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Title: The Baker County press
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Publisher: Tate Powell
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Paid circulation leader. Winner of 4 fate awards forjournalism excellence in 2007

78th Year, Vol. 40 Thursday, January 31, 2008 Macclenny, Florida 50O

Lowe's seeking

to locate in city

Petitionsfor zoning change

Baker County could be get- to connect to South 6th across
ting a Lowe's Home Center. from the westbound I-10 en-
The Mooresville, N.C.-based trance ramp. The plans on file
retailer seeks on February 11 a at city hall depict a stop light
special exception to Macclen- there.
ny's zoning code on the 35.71 A second option would be
acres it selected off South 6th north of the existing Wendy's
just north of Interstate 10. The with a stop light across from
rear portion of the land now George Hodges Rd. The city
owned by the Knabb family's has before, requested DOT put a
light there.
Proposed site superimposed on here.
satellite image of the northeast The pres-
corner of SR 121 &I-10. ent site plan
calls for
a 95,000-
0to square-foot

LaBeuna Farms is zoned in-
dustrial warehouse, a non-con-
forming designation for retail,
parking and signage sought by
the hardware and home appli-
ances chain.
It would be the first major
store of its type in the area,
though.others are within a half
hour or so driving distance at
Cassat Ave. in Jacksonville and
in Lake City.
Lowe's has a buy-sell agree-
ment with the present owner
contingent on the special ex-
ception and other unspecified
matters. A telephone request
to the home office for further
comment early this week was
not returned.
Approval by the Florida
Department of Transportation
of the ingress-egress plan will
be key to the project. Assistant
Macclenny city manager Roger
Yarbrough said Lowe's seeks

The medical examiner's of-
fice in Gainesville preliminar-
ily ruled on January 25 that
Macclenny resident Wayne
Christiansen, 57, died of hypo-
thermia [exposure to cold] the
evening of January 21.
His body was found lying
face-down in 6-8 inches of wa-
ter in a ditch aside S 90 in the
east city the following morn-
ing. Truck driver Harry Padgett
of Sanderson reported the body
to police, then pulled it out of
the ditch on the south side of
the roadway.
The Gainesville office said
there were no signs of foul play
and the final ruling on a cause
of death will await a toxicology
Mr. Christiansen had been

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j / main store
outdoor cen-
ter. The tract
includes a
trio of out-
parcels fac-
ing Sixth
St. ranging
,from 1.2 to
1.5 acres.
If ap-
proved, Lowe's would be the
second "big box" retailer in the
county. The Wal-Mart Super-
center at I-10 and SR 228 one
exit east opened a year ago.
HaganAce Hardware, a Jack-
sonville-based privately owned
chain, recently started con-
struction on a 28,000-square-
foot store between Macclenny
and Glen St. Mary on US 90.
An adjoining lumber yard will
take another estimated 12,000
square feet.
Lowe's is ranked45th on the
Fortune 500 list of companies,
according to its website. It has
1525 stores in the US and Can-
ada and annual sales of $8.8
The special exemption re-
quest will be heard by the Mac-
clenny Zoning Adjustment at
6:00 that evening. The meeting
is at city hall.

watery ditch
at Pop's Place tavern about
200 feet west of where he was
found for about 30 minutes the
evening of January 21. Em-
(See page 2)

Press Staff
"That looks pretty level," said Baker
County extension director Mike Sweat as
he searched for a level stick to make
certain the Florida Communities
Trust sign three extension volunteers
just put in the ground'off Odis Yar-
borough Road was truly straight.
"Not bad for government work,"
joked volunteer and master garden-
er Paul Overlin.
The group had gathered Janu-
ary 28 at a clearing not far from
the future parking lot of St. Mary's
Shoals Park to install the sign.
Mr. Sweat said the display was
required by Florida Communities
Trust, the state land conserva-
tion organization that paid for the
1632-acre property north of Glen
St. Mary on CR 125 before trans-
ferring ownership to the county in
And while site preparation work Master ge
surveying, fencing and clearing Director A
has been ongoing for months, Yarboroug

Careening semi demolished, mows down large trees near BCI..
The drive? of this 1999 Mack truck and trailer hauling dry portland cement escaped with minor injuries when he swerved to
avoid a second vehicle turning off US 90 in the eastbound lane into the Dowling Training Center across from Baker Correctional
the morning of January 29. The semi-rig plowed into trees and foliage off the south road shoulder, mowing down several large
trees before nearly disintegrating when itfinally came to rest on its right side. Driver John M. Ingalls, 47, ofDunnellon, Fla. was
taken to Fraser Hospital and later released, as was Jason Brevard, 20, of Lake City, the driver of a 2000 Ford pickup that was
turning. Tooper J.W Hattle said the left front of the semi struck the right rear of the pickup as Mr. Ingalls abruptly steered to
the right to avoid a direct collision. He was charged with careless driving in the accident just before 8:00. Trooper Hattle noted
about ten gallons of diesel plus engine oil spilled from the overturned cab, and a private contractor was summoned to vacuum
up spilled concrete powder that blanketed the ground around the accident scene. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

the job of designing and building a eques-
trian and ATV trail system for the park has
just begun.
"We've got all this money built up," Mr.
Sweat said in reference to the county's more
than $900,000 in state

irdeners Paul Overlin (left) and Wally Watkins (right) work
Mike Sweat (center) to install a sign at the St. Mary's Shoals Pa
gh Road January 28. PHOTO

and federal grants for the project. "We need
to get the work started."
Last week the county commission ap-
proved a $53,000 agreement with Jackson-
ville-based Tarbox Consulting & Design for
design and permitting of an entrance road
and parking facility for the
proposed trails. The work
also includes the realign-
ment of about 2000 feet of
Odis Yarborough Road to
make a curve more gradual
and safer for motorists.
In addition, the com-
mission approved a roughly
$76,000 bid for re-forestation
of the property with native
long-leaf pine.
"It's great for the wildlife,"
said Mr. Sweat.
The first phase of the proj-
ect includes the horse-riding
and ATV trails, parking and
trail head facilities like bath-
rooms and picnic tables. Those
with Extension should be complete by spring

ark site off Odis

(See page 2)

Frowns at

skirting of



Press Staff
Whether you call it busting
a lot, carving up land or just
subdividing property, it's get-
ting more complicated in Bak-
er County.
Just ask George Knabb Jr.
His father-in-law owns just
over two acres off CR 125
north of Glen St. Mary and
Mr. Knabb hoped to divide the
property into two lots for a pair
of single-family homes. But
since a one-acre chunk of the
original three-acre tract was
broken off and sold, another di-
vision would require conform-
ing with the county's subdivi-
sion regulations.
To adhere to those rules, Mr.
Knabb would have to pave and
widen Morningside Lane, the
narrow driveway that provides
access to the property and sev-
eral others. He might also have
to build a retention pond to
meet storm water requirements
for subdivisions.
Mr. Knabb's back-up plan
was to build four rental houses
on the property, something he
would be allowed to do under
the existing zoning for one unit
per half-acre.
But that's not the problem.
Planning director Ed Pres-
ton fears that permitting more
than one unit on the property
would allow Mr. Knabb to
divide the property after the
homes are built and circumvent
the county's subdivision regu-
"I could pull one permit,"
said Mr. Knabb. "But permits
two, three and four'is where I'd
have the problem."
Faced with building only one
unit, he appealed Mr. Preston's
decision to the Local Planning
Agency (LPA) board the night
of January 24.
He argued that his property,
even with four houses on it,
doesn't constitute a subdivision
as defined by the county's land
development regulations, and
therefore he should not have
to abide by those rules to get
building permits.
"This is not a subdivision,"
Mr. Knabb told the board.
The board disagreed, how-
ever; saying the proposal vio-
lates the intent of the subdivi-
sion regulations.
Board member Amy Rios
suggested that paving the road
might be in Mr. Knabb's best
interest because he's invested
close to half-a-million dollars
in the property.
Board chairman Jack Baker
"To maximize the amount of
money you get from the prop-
erty, you'll have to spend some
money," said Mr. Baker, add-
ing that Mr. Knabb had found
a grey area in the code.
At least one neighbor on
Morningside Lane, Andy Gid-
dens, was also unhappy with
Mr. Knabb's proposal because
it would bring more vehicles
to the 30-foot wide, unpaved
"It's a private road for a rea-
son," said Mr. Giddens. He said
that three trucks in the same
day got stuck in his ditch after
heavy rainfall.

(See page 2)

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US Hwy. 90 West, Glen St. Mary 653-4401
100 S. Lima Street, Baldwin 266-1041

Dispute over stereo ends with

MAfiitrknowt Wfite male, who fou'r-door"'Dodge pic1tor. "M' Gtei:St' ary aieedly strike
moments..before.ptilled a pistol Whitmore saidd the White sman: ingirfrifenidnsa iaacLaugh-
on another man during an argu- fired one shot at the fleeing Hon- lin, 18, during an argument at
ment over the volume of a car da, then gave chase south on CR her'residence off South 6th St. in
stereo, allegedly shot once after 231. Macclenny.
the second suspect attempted to Deputy McGauley canvassed The incident took place just
run him down in the parking lot the roadway south toward the before midnight on January 25,
of the Olustee Citgo. boundary with Union County, and was witnessed by two oth-
The altercation took place the which was advised of the inci- ers.
afternoon of January 26, accord- dent. He noted that a 15-minute A similar complaint was
ing to clerk Heather Whitmore interval elapsed between the filed against Rondia Spencer, 43,
of Lake City. She told Deputy shooting and notifying of police of Glen after an alleged attack on
Patrick McGauley the two men dispatch. Sheila Griffis, 43, at her residence
argued briefly inside the store, A surveillance, video inside off Glen Williamson Rd. The in-
and the man with the firearm the Citgo recorded the confron- cident took place about 4:30 the
brandished it at the second man, tation between the two, and the afternoon of January 26.
who then apologized and backed officer said it depicts the white Ms. Spencer told Deputy
away. male pulling out what appeared Randy Davis she confronted
Shortly after, the second man, to be a dark-colored semi-auto- Ms. Griffis after the latter made
described as black and driving a matic handgun. threatening phone calls to her el-
Honda Accord, backed from his In other reports involving derly mother.
parking space and attempted to personal attacks, a criminal Deputy McGauley arrested
run down the first suspect, who complaint for battery was filed both parties involved in a fight
was at the gas pump beside a against William Godwin, 20, of during a child exchange the af-
ternoon of January 27 off CR

LPA frowns at skirting

(from page 1) days, that's a really attractive
"That road cannot handle that loophole'" said Mr. Preston.
number of units without paying To close that hole he sug-
the road," he argued. gested changing the provision
With his appeal denied, Mr. to permit only the sale of one,
Knabb said he hopes his neigh- 2.5-acre tract for the life of the
bors will share in the cost of property.
paving Morningside Lane. However, board member Der-
"I want some flexibility in ek Harvey said the change would
the design of the road," said Mr. severely limit the owner's ability
Knabb after a meeting with Mr. to fund things like retirement or
Preston Tuesday. That could paying for a grandchild's college
mean building a road smaller education.
than the. county's minimum As a compromise, the board
width or using alternative build- instructed Mr. Preston to redraft
ing materials, the changes to permit home-
"That's what we're talking steaded property owners with a
about now," he said. minimum of 40 acres to sell one,
The LPA board is also work- 2.5-acre parcel every five years,
ing to close another loop hole providing the divided property
in the land development regula- still meets zoning requirements.

As simple as an e-mail.....
If you have any information you
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104 SouthFifth St

shot fired

124 near Sandersoril ".. ".
Thfeo officer, escorted Jessica
Nipper, 26, of Maxville to pick
up children from the residence
of her ex-husband. There she be-
came involved in a fracas with
Christine Stoddard, 30, an ex-
sister-in-law. Both were arrested
after they refused the officer's
verbal commands to separate.
Campus deputy Tracie Ben-
ton filed a battery complaint
against a 12-year-old Baker
County Middle School student
from Macclenmy for an attack on
another student on January 24.
The second boy, also 12 and from
Sanderson, was treated at Fraser
Hospital for a lip laceration.
The second boy's mother said
the two had a history of confron-


in US90 ditch
(from page 1)
ployee Beckey Oliver of Mac-
clenny said he had two beers
and purchased a six-pack before
leaving, and that he did not ap-
pear intoxicated when he left. He
lived across US 90 from the bar.
Temperatures in the area that
evening hovered around 30 de-

Monday & Thursday 8:00 pm
Macdenny Church of Christ
275-3617 or 259-8257


(from.p1agel) ....
2009, Mr. Sweat said.
The ATV trails will be de-
signed with curves to slow
down riders below the 15-mph
speed limit and on-site security
is planned. "It won't be people
riding out there where ever they
want to," he said.
The latter phases call for an
environmental education center,
athletic fields and canoe launch
sites that could be constructed as
more funds become available.
Mr. Sweat intends to apply for
a $6.6-million grant to purchase
another 600-plus acres to grow
the park. The land would al-
low for two more access points,
more expansive horse and ATV
trails and more space for athletic
"We could then make it bet-
ter with a larger parking area
and put in nicer bathroom facili-
ties to accommodate both user
groups," said Mr. Sweat. "And at



ith trails...

no cost to t-hecounty." a--'
He is also committed to fund-
ing an environmental learn-
ing center for students and day
campers in the summer.
"They are really fascinating,"
Mr. Sweat said of other centers
around the state. "We could take
these kids through the trails or
give them a class on ATV safety
if we just had the facility."
And while the athletic fields
and canoe launches on the St.
Marys River are still envisioned.
for the park, there locations have
not been determined. A layout
plan is currently in the works
from the University of Florida's
School of Forest Resources and
That plan is set for review by
the park development commit-
tee next month.
For more information on the
park, call Mike Sweat at 259-

Call for a free estimate and
in-home demonstration.

tions that has allowed owners to
subdivide property into as many
as 12 lots without tripping subdi-
vision regulations and installing
necessary improvements.
Mr. Preston said applicants
have been using a provision that
permits homesteaded property
owners of less than 320 acres
zoned agriculture to sell a maxi-
mum of two, 2.5-acre tracts each
year. However, the provision
was intended to allow retired
farmers to sell off lots to support
their golden years, not develop
"With the price of land these

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"It Feels Like Home"
372 S. Sixth Street at W. Minnesota Ave.

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Worship: ,10:45 am
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NEWS EDITOR- Joel Addington
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Prescri tion drugside effects range

om the epossible to the outrageous

I was sitting in the doctor's of- urges, size down to tack hammer size in
fice the other day while my son Increased gambling urges? less than two weeks. Soon you'll
was getting his sports physical As soon as your leg stops shak- be out of those bedroom slippers
so he could try out for the tennis ing your mind clicks into gear. and back into those sexy Fer-
team at BCHS. On the television "Hey, I can now walk without ragamo pumps.
in the lobby was Drew Carey my legs jumping like the scare- "New Ballpene is not for
and The Price is -crow in the Wiz- everyone. People with liver
Right. /" M YSIDE OF ard of Oz. Let's problems, high blood pressure,
I love Drew go buy some lot- enlarged prostate, women who
Carey and heMR tery tickets and might be pregnant or plan to get
was the perfect THE ATTER play theslots." pregnant, children who might be
replacement for As a non-Jim- teething, men who are cheating
Bob Barker. But ROBERT GERARD my leg sufferer, on their wives or plan to cheat on
that's beside the I'm just curious their wives, Scientologists, poli-
point. As I was watching an ad as to whether the cure is worse ticians who lied on their financial
came on for one of these new than the disease? reports, athletes who have taken
prescription drugs. That's my question f9r a otl of steroids or plan to, take. steroids.
This one was for RLS rest- these drugs' 'The list 'of side ef- and Lutherans should avoid tak-
less leg syndrome. From time to fects is a mile long. ing Ballpene.
time my wife complains of hav- The absolute worst are the "Side effects may include,
ing "the Jimmy leg" as she calls arthritis drugs. I realize some low grade fever, headaches,
it. Her leg jumps and she has people are crippled by arthritis nausea, rash, running sores,
trouble sitting still. But I don't and sympathize completely with lower sperm count, embarrass-
think it ever occurred to her that their need of something to take ing stains, a third eye, hair loss,
she needed prescription drugs to away the pain and discomfort. increased ear wax, runny nose,
combat the Jimmy leg. But when a drug claims that web feet and hands, blurred vi-
Okay, so I am sure some peo- its side effects can includes liv- sion, a hand growing out of the
pie have the Jimmy leg so badly er damage, stroke and death, it forehead, loss of balance, loss
they literally kick their husbands makes one stop and think wheth- of common sense, lower sexual
or wives out of the bed at night. I er it's worth taking it. libido coupled with increased
just wonder if there are so many I don't remember all these television watching, weight gain,
of them that they need to adver- warnings in the past. For one weight loss, increased gambling
tise on national television? thing, prescription drugs never urges and desire to eat chocolate,
Does 20% of the population used to be advertised, so we were comb over, bad breath, compul-
have the Jimmy leg to the point in the dark as to what they did to sive nose picking, scabs, failure
that they can punt a honeydew us. I'm sure the doctors knew, to use turn signals, uncontrollable
melon 35 yards while seated in but we trusted them not to give gaseous emissions, deforestation
their Lazy Boy watching Are You us something that would cause of the Amazon, global warming,
Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? our head to spin around and uncontrollable singing of Wayne
If so, I am concerned for these make us spit pea soup. Newton songs, lower gas mile-
people. Not just for their "con- Today you can get a prescrip- age, bloating, rhummy eyes, bed
dition" but for what happens to tion drug for just about any- sores, toe jam, grating sing song
them when they take the medica- thing. voice, cat fancier, urge to bay at
tion. "Got a hammer toe? Is that the moon and anal seepage.
Have you seen the list of side ugly and painful calcium de- (If you think that list is long,
effects on some of these drugs? posit making it difficult to wear you should listen to Jeff Fox-
If you take them you could fall shoes? worthy get started on a similar
fast asleep while driving, lose "Try new Ballpene. Our little topic.)
your appetite, have sexual side blue pill will help to shrink that I'm going to try and stick to
effects and increased gambling hammer toe from claw hammer aspirin and chicken soup.

Objects to slant on evolution

Dear Editor:
This letter is addressed to par-
ents and community leaders.
Please contact the State Board
of Education and make them
aware of your position on the
proposed Sunshine State Stan-
dards for Science presenting
evolution as the only theory of
human origin.
Both elementary and second-
ary students will be required to
recite this theory on the FCAT as
The Baker County School
Board has, as have eight other
North Florida boards, passed a
resolution asking that evolution
not be presented as fact. Howev-
er, it is widely circulated that the
board will pass the standards at
its meeting in Tallahassee in The
Capitol Building, Cabinet Room
LL03, February 19, beginning at
8:30 am.
This Florida issue has har-
vested a storm of indignation
by evolutionists across the
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country. As I researched it on-
line, I found their primary focus
was to ridicule those who believe
in intelligent design/creationism
as simpletons who are too stupid
to understand how their theory
works (and those are the kinder
words they used.)
I appreciate that a commit-
tee has labored long and hard
to develop new state science
standards. However, I believe in
this instance they were motivat-
ed by a desire for approval from
a very vocal and liberal scientific
community that in the past has
given our state failing marks in
It is a sad reality that we live
in a fallen world and those who
don't believe by faith will never
understand, only ridicule.
Yet we must make an effort to
be heard. Be polite, be kind, but
be heard.
Names and addresses of the
seven state board of education
members can be obtained at the

Florida Department of Education
E-mails should be addressed to:
State Board of Education
member Donna Callaway has
publicly stated her opposition to
the new standard. Please let her
know you appreciate her stand
and support her.
Patricia Weeks, Chairman
Baker County School Board

Don't go it alone
The Baker County
Cancer Support Group
First Thursday of month
7:00 pm
Baker County Health

Feels deep loss of

feline friend run

over by passing car



Just like people, pets lose their
lives everyday and that's simply
one of the realities about living
in this world. Like so many who
are animal lovers, I've experi-
enced the disconcerting loss of a
beloved pet more than once.
Even as my heart is breaking
from the pain,
my intellect
tells me that,
nothing is
forever, there
are no guar-
antees and
tragic things
happen, of-
ten, for no
But it still
Bob was
the second
stray cat to take up residence at
my apartment and made his ap-
pearance early last summer. I
opened my door one day to see
him sitting at the edge of my
azalea hedge. He looked so much
like my other adoptee Tilda that
at first I mistook him for her.
From that first moment, he
made himself at home and it
was-:as if he had always-beeni
with me.
He was a small, gray tabby
with dark stripes and pale green
eyes. He was very vocal and his
distinct yowl could be heard all
over the neighborhood. Because
he looked like a bobcat, I named
him Bob.
Bob had the softest fur of any
cat I have ever encountered and
I loved it when he plopped him-
self down on my tummy for a
nap. We spent quite a few hours
on the sofa this way.
He discovered that another
groovy place to catch a few
winks was in the bathroom sink
and he often kept me company
in the morning while I put on my
Bob loved to explore the yard,
porch and garage of my neigh-
bor across the street and almost
without fail, that's where he'd be
when I arrived home. He'd then
dash across the road and zip
through the front door just as I
got it open, meowing and yowl-
ing greetings the whole way.

Last Sunday morning, he
snuggled in bed with me, sleep-
ing in the crook of my arm with
his head on my shoulder, purr-
ing like a little chain saw. It's
truly difficult to express in mere
words how precious an animal
and how wonderful a compan-
ion he was. Love is not the ex-
clusive realm of humans; of that
I am convinced.
That night, while walking
home from visiting a neighbor,
I caught sight of his silhouette
in the dim light from the street
lamp, moving along the side-

walk. He
had heard me approaching and
was coming to meet me. I called
to him several times as I walked
along on the opposite side of the
street and he called back, some-
thing we often did, like a game.
Just as Bob began to cross the
street toward home, a car came
tearing around the corner; It lit-
erally seemedto materializerout,
of thin air. I didn't even have
time to scream a warning.
The impact broke Bob's neck
and his body convulsed in vio-
lent seizures. Urine pooled on
the asphalt of the street. Three
minutes later he was dead and I
was left standing alone, in shock,
with the lifeless body of my pre-
cious little friend.
On Monday, as I write this,
I have struggled with my emo-
tions and fought back tears more
than once while at work. I need
to thank my neighbors, Carrie
and Brian Dopson, for helping
me. It was their door I knocked
on for help. Carrie gave me a
much needed hug, while Brian
got a shovel and dug Bob a prop-
er grave.
It was beside an azalea hedge
where I first saw him and soon,
azaleas will be in bloom where
he now rests. He's no longer in
pain, but it's gong to hurt me for
a long, long time.
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Phone cards stolen by clerk

RemodeledMacclenny Hardees openedJanuary 17th
A ceremony on January 17 kicked off a grand re-opening of the newly refurbished Hardee's Restaurant on South 6th Street in
Macclenny. The restaurant opened for business earlier in the week. Members of the Baker County Chamber of Commerce and
restaurant employees (back row) joined Chamber Director Darryl Register (second from right), along with members of Hardee's
management team, outside for the ribbon cutting to officially welcome the restaurant back to the neighborhood after an absence
of nearly one year. Front row, right from center: Annabell Fraley, Hardee's regional manager, Jackie Robinson, vice-president
of both the chamber and Vystar Credit Union, Jerome Gisk, general manager, Mr. Register, William Rice, Hardee's Jacksonville
operations director. The original Hardee's opened on the same site three decades ago.

Wanted man, passenger

are arrestedJanuary 25 for

possession and intent to sell

Sheriff's investigators ar-
rested two men the afternoon of
January 25 after finding two bag-
gies of crack cocaine and another
of marijuana in their vehicle.
James Thompson, 22, was
a passenger in a 2000 Mercury
stopped near Lowder and Gris-
sholm St. in south Macclenny
about 3:30. Investigator Scotty
Rhoden said earlier that day he
obtained two warrants for Mr.
Thompson's arrest on felony
drug charges. During a subse-
quent search, the officer found
a bag of crack on the seat where
the suspect earlier tried to con-
ceal it. He also had $275 cash in
a pants pocket.
Investigator James Nickles
said Thomas Thompson, 24,
[no relation] tossed a fast-food
bag into the bag seat, and it con-
tained about-fiVe grams of mari-
juanar-He found the second bag
fio k uhde 'i th-'driver's side
seat where .the elder Thompson
was seated.
The suspects were booked at
county jail for felony possession
of the crack with the intent to
sell, and misdemeanor pot pos-
session. The crack in both bags
weighed 6.5 grams.
In other drug-related arrests,
a drug-sniffing canine alerted to
the smell of marijuana inside a
Ford Explorer stopped on Inter-
state 10 for speeding the night of
January 25.
Deputy Gavin Sweat arrested

the driver, 18-year-old Jelani
Dixon of Lutz, Fla. on a misde-
meanor possession charge after a
small vial of the drug was found
in a cup holder. He also found
a .25 automatic pistol in the ve-
hicle after Deputy Ben Anderson
and the search dog arrived at the
scene. Mr. Dixon and three other
occupants denied knowledge of
the firearm.
*Adam Geiger, 35, of Sander-
son was booked for misdemeanor
possession of marijuana after his
vehicle was stopped on US 90
near the interstate late on Janu-
ary 21 for running a stop sign.
Deputy Sweat said he found
a pot cigarette and residue in a
beer can after Mr. Geiger con-
sented to a search of his 1993
Saturn. He also found a handgun,
loaded clip and a rifle inside the
*An Olustee man wahar
with possession of af-'s
juana plant in his rented camper
when Deputy Harold Taylor went
to it on January 24 to check out a
tip that he was wanted in Marion
William Woods, 22, admitted
the plant was his, and was taken
to jail on the warrant for violating
probation on a drug parapherna-
lia charge.
He told the officer he was
cultivating the pot plant because
it had become too expensive to

Three arrested drivers


A clerk at the Family Dollar
Store on US 90 in Macclenny
was arrested January 23 and
charged with the theft of seven
pre-paid telephone cards from
the store's inventory,
Pamela Williams, 45, of Mac-
clenny allegedly used her PIN
number to activate the cards dur-
ing the previous week. They were
valued between $20-$99 and the
total amount not accounted for in
daily receipts was $365.
Investigator Jeff Dawson said
Ms. Williams denied involve-
ment and suggested someone
else used her PIN number. She is
charged with grand theft.
In other cases involving retail
thefts, police named a 17-year-
old Macclenny youth as the per-
son who fled from the Wal-Mart
Supercenter the afternoon of Jan-
uary 21 with a stereo-radio.
A member of store security
told police she saw the youth take
the item out of a box and stuff it
in his pants. When she confront-

ed him near the front door, the
boy ran off. The employee noted
the license number of his fleeing
vehicle, and Sgt. Greg Bursed
recognized him in the surveil-
lance video.
A criminal complaint for
shoplifting was filed against the
boy, who could not immediately
be located.
A former employee was
named a likely suspect in the
disappearance of property Janu-
ary 1-7 at WJXR radio station in
Macclenny. Avery Perich named
Jason Hull, 23, of Jacksonville
as the person who allegedly took

the items while working on the
night shift.
He reported the incident on
January 23.
The property included Dale
Earnhardt memorabilia and a
video; it was valued at $1306.
The radio station sells mer-
chandise on-air.

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A trio of habitual traffic of-
fenders driving on suspended
licenses ended up in jail the past
week, all of them stopped for
moving and non-moving traffic
Deputy Mike Hauge said he
spotted a speeding Ford while
on patrol just after noon on Janu-
ary 27, and arrested driver Ar-
nita Hughes, 32, of Orlando af-
ter learning her license had been
suspended five times. She had
pulled the vehicle into a drive-
way off Lewis St. in west Mac-
lenny, and insisted later her sis-
ter was driving it.
The officer said Ms. Hughes
matched the description of the
woman he saw exit the vehicle.
He also charged her with having
the wrong tag on the vehicle.
Earlier that day, the same
deputy arrested Wayne Sherman,
48, of St. George, Ga. for driv-
ing on a license suspended seven
times. He stopped the 1996 Sat-

urn at US 90 and South 6th St.
about 9:30 after noticing it had a
broken tail light. He also ticket-
ed Mr. Sherman for affixing the
wrong tag on the Saturn.
Jerod Mallory, 27, of Sander-
son was booked at county jail for
driving as an habitual offender
after the car he was driving was
stopped about 1:10 am on Janu-
ary 27 near South Blvd. and 9th
St. in west Macclenny.
Deputy Gavin Sweat said a
rear light on the Mazda was not
functioning, and that Mr. Mallory
had shifted to a rear seat after the
vehicle stopped. His companion
and owner of the car, Joannie
Johnson, admitted that Mr. Mal-
lory was driving.

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Acquaintances may have taken cash

Multiple winners at beauty pageant Sunday...
'Miss Baker County/Miss Macclenny/Miss Glen St. Mary pageant was held January 29 at the Baker County Middle School. There
were six categories for different age groups. Front row: Tiny Miss Glen St. Mary -Parker Prevatt, Tiny Miss Baker County -Au-
drey Long, Tiny Miss Macclenny -Hannah Hanks, Little Miss Baker County -Leslie Nipper, Little Miss Macclenny -Kyrie Holman,
Little Miss Glen St. Mary -Katelyn Brassart. Back row: Jr Miss Baker County -Haley Dopson, Jr Miss Macclenny -Emily Hines,
Jr Miss Glen St. Mary -Bridgett Higginbotham, Miss Baker County -Chelsea Davis, Miss Macclenny -Jacklyn Noblitt, Miss Glen
St. Mary -Jamie Stavely, Miss Baker County Teen -Cassandra Register, Miss Macclenny Teen -Ashley Burns, Miss Glen St. Mary
-Amanda Finley. The pageant is coordinated by Tami Yarborough.

Director Preston says comp plan off

mark on residential, commercial trends

Press Staff
Planning director Ed Preston
knows that an overflow of in-
dustrial and residential growth
from Jacksonville is coming to
Baker County, but he lacks one
'of the major tools to manage it
effectively: an up-to-date com-
prehensive plan for a changing
"It's still structured for a rural
community," he said. "But we're
not rural."
Last week Mr. Preston pre-
sented county commissioners
with a state-mandated Evalu-
ation and Appraisal Report
(EAR), which he called a re-
port card on how the county has
fared in complying with its com-
prehensive plan. The plan, along
with the county's land develop-
anent code, govern development
|m Baker County's unincorpo-
rated areas.
4 A weakness, he said, hasmbeen
anticipating shifts in develop-
ment patterns, namely the resi-
dential growth from proposed
inega-developments like Cedar
Creek and Navona Creek west
and north of Glen St. Mary and
the commercial growth planned
along I-10.
S"We have to try and predict


A Macclenny man was
booked for drunk driving and
other charges after his speeding
41996 Ford was chased by a counA
Ity deputy south on South 6th St.
about 1:15 am on January 27.
Deputy Steven Jones said he
caught up with Joshua Davis, 26,
;of Macclenny near Buck Rowe
'Rd. south of Interstate 10, and
the driver tossed a syringe out the
passenger window as he came to
a halt. Mr. Jones refused to sub-
mit to roadside sobriety testing,
land the officer also learned that
his license had been suspended.
. Before the. stop, Deputy
'Jones said the Ford veered into
the northbound lane of SR 121,
'then south into a ditch to avoid
:striking a fence before it became
A subsequent search turned.
up a small amount of marijuana
in a plastic bag in the suspect's
He was also charged with
misdemeanor possession, having
drug paraphernalia, an improper
:tag, having no vehicle registra-
tion, speedifig and having an
'open container of alcohol in the
* Deputy Darrin Whitaker said
he was responding to a reckless
driving call about 9:30 the morn-
;ing of January 23 on Mud Lake
Rd. when he spotted a pickup
pulling onto the roadway.
SThe vehicle, driven by Johnny
lHarvey, 19, no address indicat-
ed, turned north on Ira Starling
Rd. The officer said he detected
a strong odor of alcohol on Mr.
Harvey, who passed a field so-
briety test and was charged with
.underage possession of alcohol.
' Deputy Whitaker said he
found a vodka bottle in the ve-
hicle, and all occupants admitted
to drinking from it, including a
16-year-old from Glen St. Mary.

real change," said Mr. Preston.
"We think change is coming
whether we like it or not ... It
looks like growth from Jackson-
ville is coming, and it's going to
be industrial. We should show it
where to go and develop every-
thing around that."
Another issue addressed in
the EAR was the failure of an
urban development overlay dis-
trict established on US 90 be-
tween Macclenny and Glen St.
Mary. The overlay was intended
to direct growth to that area by
supporting the extension of utili-
ties there.
"But that area didn't grow any
more than anywhere else," Mr.
Preston told county commission-
ers at the January 22 meeting.
He added that growth projec-
tions proved to be too conserva-
tive and the comprehensive plan
failed to account for the collapse
of the pine tree industry or ac-
commodate the commuter de-
-,-mographii&, '.... "
For commissioner Alex Rob-
inson, the report wasn't surpris-
"For all these years, Baker
County has been a bedroom
community (to Jacksonville)," he
said. "There's no getting away
from that."
And although the county

didn't foresee the influx of in-
dustrial and commercial de-
velopment, Mr. Robinson said
projects like the Wal-Mart have
been a benefit.
"We were fortunate and
blessed for that coming along,"
he said. "What it's going to take
to not be a bedroom community
is too get these industrial sites
and see thtngs start to change."
Commissioner Julie Combs
was satisfied with the compre-
hensive plan and said it provided
the county with a good way to
handle growth while preserving
the county's rural character.
"I think we're putting into
place an excellent vision and
have a very good understanding
of where we're going and what
to expect," she said.
The EAR was also prepared
in record time.
Mr. Preston said the process
typically takes a year but county
planners did it in 60 days. "We
-basically di' the'impossible,"'
Mr. Preston credited assistant
planning director Carolyn.Bis-
sonnette and consultant Aman-
da Smith for the speedy comple-
"Carolyn has dedicated her-
self to doing nothing else," Mr.
Preston said.

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He also was charged with under-
age possession.
Another passenger, 21-year-
old James Newmans of Mac-
clenny, was charged with con-
tributing to the delinquency of

Jimmy Duncan, 30, of Jack-
sonville was booked January 25
for disorderly intoxication after
he was found by Deputy Gavin
Sweat in the middle of Wood-
lawn Rd. flagging traffic about
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Two women who live at the
same address off CR 127 near
Sanderson reported the theft of
nearly $600 in cash and other
items stashed in a locked glove
box overnight on January 26.
Victims Lindsey Lagle and
Leslie Starling named two male
acquaintances, also from Sand-
erson, as possible suspects. Dep-
uty Mike Lagle said in his report
January 27 he attempted unsuc-
cessfully to contact the men.
Their addresses are the same on
Osceola Rd.
The officer said Ms. Lagle re-

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The sheriff's department be-
lieves there is a connection be-
tween a night burglary at the
Baker Family YMCA on January
26, and an attempted burglary
next door at a mental health clin-
ic operated by Northeast Florida
State Hospital.
A front door of the YMCA
aerobics room was pried open to
gain entry to the exercise room
and an office, said Deputy John
Hardin. The second door was
pried or kicked open, and the
missing inventory includes two
digital cameras, two Dell lap-
tops, a DVD player, amplifier
and speakers, plus 200 aerobics
No value of the stolen items
was listed in the incident report.
Later that same morning, an
employee at the mental health
office to the east noticed that
someone attempted to pry open
the front door. Nothing was re-
ported missing.
A construction truck parked
behind the YMCA the same night
sustained window damage. The
1996 Peterbilt is owned by CPA
Excavating of Jacksonville, one
of several contractors worked at
the Macclenny Crossing shop-
ping center under development.

ported she had $250 in the box;
Ms. Starling had $350 plus a
wallet, driver's license, credit
card and food stamp card. The
former said both men were in
her yard seeking a ride, and left
when she refused.
She told Deputy Lagle she
later telephoned one of the sus-
pects to ask if they knew any-
thing about the theft, and he "just
laughed at her then hung up the
The two victims said they
gave the suspects a ride home the
previous night, and gave them
the keys when they asked to go
to Ms. Lagle's parked 1998 Audi
at Wal-Mart.
In other reports, Lucy Givens
of Sanderson said a Largo, Fla.
company made an unauthorized
debit to her checking account at
Mercantile Bank for $249.
Ms. Givens contacted the
sheriff's department January 23,

and said she was unaware how a
company named U.S. Gold ob-
tained her account information.
Lela Watson named her sis-
ter Glenda Watson, 23, as a like-
ly suspect in a check fraud. She
found collection notices January
24 from Wal-Mart on bad checks
written back in October, and told
Deputy Claude Hurley her sister
may have used a missing driver's
license to open the account.
The checks totaled'$108, and
Ms. Watson said her sister was
living at her address off Turner
Cemetery Rd. at the'time.
Melissa Burnsed told police
she discovered January 22 that
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Less work, less
Press Staff
The benefits and rewards of
container gardening were the
topics explored by the Garden
Club of Baker County at its
meeting January 10.
Container and raised bed
gardening have become popu-
lar and effective ways to grow
flowers, herbs and vegetables
with less work and less space.
For people with busy schedules
and little free time it's the best
way to have a fulfilling garden-
ing experience.
"Many people don't have the
space, the time, the finances or
the physical strength to plant and
maintain a traditional garden,"
said horticulture extension agent
Barbara Smith. "Gardening in
containers and small raised beds
is a great alternative and just. as
According to a recent survey
on the subject she conducted
among garden enthusiasts in
Baker County, the single most
common response was the feel-
ing of empowerment container
gardening can bring. The intimi-
dation factor a full size garden
can create, especially for the
inexperienced, disappears with
this approach.
"You could say this method
is very user-friendly," said Ms.
Growing flowers and produce
in containers and raised beds can
eliminate the stooping, bending

space taik
and lifting require
traditional methods
persons such as th
those with special r
the pleasure of gar
For instance, a n
den can be made ve
to someone who is
a wheelchair. Gard
done on a terrace c
a raised bed is cor
recommended that
which are usually
wood and filled w
least 24 inches in ]
easiest access.
Members were
duced to the coi
square-foot garden
Mel Bartholomew,
neer and author ol
Gardening. This m
eliminates lengthy
cost efficient.
Six-foot pieces (
assembled in a squ
with soil. A grid c
is created inside
strips of wood. A
may be constructed
side for climbing p
peas. Typically, th
transplants go in ea
The condensed
keeps weeding to
and watering is mi
Such a garden cai
ample amount of v
a single person.
For those not
construct raised b
to-grow kit called
is available. The c


ored to busy gardeners
ed with more manufactured pre-planted con-
s. This allows tainer has a mulch cover to pre-
e elderly and vent moisture escaping from
leeds to enjoy soil, and a self-watering reser-
dening. voir feature that maintains the
raised bed gar- correct soil/water balance. It can
ery accessible be easily rolled to different loca-
s confined to tions to take advantage of sun-
lening can be light.
)r deck where "What makes this type of
istructed. It's container garden so appealing is
Raised beds, that you can leave it for days at a
y built from time and not worry about water-
ith soil, be at ing as long as the reservoir has
height for the been properly filled," said Ms.
Also intro- For soil, she recommends a
ncept of the light, loose mixture made by
pioneered by hand of 1/3 each Canadian Peat,
retired engi- sand and compost. This mixture
f Square foot maintains airspace in the soil,
ethod is easy, which is important to allow wa-
Srows and is ter to percolate and drain proper-
ly. Using such a mixture instead
of lumber are of digging dirt from the ground
are and filled also eliminates nematodes that
)f 12 squares cause a lot of plant damage.

with smaller
simple lattice
ed along one
>lants such as
iree seeds or
tch square.
a minimum
ore effective.
n produce an
vegetables for
inclined to
eds,. a ready-
d Earth Box

Defendants sentenced

to prison in
State prison sentences were
handed down to two defendants
in circuit court the past week,
both part of plea agreements for
sale and trafficking in drugs.
Sara York, 20, of Glen St.
Mary pleaded guilty to traffick-
ing arid possessing of prescrip-
tion drugs with the intent to sell
in a case dating back to Novem-
ber, 2006. Judge Phyllis Rosier
ordered her to be on drug-of-
fender probation ten years fol-
lowing her release from prison,
and to pay a $50,000 fine.
Marion Gaskins, also 20, of
Sanderson will serve a 40-month
term in return for his guilty plea
to twin counts of sale and deliv-
ery of crack [one more serious
because it was near a church] in
a March, 2007 case.
In other sentences during two
days of court, one on January
25 because of the King holiday
and the other on Monday of this
week, Adrian Rogers, 20, of
Macclenny will go to prison for
three years in a case from March
of last year.
He pleaded no contest to bur-
glary, grand theft, felony criminal
mischief, possession of a firearm
and dealing in stolen property.
Mr. Rogers admitted to break-
ing into a residence on Ivy St. in
Denise Harrington got one
year in county jail in return for
her guilty plea to grand theft
Myrtle Brown pleaded
guilty to a similar charge and

drug cases
was placed on probation for 18
Brian Griffis was sentenced
to a half-year in county jail for
aggravated fleeing from police.
His jail term will be followed by
30 months on probation.
'* Oiish6Iola AkisaiiyAA Will b|
on drug-offender probation one
year after pleading to possession
of marijuana.
A half-year on house arrest
followed by 30 months on drug-
offender probation were ordered
for Dontay Johnson in return for
his guilty plea to possession of
cocaine with intent to sell.
Dustin Waters pleaded guilty
to violating probation on an ear-
lier charge of tampering with ev-
idence and will spend ten months
in county jail beginning in early
Dedrick Arnold pleaded
guilty to felony driving with a
suspended license and possession
of cocaine. He drew a six-month
county jail term and two years on
drug-offender probation.
James Byrd pleaded guilty to
felony driving with a suspended
license and resisting arrest, and
Judge Rosier placed him on 18
months of drug probation. He
also must serve 50 hours of com-
munity service.
Mary Joyner will be on a
one-year probation after plead-
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tus Luger on drug-offender pro-
bation for two years in return for
a plea to sale and possession of
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, January 31, 2008 Page 7

He's pedaling along a 47

Oregonian on the road eight months

Press Staff
Plenty of folks ride bicycles
for recreation, exercise and com-
petition. Groups of biking enthu-
siasts often pass through Baker
County, especially on beautiful
weekend mornings.
For Tony Adams, the reason
goes to a deeper, personal level.
The native of southern Oregon
made a stop-over in Macclenny
last week to work out the next
leg of his journey and pick up
food supplies.
SIn 2000, Mr. Adams left Or-
egon bound for Las Vegas, Ne-
vada to look for his brother, who
the family had lost contact with.
Mr. Adams' 95-year-old father
was dying and wanted to see his
son again.
Never having owned a car,
Mr. Adam's set offl on his bike.
In a strange twist of fate, he
stopped to ask directions when
he reached Las Vegas and real-
ized with a shock that he was
talking to his brother.
Mr. Adams has been making
long distance biking trips ever
since. So far, he has ridden across
47 states. When he stopped in
Macclenny he had been on the
road for eight months.
What sets this cycler apart
from others is the unusual ma-
chine that he has pedaled across
the country.
"This was originally a Tad-

pole bicycle, but
I made some
so I could trans-
port my camp-
ing gear and
supplies," said
Mr. Adams.
Tadpoles are
a type of "re-
cumbent" bi-
cycle, allowing
the rider to sit
low to the road.
It supports the
back, and the
legs extend out
in front.
Mr. Adams
pulls two mo-
bile rack sec-
tions behind
his bike. The
bike and racks
are 14 feet in
length. When fully loaded, the
entire apparatus can weight up
to 600 pounds.
The.unique tourist modified
the steering of his Tadpole by
adding a pair of handles from a
ten-speed bicycle, cut down to
half size. This improved control
over the steering, which could be
problematic pulling such a load,
.especially downhill.
The bike is fitted with a mo-
torcycle battery to power a radio
and two computer speakers so
he can keep up with news and
weather reports.

According to Mr. Adams,
there are challenges on the road
for such a vehicle.
In many states he can eas-
ily negotiate the highways,
but in some Florida among
ihem he is not allowed on
major traffic arteries and must
take secondary roads. Since he
sleeps in a tent and a campsite is
not always available, he must of-
ten camp right on the road. The
50-foot highway right-of-way is
commonly where he pitches his
"Each state is different. I have
to understand the rules wherever

Yf4CA kicks offund raiser with aparty right out ofthe 1950s...
It was a sea of pink poodle dresses, bobbie socks and greasers in waist jackets at the Mathis House the rainy night of January 19
as the Baker Family YMCA kicked off its annual Chairman's Roundtable scholarship fund raiser, which this year has a goal of
$65,000. The party house on the Glen St. Mary Nurseries was bedecked in authentic memorabilia from the "rock 'n roll" decade,
including Elvis posters and juke boxes. Pictured above are (from left) YMCA board chairman Sam Kitching, Roundtable chair-
man Mag McGauley, Marcy Knight, Michelle Escobar, Lucia Gatsby, Tracy and Doug Wilds and YMCA director Jim Bouldin.
The money raised during the six-week campaign goes to scholarships and dues for underprivileged children and families to
participate in Y-sponsored events and sports programs. So far, about $12,000 of the goal has been met.

Benefit & 5K for
Allison Surrency
' There will be a benefit for Al-
ison Surrency Saturday, February
9 at the Baker County Fairgrounds
from 9:00 am-9:00 pm.
Allison is a six month old in-
fant who has been diagnosed with
Alpha-One Deficiency, a genetic
disease of the liver that has caused
her liver to fail. She has received
a liver transplant and seems to be
functioning well.
The benefit is for financial as-
sistance and prayer support on be-
half of Allison and her family. The
day will begin with 5k walk/run.
There is a registration fee for the
walk/run. Call 259-1532 for the
race hotline. Their will be $5 en-
try fee into the fairgrounds for the
planned activities. Activities in-
clude a horse drill team, bouncies
and slides, train and pony rides,
face painting, car show, lots of food
and much more. There will be din-
ner at $6 per plate, an auction and
gospel sing later that night.

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I am," he said. "In Florida, I have
to be out-of-sight of the public.
People in residential areas get
testy about seeing a tent set up
near their neighborhood."
On the road, he encounters
many people who are interested
in his bike and his journey and
stop to talk. Many donate food
and sometimes a little money,
which helps keep him going.
"I've never had a car and
never plan to own one," said Mr.
Adams. "And that's fine with

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place to go for. quick online ac-
cess to repair, maintenance and
service information on the most
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are to be used for Baker County
residents for rent/mortgage or
food assistance.
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Chairman Stephen B. Holland
of the local board at 259-7320
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Baker High secures'academy' stature for

its culinary school with help of$40K grain

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Press Staff
The culinary arts program at
Baker County High School will
soon become part of the school's
business academy, a fact that
makes instructor Gary Cook
very proud.
BCHS was recently the recipi-
ent of a $40,000 Succeed Florida
grant to help establish a culinary
academy, which the school plans
to implement next year.
The Cat Cafe, part of the
school's culinary training fa-
cility, is a bustling place on
Wednesday and Thursday. On
those days Mr. Cook can be
seen moving between the grill,
baking counters, ovens and din-
ing hall where students are busy
cooking, wrapping, chopping,
rustling up short orders and serv-
ing seniors, teachers and admin-
istrators. The air is replete with
the wonderful smells of burgers
frying, cakes rising, coffee and
"I've been steadily trying to
steer the program toward be-
coming an academy for some
time," said Mr. Cook.
The grant requires that the
academy train participants for
"high skill, high wage" positions
in the food and service industry.
Successful completion of the
academy program will provide
students with 12 hours of college
level credit.
"A program like this puts
them ahead of the game as far
as employability in the job mar-
ket," said Mr. Cook.
Even without the academy
status, the skills and qualifica-
tions being attained by students
in the current program are prov-
ing advantageous.
According to Mr. Cook, any-
one working in the food service
industry today is required to
complete a food safety course.
Employees often complete the
course after being hired at the
expense of te employer. Since
ServSafe instruction is already
part of the current curriculum,
Baker High students have an ad-
vantage when applying for jobs
in the food service industry that
those not in the program lack.
"Already having that training
makes a prospective employee
very desirable to an employer,"
said Mr. Cook.
Two students, Meg Rentz and
Crystal Canaday, have already
been accepted into Johnson &
Wales Culinary University and
will complete their remaining
high school academic require-
ments during their first year at
the institution.
A food program has been part
of the curriculum at the high
school since it opened in 1988.
Mr. Cook, who managed a simi-
lar adult education program for
five years at the Northeast Flor-
ida State Hospital, was brought
on as the culinary arts instructor
at BCHS in 1991.
He has since become in-
volved with Pro Start, a national
organization for restaurant and
food service career education,
and competed teacher training
at Johnson & Wales.
According to Mr. Cook, stu-
dent interest in the program dur-
ing the early 1990s was small,
but it has grown steadily with
each year. Today, 214 students
are enrolled.
Back then there were seven

55-minute periods in the school
day. Because cooking is hands-
on, there wasn't enough time for
a constructive experience during
one class. Mr. Cook gives a lot
of credit to the guidance coun-
selor at that time, Andy Har-
rell, who did a lot of juggling
to schedule the culinary classes
in segments of two consecutive
class periods.
Four units referred to as op-
erations comprise the program.
The first broadly covers the
hospitality industry and focuses

edge bowl and waiter's relay rac-
es are just some of the events.
"Most of the students coming
through this program have a seri-
ous desire to move into the food
service industry as a career,"
said Mr. Cook. "They want to
own a restaurant, a bakery or go
into hotel management."
The program requires focus
and discipline, and touches on
developing a variety of skills
such as math, reading and ana-
lytical thinking and attention to

Like anything, there are al-
ways a few goofy moments, like
the time students failed to empty
the grease pan of a roaster. The
pan caught fire and the two-foot
flames had to be put out by fire
"Sometimes, you make a cake
and it comes out like corn bread,
but that's part of the learning
process. The important thing is
to keep trying and have some fun
along the way," said Mr. Cook.

Tiffany boss, Steven Beagle, Meg Rentz, Kyle Kennedy and Travis Oswald discuss the particulars of chocolate icing.

on food safety and sanitation.
In Operation Two, students are
introduced to "back of house" or
the commercial kitchen. They
learn a variety of tasks such as
buying food, cutting up whole
chickens, dicing tec:hiinques,
meat cookery and the ins and
outs of seasoning, sauces and
soup preparation.
During Operations 3 and 4,
food preparation expands and
involves a lot of baking. Students
begin to work the "front house"
or dining room and become pro-
ficient in taking orders, waiting
on customers, setting up a din-
ing room and the proper proto-
col for serving.
The program involves oppor-
tunities to cook and serve for
administrative, teacher, student
and holiday functions.
"Principal [Johnny] Jacobs
has begun giving the students
wonderful opportunities to use
their skills," said Mr. Cook.
Last year, for the first time,
students prepared Christmas
dinner for administrators and
teachers and it wasn't the usual
turkey and dressing meal. The
menu featured garlic roasted
pork loin, a salad, a medley of
fresh vegetables and home-made
yeast rolls.
Limited outside catering
events also give students expo-
sure to a professional level' of
food service involvement.
They also have the opportu-
nity to compete against other
schools in cooking competitions,
often held in Orlando. Creating
edible center pieces, timed meal
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The Mitt Mobile made a stop in Macclenny on January 28 with Ben Romney. one of five sons of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, campaigning for his father to a
small but enthusiastic crowd of supporters. The Republican Women arranged for the bus to make an appearance at Heritage Park, where Mr. Romney and his wife Andelyne
chatted with attendants and passed out key chains and bumper stickers. Mr. Romney also shared memories of his childhood and joked about he and his brothers having to get
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when he retired after 40 years of service as an electronics and calibration specialist.
Mr. Davis during his career traveled worldwide with his specialty, including time
aboard deployed aircraft carriers, repairing and calibrating naval electronics sys-
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Della Conner acting as agent for Theron
Helms is requesting a special exception for a
power equipment repair shop. The property is
located,at 821-A South 6th Street. The prop-
erty is currently zoned Commercial General

Any support or objections may be heard at
the Zoning Adjustment Board meeting to be
held on February 11, 2008 at 6:00 pm, at City
Hall, 118 E. Macclenny Ave.

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Elizabeth Burridge

dies on January 17
Elizabeth Ann Burridge, 59,
of Macclenny died Thursday,
January 17 at her residence fol-
lowing an extended illness. She
was a native of Laceyville, PA
and resided there until moving
to Macclenny in 1973. She was
a homemaker and a Catholic.
Mrs. Burridge is survived by
husband Samuel Jr. of Jackson-
ville; daughters Kimberly A.
and Kathleen Burridge of Mac-
clenny, and Katrina Kitchens
of Jacksonville; sons Shawn of
Sanderson, Steven, Sammy and
Shane Burridge, all of.Jackson-
ville; mother Doris L. Manning;
brothers James and Arthur Man-
ning; sisters Patti Gruver and
Jackie Benscoter, all of Lac-
eyville; 17 grandchildren and
two great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service
will be held at a later date. Guer-
ry Funeral Home of Macclenny
was in charge of arrangements.

Sing at NorthJax
Several gospel groups from
surrounding counties, as well
as The Kingdom Heirs, Ivan
Parker and The Greenes, will be
featured at Nofth Jacksonville
Baptist Church on February 1 at
7:00 pm.
For tickets and pricing call
735-5850. Doors will open at
6:00 pm.

Mt. Zion N.C.
Methodist Church
121 North t 259-4461
Macclenny, FL
Pastor Tim Cheshire
Sunday School 9:45 am
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wednesday Prayer Service 7:00 pm

Jesus answered, "Verily, verily I
say unto thee, except a man be
born of water and of the Spirit,
he cannot enter into the king-
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Holiness Church
CR 127 N., Sanderson, FL
Sunday School 10:00 am
Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wed. Evening Prayer Serv. 7:30 pm
Pastor: Oral E. Lyons

First Baptist Church
of Sanderson
CR 229 S., Sanderson FL
Sunday School ....... 10:00 am
Sun. Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sun. Evening Worship .6:00 pm
Wed. Eve. Bible Study .7:00 pm
AWANA Wed. Night.. 7:00 pm
Pastor Bob Christmas

Jannie Dainty
dies January 29
Jannie C. Dainty, 59, died at her
residence January 29, 2008. She
was born in Jacksonville March
10, 1948 to
the late J.C.
and Lillie -
Belle Moss
on. Jannie
moved to
one year
ago from
MD. She Mrs Dainty
worked as a
salesperson in the Interior Design
profession. She enjoyed yardwork,
sewing, reading, crocheting and
fishing. She was predeceased by
children Dondi Skidmore and Da-
mien Skidmore; brother George
Champion; sisters Lilie Ruth Col-
lier and Mebble Baken.
Surviving family members in-
clude her husband of 18 years, Al-
ford C. Skidmore of Macclenny;
children Tracy R. Skidmore of
Carbondale, IL; brother James
Ray Champion (Linda) ofManda-
rin; sister Diane Krenan (Sidney)
ofJacksonville Beach; eight grand-
The funeral service will be held
on Friday, February 1 at 11:00 am
in the chapel of V. Todd Ferreira
Funeral Services, Macclenny. The
family will receive friends for visi-
tation on Wednesday, January 30
from 6:00-8:00 pm at the funeral

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Sunday Bible Study 9:45 am
Fellowship 10:30 am 11:00 am
Worship Services
11:00 am
S Wed. Bible Study
7:30 pm
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Scott W Love, 54,

dies January 22
Scott Weiler Love, 54, died
Tuesday, January 22, 2008. He was
born May
22, 1953 to
R. Robert
Love and L.
Jean Weiler.
from Frank-
lin, MI, he
and his fam-
ily moved to
three years
ago. He was
the branch Lo
manager at
H. D. Supply in Jacksonville and
an avid supporter of the Baker
County Girls' Softball League.
Mr. Love graduated from Ohio
University with a bachelor of arts
degree in business and marketing.
He also played basketball and golf
at the university, and remained
an avid golfer throughout his life.
He was devoted to his family and
loved' by all who knew him. He
was predeceased by his brother
Keith Love.
Surviving family members in-
clude his wife of 15 years, Karen
Love; children Lindsey Jean Love
and Lia Nicole Love, all of Mac-
clenny; parents Robert and Jean
Love of Novi, MI; and brother
Craig Love (Julie).
The memorial service will be
held Saturday, February 2 at 2:00
pm at First Baptist Church of
Glen St. Mary with Pastor Randy
Williams officiating. In lieu of
flowers the family requests dona-
tions be made in Scott's honor
to Baker County Girls' Softball
Foundation Mercantile Bank of
Glen St. Mary. Arrangements are
under the direction of V. Todd
Ferreira Funeral Services. Please
share memories and condolences

Cornerstone CMC
South Blvd. & 7th St.
Pastor Keith Thomas
Sunday School 1i'00 am
Sunday Morning 11:00 am
Sunday Evening 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night 7:00 pm

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Norman Mabe, 63,

diesJanuary 24th
Norman Gail Mabe, 63, of
Macclenny died suddenly on
January 24, 2008. He was born
December 11, 1944 in Fayette
West Vir-
ginia to
Mabe and
Mil dred b r
Lemaster .
Mabe. Af-
ter serv-
ing in the
Navy, Nor-
man began
his career
with CSX, Mr. Mabe
in Huntington, West Virginia.
While employed by the rail-
road, Norman was transferred
to Baltimore, Maryland, where
he met and married his wife of
27 years, Helen. In 1997, he was
again transferred, this time to
Jacksonville, where he complet-
ed his career as an accountant
for CSX.
Norman, or "Baby Gail" as
he was known to his family,
was a friendly, outgoing person
who loved people, especially
his family. He was everyone's
friend. He was always the tease
and the prankster, and there to
help anyone, anytime in any
way he could.
Always the avid sports en-
thusiast, he enjoyed boating,
fishing, and hunting with his
son Troy and his brothers Har-
old and Grizz. He became a Ga-
tor fan after his move to Florida
and would never miss a game
whether it was football or bas-
ketball. His favorite pastime,
other than sports, was working
on his home and yard. There
was never a project too big or
too complex for him to tackle.
Cooking and entertaining were
also his passions, and he was
always the perfect host.
Children also held a special
place in Norman's heart, and
this encouraged him to volun-
teer as a Guardian Ad Litem. He
was an active member of The
First United Methodist Church
of Macclenny and dearly loved
h his iciurch familyTf.Ie. vRed 5,o
Macclenny and often said the
ten years he lived here were the
happiest in his life. He lived ev-
ery day to the fullest and cher-
ished every moment he was
granted by God. He was loved
very much and will be deeply
Survivors include wife Hel-
en; son Troy Mabe (Sarah),
grandchildren Landon and Mira
of Lancaster, Pa.; brothers Har-
old (Liz) and Delbert Mabe,
both of Henderson KY; cousins
Gale Mabe (Muriel) and Tom-
my Mabe (Mary Ellen) of South
Charleston, West Va.
The funeral service will be
held Thursday, January 31 at
11:00 am at his church with
Pastor Tom Pope officiating.
Interment will follow at Wood-
lawn Cemetery. The family will
receive friends for visitation
Wednesday, January 30 from
2:00-4:00 pm and again at 6:00-
8:00 pm at V. Todd Ferreira
Funeral Services. Gifts can be
sent to The First United Meth-
odist Church Building Fund or
The American Cancer Society
in Norman's name. Please share
memories and condolences at

Sunday Worship 11:00 am Kindergarten-12th Grade
Sunday Evening 6:00 pm McKay Scholarships for

Wednesday Night 7:00 pm
Youth Service Sun. 6:00 pm
Youth Service Wed. 7:00 pm

Pastor Mitch Rhoden
28 W Macclenny Ave.,
On Railroad Rd. in Midtowne Center behirid WJXR
259-1199 or 305-2131

tE.S.. & 1I.1t.. Students
Financial Aid CTC Scholarships
"Home of the Eagles"
Isaiah 40:31

Calry Baptist Church

Sunday School 10:00 am
Preachin Service 11:00 am
Sunday Night Service 6:00 pm
Wednesday Servlce 00 pm

523 North Boulevard W.
Four blocks north of Hwy. 90 in Macclenny
Pastor Donnie E. Williams ** 259-4529

RobertS. Pitts, 83,

step-father oflocals
Robert Stonewall Pitts, 83, of
Bremen, Ga. died on January 6,
Mr. Pitts was born on August
31, 1924 in Alabama to the late
Augustus and Ludie Stevens
Pitts. He was a retired baker and
a US Army veteran.
In addition to his parents, he
was also predeceased by wife
Catherine and son Benny Pitts.
Survivors include son Rob-
ert R. (Faye) Pitts and daugh-
ter Roxie L. McCoy, both of
Bremen; nine grandchildren,
16 great-grandchildren and one
great-great grandchild; step-
children Raymond and Shei-
lah Knapp of Sanderson and
Deborah Henderson of Glen St.
The funeral was held on
Wednesday, January 8 at 11:00
am in the chapel of Hightower
Funeral Home in Bremen with
Rev. Travis Prichard officiating.
Interment followed in Forest
Lawn Memorial Park.

QR 127 N.;of Sanderson
Sunday School] 10:00 4a.
Sunday MorningSericet 1100 ai:Q
oSunda-y Night Sevice 6 pm
Wed. Ni-iht ...e.icep.n. .
Where Everyone is Snmeebo and

Pastor Rev. Es ie-lei


New Hopefor the Community
Five Churches Roadd
Hwy. 127 *Sanderson, FL
Sunday School 9:45
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Wed.Night Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Videll W Williams--Pastor

Jesus: The Way, The Truth and The Life
Sunday School 10:00 A.M. Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 P.M.
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 A.M. Wed. Eve. Worship 7:30 P.M.
Pastor Rev. Shannon Conner
North 6th Street Macclenny 259-3500

23-A to Lauramore Rd. & FairgroUnds Rd.
Sunday School 9:45 am
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Services 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting 7:00 pm
Pastor J. C. Lauramore Welcomes All

St. Peters Anglican Fellowship
Deacon Mike Webb

Meeting now at
the Mathis house

Located at
Glen St. Mary Nursery,
Highway 125,
just south of 1-10


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270 North US Highway 301
Baldwin, Fla.

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ServiceJanuary 30

for Donald Teater
Donald Lee Teater Sr., 65,
died Saturday, January 26, 2008.
He was born
17, 1942 in
KY to Stan-
ley Teater
and Cath-
erine Court-
ney Teater.
Mr.. Teater
worked as
a diesel me-
chanic for
Winn-Dixie Mr. Teater
for 37 years
before he retired September 9,
Mr. Teater was an avid NAS-
CAR fan. He loved the joy of
racing and participated as a
driver in various divisions for
many years in and around the
Jacksonville area. He loved to
travel with his wife Helen, and
most recently took in the sights
of Las Vegas. He also loved
hearing and telling good jokes.
He was a friend to many people
and loved by all he knew. Don
will be missed by family and
He was preceded in death by
his brothers David F Teater and
Stanley Teater.
Mr. Teater is survived by his
wife of 46 years, Cora Helen
Teater; son Donald Lee Teater
Jr.; sisters Lilly Mae Wise of
Waycross, GA, Kathy Hamp-
ton of Big Clifty, KY and Mary
Stone of Lexington, KY.
The funeral service was held
Wednesday, January 30 at 10:00
am at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral
Services with Pastor Jimmy
Williams officiating. Interment
followed at Westview Cemetery
in Nashville, GA at 3:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please make
contributions to the American
Cancer Society. Share memories
and condolences at www.vtodd-

B CSO chief visit KADETstudents at middle schoolfor a day in the lfe'lesson...
- Earlier this month, the KADETpolice science students at Baker County Middle School were paid a visit by supervisors from the Baker County Sheriff's Of-
fice. The guest speakers (back row, l-r) John Finley from jail operations, Chuck Brannanfrom special operations and Gerald Gonzalez, chief of road patrol,
discussed their responsibilities and exposed the students to a "day in the life" of a typical department employee. Each KADET received a junior deputy
badge. At left in back row (partially hidden) is club sponsor and campus deputy Nikki Mizell. Photo courtesy of Nikki Mizell

Rainbow Assembly installs 2008 ofcers inJanuary 19 ceremony...
The Rainbow Assembly #75 of Macclenny held its annual installation of officers on Saturday, January 19 at the Dawkins Lodge.
Officers for the coming year include (top row, l-r) Lindsey Caldwell (faith), Sammy Poole (charity), Jessy Poole (worthy advi-
sor), Andrea Crews (worthy associate advisor), Brianna Stewart (hope), (middle row) Sandi Davis (drill leader), Kansas Davis
(chaplain), Ally Poole (recorder), Marrissa Chiominto (nature), (front row) Charity Midyette (immortality) and Amy Tubberville
(confidential advisor). The event was well attended by Freemasons, members of the Order of the Eastern Star, along with families
and friends. Photo courtesy of Ted Barber



Social Notices

School News

Classified Ads
Have you checked
it out lately?

Monday & Thursday
8:00 pm
Macdenny Church of Christ
5th and Minnesota
275-3617 or 259-8257


Watson Custom Home Builders Inc. is re-
questing a variance to the zoning at 721 Lib-
erty Circle for the purpose of reducing the
front yard setback requirement. The property
is currently zoned Residential Single Family

Any support or objections may be heard at
the Zoning Adjustment Board meeting to be
held on February 11, 2008 at 6:00 pm, at City
Hall, 118 E. Macclenny Ave.

Roger Yarbrough
Building & Zoning
City of Macclenny


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A Birthday Tribute
Tessa Lynn Godwin
Okay Tessa, where do I start?
Oh, I know, I'll start from my
heart. Eighteen years ago you
changed our life. But in later
years, yours would be full of

You were such a joy and a
pleasure. Surely God realized
you were such a treasure. I
love the times you would say,
"Grandma, let's just talk." Then
after a while, to the bridge we
would walk.

When you had chemo and lost
your hair, we didn't fret cause
our loving Tessa was still here.

We used to talk and discuss
your life's plan. But we never
forgot you were in God's hands.

At the age of 13, God put His
plan in motion. He took you
home with Him and we have
cried enough to fill an ocean.
We miss you so much and try
as we may we can't release the
pain we felt that day. But, today
is your 18th birthday and you
are walking on streets of pure
gold. Praise God, Tessa, you
will never grow old.

Happy Birthday.



Senior Pastor Independent Pentecostal Church
David Thomash i
2594940 Seventh St. & Ohio Ave., Macclenny

Sunday School
Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Evening Worship
Wednesday Night Service
Radio WJXR 92.1 Sunday

Youth Programs

Sunday School
Common Ground Sunday
Common Ground Wed. (Teens)
God Kids Sunday
God Kids Wednesday


Associate Pastor
Tim Thomas

10:00 am
11:00 am
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
9:15 am

10:00 am
11:00 am
7:00 pm
11:00 am
7:00 pm Youth Pastor
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Gral Crmmyn

All these things
The old, man slumps to the floor of his tent. His
heart is broken. His spirit is crushed. His worst fears
realized yet again. He's older now and the years of
grief have taken their toll. He may not survive this
time. In fact, it would be easier for him to die than to
face this again. He looks up at his remaining sons
with a look in his eyes, that portray the indescribable
and profound sadness of a father who has to deal
with a reality no father should have to. In Gen.42:6,
you can hear the disillusionment and despondency
of a father who has already lost one
son, and now another son is held cap-
tive in Egypt, and now, the second man
to Pharaoh is calling for his youngest
son to be brought in. He was living a fa-.
ther's nightmare. It was then, as Jacob
thought about all that had befallen him
in the past and what he's having to face
in the present, that he cried out in de-
spair, "me have ye bereaved of my chil-
dren: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not,
and ye will take Benjamin away: ALL
He was ready to give up and resign to
fact that life itself had turned against astorha

him and he would die a miserable, grief
stricken, old man. Little does he know, that the God
of Abraham and the God of Isaac and now his God,
has set in motion a plan that will save him, his family
and preserve an entire nation.
This is the same man that dreamed a dream
in Bethel and saw a ladder reaching from earth to
heaven with angels going up and down and God
standing at the top of the ladder.
This is the same man that wrestled with the Angel
and prevailed with God.
This is the same man that God Himself had ap-
peared to in Padan-aram and blessed him.
And now, he thinks everything is against him.
Jacob's problem was that he was so busy looking
at the heartbreak and the dilemma in front of him,
he couldn't see down the road. He didn't realize that
What he was trying to figure out, God had already
worked out. You see, all Jacob knows is what he can


are against me!
see at the present. They have been in a famine, he
sent his boys to Egypt to buy corn, Simeon is being
held hostage and the second man to Pharaoh is de-
manding that his youngest son Benjamin be turned
over to him. These events brought back all of the
emotion and pain of losing Joseph, and now there's
a possibility of losing Benjamin as well. And he said
to his sons, "I'll die this time! This will take me to the
grave." Jacob was so caught up in the problem, that
he couldn't see the purpose. The bible tells us that
in Romans 8:28, that all things work to-
gether for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according
to his purpose. That doesn't mean that
God causes or sends bad things to us.
It just means, that even when we don't
understand why terrible things happen,
there is a God who is mindful of us and
will somehow take the bad and work
something good out of it. It also means,
that sometimes we are allowed to face
heartbreaks in order for a greater pur-
pose to be accomplished in our lives.
Look back over ypur own life at times
non Conner of trouble that some how gave birth to
divine intervention and the fulfilment of
divine purpose in your life.
Look at the times when you've testified about the
things that happened to you that you could not un-
derstand, that were the very things that shaped and
molded you into who you are now and put you in a
position where God could use you in a greater way.
What Jacob didn't know, was that God had a hand
in the events of his life. Jacob had a problem but
God had a purpose. Jacob's problem was the loss
of a son. God's purpose was, He needed Joseph to
preserve the nation. So God took Jacob's problem,
made it His purpose. What Jacob thought was gon-
na kill him actually became the reason he could live,
and a nation would be preserved that would stand
as a testimony, that no matter what it looks like, God
knows what he's doing in my life and yours. You just
have to trust Him!
Pastor Shannon Conner

Macclenny Church of God
North 6th Street Macclenny 259-3500
. .


Restoration of St. James Church

Rt. Reverend S. John Howard, Bishop of the
Episcopal Diocese of Florida hasapproved the
resumption of regular church services of St.
James Episcopal church, Minnesota Avenue at
5'h Street in Macclenny. The initial service will
be Sunday, February 10, 2008, the first Sun-
day in Lent. Come early and meet yicar Lou
Towson and be part of re-establishing a
mission church!

Reed M. Dearing
u Missioner for the Diocese
LN .

One Family Serving Another
V Todd, Amber, Emma & Ellie Ferreira
Now offering the Provisional Design Pre-arrangement Program
Grief Support Group, 1st Tuesday of the Month, 10:00 am
Mae White, Coordinator
250 North Lowder St., Macclenny 259-5700


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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, January 31, 2008 Page 12


Jaycee MaKayla Combs

Welcomes baby
Jaycee MaKayla Combs was
born January 14, 2008 at North
Florida Regional in Gainesville.
She weighed eight pounds two
ounces and was 20 inches long.
Her parents are Corey Combs
and Jenka Livingood of Glen St.
Grandparents include Lamar
and Lynn Lovingood and James
and Crystal Combs.

Andrew Burnett

Earns MBA
Andrew M. Burnett graduated
December 2, 2007 from the Uii-
versity of Florida, Warrington
College of Business in Gaines-
ville with a Masters Degree in
Business Administration.
He is the son of Earl and Pau-
la Burnett of Macclenny and the
grandson of Hilda Morgain, also
of Macclenny.
Andrew is employed with
Wachovia as a mortgage loan

Don't go it alone

The Baker County

Cancer Support Group
First Thursday of month
7:00 pm
Baker County Health

You're invited
to an 80th birthday party
for Iverna Thomas!

At Salt Springs Village
in the Fellowship hall.
February 9,2:00 p.m.

No presents
but your presence!

Given by her children-
Melvene Thomas Wilson
Rorn & Penney Thomas


Couple to wed
Gary C. Raulerson Sr. and
Ida E. Raulerson, both of Sand-
erson, are pleased to announce
the marriage of their daughter
Jessica Leanne to Justin James
Corder, son of Douglas Corder
and Angie Corder, both of Glen
St. Mary.
The wedding will take place
Saturday, February 2, 2008 at
2p.m. in the afternoon at The
Mathis House in Glen St. Mary.

Class of 1983

25th reunion
The BCHS class of 1983
will have their 25th reunion and
BBQ dinner Saturday, June 21,
2008 at the Baker County Fair-
grounds at 6:00 pm. The cost is
$30/couple or $15/single in ad-
vance or $20 per person at the
RSVP with self addressed
stamped envelope and payment
(no cash) as soon as possible to
Class of 1983 reunion, c/o Faith
Fly, 6258 W. River Circle, Mac-
clenny, FL 32063. Any ques-
tions, BCHSclassof83@aol.



Monday & Thursday

8:00 pm
Macclenny Church of Christ
5th and Minnesota
275-3617 or 259-8257

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P.O. BOX1120, US 90 WEST
GLEN ST. MARY, FL. 32040-1120
Phone (904) 259-4375 FAX (904) 259-6146
The following'vehicle will be sold at public
auction February 15, 2008 at 10:00 am, at Higgin-
botham's Towing & Recovery, US 90 West, Glen
St. Mary, FL. 32040.
1993 Buick LeSabre
1997 Chevy Astro Van
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County
Commissioners of Baker County, Florida, will con-
duct a public hearing and adoption of the proposed
Resolution whose title herein after appears, to be
heard Tuesday, February 5, 2008 commencing at
6:00 p.m., at 55 North Third Street, Macclenny,
Florida. A copy of the proposed Resolution may
be inspected by any member of the public at the
office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the Baker
County Courthouse in Macclenny, Florida. On the
date above mentioned, all interested parties may
appear and be heard with respect to this proposed

Resolution 2007-32

Call for Letters of Interest and Statements of
Qualification to provide Engineering, Design, Per-
mitting, Construction Phase Services and Other
Related Services for Solid Waste Management for
the New River Solid Waste Association (NRSWA),
located 2.5 miles north of Raiford, Florida on State
Road 121 in Union County, Florida. The NRSWA ex-
pects that interested individuals and firms to make
every effort to assemble a team with the requisite
expertise and qualifications to perform required
professional engineering services. The selection
process for obtaining the above stated professional
engineering services shall be governed by Section
287.055, Florida Statutes, known as the Consultant
Competitive Negotiation Act (CCNA).
Interested parties are to contact Lydia Greene,
Office Manager, at New River RegionalLandfill at
386-431-1000 or by mail to NRSWA, P.O. Box 647,
Raiford, FL 32083 to request a copy of the Request
for Qualifications, (RFQ) #08-01. The DEADLINE
for submittal in response to this RFQ is February 8,
2008 at 5:00 pm.
The public is hereby notified that the Macclenny
City Council, acting as the Local Planning
Agency of Macclenny, Florida, will hold a pub-
lic hearing on Tuesday, February 12, 2008, at
6:00 pm, in the City Council Chambers, 118 E.
Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny, Florida to con-
sider and transmit PROPOSED AMENDMENTS
Drafts of the proposed amendments are available
for your review at Macclenny Building and Zoning
Department. The Building and Zoning Department
is located at 118 E. Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny,
Florida and is open for business between the hours
of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Written comments on this proposed amendment
may be mailed to the attention of Janice Clark,
Building and Zoning Department at the above
address or emailed to jclark@cityofmacclenny.
Interested parties may appear at the meeting and
be heard with respect to the proposed amend-
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, a
person deciding to appeal any decision made by
the Board with respect to any matter considered
at the meeting or at any subsequent meeting to
which the Board has continued its deliberations is
advised that such person will need a record of all
proceedings and may need to ensure that a verba-
tim record of all proceedings is made, which must
include the testimony and evidence upon which the
appeal is to be based.

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The Department of Environmental
Protection gives notice of its intent to issue
a permit to City of Macclenny Yard. Waste
Site, which has a mailing address of 118.
Macclenny Ave. Macclenny Florida, 32063.
This project is for the construction of an Air
Curtain Incinerator. The proposed unit will
initially be located at a county site near Baker
County closed landfill off Deputy Dog Lane for a
duration of six months to clear wood stock pile
from the county.
After approximately six months or once stock
plies have been cleared the unit will be relocated
to its permanent location at 2.1 Miles north of
the intersection of Macclenny Ave and 6th Sti
(off Hwy 90 and SR 121) Baker County, Florida
where the city will operate the unit to clear wood
waste generated from the City and the County. The
Department has assigned file number 7775429 AC
to this project.
The Department will accept written comments
concerning the proposed permit issuance action
for a period of 14 (fourteen)dtays from thedaN(
of publication of "PUBLIGNOTICE OF INTENT
comments should be provided to the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection, Northeast
District Office at 7825 Baymeadows Way, Suite B
200, Jacksonville, Florida 32256 7590. Any written
comments filed shall be made available for public
inspection. If written comments received result in
a significant change in the proposed agency action,
the Department shall revise the proposed permit
and require, if applicable, another Public Notice.
A person whose substantial interests are
affected by the proposed permitting decision may
petition for an administrative proceeding (hear-
ing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the
Florida Statues (F.C.). The petition must contain
the information set forth below and must be filed
(received) in the Office of General Counsel of the
Department at 3900 Commonwealth Bbulevard;
Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399 3000,
Petitions filed by the permit applicant or any of the
parties listed below must be filed within fourteen
days of receipt of this notice of intent. Petitions
filed by any persons other than those entitled to
written notice under Section 120.60(3), ES. must
be filed within fourteen days of publication of thq
public notice or within fourteen days of receipt of
this notice of intent, whichever occurs first. Under
Section 120.60(3), F.S., however, any person who
asked the Department for notice of agency action
may file a petition within fourteen days of receipt
of that notice, regardless of the date of publica-
tion. A petitioner shall /nail a copy of the peition
to the applicant at the address indicated above at
the time of filing. The failure of any person to file
petition within the appropriate time period shall
constitute a waiver of that person's right to request
an administrative determination (hearing) under
Sections 120.569 and 120.57 F.S. or to intervene
in this proceeding and participate as a party to it.
Any subsequent intervention will be only at the
approval of the presiding officer upon the filing of
a motion in compliance with Rule 28-106.205 of
the Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).
A petition that disputes the material facts on
which the Department's action is based must con-
tain the following information:
(a) The name and address of each agency
affected and each agency's file or identification
number, if known;
.(b) The name, address, and telephone number
of the petitioner, the name, address, and telephone
number of the petitioner's representative, if any,
which shall be the address for service purposes'
during the course of the proceeding; and an expla-
nation ot how the petitioner's substantial interests
will be affected by the agency determination;
(c) A statement of how and when petitioner
received notice of the agency action or proposed
(d) A statement of all disputed issues of mate-.
rial fact. If there are none, the petition must so
(e) A concise statement of the ultimate facts
alleged, including the specific facts the petitioner
contends warrant reversal or modification of the
agency's proposed action;
(f) A statement of the specific rules or statutes
the petitioner contends require reversal or modifi-
cation of the agency's proposed action; and
(g) A statement of the relief sought by the
petitioner, stating precisely the action petitioner
wishes the agency to take with respect to the
agency's proposed action.
A petition that does not dispute the material
facts upon which the Department's action is based
shall state that no such facts are in dispute and
otherwise shall contain the same information as
set forth above, as required by Rule 28-106.301,
FA.C. Because the administrative hearing process
is designed to formulate final agency action, the fil-
ing of a petition means that the Department's final
action may be different from the position taken
by it in this notice. Persons whose substantial
interests will be affected by any such final decision
of the Department on the application have the right
to petition to become a party to the proceeding, in
accordance with the requirements set forth above.
The application is available for public inspec-
tion during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal
holidays, at the Department of Environmental
Protection, Northeast District Office, 7825
Baymeadows Way, Suite B200, Jacksonville,
Florida 32256 7590.

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am 4:30 pm

B CMS Cheerleaders win regionals,place in state competitions
The BCMS cheerleaders competed against seven teams from all over Florida to place fourth in the middle school division at the 2008 State Cheer Leading and Dance Com-
petitions in Jacksonville January 18 and 19. The talented ladies also won the regional competition which took place earlier in the month in Perry, Fla. Their cheering and
acrobatic choreography routines will be featured locally when the Hogs play the Dogs at the Pig Bowl, February 2 at Memorial Stadium in Macclenny. The Pig Bowl is a
fundraising event put on by the BC Sheriff's Department and the Macclenny Fire Department. BCMS Cheerleaders above are Morgan McDuffie, captain; Katie Lewis and
Chelsea Thompson, co-captains; Brittani Sapp, Tiffany Braddy, Logan Neville, Morissa Taylor, Ashleigh Rafuse, Kristian Burnham, Megan Crawford, Autumn Smith, Lacey
England, Baylee Barber and Laken Head. Not pictured: Kaylan Stafford and Myriah Lane. PHOTO BY KELLEY LANNIGAN

Head-on south ofOlusteeseriously injures two...
The occupants of both cars were seriously injuredthe morning of January 24 when their vehicles collided head-on on CR 231
south of Olustee. Trooper Dan Myers of the Florida Highway Patrol said a southbound 2007 Hyundai driven by Amanda Odom,
29, of Glen St. Mary drifted across the center line and struck a northbound 2005 Honda (pictured) driven by Jonathan Coron,
50, of Gainesville. The first car spun clockwise into the northbound ditch; the second vehicle spun into the southbound lane. Both
drivers were taken by rescue unit to Shands Gainesville. Ms. Odom was charged with driving on the wrong side of the road. The
accident happened about 7:30 some 3.5 miles south of US 90 on a remote section of roadway. Mr. Coron was wearing a seat belt;
Ms. Odom was not.

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Principal's List 2nd Nine Weeks

9th Grade: Rick Adams, William Baker, Ashley Brownlee, Destani
Combs, Rebekah Combs, Kandace Conner, Kari Crummey, Brendan Di
Perna, Emily Gibbs, Jordan Hand, Taylor Hartley, Ellie Helms, Aaron
Irlbeck, Bradley Mareth, Jackson Mowry, Melissa Rambo, Hampton Raul-
erson, Carrie Richardson, Alexandra Rohde, Nicole Ruise, Kevin Rumsey,
Austen Steven, Ashleigh Thick, Cameron Thomas, Leah Wheeler
10th Grade: Mendy Chisholm, Danielle Cole, Shayla Coleman, Kellie
Dopson, Westley Hicks, Jennifer Nguyen, Meagan Osteen, Cassandra Reg-
ister, Kristina Rife, Melanie Weis
11th Grade: Ashley Barrett, Erin Campbell, Edwin Cavannaugh, Shay-
la Goethe, Arrianna Jennings, Katherine Kirkland, Taren Martin, Richard
Moore, Jessica Morrison, Sarah Nichols, Spencer Nornan-Gerard, Rebeka
Robinson, Nicholas Schiner, Kyle Smallwood, Ashley Smith, Sarah Tra-
wick, Danielle Waldron, Wynesha Wallace, Halie White
12th Grade: Bradley Bumsed, Jessica Cohen, Briana Cunningham, Tif-
fany Harvey, Jessica Holloway, Sandra Johnson, Stephanie Karpf, Dustin
Mann, Savannah Norman, Ciegie Parkin, Jarrell Rodgers, Sariah Swartz,
James Ward, Mark Willis

Honor Roll
7th Grade: Rondasia Givens, Richard Hughes
9th Grade: Ryan Bellovich, Brooklyn Bennett, Trevor Bloxham, Hanna
Blue, Miranda Bonds, Stephen Booth, Jennifer Boykin, Brandy Callihan,
Rachiel Canaday, Crystal Case, Rashaad Church, Stormi Clouse, Justin
Colon, Lani Crabtree, Chelsea Crews, Cody Crews, Ronald Daniels, James
Dinkins, Kyrsten Ferguson, Lindsey Fish, Billy Folsom, Lana Gregg, Ashley
Gueltzow, Ashley Hale, Elizabeth Harrell, Desiree Harris, Kimberly Harvey,
Chelsea Higginbotham, Katie Hodges, James Hodgson, Kendall Hurd, Kara
James, Dante Jennings, Ashlyn Kerce, Dylan Kett, Elijah Knight, James
Kuster, Jeffrey Lambert, Alayna Lester, Daniel Long, Maise' Martin, Tay-
tum McCullough, Trace McCullough, Kevin Medina, William Melcolm,
Corey Mercer, Charles Miller, Miranda.Miller, Nicholas Mobley, Matthew
Morris, Dale Muse, Kelton Nipper, Marcus Nipper, Tyler Overstreet, Devon
Paige, Angelo Peterson, Jeremy Pietrowski, Jessica Poole, Brooke Potts,
Shakirra Reed, Jessica Rhoden, Rebecca Rhynehardt, Dalton Roberts, Chase
Sapp, Charles Smith, Kristopher Smith, Tamara Smith, William Smith, Ra-
chael Sorrells, Melissa Stagger, Brandy Swords, Haley Taylor, Jacob Taylor,
Jordan Taylor, Ashley Tracy, Starla Walker, Tyler Webb, Samuel Williams
10th Grade: Samuel Adams, Steven Adkins, Lonnie Alford, Brittany
Bell, Gabriel Blackmon, Christopher Boyd, Sara Buettgen, Jessica Buhler,
Brook Bymes, Lindsey Cannon, Ashley Cole, Trenton Conner, Justin Davis,
Rachel Davis, Sarah Davis, Jacob Defee, Megan Dolan, Alyssa Donaldson,
Alexander Evdokimov, Johnathan Ford, Bobby Joe Gage, Ryan Griffis,
Christopher Harvey, Ashley Holton, Brittany Homitz, Magan Howell,
Dustin Jackson, Cameron Kirkland, Maegan McDonald, William Miller,
Christopher Morris, Travis Oswald, Cara Overstreet, Zachary Parsons,
Emilee Pass, Jasmine Perkins, Coy Powless, Caroline Rambo, Jamison
Raulerson, Cortney Rhoden, Lindsey Roberts, Karl Sanders, Tiffany Smith,
Noura Tber, William Thompson, Mariah Trosper, Delaney Walker, Carissa
Ward, Alexis Washington, Kenneth Wells, Cody Wheeler, Sandra Wicker,
Rebecca Wilds, Shelby Witt, Stephen Zawolik
11th Grade: Staci Allen, Bradley Blum, Christopher Bonds, Thomas
Braddy, Dustin Brown, Samantha Buhler, Lacie Carter, Whitney Coffell,
Daniel Crawford, Steven Doiron,'Brefden' Donovan, Joseph Farley, Kristen
Fi&reau, Christina Fraze, Joshfiu eiger, William Gibbs, Morgan Gif.
Jacob Harrison, Mathias Hasselgren, Callihan Helms, Sonja Henderson,
Cierra Hilton, Kathryn Johns, Kendra Jones, Ronny Langford, Garrett Lu-
cas, Tucker McCullough, Corryn Medecke, Tracey Miller, Lauren Munn,
Jonathon Orberg, Jeana Pearce, Brittany Ruise, Ross Sasse, Nathan Sharpe,
Gregory Smallwood, Brianna Stewart, Thomas Swartz, Leslie Tanner, Cek-
ena Thomas, James Treece, Kristi Whitener, Joshua Wiseman .
12th Grade: Nathaniel Acosta, Jessica Alford, Heather Allen, Kristopher
Anderson, Ja'sarah Boynton, Maeggan Brooks, David Brown, Lacy Bur-
nette, Travis Carter, Shannon Chanaki, Anthony Coleman, Jordan Combs,
Katelyn Conner, David Cook, Amber Crawford, Casey Crews, Jessica
Crews, Kallie Crummey, James Davis, Meagan Dolison, Jacob Duncan, Jen-
nifer Fraze, Margo Gaskins, Erika Gibbud, Tori Godwin, Alexandria Gotay,
Brittany Gray, Ronnie Grimes, Kendall Hand, Jessica Hudnall, Charles Jack-
son, Christopher Langtry, Brandy Lauramore, Tabatha Lauramore, Samantha
Levinson, Waylon Lindsey, Michelle Lopez, Porsche' Mahan, Jennie Mann,
Sara Martin, Robert Mason, Kaley McDonald, Haley Mercer, Ryan Monds,
Amber Nixon, Laci Norman, Sara Norris, Nicole Novaton, Reagan Parrish,
Robert Prather, David Register, Jason Roberts, Mitchell Robertson, Jarrod
Ruise, Elizabeth Russell, Jared Sharman, Adrianna Sims, Jamie Stavely,
Kiley Stewart, Matthew Stuhr, Leighton Sweat, April Tanner, Jennifer Tracy,
Chelsea Walls, Diandra Wright, James Wright, Kaylee Yarbofough

School Calendar
Week of January 28-31
Monday, January 28
BCHS: Football banquet 7:00 pm,
aud. BCMS: Sixth & Seventh grade
FCAT parent meeting, 7:00 pm, extra
credit awarded. District spelling bee @
BCMS. MES: ESE parent class, 6:00-
8:00 pm.
* Tuesday, January 29
BCHS: Guest speaker, ESE, 7:00
pm, aud. Girls basketball @ Bradford
(TBA). WES: School advisory
council meeting, 6:30 pm. Terrific
Kids assembly. KIS:.Kiwanis Kids
assembly, 9:20 am. MES: Terrific
Kids assembly.
* Wednesday, January 30
WES: Merrie Melodies club meeting
7:50 am.
* Thursday, January 31
BCHS: Girls basketball @ Bradford
(TBA)/. Boys basketball vs. Baldwin
(H). WES: Good Morning Show, 8:00


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Offered everyday:
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crackers and dessert
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Monday, February 4
Breakfast: Grilled cheese sandwich
on multi grain bread.
Lunch: Grilled chicken patty on
whole grain bun-or golden corndog,
baked french fries, baked beans, let-
tuce & tomato slices, orange juice,
apple crisp.
Tuesday, February 5
Breakfast: Pancake & sausage on a
Lunch: Beef vegetable soup w/
grilled cheese sandwich or glazed
ham slice w/macaroni & cheese ro-
tini and homemade wheat roll, tur-
nip greens, creamy coleslaw, chilled
fruit choice, orange juice, peanut
cup (7-12).
Wednesday, February 6
Breakfast: Breakfast pizza.
Lunch: BBQ Ribbette on bun or
baked Lasagna w/slice of home-
made Italian bread, garden tossed
salad, steamed green peas, chilled
fresh fruit, orange juice, slice of
homemade carrot cake.
Thursday, February 7
Breakfast: Sausage biscuit, fruit
juice & milk.
Lunch: BBQ chicken or beef
nuggets both served with rice
and gravy, seasoned cabbage,
chilled fruit choice, orange juice,
slice ofcornbread.
Friday, February 8
Breakfast: Cereal, fruit juice &
Lunch: Roast pork with home-
made wheat roll or pizza burger
on a bun, mashed potatoes with
gravy, seasoned pole beans,
chilled fruit choice, orange juice,
homemade rice pudding.


Wildcats drop district contests to

The Wildcat men's basketball
team had a rough week, losing
two of three district games. The
Cats fell to Ridgeview and Mid-
dleburg before bouncing back to
beat Suwannee County on Satur-
The Cats trailed most of the
game to the Ridgeview Panthers
on Tuesday night in the gym. The
Panthers opened the game fast
and kept up the pace throughout.
They took a five point lead in
first period and led by seven at
the half.
They came out running and
gunning again in the third period
and extended the lead to 58-46
heading into the final quarter.
The Cats couldn't manage to
close the gap even though they
outscored the Panthers 21-16.
Delano Paige led the scorers

Broncos, top
with 21 points. Two other Cats
were in double figures: Ike Park-
er with 19 and David Brown 13.
The Wildcats trailed Middle-
burg by as many as 20 points on
Wednesday and wound up losing
by 18. The Broncos won 79-67 in
a game that was all Middleburg.
The Broncos didn't really burst
ahead at any point, just slowly
built their lead as the game pro-
The Broncos had a 39-27
margin going into the intermis-
sion and kept building on it with
a pair of 20-point quarters in the
second half.
Paige again led BCHS with
17 points. Josh Wiseman had
16 and Parker 11. BCHS relied
on its outside shooting with five
players hitting from outside the
three-point stripe. Wiseman hit

two, Kennedy Finley, Walton
and Brown hitting a three.
The Cats got a much-needed
district win at home on Satur-
day by defeating the Suwannee
County Bulldogs 63-54.
BCHS erased a two point Live
Oak lead early in the second pe-
riod and led by three points at
the half. Suwannee then swept
ahead in the third period to take
a three-point lead of its own. The
Cats battled back in the fourth
quarter, however, to secure the
district victory.
.Wiseman led the scorers
with 18 points, but was the only
Wildcat in double figures. Chris
Robinson had 9 points, Paige 8,
Parker 7 and Kennedy and Curtis
Ruise 6 points. Paige, Kennedy
and Ruise had two three pointers
and Wiseman one.

Ladies cap o Senior Night with win

The Wildcat girls' basketball
team wrapped up its regular sea-
son with a 47-31 win over Yulee
on Friday night in the BCHS
gym. The win was a good way
to cap off Senior Night, where
coach Franklin Griffis and the
team honored players who will
graduate this year.
The game started very slowly,
with the Cats only managing
three baskets and a free throw in
the first quarter. That still gave
them a 7-6 lead over a Yulee
team that struggled for offense
the entire game.
The Cats broke the game open
with a big second period, moving

the ball more easily up and down
the court and controlling the in-
side. The Lady Cats outscored
Yulee 20-14 in the period and
took a 27-20 lead into the half.
Though the pace slowed down
in the second half, the Wildcats
continued to keep Yulee at arm's
length. The Cats outscored them
12-5 in the third period as the de-
fense tightened. The pace slowed
to a crawl in the fourth quarter,
but Baker High continued to
build on the lead and hold Yulee
at bay.
Brittany Ruise had 12 points
and Meagan Osteen and Des-

tiny de la Pena had 10 points.
Caitlin Griffis had a big night on
the boards, pulling down 13 re-
bounds. Kiana Parker had 7 and
Osteen 6 rebounds.
The Cats will go into this
week's district tournament in
Starke as the number four seed.
Bradford, Santa Fe and Rid-
geview are seeded ahead of them.
The Cats will face Middleburg
on Tuesday night and the winner
will take on top-seeded Bradford
on Friday night.
Senior players recognized
Friday night were Caitlin Griffis,
Kara Dupree and Kayla King.

Cat football annual award ceremony

The Wildcat varsity football
team's annual awards ceremo-
ny was held on Monday in the
BCHS auditorium. Coach Bobby
Johns and his staff spoke to a ca-
pacity crowd of players, family
and fans.
Lucious Lee was the top
award winner, taking the Weight
Room Warrior Award.
The Bad Cat Award went to
Hank Farmer.
The "Loaded Gun" Award for
best offense went to quarterback
and 1000-yard rusher Carlos
The Supercat defensive award
went to Darvin Ruise.
Lee also won a Supercat
award as top running back. He
was a 1000-yard rusher.
Most Versatile Player Awards
went to skill player Harold Moore
and lineman Lee Taylor.
Josh Hodges won the Heart
and Soul Award.
Best Defensive Lineman was
Jared Sharman.
Best Defensive Back was
Greg Williams.
Hank Farmer was Best Line-
Thomas Braddy won the
"Hog" Award.
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SuperBowls can bekindaboring so

why notfocus on the TVcommercials?
In case you've been living in been applied to Brady's bad an- game. What great commercial
a cave for the past few weeks, kle. will Budweiser unveil this year?
the Super Bowl is Sunday, and Like Terrell Owens, he's prob- V Second, will Peyton Man-
I'm here to give you my yearly ably been sitting in a hyperbaric ning attend the game or stay
picks. chamber breath- home? If I were Eli, I'd want to
As some ing pure oxygen make sure he stayed home. The
of you might AT L A D Y for the past week last time Peyton attended one of
know, I'm usu- TI L JjiJ with super- Eli's games, little brother threw
ally not a big model Giselle five interceptions.
fan of the Big ROBERT GERARD Bundchen. It's V Will Tom Coughlin crack
Dance. So much tough being Tom a smile if the Giants pull off the
significance is Brady. "Giant" upset? If he does, is it a
-attached to the game that often The secondary hype sur- sign of the apocalypse?
the teams come in so tight that rounds the perfect 18-0 record of What's my prediction?
the game itself is pretty boring, the Pats and whether they be able Though I wish it were the
Usually, the best games are to go undefeated. Most people other way around Patriots 28,
during the playoffs. I doubt we'll have already crowned the Patri- Giants 21.
see the same level of brilliance ots before the first ball has been
we witnessed in Brett Favre's kicked.
dismantling of the Seahawks or Next, of course, is Eli Man- CANR
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should be too! $265,000
the move to this corer lot, .90acre, vacant land in downtown
MacClenny; perfect for new development of a duplex, town homes
or mobile homes. $125,000
horses! Bring your family while your at it too; SBR/3BA, 11.5 X
37.2 FL room overlooking stone patio, hot tub & horse pasture.
Beautiful wood burning stone fireplace w/mantle to place your
family photos. $329,000


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