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PAGE 1 Deadline Monday 5 p.m. before publication Phone 352-473-2210 Fax 352-473-2210 Lake Region Monitor Lake Region Monitor USPS 114-170 Keystone Heights, Florida Thursday, July 31, 2014 42 nd Year 13 th Issue 75 CENTS BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS Clay Countys Supervisor of Elections said that a mail piece put out by a congressional campaign is misleading. Chris Chambless said the mailer, entitled Clay County Voter Guide, contains general information about the elections process in the front of the booklet, then delves into a partisan message toward the back. Chambless added that the last page of the booklet contains a disclaimer identifying it as a publication of the Jake Rush for Congress Campaign. He also said his office mails out a voter guide each election cycle that includes much of the same information included in the Rush mailer. Chambless added that he believed the Rush mailer was designed to look like the official voters guide his own office puts out. See GUIDE, 3A Clay elections chief calls out Rush voter guide Campaign: The only people complaining are Ted Yoho supporters BY JAMES WILLIAMS Special to the Monitor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS The annual Community Church back-to-school giveaway was held July 22. School begins in about two to three weeks all over the Lake Region. Organizer Barbara Sullivan said she was pleased with the event. It was probably our best ever, she said. We even got ahead of schedule. There was almost no waiting. The give-away event included See SCHOOL, 4A Community Church giveaway heralds end of summer, new school year BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS Vandals damaged 28 computers and several windows at Keystone Heights High School, in addition to two mailboxes, six vehicles, a window and a camper in the surrounding neighborhood, during the early hours of July 24. According to a Clay County Sheriffs Office report, a deputy conducting a routine property check around 6 a.m. discovered a fire extinguisher lying on a sidewalk at the school. The deputy also found a broken window near the extinguisher. Officers then went building to building on the campus, and found additional broken windows and fire extinguishers that had been expended throughout the inside of several structures. A deputy wrote in the report that more than two dozen computers in the schools computer lab were covered with white powder from a fire extinguisher. They also found damage to the teacher planning room, the cafeteria corridor, the teacher dining room, several portable classrooms and the softball concession stand. While investigating the burglary at the high school, deputies received reports of additional damage to properties surrounding the campus. They met with victims on Peach Street, Garden Street, Southwest Pointview Road, Southwest Center Avenue, Southwest Grove Street, Southwest Fairway Drive and Chatauqua Circle. Victims reported slashed tires on vehicles, a shattered window, damaged mailboxes and a damaged popup camper. Losses at the high school totaled $9,340 while victims in the surrounding neighborhood estimated damages of $6,726. at high school, slash tires in surrounding neighborhood BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS The Federal Aviation Administration said it has stopped a study about a proposed cell phone tower west of the Keystone Heights airport because the towers owner, Verizon has withdrawn its application for the structure. Verizon had proposed to erect the 260-foot-high tower less than a mile away from the airports main runway: 11-23. The site for the tower was about 300 yards north of the intersection of S.R. 100 and Southeast C.R. 18. When plans for the tower first surfaced, the airports board and the local pilots association protested to the FAA, claiming the structure would create a safety hazard and restrict the airports operations. During a June 3 town hall meeting with Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith, residents of the nearby community of Theressa complained about poor mobile phone coverage in the area. They added that because many residents no longer have a land line, the poor service could impact public safety by hindering 911 calls. Verizon abandons plans for cell tower near airport BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS Clay County Commissioners approved an agreement with the St. Johns River Water Management District to clean Alligator Creek between Lake Lowry and Lake Brooklyn. Under the terms of the agreement, the district will reimburse the county for costs associated with the cleanup, up to $100,000. The county will supply labor and equipment for the project. The agreement instructs the county to work with Camp Blanding, Florida Power and Light and the Florida Gas Transmission Company to modify those organizations assets that might be impeding creek flow. Jeffery Beck, the countys director of public works, said he is considering utilizing inmate labor for the project. According to the contract, work on the project should be complete by Sept. 15, 2015. Lake Region residents Webb Farber, Kathrine Van Zant, Vivian Katz and Keystone Heights Mayor Tony Brown thanked the commission for joining the project. Its been 20 to 25 years since the Keystone area has had healthy lakes, Farber said. This is a good step in a good direction. Katz told the commission that the Alligator Creek project is a good first step. However, she warned the panel that a piecemeal, on-again-off-again approach to lake restoration has failed in the past. There have been several things that have been done in the past-a step here, a step therethat was done and then walked away (from), she said. What needs to happen with the Etonia Chain of Lakes is a continuing management project. Katz also repeated an earlier request to county commissioners that they designate an annual appropriation of $40,000, for lake restoration projects. Katz added that the county could yield a return on its investment for such funding. She said that based on a discussion with an appraiser and some calculations she made, if Keystone Heights lake levels were restored, the increase in property values would yield the county around $1.5 million in additional property taxes. County approves Alligator Creek cleanup agreement BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS A lightning strike left a 20-foot gash in a runway at Keystone Heights Airport on July 5, forcing officials to close the strip until workers can repair the damage. The airports primary runway remains operational. Airport business manager Maria Gall said there were no witnesses to the strike, but there was a storm in the area during the evening of July 5. An engineer examining the damage to the runway showed officials where the bolt hit the pavement and where the current traveled up to 30 feet away from the point of impact. Gall said airport officials are trying to obtain funding from the Florida Department of Transportation to repair the runway, which should cost around $13,000. She also said that workers will resurface a 50 by 50 foot section of the runway to cover all the damage caused by the strike, and that airport officials hope the work will be complete by the end of August. Lightning strike closes Keystone airport runway BY JAMES WILLIAMS Special to the Monitor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS According to Keystone HeightsLake Area Business Association President Debbie Strickland, last Thursdays social was designed for its members to have fun, as well as talk business with other members. The low-key event was a first for the association-its lunchtime meetings are usually scheduled at the Womans Club and feature a guest speaker. Instead, this was an afterwork social, held at the airpark. Adult and non-alcoholic beverages were served with hors doeuvre. Treats were prepared by member Debbie Etheridge, owner of Mallards Dollarama, and included shrimp cocktail, fruit skewers, cheeses, ham and chicken salad canapes. About fifty members and prospective members attended the event. This was our first time out with this type of event, Strickland said. We thought we would try to get away from See BUSINESS, 2A Business Association takes fresh approach least three Crystal Lake residents said they have observed an enormous snake around Crystal Lake that could exceed 20 feet in length. Jeffrey McRae, an engineer with Clay Electric, who lives on the southwest corner of the lake, in Bradford County, had one of the best looks at the reptile. He said that sometime before the 4 th of July, a neighbor warned him that the neighbors daughter had spotted a large snake crossing Southeast C.R. 18A. The length of the reptile exceeded the width of the road, which is 20 feet. McRae said that three days later, around 6 p.m., he heard a squealing noise from the direction of a neighbors storage house. He said the property to the south of his own, owned by the Debra Johns Family Trust, has two structures a former owner used to store items. Both See SNAKE, 2A Giant snake spotted at Crystal Lake BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS At BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS A resident of C.R. 352 said a large dog emerged from a wooded area, pulled her pet Chihuahua off its leach, then carried the pet into the woods and vanished. According to a Clay County Sheriffs Office report, Shirlie Davis was outside her home with the Chihuahua and her Shih Tzu during the evening of July 23 in an area between White Sands Lake and Gator Bone Lake when her Chihuahua, named Bonnie, began barking. That dog barks a lot anyway, recalled Davis, But this was a different bark. Davis said she then saw a large black and white dog, possibly a pit bull, rapidly approach her. The large dog grabbed the Chihuahua and began to violently shake the pet. See DOG, 2A Dog snatches womans pet, disappears Neighbor slams door in victims face Wildlife Conservation Commission arrested two Clay County teenagers Friday morning on charges of torturing a gopher tortoise. Danielle Susan Dionne, 15, and Jennifer Emoke Greene, 18, were charged with felony cruelty to animals, and taking, harassing, harming or killing a gopher tortoise, a second-degree misdemeanor. Graphic videos of the girls allegedly setting a tortoise on fire and then stomping the animal to death went viral on social media in mid-July. However, many of the posts misidentified the pair as Danielle Susan Ruger and Faith Hope. The state agency said it received a tip about the torture and death of a gopher tortoise on July 15. It said its officers and Clay County Sheriffs Office investigators immediately followed up on the information. See TORTOISE, 2A OP teens arrested for burning, killing tortoise ORANGE PARK Officers with the Florida Fish and


the lunchtime meeting and let people network and get to know each other a little better. Along with the Lake Regions business establishment were a few political candidates dropping by on their way to a political forum, held later that evening at the First Baptist Church. School Board candidates Tina Bullock, Janice Kerakes and Sandra Dunnavant, with County Commission candidate Abbie Andrews were noted. A quick survey of the business crowd revealed mostly positive but mixed results on the local economy. Etheridge said Mallards was holding its own by specializing in face-to-face personal contact with loyal local customers, not selling products far and wide online, a trend favored by many retail vendors-and customers--these days. Some of these younger people come in and say, Youre selling this for four dollars; I can buy it online for two dollars, Etheridge said. But what they cant seem to grasp is that they pay $25 to have it shipped to their house. Wheres the savings in that? (Mallards also benefits from shipping: the store provides in-house shipping and copying services.) Clint Gillen of CarQuest said his business sees mixed signals in the current economy. CarQuest has faced automotive industry issues since around 2008 when the national economy took a nosedive. Our customer base was not so much dependent on individuals fixing family vehicles, but more on business and industrial users, Gillen said. What hit us hardest was the disappearance of construction companies with vehicles and construction-related equipment. However, Gillen added, he is happy to see even the construction sector of his customer base just now starting to return, however slowly. Keystone Heights Mayor Tony Brown attended the social, not as mayor, but as a business owner. Brown owns and operates a cleaning company, specializing in cleaning commercial buildings. He said his business could be better, but it wasnt necessarily the economic climate. Well, its summer for one thing, Brown said. I havent really been pushing it. Brown said his election to the mayors seat had nothing to do with any lapse of attention. He is both salesman and a cleaning employee for the company. Brown was asked if he was thinking of hiring more cleaning personnel. No, I dont think so, he said. Quality control is sometimes difficult for service providers to maintain when the most reliable supervisor is not onsite. I think I would more likely hire somebody else to do marketing and sales, which isnt my strongest point, Brown added. Dana Marcus was the only business association member who showed up in white sleeves and a bow tie-his trademarksand suffered the consequences in the un-air conditioned airpark hangar. Unlike the heat, the Capital City Bank investment advisor is unphased by todays economy, local or national. Oh sure, we have some issues locally-we dont have enough large businesses providing jobs to local residents for one thing, he said. We have no manufacturing, the lakes are down, and the local labor pools job skills are all issues. But that just means we have to support each other locally which is what the Keystone Heights Business Association and events like this one are designed to do. Marcus said he expected the Federal Reserves interest rates to stay low for quite some time. Janet Yellen is following Ben Bernankes program, Marcus said. But the interest rates fell to their current level over a lengthy period -25 basis points for 17 straight quarters-and its likely to be at least that long before they get as high as they were again. Marcus added that the stock market is doing very well; the unemployment rate is slowly coming down but many of his clients still feel safer keeping their retirement funds in interest bearing accounts and CDs, even if they know they are accruing little in interest while losing out on trading gains and dividends. The stock market isnt the place for everyone, Marcus said. Strickland said despite the heat, she and other association members were very pleased with the business communitys interest in and turnout for the event. She said the group would certainly do other after-work mixers, especially as the weather cooled. For more information on the Keystone HeightsLake Area Business Associations activities, e-mail or phone Debbie Etheridge at 352473-4076. 2A Lake Region Monitor Thursday, July 31, 2014 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. is having aGospel Music Concert FRESH START FELLOWSHIP featuring SundayAugust 3 6 PM7191 SR-21 North Keystone Heights, FL (352) 473-6550 OPENTues Sat 9AM 6PM F ARM F RESH P RODUC E Fresh Produce Daily FREE COKE with purchase ofBOILED PEANUTS L ife is worth Come be our Guest! 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Get An Extra $10 O & Free Shipping On Your 1st Order! Order Now! 1-800-756-3857Use code 10FREE to receive this special oer. structures are uninhabited. McRae said when he looked through his fence in the direction of the noise, he saw a huge snake, light green and dark green in color, with a rat in its mouth. McRae ran back to his house and obtained a .45 caliber handgun, intending to shoot the reptile. However, because of the distance between the fence line and his target, he hesitated, concerned about the accuracy of the weapon. He said his hesitation allowed the snake to escape, either into the structure or into the woods. McRae said that because the reptile was coiled under the building, he could not determine its length. He said, however, that the snakes girth was as large as his own thigh. The resident who first saw the snake crossing Southeast C.R. 18A, Casey Brunt, did not return a phone call seeking comment for this story. However, her husband, Aaron, a network administrator at the Bradford County Courthouse, confirmed that his wife did see a snake crossing the road a few months ago. Another Crystal Lake resident, Jenese Russell, an office representative with W.D. Beck State Farm Insurance in Keystone Heights, said she spotted a large snake swimming in the lake near her property. Russells house is in Clay County, across the lake from McRaes. She said that sometime before the July 4 th holiday, during the afternoon, she saw a large snake swimming near her land. She said she observed the reptile from her own living room window, and could not determine its size. She added that the snakes head appeared to be the size of two fists put together. She also said that based on what she knows about the snake McRae spotted, she does not believe she saw the same one. She said the snake she saw was darker in color, perhaps a water moccasin. McRae said that based on the projected size of the reptile, he believes it could be a Burmese python, an invasive species now plaguing the Everglades. The python population has growth to such an extent in South Florida that FWC in 2013 sponsored a Python Challenge where competitors won prize money for the most pythons and the longest python harvested. The longest Burmese python seen in Florida was 18 feet, 8 inches. Based on McRaes description and the purported length of the reptile, the snake may be a green anaconda, native to South America and the largest snake in the world. Anacondas have also established a foothold in South Florida. In 2007, FWC changed the rules for owning pythons, anacondas, and Nile monitors, requiring prospective owners to be 18 years old or older. The new rules also required the prospective owners to take a test, demonstrating their knowledge of the reptiles. SNAKE Continued from 1A DOG Continued from 1A Davis said she began to kick the attacker, then lifted a solarpowered lawn light out of the ground and threw it at the dog. It backed away by about four or five feet, she recalled of the animals reaction, then it came back in. Davis said she tried to free Bonnie by pulling her leash, but the larger dog soon pulled the Chihuahua from its harness and carried it into the woods. Davis said that throughout the attack, she desperately screamed for help, but no one came to her assistance. She said after the two dogs disappeared into the underbrush, she found a house near hers with its lights on and knocked on the door, initially getting no response. The door then opened. Have you seen a dog running up through here? she asked the resident. No. Can you help me? Davis said the resident then slammed the door in her face. He wouldnt even answer me, she recalled. Just shut the door. A few minutes later, another neighbor, Marilyn Ellsworth, arrived and called animal control for Davis. A deputy soon arrived and searched the area surrounding Davis property but was unable to locate either animal. The following morning, Davis handyman helped her search for Bonnie. Her grandson also patrolled up and down C.R. 352, looking for clues. Davis said she knows her pet is likely dead, perhaps killed during the initial attack. When it (the big dog) ran away toward the lake bed she looked like a rag doll in its mouth, she said. However, Davis said she still plans to continue her search. I hope she is not laying somewhere suffering, she said. Even if she is dead, I still want her back. Davis also said the attack left her fearful for the safety of her other dog, and her own wellbeing. Im really afraid to go out of my own yard. We take these issues very seriously, said Col. Calvin Adams, director of the FWCs Division of Law Enforcement. We appreciated the help from the public and our partners in working to protect our valuable natural resources. The agency said it worked with the State Attorneys Office of the Fourth Judicial Circuit to decide the appropriate charges related to the crime. We will not tolerate this behavior in the Fourth Judicial Circuit. We are committed to fully prosecuting those responsible for the torture and death of this vulnerable and threatened species, said State Attorney Angela Corey. TORTOISE Continued from 1A INTERLACHEN The Putnam County Sheriffs Office is asking for the publics help in locating a man that has been missing since April 1. Charles Eldridge Adams was Putnam deputies searching for Interlachen man See MISSING, 3A See VIDEO, 3A BUSINESS Continued from 1A


Thursday, July 31, 2014 Lake Region Monitor 3A August is Camp Meeting Timeat 4004 SE State Road 21, Keystone Heights, FL 32656 August 3Grace that Draws Us to Jesus musical guests: The Overall Band, from Hampton, FL August 10Grace that Forgives music led by our Jazz Band August 17Grace that Cleans Up Our Lives gospel sing-along with our Chancel Choir August 24Grace and Mercy that Heal Us music led by the Keystone String Band Dr. Tom Farmer, Jr. preaching at Traditional 8:00 AM Son-shine worship in the Fellowship Hall Contemporary informal 9:15 AM worship in the Multi Ministry Ctr. Holy Communion served at 8:00 & 9:15 AM Worship ServicesChildcare available throughout the morningAugust 3Grace that Draws Us to Jesus musical guests: The Overall Band, from Hampton, FL August 10Grace that Forgives music led by our Jazz Band August 17Grace that Cleans Up Our Lives gospel sing-along with our Chancel Choir August 24Grace and Mercy that Heal Us music led by the Keystone String Band He said he issued the warning about the mail piece because if voters think the booklet, with a partisan message, came from him, then the credibility of his office could suffer. Chambless also said, that as far as he could tell, the campaign broke no laws with the mailer. He added that he intends to send a letter to Rush, telling him not to send any more. Alex Patton, the general consultant for the Jake Rush for Congress Campaign, said Chambless claims were without merit. Our piece has a clear disclaimer and the campaigns return address on it, he said. He also denied Chambless claim that the front part of the booklet was designed to mimic the official voter guide mailed by the Supervisor of Elections Office. It is meant to be a helpful voter guide for anybody that has requested an absentee ballot, he said. If you look at any political science textbook, you will see that one of the ways you increase turnout is to supply helpful information. Patton also said the campaign has mailed the booklet to all 13 counties in the Third Congressional District, and that Chambless is the only elections chief that has complained about it. He added that Chambless is likely responding to complaints from some Clay County voters, whom are probably supporters of Rushs primary opponent. The only people complaining are Ted Yoho supporters because they dont want the facts to get out, he said. GUIDE Continued from 1A BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS The executive director of Seamark Ranch spoke to the Keystone Heights Kiwanis and Rotary clubs earlier this year. Fred Meiners showed both groups a slide presentation featuring the orphanage and relayed success stories about the children his organization has served. Seamark Ranch is a private, nonprofit childrens home located on 468 acres in Clay County. Kiwanis member Tina Bullock said she, like many other Lake Region residents, has driven by the ranch often, but it still remains what Bullock called a hidden gem. Bullock added that earlier this year, she pulled into the ranchs driveway for the first time and was overwhelmed by the homes operation. She said she was so impressed that she invited Meiners to the Kiwanis Club to spread the work about one of the Lake Regions least known treasures. Meiners said his nonprofit meets a community need that is too often left to government agencies. Seamark Ranch is basically an orphanage, he said. We call it a childrens home, or we call it a residential education program, or a lot of other names, but basically it is a contemporary version of an orphanage. He said most referrals the organization gets are from parents or other family members, but also from churches and nonprofit groups. Most kids that are in out-ofhome care are kids that actually do have at least one parent, Meiners said. He added that because of poverty or other issues, a parent may feel her child will have a better chance in life at an orphanage. Meiners also said that throughout history, orphanages have gotten a bad name. People think about Little Orphan Annie or they think about the orphans in a Charles Dickens story, he said. Meiners said that in the 1950s and 1960s, more children started going into foster care as an alternative to orphanages. Foster care was a great idea, he said, but there have been a lot of issues with foster care. There have been some lessthan-desirable outcomes, so it is a good time to go back and take a look at places like Seamark Ranch. Meiners showed the Keystone groups photos of the ranch and reviewed several cases of the ranchs residents. He said some of the children come to the ranch as victims of abuse and that one of the most effective ways to reach them is through the ranchs animals. The animals are a real big deal to the kids, he said. The kids that we get, if you would have to say one thing about them, you would say that they are broken-hearted. God created the animals in such a way that it has some kind of impact on them, emotionally, to soften them up. Meiners showed one photograph he said was one See SEAMARK, 4A orphanage to Lake Region groups According to the Florida Times-Union, a 16-yearold Ridgeview High School classmate of the two girls told the newspaper he saw videos of the animals torture and death the defendants had posted on Facebook. He downloaded the videos before the girls deleted them. He then reposted the images. The Times-Union reported that the videos came to the attention of a Nevada official, who told Nevada Voters for Animals president Gina Greisen about them on July 15. Greisen was one of the first to complain to Florida officials about the abuse. If convicted, Greene faces up to five years in prison on the animal cruelty charge. The misdemeanor charge carries a penalty of up to 60 days in jail or a $500 fine. Dionnes case will be prosecuted in the juvenile justice system. VIDEO Continued from 2A last seen at the Cooper Lake Trailer Park, 1488 S.R. 20 in Interlachen. The sheriffs office said he may have connections in Camden County, Georgia and Hawaii. Adams is 65 years old, 59 and weights 160 lbs. Anyone with information about Adams should call the sheriffs office at 386-329-0800 or 800-426-9975. MISSING Continued from 2A FLEMING ISLAND The body of a 22-year-old Orange Park man was found in a flooded ditch early Saturday, according to the Clay County Sheriffs Office. According to an agency press release, friends of the deceased found the body of Abel Villalobos around 4 a.m. The man left a friends home nearby sometime after 2 a.m. this morning on a golf cart, wrote Mary Justino, public information coordinator for the sheriffs office. At some point the golf cart was driven into the ditch and became stuck. The man was able to call friends for assistance. They later discovered him in the ditch near the golf cart. Justino added that the death appeared to result from an accidental drowning but the sheriffs office has assigned a homicide investigator to the incident, which is its standard policy. Man found dead in Fleming Island ditch BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS Clay County deputies arrested a 37-year-old Keystone Heights man they say stole exercising equipment from his neighbors front porch. Travis Vernon Mizel was arrested for burglary on July 26. According to a report, a witness saw Mizel on the victims porch removing weights and a weightlifting bar from the structure. The victim had left the home earlier in the day for a job in Jacksonville. Deputies: man stole weights from neighbors front porch BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS The Keystone Heights City Council unanimously passed a proposed millage rate of 3.5 mills for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, a 21 percent increase over the citys current millage rate of 2.9002 mills. City Manager Terry Suggs said the proposed budget includes a $10,000 appropriation for lakes restoration, and an increase for parks maintenance. The budget also includes cost increases for liability, health and workers compensation insurance. Suggs also said the budget area he was most concerned about was the citys capital improvements budget. He pointed out that this years Keystone council approves proposed millage rate


4A Lake Region Monitor Thursday, July 31, 2014 N EED C ASH F AST! E mail your med-to-hi-resolution digital photo (150dpi+) & ad text to: by 5pm Monday or bring it to:B radford County Telegraph Union County Times Lake Region Monitor( 904) 964-6305 c ash/check/credit cards accepted all for only /wk c overing Bradford, Union & Clay Counties a in our weekly f ree c ommunity shopper: T arget your audience quickly five outfits of gently-used contemporary clothing for each student, plus right-sized new socks, underwear, shoes and other items tucked away in Saks 5 th Avenues Off 5 th gift bags. Each bag had a registered young persons name on it. The number of children served increased by almost 25 percent over last year. Sullivan and a few volunteers returned on July 23 to work with families who either registered late or couldnt make it the day before. We had over 100 volunteers, Sullivan said, and added that with the young people added on July 23, the final count was around 350 students. About 375 students had registered through the Lake Area Ministries food bank. Several volunteers said they noticed a number of working families seeking back-to-school benefits. The fact that one or more family members may hold down a job or jobs and still seek assistance has been used as a reason to support raising the nations minimum wage. For whatever reason, an increase in the number of working families seeking assistance certainly indicates families under stress. All year long, a phalanx of Community Church ladies pull clothing items brought in for quarterly rummage sales. The good stuff is washed and dried and set aside to be given away freely during the annual backto-school event. Anything not taken for free at the back-toschool event goes back into the rummage sale stockroom. Some of it may eventually be sold for as little as $1 per filled grocery bag. Joanne Gill said the rummage sales are also popular and heavily attended by Lake Region shoppers in all economic brackets. Sullivan said this year, for the first time, volunteers had to buy a few pieces of clothing to have enough items to go around. Please tell the community that we will begin next week pulling items for next years give-away, she said. We would love to receive donated gently-used clothing items now, as well as later. Sullivan added that she saw a shortage of clothing items for boys aged five to 10. This was the giveaways sixth year. For the last four years a pair of shoes has been included. Volunteers David Kirkland and Johnny Brooks took an early turn directing traffic and offering shoe-size assistance at the boys shoe center. A few boys appeared to be as picky about types and colors of shoes as girls are rumored to be. Pat Parrish has helped shoppers sign in, register and pick up personalized goody bags at the front desk for each of the programs six years. In the barber shop and salon, Stacy Weaver and Lori Farmer gave free haircuts. Looking through a shopping bag at one young girls bag of clothing, volunteer Carolyn Horn told one young shopper, You are going to be gorgeous. Carrie Morford and other Book Bus staff displayed kids books and invited students to take them away for free. Copies of the New Testament were also given to each child, a contribution from a homeless program in Indiana. Mary Chambers sat at the exit door giving out zip lock bags of homemade cookies to each child as they left. Did you get everything you needed? she asked. Yes, kids told her, they did. SCHOOL Continued from 1A of his favorites: a picture of a Seamark Ranch resident getting his first paycheck. Work is a big deal with us, he said. We are not slave drivers or anything like that, but we nurture them into work. Kids get jobs on the ranch and when they get their first paycheck, we celebrate that. Meiners also treated the Keystone groups to the ranchs blueberries, which he sells to finance the childrens vacations. SEAMARK Continued from 3A


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Royal said CalaVida organizers based the event on Charlestons Spoleto Festival, a 17-day, springtime event that draws artists from around the world. Royal told council members during its July 23 meeting that she had been told TDC funding was not available for first time events, and she was making her presentation to the board for informational purposes only. However, Jaquelin Slaybaugh told her the council could approve a $1,500 reimbursable grant for the event, which it later did. Tourism council grants new Green Cove festival GREEN COVE SPRINGS The North Florida Hunter Jumper Association is discontinuing its Jacksonville Winter Series which it started 20 years ago and which it holds at the Clay County Fairgrounds. The association said the annual horse riding competition has contributed over $500,000 to Northeast Florida charities in the last 10 years and delivered an economic impact of over $15 million to the community. In a June 6 email to the Clay County Tourism Development Council, Alexis Newman, executive secretary of the North Florida Hunter Jumper Association, wrote that the group will no longer host horse shows and will become an inactive organization at the close of its current fiscal year. As I am sure you are aware, the declining attendance during the past few Winter Series left a great financial burden on NFJHA that it could simply no longer sustain, she wrote. Over the past several years, the TDC has approved $35,000 in annual grants for the event. Hunter discontinuing shows BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor FLEMING ISLAND The Clay County School Board recognized a guidance counselor at Oakleaf High School for her efforts in helping students enter the armed services. The board, during its July 17 meeting, gave Tammy Masden the first Gen. Colin Powell award. Michael Wingate, director of secondary education, said the award represents a Clay County guidance counselor who has demonstrated a high level of support for students interested in joining the armed forces. He added that military recruiters nominated Masden based on her interaction with students and their observations of her efforts. Wingate also said the school district accepted the award on Masdens behalf during a ceremony in June that Masden was unable to attend. This is a true honor and a privilege to hold this award, Masden said after accepting the trophy from Wingate, but the true thank you goes to our young men and women who just graduated and serve our country now. Clay guidance counselor wins Colin Powell award BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor plan includes $186,000 for road maintenance and $30,000 for a skateboard park. He also said city halls roof is leaking and will soon need to be replaced. If we just budget $150,000 a year for road maintenance, which we know is going to be significantly low, he said. we are still looking at using up our reserves in five years. Suggs cautioned the council that if it passed a bare-bones budget that just covered the citys day-to-day costs, it will quickly fall behind its 20-year plan to maintain its infrastructure. Suggs also said there was good news on the horizon. At the end of that fiveyear period, in 2018-2019, we make our last bond payment of $76,000, he said. CITY Continued from 3A KEYSTONE HEIGHTS The Keystone Heights High School varsity cheer squad recently completed a four day cheerleading camp at the schools gym. Cheerleaders learned their Pow Wow routine for Homecoming 2014 and worked on pep rally material, band cadences and a variety of cheers, chants, and stunts. They also prepared for the upcoming football season by painting spirit banners. North Florida Cheer Elite served as the cheer trainers for three of the camp days. The varsity cheerleaders will make their debut at the fall classic football game against Ridgeview on Friday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. KHHS cheerleaders complete camp MELROSE The Putnam County Sheriffs Office said one of its deputies chased a suspect through Melrose early Tuesday and arrested the man after he lost control of his vehicle. According to a press release, on July 29 at approximately 4:30 a.m., Deputy Donny Jordan attempted to stop a Toyota Camry that he observed speeding on State Road 21 in the area of Price Road. When Jordan turned around to make the traffic stop, the driver of the Toyota, later identified as 31 year old Kristopher James Wanton, accelerated rapidly in an attempt to flee. Jordan pursued Wanton for approximately 10 minutes along Baden Powell Road and the area around Cue Lake before Wanton spun out in soft sand and came to a stop while attempting to make a right turn onto Quail Way. After being taken into custody, a search of Wantons person revealed him to be in the possession of marijuana and an inventory search of the vehicle revealed Crack Cocaine, Hydrocodone, Methamphetamine, Xanax and drug paraphernalia. In addition, Wanton was also found to be driving on a suspended license. Wanton was arrested and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug equipment, resisting and officer, a moving traffic violation and three counts of possession of drugs. Putnam deputy pursues suspect through Melrose, Keystone Heights High School sets dates for schedule pickup, orientation, open house Students entering the eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th grades can pick up their 2014-2015 class schedules on Thursday, Aug. 7th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the schools front office. Orientation for seventh-grade students and an open house for eighth-grade students will be held on Friday, Aug. 8th at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria. Seventh-grade students will receive their class schedules and other important information during the orientation. After a brief assembly, parents and students are welcome to wander the campus at their leisure, meeting teachers and locating classrooms. Open House for grades 9-12 will be on Thursday, Aug. 28 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Floridas back-to-school tax free holiday, passed during the 2014 legislative session, is quickly approaching. From Aug. 1 through 3, Floridians will be exempt from state and local sales tax applied to clothes, shoes, wallets and bags priced at $100 or less per item. The tax holiday will also apply to school supplies priced at $15 or less per item, as well as the first $750 toward purchases of computers and computer accessories. Community Church Rummage Sale Community Church Womans Organization, located behind Ace Hardware, will hold a huge fall rummage Sale filled with like new and slightly used items on Aug. 7 through 9. The popular early bird shopping hours are Thursday, Aug. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per family. Regular sales dates, with no admission charges, are Friday, Aug. 8 from 9 to 4 p.m. and Saturday the 9th the famous Dollar a Bag Day from 9 a.m. until noon. Proceeds and all items not sold are donated to many worthy causes.


American Heritage Girls meeting American Heritage Girls, a faith-based, character building organization dedicated to building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country, will hold its first meeting of the year on Aug. 28 at 6:45 p.m. at Friendship Bible Church. Girls ages 5-18 are welcome to join. Shining Light Players at Freedom Baptist Church Shining Light Players, a drama and music team from Bryson City, NC. will be at Freedom Baptist Church on Sunday, Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m. presenting A Consuming Fire the story of missionaries Jim and Elizabeth Elliot. The public is invited and admission is free. A love offering will be taken. Gallery 26 Melrose Art Walk Gallery 26, at 303 State Road 26 in Melrose will be open for the art walk this Friday from 6 to 9 pm. There will also be a show at the Artists Hall, next door at 301 State Road 26. They will have music by Ron Bowman, Paula Tyner, Sam Read and Karan Newman. 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 31 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. Football meeting A meeting for the parents and players of the Keystone Heights High School Junior High football team will be held on Monday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. in the schools cafeteria. This is a very important meeting to discuss the upcoming year and to review all the forms parents must complete in order for their students to play. For more information, call Coach Darty at 352-473-1525. Sports passes go Century Club passes, allsport passes and student passes go on sale Aug. 4. For more information, call Coach Darty at 352-473-1525. Hunter safety course offered in Keystone Heights The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety Internet-completion course in Clay County. The locations for this class will be given to those who register in advance by calling the regional FWC office at 386-7580525 or going to HunterSafety. 6A Lake Region Monitor Thursday, July 31, 2014 Introduction to Information Technology classes taught by Suzi Ludwig, Theresa Hodges Evans, Kami Ferriell, Kurt Sandstrom, Justin Smith, Kylie Smith, Bailey Story, Alec


as amateur. He uses the same adjective to describe three pieces he entered in the arts and crafts exhibition at the 2014 Bradford County Fair. Those three pieces earned him a best-overall rosette. Goodman said his work is so much better now. You learn as you go along, he said. You learn from your mistakes. When he first started, Goodman said he just built what he wanted, but he now bases his pieces on real houses, finding pictures on the Internet to go by. Hes built a few famous houses, such as the house on The Waltons TV show, as well as the real-life Waltons house. He has given thought to building replicas of local buildings, such as State Farm, Sonnys and Western Steer, saying, I can build anything I can take a picture of. One day, hed like to build the get out of jail, theyre told to go to church. The hobby continued to evolve as Goodman built birdhouses as part of a family Christmas gift exchange. A miniature of Bradford Baptist Church, of which Goodman and his wife are members, sits inside the church, but Goodman describes the work laugh, adding, Thats just like everything else, isnt it? Goodman said hes always enjoyed working with wood. He used to carve items out of it and remembered one time when he made two pistols that looked convincingly real. The cylinders had chambers drilled into them and could be removed. The barrels were hollowed out, and the guns painted black, except for the handles, which were painted white. The finished pieces were taken to the fair in Palatka. The woman accepting exhibition entries was taken aback when she saw the guns. She didnt know what to do, Goodman said. Building houses started last year when Goodman made a train for his daughter. I said, Ill just make a little depot to go with it. After making the depot, Goodman said he built a bank, a saloon, a jailhouse and a church. He laughed as he described how the buildings all tied in together. People go to the bank, take out money and then go to the saloon. They get in trouble at the saloon and wind up in jail. When they BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer Bradford County resident Ronald Goodman recently built his dream house, but he cant move into ittheres no room. Its not that the house is full of clutter; its just that its so small that Goodman can hold it in his hands. Goodman keeps his hands busy building miniature housesone of which is named My Dream Housea hobby that got its start last year. He spends a little time in his workshop in the morning and devotes a little more time to making the houses later in the day. As soon as he finishes one, such as the aforementioned hes quick to show it off to his wife, Evelyn, asking her, How do you like this one? Recently, Goodman worked on three houses at once, but he doesnt maintain a hectic pace. After all, making houses for family and friends is just a hobby. I dont want this to be a job, he said. Most of the time, he uses cedar wood. Goodman said he likes the looks of it and likes the fact it doesnt rot. However, hes willing to use any type of wood someone would like him to use. Ill build them whatever they want, Goodman said. If they want it out of pine, Ill build it out of pine. If they want it out of cypress, Ill build it out of cypress. Goodman will even build a home out of oak if somebody wanted it, though he said he doesnt have any oak in his possession, so hed have to buy it. If I made one (out of oak) for somebody, the price would have to be a little higher. Anytime Ive got to buy something, the price goes up, Goodman said with a Regional News Regional News B Section Thursday, July 31, 2014 News from Bradford County, Union County and the Lake Region FEATURES CRIME SOCIALS OBITUARIES EDITORIAL $159 lb $499 lbPRICES AVAILABLEJULY 30 AUGUST 05 2 $3$279 $169 Amazing quality. Fantastic prices.Satisfaction Guaranteed $139lb $999 $449 lb $29 9 lb $1099 $299 lb40 OZ 2.5 LB lb FAM PAK lb Open 7 Days a Week 8am to 8pm1371 South Walnut St. (Hwy 301) Starke (904) 368-9188 4-PACK COBURN FARM 16 OZHUNTS 24 OZ ALL FLAVORSCRYSTAL 2.0 24 PK VAN CAMPS 15 OZ $169 $229 2 $100WESSON 48 OZMANTIAS16 OZ TOTINOS 10.2 OZ ASSORTED S.A.L. BRAND 2-LITER PORTMANNS REAL 30 OZ $279 $199 Florida Twin TheatreAll Seats $6.00 Before 6 p.m. 964-5451* OPEN EVERY NIGHT SCREEN 1 SCREEN 2 STARTS FRIDAY Visit us on-line at www.FloridaTwinTheatre.comFri 7:10, 9:10 Sat 5:00, 7:10, 9:10 Sun 5:00, 7:10 Mon Thur 7:30NOW SHOWING Vin Diesel Wed. Kids Shows 10am & 1pm All Seats $5.00August 6TH RIO 2 PGG uardiansof theGALAXYFri 7:00, 9:15 Sat 4:45, 7:00, 9:15 Sun 4:45, 7:00 Mon Thur 7:15Dwayne Johnson PG-13 A hobby with a homey feeling houses. also a jewelry box. Goodman named Dream House.


she had to keep the business Carl had built running. She took over the running of the funeral home. Her credentials as a funeral director were grandfathered in. She also was the business manager. Daughter Aletia took over as primary mortician. She was the first female funeral director in the area, with the next closest being in Lake City. At the time, there was not one even in Jacksonville. Haile became an integral part of the community somewhere along the way. She said that while she has never changed her church affiliation from her years in Gainesville, she attends many of the churches in Bradford County for both funerals and special events. She also frequently donates to both local churches and community projects. Haile is also a musician. While she admitted only to plinking on the piano and organ, she was once known in the area as a talented gospel singer. I am the only organizer of the Bradford Gospel Ensemble still living, Haile said. They were organized primarily by myself and the late Willie Mae heart failure. Haile was devastated, but knew do things together such as taking cruises or going out to dinner. They also were involved in the community, sponsoring children at what was then known as the Sunland Training Center (now Tacachale). All the kids helped out with the family business while they were growing up, with two, Gregory and Aletia, attending Gupton Jones Mortuary College in Atlanta. After this two-year program, both of them had to serve a three-year apprenticeship and pass both state and national boards to earn their morticians license. Both served their apprenticeship with their father at the Haile Funeral Home. Son Darryl works as a truck driver now, but still helps out whenever he can. Haile moved to Starke for the most part after Aletia finished high school in 1976, but she did not make the move official until 1993. Carl, 14 years her senior, was diagnosed with lung cancer. A lifetime as a smoker, combined with inhaling some of the chemicals used in his work had taken its toll. Haile said he had surgery but the cancer returned in another location. He passed away in 1994 from congestive BY TRACY LEE TATE Special to the Telegraph, Times and Monitor Becoming a valued member of the community does not require one to be from the area originally. Years of caring and service count for much more than place of origin or other places one has lived. This is especially true of Elaine Haile, matriarch of the Haile family in Starke. Haile was born in High Springs 81 years ago to Frederick Henry and Oleatha (Wildman). She has one brother, Charles, who lives in Gainesville after a career as a typesetter for the New York Times. She was educated in Alachua County, and then went to New York City (Manhattan) to attend Apex College for cosmetology. In New York, she stayed with an aunt who was expecting her first baby and she returned to High Springs after the baby was born. When she came back to High Springs on a visit, one of her friends, Pearl Brooks, took her to a high school football game in Gainesville. There she was introduced by her friend to her future husband, a former classmate of Brooks. Carl Haile was at the game driving the ambulance in case one of the players got hurt. He was employed by the Chestnut Funeral Home, which provided the ambulance service. He asked Elaine and her friend to meet him at the Elks Rest after the game and they did. They spent the evening talking and dancing. I didnt know it, but he told my friends to go ahead and leave so he could take me home, Haile said. When it was time to go I looked around and they were gone, so he drove me. He was a perfect gentleman and asked if he could see me again. I said yes. After a few months of dating, Carl proposed, but Haile did not answer right away. The couple courted for about a year while Haile completed her education in cosmetology and business at Jones College in Jacksonville. Then she said yes. The couple was married on June 26, 1955, at the AME Allen Chapel in High Springs. It was the biggest wedding ever in High Springs, Haile remembered. My dress was hand made and everyone looked so nice. The couple moved to a small house in Gainesville on what is now First Street, about two blocks from the funeral home. They both worked for Chestnut for a time. The couple had three children, Gregory, Aletia and Darryl. Carl came from a family where he was one of 14 children, Haile remembered. He wanted to have a lot more kids than we did, but I hold him he married the wrong wife if he thought I was going to have any more. In October of 1963, Carl came to Starke to open his own funeral home. He was still working as a mortician at Chestnut during the first year to help out the owner until his son got his morticians license. Haile stayed in Gainesville. She had a small beauty shop in her home, was a substitute teacher at Duval Elementary and was active in her church and several womens social clubs. She also wanted her kids to grow up in an area where there were more activities for young people. She would come to Starke in the evenings and on weekends, and he would come see her in Gainesville as his growing business allowed. In Gainesville, Haile was active in her church, the Greater Bethel AME Church of Gainesville, and a social club called the Starlight Social Club, which was started by her and a dozen friends. The group would 2B Telegraph, Times & Monitor B Section Thursday, July 31, 2014 HWY 301, STARKE | 904.964.7200murrayfordsuperstore.comTHIS IS FORD COUNTRY *WITH APPROVED CREDIT, $2,661 DUE AT SIGNING, 36 MONTH LEASE, NO SECURITY DEPOSIT. *All prices net of rebates, dealer retains all rebates if any. See dealer for details. **Art for illustration purposes only, prior sale subject to early deadlines. 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Tryouts for the Bradford Middle School football team will be held Aug. 4-6 at 8:30 Shanon Kiser, a Bradford High School graduate and the son of Emmanuel Joseph and Cassandra Kiser of Lawtey, was featured as part of a July 9, 2014, Tallahassee Democrat story on Leon County school teachers undergoing training to get up to speed on the new Common Core standards. Kiser, who graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University in May, will be teaching third grade at Springwood Elementary School in Tallahassee. He and other Leon teachers took part in one of six four-day training sessions this summer. Each session was attended by approximately 180 teachers. Kiser prepping for school year in Leon County Thursday, July 31, 2014 Telegraph, Times & Monitor B Section 3B Hwy. 301 South Starke, FL(Next door to Gator II Farm Supply)964-4810 PurpleOpen Mon-Sat 9 am 6 pm Western Wear Tax Holiday August 1 3 SAVE! 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At the state pageant, 15-yearold Stallings won Best Actress and Most Promising Model awards, and was first runner-up in both Most Photogenic and Miss Personality categories, as well as first runner-up for Most Volunteer Service Hours and second runner-up for Casual Wear Modeling. She won $3,000 in cash and prizes. Stallings has been a homeschooled student, but plans on attending Providence School in the fall. She has participated in volunteer work with her church and local hospital, and enjoys acting, singing and dancing. It is Stallings goal to take the skills she has learned by speaking publicly at pageants and in the community and use them to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. She also plans to raise awareness about the importance of positive body image in young ladies. National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating Americas greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year, National American Miss Pageants awards $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide. Pageants are held in each state for girls 4-18 in five age divisions. Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining selfconfidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes about competition and setting and achieving personal goals. Stallings is crowned National American Miss Florida Shanon Kiser Tryouts for Bradford High School volleyball will take place Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 4-6, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the school gym. Players must have current physicals. For more information, please call coach Robbie Best at 352745-1593. Bradford County Pop Warner practices start Friday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m. at the Thomas Street recreational facility. Spots are available on five football teams and cheer squads, ranging in age from 5 to 14. Registration forms can be found online at www.leaguelineup. com/bradfordcountypopwarner or by contacting Rodney Mosley at 904-412-6300. Gloria and Jim Holmes celebrated their 60 th wedding anniversary. They were married on July 24 th 1954 at Dukes, Florida. They have three daughters, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. They now reside in Melrose after having lived in Jacksonville, Gainesville and Lake Butler. They were stationed in Beaufort, South Carolina and Cherry Point, North Carolina. Jim served in Korea, Viet Nam and had numerous tours about ships as an aircraft maintenance officer. He is retired USMC. Gloria raised the girls and kept the home until they were in school. Then she went to teaching, her last being at Lake City Community College (now Gateway). At the same time owning fabric stores in Lake Butler, Starke and Lake City. They are both enjoying their retirement years. Jim, Gloria Holmes celebrate 60th wedding anniversary Socials Bradford Pop Warner practices begin Aug. 1 Tryouts for BHS volleyball begin Aug. 4 BMS football tryouts are Aug. 4-6 a.m. Players must have a current FHSAA physical on file with the school before trying out. If unable to attend, please call coach William Brewington at 352-234-9743. Football practice for Lake Butler Middle School starts at 7 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 4, at the schools gym. Practices are 7-10 a.m. on Mondays through Fridays through Aug. 14. All necessary paperwork needs to be completed and turned in before a student can practice. If you have any questions, please call coach Lamar Waters at 904-364-6614. LBMS football practices begin Aug. 4


Dear Editor: Mr. Arnie Harriss recent letter accusing me of mind-bogglingly erroneous assertions... regarding the current fiasco in Israel needs to be addressed, since Mr. Harris opinions do not change the facts. Our current administration in Washington has indeed declared that Israel has the right to defend itself. A meaningless gesture of so-called support since each nation, and, indeed each individual on the planet, has already been granted the right to self defense by our Creator. The Obama-Kerry duet does not grant rights to anyone. More interestingly, lets look at what our kindly government has granted to the other side of this conflict. The US has given more than five billion dollars to the Palestinian Authority over recent decades. Because in 2011 the PA unified with Hamas terrorists, we are now in effect annually giving $665 million of our (borrowed) money to an organization which refuses to accept the state of Israel, advocates the conquest of Palestine, desires to cleanse it completely of Jews, and condemns all peace efforts. And now theyre asking for $47 million more. I question any claim that the US is four-square supportive of Israel. We do not demand that Israels neighbors recognize its right to exist. We contribute trillions of dollars in oil money to governments that then supply terrorists with the equipment needed to kill us and our supporters. We call for a return to the 1967 borders (which would put Israel at even greater risk). We push for a divided Jerusalem, Israels capital. We have lifted sanctions on Israels sworn enemy, Iran, and are allowing them to attain nuclear weapons. This schizophrenic policy is a pathetic joke in the world of foreign policy. Lets get real here. This two-faced administration should either stand with Israel or stand with the people who want Dear Editor: I have read the recent news about the 2012 scalding death of one of our South Florida inmates. As the wife of a State Legislator and a person who has spent countless hours volunteering directly with inmates in the prisons, I share the distress over the allegations surrounding this horrific 4B Telegraph, Times & Monitor B Section Thursday, July 31, 2014 Editorial/Opinion Bradford County Telegraph Union County Times Lake Region Monitor Floridas General Election in November promises to be another national show as votes are cast on the issue of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. The grand melee of prior elections in Florida have provided a civic show, leading the public to expect the unexpected when Floridians go to the polls, and leads voters to wonder if Florida officials can conduct an accurate election. In the presidential election of 2000, former Vice President George Bush was pitted against former vice president, Al. Gore, in a very close race. The vote count in Miami-Dade County was flawed and had to be recounted, a time-consuming task, delaying the outcome of the election for about a month. Bush was the declared winner and went on to serve two terms, but Democrats were never convinced an accurate count was made. In the 2002 election, Floridians for Humane Farms obtained signatures and put on the ballot a proposed amendment that would ban restriction of sows while birthing pigs. The amendment passed and became part of the Florida Constitution to the consternation of many people who thought the proposal should have been handled by the legislature. The sale of marijuana has already been approved by voters in several states for both medicinal and recreational use, but the effect on society has yet to be determined. However, Americas experience with prohibition offers some clues for the control of dangerous items. In 1919, the United States passed a ban on the production and sale of alcohol. In spite of the claim that American women took advantage of men while fighting the war in Europe, the vote in both the Senate and House was overwhelming in support of the amendment. President Woodrow Wilson vetoed the proposed bill and was overridden the next day. Without a doubt, prohibition (as the Volstead Act became known) represented the thoughts of the majority of Americans at the time. In a very short time, Americans turned against the amendment, not because they wanted the sale of alcohol to be legal again, but because the government could not control the illegal use, distribution and consumption of alcohol, or at least, was not willing to turn the nation into a police state. Government at all levels fought the illegal production and sale of alcohol, but at the same time, spread the possibility of illegal activities between bootleggers and officials. Mobs were formed in larger cities, which were divided among overlords. Bootleggers began operating in every town and hamlet, with some people believing it was with the cooperation of local law enforcement officials. In the little town where I grew up, there were two openly operating bootleggers, known to everyone. They operated for years and were still active when I entered military service in January 1942. They were gone when I returned in December 1945. As mentioned earlier, Americans were disappointed with the governments failure to control the manufacture and sale of alcohol, and were not reluctant to let representatives and senators know their views. While the Volstead Act was passed and entered into the Constitution as the 18 th Amendment, support for the ban on alcohol began immediately eroding, ending with its being repealed by the 21 st amendment, ratified by Utah on Dec. 5, 1933. Utah was the 36 th state to ratify the amendment, bringing prohibition to a close. American officials learned a great deal from the prohibition experiment, namely, that Americans are law abiding unless the government attempts to cram unwanted rules and regulations that are unfair, unwanted and unworkable. It was a noble experiment with excellent intentions, but the American public wanted alcohol controlled, not eliminated. Controlling the growth and sale of marijuana may not be a repeat of the prohibition days, but there some similarities, and government control will be difficult. Buster Rahn Telegraph editorialist Palms Medical Group of Starke would like to welcome the parents and students of all ages to come out and join us for a circus fun filled evening of food, games, and prizes on Thursday, August 14th. We will also be raffling off door prizes for everyone as they arrive. You must be present to win and do need to be a patient to attend. We will be throughout the night. We would also like to encourage everyone to as your favorite circus animal or silly clown, and while youre here take advantage of your chance to get your child pre-scheduled for an annual physical. Just see our friendly staff for a registration form and to pre-schedule your childs physical now. We will be starting our spectacular Starke circus at 6:30 PM. Our are as follows: grades K-2nd (6:30 pm), 3rd -5th (7:00 pm), 6 th -8 th (7:30 pm), and 9th -12th (8:00 pm). If you are unable to RSVP we will be holding our spectacular Starke circus open for extended hrs from 8:00-8:30PM. So come on out and join us and enjoy the show! PALMS MEDICAL GROUP of Starke presents ourBACK TO SCHOOLThursday, August 14 starts 6:30 pm 1699 N. Temple Ave Starke (904) 368-9105 Florida election to be a barn burner Letters Dear Editor: I wanted to say that I agree with the letter submitted last week by Doug Stamper on electing officials based on their education and experience to do the job. For far too long, we have elected people to positions in Bradford County based on popularity and family ties. Perhaps our governmental agencies and school system would be in better shape if we put more thought into the knowledge and experience the candidates have to do the job instead of favoritism. Sincerely, Mark Well Dear Editor: I just had to say that Doug Stamper was right on with his letter to the editor regarding electing our officials. Bradford voters need to wake up and realize what damage their vote can have on our kids future. Putting friends in charge helps no one. Experience should count for something. Jenn Smith Voters, wake up for sake of kids future Consider experience, knowledge when voting Majority of corrections personnel are honorable, caring tragedy. I feel compelled to tell the rest of the story. There is another face to Corrections that is never presented to the general public. Of the 22,398 employees in the Department of Corrections the vast majority are honorable, caring men and women. Ive listened to many inmates tell me about officers like Major Duncan, who is firm, but very fair, he treats us like he really cares about us. Ive watched Assistant Warden Jordan and his team as theyve gathered up discarded doors and other materials to build a hydroponic garden for their inmates so they can learn a skill and have the satisfaction of working with growing plants inside the stark razor wire and hard concrete buildings. In the midst of this horrendous news could we also express appreciation and respect for these unsung public servants, the Correctional Officers who lay their lives on the line daily for long hours and minimal pay while putting their whole hearts into a job, sincerely longing and working to send prisoners back out of prison as productive citizens? Sincerely, Katherine Van Zant Keystone Heights Letters Readers opinions dont change the facts to wipe it off the face of the earth. Now regarding who started this latest round of violence. Go back to 1947. When the brandnew Israeli state was established, it was immediately attacked by most of its Muslim neighbors. The Israelis prevailed and, ever since, there has been a continuing effort by many nations to destroy Israel. Several shooting wars have been initiated. All attempts to kill the Jews have failed, but the efforts of these anti-Semitic Muslims have been constant. If, indeed, the most recent shooting aspect of this ongoing conflict can be laid at the feet of Israeli Defense Force members who shot Palestinian rock throwers, keep these things in mind. 1) A rock the size of a golf ball traveling at 60 mph will impact your head with enough force to bring you down immediately. And if a sling is used-very common in the middle-East-the force nearly doubles. (Recall one David vs. Goliath) 2) Because Israel is run by the rule of lawas we used to be in this countryanyone, soldier or civilian, accused of a crime is liable for punishment. In other words, Israel has a system of justice, and it is used. (When is the last time-or first time-anyone ever heard of the Palestinian Authority punishing someone for harming a Jew?) Also in regard to who shot first--the Terrorists of Hamas have been constantly engaged in the ongoing construction of concrete-lined tunnels going from Gaza into Israel. These could probably be stamped Courtesy of the US taxpayer and are not built to speed up someones daily commute to work. According to Obama frontman Josh Earnest, Israeli military action is being conducted against a network of tunnels that Hamas has constructed to try to give them access to Israeli civilians. Access for what? For killing, thats what. So, as far as Im concerned, these terrorists initiated this latest round of shooting just by virtue of the fact that they have created these tunnels, which any nation, other than the United States, would consider an act of war. Questioning the assertion that Hamas hides behind civilians is futile. For example, members of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, in Palestine doing aid work, stumbled across rockets stored in a building being used as a shelter for displaced persons, twice-in one week. There are aerial photos available showing rocket launch sites in a mosque, a hospital, a playground, and a cemetery. On Sunday, July 21, John Kerry himself said on CNN that, The fact is that Hamas uses civilians as shield (sic). And there is so much more. Overall, what we have in this absurd situation is a tiny country, founded on the same democratic principles as the United States, fighting for its life, surrounded by other nations that want it completely destroyed. Israel gives notice to Palestinian civilians in advance of a military strike. (Unheard of) Israel removed its own citizens from Gaza and gave that territory to the Palestinians (a grave mistake in my opinion). Israel is a place where all religions thrive; where women have the same rights as men; where over one million Arab citizens enjoy the same rights as their Jewish counterparts; where people of all colors flourish. This is an advanced, productive, prosperous country. Opposed to this nation are millions of anti-Semitic, and usually anti-American, neighbors. People who subscribe to a belief system which seems to have little regard for human life, who target civilians in war; who behead someone who doesnt conform to their religious beliefs; who volunteer to commit suicide; who engage in forced female genital mutilation; who apply 60 lashes to a woman deemed not properly attired in public; who apply the death penalty to gays and lesbians; who engage in honor killing; who support the idea that a lie is perfectly justified if it promotes their agenda. Palestinian civilians are being killed in this conflict because that is what Hamas intends. What other explanation is possible when rocket launchers are placed in the back yard of a home. What is beyond my understanding is how anyone can defend such beliefs and behavior. Leonard C. Young Keystone Heights


Archer, but moved to a 30-acre tract in Putnam Hall in 2011. Currently, they have 20 acres in use, with the other 10 now under development. They provide a safe and loving home for over 200 pigs and about 100 other animals, including goats, cows, chickens, turkeys, miniature horses, a pony, dogs and cats. They are at capacity right now and have to turn away requests to place animals two or three times a week. For every animal on the property there is a story most ranging from sad to horrific. All the animals are named and given as much human attention as they will allow which varies according to the animals history. All of the animals are spayed or neutered to prevent increasing the population. In one field are two Jersey dairy cows, one cow and a steer. Their names are Holly and Tinsel. They came to Rooterville from Farm Sanctuary, a New York rescue organization that many consider to be the premier animal sanctuary of its kind. Holly and Tinsel were rescued from a December animal auction in New York. According to Dale, when cows give birth in such places, the calves must stand almost immediately or they are thrown into an area called the dead room. This is what happened to Tinsel and Holly. Luckily, they were rescued and cared for, and the Christmas cows are now hearty, healthy animals. Three huge Tom turkeys rule the roost in one section of the compound. Rescued from a factory farm, they have been bred to grow quickly, and life span is unimportant. Normally slaughtered between 12 and 18 months, these guys are going on four years old and are pushing 80 pounds each. Pigs are everywhere at Rooterville and are, in fact, the inspiration for the organizations name. There are three types of pig that make up almost all of the sanctuarys population: farm pigs or hogs, piney rooters (feral pigs) and Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs (the largest population). The pigs come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some were raised as pets, with a few even raised as house pigs or members of the family. Some come from abusive backgrounds or were neglected, while others come to Rooterville because their owners have died or become unable to care for them. Pigs are intensely social animals and become attached to the other living creatures around them, Dale said. This is the same, be these creatures other pigs or human. These animals grieve when taken away from in Putnam Hall. Rooterville, an animal rescue and educational facility, was conceived by Elaine with the full support and encouragement of Dale. Over 10 years ago, she started working with rescue groups focused on pot-bellied pigs. Sometimes there would be too many rescues for the group to handle, so Elaine ended up taking some of the animals home. Finally in 2004, she and Dale decided that it would be best if they went ahead and became a non-profit rescue organization themselves and Rooterville was born. Rooterville is a 501(3C) nonprofit organization. According to Dale, this means that it is owned by the community and is meant to be a resource for that community. We want to encourage compassion for all animals and enrich the life of the community, Dale said. We want to show people the health legacy they can give their families through plantbased nutrition. The sanctuary began in Thursday, July 31, 2014 Telegraph, Times & Monitor B Section 5B Your Flooring Specialist Vinyl Carpet Ceramic Tile Hardwood & Laminate Floors Visit Our Showroom! SALES SERVICE INSTALLATIONCommerical Residential Se Habla E spaolMon Fri 8:30 am 5:30 pm Sat 9 am Noon 131 N. Cherry St. Starke, FL 32091BUYING POWER OF OVER 1400 STORES 407 W. 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FL (US 301 North)Family Law & Will Preparation30 years experience Margaret will continue to serve clients in Alachua County as well as Bradford & Union counties BY TRACY LEE TATE Special to the Telegraph, Times and Monitor A great love of animals, combined with a heartfelt belief that the vegan lifestyle is the most responsible way to preserve the planet, motivates Dale and Elaine West to provide homes for over 300 animals and educational opportunities for local residents at their compound Animal rescue, education at the heart of Rooterville was a rescue a home where they have been raised and it sometime takes them a while to recover. While developing the new area is costly, with the main expense being fencing, just keeping everyone on site fed is a financial challenge. Rootervilles biggest expense is food for the animals; with the largest part of that being hay. The facility uses about $20,000 worth of hay annually, as well as other foods and supplements. After food, the next biggest expense is medical, both the routine spays and neuters and the more costly rehabilitation of animals suffering from abuse and neglect. Shelton Veterinary handles routine procedures, while more serious cases are trucked to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where they see an internationally known swine specialist. Dale retired from Publix in 2009 and now puts in 120-hour weeks to care for the animals and property. Elaine follows a similar schedule. Rooterville has four people on the payroll and welcomes volunteers; such as those who visit from the University of Florida and local 4-H chapters. Besides teaching by example through showing the animals in their charge love and respect, Dale and Elaine also work to promote the vegan lifestyle. Such a lifestyle is plant-based and involves the complete avoidance of animal products in ones diet; including eggs, cheese, butter and milk. If all Americans would become vegans, it would eliminate all the animal cruelty involved in factory farming, both for meat production and for the production of other animal products, Dale said. In addition, about 80 percent of all of the food grown in this country goes to feed animals. If Americans became vegans, this country could raise enough food to feed the entire population of the world! A new visitors center is under construction at Rooterville which will make it easier for the Wests to present programs about healthy eating to visiting school groups and others. A special event is planned for September, which will be a combination grand re-opening of the facility and a fundraiser to help complete the 10-acre addition to the compound. As part of the event, a vegan chef will prepare a special gourmet lunch for all attendees. Both the Wests and the fourlegged residents of Rooterville love visitors and have many opportunities for education and family fun available. 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headstone had been set up for the event. The stone was provided by Rosier and said Master Tom Record 0-60. They buried the casket and then let Tatum speak. It was a good time, Mosley said. We all had fun and really pulled one over on Tom. It was his turn after all the tricks he had played on us through the years. Mosley remembered the hours spent at Sonnys as a time of gossip and jokes played on hapless diners unlucky enough to sit in their vicinity. I didnt want to talk about the sawmill and he didnt want to talk about tires, so we had to talk about something, Mosley said. There was a Mrs. Boatwright who was president of the Florida Bank and was big in the Starke Rotary Club. Those of us from Lawtey always felt that the Starke members didnt feel we were really good enough to join their club, so one day we started a discussion about starting a club in Lawtey. The conversation was deliberately loud and Boatwright just happened to be sitting right behind them at the time. What followed was a minor uproar, followed by a years-long running joke about the Lawtey Rotary Club. Tom is a unique individual, Mosley said. I dont really know how he turned out the way he did. Both of his parents were very straight-laced and so is his brother Charles. Tom is special. He has a sense of fun and is a modern day Will Rogers he has a saying for every occasion. Tatum had a reputation as a womanizer, but said he really was harmless. Of course I would flirt with the waitresses at Sonnys, Tatum said. I can appreciate a pretty woman, but there was always the thought in the back of my mind what would I do if any of them ever took me seriously? I wasnt going to go there. The flirting never made it out the door. Tatum had a heart attack in his early 40s, followed by openheart surgery in 1992. He felt it necessary to modify his lifestyle somewhat after the surgery, curtailing both his lunches and raccoon hunting. Tatum and his entire family have always been very involved in the school system, both in Lawtey and on a county level. I told him, Dont throw those away anymore. Anything thats over a foot long, I can use, or 2 feet long. Hes given me most everything Ive got right now, Goodman said. U.S. Capitol, but Goodman said, It might be a while before I get to that one. Thats going to be kind of hard to build. Actually, when it comes to building any of the houses, there is no easy part, Goodman said. However, he doesnt really look at any of it as hard, saying, I enjoy doing it. Goodman has gotten some of his cedar supply from a tree that blew down in his daughters yard. Plus, he has a nephew who supplies him with wood as well. His nephew makes tables out of cedar and used to throw smaller pieces of wood away. 6B Telegraph, Times & Monitor B Section Thursday, July 31, 2014 SR-230 E (2 miles east of US-301)B anquet Hall Driving Range Check out our web pagewww M emberships Available E xcellent Driving RangeP ro Shop Gift CertificatesG olf Lessons by AppointmentP rofessionally Run Tournaments H ome of the Strawberry Invitational Li ke us on facebook HOUSES Continued from 1B Through his nephew, who also makes pieces utilizing driftwood and coral, Goodman met a man whos interested in taking the miniature houses to shows and trying to sell them. He said, Well, you could probably get anywhere from $600 to $1,200 for these. I dont know whether hes pulling my leg or telling the truth, Goodman said. However that venture turns out, Goodman will continue to get joy from studying a photograph of a house and then bringing that house to life in his workshop. In understated fashion, Goodman said, I like to work with wood a little bit. BY TRACY LEE TATE Special to the Telegraph, Times and Monitor A good life filled with family, hard work and some good times along the way sums up life so far for one well-known resident of Lawtey. Tom Tatum Jr. comes from a long line of sawmill owner operators. The family originated in Okefenokee in 1840, when an ancestor named John Tatum killed a schoolteacher. The family moved soon thereafter, finally ending up in Mississippi where they established a sawmill. Tatums father, Tom, and grandfather, Paul, opened Tatum Brothers sawmill in Ripley, Mississippi in 1933. The family moved the mill to Bear Creek, Alabama in 1942 and stayed there for about a decade. In 1952 the family moved again, this time to Florida, under the guidance of Tatums father, Tom Sr. This mill primarily worked with cypress. Tatum went to Lawtey Community School for grades six through nine, and then traveled to Starke to attend and graduate from Bradford High School. Tatum said he enjoyed the social life of high school and especially loved playing basketball, a sport for which he had a natural talent. Tatum excelled at sports, running the 100-yard dash in 9.9 seconds, but his father would never allow him to play football. He also played basketball during a short stint at St. Johns River Community College (now St. Johns River State College). I didnt want to go to college, Tatum said. I always wanted to work at saw milling. After leaving college, Tatum played on a city cage team. He was often the highest scoring player and helped his team to win the city league title in 1963, defeating, among others, a team known as the Professors which was composed of teachers from Bradford High School. Tatum also played for a time in the early 1960s on the Lawtey semi-pro baseball team. He remembers traveling around northern Florida with his teammates Bobby Ferguson, Spurgeon Spud Massey, Johnny Devore, Johnny Bates and Gary Bennett. Every town had a team back then and it was a family affair, Tatum said. We would all pack up our wives and kids and go play ball. It was a fun time. Tatum met his future wife, Linda, in 1959 when her family moved to Lawtey. The couple married young, in 1959, and have now celebrated their 54th anniversary. In 1963, Tatum and his brother Charles opened a small twoman sawmill working with pine. Tatum was working at DuPont for five years while the lumber business was slack, so he was working two jobs. Tatums wife was the only other worker during those first years she stacked lumber as it came off the line while keeping track of two sons in a playpen off to the side. The newest incarnation of Tatum Brothers Lumber thrived and added employees. The expansion of U.S. 301 necessitated the building of a new mill across the street, where the business is still located. The new mill took one year to build and burned after only six days of operation. Both Tom and Charles were out hunting and there was a diesel leak, then a problem with an electric motor, Linda recalled. The mill was burning and neighbors were stopping and trying to help. They managed to pull out and save quite a bit of material and equipment for us. The mill was rebuilt in a few months and the family continued in the business of sawing lumber. Tatum was an avid raccoon hunter for many years, often going out with the late Marvin Rosier and other members of the hunt club he ran in his garage. The club had members from as far away as Lake Butler and was quite active, hunting for sport unless someone called needing help with a nuisance animal. Everyone in the club seemed to have more dogs than kids, Linda remembered. It was really all about the dogs, not the raccoons. They had competitions where the men never even took a gun. The point was to see who had the best dogs the one which would tree a raccoon first. Tatum was a fixture in Starke at lunchtime for many years. He and brother Charles would meet Lawrence Mosley, Howard Douglas and Doyle Thomas for lunch nearly every weekday at Sonnys BBQ. This practice continued until Tatums health would no longer allow him to make the daily drive. Mosley has hours of stories about Tatum they were friends growing up and still are. Mosleys uncle worked at the sawmill and Mosley spent hours hanging around the sawmill as a teen. When he got older, Mosley was an active participant in some of Tatums pranks. Tom was always involved in local politics, Mosley said. He wasnt interested in running himself. He said he saw his greatest purpose in life as a stirrer and a strower. He was non-partisan in the candidates he chose to support. He was loyal to the local people and if he thought someone would be good for the people, he supported them. Tatum and Mosley would load up in the car, with grandson, Tatum Davis, in tow. They would drive around all night close to the election. They would put up signs and call on people to try and get them to vote for Tatums choice of candidate. We would go down the road to see John Henry, Woodrow Griffis or many other people, Mosley said. We even let Tatum (Davis) drive once he was old enough to see over the dashboard. Davis confirmed this story and said he has many good memories of his days politicking with his grandfather. I loved it, Davis said. We would stay out all night, or it seemed that way, and I got to spend more time with my grandfather. Tatum had a streak of bad luck in his choice of candidates, which even extended to existing office holders who failed to get reelected once he made comments about how good a job he thought they were doing. In October 1994, Mosley and several more of Tatums friends decided to pull a huge practical joke on Tatum, which involved the entire community. Mosley told Tatum that he was planning to run for sheriff and wanted to hold an event at the sawmill. Tatum agreed to support his friend. When the day came, Mosley arrived like a true candidate with a retinue of supporters. After the singing of the hymn Precious Memories by Sylvia Reddish. Rev. James Croft took center stage to present a funeral service for the Tatum political machine. Croft, it seems, was one of the candidates who failed to be reelected once Tatum commented in a restaurant on what a good job he was doing as a Baker County commissioner. During the eulogy, a hearse from Archie Tanner Funeral Home pulled up, escorted by a Bradford County Sheriffs Office escort car. Mosley, along with pallbearers Dudley Hardy, Harold Davis, Darrell ONeal, Dolph Reddish and Marvin Rosier, carried the casket to the entrance of the mill, where a Tom Tatum: a life devoted to hard work, community and family


Thursday, July 31, 2014 Telegraph, Times & Monitor B Section 7B 964-(8473)13761 South US 301 Starke(1/2 mile south of walmart) Tires Wheels Vehicle Accessories Golf Carts & Parts Jo es Tires Summer Time We have Deep Blue Engel Coolers... Many Sizes!!! t Crime t The following individuals were arrested recently by local law enforcement officers in Bradford, Union and Clay (Keystone Heights area) counties: Bradford William Joseph Aviles, 34, of Keystone Heights was arrested July 27 by Bradford deputies for three charges of possession of drugs-controlled substance without a prescription, possession of marijuana and for probation violation. According to the arrest report, Aviles was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic infraction and was acting extremely nervous. After smelling marijuana coming from the vehicle, the deputy asked the occupants to step out of the vehicle, and a search of Aviles turned up two containers, one with pills in it and the other with a marijuana joint in it. Aviles was arrested, with no bond allowed on the probation violation charge. Alan Michael Bryan, 24, of Starke was arrested July 27 by Bradford deputies during a traffic stop for possession of marijuana. Bond was set at $5,000 for the charge. Antonio Antwain Butler, 21, of Starke was arrested July 26 by Bradford deputies for two charges of probation violation. No bond was allowed for the charges. Clarence Dewayne Cook of Palatka was arrested July 24 by Bradford deputies for driving while license suspended or revoked. Bond was set at $500 for the charge. Gino Miguele Gerding, 41, of Hampton was arrested July 24 by Bradford deputies for driving while license suspended or revoked. Bond was set at $1,500 for the charge. Idlys Concepcion Gomez Pou, 30, of Tampa was arrested July 27 by Lawtey police for driving while license suspended or revoked. Bond was set at $500 for the charge. Elisha Diane Harper, 37, of Keystone Heights was arrested July 27 by Starke police for larceny and for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to the arrest report, Harper was at Walmart in Starke and put several items in her purse while using her 12-year old child as a lookout. After she paid for some items in a cart, she started to leave the store with the other items, valued at $30, still in her purse. She was detained by a Walmart employee until the police arrived and arrested her. Bond was set at $1,500 for the charges. Walter Lee Henderson, 57, of Starke was arrested July 23 by Starke police for driving while license suspended or revoked. Bond was set at $5,000 for the charge. David Allen Holt, 26, of Archer was arrested July 25 by Recent arrests in Bradford, Clay and Union Bradford deputies for probation violation. No bond was allowed for the charge. Lajames Lewis Jamison, 26, of Starke was arrested July 23 by Bradford deputies for probation violation. Howard Louis Charrek Johnson, 48, of Starke was arrested July 25 by Lawtey police for driving while license suspended or revokedhabitual offender. Bond was set at $10,000 for the charge. Carlos Leonard Jones, 42, of Starke was arrested July 23 by Starke police on a warrant for possession of marijuana and for selling marijuana. Bond was set at $50,000 for the charges. Margarita Gomez Juarez, 36, of Jacksonville was arrested July 26 by Lawtey police for operating a vehicle without a valid drivers license. Bond was set at $500 for the charge. Kassidy M. Keen, 19, of Starke was arrested July 26 by Bradford deputies for failure to appear. Justen Wayne Kelley, 25, of Keystone Heights was arrested July 25 by Starke police for two charges of larceny and for failure to appear. According to the arrest report, a Walmart employee observed Kelley place a wallet into his pocket and then exit the store through the garden center. When several employees detained Kelley, he handed over the wallet, but refused to return to the security office. One employee attempted to grab Kelley to detain him, but he broke free and fled toward Dickies BBQ near U.S. 301. Police were called, and after a short search in the tree line south of Dickies, Kelly was found lying on the ground. He was charged with larceny petit theft and with resisting a merchant recovering property. Bond was set at $40,000 for the charges. Kendrick K. Martin, 27, was arrested July 26 by Starke police for driving while license suspended or revoked. Hannah Mercy McClellan, 23, of Brookings, Oregon, was arrested July 27 by Starke police for aggravated assault with a weapon and for disturbing the peace. According to the arrest report, McClellan and an unidentified man were outside of the Kangaroo on U.S. 301 and Market Road in Starke when two people pulled up to the store. The female driver entered the store to make a purchase, during which time McClellan got into a verbal altercation with the male passenger in the vehicle. McClellan called the male passenger a name because he wasnt wearing a shirt. When the female driver returned to the vehicle, she heard McClellan calling her friend names and then saw the unidentified man with McClellan pull a knife from his pocket. The two left the store and called police, but then returned to give the police statements. Before police arrived, the female victim stated that McClellan and the unidentified man approached their vehicle, with McClellan also pulling a knife from under her shirt and saying, You dont want to make me do this. The two left the store again, with McClellan spitting on the vehicle as it exited the parking lot. When the victim returned again, without the male passenger, the police were there, but McClellan and the man were gone. The police found McClellan walking on U.S. 301 north by the fairgrounds, and she admitted to the altercation, saying the male passenger had been disrespectful toward her since his pants were hanging below his waist and he wasnt wearing a shirt. McClellan, who said she is hitchhiking to New York, didnt know the male hanging out with her at the store. He was gone when police arrived, and McClellan said all her belongings were gone, too, from the side of the store. Bond was set at $21,000 for the charges against her. William Charles Miller, 45, of Starke was arrested July 23 by Bradford deputies on a warrant for battery and for criminal mischiefproperty damage of $1,000 or more. Bond was set at $30,000 for the charges. Robert Lawrence Schneider, 18, of Hawthorne was arrested July 25 by Starke police for larceny. According to the arrest report, Schneider was observed by a Walmart employee selecting movies in the electronics department, then unwrapping the movies in the hardware area before putting them in his pocket. He then picked up some shampoo and body wash and paid for those at the garden center register. He was detained by the employee after he left the garden center area with the movies in his pocket, valued at $175. Bond was set at $500 for the charge. Kwadwo Nkrumah Sefah, 21, of Gainesville was arrested July 25 by Bradford deputies for failure to appear. Bond was set at $1,000 for the charge. John Daniel Shuford, 25, of Lawtey was arrested July 22 by Bradford deputies for probation violation. No bond was allowed for the charge. David Allen Tyree, 37, of Gainesville was arrested July 25 by Bradford deputies for probation violation. No bond was allowed for the charge. Willie B. Tyson, 66, of Starke was arrested July 24 by Starke police for driving while license suspended or revoked. Keystone/Melrose Karl Baer, 43, of Melrose was arrested July 28 by Clay deputies for a writ of attachment. Steven Flaherty, 36, of Keystone Heights, was arrested July 27 by Clay deputies for domestic assault. Lucas Fullwood, 36, of Melrose was arrested July 28 by Clay deputies for video voyeurism. According to an arrest report, on June 13, the victim discovered a small video camera on top of a bedroom cabinet, surrounded by other items to conceal it. The device was pointed in the direction of the bathroom. Marklee Harris III, 33, of Starke was arrested by Clay deputies on July 28 for burglary. According to an arrest report, the victim reported power tools and a generator stolen from two separate locations. Investigative sources eventually led to Harris. Travis Mizel, 37, of Keystone Heights was arrested July 26 for burglary. According to an arrest report, witnesses saw Mizel taking weights and a weightlifting bar from the front porch of a neighbor after the neighbor had left for his job in Jacksonville. Travis Wright, 29, of Keystone Heights was arrested July 23 by Clay deputies for burglary. According to an arrest report, the victim was walking home from a relatives house when he saw Wright and another man leaving the victims residence with a Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PlayStation 4 and 25 Blu-ray discs. After demanding that the men return his property, the victim then called the sheriffs office. Union Shaun Steven Morris, 44, of Lake Butler was arrested July 22 by Union deputies for two probation violations. No bond was allowed for the charges. A 14-year-old male from Lake Butler was arrested July 24 by Union deputies on a warrant for felony vehicle theft. James Cleveland Perry, 50, of Lake Butler was arrested July 24 by Union deputies for contempt of courtviolating an injunction against repeated violence. Robert Lee Webb, 77, of Lake Butler was arrested July 26 by Union deputies for driving under the influence.


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By Henry Hodges In Memory of The Wilkerson Family d Obituaries d Harvey Baker STARKE Harvey Stalker Haines Baker, 60, a lifelong resident of Starke died on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at his residence. He was born in Gainesville on Aug. 24, 1953 to the late Harry William Baker and Edith Bowden Baker. He was employed as a truck driver. He was preceded in death by: his parents; his brother, Harry Baker; and his sister, Edith Baker. He is survived by: children, Veronica Burke of Starke, Buddy (Melissa) Baker of Texas, William Burke and Kyle Burke both of Washington; sister, Elva Jean (William) Spencer of Virginia; and four grandchildren. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Archie Tanner Funeral Services of Starke. Arthur Bellamy STARKEArthur Bellamy, 61, of Starke died Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Windsor Manor Care Center. Born in Starke on March 31, 1953 He was a life long resident of Starke. He was a common laborer. He was of Baptist Faith and attended the local schools of Bradford County. He is survived by: wife, Marsha Bellamy; stepson, Andrew Booth; brothers, Jerome Bass, Vernon Griffin, Horace Griffin, Curtis Griffin, Izell Wilson and Andrew Lee; and sister, Gloria Harrison. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at Mt. Pisgah AME Church with Rev James Wilcox Eulogist conducting the services. Internment will be held in Oddfellow Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Haile Funeral Home Inc. Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 1 at the Carl D. Haile Memorial Chapel. Family Hour 3 -4:00 p.m. Friends 5-7:00 p.m. Visitation also held one hour prior to service at the Church. Louie Best KEYSTONE HEIGHTS Mr. Louie Arthur Sonny Best, Jr., age 72, of Keystone Heights passed away, Monday, July 28, 2014 in Jacksonville at St. Vincents Medical Center following an extended illness. Mr. Best was born in Ruffin, South Carolina on Dec. 5, 1941 to the late Louie and Cornelia (Danelly) Best, Sr. and was in the Army Reserve. Prior to retirement, he was an owner and operator of James F. Tullis & Associates Insurance Company; he had also been a loan officer for many years in the banking industry. In 2005, Mr. Best moved to Keystone Heights from the Atlantic Beach area. He was raised Methodist and enjoyed woodworking, fishing, boating, reading and taking care of his seven cats. Survivors are: his wife of 20 years, Sammie (Byars); and five children, Danette (John) Hall of Jacksonville, Selena (Jerry, Jr.) Ferg of Keystone Heights, Debi (Karl) Becker of Deland, Teresa (Patrick) Meehan of Rockingham, North Carolina, Thomas Tommy Best of Sanford; and one sister, Jane (Vic) Warren of Summerville, South Carolina. Also left are his grandchildren, David, Jerry, Megan, Zach, Alicia, Juliet, Josh, Samantha, Victoria, Clay, Emily, Miles, Casey and two greatgranddaughters, Alexis and Kaylyn Hall. Funeral services will be Thursday, 1:00 p.m. July 31 in the Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Steve Atnip officiating. Interment will follow at Keystone Heights Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, 340 E. Walker Dr., Keystone Heights. 352-473-3176. PAID OBITUARY Glen Brown ALACHUA Glen Randall Randy Brown, 55, resident of Alachua, died Saturday, July 26, 2014 at his home, following a long illness, surrounded by his family. Randy was born on Jan. 20, 1959 in Orange Park. He grew up in Altamonte Springs, finishing school at the Harry Lundberg School of Seamanship, serving in the Merchant Marines, and later began a career in heating and air conditioning. Graduating with a degree in HVAC from Santa Fe College, he spent many years working for Bounds Heating and Air, most recently working as service manager. Randy even spent time as a civilian contractor working in Iraq from 2007 to 2009. Later in life, he enjoyed remote control airplanes and helicopters, spending time teaching his grandchildren how to operate them. He loved his animals, but most especially spending time with his family. He was a man of strong convictions, a generous nature and was always quick with a joke. He is survived by: his wife of 28 years, Judith Ann Brown; two daughters, Anna Renee Brown and Sara Lauren Brown; one son, James Randall Brown; two grandchildren Michael Joshua Pate, Jr. and Eli Randall Pate, all of Alachua; his parents, Glen and Shirley Brown, of Micanopy; sisters, Connie Greenlee, of Lawrence, Kansas, Karen Herring, of Irmo, South Carolina, and Carol (Richard) Solze, of Starke; brother, Duane Brown, of Irmo, South Carolina, along with three nieces and one nephew. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, August 1 at 10:00 a.m., in the Highlands Missionary Baptist Church, 2620 NE 15th Street, Gainesville, with Pastor Richard Hartman, officiating. Interment will follow in Old Providence Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 31 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606. WilliamsThomas Funeral Home Westarea, 823 NW 143rd St., Gainesville is in charge of all arrangements. Please visit his memorial page at: www. PAID OBITUARY Henry Dommon Henry Dommon STARKEHenry L. Buck Wheat Dommon, 65, of Starke Pleasant Grove Community died Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Shands at University of Florida Hospital Gainesville. Born in Lulu on March 28, 1949 Henry was a lifelong resident of Bradford County. He was employed at Camp Blanding as a painter. He was a member of Greater Allen Chapel AME Church of Starke, was a graduate of the RJE High School. He is survived by: his wife, Sandra Dommon of Starke; children, Norman Van Easley, Jerlene Dommon, Shonda Easley, Connie Easley and Zoya Davis all of Starke; sisters, Dora Dean and Rosa Thomas both of Starke; brothers, Ulysees Dommon of Pensacola, Anthony Dommon of Cambridge, Maryland and Howard Johnson of Lawtey; 18 grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Aug. 2 in the Greater Allen Chapel AME Church of Starke with Rev. Cynthia Bailey Eulogist conducting the services. Interment will be held in Oddfellow Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Haile Funeral Home Inc of Starke. Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 1 at the Carl D. Haile Memorial Chapel. Family 2-3:00 p.m. Friends 4-7:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held at the church one hour prior to services. Johnnie Hart KEYSTONE HEIGHTS Johnnie Lee Hart, 92, of Keystone Heights died at her home, Thursday, July 24, 2014. She was born in Megs, Georgia on March 17, 1922 to the late William M. and Nola Estelle (Fulford) Bass and was a homemaker. She is survived by: children, Jerry Wayne Hart and Melba Diane Marple both of Keystone Heights and Dondru Hart of Plant City. There are no scheduled services at this time. Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home. Alda Hill WORTHINGTON SPRINGS Alda Ruth Hill, 52 of Worthington Springs died Thursday, July 10, 2014 at her residence. She was born Feb. 10, 1962 in Jacksonville to the late Ovin Lee and Hattie Mae Williams Edge. She lived most of her life in Macclenny and Worthington Springs. She is survived by: Charlie Hill; brother, Daniel Edge; and sisters, Juanita (Randall) Benton and Rebecca (Billy) Hodges. Archer Funeral Home, Lake Butler is in charge of arrangements. Luree Jackson STARKE Luree Bryant Jackson, 88, of Starke died Monday, July 28, 2014 at Shands at University Hospital Gainesville. Born in Jasper on Jan. 8, 1926, she was a lifelong resident of Starke. She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church Starke and the American Legion. She is survived by: sons, Donnie Jackson and Coy Jackson both of Starke; daughter, Denise Jones of Starke; Special neice/daughter, Janie Scott of Daytona Beach; nine grandchildren; 16 greatgrandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. James Wilcox Eulogist conducting the services. Interment will be held in Oddfellow Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 1 at the Carl D. Haile Memorial Chapel. Family hour 4 -5:00 p.m. Friends 5 -7:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the services on Saturday at the Church. The Cortege will form at 12:30 p.m. at the Home of Mr and Mrs. Donnie and Joanne Jackson 4583 S.E 143rd Terrace, Starke. Arrangements are under the direction of Haile Funeral Home Inc of Starke. Harriett Mallory LIVE OAKHarriett Vera Jackie Mallory, 81, of Live Oak died Friday, July 25, 2014 at Doctors Memorial Hospital. She was preceded in death by mother, Lois Lockler; father, Herbert Roberson; step-father, Broward Crawford; and son, Ralph Amick. She worked for the Division of Forestry as a fire tower watcher for 10 years. She was Pentecostal. She is survived by: children, Dale Messer of Live Oak, Vickie (Randy) Messer Hogan-Sparrow of Lake Butler, Teressa Hutchinson Durden of Perry, Bobby (Annette) Hutchinson of Crawfordville, and James (Juliett) Amick of Live Oak; brother, Lester Roberson of Rivera Beach; sister, Bobbie Green of Hickory, North Carolina; sisterin-law, Francis Roberson of Cross City; nine grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild. Funeral services were held July 29 at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery. Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home of Cross City. Rhonda McKinney ROCHELLE, GEORGIA Rhonda Eugenia Moreland McKinney, 46, of Rochelle, Georgia died Thursday, July 17, 2014 in Green Cove Springs. She was born on Dec. 23, 1967 in Ashburn, Georgia and attended the Turner County High School where she was a majorette in the high school band. She was preceded in death by her father Gerald Moreland. Survivors are: sons, Justin Clark and Dustin Clark; mother, Jean Daniel; brothers, Tracy Moreland, Danny Godwin and Craig Godwin; and three grandchildren. A graveside service was held at the Morningside Cemetery in Rochelle on July 27. Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Keystone Heights. Marie McRae FLORIDA KEYSMarie Teresa McRae, 91, of the Florida Keys died Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Shands at Starke Hospital. She was born June 5, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Walter and Mary (Krawczwy) Wojan, and due to health reasons, was spending time with her family in Starke. She was a homemaker but also worked part time as a waitress. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald E. McRae. She is survived by: sons, John (Brenda) McRae of Port Orange, William Bill (Kathy) McRae of Orlando and Dennis (Terri) Keller of Starke; sister, Jeanie Goode of Gainesville; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. The family will be having a memorial service in the Florida Keys at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Starke. Patricia Parks KEYSTONE HEIGHTSMrs. Patricia Darlene Parks, age 55, of Keystone Heights passed away at her home, Monday, July 28, 2014. She was born in Jacksonville on Aug. 29, 1958 to the late William Frank and Marie (Coleman) Brunson. Darlene has been a resident of Keystone Heights for 30 years and worked for Clay County as a school bus driver for 15 years. She enjoyed gardening, spending time at the beach, and was a huge Elvis fan; but most of all she loved being with her family and friends. Her precious granddaughter, Trinity Rasmus had preceded her in death this past November. Darlene is survived by: her husband of 38 years, Redus Sparky Parks; and two children, Tina Parks and Redus Parks, III; along with one grandson, Ty Rasmus all of Keystone Heights. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, July 31 from 68 p.m. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 1 at the Keystone Heights Cemetery with Reverend Tom Tyer officiating. Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, 340 E. Walker Dr. Keystone Heights. 352-473-3176. www. PAID OBITUARY The family of Raymond Perry wishes to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation for the love and support shown during Raymonds home going. Special thanks to Cedar River and Sunoco of Starke and Yahoo of Gainesville. Thanks so much Clara & Entire Family Card of Thanks


Randolph, a music teacher at Bradford High School. She was such a talented pianist. I was mostly a singer, although I can play a little bit. Haile recalls when the New Bethel Baptist Church was planning a memorial service on the first anniversary of the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King. Herman Johnson talked me into singing at the service, Haile recalled. I sang a song that was sung at Kings funeral, If I Can Help Somebody. I gave it everything I had and even hit the high note just right. After the service, the Rev. Saul Hankerson looked at me and said, You never told us you could sing. I suppose they just never asked. Haile retired from the Haile Funeral Home in 1997 but still goes in almost every day. There is just some of the paperwork that the kids and grandkids havent got the hang of yet like the forms for Social Thursday, July 31, 2014 Telegraph, Times & Monitor B Section 9B Does your business have a story to tell? 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! O u r r o o m r a t e i s $ 1 6 5 0 p e r m o n t h f o r a 2 b e d r o o m a n d $ 2 6 5 0 p e r m o n t h f o r a s i n g l e b e d r o o m f o r a l l a s p e c t s o f o u r c a r e EXTRA CASH! Could you use some now that the holidays are over? We specialize in helping people sell through our Classifieds! YARD SALES AUTOS BOATS CLOTHES APPLIANCES... The list goes on..Call Mary Today at 904-964-6305 BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer High school football practices are set to begin, so with anticipation in the air, heres a brief look at some numbers and trends from 2013 for the Bradford, Keystone Heights and Union County teams. Bradford It was a struggle for the Tornadoes, who finished the season with a 3-7 record. They did qualify for the playoffs after earning the runner-up spot in District 4-4A, but their postseason matchup against Raines resulted in a 58-6 loss Bradfords sixth loss by double digits. Bradford scored an average of 17 points per game, while opponents averaged 30. The Tornadoes average margin of victory was 11 points, while their average margin of defeat was 23 points. The most points the Tornadoes scored were 27 twice in a 37-27 loss to Fort White and a 27-14 win over Umatilla. Raines had the most points by an opponent, while the Villages had the fewest in Bradfords 25-8 win. That win over the Villages gave Bradford its largest margin of victory, while its closest win was 14-12 against Interlachen. The loss to Raines was Bradfords biggest margin of defeat, while its 21-20 loss to Keystone Heights was its smallest. Bradford held a halftime lead four times, coming away with a win three times. It was tied at the half once, with the final result being a loss. In six of their seven losses, the Tornadoes trailed by an average of 18 points at halftime. Bradfords offense generated 23 touchdowns, with 17 of those coming through the air. The combination of quarterback Jacob Luke and wide receiver Kenny Dinkins was by far the Tornadoes major offensive threat. Luke threw for 16 touchdowns, with each scoring toss averaging 38 yards. Dinkins caught 11 of those scores, averaging 46 yards per touchdown. Jarvis DeSue rushed for four of Bradfords six touchdowns on the ground. The Tornadoes also had touchdowns on an interception return, a kickoff return and two fumble recoveries. It was Bradfords defense that turned in the longest scoring play of the season, with Don Jeffers returning an interception more than 80 yards. TraVon Thomas has the longest touchdown run (80 yards. The longest touchdown pass was 76 yards twice, with Dinkins catching one of those from Luke and Jeffers catching the other from Dinkins. Opposing offenses scored 40 touchdowns, with 28 of those coming on the ground. The longest scoring play by an opponent was a 74-yard pass by Wakulla. The longest run by scrimmage by an opponent was 60 yards by Fort White. Bradford opponents also scored touchdowns on a fumble recovery, an interception return and a punt return. Keystone In 2013, Keystone Heights scored an average of 22 points per game, while opponents scored an average of 18. The Indians held halftime leads in five of their games, while trailing at the half in four. Perhaps thats not too surprising, given the Indians 5-5 season that included winning the District 4-4A championship and advancing to the playoffs. Keystones average margin of victory was 25 points, while its average margin of defeat was 15. The most points scored by Keystone came in a 49-0 win over Interlachen, while its fewest points came in losses of 21-7 to Union County and 34-7 to Santa Fe. Santa Fe and Newberry, which defeated Keystone 34-24, scored the most points against the Indians. The fewest points allowed came in the shutout win over Interlachen, as well as a 19-0 win over Wildwood. The win over Interlachen gave the Indians their largest margin of victory. Their closest win was 21-20 over Bradford. Santa Fe handed Keystone its worst loss. The Indians closest loss was 16-12 against Eustis. Keystones offense produced 19 rushing touchdowns, with Anton Noble accounting for eight of those. Noble averaged 22 yards per touchdown run, and his 68-yard run in a 35-7 win over Umatilla was the teams longest score on the ground. Quarterback Blake Valenzuela threw 10 touchdown passes, with Micah Brown catching six of those. Valenzuelas average per touchdown pass was 15 yards, while Brown averaged 18 yards per touchdown reception. The Indians longest touchdown pass was 49 yards from Valenzuela to Brown in the win over Bradford. Noble had the Indians longest score overall with an 85-yard kickoff return. The Telegraph-Times-Monitor did not have complete stats in regard to Keystones opponents, but a 67-yard kickoff return by Newberry was the longest score against the Indians. Union One thing of note during the season for the Union County Tigers was that they usually had a comfortable halftime lead. The Tigers, who were 10-2, led at the half 10 times, with six of those leads by at least two touchdowns. Three times, they had leads of 21 points or more. Union held a one-point halftime lead twice, defeating Hamilton County 35-6 in one of those games and losing 30-20 to Dixie County in the regional playoffs in the other. The Tigers averaged 31 points per game, while opponents averaged 12. Unions average margin of victory was 26 points, while its average margin of defeat was 14 points. The most points the Tigers scored came in a 56-18 win over Eagles View, while the fewest points came in a 30-12 loss to Dixie County. Dixie County, which handed the Tigers both of their losses, scored 30 points in each matchup. The fewest points by an opponent was zero twice: 34-0 against Potters House and 39-0 against Interlachen. Unions largest margin of victory came in the win over Interlachen, while the smallest margin occurred in a 13-10 win over West Nassau. The Tigers offense accounted for 46 touchdowns, with 31 of those coming on the ground. Running back Daquin Edwards led the team with 12 rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Caleb Cox threw 14 touchdown passes, with Geordyn Green and Isaiah Johnson each catching three scoring tosses. The Tigers longest touchdown came on an 80-yard pass from Cox to Andrew Jones in the win over Interlachen. The longest scoring run was 70 yards by Green in a 41-13 playoff win over Crescent City. Green also had the longest score on special teams, returning a punt 70 yards in the win over Eagles View. The Tigers also had touchdowns on a blocked punt and a fumble return. Opposing offenses scored 14 touchdowns (eight rushing, six passing), while opponents also added touchdowns on a fumble return, a kickoff return and a safety. Newberry had the longest scoring play on a 79-yard kickoff return. Union won that game 4914. Looking back at football season... Continued from 2B Security, Haile said. Hailes daughter Aletia DeSue is now the funeral director in charge and the licensed mortician. Other family members handle the other duties around the office. Haile keeps apprised of what is going on, however, but said she enjoys having more time to enjoy life than she did before her retirement. Part of her time is spent with longtime companion John H. Hudson, a widower (late wife Louise) who accompanies her to church activities, dinners and the movies. He has also been known to pitch in around the funeral home if needed. Haile said she is also glad to have the time to spend with her six grandchildren (some of which are already helping out in the family business) and her three great-grand children. Haile is set to be honored by the Alachua County Alumni Association as an outstanding graduate of the Alachua County School system on Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. at the Best Western Motel in Gainesville. I have had a full and wonderful life, Haile said. I have worked hard and always tried to help people when they needed it and have been repaid many times over. I have no regrets and hope I have many more years to spend with my friends and family in this wonderful community.


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Tatum purchased a piano and several computers for Lawtey Community School and was a frequent sight attending Bradford County School Board meetings. In 1995 Tatum Brothers Lumber received the state commissioner of educations Eighth Annual Commissioners Business Recognition Award for Outstanding Support of Education an uncommon award for businesses which have gone above and beyond in helping children through education. The family bought Starke Golf and Country Club in 2004 with hopes of adding a back nine holes to the course. They had acquired the property and were making plans for the addition when the housing market bubble burst and the recession began. The business was hit earlier then many when the building industry collapsed since they were a producer. All are glad the market is slowly recovering, but the golf course plans are on hold indefinitely. Tatum and his wife have three children: Tom III, John and Robin. Tom III and his wife Lisa have two children: Thomas and Tymber. John and wife Christina also have two children: Chelsea and Jackson. Robins son, Tatum Davis, is a graduate of Samford University School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, where he practiced law with a large firm before returning home in early February to help care for his grandfather as well as to handle the business legal work. On Oct. 8 of last year, Linda woke up at 2 a.m. to find Tom fumbling around in the dark. Then he fell and could not get up, even with her help. When she turned on the lights she said she knew what had happened just by looking at him he had had a stroke. I called 911 and they came so fast that I hadnt even had time to find a robe to put on, Linda remembered. The EMS and fire department both came and they were wonderful. Lawtey EMS transported Tatum to Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Linda said that she and the family were told that the doctors didnt know if Tatum would even live through the night. It was the scariest night of my life, Linda recalled. I believer in prayer and I was praying hard. Part of me never really believed I would lose him, while another part was scared that I would. Tatum made it through the night, but the doctors were less than encouraging when talking to the family. Tatum had had a massive bleed affecting his left side. Over time his brain was swelling and with each increase in pressure came more loss of function. The doctors questioned whether or not he should be put on a ventilator when he started having difficulty breathing, saying that not many people recover when they are his shape, but the family was adamant and the ventilator was used. Tatum was in ICU for 10 days. Linda said that with the continual brain swelling and other issues 12B Telegraph, Times & Monitor B Section Thursday, July 31, 2014 Continued from 6B that the family was having a hard time keeping their hopes up. It was wearing on us all, she remembered. We all loved him so much, it was really hard to see him in the shape he was in. Then, one day, one of the nurses was walking by his bed and he reached out and patted her on the rear end. We all knew he was going to be all right after that. Tatum was sent to Select Hospital, a skilled nursing facility, straight out of intensive care. At the time, the family was told that Tatum was not in good enough shape to send to rehab. He could not even sit up on his own. Linda said she felt like they were just setting him up to finish his life in a nursing home. We worked with him ourselves, Linda said. His sister came in and worked with him every day on his speech, helping him relearn how to pronounce words. We all worked to help him with his movement. Still being told that rehab was not a viable option, Linda took matters into her own hand and called Shands Rehab herself. She asked them to come and do an evaluation on Tatum and they agreed. Once this happened he was transferred to rehab by the end of the week. One thing I tell everyone is not to give up, Linda said. Dont just go by what other people say. Check things out for yourself and dont take no for an answer. Tatum came home the week before Christmas. He still has problems with his left side, but is regaining his strength. His hearing is affected in the left ear and there is damage to the left side of both optic nerves, but he is still able to see. He can walk on his own and is mentally himself. Tatums illness pulled an already close family even closer. Children and grandchildren not involved in the family business visit or check in more often. His brother, sons and grandchildren are working hard to keep the business running smoothly to avoid causing him any worry. Everyone is focused on helping him recover. Davis gets him out of the house. Daughter Robin comes by often to cook for her parents. Tom III comes to the house every night to help Linda get his dad settled in bed. Tom has become the main focus of the family, a cause to get behind, Linda said. Its wonderful. We are so blessed. I feel like God has a plan for this man and is keeping him here to fulfill it. We all want him to make a full recovery and come back to what he was. In the management of the sawmill, Tatum is the detail man. He know what parts all the machines may need, where to buy them, where in the supply of spare parts a particular item is kept and when to order more so as to always have necessary parts on hand. I know every bolt in that mill, Tatum said. I want to get back to it. I miss working out there with everyone and hope I can get back to it soon.