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BY MARK CRAWFORD Telegraph Editor STARKE, Feb. 21 – Lindsey Lee Murphy was crowned Miss Bradford Fest during the fifth annual pageant held Feb. 21. The 17-year-old is the daughter of Chris and Betsey Murphy and attends Keystone Heights High School. Lindsey has a 4.0 GPA and is dual enrolled at Santa Fe College. She sings and plays in her church praise team, and showcased her award-winning talents by playing the piano and singing the worship song “It is well” by Bethel Music. She is a senior center volunteer and she wants to continue working with the elderly by becoming an occupational therapist. Unique to the Miss Bradford Fest category was the essay contestants had to write about the impact winning the title and scholarship would have on their career goals. Lindsey won an award for her essay as well as her interview with the judges and her evening gown. The audience selected her as one of the night’s People’s Choice award winners. Keystone Heights Jewelry and Cutt’n Up hair salon sponsored her participation in the pageant. Chesney O’Hern, the Teen Miss Bradford Fest title winner, is the daughter of J.J. and Regina O’Hern and a student at Union County High School. The A-B Honor Roll student is also taking college classes and is a Tigerette for her high school marching band, achieving superior ranking in state competition. Her talent performance was a flag routine performed to the song “Wings” by Little Mix. She also enjoys playing piano and dancing, and volunteers as the sound technician at her church and as a Tigerette dance instructor. Chesney plans to obtain a nursing degree and work as a pediatric nurse. Her evening gown took the top prize in her category, and she also impressed judges with her interview. Wilson Heat and Air was her sponsor. The Junior Miss Bradford Fest title went to 10-year-old Josie Cannon, daughter of Brooke and Donald Cannon. As the sole contestant in the category, the Lawtey Elementary School student also won the most photogenic and best party dress awards. Josie enjoys gymnastics and dancing, was a spelling bee contestant, and has volunteered feeding the homeless in Jacksonville. One day she would like to be a veterinarian. She was sponsored by the Masonic lodge in Lawtey. Hailey Griffis took the tiara for Little Miss Bradford Fest. The 6-year-old is the daughter of Jeannie Osteen and Kyle Griffis. Hailey attends Southside Elementary School, and her sponsor was Rainbow Family Education Center. She enjoys helping with the children at the Rainbow Center after school, and she also loves to read. She aspires to one day become a teacher. In addition to her title, Hailey also won an award for her party dress. Runners-up were Regan Adams in the Little Miss category, Maudrey Tenly in the Teen Miss category and Alexa Park in the Miss category. Little Miss contestant Brylee Gay was most photogenic in her category. Emily O’Neal was the most photogenic Teen Miss contestant and the second People’s Choice award winner. Alexa Park, a contestant for Miss Bradford Fest, was the most photogenic in that category. Four-year-old Brinley Othus picked up a special award from the pageant director’s for being a model contestant. The contestants also chose one girl in the younger and one girl in the older divisions to receive the Miss Congeniality awards. Those winners recognized for their kindness were Hailey Griffis and Chesney O’Hern. Santa Fe College Andrews Director Cheryl Canova thanked everyone for their participation and support. “We are very happy to support scholarships with this fundraiser,” Canova said. The money goes to the Santa Fe Foundation, which awards the scholarships. Each year, the educations of 48 students are funded — 24 new and 24 to returning students. Each twoyear scholarship is worth $4,000. One of those scholarships is awarded to Miss Bradford Fest. The pageant organizers included Brenda Thornton, Lisa Tatum and Sunshine Scaff. Jenna Hewett served as emcee, while Ginger Summer choreographed the event. Judges included Kierra Brown, Marie Hardway, Jeanne Glogowski and Courtney Sexton. BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Feb. 23 Dr. Susan Sailor ended her term as Keystone Heights High School’s principal on Feb. 20. She began her new job, training first-year teachers and principals, in the district’s Green Cove Springs central office the following Monday. Sailor graduated from Keystone Heights High School and taught on the campus in the 1990s. While teaching at-risk students in 1996, she was selected Florida’s teacher of the year. She then served as a curriculum specialist at the district office before her appointment as assistant principal at Clay High School. She then returned to Keystone as the high school’s assistant principal before her promotion to the school’s top job. Clay County Schools Superintendent Charlie Van Zant said Sailor’s new job will fill a critical shortcoming in the district’s training program. “We’ve had very little way to mentor new teachers and new principals, and we’ve needed that,” he said. Van Zant described Sailor’s new job as “principal on assignment.” He also said Sailor will bring together, for the first time, the district’s instructional and human resource departments. He added that the position is funded by a grant, and that for the remainder of the current school year, he anticipated that she will design a training curriculum for first-year teachers and principals. He also said that standardizing training among the district’s 41 schools is a goal he is striving for. “The things that we can standardize: curriculum, instruction, curriculum mapping, we’re going to do that and we are going to try to hire teachers that will have a propensity to do well in our model,” he said. Van Zant added that Sailor’s work experience and education uniquely qualifies her for the job. “Dr. Sailor’s doctorate is in curriculum and instruction,” he said. “She has worked in over six different grade levels, and she’s been the statewide teacher of the year. She’s just the right person for this job.” Vice Principal Barry Underwood will serve as the school’s acting principal until Sailor’s replacement is chosen. Sailor did not respond to emails requesting comment for this story. She did, however, post a farewell message on the school’s Facebook page. “I look back at the years we have all spent together as an Indian family, and my heart is overflowing,” she wrote. “I have worked with the best faculty/staff and students in Clay County! I will miss each of you. Please know that part of my heart will always be with our school.” Deadline Monday 5 p.m. before publication Phone 352-473-2210 Fax 352-473-2210 USPS 114-170 — Keystone Heights, Florida Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 42 nd Year — 43 rd Issue — 75 CENTS Principal leaves high school Sailor Keystone student wins Miss Bradford Fest Lindsey Lee Murphy is crowned Miss Bradford Fest. 11 to compete for Miss KHHS The Miss Keystone Heights High School Scholarship Pageant will hold its talent competition this Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Gates will open at 6:30. Tickets are $8.00 and will be available at the door. This year, 11 contestants are vying for the title of Miss KHHS. The Scholarship Pageant will be on March 7 at 7 p.m. Pictured are contestants (l-r), front row: Kiley Dannels, Alyssa Wilson, Katelyn Kendrick, Marah Lowery and Kameron Starling. Back row: Autumn Bell, Keirstin Marney, Miriah Maxwell, Racheal Carr, Caroline Dixon and Hannah Wacha. Members vote to sell half of golf course BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Feb. 24 Members of the Keystone Golf and Country Club voted to sell nine of its golf course’s 18 holes to one of its members. Billy Jackson is a past president of the group and a former club champion. He owns a home on the course and has been a member of the club for 20 years. According to club President George Hennig, during a Feb. 13 membership meeting, members accepted Jackson’s offer to purchase holes four through 13, known to members as the “new” nine. The course’s original nine holes were constructed in 1928, based on a design by famed architect Donald J. Ross. The final nine holes were added around 30 years ago. Under the terms of Jackson’s offer, he will purchase the property for $120,000, then lease the land back to the club, asking only that the club pay the taxes and insurance on the nine holes. Jackson said he made a similar offer to the membership several months ago, but members voted 14-10 to turn away the $100,000 deal. After the meeting, Jackson said he remains cautious about the buy, until the transaction is complete. “Given the history of the last year, I would not count anything until the deal closes,” he said. In December, members voted to sell the entire course to Melrose residents Chuck and Michele Harvey. However, the sale failed to close when the couple could not finance the deal. Over the past 15 years, the club’s membership has fallen from a high of 250 to its current slate of 30. In the past two years, the club has experienced a cash crunch. Members responded by cutting back on maintenance supplies. In October, the club laid off two workers. In November, it announced that it would only continue to maintain nine of its 18 holes. Jackson’s cash will allow the club to settle some urgent needs, including back taxes. After the meeting, Jackson said he is making the purchase to maintain the character of the neighborhood and to protect property values. “I want it to stay a golf course,” he said of the property. “I don’t want it to become a trailer park.” During the Feb. 13 meeting, Lake Region Monitor and Bradford County Telegraph publisher John Miller, along with insurance agent Scott Roberts, offered to purchase the new nine for $115,000 and lease the holes back to the club, under a similar arrangement that Jackson offered. However, members voted 18-3 to accept Jackson’s offer. After the meeting, Miller said he wished the club and Jackson well. He added that he and Roberts vied for the property to ensure the survival of the course, which he described as a valuable community resource with solid potential. Restaurateur: putt-putt coming to Lake Region BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Feb. 23 The owner of a Lake Region restaurant said he plans to build an 18-hole, putt-putt golf facility near his eatery this year. Tom Perryman, owner of Tom’s High on the Hog, Real Pit Barbecue, said he plans to complete the addition before May. Perryman said the puttputt course will lie on the same 3.8-acre parcel on which the restaurant now stands. Perryman also said he plans to construct a 40 by 60-foot party pavilion on the property and replace the current gravel parking lot with asphalt. Perryman’s restaurant is located in Bradford County, at the corner of S.R. 100 and Southeast C.R. 21B, across the highway from a Bradford County solid waste collection facility. In February, workers began clearing trees from a four-acre parcel across C.R. 21B from the restaurant, land also owned by Perryman’s company. When asked about rumors of a movie theater or gas station going up on the site, Perryman declined to confirm the hearsay, stating only that he is exploring several possibilities for the land and that he is “developing the property to increase commercial activity in the area.” Volunteers relaunch Friends of the Keystone Library BY DAN HILDEBRAN Monitor Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Feb. 23 Backers of the Keystone Heights Library have relaunched a support group for the facility. Library Manager Margaret Whipple said Friends of the Keystone Library was started in the 1980s, but has been inactive for a while. She added that the organization has been collecting money over the years to benefit the Oriole Street depository, but without an active board of directors to approve expenditures, the funds have been inaccessible. The support group’s new president, Gilda Kinsey, said that when a budget crunch threatened Clay County’s public library system last year, library supporters realized they needed a stronger voice. She said that as library support groups from Green Cove Springs, Fleming Island and Orange Park appealed to the county commission to maintain their funding, library patrons in Keystone Heights recognized they were vulnerable without a stronger organization. “The library is a lifeline for a lot of people,” she said. “We don’t need any closed.” Libraries in Clay County are funded primarily through county property taxes. The mission See LIBRARY, 3A


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Approximately 25 years ago, when Ben Johnson was a young scout, his parents, Shirley Ann and Harold Johnson invited his Boy Scout Troop 382 from St. Paul United Methodist Church in Jacksonville to come to their property in Keystone Heights near Long Pond for a camping adventure. This outing turned out to be one of the troop’s favorite places to go and it has continued coming through generations of parents and scouts. Ben, as well as countless others, became Eagle Scouts while a member of this troop. This beautiful property, while primitive, offered the scouts a look at what the city cannot offer: trees, wildlife, trails, water and an opportunity to go back in time. The scouts are able to earn badges, learn pioneering skills and become one with nature. On this visit they were building a trebuchet: a Middle Ages catapult. With this pioneering skill they will learn building as well as measuring how far an object can be launched. The Scoutmaster for Troop 382 is David Jones. Shirley Ann is the daughter of the late Fred and Amy Martin, founders of Martin Coffee Company. Marilyn Martin and Amanda McHollan, both of Keystone, are two of their daughters as well. The Martin Coffee Company has been family-owned and operated since 1957. Martin Coffee provides all the coffee for the Lake Region Kiwanis Easter Sunrise service and for many other community events. Pictured are Troop 382 members (l-r) Kyle Helt, Daniel Jones, Noah Fenner, Symeon Cobham-Portorreal, David Jones (Scoutmaster), Simon Jones, Frantzy Exantus, Samuel Jallah-Harding andJack Summers. Photo and story by Tina Bullock. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 Lake Region Monitor 3A By Appointment (352) 478-5613“Where grooming is not only our profession it is our passion” T oll Free: 877-656-2483 Fax: 877-656-2484 Melr oseAccounting. PO Box 1430 2638-3 State Road 21 Melrose, FL, 32666 352-475-2100 4004 SE State Road 21 Keystone Heights, FL 32656S outh of Santa Fe College Watson S on-Shine Traditional Worship C ontemporary Worship T raditional Worship Dr. Moore preaching “Battleground of Evil” Sunday School classes and childcare available throughout the morning F ried Chicken available at 5:45 pm Bible Study with Dr. Tom Farmer, Jr.! S enior Pastor, Dr. Craig Moore LIFESONG Culinary students win competition (L-r) Elin Cornett, Shelby Harpe and Ari Grebner. Photo and story by Meri-lin Piantanida, KHHS culinary arts instructor The Keystone Heights High School Culinary Arts program Your Skills” Culinary Competition at Daytona State College on Feb. 6. The team competed against 12 high schools and is comprised of seniors Ari Grebner, Elin Cornett and Shelby Harpe. The team received a trophy, medallions, and a $500 scholarship. The trio will now advance to the state ProStart competition, which will be held Feb. 27 and 28 in Orlando. KH student places in Jacksonville halfmarathon Keystone Heights High School 10 th grader Mykayla McLeod placed fourth in the 13-19 female division of the Donna Half-Marathon on Feb. 15 in Jacksonville. The division included 172 runners. This was McLeod’s third half-marathon. She ran her Boy Scout Troop 382A Keystone tradition McLeod of the Friends of the Keystone Heights Library is to provide resources to continue and enhance services not covered in the county budget. The organization is planning a fundraising book sale on Saturday, March 14 at the library. During the event, supporters also hope to sign up new members for the friends group. Kinsey said that this year, the group hopes to fund bookcases for the facility, which she said lacks space. She added that the organization hopes to supplement summer programs at the library and is looking into buying printers and assisting with the implementation of an e-book lending program. LIBRARY Continued from 1A


Alison and Cindy Pridgen earned FFA’s highest degree, the American Degree. They received their awards during the last general session of the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Students competing at the FFA sub-district competition in FFA Week 4A Lake Region Monitor Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 Owners Darren & Pam Summers 9 04-964-5289WE SUPPOR T OUR FFA TEAMS! 38 6-496-3334 HARDWARE & GARDEN CENTER KEYSTONE HEIGHTS (352) 473-4006 MELROSE (352) 475-2400 INTERLACHEN (386) 684-2811 STARKE (904) 964-4642 ACE LAWN & GARDEN (352) 473-4001 Saluting All FFA Members! Clay Electric salutes the Future Farmers of America. We are proud to have served as Bradford County’s rural electric co-op for more than 75 years! Join the celebration on Facebook!Keystone Heights District Oce(352) 473-4917 13447 Hwy 301 South Starke, FL 32091(904) 964-7200www.Murray-AutomotiveGroup.comSUPPORTS FUTURE FARMERS of AMERICA Member FDICAt Capital City Bank, we know that the future of our community is in the hands of our youth. That’s why we support leadership programs like Future Farmers of America. Thank you for all you do to develop and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow (352) 473-7201 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF KEYSTONE550 E. Walker Drive on SR-100 Keystone Heights, FL We Support our FFA Chapters!THE OFFICE SHOPFREE DELIVERY Fast, Friendly, Professional Help (904) 964-5764110 W. Call St. Starke, FL904-964-5764 Import & Domestic AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR AND SALES, INC. A Salute to the FFA Team on A Job Well Done!Joey Turner 9 am to 5 pm Closed Sat & Sun “YOUR ONE STOP SHOP” G-N-S AUTO INC. HELEN HERSEY REALTYwww.HelenHersey.comEstablished in 2001(352) 473-88827396 SR 21 Keystone HeightsCall us for all your Real Estate Needs! Residential Lots & Property Commercial RentalsPROUD of OUR FFA Team! Saluting Ou r Local FFA Members! “We support Haley Bertie and all of our FFA members” Mike Bertie – Owner Keystone Heights, FLCAC-1815920 Home Auto Commercial Life k e eystone heights insurancInsuring yours like it was ours since 1972 Open M-F Sat appts available7388 SR 21 N Keystone Heights, FL 32656Barbara FranklinLife/Health Agent cellfranklin@keystoneheightsins.comBryan HawkinsOwner/ office Supporting Our Local FFA Y Keystone Heights FFA marks another successful year BY ERIN VERPLANCK Keystone Heights High School The Keystone Heights High School Future Farmers of America chapters have had a very busy school year. In the fall, our officer team went to Florida Gateway College to attend Florida FFA’s Chapter Officer Leadership Training. Four, senior FFA members attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky where our junior and senior FFA chapters were awarded Three-Star National Chapter Awards. Alison and Cindy Pridgen received their American Degrees. In October, we traveled to Moultrie, Georgia to explore North America’s premier farm show, the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition. We supported the community by participating in the Keystone Christmas Parade and we are preparing to participate in the Clay County Farm Bureau’s canned food drive. We have assisted the alumni with their numerous fundraisers. All year we have been busy preparing and competing in several FFA competitions such as F\forestry, public speaking, creed speaking, dairy, horse, and livestock judging. Numerous members have been busy caring for swine and steers for show in the Clay County Agricultural Fair in April. We are currently planning two Farm Day’s at the ag department for the kindergarten and fourthgrade classes at Keystone Heights Elementary. Several senior, FFA members plan on reading books to the students of Keystone Heights Elementary School during Ag Literacy Day. This week, we are celebrating National FFA Week by demonstrating pride in our program and the FFA through action and attire. We will have dress up days, lunch activities, after school activities, games, prizes and a cookout for all members. With the help of the entire school, we are currently raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients Campaign. In June, we are planning to attend the 87th annual FFA State Convention in Orlando. December were (l-r) Charlee Montford, Brianna Velazquez, Bailea Gnann, Carley Dyal, Karsyn Kendrick, Lauren Hovsepian, Connor Turner, Alisha Lester, Madison Lemmon, Taylor Gambrel, Karlibeth Leitheiser, Kirsten Lee and Hunter Altman. Accepting the Florida’s Finest Award at the State FFA Convention. (L-r) Larann Massey, Makenna Wylie, Carter Draney, Charlee Montford, Jacob Jefferson, Lauren Hovsepian, Connor Turner, and Advisor Erin Verplanck. Clay County Fair Reserve Champion “Fireball,” shown by KHHS student Jacob Fanton.


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29th Annual Community Interdenominational Lenten Services March 4, noon Everyone is welcome. Lunch is provided by the host church each Wednesday during Lent and is served at noon, followed by music from local talent and dynamic messages from local ministers. Freewill offerings will be accepted for the meals provided. March 4, Trinity Baptist Church, Speaker: Pastor Paul Coleman of Friendship Bible Church, Music: Trinity Singers. Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fry Fridays, beginning Feb. 20, 4:30 to 7 p.m. St. William Catholic Church. Proceeds benefit Lake Area Ministries and the ESE Department at Keystone Heights High School. Dinners cost $8.50 and may be eaten in the church hall or taken out. West Putnam County Democrats Feb. 28, 10 a.m. The first meeting of West Putnam County Democrats will be Saturday Feb. 28 at Betty’s Pizza in Melrose at 10 a.m. The featured guest is David Cox, Florida State Senate District 6 candidate in the April 7 special election. The meeting is open to all. Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum Star Party Saturday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. An Evening of Astronomy, Space and Aviation with Dr. Francisco Reyes, Wings of Dreams volunteer & director of the UF Teaching Observatories. Dr. Reyes will discuss the various visible objects throughout the evening. Three, large telescopes will be available, including an 11-inch Celestron, but feel free to use your own. Capt. Bob will give tours of the historic space artifacts between 7 & 9 p.m. Bring your own chairs and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow stargazers under the night sky. Melrose Library Association Melrose Folks by Kirsten Engstrom Throughout March The Melrose Public Library is excited to announce that we will be displaying the works of Kirsten Engstrom in our display case for the month of March. Ms. Engstrom started out working as a model for an art class—the students would sculpt her out of clay. Although she initially was afraid that she “had no talent”, witnessing the metamorphoses in clay changed her mind and she signed up for a class in clay. The clay figures Kirsten creates reflect her ever-present personal involvement in everything she does. There is a quality in her work that moves people to touch into their own joy and beauty; it is this interactive quality that makes her work unique and fun. Kirsten has even observed children talking to my sculptures, insisting, “They are alive”. Kirsten lived, worked, and exhibited in Spain for 20 years and directed an art gallery and school in Palma de Mallorca, Spain in the early 80’s. Her happy, hope-filled sculptures range from 2” to 17’ and are made of reinforced concrete and high fire clay. Each piece takes 2 weeks or more, 3 days of which are spent firing them in a kiln. My work can be seen locally, nationally and internationally. Visit the Melrose Public Library and enjoy Ms. Engstrom’s works for yourself; they will be on display in the case until April 1st, 2015. American Heritage Girls Pancake Breakfast Saturday, march 7, 9 a.m. The local chapter of the American Heritage Girls, chartered by Friendship Bible Church in Keystone Heights, will be holding a Silent Auction, Vendor Event and Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. The event will be in the Friendship Bible Church parking lot and fellowship hall located at the corner of Orchid Avenue and Hwy 21. Money raised will be to help the girls pay for Summer Camp or attendance to AHG’s 20th Anniversary National Convention held in Anderson, Indiana later this summer. Tickets for the Pancake Breakfast are $3.00 each and can be purchased at the door; Three and under are free. Vendors who would like to have a table or for a list of auction items, go to Facebook (see QR code below) or call Jennifer at 386-336-0194. Melrose Library Association Presentation of “A Land Remembered” Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m. The Melrose Library Association, in conjunction with the annual Al Burt Literary Festival, will welcome Rick Smith, son of the late, awardwinning author, Patrick D. Smith, to present a multimedia program in period costume about his father, author of “A Land Remembered.” This novel won the Florida Historical Society’s Tebeau Prize as the Most Outstanding Historical Novel. In 1996, Patrick Smith was named a Florida Ambassador of the Arts, an honor given each year to someone who has made significant contributions to Florida cultural growth. The presentation, a visual storytelling of old Florida with videos, photos, and music, is about his father and the experiences that enabled him to write timeless stories of Florida pioneers, the Seminoles, migrant workers, cowboys, and others who were the settlers of our state. This program is made possible by a local family trust and will be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church parish hall on SR 26 in Melrose (across from Heritage Park) on March 7 at 2:00 p.m. Doors open at 1:15. Come early for a good seat. Garden Club of the Lakes Monthly meeting Thursday, March 12, 10 a.m. The Garden Club of the Lakes is lucky to have Care Valleau from Green Cove Springs at our next meeting March 12th, 2015 at 10 a.m. to demonstrate how to make planters using the hydrotufa method. Members and guests can make two, 4 x 6 inch planters and the cost is $5.00 total to cover materials. Care will have planters for sale if you would like to buy some. Price will vary on size. The planters are great gifts. Great for succulent gardens and small plants. Keystone Heights Heritage Commission Oral History Expert Saturday, March 14, 2 p.m. The Keystone Heights Heritage Commission is kickingoff its new oral history program to preserve living memories of the community. In conjunction with Clay History Month, the Commission is pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Ortiz, Director of the UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, will speak to the public at the Lake Geneva Beach Pavilion on Saturday, March 14th at 2pm. Refreshments will be served. Dr. Ortiz, also an Associate Professor of History at the University of Florida, is the current President of the Oral History Association. He received his Ph.D. in History from Duke University in 2000. He writes frequently for the popular press and has been interviewed by ABC News, the Washington Post and the BBC to name a few. His latest work is entitled: “Our Separate Struggles are Really One: African American and Latino History,” to be published by Beacon Press as part of its ReVisioning American History Series. Dr. Ortiz currently directs the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program in Gainesville. The Program is named for its founder, a prominent scholar of Florida history and a pioneer in the field of oral history in the United States. It collects oral histories with the purpose of preserving eyewitness accounts of economic, social, political, religious and intellectual life in Florida and the South. So far the Program has gathered more than 5300 interviews, making it one of the largest oral history archives in the United States. Major projects have focused on Florida county-specific history, military and women’s history, business and economic development, water and environmental policy, WWII, SEC, Sports and University of Florida history. On March 14th, Dr. Ortiz will speak to residents of Keystone Heights about the importance of oral histories for the sake of current and future generations. Keystone Heights is a relatively new town, developed in the mid1920s to attract winter residents to North Central Florida’s Lake District. The planned community was platted and created by civil engineers from Pennsylvania and still boasts dozens of its original homes. Many of its older residents can recall its earliest settlers. The site for the lecture is the Keystone Heights Beach Pavilion, one of the town’s first structures, built in 1924. The Keystone Heights Heritage Commission plans to restore the Pavilion in time for the City’s 100th anniversary in 2025. For additional information, contact LaDonna Hart at 352.281.8237. Friendship Bible Church March Madness Saturday, March 14 Fourth Annual March Madness 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament. To sign up please visit (main page) Friendship Bible Church (352)473-2713 Friendship Bible Church The Joy of Access Sunday, March 15 Friendship Bible Church Missions Conference. Guest Speakers, Rev. Jim Baker, Rev. Larry and Mrs. Huddleston. Begins March 15th at 10:30am. March 16, International Dinner at 6:00pm (Iraqi and Eastern European covered dish meal) March 18, Street Market and Caf (in fellowship hall), March 19 Rev. Jim Baker to speak at young adult meeting. For more information call 352-473-2713. Lake Region sees first Lenten lunch St. William Catholic Church hosted the first Lenten lunch on Feb. 18 with speaker Craig Moore of Keystone United Methodist Church and music by Frank and Martha Huston. The lunches continue through Lent at area churches. 6A Lake Region Monitor Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 Donate A Boat sponsored by boat angel outreach centers STOP CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN“2-Night Free Vacation!”or Car Today! 800 1 CAR L ANGE Moore


BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer If you go to the Bradford County Fair looking for fun, manager Laura Theus would say you’re definitely barking up the right tree. This year’s fair, with its “Barkin’ in the Barnyard” theme, opens Tuesday, March 10, and runs through Sunday, March 15. It brings back musical entertainment, featuring Clark Hill and the Ben Carter Band, as well as Gospel Night. With the addition of a Kids Corner, sponsored by Capital City Bank, and the return of a day set aside for senior citizens, the fair should appeal to all ages. “I just feel like the fair itself should be a family reunion of sorts for Bradford County,” Theus said. “I think people should come back just to have a good time and catch up (with each other).” Theus hopes visitors have a doggone good time. She came up with this year’s theme based upon featured entertainment that will be provided by The Marvelous Mutts, a group of rescue dogs that have been trained to perform feats of agility. The Marvelous Mutts will perform each day on the midway, appearing at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, and Wednesday, March 11, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13, at 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, and at 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 15. “I just think it’ll be something fun and different,” Theus said. In conjunction with the theme, a dog barking/calling contest is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, at 5 p.m. There will be no cost to enter, and cash prizes will be awarded for first place ($50), second place ($25) and third place ($10). Visit the fair website (www. to register. After last year’s fair, Theus posted a question on Facebook asking people what they liked and didn’t like about the fair. There was an overwhelming response in favor of bringing musical performances back to the midway stage. Therefore, this year’s fair will feature Gospel Night—a staple of past years’ fairs—on Thursday, March 12, sponsored by Davis Express. The Backwood Boys will perform at 6:30 p.m., followed by Crossfire Regional News Regional News B Section Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 News from Bradford County, Union County and the Lake Region FEATURES CRIME SOCIALS OBITUARIES EDITORIAL FRESH PORK PRICES A VAILABLEF EB 25 — MAR 3 CHUCK $469 CUCUMBERS O pen 7 Days a Week 8am to 8pm1 371 South Walnut St. (Hwy 301) Starke (904) 368-9188 KRAFTMA YO 30 OZKURTZT OMATO KETCHUP 24 OZSA VE-A-LOT2-LITER SOD ASGA TORADE18 P ACKCOBURN F ARMSHO T COCOA MIX 10 PK$279 $899 $129FOLGER’SCOFFEE 34.5 OZ 35.3 OZAUNT JEMIMACOMBO P ANCAKE MIX & SYRUPMORNING DELIGHTP ANCAKES & WAFFLES $599 $399 $229 $319 $109 $139 lb $139$ 1 29 2 $5$389$149$249 SMOKEDB RATS SLICED PEA CHESPL UMS or R OSE or GOLD 16 OZ on the on the lb40 LB BO X R OMA TOMATOESLB Amazing quality . 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Ages 5 and under are admitted free. Fair admission passes, which are good for every day of the fair, are available for $15 each. From 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on opening night, admission is free with the donation of a nonperishable food item for the Bradford County Food Pantry. Admission does not cover the cost of rides. Ride tickets are available for purchase on the midway for $1 each, with rides requiring 2-5 tickets. With the exception of opening night, unlimited-ride armbands can be purchased for $18 on the midway during the week and for $25 on Saturday, March 14. (March 14 purchase must be from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m.) Armband coupons may be purchased in advance at a discount of $15 each. They may be used during any day, but one coupon is good for only one day. Advance armband coupons Fair opens March 10 with $12 ride armbands Bradford Fair is going to the a good way Ba-Ba-Lu, a 3-year-old Australian cattle dog mix that was adopted from Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue, performs as part of The Marvelous Mutts show. Photo by See Spot Run Photography. Clark Hill, which just recently signed with H2H Management of Nashville, will perform at the Bradford County Fair on Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m.


BY TRACY LEE TATE Telegraph Staff Writer A desire to be of service to both people and his community, accompanied by an independent spirit, molded the life of Bradford County resident Carl Hurst and led him down the path to business ownership and local politics. Hurst was born in Melbourne in 1926 to Augustus Hansel and Donnie Mae Hurst. His mother died before he turned two years old, so for a time his father was a single parent. Hurst went to work at a wholesale produce warehouse in Jacksonville and said he really wanted out of the city. He answered a newspaper advertisement by the Curtis Candy Company, who wanted to hire someone to start a candy route, serving stores and vending machines, in Starke and Bradford County. Hurst got the job and worked it for a couple of years. He then decided he needed a change. He answered another newspaper ad, this time by the Hercules Powder Company in Starke. He worked in their office on their inventory system for eight years and then took a job working for a service-station company in Starke. Within two years, he had bought his own service station and remained in that business, at two different locations, for 30 years. Hurst’s first service station was located at the corner of S.R. 100 and U.S. 301, next to Sonny’s BBQ. Two years later he purchased property on the north end of town and built a service station there, moving his business. His first association was with Standard Oil and then later with Exxon. His dealer was Davis and Sons in Macclenny, but he is quick to point out that he owned his stations – they were not company owned businesses. He said he is amazed at the price gasoline sells for today. “I can remember paying 15 cents a gallon when I was young,” Hurst said. “When I had my first job I had a Ford Model A and I remember it only took 75 cents to fill it up and I could drive all week. I don’t see how people can make it now with the prices so high.” Besides running a full-service business, pumping gas for customers and caring for their cars, Hurst also ran a 24-hour wrecker service out of his service stations. When he didn’t have a night driver, he handled the calls himself, and although he said he liked meeting people and trying to help them, driving a wrecker was not what he really wanted to be doing. “At the site of a wreck, I told a state trooper one time that I wasn’t going to do what I was doing,” Hurst said. “The problem was I just kept doing it when I didn’t have a driver.” Hurst remembered one bad wreck in Brooker that he worked. “It was a really cold night and a car was upside down in a ditch full of water,” Hurst said. “The water was pretty deep. There was only about eight inches of the tires showing above the level of the water. I got down in the ditch and hooked to the car and turned it back over the right way while I was pulling it out of the ditch. The driver was OK, except for being wet and cold, and he was out walking around the scene while I was doing all this.” Hurst said he enjoyed his business and the people he met through it, and also added that he always tried to help those who needed it, especially the people who were involved in the wrecks he was called to. In 1967, Hurst decided to get into politics, so he ran for the Starke City Commission and won. First he became commission chair and later mayor, filling the position left open by the death of Mayor Randy Chitty. He remembers the call he got from the city attorney when Chitty had passed. “The attorney was Arch Thomas and he said that we needed to call a special meeting to appoint me, as the chairman, to serve as the mayor until the next election. Apparently it was in the city charter that the chairman of the commission was to be the one to fill a vacant mayor’s seat, but my fellow commission members had already decided that I should get it.” He ran again the next term and was reelected without opposition. At the time he became mayor, the position not only entailed serving the city in that capacity, but also serving as the city judge (in the old three-tiered justice system in the state there were municipal, county and state BY TRACY LEE TATE Telegraph Staff Writer Working in the community to help others meet their basic needs is a way of life to Starke resident Arley McRae, who is himself recovering from a debilitating stroke. McRae was born in Lakeland, while his parents, Wesley and AnnaMae McRae, were there working citrus farms. They had moved there from Bradford County during the depression in 1934. He was raised there and in Bradford County, where he was a part of the fifth generation of his family to live here. “I was named after my fraternal grandparents,” McRae said of his unusual name. “He was named Harley and she was Ardelia (who at one time wrote for the Telegraph). My parents just combined the two names and got Arley.” He attended Rising School, a three-room schoolhouse, for grades one through eight, and then went on to Bradford High School, where he graduated in 1952. From there, he went on to attend the University of Florida on a football scholarship as a wide receiver/defensive back, majoring in physical education and earning a bachelor’s degree in 1956. Officially, he still holds the state record for the best time in running the 50-yard dash – a fact he attributes to the fact that just after he took the record the 50-yard dash was replaced in competition by the 35-meter run. McRae joined the United States Air Force in 1957, where he became a pilot and, eventually, went on to command two Air Force bases. McRae stayed in the Air Force for 30 years, flying F-4 Phantoms in Vietnam and experiencing the F-16 while it was still quite new. “It was the most interesting plane I flew,” McRae said. “It was so versatile and dynamic, very agile and maneuverable. It’s a shame they are phasing it out now and replacing it with the F-35.” Also while in Vietnam, appalled by the collateral damage caused by conventional bombs, many of which were still of World War II design, McRae became interested (on a challenge from a superior officer) in the creation and development of “smart bombs,” which could be precisely targeted. McRae retired from the Air Force as a full colonel and said he gave up flying when he retired. “I grew up dreaming of flying and I did it,” McRae said. “What I could do now could not compare to the flying I did in the military and I already achieved my dream.” While in the Air Force, McRae had taken a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Troy University in Alabama. When he returned to Florida, he enrolled at UF to work on a doctorate in management and leadership, but he never finished. McRae came back to Bradford County in the early 1990s when he retired from the Air Force. Here he re-met the woman who would become his wife, Gladys Thomas, whom he had known in high school. When he became reacquainted with her in 1992 she had just lost a son, Brian Bundy Thomas, in an automobile accident. At the time, she was raising three children. The couple started dating and were married in 1994. The couple raised her children, Maria Thomas Kish, a guidance counselor at Lake Butler Elementary, and Barry Thomas, an interior designer/ painter in Mandarin, as well as partly raising McRae’s son from a previous marriage, Wayne Robin Story-McRae, who is now a preschool teacher in Bradford County. Living in Bradford County, McRae became very involved as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Starke, and through that association, became involved in the food pantry, where he eventually became the director, a position he still holds. He also became executive director for the local branch of Habitat for Humanity, which built five houses during his tenure. In 1997, he also became affiliated with the Children’s Table in the Levy County/ Bronson area, an organization which not only collects food for those in need, but whose members actually go out and glean the fields of local farmers to collect more food that would otherwise be wasted. McRae is a strong and outspoken advocate of education as a means of fighting poverty and improving lives. In 1999, Gov. Jeb Bush appointed him a trustee for Santa Fe College, a position he still holds after reappointments by two more governors and taking a twoyear sabbatical. In 2014 he was selected as the Florida State Colleges Trustee of the Year. In another means of supporting education, the McRaes have hosted two exchange students from Brazil –brothers named Diego and Bruno. Both young men have stayed in touch with their host family and have gone on to be successful and accomplished adults The McRaes are very proud of them. On Aug. 21, 2013, McRae had a double stroke in the middle of Helping others obtain basic needs a way of life for McRae Gladys and Arley McRae in the dining room of their home, the location where much of the work on his book is being done. See MCRAE, 10B Carl Hurst: an independent spirit with a life of service Carl Hurst See HURST, 10B


There’s a saying that it is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. With that in mind, the Rotary Club of Starke will join more than 30,000 clubs in more than 200 countries to “Light Up Rotary” as Rotary International enters its 110 th year of existence. Paul Harris started Rotary on Feb. 23, 1905, as a group that would gather for friendship and mutual cooperation, first doing good at a local level and later expanding worldwide. The current Rotary International president—Gary C.K. Huang—has chosen “Light Up Rotary” as this year’s theme and Rotary’s challenge in stepping up to do its part to combat bad situations throughout the world. In other words, it’s better to do what you can—to light one candle) than to do nothing and simply talk about how bad things are— to curse the darkness. Rotary’s overall goals are to impact areas of health, education and peace through international friendship, with one of the main goals being the eradication of polio. Rotary has contributed more than $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to vaccinate two billion children in 122 countries. Today, there are only three countries with polio, thanks to Rotary’s efforts, which include approximately $20,000 donated by the Starke club since 1984. Starke’s club is in its 78 th year of existence. It was chartered Feb. 25, 1937, with 23 members: J.W. Andrews Jr., M.F. Brown, J.W. Brownlee, J.B. Carlisle, D.P. Carpenter, L.F. Chapman, L.A. Davis, W.H. Graham, L.A. Gray, W.H. Hart, M.B. Herlong, C.A. Knight, T. Frank Landrum, Henry A. Manassa, T.K. McClane, Eugene L. Matthews, C. Howell Nasworthy, W.P. Smith, Nat Sternberg, A.J. Thomas Sr., N.D. Wainwright Jr., H.C. Wall and Joseph E. Wilson, who served as the club’s first president. The club originated in a local group called the Starke Business Men’s Club. Meetings were held in a variety of locations, including the Starke Woman’s Club (where the charter banquet was held), the First United Methodist Church educational building, the American Legion home, Garden Restaurant and the restaurant at the Holiday Inn. In a way, the Starke club, with its various meeting places, was retracing the steps of the original Rotary Club founded by Paul Harris in Chicago. Harris, who was a lawyer, called together three of his friends—a merchant tailor, a mining engineer and a coal dealer—and proposed the idea of forming a social club made up of businessmen and professionals. They began meeting at each other’s business on a rotating basis, which led to the name of “Rotary.” It was decided by those first original Rotary Club members that all members admitted to the club were to be proprietors, partners or officers of business concerns and that only one representative of any type of business would be admitted. Diversity was stressed among the membership—all races, religions and political persuasions were welcome. As time progressed, it was decided that the club should be more than just an excuse to meet socially. Community service thus became a focal point. A second Rotary Club was formed approximately three years later, followed by the formation of more clubs as the idea caught on. The first Rotary convention was held in 1910 in Chicago, with representatives of 14 of the existing 16 clubs attending. The first Rotary Club outside of the U.S. was formed in 1911 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. That same year also saw the first publication of Rotary’s official magazine, “The National Rotarian,” and the adoption of the mottos “Service above Self” and “He Profits Most Who Serves Best.” By 1937, the International Association of Rotary Clubs consisted of 183,000 members, with 4,335 clubs located around the world. When first-ever club founder Harris died in 1947, the numbers had increased to 279,881 members and 5,828 clubs. Membership opened to women in 1986. Over the years, the Rotary Club of Starke has supported the Bradford Food Pantry, local Boy Scouts of America and 4-H, FFA and other school/ youth activities. For more than 30 years, the club has been funding Santa Fe College scholarships. Education has certainly been a primary goal of the Starke club. John Smith, the club’s current president, said one of his personal favorite projects was when the club joined 60 other clubs in the U.S. to send books and computers to schools in Guatemala. The Starke club donated $452,425 to that project. The Rotary Club of Starke, which also sponsored the formation of the Rotary Club of Lake Butler, hosts one major fundraiser each year—the Beast Feast. This year’s event, which will feature a live band, a prize drawing, cash drawings and an auction as well as lots of delicious food to choose from, will be held Saturday, March 21, at the Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm in Graham, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased from any Rotarian or at the Bradford County Telegraph. For more information, call Jessie Myers at 352-258-5292, John Smith at 904-964-7871 or Kevin Miller at the Telegraph at 904-964-6305. The United States Air Force Sixth Logistic Readiness Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa promoted Kody J. Williams on Dec. 11, 2014, from senior airman to staff sergeant. Williams enlisted in the Air Force in June 2007 and returned from his second deployment—to Kandahar, Afghanistan—in September 2014. He is currently assigned to the Air Transportation unit as a passenger terminal supervisor. 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For more information, search for th annual Murphy’s Law Bass Tournament Page” on Facebook. To pre-register, call Brooks Morrell at 719-491-8476 or Kris Kadlec at 904-364-6668. Morrell started the tournament in 2012 in honor of fellow Starke Police Department officer Sgt. Stephen Murphy, who was then diagnosed with kidney cancer. Murphy not only beat that cancer, but beat leukemia as a child. The tournament continues, just as the fight against cancer continues. Murphy’s Law Bass Tournament is March 7 The Santa Fe College Andrews and Watson centers are now taking applications for the $1,000 Betty Warren Memorial Scholarship, which is sponsored by the Col. Samuel Elbert Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Students who are in the second semester of their freshman year and who are majoring in education, American history or a medical-related field may apply. They must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be planning to remain enrolled at Santa Fe College as sophomores. Applications are available at either the Andrews Center or Watson Center. The scholarship will be asked to attend the May 4 meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Col. Samuel Elbert Chapter. The deadline to apply is March 31. Starke Rotary Club’s eighth annual Beast Feast will be held Saturday, March 21, at the Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm in Graham, starting at 6 p.m. There will a live band, prize drawing and auction items up for bid, plus cash drawings using the event tickets. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased from any Rotarian or at the Bradford County Telegraph. For more information, call Jessie Myers at 352-258-5292, John Smith at 904-964-7871 or Kevin Miller at the Telegraph at 904-964-6305. Funds raised from the Beast Feast will help the Starke Rotary Club support scholarships for Santa Fe College, local Boy Scouts, the Food Pantry, Rotary International efforts in fighting Polio and many other community service projects throughout the year. Local Santa Fe students may now apply for Warren scholarship Starke Rotary Club to host annual Beast Feast March 21 Rotary International to ‘light up’ its 110th year Starke Rotarian John Smith reads with students at Starke Elementary School during Florida Literacy Week. Smith and other Rotary members read from a graphic novel about Paul Harris, who Rotary Club.


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For every dog, cat or other animal that finds its way to the Bradford County Animal Control I know it will make a difficult situation much better. For the employees who staff animal control, the inmates who help clean and take care of the animals, the people who come to adopt, and the rescue groups who come to save our unwanted animals it will also be better. Tracy George Founder/ President Supporters of Sheltered Animals Inc. Dear Readers: Hi Florida! My name is Blake W. I am a fifth grader from Harlan Intermediate School in Harlan, Iowa. My S.S class is doing a states project. I am lucky to get your state of Florida. I would please like it if you could send me some sea shells, sand, and information about Florida. My Teacher, Mrs. Newlin, would appreciate it if you could send her a car license plate from your state (if possible). Mrs. Newlin’s S.S Class, Harlan Intermediate School, 1401 19 th St., Harlan, IA 51537. Thank You! Sincerely, Blake W. Iowa 5thgrader seeks info on Florida From dream to reality Dear Editor: People who missed the performance by the Treble Makers on February 18th at the Bradford County Senior Center missed a fabulous afternoon of fun. The band of musicians/ vocalists (from Melrose/ Keystone Heights) provided two hours of good music –and the concert was FREE! The Bradford County Senior Center: ‘a great place’ event was further enlivened by audience participation as a number of people got up and showed their line dancing skills. Thank you, Treble Makers, for an afternoon of wonderful entertainment. I hope we can see you again in Starke soon. I want to take this opportunity to thank the Bradford County Commission for providing the residents with a very nice Senior Center. It is a venue for informational events of benefit to the community. I have attended presentations from nutrition to snakes. There was a recent presentation on identity theft which was very informative. I look forward to the annual Senior Expo provided by the Bradford County Sheriff’s Department. It is important to point out that we, seniors, owe Diane Gaskins endless thanks for making it happen at our Senior Center. Diane coordinates the scheduling of diverse groups from arts and crafts to physical fitness and even computer classes. Besides coordinating activities at the Center, Diane teaches Zumba classes for seniors as well as a series of computer classes. The Bradford County Senior Center is truly a great place. Thank you, Bradford County, for funding the facility. Fe Ripka Hampton Letters Mr. Christopher Cline of Gainesville and Ms. Wendi Wisham of Starke are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter Alyssa Cline to Shawn Bounds of Forest, Mississippi. Miss Cline is the granddaughter of Mr. Kevin Higgins of Chesapeake, Virginia and the late Ms. Karen Jones of Keystone Heights, the late Mr. Clarence Young of Floral City and the late Ms. Iris Young of Hawthorne, and the granddaughter of Ms. Eileen Cook of South Pasadena. The bride elect is a 2009 graduate of Bradford High School. She graduated BCT from Fort Sill, Oklahoma in May of 2010 and AIT from Fort Rucker, Alabama in Aug. of 2010. She deployed from 2011-2012 to Iraq, Kuwait, and Jordan. She is a Flight Operations Specialist for B Co 1-111th Aviation and the Army Aviation Support Facility of Meridian, Mississippi. Mr. Bounds is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Bounds of Forest, Mississippi. He is the grandson of Mrs. Annette Bounds and the late Mr. Elmo Bounds of Houston, Mississippi, and of the late Mr. and Mrs. Weston McCoy of Houston, Mississippi. The prospective groom is a 2005 graduate of Scott Central High School. He graduated BCT from Fort Benning, Georgia in April 2011 and AIT from Fort Eustis, Virginia in July of 2011. He deployed from 2011-2012 to Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. He is a Helicopter Mechanic for B Co 1-111th Aviation and the Army Aviation Support Facility of Meridian, Mississippi. Vows will be exchanged at 3 p.m. on March 14th, at Bethlehem Baptist Church of Morton, Mississippi. A reception will follow on site. Cline, Bounds to wed March 14 Alyssa Cline and Shawn Bounds John and Annette Wall of Lake Butler celebrated their 25 th Wedding Anniversary with family and friends on Saturday, Feb. 14th, at Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Starke. John and Annette were married 25 years ago on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14th, 1990. They have one son, Kelly Brown, who is married to Sharon Tomlinson Brown, with two children, AJ and Annalei. They have one daughter, Minnie, who is married to Robert Broughton with two children, Ryan and Miranda. The Walls are members of Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church. They thank the Lord for 25 wonderful years together. “for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:” Ruth 1: 16KJV Annette, John Wall celebrated 25 years of marriage Feb. 14 Annette and John Wall The First Presbyterian Church of Starke held a pastor appreciation on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. The Reverend Dr. Don McGarity and his wife, Bonnie have been with the Church for three years. During that time the Church has added several new members, conducted several special events, and added an organist, Joshua L Mazur from the University of Florida Music Department. Starke 1st Presbyterian honors pastor Rev. Dr. Don and Bonnie McGarity . Socials , Norm Myers will present a program on the Children’s Miracle Network as part of the Col. Samuel Elbert Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting on Monday, March 2, at Johnny’s BBQ in Keystone Heights at 9:30 a.m. Myers is the Sons of the American Revolution liaison to the Col. Samuel Elbert Chapter. Visitors are welcome. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove direct descent from a person who aided in achieving American independence between April 19, 1775, and Nov. 26, 1783, is eligible for Daughters of the American Revolution membership. Please contact Konnie Beauregard at 352-475-1865 for more information. Children’s Miracle Network to be topic of March 2 DAR meeting Legals KEYSTONE AIRPARK MEETING be held on the 1 st Tuesday of every month at 6:00 P.M. Location is: 7100 than 72 hours in advance.


Warriors at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, bring a pair of favorites locally and beyond. The Ben Carter Band will perform at 7 p.m. on March 13, while Clark Hill, which just recently joined forces with H2H Management of Nashville, will perform at 7 p.m. on March 14. Theus said she hopes The Ben Carter Band and Clark Hill draw crowds from the immediate and surrounding area. It’s a good chance to see a couple of bands that started in Bradford County and are moving onward and upward. “Hopefully, that’s going to attract some people from around our area who’ve heard of them and haven’t seen them,” Theus said. “Hopefully, that’ll garner some more supporters for them, too. We are rooting for our guys to do well. We want them to go on and be successful and be able to say, ‘I remember them when.’” This marks the second year that Deggeller Attractions will provide the attractions, games and food on the midway. Theus said it has been a good working relationship so far and that fair visitors last year expressed to her how they felt the midway was an improved experience. Theus said she asked Deggeller to provide another bigger, thrill ride for this year’s fair, and she feels confident that the company will do that and continue to provide attractions visitors will enjoy. “They are the kind of people who try to do their best to deliver to this area,” Theus said. Those children who don’t meet the height requirements for rides will still be able to enjoy themselves at the fair with the addition of the Capital City Bank Kids Corner—a 30-by-30foot tent on the midway, loaned at no cost by Kountry Katerers, that will feature various toys and activities for event the littlest members of families visiting the fair. “It gives them something to do, too,” Theus said. “I always feel so bad for the little ones. They want to do so much.” Theus wanted to do something for senior citizens as well, noting that the fairs of the past used to do just that. Therefore, Senior Citizen Day—sponsored by Community State Bank and the Tourist Development Council— is Wednesday, March 11, from noon until 2 p.m Senior citizens will be treated to a free lunch cooked by Dean Bennett that will consist of chicken and rice, green beans and a roll. Western Steer Family Steakhouse is providing tea, while Altrusa of Starke is providing desserts. Youth in local 4-H and FFA programs will act as servers. Theus said she likes being able to bring the youth and older adults together. “I think it has that sense of family,” she said. “That’s what I love. You don’t get that in big cities.” Besides providing lunch, Senior Citizen Day offers the opportunity to tour the buildings and displays before the fair opens to the public. The Backwood Boys will also give a performance, while the Bradford County Health Department will offer health screenings. There are plenty of food options for those visiting the fair, whether you buy something on the midway or from the various local civic organizations, churches, etc., that are in and around buildings 1, 2 and 3. However, there hasn’t been much seating at past fairs. That has changed this year with the addition of 20 new picnic tables throughout the buildings and on the midway, made possible by the support of the following: Community State Bank, Denmark Auto Sales, Dick’s Wings, Faulkner Realty, Kiwanis of Starke, Jim Lawrence Transportation, Murray Chrysler-Dodge-JeepRam, Murray Ford Superstore, Phillip Johns family, Phillips Contracting Services, Roberts Insurance, Rocedes, Rowe Enterprises, Starke Golf and Country Club and Tatum Service & Supplies, LLC Servicing the Surrounding Areas Since 2006220 West Main Street Lake ButlerWe Offer: Above Ground Pool Installation Weekly Pool Maintenance Repair of Automatic Vacuum Systems Service, Repairs & Supplies Pool Recreation Equipment & Toys386-496-1057 POOL CLEANING SERVICE...Cheaper than you think!POOL CLEANING SERVICE...Cheaper than you think! DON’T WAIT til the Hot Summer to get your pool back in shape! 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The Bradford-Union Cattlemen Association’s 4-H and FFA steer show is Wednesday March 11, at 6 p.m., followed by the beef breed show on Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. The breed and steer awards will be presented on Saturday, March 14, at 4 p.m., with the auction to follow. Other notable events on Friday, March 13, include the 4-H and FFA livestock judging contest at 8:30 a.m. and the BradfordUnion Swine Association buyers’ dinner at 5 p.m. On Saturday, March 14, the 4-H strawberry pie contest and auction will be held at 12:15 p.m., while the Sunburst Beauty Pageant will be at 1 p.m. The Bradford-Union Cattlemen Association buyers’ dinner is at 3 p.m., while the strawberry auction will be held following the breed and steer auction. Prior to the start of the fair, the 4-H table-setting contest will be held Friday, March 6, at 4 p.m. The 4-H youth goat show will be held on Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. For more information on the fair, please visit the website This website also includes a link to the fair’s Facebook page. You may also call the fair office at 904-964-5252. FAIR Continued from 1B Musical entertainment County Fair includes The Ben Carter Band (above) on Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m. and, as part of Gospel Night on Thursday, March 12, The Backwood Boys (right). The Backwood Boys will perform at 6:30 Warriors at 8:30 p.m. Continued from 1B WEAG personalities (l-r) Chuck and Mary Kramer and Lyn Veliz are ready to have a doggone good time Brothers Lumber. Showcase Advertising has provided plaques for each table recognizing the businesses/ individuals responsible for providing the tables. Those are just some of the highlights of the upcoming fair, which should have you “Barkin’ in the Barnyard.” See related story for information on tickets, nightly specials and shows. More information on the fair can also be found at www., which also includes a link to the fair’s Facebook page. You may also call 904-9645252 for more information. The 65th annual Bradford County Fair...sure to be a tail-waggin’ good time


Union County High School ju nior Josh Smith has been invited to take part in the Rivals Camp Series Presented by Under Ar mour—a group of free, regional camps for elite high school foot ball players. Smith, a defensive lineman who is coming off of a season in which he had 83 tackles, nine sacks and four caused fumbles, will take part in a Rivals Camp in Miami on Sunday, March 8. He was a second-team Class 1A allstate selection and a first-team Gainesville Sun all-area selec tion after the 2014 season. Players invited to a Rivals Camp participate in positionspecific drills with highly experi enced coaches, working on skills and techniques prior to compet ing one on one. The top 175 players in the re gion are invited to take part in the Rivals Camp Series. Invita tions are sent to college football prospects with FBS offers only or players who are the cusp of receiving FBS offers. Former Rivals No. 1 players include Da’Shawn Hand, Robert Nkemdiche, Dorial Green-Beck ham and Jadeveon Clowney. UCHS junior Smith invited to Rivals Camp KEYSTONE YOUTH SOCCER CLUB For more information call: Trevor Waters at 352-246-7776 Registration forms on website www.keystoneyouthsoccer.comSpring Registration AGES 4-18TO REGISTER SIGN UP by March 1, 2015 THE FEE is $65.00. Payable to KYSC. Supplied uniform will be jersey, shorts & socks.Register Monday thru Saturday 10AM to 5PM at 7374 SR 21 N Keystone Heights Resale Shoppe Furniture, Collectibles, Antiques and so much tamwadsworth@yahoo.com101 E. Call Street Starke(located inside Ladybugs Resale Shoppe) Gift Certificates AvailableJoin Us for Our StoreGrand Opening Join Us for Our Store Sat Feb 28th 10 am – 3pmDoor Prizes ~ Refreshments & More! L AKE A REA S MALL E NGINE7333 Kyle Street Keystone HeightsGET YOUR LAWN MOWERPRE-SEASON MAINTENANCEDONE NOW! Rental Equipmentby the Day Weekend Week Month Contact us about our great rental rates Want to reach people?Now’s the perfect time to see just how well our classifieds can work for you. Whether you’re looking for a great buy or a great place to sell, call our classified department today.904-964-6305Ask for Classified Ads Josh Smith BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer Tylyn Davis and Breanna Wells each hit a solo home run as the Keystone Heights High School softball team defeated host Union County 3-2 on Feb. 23. Wells—who also hit a double—and Taylor Morris each went 2-for-4 as the Indians won their third straight game and improved to 6-2. Pitcher Megan Moncrief (2-1) earned the win. Union’s Teala Howard went 4-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, but that wasn’t enough for the Tigers, who suffered their first loss after a 4-0 start. It was also the first loss for pitcher Kaylan Tucker (3-1). Devin Lewis went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Union, which had just risen to number two in the state’s latest Class 1A poll. The Tigers are ranked behind fellow District 7 team Chiefland. Keystone received honorable mention in this week’s Class 4A poll. The Indians were scheduled to host Clay on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. and will travel to play Baldwin on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. Keystone then returns home to play District 5-4A opponent Bradford— Indians win 3rd straight, hand Tigers 1st loss ranked third in the state—on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. Union played Fort White this past Tuesday and will host Chiefland on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. The Tigers and Indians face each other again on Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, March 3, Union hosts district opponent Dixie County at 7 p.m. BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer Shelby Wilkison threw a complete-game shutout as the Bradford High School softball team defeated eighth-ranked Santa Fe for a 3-0 District 5-4A on Feb. 20 in Alachua. Wilkison gave up two hits and three walks, while striking out eight for the fourth-ranked Tornadoes (5-0, 2-0). Jordan Davis hit a solo home run, while Lainie Rodgers tripled and drove in a run. Sabina Watson was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Megan Farmer was 2-for4. Taylor Cruce hit a double. Bradford was scheduled to play district opponent Interlachen this past Tuesday and will travel to play Buchholz on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. The Tornadoes travel to play district opponent Keystone Heights on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, March 3, Bradford travels to play Oakleaf at 3 p.m. BHS softball team defeats Santa Fe, now 2-0 in district BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer Tylyn Davis and Taylor Morris each drove in three runs as the Keystone Heights High School softball team defeated host Palatka 14-2 on Feb. 20. Davis was 2-for-3 with a double, while Morris was 3-for-3 with a home run. Molly Crawford was 3-for4 with an RBI, while Ashleigh Jennings and Breanna Wells were each 2-for-4. Wells, who hit a double, drove in two runs. Marissa Eaton and Cheyenne Helton each drew two walks as Keystone batters walked a total KHHS defeats Palatka 14-2 of six times. Pitcher Brittany Schellpeper (4-1) earned the win, giving up two hits and striking out four. Prior to playing Palatka, the Indians hosted Interlachen on Feb. 19, winning 16-1 to improve to 3-1 in District 5-4A. Eaton, Helton and Wells each drove in two runs. Eaton and Skylar Rollins each went 2-for-3, with Rollins driving in a run. Crawford, Davis, Jennings and Gina Griffin each had one RBI. Keystone batters drew seven walks, with Crawford and Helton each drawing two. Schellpeper gave up three hits and one walk to earn the win. BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer Kaylyn Ingram drove in four runs in helping the Union County High School softball team defeat visiting Suwannee 6-5 on Feb. 20. The Tigers, who scored a run in the seventh to pull out the win, got a double and a home run from Ingram, who was 3-for-3. Devin Lewis was 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Madison McClellan was 2-for-3. Teala Howard and Brooke Waters were each 2-for-4, with Waters hitting a double and driving in a run. Pitcher Kaylan Tucker earned the win. Prior to playing Suwannee, the Tigers improved to 2-0 in District 7-1A, with Tucker and Madelyn Kish combining for 10 RBI in a 16-1 win over visiting Williston on Feb. 19. Tucker, who also earned the win in the circle, went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple, while Kish was 2-for-3 with a triple. Lewis went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. UCHS defeats Suwannee 6-5 BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer Keystone Heights scored three runs in the final two innings for a come-from-behind 5-3 win over host Intrrlachen in a District 5-4A baseball matchup on Feb. 20. The Indians (2-1, 1-0 prior to Indians open district baseball slate with 5-3 win Feb. 24) trailed 3-2, but scored two runs in the top of the sixth. Jackson Hicks hit a lead-off single and advanced on a Dean Dukes sacrifice and a passed ball before scoring on a passed ball. Jarrett Fowler, who reached on a walk, scored on a Bryce Plummer groundout. Jerrett Tschorn capped the scoring in the seventh, reaching on a double and stealing third before scoring on a passed ball. Plummer, who led off the game with a home run, went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Tschorn also went 3-for-4, while Hicks was 2-for-4. Pitcher Pierson Lewis shut the Rams out in four innings of relief, giving up three hits and no walks. He had five strikeouts. Starter Kyle Hix gave up three runs on three hits. The Indians were scheduled to play Baker County this past Tuesday and will travel to play district opponent Fort White on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, March 3, Keystone hosts district opponent P.K. Yonge at 7 p.m. BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer Five batters drove in two runs each, while pitcher Ty Cook threw a one-hit shutout as the Union County High School baseball team defeated visiting Melody Christian 10-0 in six innings on Feb. 20. Brandon Ames, Jordan Bryant and Casey Driggers each hit a double and drove in two runs, while T.J. Rogers and Dalton Teston also had two RBI each. Driggers went 3-for-4, while Bryant was 2-for-3. Tyler Lewis went 2-for-3 with a triple. Cook struck out six and allowed just one walk in evening his record at 1-1. The Tigers (2-2 prior to Feb. 24) traveled to Cross City for their District 7-1A opener on Feb. 19, getting another solid outing on the mound and two RBI each from Cook and Josh Glover in a 13-1 win over Dixie County in six innings. Cook hit a double and finished 2-for-3. Lewis and Caleb Cox UCHS wins 2nd straight in baseball each went 2-for-3 as well, with Cox hitting a double and driving in a run. Driggers and Teston were each 2-for-2, with Teston driving in a run. Ames and Rogers each had one RBI. Cook, Cox, Driggers and Lewis each scored two runs. Lewis was 3-for-3 on stolen-base attempts, while Cox, Driggers and Teston were each 2-for-2. Bryant (1-0) pitched a complete game, striking out nine. He gave up four hits and one walk. Union played district opponent Newberry this past Tuesday and will host Crescent City on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. On Friday, Feb. 27, the Tigers host district opponent Williston at 7 p.m. BY CLIFF SMELLEY Staff Writer Host Ridgeview took advantage of two singles and a double to score the winning run in the bottom of the seventh, handing the Bradford High School baseball team a 5-4 loss on Feb. 23. Bradford (1-6 prior to Feb. 24) led twice—first when Jacob Luke scored the game’s first run with a home run to lead off the top of the second and then when Jameaze McNeal scored on a Jake Johnson single to put the Tornadoes up 3-2 in the fifth. The Tornadoes tied the score at 4-4 in the sixth when Cody Tillman, who reached on a walk, scored on a passed ball. McNeal went 3-for-4 and was 2-for-3 on stolen-base attempts. Johnson, Luke and Austin Benczak each had an RBI. Tornadoes drop 2nd straight 1-run game Tillman was 2-for-2 on stolenbase attempts. On Feb. 18, Bradford traveled to play Gainesville, losing 9-5. Tillman was 2-for-2 with an RBI, while Benczak and Matt Stanwix-Hay each drove in two runs. Stanwix-Hay was 2-for-3. Luke went 2-for-2 with a double and a triple. He scored three runs. The Tornadoes struggled offensively in a 2-1 District 5-4A loss to visiting Fort White on Feb. 20. Fort White pitcher Rhett Willis struck out 11 and gave up just one hit. Luke, who had the team’s lone hit, started on the mound and gave up the two runs on just four hits and one walk, while striking out five. Tucker Stack gave up no hits and no walks in two innings of relief. He had four strikeouts. The Tornadoes were 1-1 in District 5 prior to playing Interlachen this past Tuesday. Bradford travels to play district opponent Santa Fe on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. and then hosts Suwannee on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. Spring registration for the Keystone Youth Soccer Club (ages 4-17) is now underway Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Trevor Waters Realty Inc. at 7374 S.R. 21 North in Keystone Heights. Registration forms can be found at www.keystoneyouthsoccer. com. The fee is $65. A uniform consisting of jersey, shorts and socks will be supplied. Coaches and volunteers are welcomed. For more information, call Trevor Waters at 352-246-7776. Register now for Keystone Youth Soccer


Leroy Douglas BROOKER— Leroy John Douglas, 77, of Brooker died on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at E.T. York Care Center in Gainesville. He was born in Branford on Dec. 23, 1937 to the late John Douglas and Ervie Harring Douglas. He was employed as a maintenance associate in a shoe factory in New York before retiring. He was preceded in death by: parents; sister, Geraldine Powell; and brother, Robert Douglas. He is survived by: his wife of 50 years, Gladys Marie Douglas of Brooker; daughters, Sandra Lynn (Michael) Thurston of Athens, Pennsylvania and Diane (Phil) Carpenter of Burdette, New York; sister, Merline Hawthorn of Salisbury, North Carolina; two grandsons; and two greatgranddaughters. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Archie Tanner Funeral Services of Starke. Glenn Freeman MACCLENNY— Glenn “Ronnie” Freeman, 64, of Macclenny died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at Lake City Medical. He was born on March 25, 1950 in Lake City to the late Lawrence Freeman and Gussie Smith Freeman. He was employed with CSX-FGF as a car inspector for 38 years. He was a member of Macclenny Church of Christ. He is preceded in death by: brother, Lawrence Freeman; and sister, Clara Nell Freeman. He is survived by: his wife of 30 years, Dana Davis Freeman; daughters, Keli (Ben) Pellicer of Tampa, Katie (Nick) Courson of Lake Butler, Tanya (Doug) Stewart of Macclenny, and Tina (Jason) Lyons of Macclenny; brothers, Gene (Paulette) Freeman of Glen St Mary and Clinton (Marie) Freeman of Glen St Mary; sisters, Kay Trowell of Lake Butler and Zannie (Perry) Little of Lake City; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services were held Feb. 22 at Macclenny Church of Christ with Rev. Sam Kitchen and Rev. Michael Norman officiating. Burial followed funeral services at Woodlawn Cemetery in Macclenny. The arrangements are under the care of Archer Funeral Home, Lake Butler. Patricia Halle RAIFORD—Patricia R. Halle, 69, of Raiford died on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. She was preceded in death by: parents, Acie and Redith Richardson; and nephew, Mike Rogers all of Sanderson; and grandson, Jeremy Burnsed of Fernandina Beach. She is survived by: daughters, Georgeanna (Mike) Clemons of Lake Butler and Jodi (James) Gaskins of Fernandina; son, Greg (Karol) Halle of Lake Butler; four grandchildren. Arrangements are under care of Archer Funeral Home of Lake Butler. Gene Hardin LAKE BUTLER— Gene M. Hardin, 70, “Pops” of Maggie Valley, North Carolina died on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 with his family by his side. A native of Lake Butler, he retired from Pritchett Trucking after 35 years of service. He is survived by: his wife, Stephanie Lane Hardin; children, Eric Gene (Heather) Hardin, Lynette Hardin (Billy) Kinner, and Celeste Hardin all of Lake Butler and Becki (Jason) Riddle of Maggie Valley; brothers and sisters, Claudine (Freddie) Gaskins of Maggie Valley, Dale (Sue) Hardin of Lake Butler, Boone (Cathy) Hardin of Keystone Heights, Sam Hardin of Maggie Valley, and Kim Atwood of Lake Butler; nine grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Feb. 24 at Lake Butler Church of God with Rev. Lemuel Lane and Rev. Alvin Lane officiating. Burial took place following services at Crosby Lake Cemetery. The arrangements are under the care of Archer Funeral Home, Lake Butler. Leland Johns Leland Johns STARKE—Leland B. “Buck” Johns died on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. He was born in Starke on July 1, 1958. He is preceded in death by: parents, Lois and Beland Johns; brothers, Tommy, Tyler and Robert Fortune; and sister, Kathleen Brock. He is survived by: his wife, Barbara Johns; brothers, Henry (Debbie) Lester Johns, Johnny (Brenda) Tyler, David (Enda) Tyler, Austin Tyler, Williard (Beverly) Tyler, Michael (Lisa) Fortune, Travis (Kathy) Griffis, Don (Sherry) Fortune, and Trey (Erica) Carroll; sisters, Francis Byrd, Carolyn Whitfield, Cindy Bishop and Cheryl (Gary) Poucher; daughters, Angel (Loyd) Johns, Joanna (Jerry) Stacy, Tabatha Johns, Christie Johns, Samantha (Jeffrey) Morris, Mary (Duane) Nelson; and 12 grandchildren; Visiting hours will be held on February 27, from 2-3:30 pm at Archer Funeral Home of Lake Butler. Edmond Johnson Edmond Johnson, Sr. LAWTEY—Edmond Johnson, Sr. of Lawtey died on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at Shands at UF Hospital at Gainesville. He was a lifelong resident of Lawtey. He was a member of Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church in Lawtey. He attended the local schools of Bradford County. He is survived by: sons, Edmond Johnson, Jr., Bernard Johnson, Carlton Johnson, and Terellis Johnson; sisters, Shirley Johnson, Catherine Johnson, and Jearlean Johnson; brothers, Jeremiah Johnson, Cleo Johnson, and Joe-Cephus Johnson; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, Feb. 28 in the Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Joe-Cephus Johnson, eulogist and Rev. Charles Green presiding. Interment will be in Peetsville Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Haile Funeral Home Inc. of Starke. Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 27 at the Carl D. Haile Memorial Chapel. Family hour 3-4:00 pm. Friends 4-6:00 pm and one hour at the church prior to the services. The cortege will form at the Johnson family home, 1306 NE CR 225 Lawtey at 10:30 am. Marion Payne STARKE—Marion A. Payne, 90, of Starke died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 at his residence. He was born on April 21, 1924 in Ohio and moved to Starke in 1950. The family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church of Starke on Friday, Feb. 27 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm with funeral services beginning at 3 p.m. Reverend Ben Bryant will officiate with Brother Harry Hatcher assisting. Interment will follow in Crosby Lake Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church College Fund, P.O. Box 1258, Starke, FL 32091 or Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, 150 N. Main Street, High Springs, FL 32643. Arrangements are by JonesGallagher Funeral Home of Starke. A complete obituary will print at a later date. Michael Peterson PALATKA—Michael Wayne Peterson, 37, of Palatka died suddenly at home Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. He was born on July 22, 1977 in Gainesville to Gregory Peterson Sr. and Leila Baker Harris. He lived most of his life in Palatka, and Lake Butler. He was preceded in death by: father, Gregory Peterson Sr.; son, Ashton Peterson; and infant daughter, Evelyn Peterson. He is survived by: his wife, Jayda Peterson; daughter, Antonia Cantu of Raiford; sons, Andrew and Jordan Peterson; step-son, Weston Summers; brothers, Gregory (Kim) Peterson Jr., Joseph Peterson, Robert Peterson, Leroy (Andrea) McHenry; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7:00 pm at Archer Memorial Chapel with Rev. Randolph Murray officiating. In Lieu of flowers family ask that you donate to to help with funeral expenses. The arrangements are under the care of Archer Funeral Home of Lake Butler. Geraldine Powell LAKE BUTLER— Geraldine Powell, 80, of Lake Butler died Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 at her residence with family by her side. She was born on Feb. 12, 1935 in Branford to the late John and Ervie Douglas. She was preceded in death by: son, Wayne Powell; husband, Tyra Powell; brother, Lloyd Douglas; and grandson, Dustin Powell. She is survived by: daughter, Susan Forsyth; sons, Tommy Powell, Mitchell Powell, and Terry Powell; brothers, Robert and Leroy Douglas; sisters, Bassie May Richardson, Katie Hawthorn, and Geneva Tennant; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. The arrangements are under the care of Archer Funeral Home of Lake Butler. Klynt Richardson Klynt Richardson GAINESVILLE— Klynt Matthew Richardson, 22, of Gainesville died during his sleep unexpectedly on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 in Tampa. He was born Nov. 16, 1992 in Gainesville. He graduated from Keystone Heights High School with honors in 2012. He is survived by: his parents Michael and Belinda Richardson of Gainesville; brothers, Brent (Heather) Richardson of Keystone Heights and Kyle Richardson of Tampa; sisters, Myra (Steven) Richardson Crews and Alisha Richardson both of Gainesville; maternal grandparents, Bernard and Gloria Cowles of Keystone Heights; and paternal grandparents, Dale and Barbara Richardson of Melrose. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Moring Funeral Home of Melrose. A memorial service will be held at The Family Church in Gainesville, on Thursday from 2:30–3:30 pm. There will be a brief open casket viewing on Thursday from 1:30– 2:30 pm for out of town guests. He will be laid to rest at Keystone Heights Cemetery, following at a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations sent to the Keystone Heights High School, 900 SW Orchid Avenue, Keystone Heights, Florida 32656. Klynt Richardson Scholarship in the memo. Donald Schultz MELROSE—Donald Stannard Schultz, 82, of Melrose, husband of Sara Foley Schultz, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Donald began his journey on Nov. 12 1932 at the Chandkuhri Leprosariums Mission in Tilda, India, born to missionaries Rev. John H Schultz and Olivia Bareis Schultz. In the midst of WWII the family returned home aboard the SS Brazil (a luxury liner turned troop ship). Don graduated from high school in Lincoln, Illinois. An outstanding athlete, he was recruited to pitch for the Chicago White Sox but forced to defer due to injury. Don went on to play college football at Colorado State University where he graduated in Range Management. He received a Master’s Degree from Mexico City College, Mexico in International Studies. Donald started his storied international career as Heifer Project’s (Heifer International) first overseas employee in the South American Andes. He concurrently served as a Peace Corps coordinator where he met his wife Sara. He and his family went on to live in Ecuador, Bolivia, Pakistan, Venezuela, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama where he retired as an international executive for US Wheat Associates in 1995. He and Sara then settled in Melrose where he was an active member of Faith Presbyterian Church. A memorial service will be held March 7 at 2:00 at Faith Presbyterian Church in Melrose. PAID OBITUARY Carolyn Stewart KEYSTONE HEIGHTS— Carolyn Stewart, 85, died on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. She was a member of Fresh Start Fellowship. She is survived by: one sister; six children, 15 grandchildren, 21 greatgrandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Memorial service was held Feb. 23 at Fresh Start. In lieu of flowers, you can make donations in her memory to: Northeast Florida Community Hospice at or Alzheimer Association at “Carolyn’s Cool Cats” is her team. Arrangements are under the care of Moring Funeral Home of Melrose. James Thomas II James Thomas II LAKE BUTLER— James Thomas II, 41, of Lake Butler died Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. He was born Sept. 20, 1972 in Lake City. He was employed with the U.S. Post Office in Lake Butler. He was preceded in death by: daughter, Raygn Harlow Thomas; step-father, Stouten Howard; grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. George Franklin Bolls, Mr. and Mrs. T.S. Thomas, and Mrs. Betty Jo Howard. He is survived by: his parents, Pamela Howard of Lake Butler and James (Teena) Thomas of Palm Coast; brother and sister, David (Joy) Thomas of Lake Butler and Jennifer Thomas of Lake Butler; step-brothers and sisters, Storm Hamilton, Hannah Hamilton, Amber Faulk, Robert Vitter, and Brittany Vitter; and grandfather, Glenn Howard. Arrangements are under the care of Archer Funeral Home of Lake Butler. Mae Tolleson LAKE BUTLER—Mae Ellouise Tolleson, 88, of Lake Butler died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tennessee. She was born on Jan. 8, 1927 in Atlanta, Texas to the late Jay and Mae Patterson. She was a beautician until she retired from Edith’s Beauty Shop. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Lake Butler. She is preceded in death by: her husband Olen Tolleson. She is survived by: daughter, Kathleen (Jim) Speed of Maryville, Tennessee; sons, Joe (Donna) Tolleson of Brooker and Billy Wayne (Becky) Tolleson of Pensacola; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one greatgreat-grandchild. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 28 at 11:00 am at Archer Memorial Chapel with Rev. Paul Sampson officiating. Burial will take place following funeral services at Dekle Cemetery. Family invites friends for a visitation Friday from 6 to 8 pm at Archer Funeral Home. The arrangements are under the care of Archer Funeral Home of Lake Butler. 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Special thanks to Dr. Joelle lnnocent-Simon, Riverwood Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center. Haven Hospice, Lawtey Church of Christ, MT. Zion A.M.E. Church, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, and Haile Funeral Home Inc. May God’s richest blessings be upon each of you. The Austin Family Card of Thanks In Memory Tammy Johns Tammy “Richards” Johns February 23 is your birthday. Happy Birthday, daughter. We all miss you and remember you every minute of the day. It’s your big one, 50 years old. It still seems like you’re still here with me. You were my first little girl. You were my little angel. I was so proud of you. We all miss you so much Tammy. Happy Birthday Tammy Love and miss you. Your mama and all your family Joan Richards d Obituaries d


The following individuals were arrested recently by local law enforcement officers in Bradford, Union and Clay (Keystone Heights area) counties: BRADFORD Ellen Viola Austin, 23, of Starke was arrested Feb. 21 by Bradford deputies for battery. According to the arrest report, Austin showed up at a relatives’ residence intoxicated. When she went to leave, the relatives wouldn’t give her the vehicle keys to prevent her from driving. Austin became irate and started a fight with several people at the home, then attempted to attack her mother before her brother stepped in to stop her. During the scuffle, Austin bit her brother on the hand, causing an injury. Austin was arrested for domestic battery and transported to jail. Russell Allen Boulris, 40, of Starke was arrested Feb. 22 by Starke police during a traffic stop for felony possession of marijuana over 20 grams. April Lynn Conner, 39, of Jacksonville was arrested Feb. 17 by Starke police during a traffic stop for driving while license suspended or revoked. Bond was set at $5,000 for the charge. Donald M. Cribbs, 54, of Starke was arrested Feb. 23 by Bradford deputies on a warrant for possession of synthetic narcotics and for selling synthetic narcotics. Bond was set at $75,000 for the charges. Robert Donald Currier, 70, of Lawtey was arrested Feb. 23 by Bradford deputies on a warrant for two charges of selling synthetic narcotics, selling opium or derivative and trafficking opium or derivative. Bond was set at $250,000 for the charges. Everett Lee Desue, 33, of Starke was arrested Feb. 23 by Bradford deputies on warrants for two charges of selling drugs, manufacturing cocaine and distributing cocaine. Bond was set at $400,000 for the charges. Hana Yasmeen Fawaz, 19, of Starke was arrested Feb. 22 by Starke police for battery. According to the arrest report, Fawaz got into a verbal argument with her boyfriend—the father of her small child—and then struck him in the side of his neck. Police were called to Pine Forest Apartments by a neighbor who heard the disturbance. Fawaz was arrested and transported to jail. Mario Lavon Hankerson, 38, of Starke was arrested Feb. 18 by Bradford deputies on warrants for three charges of possession of cocaine and three charges of selling cocaine. Bond was set at $450,000 for the charges. Zacchaeus L. Hill, 25, of Lawtey was arrested Feb. 19 by Starke police during a traffic stop for possession of marijuana. James Troy Holley, 45, of Starke was arrested Feb. 22 by Starke police during a traffic stop for possession of marijuana and possession of drug equipment. William Ray Holmes, 53, of Gainesville was arrested Feb. 23 by Bradford deputies for probation violation. No bond was allowed for the charge. Bryant Darold Hunter, 42, of Lawtey was arrested Feb. 23 by Bradford deputies on a warrant for possession of cocaine and for selling cocaine. Bond was set at $125,000 for the charges. Harold James Johns, 50, of Lawtey was arrested Feb. 21 by Bradford deputies for driving while license suspended or revoked. Demetric Tefaro Johnson, 37, of Starke was arrested Feb. 23 by Bradford deputies for probation violation. No bond was allowed for the charge. Taurean Tivon Keel, 26, of Gainesville was arrested Feb. 20 by Bradford deputies for probation violation. No bond was allowed for the charge. Florence Erica Keye, 34, of Keystone Heights was arrested Feb. 18 by Starke police for probation violation. Donald Keith Koehler, 39, of Lawtey was arrested Feb. 23 by Bradford deputies on a warrant for possession of synthetic narcotics and for trafficking opium or derivative. Bond was set at $150,000 for the charges. Shaun David Koonce, 32, of Lawtey was arrested Feb. 23 by Bradford deputies for failure to appear. No bond was allowed for the charge. Lacey Allison Korver, 22, of Starke was arrested Feb. 22 by Starke police for aggravated battery and for two charges of battery. According to the arrest report, Korver was at a get-together with her boyfriend where they were drinking around a bonfire. Witnesses said that as the evening progressed, and Korver drank more, she became loud and verbally aggressive to others in attendance. She was eventually asked to leave several times and wouldn’t comply with the residents of the home or her boyfriend. Korver then became more angry and hit a male on the side of his face and neck area with her fist. When the first victim’s wife stood up and yelled in protest, Korver then threw a liquor bottle at the pregnant woman, hitting her in the side of her abdomen. A female relative of the pregnant woman then came running out of the house to get Korver to leave, but Korver attacked her, pulling her down by the hair and biting her on the inside of her forearm. Law enforcement was called, but Korver and her boyfriend left the scene by the time they arrived. While the deputy was still at the scene gathering statements from all those at the party, he got a call about a male and female running down Georgia Street in Starke. The deputy encountered Korver in a vehicle when he arrived near Georgia Street, and she admitted she had been running down the street chasing her boyfriend. She also admitted she had been at the party and claimed she had been attacked by several people there. She was arrested and transported to jail, with bond set at $45,000 for the charges. Darius Breyon Lumpkins, 23, of Jacksonville was arrested Feb. 21 by Bradford deputies during a traffic stop for possession of marijuana and possession of drug equipment. Sheree Roslyn McMillin, 59, of Melrose was arrested Feb. 23 by Bradford deputies on a warrant for possession of synthetic narcotics and for trafficking drugs. Bond was set at $125,000 for the charges. Terrie Lynn Mealman, 51, of Starke was arrested Feb. 23 by Bradford deputies on warrants for three charges of selling cocaine, four charges of possession of cocaine and one charge of distributing cocaine. Bond was set at $375,000 for the charges. Asha Latonya Rhines, 30, of Starke was arrested Feb. 18 by Bradford deputies on warrants for two charges of possession of drugs and two charges of selling cocaine. Bond was set at $100,000 for the charges. Dalton James Russell, 18, of Starke was arrested Feb. 17 by Bradford deputies for possession of drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug equipment and driving while license suspended or revoked. According to the arrest report, a deputy on patrol noticed a vehicle parked at Tony’s Pizza near Crystal Lake with its lights on and still running. When the deputy approached the vehicle, he found Russell slumped over and asleep at the steering wheel. The deputy ran his identification through dispatch and learned his license was suspended. The deputy smelled marijuana in the vehicle. A further search of the vehicle turned up the drugs and drug equipment, and Russell was arrested and transported to jail. Bond was set at $15,000 for the charges. Mario Paul Sammartino, 36, of Starke was arrested Feb. 20 by Bradford deputies for probation violation. No bond was allowed for the charges. Jeremiah Lamar Scott, 30, of Starke was arrested Feb. 20 by Bradford deputies for sexual assault–sexual battery on victim under 12 years of age. (See the A section of the Telegraph for details.) Bond was set at $500,000 for the charge. Jeffery G. Sellers, 34, of Lawtey had charges of driving while license suspended or revoked from a Feb. 15 arrest dismissed on Feb. 17 by the State Attorney’s office since he had already completed traffic sanctions before the arrest, resulting in his driver’s license being valid. Shirley Ann Sheppard, 61, of Lawtey was arrested Feb. 23 by Bradford deputies on a warrant for selling drugs–controlled substance. Bond was set at $20,000 for the charge. Kenard John Smith, 27, was arrested Feb. 21 by Bradford deputies during a traffic stop for driving while license suspended or revoked. Bond was set at $5,000 for the charge. Edwin Glenn Vickery, 29, of Starke was arrested Feb. 22 by Bradford deputies for disorderly intoxication. According to the arrest report, Vickery and his girlfriend pulled up to the Kangaroo store at S.R. 16 and C.R. 225 to return a movie to the Redbox machine. Several clerks in the store observed Vickery start to punch the machine. One clerk went outside and noticed Vickery was slurring his words and appeared intoxicated. His girlfriend asked for the keys to the vehicle several times, but Vickery left the store, running the stop sign and almost causing a wreck, according to one of the clerks. He then came back to get his girlfriend, and they were still arguing when a deputy arrived at the store. Vickery continued to be argumentative with the deputy, was unsteady on his feet and couldn’t understand simple instructions the deputy gave him. He was arrested and transported to jail. Bond was set at $7,500 for the charge. Keystone/Melrose Jacob Careme, 34, of Keystone Heights was arrested Feb. 21 by Clay deputies for a probation violation. Nathaniel Davis, 35, of Starke was arrested Feb. 22 by Clay deputies for trespassing. Kimberly Conner Johns, 42, of Starke was arrested Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 by Putnam deputies for possession of cocaine, possession of drug equipment, smuggling contraband into a detention facility and destroying evidence. According to a sheriff’s office press release, while patrolling Putnam Loop in Putnam Hall, deputies observed two individuals around a fire on a vacant lot known to be used by drug dealers and drug users to conduct open-air drug sales. When approaching the individuals, later identified as Kimberly Johns and Bruce Lewis, deputies observed Lewis attempt to hide a pill bottle and Johns throw another pill bottle in the fire. Further investigation revealed both bottles contained crack cocaine. Deputies booked both Johns and Lewis on charges of possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Johns was also charged with destroying evidence. Both defendants posted bond and were later released. The following afternoon, the same deputies who arrested Johns on Feb. 20 spotted her at the same vacant lot they observed her at the previous day. She was again found to be in possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Johns was booked on one count of possession of cocaine and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies also charged her with one count of smuggling contraband into a detention facility when a plastic push rod commonly used in the process of smoking crack cocaine was found in her brassiere during a strip search conducted at the jail. Michael Lavane, 39, of Melrose was arrested Feb. 21 by Putnam deputies for a probation violation. Trixy June Volkel, 44, of Melrose was arrested Feb. 20 by Putnam deputies for possession of drug equipment. Pamela Wiseman, 45, of Starke was arrested Feb. 17 by Clay deputies for being an accessory after the fact and tampering with evidence. According to an arrest report, on Feb. 8, Wiseman witnessed a confrontation between two individuals: Fernando Sanchez and Omar Zarate. During the confrontation, Zarate stabbed Sanchez several times with a knife. Wiseman removed the knife from the scene and gave Zarate a ride away from the area, allowing him to elude arrest by law enforcement. According to Clay County Sheriff’s Public Information Coordinator Mary Justino, the victim survived the incident, and Zarate remains at large with an active arrest warrant. Union Joshua O’neal Perry, 19, of Lake Butler was arrested Feb. 18 by Union deputies for disturbing the peace. According to the arrest report, Perry was causing a disturbance at the Outpost alternative school and wouldn’t comply with teachers or administrators to stop. He only stopped when the deputy arrived, and he was arrested and transported to the jail. Nicholas Lyn Miller, 35, of Lake Butler was arrested Feb. 21 by Union deputies for disorderly intoxication. According to the arrest report, Miller was at the Fullhouse Salon in Lake Butler at closing time, creating a disturbance outside the business as it closed. A deputy in the parking lot advised Miller and another person to stop arguing and walk home. The one person stopped, but Miller continued to argue with others and the deputy after repeated warnings to go home. He was eventually arrested after he walked into the middle of the street and started yelling obscenities at the deputy and others in the parking lot. James Dustin Miller, 23, of Lake Butler was arrested Feb. 19 by Union deputies during a traffic stop for driving under the influence. Jennifer Leigh Iddings, 37, of Jacksonville was arrested Feb. 18 by Union deputies after they responded to a crash scene for driving while license suspended or revoked. Donald Anthony Binson, 26, of Lake Butler was arrested Feb. 20 by Union deputies for battery and for kidnap–false imprisonment. According to the arrest report, deputies were called to an apartment in Lake Butler about a disturbance. A witness told the deputy that Binson had come to her apartment looking for a woman. The woman had come to the home earlier, stating she was afraid Binson was going to hurt her, and wanted shelter. When Binson came in, he found the woman hiding in a bedroom and started yelling at her to come with him. The victim said no, and Binson grabbed her by the arm and pulled her out the residence into his vehicle. About an hour later, Binson and the victim arrived at home in Raiford, and a relative called law enforcement. When the deputy arrived, he found Binson in the home and the victim locked inside a bathroom. The deputy spoke with the victim to confirm what had happened earlier in Lake Butler, then arrested Binson and transported him to jail. 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the night – one right after the other. “I felt a tremendous tension in my whole body and I went completely rigid,” McRae said. “When the tension released, it felt like my leg had been dislocated. The second time my hand felt like it was semi-truncated. I went back to sleep, or went into a semiconscious state where I was not aware of what was happening.” “When I woke up in the morning, I went down the hall to the bathroom and started into my morning routine. I showered. Then when I was drying off I lost the left side of my body. I just wilted to the floor totally limp. Gladys found me and called 911. They took me to Shands UF for treatment. After treatment, they sent me to rehab, both occupational and physical therapy. I came home early in 2014 and had two therapists who came to the house to continue my therapy, then eventually enrolled with a local rehab provider.” McRae said he quickly got to the point where he felt like he was no longer making any progress. He said he had stopped moving toward his goal of “achieving normalcy.” He wanted more options than what he was being given. Son Barry and grandson Landon were visiting the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum in Orlando and saw a display concerning a new rehab treatment, called Mirror Therapy, being tried out in England. They came home and told McRae about it. Gladys got on the Internet and found the website. They ordered devices and instructions for using them for both his hand and his leg. “The idea is that the brain has essentially separated itself from the affected side of the body, in my case the left side,” McRae explained. “To get the brain reengaged, I put my left hand in the mirror box, where I cannot see it. I then hold my right hand up to one of the mirrors on the outside of the box and do exercises with it. My brain interprets the image in the mirror as being my left hand and so, eventually, become reengaged with it. In other words, I am using an optical illusion to fool my brain, but it works!” McRae, who was left-handed before the stroke, said that the mirror therapy had eliminated the pain in his left hand and had renewed his ability to open and close his hand and use it with some strength and agility. He said that his progress is still continuing. He is also seeing some results with the mirror device for his leg, but not so marked an improvement. He must use the device in a reclining chair and it is sometimes difficult for him and Gladys to maneuver his leg and the mirror box into a helpful position. “When I started with the mirror therapy, I had problems with fluids not moving in my left hand and foot,” McRae said. “Both were swollen badly and nothing seemed to help. The mirror therapy worked on that issue really well and the swelling went down and hadn’t been back. I can also now take care of my personal needs, like shaving and brushing my teeth. I still need assistance to walk, but I don’t plan on giving up working to remedy that.” McRae, always an avid reader, decided to make use of all the “down-time” available to him since his stroke to finally write the book he had been considering writing for several years. Titled “The Father of the Smart Bomb or There Had to be a Better Way,” the book is almost finished, with only a single chapter to go. It traces McRae’s efforts on development of the weapons which would reduce collateral damage and which today are used to make precise, surgical strikes on enemy targets. McRae still cannot write with his left hand, but occupational therapy has helped him to learn to write with his right. Gladys said his handwriting is difficult to read, but workable, and she has typed the manuscript for him from his handwritten drafts. He is currently talking to several publishers about the book, but no decisions have been made or a date for publication set. 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It was service as the municipal judge that, in fact, paid the mayor’s salary. Hurst said he was paid the rate of $4 for every case he heard. In his capacity as city judge, Hurst was not allowed to handle criminal cases, which were to be referred to the county, but he admitted that some of the cases on which he sat were ones he should have passed on. His memories of the experience were, however, quite positive and he feels that he handled each situation as it deserved to be. “We did things our way and I think we helped a lot of people,” Hurst said. “We always did what we thought was right and never got stood up for it.” Hurst said he kept a sign on the back of the door to his office as mayor that read, “You cannot help someone by consistently doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.” He said he was not easy or soft on repeat offenders and felt overall that he had done some good during his tenure as a mayor/municipal judge. “I saw my job as being there whenever I was needed,” Hurst said. “I asked our local law enforcement to call me any time a young one was brought in and needed counseling. I didn’t care if it was three or four o’clock in the morning, I was there.” When the state came in and changed the justice system to one with only two tiers the position of municipal judge was done away with. “It was made clear that we (municipal judges) were free to run for the county judge’s position, even if we were not lawyers and I did, but I was soundly beaten by my good friend Elzie Sanders,” Hurst said. Hurst has fond memories of his service on the city commission. “I had some good laughs with those guys,” Hurst said. “There was Potlicker McRae and Merrit Williams, and Arch Thomas Jr. We did the best we could and somehow managed to have a good time doing it. It was a good time.” Hurst married for the first time to Mazelle Wooley, the niece of a co-worker of his at the produce warehouse in Jacksonville. The couple had one child Hurst’s only one daughter Sue. Sue was raised by her mother in Alabama but remains close to her father and brings her three sons and their four children on frequent visits, although she often has to work around her schedule as a registered pediatric nurse with 25-plus years’ experience. He was married twice more, once to Joan Chitty and once to Gail (Andrews) Strickland, both of whom had children from previous marriages which he helped to raise. Gail passed away in 2006. Hurst is retired now, having sold his service station property to the county for the parking lot on the north side of the courthouse. He said he gets up every morning and walks a mile, then works in his yard and feeds the fish in Santa Fe Lake from his dock. Hurst said he used to hunt quail, dove and deer, but has slacked off in recent years, although he is still a gun enthusiast and NRA member. He still plays quarterante poker every Thursday night with friends and loves to watch old western movies and the Gators on television. He also travels to land he owns where he is farming pine trees to make sure all is well. His latest life achievement? “I killed the last 14-foot alligator in Big Santa Fe Lake,” Hurst said. “He was being too curious about what we were doing on the shore and I had the grandchildren to think about. I shot him with a .308. He was just a little longer than a 14-foot boat I have here, so that’s how I know how big he was.” HURST Continued from 2B