament this weekend in Fort White. It was quite a performance by the Keystone bats at the June 2729 district tournament, which was hosted by Keystone at Little Rain Lake Park. Keystone scored 56 runs, including 19 in an 18run win against Chiefland in its first game on June 27. Keystone defeated its opponents by an average of nine runs per game, but the team had to come from behind twice to win a thriller against Williston to put itself in the championship game. Following the 19-1 win over Chiefland, Keystone defeated Santa Fe 13-7 to advance to the semifinals to face Williston. Williston built an 8-0 lead in the third inning, but Keystone Keystone captures 2nd straight 10U district championship Karsen Smith threw 9.2 innings, striking out 12 batters. Ty Glenn led the team with a .556 batting average. The KRA 10U all-star team is: (front, l-r) Jackson Williams, Wil Rogel, Chase Packham, Bryce Hart, Caleb Crawford, (middle, l-r) Carson Eatmon, Ryan Jones, Gage Smith, Ashton Roach, Karsen Smith, Caleb Hall, Ty Glenn (back, l-r) assistant coach Dan Glenn, head coach Chris Roach and assistant coach Justin Jones.

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