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79th Year, Vol.37 Thursday, January 8, 2009 Macclenny, Florida 500
Animal control chief
Animal Control Director Georgia Mon-
fort has been placed
on three months pro-
bation and given a By
written warning for'
lying to a resident Joel
about euthanizing his Addington
The animal was Press Staff
picked up last October
for running wild in
violation of the county's leash law and put
down 16 days later in accordance with the,
county's waiting period.
But Ms. Monfort admittedly told the
owner later his dog had been adopted to a
home in Lake City, riot killed. She said she
was attempting to spare him any grief.
Ms. Monfort, who supervises two ani-
mal control employees, was notified of the
punishment through a memo from County
Manager Joe Cone dated December 22.-
"I expect more from a department head
than what I have been receiving in.the last
two years," reads the memo. "You and I
have talked about your actions on several
occasions and how these actions are being
perceived by the public and your peers."
Complaints about Ms. Monfort's be-
havior have been made by the public and
animal control staffers, both former and
Mr. Cone said one person feared Ms.:
Monfort was stalking their dog in hopes
of impounding it. He also said insinua-
tions had been made that sometimes ani-
mals are euthanized simply because they
bark too much and represent a nuisance at
"I do not know if any of the statements
are true or not," wrote Mr. Cone, adding
that Ms. Monfort denied the insinuation
and indicated there's no need to stalk ani-
mals when there's plenty of complaints to
follow up on.
"There may be some misconception by
individuals of the statements you make or
a general lack of communications... Un-
fortunately, the perception by some mem-
bers of the staff as well as the public is
that we have a problem," he said.
While on probation, Mr. Cone said he
expects Ms. Monfort and her subordinates
to make nine operational changes at the
pound to increase adoptions and combat'
any perception that animals are eutha-
When animals get picked up and their
owners are not identified by tags or mi-
cro-chips, Ms. Monfort said the county's,
policy is to shelter them for at least five
days before putting them down. When the
owners are apparent, animals are given 10
days before they're killed.
Some of the objectives outlined in Mr.
Cone's memo were instituted prior to Ms.
Monfort receiving the official warning
letter, like involving all the animal con-
(See page 2)
One dog at the animal shelter, Molly, paces back and forth in her cage. Animals whose owners can be iden-
tified from tags or micro-chips are required to be held for at least 10 days before being.euthanized. Those,
without identifiable owners are deemed strays and can be put down after only five days.
PHOTO BY JOELADDINGTON
BY JOEL ADDINGTON.
The possibility of establish-
ing household garbage pick-up
throughout Baker County is
once again alive following a
discussion by the Baker Coun-
ty Commission on January 6.
After tackling a fairly brief
agenda that evening, Commis-
sioner Chairman Mike Griffis
said he receives a lot of calls
from the public and the most
common complaint is'trash
along county roadways, most
of it believed to be coming
from vehicles heading toward
the county's refuse sites.
"I know we chased that rab-
bit before," he said in reference
to garage pick-up. "Maybe it's
time to chase it again."
Mr. Griffis pointed out that
the worst areas are those clos-
est to the county's lhalf-dozen
collection sites where resi-
dents bring their trash before
it's hauled by the county to the
New River landfill.
"It's embarrassing to me,"
(See page 14)
Local D CF welfare office
closing; state urges on-line
S communication with clients
Fatal et evhidc accident
Baker County's first traffic
fatality of 2009 occurred just
two days into the new year in
a three-vehicle.mishap north of
Sanderson on CR 229.,
Hoard Baird, 80, of Sander-
son died at the scene just after
4:00 pm when his 1992 Chev-
rolet sedan was struck by a
northbound pickup as the first
vehicle was turning south from
A passenger in Mr. Baird's
car, Mary E. Taylor, 59, also of
Sanderson, was seriously in-
jured and flown from the scene
to Shands Jacksonville. The
drivers and four passengers
int the other two vehicles were
wearing seat belts and escaped
Neither Mr. Baird nor Ms.
Taylor were restrained by seat
belts, according to the Florida
Lt. Bill Leeper of FHP's
Jacksonville district office said
the Chevrolet was hit by the
pickup. after it collided with a
1998 Chevrolet SUV driven by
Brittany N. Taylor, 17, of Glen
St. Mary. The SUV was turn-
ing south on CR 229 as well,
but from a dirt road intersect-
ing from the west.
Passengers in the Taylor ve-
hicle were identified as Stan-
ley M. Justice, 17, and Daniel
Walker, 19, both of Sanderson,
Brook Barnes, 16, of Glen and
James Pugsley, 18, of Mon-
The driver of the pickup
was Virgil R. Alexander, 55, of
Green Cove Springs.
Lt. Leeper said this week an
investigation into the accident,
including whether alcohol
played a role, is pending, as are
Fourteen persons died on
Baker County roads in 2008.
Girls on the run Buildin
At 7:45 on a chilly Satur-
;0 1 day morning, a group of young
i Baker County girls met in the
'. "" parking
t h e By
ready to Press Staff
to the campus of the University
of North Florida. The girls are
members of Girls on the Run,
the Baker County.affiliate of
S Girls on the Run International.
The girls gei ready to run. pooo v KLLEYLANNIGAN (See page 2)
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
Funding cutbacks are in-
evitable with the state facing
a more than $2 billion revenue
shortfall, and one casualty
in Baker County will be the
Department of Children and
Families' (DCF) office where
people apply for food stamps,
Medicaid and temporary cash
Its last day open will be Jan-
Although the local Eco-
nomic Services office will shut
down, DCF officials say the
public will still be able to ap-
ply for those benefits online
in a nearby office or from any
computer with Internet access.
"This is efficiency in gov-
ernment," said DCF spokes-
man John Harrell.
As of November 2008, there
were 4186 people in Baker
Food Stamp Recipients
on the Rise-
The figures represent the number of
approved food stamp applications in Baker
County during each state fiscal year,which
runs from July 1 to June 31. The total for
2008-09 is projected based on the number
of approved applications since July 1,2008
County receiving food stamp
assistance. That's 23 percent
more than in November 2007
and about 17 percent of the
county's total population.
If trends continue, DCF pre-
dicts that more than 2800 ap-
plications will be approved for
the 2008-09 fiscal year ending
June 31. That would mean a 38
percent increase over 2007-08
and 58 percent above 2006-07.
"We definitely know the
need is increasing for social
services and we are there," Mr.
Harrell said. "We're as close as
the nearest computer with In-
However, the office open
now has three computers used
by the public to apply for assis-
tance online. By next month,
there will be only one com-
puter available in the lobby of
Northeast Florida State Hospi-
(See page 2)
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girl- tiAn with volunteer Suan
The girls u iilid ihey weref
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it int.ild be tlie fiFrst nlo o ic-l
run their li,d p-.lij ikipoie'. in, and
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i-fs ofn the Run cdubs also tak-
At 10::00 am the girls got
ready fr their SK (31 mile) run,
aftr- being warmed up dui'rgh
calistenic exercises conducted
by members of Radio Disnic\
who were present to plain mu-
sic and helppronote the event.
C,,w,,..':c,.',- run meant a vic-
'o'o.; '." .'+'I.n' in the ,n11'i ,>1 "n
at thte Baker YMCA with fv ',J
Girls on the Run's ,'i, --
ti is to reduce the potential
involvement of at=risk activi-
ties. It wrevolves around a twelve
week ih;a.tu.:buiilding pro=
rUam I'oisd on teaching social
and pc. 'n.l skills, all. epic -dI
around the a otI nmin
i1- goal is th o steer girls away
f w @the tdestrutive p -Lin'
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W@ek 1-4:: All About Me::
fliitigv to know who I am and
what I stand for
Wecks 1:' U Ilig My
Te-,ov Vidql ;' linig l!It1e Jfim=
li 1. 'tia( of cooperation,
Weeks 9=12: Community
PBIrin;. itli Me: Lcu iiiiP about
'llliiiuity and doVig ini' our
own community project,
The program culminates in
a no i-compelilive 5K (3,1 mile)
run which gives girls an oppor-
tunity to experience a strong
.,-,, of accomplishment.
Paiunts as well as coaches can
P.I Iitiipkii in the run also, Ms.
Milki did not paiticipale during
this plarltiilar run because she
is only weeks away I rim giving
bi 01. but she was thcre on the
.,hIil'lins, cheering the girls oti.
"Scr'ny the looks on their
I.Krc.. when they realize they
only have another quarter mile
to go and that they are i'iinally
going to Iiu'glii it is such a won=
d@rful thing to mne" she said,
liito M Miller,i F .
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fT r teaI helped piF e the gira
as fi fi, toof ste ad.i '"Al-
though funfigis oN ften a group
eve.nt yotere till r6eponfle
for getting youfrself to the finish
line. Tha s a ptwerful message
for tfsic gidls
TheW irli on the Run program
p, ;ntin,(. a healthiefr em ionall
and tlmenl.:ii sep.i', as well,
f' ti i '_. *,!ifw ftw s:.! 1 i'i le s :m .
the p>fgi .'.i hi !f;: n:.,tfi .ir'.
w.itih a !,,rit sense of" idze .,..
a greater acceptance of fhs,,'-
.-:e.e, a hiG;dlhiir body iprjig',
and an understanding of what it
means to be part of a team,
For more information call the
YMCA at 259-0898.
Monday, January 12, 2009
at 7:00 p.m,
at the Fairgrounds
in the Fair Offih
orf( m page 0
vices i .., which is Iext door
and in the wsame .Iidi.- at 84
The two employees i.n the
ki-Ot w n#w Services office will
also he feloated Boneto work
from home and the other to the
dpr'ift lfn ocai onaiil n1f< d'
"'There's not going to e a y
eci-t. on employees; Ms. flas
ill said in reference to ifirt
Tthee will also be tBia'
available at the B;ka. County
fi-c., Department to aif f s
questions and offer apFlj..iLiri
assistance, he said,
Thit< critical, according to
health department director Kea
Dunlaevy. About a week before
DCF announced the changes
with a December 24 press re-
lease, she said she was w. kiKnu
with the department to remain a
'"real person" to offer help with
the onfli e ;,ip(li.aii'i.i ;. .,
I..l HarrlIl *: ,i lIr
) II di W* ii1j .: r>! .i *A'1z41)5'A.
between the 1h ilih ,department
.~~gi very concerned about
'i 't( herew" Ms, Dunalevy
said before the antiouncement.
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you don't have a computer? ...
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Economic Services .f.;: in
't ..w ill save DCF, and
thu taxpayers, about .'.g .
annually. said Mr, lHar lL DF
began offering online applica-
tines for food stanips i
and tepoay ash ssistnce
three years'ar -i.talo.. nes V,
tawyem iSiMs eah hyta bhe
Basker County rents eaCa
a4o cotact DCF for ir.i ..nw-
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Family needs funds
for cancer treatment
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was I,-.,rifi nl hapfi.-A *vimh lil i I.-
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at Metcantitle' Bank to help cover medi-
coal etOpenses, Most of :rl .'- treatment
at ,f'., i Clhldr'iia 'i Hospital in Jack-
A.'nil'ef is covered by Insurance, but the
/,;ium needs fionAl fir other expenses
ilt r I, canspfortation and home care. Any
Merctntile employee should be able to
ansiWer .l t n tifiNi' about donations.
This Rtlies paid for with publle denationa
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those in need, A modest
$5,00 donation when signing
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Si.' Ij in 30 min. 'ac.h'
Wed, Jan 14 7:30 pm
638 SW Corporate Dr. x-427 US 90
Thurs, Jan 15 7:30 pm
Baker Co. Agriculture Center
1025 W. Macclenny Ave
Hilth Iwar'8nes.vs Clinic.t.,rg
a character builder
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, January 8, 2009 Page 3
pinion C comment
Back to reality: stuck in D.C. airport
after an idyllic snow-filled holiday visit
I've been to hell, my friends, According B By this us on an afternoon flight to
and I'm here to tell you it looks to the pilot O N POINT time it was Jacksonville not even stand-
a lot like an airport terminal on the flight going o n by. I wanted to kiss him.
at Washington Dulles at five from Newark IT DI T 11:00 pm and We were home and pick-
in the morning. to Washing- I1 1 IP 1i the United ing up our pooch from the
Picture this: You're lying ton, there was JOEL ADDINGTON Airlines guy kennel by 3:00 pm and I actu-
on stiff carpet, the kind that's some wind in .'behind the ally made it to work for a few
so thin and hard it's very easy some, place counter had a hours to put the last edition of
for the janitor to vacuum up I'd never heard of that delayed long line of angry passengers 2008 to bed.
the crumbs that are only feet the plane's arrival in Jersey by to deal with. He looked like he Despite the turbulent 24
from your head. Your coat is close to two hours. was about to lose it. His hands hours it took me to get home,
a pillow and you've pulled the It was obvious when we were shaking, he was sweat- it was totally worth experienc-
hood of your sweatshirt over left, we wouldn't make our ing and he was the only one ing my first white Christmas,
your face to turn out the lights 4:30 connection to Jackson- on duty at the time. which included a lot of great
and muffle the sound of the ville. But so goes air travel. Sorry, he said. It was an act memories like my failed at-
cleaning crew. We figured we could get an- of God (air traffic control) and tempts at snowboarding that
And then you think about other flight home and arrive the airline wasn't responsible were caught on video and now
what's ahead 12more hours a few hours late, maybe 8:00- for the delay. No hotel room. reside on Erin's Facebook
in this God-forsaken place be- 9:00 instead of dinner time. When customer service page.
fore you board the flight that's We waited in line at the opened back up at 6:00 am, it But, mark my words, I will
heading to yet another airport customer service desk and was a whole new experience only fly non-stop from this
before the final leg home. were horrified to hear that the three reps with fresh coffee day forward.
My trip home from a visit next flight with available seats and cheery demean- r ..
to the Garden State was sup- didn't leave until the following ors. Maybe they can'' '. \'
posed to take about three evening and even then con- help us, I thought. -
hnnrs I was at that 15-hour nected through Charlotte be- And they did. .
mark as I looked at my watch
and prayed that an 8:30 am
stand-by flight would have
two empty seats for myself
and my girlfriend Erin, who
was just as uncomfortable as
she tried to doze off on the
terminal benches that were
pulled together above me.
This was the low point
of our return journey from a
wonderful Christmas holiday
in the snow-covered moun-
tains of northwestern New
Jersey with Erin's family.
So, how did we get, stuck
sleeping in a Washington,
D.C. airport? Was it a bliz-
zard? Thunder and lighting?
None of the above.
fore getting us home. We did
get on stand-by for a 9:00 pm
flight and crossed our fingers
for that one as we headed to
the bar to relieve some stress
and get a bite to eat.
They didn't call our name,
and once again, we were dev-
astated. We didn't know what
to do, other than call our boss-
es to tell them is was unlikely
we'd be at work in the morn-
So back to customer service
to demand an earlier flight.
This was D.C., after all, a hub
for international travel. There
had to be something that left
first thing in the morning. If
not, we wanted a free hotel
We got on another
stand-by to Char-
lotte at 8:30 am ,'
and they called our
names. It was like
being rescued from a
We were smiling
because we were final-
ly leaving. We had hope
because, maybe, just
maybe, we could get on
another stand-by flight
and get home before
9:30 that night.
And we did. When
we got to Charlotte a
rep from US Airways.
who loved his job way ',
more than the man
from United, booked .
Halt 'double-dipping by officials
Baker County sheriff Joey Dobson,
who returns from a 30-day "retirement"
this week, was prominently mentioned in
a recent St. Petersburg, Times article in,
shall we say, an unflattering context.
He is one of at least 25 recently elected
officials in Florida with the unique dis-
tinction of being a "double-dipper." That
means they are drawing regular salaries
plus their pensions plus lump sum DROP
money amassed as retirement money the
past five years.
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They bring the number of double-dip-
pers among elected officials [state, judi-
cial and local] in Florida to at least 220, an
increase of about 40 since last year.
According to the Times, none of them
mentioned during campaigns
last fall that they were planning
to take an unpaid leave, super-
ciliously called a "retirement,"
following their re-election. That
includes Mr. Dobson, though he
S insists he knew nothing of the ap-
proaching deadline. Besides, no
one believes it would have made a
scintilla of difference in the result
of his election to, a fourth term.
His leave began November 30.
So, when the sheriff was sworn
,.er in again this week, he's richer by
Mrt $311,173 in DROP lump sum
la (minus taxes),, plus he begins
receiving a monthly pension of
$5699 in addition to the $128,000
ie annual salary set by the state so
0r local elected officials can conve-
-,, niently say,. they don't .have any
HE control over their salaries. (Oops!
Did I say that? I meant to say "set
by the state on the basis of popu-
lation" that's what I meant.)
The Times also says just over
9000 rank-and-file state employ-
ees are double-dipping, up from
3544 in 2003. Among senior
management in the state ranks
of the un-elected, that number
is now 175, up from 34 just five
Such arrangements arising
from a loophole approved by leg-
islators in 2001 are a bit embar-
rassing to some public officials
i (others probably could care less)
in these days of an economy run-
ning on fumes.
Governor Charlie Crist refused
to participate in the "retirement"
package for Sheriff Dobson and
others late last year by appoint-
ing temporary replacements. The
sheriff's stand-in foruthe 30 days
was appointed by a circuit judge.
S,, Under the original DROP [De-
ferred Retirement Option Program] enact-
ed in 1998, public employees 62 years old
or with at least 30 years in the state system
could continue to work an additional five
years. Their benefits are set aside in an-
other account, and the state ponies up their
benefit funds guaranteeing 6.5 percent
interest (damn good today!) and a 3 per-
cent cost-of-living hike annually.
The great majority of public employees
in Florida leave after those five years; the
loophole allows elected officials, senior
management and some others to remain
longer and get the trifecta: pension, DROP
lump sum and their full salaries.
Several years ago, Macclenny's city
manager Gerald Dopson maxed out the
DROP period, took a month off and came
back at a reduced salary, which when add-
ed to the pension he draws now, equalled
his $78,000 annual salary at the time. That
$60,000 reduced salary has since risen to
about $65,000, he said.
His lump sum DROP payment was
The Florida Division of Retirement lists
by name and office others who are double-
dipping in our neighborhood, including
Bradford County's property appraiser, two
members of their school board, two mem-
bers of Columbia County's school board
and the county's sheriff.
Sheriff Dobson is .quoted in the St. Pete
article as saying, "I'm. not a rich man."
Maybe not, but he ain't hurting under that
Is he worth $128,000 annually? He is.
Did he earn the lump sum and pension?
Yes, under the current retirement rules.
Should he and the others be allowed to
continue to rake in salary and the monthly,
pension in addition to the DROP sum?
Logic suggests they should not,draw pen-
sion money until they actually retire.
Such largesse at the expense of taxpay-
ers sends the wrong message to everyday
working people and private business own-
ers who actually have to make the money
before they can set it aside for retirement
and other uses.
The loophole enacted in 2001 smacks
of special interest protection since several
legislators benefitted from it. Will the leg-
islature and Governor Crist close the.loop-
hole and not open up any new ones this
spring while facing down a projected $2.3
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More travel woes: gridlock,
accident mar 1-95 trafficflow
I /ffil fl
It's 335 miles from
Macclenriy to the
area north of Colum-
bia, SC where I grew
up and since
I typically .
drive the '. '
it takes me
wrecks or extended construc-
tion on the interstate and stopping
at rest areas only long enough to do
one's business and get right back on
I \\ent home the afternoon of New
Year's E\e and traffic flowed with-
out incident as I traveled north. Not
so for those coming into Florida.
Shortly after leaving Macclenny I
came upon an accident involving two
tractor-trailer trucks on Interstate 95.
One of the rigs was on its side and
completely blocked all three traffic
Traffic could not, even single
file, be directed around the accident
scene and for the next 18 miles I
passed a continuous wall of cars and
trucks and their frustrated drivers. I
was thankful I was going in the op-
posite direction. Once home, my dad
related how one of his friends had rev-
cently traveled to Florida to visit his
son and got caught in stalled.traffic
on 1-95 for over an hour.
I attributed these incidents to traf-
fic accidents because, in my observa-
tion, people drive much too fast and-
much too carelessly. Statistics docu-
ment rises in attention deficit due to
the use of cell phones and the pres-
ence of video screens in cars. Couple
that with road rage and a nation of
drivers suffering from chronic sleep
deprivation well, you get the pic-
My return trip on Sunday started
smoothly. Traffic was moderate and
just before reaching
the vicinity of Savan-
nah a beautiful blue
sky displaced the
gloomy cloud cover
that had enveloped
everything since Co-
lumbia. I decided to'
go into Savannah for
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a late lunch.
Afterwards, I made a quick so-
journ into the Cathedral of St. John
the Baptist, the church with the mag-
nificent twin spires that graces the.
skyline of the city. After listening
to some heavenly pipe organ music
I felt physically and spiritually forti-
fied and I once again headed south.
My impulsive stop at the cathedral
turned out to be providential. I need-
ed every drop of that spiritual fortifi-
cation to deal with the next hour and
forty five minutes I spent in a traffic
jam while negotiating the distance
between Savannah and Brunswick.
A third lane is being added to
this stretch of road and evidence of
construction is everywhere. But the
stalled logjam of cars I found myself
immersed in remains a mystery. At
no point did I see machinery or crew
actually'working on the road. The
two lanes of the existing interstate
were open without any obstacles.
There were no traffic accidents. Even
'so, traffic came to a halt and crept,
bumper to bumper, like slow moving
tortoises until just outside Brunswick,
when it began once more to move at
regular speeds. It made absolutely no
What advantage could possibly
have risen out of such an aggravating
This particular part of the inter-
state is coastal highway running
through the area known as Georgia's
Golden Isles. Over this extensive
panorama of marsh and open water'
occurred one of the most astounding
sunsets I have ever seen.
Because of the extreme angle of
the considerable group of clouds
stretching from far beyond the east
horizon, the reflected light was am-
plified and lasted nearly 20 minutes,
much longer than a normal sunset. It
took my breath away and the snail
crawl of traffic allowed me to experi-
ence its full visual glory. I realized
then, that had I not gotten caught
in traffic precisely when and where
I did, I would never have witnessed
this extraordinary sunset.
It was a memorable way to begin
the new year.
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, January 8, 2009 Page 4
School district reduces substitute pay
New superintendentsays move is initial 'belt-tightening'
The Baker County School Board voted From July through last month, the figure company was then known as Duval Roof-
without dissent on January 5 to reduce the is $251,283, down slightly from the same ing.
salaries it pays substitute teachers, effec- period last year. A $49,945 bid from J.T. Shaw,. Inc. of
tive January 22. For the 7.5 hour work day, subs with Glen St. Mary was likewise rejected be-
In a move described by Superintendent high school level degrees will get $75 in- cause it did not conform to bid specifica-
Sherrie Raulerson as the first of many stead of $85; AA degrees $85 from $100; tions.
belt-tightening measures in the face of an bachelor level $100 instead of $125; mas- The project is for a 20-year roof lifes-
expected drop in state funding, the daily ter degree and up $125 from $150. pan.
reductions range from $10 for substitutes In other business during the board's The district approved a six-month
with high school diplomas to $25 for first regular meeting of 2009, a $68,000 pact with Baker Family YMCA for health,
graduate level and above. base and alternative bid for re-roofing at nutrition and fitness-related services
Supt. Raulerson told the board the dis- Keller Intermediate School was accepted to students enrolled at the 21st Century
trict is looking "in every nook and cran- from Barber & Associates of Jackson- Learning Center, which is funded via a
ny" for ways to cut spending next year. ville. five-year $1 million grant. The agreement
"We're being frugal and looking at every The Barber bid was not the lowest of allows use of the Y's facilities for the af-
angle, and our substitute pay is still better ten submitted before the November 12 ter-school program through June 30.
than in most surrounding counties. I still deadline. District architect Bill Bishop Similar agreements are expected with
think it's a fair wage for a day's work." recommended the low bid of $51,900 the local Y for the duration of the grant.
Several years ago, Baker and other dis- from Wilford Roofing of Jacksonville The board approved an agreement
tricts hiked substitute pay to attract more be rejected because of "past experience" spanning the second half of the school
qualified people. The administration be- with his firm of Akel Logan Shafer of year for speech pathologist assistant Faith
lives that situation has reversed and the Jacksonville. N. Kegley at $35 an hour for a maximum
labor pool is now "abundant." Mr. Bishop did not get into specifics of 30 hours a week.
Last fiscal year, the district paid out as to what the experience consisted of, The specialist will fill in for two full
$602,495 for substitute teachers, accord- but referenced the West Regional Library time pathologists who will be on mater-
ing to finance chief Marcelle Richardson. project for the city of Jacksonville. The nity leave in coming months.
Police arrest several for battery as
disturbances break out at New Years
Several persons ended up in
jail following scuffles and distur-
bances over the New Years holi-
day, including a back yard fight
off Bertie Davis Circle north of
Jessica Cannon, 31, of Mac-
clenny and her finance Joshua
Davis, -27, 'of Sanderson were
booked following a trip to the
Fraser Hospital emergency room
following the incident that oc-
curred about 9:00 New Years
Eve. Ms. Cannon is charged with
battery on Lenor Rosier, 25, who
along with husband Donald, 42,
were hosting a party.
Ms. Rosier told Deputy Pat-
rick McGauley her husband
asked Mr. Davis to leave after
he boasted about eluding arrest
earlier that evening by swallow-
ing crack cocaine after the of-
ficer and Deputy Chris Walker
stopped his vehicle.
A fight broke out and Mr.
Davis was arrested for battery
on the Rosiers' 15-year-old son.
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
Coral Gables-based Adrian
Development may challenge the
county's 1-10 traffic variance
agreement with the Florida De-
partment of Transportation, pre-
sumably arguing that the vari-
ance should apply to its Cedar
Creek project planned north of
US 90 between Glen and Mac-
As written, the agreement
prohibits previously approved
projects like Cedar Creek from
taking advantage of the vari-
ance, which could save Adrian
millions in traffic mitigation
Adrian's Tallahassee attorney
Reginald Bouthillier filed for a
60-day extension on the 30-day
period that'parties had to contest
FDOT's order granting the vari-
ance. The deadline was January
2, but since FDOT offices were
closed January 1-4, the depart-
ment extended the deadline 13
The variance was pursued
by the county with the goal of
creating jobs and targeted com-
mercial, office and industrial de-
velopments. CedanCreek's plans
call for about 6000 residential
units with some commercial de-
velopment as well.
The variance essentially re-
serves traffic capacity on 1-10
for job-creating projects, thus
saving developers of such proj-
ects at least some of the costs as-
sociated with mitigating traffic
impacts. Mitigation can mean
adding lanes to the interstate,
overhauling an interchange or
building parallel roadways.
' Adrian has committed to
about $65 million in mitiga-
tion over the next 15 years per
its development agreement. The
problem is that the variance
The charge is a felony because
of prior convictions for the same
Deputy McGauley said Mr.
Davis fled the residence on foot
into nearby woods when police
were called, then later returned
attempting to re-ignite the fra-
cas. He was arrested a short time
A criminal complaint for bat-
tery will be filed with the state
attorney's office against Mr.
Rosier after Ms. Cannon said he
Police notified the Department
of Family and Children because
minor children of both Ms. Can-
non and the Rosiers witnessed
DCF was informed also of an
incident, the next evening that
'sent Maggie Wilkes, 2 of Mac-
clenny to the hospital for treat-
ment of a head laceration at the
hands of her brother.
Ms. Wilkes said BrockBrooks,
25, showed up at her address off
agreement includes a condition
that states any changes to Cedar
Creek's traffic mitigation plan
would be reviewed by FDOT us-
ing permitted traffic volumes in
place at the time of original ap-
proval. Although Mr. Bouthillier
did not return calls for comment,
County Manager Joe Cone said
he suspects Adrian hopes to.
eliminate that part of the agree-f
FDOT attorney 'Kathleen
Toolan said as of January 6, Mr.
Bouthillier had not yet filed an
initial pleading on the variance.
The deadline is January 15.
Islamorada Dr. about 7:20 and
became, angry at her during a
discussion of his responsibilities
as a parent. The brother allegedly
struck Ms. Wilkes' head repeat-
edly on a kitchen counter.
Deputy Matt Sigers arrested
Mr. Brooks in the parking lot of
the Kangaroo store on US 90 east
shortly after, and he was booked
for felony battery because of the
extent of Ms. Wilkes' injury.
The victim's two minor chil-
,dren witnessed the attack.
Dixie Curry, 41, was arrest-
ed for battery of her live-in boy-
friend Norman Best, 40, at their
home off Miltondale Rd. in Mac-
clenny early on New Years Day.
Mr. Best told Deputy Sigers
the girlfriend struck him in the
face during an argument over her
wanting to rave 'fie-residenceu
after they returned from an out-
ing earlier the previous evening.
The officer said Mr. Best's right
eye was bruised. He notified
DCF because the boyfriend's
two minor daughters were at the
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Septic Tanks Drain
City adjustment board
clears way for a family
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
A small family cemetery
planned on Woodlawni Road
next to the existing Woodlawn
Cemetery was granted reduced
setback requirements from the
City of Macclenny's Zoning Ad-
justment Board December 5.
Thomas Hodges, whose ailing
father Calvin Hodges will likely
be the first buried in the roughly
60-plot graveyard, agreed to re-
move one diseased pecan tree,
erect a gate and fencing around
the cemetery and plant land-
scaping along the property's
southwest boundary with Wood-
In return, he received more
than 40 feet off on the front yard
setback while side and rear yard
setbacks were reduced by rough-
ly 10 feet each.
Assistant City Manager Rog-
er Yarborough said the city was
BY JOEL ADDINGTON had to convince
Press Staff mand existed f
An almost two-year effort dedicatedito inc
by county planners to' establish That became ea
a 4000-acre industrial overlay the Jacksonville
district near Sanderson finally solidified and it 1
ended last month when the state's that container tr
Department of Community Af- new Asian ship
fairs (DCA) agreed to the coun- would be dumped
ty's plans, provided it meet a few heading through
stipulations. "We also ha
The district, known officially was not urban s
as the Olustee industrial develop- planned growth,
ment node, is four times larger ton.
than first imagined and located DCA also w
around the nexus of Interstate proval of the c
10 and US 90, a large swath of until the Florida
which is owned by Roberts Land Transportation s
& Timber Corp. of Lake Butler.
President Avery Roberts has
been planning an industrial park
there and the agreement with Pursuant to a
DCA will pave the way for zon- Jr. on behalf
ing changes to accommodate that
project, said Plaig director exception on
Ed Preston. ''" 33, Township
He said the overlay district acres in Bake
which serves as the, county's Agency (LPA
endorsement of industrial growth scheduled fo
within that area stalled in the County (
Tallahassee for a number of rea- Building 55
The comprehensive plan mentioned da
amendment creating the district with respect 1
was rejected twice by DCA, the request is
which prompted negotiation of a County Land
stipulated settlement agreement 3.05.12.a. 1 .C
between the county and the de- the Special E
apartment that was recently, ap- Department,
proved by both parties.
Mr. Preston said the county comments ma
to the Ameri
T & S ticTankspeclal accon
softeners & Purification at (904) 259-
i Fields ~ Iron Filters hearing.
e DCA the de-
for 4000 acres
sier as, plans for
traffic from two
ed onto 1-10 and
ad to argue it
prawl, but well-
" said Mr. Pres-
ithheld its ap-
a Department of
signed off on the
on new ground with the Hodge's
request because no one had ever
asked to establish a cemetery in
the city before.
"You have very little room
for plots and that's why we're
'here today," he said in reference
to the triangular parcel of only
about one-sixth an acre.
The land was annexed into
the city previously and recently
rezoned by the city commission
to industrial, which is the only
zoning category in the code that
Calvin W. Hodges Cemetery
Inc. was created to oversee man-
agement of the cemetery and
five members and two alternates
were chosen for the corporation's
board of directors.
"Hopefully in the next 30 or
40 years there will be only one
grave there my father's," said
Mr. Hodges. "We're probably
talking 100. years before this
cemetery is half full.".
county's traffic variance request
for 1-10, which was linked to
industrial growth demands ex-
pected from the port expansion.
The last conditions that DCA
tied to the overlay district regard-
ed wetlands. The department is
requiring the county adopt poli-
cies differentiating wetlands into
categories of most to least valu-
able. For instance, untouched or
pristine wetlands would be more
valuable man-made wetlands.
DCA has also stipulated that
Roberts Land & Timber com-
mit to leaving wetlands on the
northwest corner of its property
n application submitted by Attorney Hugh Fish
of Livia Williams Ruise to be granted a Special
property located north of CR :139 in Section
p 2S, Range 21, containing approximately 0.75
er County, FL. The Baker County Land Planning
k), will consider the request at a public hearing
r Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 7:01 p.m. in
Commissioners chambers of the Administration
North Third St., Macclenny, FL. On the above
ate, all interested parties may appear and be heard
to the Special Exception request. The purpose of
to be granted a Special Exception to the Baker
Development Regulations in reference to Section
.E. 1 Family Lot. Written comments for or against
exception may be sent to Baker County Planning
81 North Third St., Macclenny, FL 32063. Faxed
ly be sent to (904)259-5057. Copies of the Special
ay be inspected by any member of the public.in
Department, address stated above. According
cans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a
imodation or an interpreter to participate in this
should contact the Administration Department
5123 at least 48 hours prior to the time of the
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lVsitinggrandson wins luggage..
Seven-year-old Austin Kuzmicz and granddad Carmen Guimara, both of Brevard
County, were in Macclenny Dec. 6 and decided to visit the Baker County Histori-
cal Society's annual Christmas Open House event. The group held a raffle for a
gift of luggage and Austin had the winning ticket. The luggage was donated by the
J.C. Penny Store in Lake City. "We were certainly surprised and pleased to get the
phone call about his winning," said Mr. Guimara. "Austin was really excited."
PHOTO-BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
A motorist who was stopped
for speeding in north Macclenny
during the early morning hours
of January 3 ended up in jail
charged with drunk driving.
Deputy Matt Riegel said he'
clocked a 1996 Chevrolet pick-
up driven by Roger Bennett, 41,
of Sanderson at 49 mph in a 30
mph zone on SR 121 just before
2:00. The officer noted the ve-
hicle swerved twice on the road-
way after he got behind it, and
he stopped it just north of SRs
121 and 228.
Mr. Bennett failed several
field sobriety tests, and his
blood alcohol level measured
.:150 when tested at county jail.
Several other persons were
of the city
arrested the past week, all on
outstanding warrants including
one for military desertion.
John Waters, 21, of Macclen-
ny was wanted for being AWOL,
and he was arrested in the early
afternoon of December 29 on
Gregory Andrews, 26, no
address listed, was arrested the
evening of December, 30 for vio-
lation of a court injunction.
James Holder, 51, of Rai-
ford, already in county jail, was
re-arrested the morning of De-
cember 30 on an outstanding
warrant from Putnam County
for failure to pay child support,
and for failure to appear in court
in Bradford County.
Jewelry, drugs, safe
among stolen items
A safe containing about $900 The owner reported Decem-
injewelry, prescription drugs and ber 30 that someone had forced
cash was stolen from a woman open a rear door, damaging its
as she moved into a Sanderson frame, and apparently used a
residence December 29-30. bedroom for smoking marijuana
Rachel' Rhoden said the back as a large pile of tobacco and ci-
door to the home at 18573 N. gar wrapping was found on the
CR 127 was unlocked when she floor, consistent with the prac-
left about 9:00 pm because the twice of hollowing out cigars to
power had not been turned on smoke the drug.
yet. When she returned about Mr. Ferreira also found an ex-
5:00 pm the following day, she terior air conditioning unit val-
immediately noticed a Playsta- ued at about $1000 removed.
tion, valued at about $300, was An unknown suspect also
missing and then discovered broke a window and damaged
her small safe box was gone as an $800 door at 4736 Estates St.
well. on New Year's Eve.
The safe contained a gold Owner Sal Romeo said the
necklace gold pendant and last time he saw the $169 win-
gold wedding ring; $200 in cash dow intact was 6:00 pm. The
and more than 200 prescription damage was found about 11:00
pills of three different varieties, am the next day.
There were no signs of forced The same night a construc-
entry and the victim was advised tion site operated by Trinity Re-
to call the sheriff's office if any tail/Construction at 1160 S. 6th
other items were missing. St. was burglarized and more
A Macclenny property was 'than $4000 in tools and equip-
also burglarized at some point ment wpre reported missing. Su-
last month, said owner Todd Fer- pervisor Jimmy Conrad said he
reira. The residence at 506 Gris- left the job site about 8:00 pm
sholm St. has been under repair December 31 and returned about
for future rental. 6:45 am the next day.
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Two drivers on four-wheelers were arrested January 2 and charged
with fleeing a county deputy at high speed after he approached them
off Cow Pen Rd. to question them about firing rifles in the area.
Deputy John Hardin said he received a complaint of gunfire in the
neighborhood of Cow Pen and Noel Rd. about 5:00 and that Darrell
Norman, 20, of Callahan and a 17-year-old with a Jacksonville ad-
dress took off on ATVs as he approached them.
With lights and siren engaged, the officer said the pair raced east
on Noel, then south of Ray Givens Rd. where Mr. Norman's vehicle
stalled. He was arrested there, and the youth later at an address off
Sherman Ave. in Glen St. Mary.
The fleeing charge is a second-degree felony. The drivers were
also ticketed for reckless driving. Deputy Hardin confiscated two
rifles from the Norman vehicle for safe keeping.
Benjamin Baker, 21, of Middleburg was arrested January 3 on
two counts after he returned to his mother's residence off John Rowe
Rd. south of Glen despite an earlier trespass warning.
Christine Kramer called police ihat evening because her son would
not leave the premises. She had earlier obtained a trespass warrant
in Clay County when Mr. Baker appeared at her workplace seeking
money. He was doing the same thing that evening and told Deputy
William Hilliard she feared he would break into her residence.
About an hour after he was warned to stay away, the son returned
and his mother once again called police.
He was booked for resisting the deputy without violence by defy-
ing the trespass order.
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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
Pursuant to an application submitted by Osceola Land & Timber,
Corp., A Florida Corporation to be granted a Temporary Use
Permit in reference to Section 3.05.51 on property located south
of Reid Stafford Road and east of CR 229, in Baker County
Florida. The applicant is requesting a Temporary Use Permit
for the Site to temporarily collect and store DEP-defined clean
debris (concrete and/or roofing tiles) on the Site; temporarily
store and operate on Site a portable crushing machine to breakup
the debris; and to temporarily store the crushed debris on the Site
until it can be sold. The Baker County Land ,Planning Agency
will consider the request at a public hearing scheduled for
January 22, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible,
in the County Commissioners Chambers of the Administration
Building, 55 North Third Street, Macclenny, FL. On the date
above-mentioned, all interested parties may appear and be heard
with respect to the Temporary Use Permit request. Written
comments for or against the Temporary Use Permit request may
be sent to the Baker County Planning and Zoning Department,
81 North Third Street, Macclenny FL. 32063. Faxed comments
may be sent to (904)259-5057. Copies of the Temporary Use
request may be inspected in the Planning and Zoning Department
by any member of the public. According to the Americans with
Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodations or
an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact the
Administration Department at (904) 259-5123 at least 48 hours
prior to the time of the hearing.
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2008 Chevy HHR
Loaded Was $17,995
2008 Chevy Cobalt
Low Miles Was $17,995
2007 Monte Carlo 2008 Ford Focus Sport
One Owner Was $17,995 Loaded Was $17,995
Now $12,000 Now $12,000
2008 Chevy Uplander 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
Off Lease Was $17,995 Low Miles Was $17,995
Now $12,000 Now $12,000
2002 Chevy Avalanche 2006 Jeep Wrangler
4x4 Loaded Was $17,995 Clean, 1 Owner Was $17,095
2006 Honda Element
Locally Owned *.Was $17,995
2007 GMC Sierra Rg. Cab
One Owner Was $17,995
2006 Toyota RAV4
Local Trade-in Was $17,995
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, January 8, 2009 Page 6
Ten years ago, Baker
County teacher Anne
Lewis started a youth
leadership camp that was
held for one week during
the summer. A high school
student, Kendra Walker,
who had attended leader-
ship training workshops f
with Ms. Lewis, assisted J
her. It was so successful
that it was established as
an annual event.
The event needed to
have a distinguishing
name. Both women put on
their thinking caps.
"I remember Kendra
saying more than once that
the name needed to have a
lot of style," said Ms. Lew-
is. "I told her maybe that's
what it needed to be called,
The young assistant then
tackled the job of making
the name fit the mission
of the leadership camp.
.Ultimately, STYLE came
to stand for Specialized
Training In Youth Leader-
ship Through Education.
The camp targets stu-
dents in fifth through
eighth grades. It focuses on
building positive leaders
for the future and involves
a variety of structured pro-
grams dealing with drug
education, violence preven-
tion and character build-
ing. Guest speakers with
relevant professional back-
grounds present many of
the programs and the cur-'
riculum also involves team
building exercises and a
healthy dose of physical
activity and recreation.
The primary benefit to
camp participants is ex-
posure to opportunities to
build strong personal rela-
tionships with positive role
models and in turn become
role models themselves for
It began as a week-long day
camp, but gradually evolved into
overnight. It's held in different
venues and some of the loca-
tions have included Camp Weed,
Camp Blanding and the Florida
Bible Camp in High Springs.
SThe camp is set up to accom-
modate up to 50 campers. Over
the years, former campers have
often remained involved with
the program as youth leaders
when they reach high school.
Many even continue to partici-
pate with the camp in a leader-
ship role well into college.
According to Ms. Lewis, the
youth leaders raise funds for the
camp during the year via their
Christmas gift wrapping service
and a food concession booth at
the Olustee Battle Reenactment.
Each year the camp., has- a
different theme and all the pro-
gramming is designed to reflect
it. Themes in' the past have in-
cluded tribal council, family re-
union, Hollywood, happy camp-
Camp teaches life skills to
fifth through eighth grader
By Kelley Lannigan, Press Staff
Cathy Lewis showing off warm fiazzie boxes.
PHOTO BY KEU.EY L.\AN
er and the military.
For instance, if the theme is
Happy Camper, participants all
wear hats. Throughout the week
they have ample opportunities
to decorate their hats by earning
such items as badges, feathers
and fishhooks. Each item is a
merit prize for such accomplish-
ments as a clean bunk, punctu-
ality, enthusiasm and a good at-
The Hollywood theme cul-
minates in an Academy Awards
showY at the end of the week.
Campers can dress in tuxedos
and evening dresses as they walk
the red carpet to be recognized
and to present or be presented
"The tribal council theme is
popular and we pattern many
of the activities after the, Survi-
vor television show," said Ms.
Lewis. "However, we don't ever
eliminate anyone. Just the oppo-
Campers decorate their cab-
ins and even their bunks to re-
flect-the themes. This activity
has become a popular competi-
tion which the campers greatly
Team building exercises are
often very energetic and chal-
The Chocolate Bar Game is a
riotous. chaotic. aiempt to dash
to a: destination, dress in differ--
ent clothes, open a plastic bag,
peel the wrapper from a choco-
late bar, cut and eat it with a
knife and fork all before the
rest of the group rolls a dice the
comes up with the number six.
The Human Knot involves
positioning a group of people in
such a way that they must disen-
tangle themselves from a knot
into a straight line, while never
breaking their hold on each oth-
Even kick ball games may be
done as a group effort. .
"It's not just a single player
running for a base, it's the.en-
tire group," said Ms. Lewis. "It
changes the whole dynamic from
thinking "me" to thinking
Which is a main focus
of the leadership activi-
ties. The attitude is shifted
from always thinking what
could benefit the indi-
vidual to what can be the
best outcome for the entire
"And there is the usual
funny mischief you'd ex-
pect at camp," said Ms.
A bright yellow wooden
smiley face is used as the
mascot and gets dressed
up according to the camp
"Poor Mr. Smiley gets
kidnapped and held hos-
tage all the time," she said.
Some meaningful tra-
ditions have risen from
previous camp sessions.
One summer, a program
presenter learned one of
the campers was hearing
impaired. She happened to
be skilled in sign language
and translated the camp
'I1 song for the young man,
which greatly enhanced
his camp experience.
Today, the teaching of
sign language is always
t included in the carip pro-
The "warm fuzzy box"
is another well-established
tradition. Years ago, camp-
ers began making boxes for
each other and camp staff.
During the week, notes
would appear in the boxes,
always highlighting and
complimenting the owner
of the box on a particular
skill, talent, good deed or
other character trait.
"They all do this for
each other and it's amazing
what an affirming experi-
ence it is," said Ms. Lewis.
NIGAN I know for a fact that many
former campers who are
now grown up still have those
boxes, including me."
Ms. Lewis says that a sig-
nificant outcome of the posi-
tive experience of Camp Style
is a trickle-down effect which
has helped supply a ready pool
of quality camp staff..Former
campers come back from col-
lege and train the high school
youth leaders, The youth leaders
'begin cultivating the leadership
process in the younger campers.
It works as a self-perpetuating
Camp Style usually takes
place during, July, starting on a
Monday and culminating with
a Saturday ceremony to which
family members are invited.
There is a $150 fee which covers
transportation to the camp loca-
tion, room, boarndand all meals.
The camp makes every attempt
to try to provide financial aid if
a camper needs it.
For more information contact
Ms. Lewis at 904-259-7822.
The annual Martin Luther
King memorial parade will be
held on Friday, January 16 start-
ing at 10:00 am at Keller Inter-
Following the parade, a cere-
mony will be held with free food
Anyone wanting to partici-
pate should call Tommy Rollins
at 312-8336 or'25977721.
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A 35-year-old Macclenny man was arrested the morning of January
2 for attacking his father, mother and sister at their residence off US -
In addition to the trio of battery counts, the suspect was also charged
with sexual battery on his 21-year-old sister. Deputy Curtis Ruise notes
in his report that the brother admitted in a subsequent interview with
Investigator Brad Dougherty to the sexual allegations.
Deputy Ruise said he had to shoot an electric Taser charge into the
man after arriving at his residence about 10:00. He found the man in a
bedroom, and said he threatened to attack the officer while assuming
a threatening stance.
The father, 63, said his son kicked both his wife, 61, and the daugh-
ter, then turned on the father when he attempted to intervene. The sus-
pect also ransacked the kitchen, throwing dishes and other items. '
Criminal complaints were filed December 30 alleging aggravated
assault with deadly weapons against a Macclenny man and his step-"
son following an argument over ownership of a trailer.
Brian Hance, 25, said step-father Afidy Barefoot, ,45, pulled a hand-
gun during the argument off Jeff Starling Rd. about 6:30 that erupted
when Mr. Barefoot came to get the disputed trailer.
Mr. Barefoot told Deputy Claude Hurley he brandished the gun af-
ter Mr. Hance came toward his vehicle with a knife. Both Mr. Hance
and witness Mary Thornton denied that the former flashed the knife.
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Garden Club holidayflower gfifts to area seniors
Members of Garden Club of Baker County gathered at the home of Jackie Fowler to prepare their annual flower gift to the Coun-
ty's meal on wheels recipients: Pictured above are Alice Starling,.Jane Bennett, Jackie Fowler and Denise Melton. Proceeds
from the sale of cookbooks during the year and plants at the Christmas fair helped cover the cost of flowers and decorations
- thanks to all for their Purchases. Pholo courtesy of Pat Collier
of ex-wife earns man
a three-year state prison term
i A Sanderson man was sen- year-probation for James Poteet bond was ordered for A
tenced January 5 to three years in return for a no contest plea to cox Jr., who failed to a
in state prison followed by five misdemeanor possession of drug court on a charge of sale
years on probation after he paraphernalia. The state dropped livery of cocaine. Other
pleaded guilty to burglary of his a felony count of sale and pos- lated counts against him
ex-wife's residence in August of session of a controlled drug. their transferred to misd,
last year. Ronald Miller will be on pro- court or dropped.
t Steven L. Grimes, 38, plead- bation three years after pleading
,ed to a lesser charge of burglary, no contest to grand theft. The
felony criminal mischief and judge withheld adjudication of CrTUie-Injanuar
;possession of a firearm both guilt. Happy New Year .t
'also felonies. He gets credit for A year on probation and loversHap especially now t
:89 days already served in county restitution were ordered for affordable again! Come
jail and must serve the manda- Amanda Roberts, who pleaded for the first cruise-in of
,tory three years before release. no contest to felony credit card year this Saturday, Janu
The defendant was arrested fraud and guilty to misdemean- at 4:00 pm at the M,
;after breaking into the residence or credit card theft. Judge Nilon Hardee's located on SR
off Dollie Lane, stealing a fire- withheld adjudication on the first north of I-10. All clas:
arm and destroying a tanning count and declared Ms. Roberts rods and antiques welc
bed, door and Qther property. guilty on the second. well as the car-loving pu
uifdge James Nilon ordered An arrest warrant with no
,the sentence on his first day on
'the criminal felony bench.
In other cases, Judge Nilon
adjudged Donterio Wishop, 23,
!of Jacksonville guilty in the theft
'of jewelry and two pistols from
;a residence where he had been
;as a member of a work crew in
:late 2006. He will serve nearly
d20 months but get credit for 388
,days in jail. He pleaded no con-
Robert L. Ryan entered a
similar plea and was adjudged
,guilty of violating probation on
!a 2006 case of possession of the
.controlled drug Xanax and mis-
'demeanor possession of mari-
juana. His sentence will run one
year and one day, with credit for
66 days in jail.
. The defendant, 41, of Miami
Springs was arrested in Novem-
ber of that year at a Macclenny
residence following a fight with
Judge Nilon ordered a one
) all car
iat gas is
e join us
Two cases of stolen bank
cards reported this week
A Callahan, FL woman reported a case of credit card fraud to the
Baker County Sheriff's Office on December 29 after learning her
Vystar account had been charged with two purchases in Naples, FL
on December 23.
Kelley Durham said the purchases were at Publix and McDonald's
and amounted to $83. She learned about the apparent fraud when she
attempted to use the card and learned it was overdrawn. A college stu-
dent in North Carolina, Ms. Durham told Investigator Brad Dough-
erty she was not in Florida on the day in question.
In another case of petty theft, someone took a wallet, credit cards
and $211 cash from Charles Hopkins, probably on December 28 when
several persons were at his residence off Cow Pen Rd. northeast of
Sanderson. He told Deputy Michael Hauge a male named Ronnie
came with a friend that night and was the sole person who did not
stay the night at his residence.
An unsuccessful attempt was made that morning about 4:00 at an
ATM, his account record indicates.
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Lester Clark, 48,
dies December 23
Lester Clark, 48, of Sander-
son died Tuesday, December
23, 2008 at his residence fol-
lowing a brief illness. Born in.
Haynesville, Alabama, he was
the son of Margie Clark and the
late Lesley Clark. He attended
the public schools of Lowndes
County. In 1979, Lester moved
to Sanderson and began work-
ing at Northeast Florida State
Survivors include wife Lela
Parker Clark; children Dwan
Janas and Rhonda Long, both
of Lake City, Shanika Poitier of
Fayetteville, NC; mother Margie
Clark of Haynesville, AL; broth-
ers Will, Curtis Clark, Dwayne
Clark and Charles Clark; sister,
Ynonne Clark; seven grandchil-
dren; many nieces, nephews,
cousins and other relatives and
The funeral service was held
at noon on January 3, at Em-
manuel Church of God in Christ.
Interment and final rites were
January 5 at Mt. Carmel Baptist
Church in Haynesville. Arrange-
ments were under the direction
of Cooper Funeral Home, Lake
72, native of Glen
Geraldine W. Floyd, 72, of
Glen St. Mary died Tuesday
morning, December 30, 2008
at the Acosta-Rua Center For
Caring in Jacksonville. A native
and lifelong resident of Glen,
Mrs. Floyd was the daughter of
Harley E. and Arrie Hines Wil-
She was a former owner of
Jax Heights Sand, Company. inr
Jacksonville andtenjoyed fishing=
in her spare time. Mrs. Floyd was
a member of Dinkins New Con-
gregational Methodist Church in
Sanderson and was preceded in
death by son Jimmie D. Floyd
Jr. in 1992.
Survivors include husband
Jimmie D. Floyd of Glen; son
Harley Steven Floyd of Jackson-
ville; daughters Patricia (Leroy)
Washington pf Glen and Cheryl
(Ronnie) Morris of Jacksonville;
brother Harley E. Williams Jr. of
Orlando; nine grandchildren and
The funeral service for Mrs.
Floyd was held January 3 at
2:00 pm at her church with Rev.
Ernie Terrell officiating. Inter-
ment followed at Cedar Creek
Cemetery. Arrangements were
under the direction of Guerry
CR 127 N., Sanderson, FL
Sunday School 10:00 am
Morning Worship 11:00am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wed. Evening Prayer Serv. 7:30 pm
Pastor: Oral E. Lyons f
Ora Virginia Law,
75, of Wllborn dies
Ora Virginia Law, 75, of Well-
born, FL died Thursday, January
1, 2009 in the Suwannee Valley
Care Center after a short illness.
The Dover, Delaware native
was born January 5, 1933 and
moved to Wellborn 18 years ago
from Macclenny. Mrs. Law was
a volunteer at Hospice of North
Central Florida for several years
and a member of the Emmanuel
Baptist.Church, Macclenny. She
was preceded in death by daugh-
ter Lisa Law; sisters Margaret
Jarman and Patsy Sapp.
Survivors include husband
Dean Law of Wellborn; son
Douglas Dean Law of Macclen-
ny; sisters Marie Blair of Dover,
Verna Donovan of Newark, DE,
Sally Grace Johnson of Clay-
ton, DE and Emily Emerson of
Bear, DE; brother Walter Sapp
of Wellborn; four grandchildren
and one great-grandson.
The funeral service was held
11:00 am January 5 at the Mt.
Olive Baptist Church with Rev.
Bobby Law officiating. Inter-
ment followed at the Mt. Olive
Baptist cemetery. Arrangements
were under the direction of Dan-
iels Funeral Homes and Crema-
tory of Live Oak.
of Glen St. Mary
Muriel Norman Rosier, 74, of
Glen St. Mary died peacefully at
St. Vincent's Medical Center in
Jacksonville after a brief illness.
She wks born in Raiford and
lived most of her life in Baker
County. She was the daughter
of Sam Norman and Everett
Griffis Norman, Mrs. Rosier
was a homemaker and she at-
tended theCrhristian Fellowship
Temple in Macclenny. She was
a member of the Sanderson Re-
Survivors include Leo Ros-
ier, her husband of 54 years;
daughters Debbie (Wayne) Cain
of Glen and Robin (Jay) Wood-
Griffis of Starke; brother His-
ley Norman of Hampton; sister
Joyce Hill of Glen St. Mary; two
grandchildren and one great-
The funeral service was held
December 28 at 2:00 pm at the
Christian Fellowship Temple in
Macclenny with Revs. David
Thomas and Michael Norman
officiating. Interment followed
at South Prong Cemetery. Ar-
rangements were under the di-
rection of Archer Funeral Home
of Lake Butler.
77, diesJanuary 1st
Edward Moree Pearson, 77,
of Macclenny died January 1,
2009 at W. Frank Wells Nursing
Home in Macclenny. Edward
was born in Sylvester, Georgia
to Robert Pearson and Jessie
Bell Moree --
He was a "
since 1974, ,
after mov- .\
GA. He '-
ing, eating' Mr. Pearson -
Mr. Pearson was a people
person, a handyman and a per-
fectionist. He was predeceased
by his wife Eula Mae Pearson.
Survivors include children
Evelyn 'Marie Davis and Ran-
dolph Edward Pearson, both of
Perry, GA, Nina Elise (George)
Glass ofAlbany, GA, Gloria Jean
(Johnny) Burns of Newton, GA,
Beverly Ann (Greg) Starling of
Macclenny, Cathy Diane (Paul)
Williams of Hoboken, GA; sis-
ter-in-law: Bobbie Jean Bradley
of Albany; 12 grandchildren and
The funeral service was held
January 6 at 11:00 am at V. Todd
Ferreira Funeral Services in
Macclenny with Pastor David
Dinkins officiating. Interment
followed at Woodlawn Cem-
etery in Macclenny.
Rosiers say thanks
The family of Muriel Norman
Rosier would like to thank all of
the friends and family for the
food, flowers, cards and prayers -
during the time of our loss. We
would like to thank Pastor Mike
Norman, Pastor David Thomas
and the singers from. Christian
Fellowship Temple for the beau-
tiful service. Also, we would
like to thank Sheriff Joey Dob-
son and his staff for everything
they did. We thank God for our
family' and friends ho have
reached out to our family during
this very difficult time of bur
MAY GOD BLESS,
LEO ROSIER, HUSBAND
WAYNE AND DEBBIE CAIN, DAUGHTER
JAY AND ROBIN WOOD-GRIFFIS, DAUGH-
82, of Sanderson
Margaret E. Tarte, 82, of
Sanderson died December 29,
2008. She was born in Idel
County, North Carolina to Ed-
gar Witherspoon and Mattie
Gardner Witherspoon on April
29, 1926. She was a resident of
Baker County since 1983, mov-
ing from Jacksonville.
Mrs. Tarte was a member of
First Untied Methodist Church
of. Macclenny, and loved gar-
dening and arts and crafts. She
was predeceased by her loving
husband of 50 years, Charles
L. Tarte; grandson Gabe Burke;
two brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include daughters
Theresa (Michael) Dillman,
Kathy Burke, Debbie (John Ray)
Bennett; sister Ruth Waller;
brother-in-law Tommy Webb;
sister-in-law Vernice Jenkins;
six grandchildren, nine great
grandchildren; several nieces
The funeral service was held
January 2, at 10:00 am at her
church with Pastor Tom Pope
officiating. Interment followed
at Chapel Hills Cemetery in
Jacksonville. The arrangements
were under the direction of V.
Todd Ferreira Funeral Services.
From our family to your fam-
ily, we would like to say "Thank
You" for the food, prayers,
phone calls, flowers, visits and
thoughts during the loss of our
Daddy, Pe-Pa and brother. Spe-
cial thanks to Macclenny Primi-
tive Baptist Church, Elders Da-
vid Crawford and Mark Nunley,
Pastor Clayton McCormick, Ora
Davis, Phil Duval, the staff of
Wells Nursing Home, EMT ser-
vices, Fraser Hospital, the Baker
County Sheriff's department and
Guerry funeral Home. May God
Bless you all.
THE AUBREY MCCORMICK FAMILY
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Wednesday Service 7:00 pm
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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
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
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270 North US Highway 301
Locally Owned & Operated
Independent Pentecostal Church
Seventh St. & Ohio Ave., Macclenny
Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Evening Worship
Wednesday Night Service
Radio WJXR 92.1 Sunday
Sunday School 10:00 am
Common Ground Sunday 11:00 am
Common Ground Wed. (Teens) 7:00 pm
God Kids Sunday 11:00 am
God Kids Wednesday 7:00 pm
First Baptist Church
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Sunday School ....... 10:00 am
Sun. Morning Worship. 11:00 am
Sun. Evening Worship .. 6:00 pm
Wed. Eve. Bible Study.. 7:00 pm
Pastor Bob Christmas
87, diesJanuary 3
Gladys Evelyn Williams,
"G.G.", 87, a former resident
of Glen St. Mary, died January
3, 2009 in
ville, South I
where she .
ter Pam and
1921 in Ro-
bama, and Ms. Williams
ceased by her husband George
Survivors include children
Dianne (Dick) Mullaly of Jack-
sonville, Nancy Roberson .and
Sonny (Pammy) Williams,
both of Glen St. Mary, and Pam
(Buddy) Dennis of Johnson-
ville; 7 grandchildren, 18 great-
grandchildren and a very special
brother-in-law, Jack Jackson of
A memorial service will be
held January 14 at 11:00 am at
First Baptist Church of Glen
St. Mary with Pastor Randy
Williams officiating. In lieu of
flowers, the family requests do-
nations to the Morocco Temple
Cripple Children's Fund. The
arrangements are under the di-
rection of V. Todd Ferreira Fu-
David D. Woolf,
24, dies January 1
Mr. David Daniel Woolf, 24,
of Jacksonville died Thursday,
January 1, 2009 in St. George
GA. He was born in Orange
County, California and resided
in Macclenny and St. George
before moving to Jacksonville
three years ago. He was an iron.
worker :in the construction in-
dustry. He attended the Moniac
.Baptist Church, and was preced-
ed in death by his father Daniel
Survivors include mother
Karen Woolf of Jacksonville; fi-
ance Brandy Nicole of Maeclen-
ny; sons Davon Woolf and Na-
than Woolf, both of Macclenny;
brothers Christopher (Lindsay)
Woolf and Casey, (Angelica)
Woolf, both of Jacksonville; a
niece and a nephew.
The funeral service was held
at 3:00 pm on January 7 at the,
chapel of Guerry,Funeral Home
with Rev. Clifton Barton Jr of-
ficiating. Interment followed at
Perhaps you sent a lovely car,
or sat quietly in a chair.
Perhaps you sent a funeral
spray, if so we saw it there.
Perhaps you spoke the kind-
est words, as any friend could
Perhaps you sang a song that
we'll remember from day to
Perhaps you were not there at
all but prayed for us that day.
Whatever you did to console
our hearts, thank you and may
God bless you in every way.
Special thanks to: Pastor
George Smith, Pastor Lyriward
Bones and the St. James Baptist
Elder Joe Ruise, Pastor Videll
Williams and Minister Tarrece
Thanks for allowing God to
use you in such a special way.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
RUBY STEWART (LUCY) AND FAMILY
All are invited
Come join us in January! Rev.
Bobby Griffin will be preaching
Sunday morning January 11, 18
and 25 at Cornerstone Church in
New Hope for the Community
15902 US Hwy. 90
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
'Wed. Night Bible Study 6:30 p.m.
Videll 11 Williams -Pastor
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, January 8, 2009 Page 9
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Happy Birthday In Loving Memory
Bobby Balkcom Of
1/10/70-8/14/06 James "Jimmy" Lyons
K "I 13 A -1 1A t 11/0
Saturday we will celebrate
your birthday. You will be with
us in our hearts forever. I miss
and love you more every day. I
long for the time I can touch you
and tell you about my special
love for you. We were blessed
by our Father to have you for 36
years, not long enoughfor us but
the appointed time by our Father
He never promised us tomor-
row. I have come to know our
Father in a different way now,
He has given me a peace I never
hoped to have. I still grieve for
you and send you many tears be-
cause I miss you. I still question
why, but I know I will never get
that answer. A friend who lost
her son helped me to see Bob-
by's loss as him taking a trip.
God bless you for sharing that
with me. That is how I will sur-
vive your loss, my beloved son.
You took that trip before me and
when I take that trip one day
you will be there and say to me
"I have been waiting for you,
Mom, come and let me show you
.our new home." Whilewaiting
for the trip, and with our Father
to guide me with His goodness,
mercy and grace is how I will
survive until we meet again. You
are an inspiration in our family
and we hold our memories with
you in a special place in our
hearts and minds always. "You
are a winner!"
MOM AND DAD (JANET & BILL BOGGS)
In Loving Memory
It's been a year since you've
been gone and the hurt is still
as vivid as if it was yesterday.
This was your favorite time of
year and there wasn't a day that
we went to the woods that you
weren't with us. Our lives will
never be the same. You gave so
much life to those around you
and the memories will never be
WE LOVE AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH,
Jo ANNE AND CHILDREN
/I 3/ 4-/1 II/UO
God looked around His gar-
den and found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the
earth and saw your smiling face.
He put his arms around you and
lifted yod to rest. God's garden
must be beautiful because He
always takes. the best. A million
times we'll miss you, a million
times we'll cry. If love could have
saved you, you never would have
died. Even though you faced
death without fear, it was just a
matter of time that God put His
arms around you and whispered
"Peace be thine."
WITH OUR LOVE,
BRUCE AND TONYA
SED AND JONIE
CRYSTAL AND LOis
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Saturday, January 17th
at 1:00 p.m.
Call for info.
Kathy Dugger Harvey
Mt. Zion N.C.
121 North t 259-4461
Pastor Tim Cheshires
Sunday School 9:45 am
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wednesday Prayer Service 7:00 pm
Mt. Zion N.C.
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-
dom of God." John 3:5
A,- -- ,
f'ristian e'atiosai 380 N Lowder
Welcomes Evangelist Velma Childers
on Sunday, January 1 I"' at 5:30 pm.
Monday, January 1211 and Tuesday ,;'
January 131' at 7:00 pm. .-t""
Come and magnify the Lord and worship with us
Glen Friendship Tabernacle
Clinton Ave. Glen St. Mary
WJXR Radio Service Sunday... .8:30 am
Morning Worship Service ...... 10:30 am
Children's Church ............ 11:30 'am
Evangelistic .................. 6:00 pm
Bible Study (Wed.) ............ 7:30 pm
Rev. Albert Starling Home: 259-3982 Church: 259-6521
BY BOB GERARD
I don't go to a lot of mov-
ies any more, but The Day the
Earth Stood Still, was probably
my favorite science fiction mov-
ie when I was growing up, so I
couldn't really turn it down. That
was particularly the case con-
sidering the movie was showing
in I-Max, my preferred way to
watch a movie.
Going into The Day the Earth.
Stood Still, I knew two things.
First, it starred Keanu Reeves as
Klaatu, the alien who has come
to earth to determine whether to
annihilate all humans.
Michael Rennie starred in the
original and gave off an air of
aloof dignity. As one friend's re-
vue of this movie claimed, it was
the perfect vehicle for Reeves.
After all, Klaatu is expression-
less and unemotional. Nobody
does expressionless and unemo-
tional better than Reeves.
Second, it featured one of my
favorite movie lines, the enig-
matic Gort, Klaatu Barada Nic-
tu, a phrase almost as famous in
sci-fi lore as "May the Force be
with you." The phrase, which is
delivered to the giant metal robot
Black Confederate soldiers
will be the topic the evening of
January 10 at the Baker County
Courthouse, and the author of a
book on the subject will be the
Charles Kelley Barrow, com-
mander of the re-enactor Army
of Tennessee, is on-the program
entitled Prelude to Olustee lead-
ing up to next month's annual
re-enactment at the battlefieldin
west Baker County.
Larry Rosenblatt of Glen St.
Mary, the district commander
of the Sonse of 'o federate. et-
erans, which is sponsoring the
event, will speak about his an-
cestor Robinson B. Dugger of
the 6th Florida battalion. He died
in the Battle of Olustee in 1864.
The Baker County Historical
Society will serve refreshments
that evening. The program starts
at 7:00 pm. For more informa-
tion, contact Thomas Going at
210-6131 or e-mail goingsscv@
CHURCH OF CHRIST
573 S. 5th St. 259-6059
Sunday Bible Study 9:45 am
Fellowship 10:30 am 11:00 am
', \X'Wed. Bible Srudy
'f""-' 7:310 pm
Sanm F. Kitching
36 South 6th Street
Macclenny, FL 32063
that emerges from the space ship,
is a fail safe that keeps Gort from
destroying the world.
The story is simple. Space-
ships come to earth with the in-
tention of wiping out humanity
and saving everything else. Like
the flood that spared Noah and
his family, the earth is about to
be cleansed of humans, who are
ruining at a very fast pace. In
1951 it was a veiled warning to
superpowers bent on nuclear an-
nihilation; in 2008 it is a veiled
warning about ruining the planet
that sustains us.
Klaatu is befriended by sci-
entist Helen Benson. Jennifer
Connelly plays the role Patricia
Neal had in the original. Connel-
ly is terrific as usual, and is one
of the real reasons for watching
the film. In the original, her char-
acter speaks the famous line to
save the world from Gort. In this
version it is Reeves, who under-
'plays it until it is almost lost.
It's a terrific story with a lot
of relevance to today's society. It
was particularly fun to watch in
I-Max, which gives a better than
usual picture and phenomenal
Reeves is pretty bad, however.
It's always a wonder to me how
he keeps getting major roles.
Where it was possible to sym-
pathize with Michael Rennie it
is difficult to do so with Reeves.
His Klaatu is so flat and expres-
sionless that we get more out of
the giant, metal Gort.
Connelly is doing her best to
save the movie and her sub-plot
as a widowed step-mother to a
child missing his soldier dad is
pretty well fleshed out. She tries
to explain to the kid why she is
trying to save Klaatu when his
dad would have tried to kill. him,
but with little success.
The special, effects are very
good. Gort is a big upgrade from
his 1950s counterpart, although I
was very happy the filmmakers
chose to retain his appearance.
In all, this is a decent remake,
though it's not an improvement
on the original. It's probably a
better video rental than trip to the
movie theatre, however.
The Day the Earth Stood Still
is rated PG-13. I give it 2 out of
Soil board to meet
The Baker Soil and Water
Conservation District board will
meet on Tuesday, January 20 at
Taylor's Barbeque .on South 6th
St. in Macclenny from, noon-
1:00 pm. The public is invited to
in the Glen
9:06dm' Sunday School-' 6:30.p': Wednesday Dinner,
10:,0 ant Sunday Woiship& Praise, Prayer. Healing,'
HolyCoiunion Holy Communion
(904) 259-6689~ Glen St. Mary, Florida
I '2 mile S h off I10 on CR 125'. right in VNars'nr Rcad in the
S beautiful ( Glen St Mar, ,Vurser wat the histri Budder Afalhis Hmt.e 1 .4
I" Ji'rry Brown
Funeral Directors & Cremation Service, Inc.
Harry A. Brown, Funeral Director
H arryBrown has qqre than 40 years of experience in tho funeral service, indtstrg.
Since. 199~ he.ha been serving the famille of Bake County building his-reputation.
here onere fami"af' time. If you have had the uh"ofonate task of arranging the funeral
service of a loved one, you now know funerals can be very expensive, The National
Funeral Directors Association says the average cost ofa funeral Is over $6,300.00., Take
a good look at the prices below, call around and see how they compare, then call us and
see why people say Harry Brown is "the most trusted name in funeral service".
DIRECT CREMATION $895.00
This price includes professional services of Funeral Director, removal of remains in Baker County, Medical Examiner's Authorization Fee; cremation tray,
cremation fee, trip to crematory and state required paper work. Body weight over 300 Ibs. requires an extra fee. Extra fee for out of county removals. This
rate applies to Monday-Friday services only. Saturday & Sundays extra charge applies.
DIRECT BURIAL $3,495.00
This price includes professional services of Funeral Director, removal of remains in Baker County, standard metal casket, standard vault, trip to cemetery
, n Baker County, state required paper work, no viewing no embalming. Opening & closing of grave space included, but must have own grave space or will
need to purchase one in cemetery of your choice in Baker County. Body weight over 275 lbs. requires a larger sige casket, and therefore an extra charge.
Extra charge for out of county removals. This rate applies to Monday-Friday services only. Direct burials require burial within 24 hrs. of death. All Direct
Burials held over 24 hrs. will require refrigeration or embalming There is an extra charge for refrigeration and/or embalming. Saturday & Sunday services
extra charge applies. Cemetery regulations dictates when the earliest and latest burial will occut.
COMPLETE FUNERALS $5,995.00
This price includes professional services of funeral director, removal of remains in Baker County, embalming, standard metal casket, state required paper
work, trip to cemetery in Baker County, same day viewing and funeral ceremony at gravesite; standard vault, opening & closing of grave spade, but must
have own grave space or will need to purchase one In cemetery of your choice in Baker County. Extra charge for church or chapel service and of out county
removals. Over 275 lbs. requires larger size casket and therefore an extra fee. This rate applies to Monday-Friday services only. Extra charge for Saturday
& Sunday services. There will be an extra charge for all services starting after 3 pm.
Most Major Credit Cards Accepted. All Up To Date Life Insurance Policies Two, Years And Older Are Accepted. A 3% FundIng Fee Applies To all Life Insurance Policies Used To
Pay For Services. Checks and Cash Welcome. A $30.00 Service Fee Applies To All Checks Returned For Any Reason. Criminal Charges Pending All Uncollected Funds Paid By
Check. All rates quoted above are good until March 31, 2009.
, : -,; *'+
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS. Thursday, January 8. 2009 Page 10
Baker County students amongLPNgrads at LCCC...
These five Baker County residents were among 31 students who successfully completed the year-long training at Lake City Com-
munity College in licensed practical nursing. Graduating during a ceremony December 5 were Sara Richardson, Blair Rhoden,
Katy Rosamonda and Brittany Cook, all from Macclenny, and Martha Smith of Glen St. Mary.
Photo courtesy of Katy Rosamonda
COA is grateful
for all donations
Throughout the year the
Council on Aging receives do-
nations of articles, time, and
money that greatly benefit our
seniors. Some donations are
used directly for specific seniors
in need, but many go to our
Country Store and yard sales to
raise funds for senior activities.
A Harvest and Christmas
"Thank You" goes out to: Ben-
nett's Feed, Wal-Mart Distribu-
tion Center, First United Meth-
odist Church Men's Club, the
Garden Club of Baker County,
FPL, the Macclenny Moose
Lodge, Boy Scout Troop #150,
YMCA youth group, and to
"Santa Claus" and the three se-
cret Santas who made such a
special day for our senior cen-
ter participants. A special thank
you goes out to our Wal-Mart
Supercenter for hosting our "El-
der Angel" tree and to the com-
munity angels who picked a
name from that tree and touched
a senior's heart for Christmas.
The response from the com-
munity was overwhelming and
we hope to make this an annual
event. There are so many oth-
ers to whom we are thanl dill
and many who don't want to be
named but who are always there
to help. The would be no Meals
on Wheels without the terrific
volunteers who do the wheel-
Without the donations, volun-
teers and support from our com-
munity, we could not accom-
plish all that we do. It's great to
be in Baker County!
THANK You TO EACH AND EVERYONE WHO
HELPED TO MAKE 2008 GREAT!
THE STAFF AND SENIORS AT BAKER
COUNTY COUNCIL ON AGING
January 12 -January 16
Cold lunch plate, chef salad or pasta sal-
ad w/wheat roll or crackers and dessert
(when offered), 1% lowfat white milk,
1/2% lowfat flavored milk, orange juice.
Monday, January 12
Breakfast: Pancake and sausage on a stick,
fruit juice, milk
Lunch: Golden corndog or glazed sliced
ham with macaroni and cheese and a
homemade wheat roll, choice of 2 sides:
baked beans, raw veggies with dressing,
chilled fruit or juice choice and a roasted
peanut cup (gr 7-12)
Tuesday, January 13
Breakfast: Breakfast pizza, fruit juice,
Lunch: BBQ ribbette on a bun or baked
Italian lasagna with a slice of homemade
Italian bread, choice of 2 sides: garden
tossed salad, steamed green peas, chilled
fresh fruit or juice choice and a slice of'
Wednesday, January 14
Breakfast: Ham and cheese biscuit, fruit,
Lunch: BBQ chicken or beef nuggets
both served with rice and gravy, choice
of 2 sides: seasoned cabbage, tossed salad
with dressing, chilled fruit, orange juice
with a slice ofcornbread
Thursday, January 15
Breakfast: Cereal with slice of toast, fruit
Lunch: Roast pork with a homemade
wheat roll or pizza burger on a bun, choice
of 2 sides: mashed potatoes with gravy,
seasoned pole beans, chilled fruit, orange
Friday, January 16
Breakfast: French toast sticks with syrup,
peach slices, milk
Lunch: Shepherd's pie with a homemade
wheat roll or cold turkey and cheese
sandwich on a bun, choice of 2 sides: let-
tuce and tomato slices, steamed broccoli,
baked potato rounds
Our deepest gratitude
Once again, the family of Mil-
ton "Oshay" Johnson extends its
deepest gratitude to everyone in
Baker County and beyond for
every sacrifice made from do-
nations to encouraging words,
prayers and time dedicated to
helping Oshay and us.
Oshay sends a special thanks
to the Baker County commu-
nity for all the love and support
shown throughout the journey
from a devastating injury to mi-
raculous health and healing.
Over the past few months the
people of Baker County have
become an extended family of
mothers, fathers, sisters, broth-
ers and good friends. The jour-
ney back home seemed long and
difficult at times, but returning
home to the comforting embrace
of the people of Baker County
always provided reassurance
that everything would be okay.
Thank you for everything.
Milton "Oshay" Johnson
Have you voted
Make sure we know how
; you feel...
District-wide: Report Cards.
BCHS: Girls Basketball vs. Bald-
win (H), 6:00 p.m. Boys Bas-
ketball @ Ridgeview. Wrestling
@ Terry Parker. Auditions for
"Broadway in Baker," Audito-
rium, 2:00 p.m.
BCHS: Wrestling @ Terry Parker.
YMCA Basketball Clinic, Gym,,
8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
BCHS: Community Wide Prayer,
Auditorium, 3:00 p.m.
BCHS: Softball practice begins.
MES: Accelerated Reading Af-
ternoon, 3:30 6:30 p.m. School
Advisory Council Mtg., Media
Ctr., 8:00 a.m. PK/K: Acceler-
ated Reader. Night for Waller,
McCook, Lane, Nafe, Alderman,
5:30 p.m.; St. John, Hand, Home,
Betros, 6:30 p.m.
District-wide: School Board
Mtg., 6:30 p.m. BCHS: Boys
Basketball vs. Paxon (H). Girls
Basketball @ Ridgeview, 6:00
p.m. Mandatory Majorette Try-
out Parent Mtg., Bandroom, 6:00
p.m. BCMS: Basketball @ Yulee,
5:00/6:15 p.m. MES: School Ad-
visory Council Mtg., Media Ctr.,
8:00 a.m. WES: "Just Say No!"
Club Mtg, 8:00 a.m. PK/K: Ac-
celerated Reader Night for Row-
an, Bennett, Kish, Drummond,
Lucas, 5:30 p.m.; Wilkerson,
Combs, McLarty, Thompson,
Sweat, Kosier, 6:30 p.m.
WES: Merrie Melodies Club
Mtg., 8:00 a.m. Panther Pals
BCHS: Boys Basketball vs. Stan-
ton (H). Girls Basketball @ Clay,
6:00 p.m. Wrestling @West Nas-
sau. BCMS: Basketball vs. Rich-
ardson (H), 5:00/6:15 p.m. Band
Parent Mtg., 7:00 p.m. WES:
Good Morning Show, 8:00 a.m.
Contestants are being sought
for the 2009 Olustee Festival
Pageant to be held in the audi-
torium. of the Columbia County
school district building on US,
90 in Lake City on Saturday,
Girls and boys ages 13-23
months, 2-4, and girls 5-6 and
7-9 will compete at 2:30 pm.
Girls 10-12, 13-15 and 16-20
will compete at 6:00 pm. Con-
testants must reside in Baker,
Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee
or Union counties. Trophies,
crowns, savings bonds and edu-
cational scholarships are among
the prizes for the winners, who
will ride in the Olustee Parade
on February 14. Deadline for
entries is January 23. Applica-
tions can be picked up at the
Emily Taber Library. For more
information call Elaine Owens
WARREN BRINKER, deceased,
JAMES LANE, deceased and
RANDY HAMLIN, not known to be
Dead or alive, et al
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, pursuant to a
* Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above
styled cause, in the Circuit Court of Baker County,
Florida, I will sell the property situate in Baker Coun-
ty, Florida, described as follows:
A lot beginning at the Southwest corner of
the SW 14 of NW 'A of Section 5, Town-
ship 3 South, Range 21 East, thence West
328 feet, thence South 429 feet, thence
East 330 feet, thence N 79o E, 150 feet,
thence South 130 feet, thence:S 790 W,
50 feet, thence South 150 feet, to the
North edge of U.S. Highway No. 90 right
of way, thence N 79o E along North edge
of said right of way, 300 feet, thence North ,
651 feet, thence West 380 feet to Place of
Beginning. Comprising 8.5 acres, more or
less. LESS AND EXCEPT lands recorded
in Deed of Conveyance recorded in O.R.
Book 250 page 66 and LESS AND EXCEPT
right of way easements as recorded in O.R.
Book 262, page 321 and re-recorded In
O.R. Book 263, page 93, public records of
Baker County, Florida.
Parcel ID# 05-3S-21-0000-0000-0170
at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for
-cash, at the front door of the Baker County Court-
house, Macclenny, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on January
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court on
this 19 day of December, 2008.
T.A. "AL" FRASER
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Jamie Crews
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 02-2008-CA-000106
INDYMAC BANK F.S.B.,
JAMES FISHER JR A/K/A JAMES R. FISHER JR, et
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final
Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated Decem-
ber 18, 2008 and entered in Case No. 02-2008-CA-
000106 of the Circuit Court of the EIGHTH Judicial
Circuit in and for BAKER County, Florida wherein
INDYMAC BANK F.S.B., is the Plaintiff and JAMES
FISHER JR A/K/A JAMES R. FISHER JR; LISA
FISHER A/K/A LISA A. FISHER; are the Defendants,
I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash
at AT THE FRONT DOOR OF THE BAKER COUNTY
COURTHOUSE .at 11:00 AM, on the 27th day.of
January, 2009, the following described property as
set forth in said Final Judgment:
PART OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE NE 1/4
OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 2 SOUTH,
RANGE 20 EAST, BAKER COUNTY, FORI-
DA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DE-
SCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
FOR A POINT OF REFERENCE COMMENCE
AT TH SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID,
NORTH 1/2 OF NORTHEAST 1/4, THENCE
RUN SOUTH 88 DEGREES 45 MINUTES 18
SECONDS WEST ALONG THE SOUTH LINE
OF SAID NORTH 1/2 OF NORTHEAST 1/4,
A DISTANCE OF 272.25 FEET; THENCE
RUN NORTH 00 DEGREES 13 MINUTES 25
SECONDS WEST A DISTANCE OF 460 FEET
TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE
CONTINUE NORTH 00 DEGREES 13 MIN-
UTES 25 SECONDS WEST A DISTANCE OF
160.00 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 88 DE-
GREES 45 MINUTES 18 SECONDS EAST A
DISTANCE OF 272.25 FEET TO THE EAST
LINE OF SAID SECTION 35; THENCE RUN
SOUTH 00 DEGREES 13 MINUTES 25 SEC-
ONDS EAST, ALONG SAID EAST LINE, A
DISTANCE OF 160.00 FEET; THENCE RUN
SOUTH 88 DEGREES 45 MINUTES 18
SECONDS WEST, A DISTANCE OF 272.25
FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
A/K/A 10538 JONNY HARVEY ROAD, SANDER-
SON, FL 32087
Any person claiming an interest in the surplus
from the sale, if any, other than the property owner
as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim
within sixty (60) days after the sale.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court
on December 22, 2008.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Jamie Crews
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
The Baker County District School Board will
hold the following PUBLIC HEARING on Tuesday,
January 20, 2009, in the Taylor Church located at
County Road 250, Taylor, Florida beginning at 6:30
Approval of Revised School Board Policy:'
2.120 (Years of Service Defined for Ad-
ministrative and instructional Personnel)
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED AND ENCOURAGED
The documents will be available for preview at
the Baker County School Board Office located at 392
South Boulevard East, Macclenny, Florida beginning
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 (8:30 a.m. 3:00
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BAKER COUNTY,
File No. 08-CP-070
IN RE: ESTATE OF
JANET JIMMIE HIERS,
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of JANET
JIMMIE HIERS, deceased, whose date of death
was November 5. 2008: File Number 08-CP-070,
is pending in the Circuit Court for Baker County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is
339 East Macclennv Avenue. Macclennv. FL 32063.
The names and addresses of the personal represen-
tative and the personal representative's attorney are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other persons
having claims or demands against decedent's es-
tate, on whom a copy of this notice is required to be
served, must file their claims with this court WITHIN
THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OFTHE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands against dece-
dent's estate must file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE.
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF
THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS
OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH
The date of first publication of this notice is:
January 8, 2009.
Signed on the 25th day of November, 2008.
John I. Fishburne, III
Attorney for Personal Representative
Florida Bar No. 0977578
Purcell, Flandgan & Hay, P.A.
Post Office box 40749
Jacksonville, FL 32203
Telephone: (904) 355-0355
SHERRON LAURENE BERGER
707 Arbor Way
Aurora, Ohio 44202
FAIR HOUSING WORKSHOP
Baker County is a fair housing advocate. Baker
County will hold a workshop on Tuesday, January
13, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m., in the
Grants Office at the Baker County Administration
Building, 55 North Third Street, Macclenny, FL
32063. The purpose of the workshops to explain
the Fair Housing Ordinance for all protected classes
(race, color, familial status, disability, national ori-
gin, religion and sex). All interested parties are in-
vited to attend.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabili-
ties Act, persons needing a special accommodation
to participate in these proceedings should contact
the Baker County Administration Office at (904)
259-3613, at least 48 hours prior to the time of the
EEO/Fair Housing/Handicapped Accessible Ju-
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR BAKER COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 02-2008-CA-000226
WELLS FARGO BANK, NA' SUCCESSOR BY MERG-
ER TO WELLS FARGO HOME MORTGAGE, INC.,
BRIDGET R. FARMER, et al,
NOTICE OF ACTION
BRIDGET R. FARMER
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
22 QUAIL LANE
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FL 32250
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING
BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HERE-
IN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE
NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER
SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTER-
EST AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES,
OR OTHER CLAIMANTS.
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:. UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose
a mortgage on the following property in BAKER
A PARCEL OF LAND CONTAINING A TO-
TAL AREA OF 10.31 ACRES, TYING BEING
AND SITUATE IN SECTION 30, TOWNSHIP
2 SOUTH, RANGE 21 EAST, BAKER COUN-
TY, FLORIDA, MORE PARTICULARLY DE-
SCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
COMMENCE AT THE NORTHEAST COR-
NER OF SAID SECTION 30, AND RUN
SOUTH 89 DEGREES L7MINUTES 04
SECONDS EAST, ALONG THE NORTH
LINE OF SECTION 29, SAID TOWNSHIP
2 SOUTH, RANGE 21 EAST, A DISTANCE
OF 70.34 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION
WITH THE WEST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE
AN 80.00 FOOT COUNTY MAINTAINED
GRADED ROAD (KNOWN LOCALLY AS
COWPEN ROAD); THENCE RUN SOUTH
02 DEGREES 28 MINUTES 44 SECONDS
-EAST, ALONG SAID WEST RIGHT-OF-
WAY LINE, A. DISTANCE OF 539.28 FEET'
THENCE RUN SOUTH 01 DEGREE 03 MIN-
UTES 50 SECONDS FEET, CONTINUING
ALONG SAID WEST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE,
A DISTANCE OF 178.55 FEET; THENCE
RUN SOUTH 04 DEGREES 12 MINUTES
35 SECONDS EAST, CONTINUING ALONG
SAID WEST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, A DIS-
TANCE OF 210.40 FEET; THENCE RUN
SOUTH 00 DEGREES 01 MINUTE 48 SEC-
ONDS WEST, CONTINUING ALONG SAID
WEST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE A DISTANCE
OF 215.40 FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH
04 DEGREES 20 MINUTES 02 SECONDS
WEST, CONTINUING SAID WEST RIGHT-
OF- WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 268.72
FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH 05 DEGREES
14 MINUTES 28 SECONDS WEST, CON-
TINUING ALONG SAID WEST RIGHT-OF-
WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 804.75 FEET
TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF THE
HEREINAFTER DESCRIBED PARCEL OF
LAND: THENCE CONTINUE RUNNING
SOUTH 05 DEGREES 14 MINUTES 28 SEC-
ONDS WEST, CONTINUING ALONG SAID
WEST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, A DISTANCE
OF 427.92 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION
WITH THE NORTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE A
60.00 FOOT COUNTY MAINTAINED GRAD-
ED ROAD (KNOWN LOCALLY AS FRED
HARVEY ROAD); THENCE RUN SOUTH
88 DEGREES 57 MINUTES 09 SECONDS
WEST, ALONG SAID NORTH RIGHT-OF-
WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 1032.69 FEET
THENCE RUN NORTH 01 DEGREE 08 MIN-
UTES 31 SECONDS WEST A DISTANCE OF
424.60 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 88 DE-
GREES 54 MINUTES 47 SECONDS EAST
A DISTANCE OF 1080.26 FEET TO THE
POINT OF BEGINNING.
SUBJECT TO A 15.00 FOOT EASEMENT
FOR CLAY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC,
OVER, ACROSS AND ALONG THE EAST-
ERLY 15.00 FEET THEREOF. SUBJECT
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, January 8, 2009 Page 11
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Boys, girls' basketball
had great December
Wildcats make it
to finals in classic
Stallions'threes too much
From top down,
looks to pass, Darvin
Ruise defends a shot
No. 12 and Ike
Parker of BCHS mo-
tions for the ball in
the paint during the
finals of the Florida
First Coast Classic
on New Year's Eve.
The Wildcats lost the
by a 20-point margin
behind hot three-
point shooting from
seventh in the state.
The Wildcat boys' varsity
basketball team went into the
Florida First Coast Classic in
hopes of returning the trophy
to the BCHS gym. They started
brightly enough, with wins over
Madison County and University
Chrisrian. OBut it all came crash-
ing'dowi 'on New Year's Eve-
with a 20-point loss to the loaded
The Stallions used three-point
shooting and rugged defense to
keep BCHS on the back foot all
night long. Providence, unde-
feated and the 7th ranked team
Sin the state, just had too many
horses for the Wildcats.
The Cats -had an off-night
shooting the ball and whenever
they got close or went on a run
against the Stallions, Providence
struck back with another three-
pointer. In total, the Stallions
reeled off 9 three-point baskets.
Providence went up 12-4
early on and doubled its score to
take a 24-12 lead into the inter-
mission. Though the Cats upped
their level of play in the second
half, they still couldn't get close
Josh Wiseman led the way for
BCHS, but his 11 points were
well under his season average.
Delano Paige added 8 for the
The Wildcats got into the finals
with by winning their bracket,
defeating Madison County 63-55
behind six straight Blaine Finley
free throws in the opening round
game on Tuesday, Dec. 29.
The next night the Wildcats
met University Christian and
cruised to a 53-37 victory over
the Christians. The 3-6 Chris-
tians couldn't match up against
the speed and swarming defense
of Charles Ruise's Wildcats. The
Cats ran out to an early lead and
then held on to win their way
into the finals.
BCHS came out hot, outscor-
ing the Christians 13-5 in the
* first period. They still didn't al-
low double digits in the second
period, going on a 16-9 run. UC
played better in the second half
but couldn't chip away at the
Wiseman and Paige had a
dozen each, Finley added 9 and
Ike Parker 8.
The Wildcats resume their
regular season play without one
of their top shooters. Blaine Fin-
ley broke a finger on his non-
shooting hand in a game of pick-
up basketball and will be out for
The Cats travel to Ridgeview
on Friday before returning on
Tuesday to take on Paxon.
Here we are at the mid-season
pause in the Wildcat basketball
schedule and this gives us a good
opportunity to look back at the
season so far and see what's up-
coming for both the boys and the
girls. One thing is for certain at
the start of the new year De-
cember was a good month to be
a basketball fan.
The boys breezed through the
first half of their schedule in fine
form. Their only regular season
loss, came to the Madison Cow-
boys on the road. The Cats lost
a one-point stunner to the Cow-
boys in Madison.
The only other loss has been in
the finals of the First Coast Clas-
sic to a loaded Providence team.
Providence, one of the best pri-
vate school basketball teams in
the area, had a ton of talent and
the Wildcats just couldn't match
up to their three-point shooting.
Besides that, it has been a
banner season'thus far. The Cats
have gotten some outstanding
shooting from senior Josh Wise-
man, who leads the team in scor-
ing and is a good reboufider as
Delano Paige is the team's
second leading scorer and a very
aggressive player who is never
afraid to drive to the basket.
Blaine Finley has been improv-
ing rapidly and his free throw
shooting was instrumental in de-
feating Madison in a tournament
rematch of the only regular sea-
Coach Charles Ruise is get-
ting good effort from Chris Wal-
ton, Darvin Ruise, Chris Robin-
son, Ike Parker and the team as
Coach Franklin Griffis has to
be pleased with the way the girls'
team is playing. They are 7-4 and
have demonstrated consistency
missing in past seasons.
The only real concern for
Griffis are a pair of division
losses. The Cats lost by 5 to Rid-
geview and then were handled by
a very athletic Alachua Santa Fe
by 15 points. The Cats will have
a rematch against both teams and
though the Red Raiders will be a
handful, Baker High would like
to get some revenge on the Rid-
The Wildcats have gotten
good offensive output from Brit-
tany Ruise and Destiny de la
Pena. Kiana Parker and Meagan
O'Steen have been strong on the
boards for BCHS.
All in all, it's been a good start
to the season for both teams and
fans will be looking forward to
what the new year brings.
The boys square off against
Middleburg at home on Thurs-
day, but that contest is scheduled
to start early in light of the Flori-
da Gators national championship
game the same night. Junior var-
sity action will start at 4:30 pm
and varsity at 6:00 pm. The boys
will then travel to Ridgeview on
Friday with varsity games return-
ing to the normal starting time of
The girls hop on the bus to
Middleburg on Thursday and
host Baldwin on Friday in the
January 10 9am-12
January 17 9am-12
January 22 6pm-8pm
January 24 9am-1
proof of residence)
I and copy of birth
certificate to sign-ups.
ip-upto BCS championship too long
battle of the
He is man FAT I
in Miami, ___
all the other
bowl games seem to pale in sig-
nificance. That being said, here's
a few random jottings on what
I thought was interesting about
this bowl season:
As much as I like college foot-
ball, the bowl season is getting
too stinking long. There is no
reason whatsoever that the last
bowl game should be the second
week of January. I realize they
are trying to separate the BCS
title game. Fine. Rearrange the
bowls so that the national cham-
pionship is on January 2nd.
There were plenty of great
games and some yawners as well.
Oregon State beating Pittsburgh
3-0 springs to mind as a crashing
bore, while Utah defeating Ala-
bama in a similar fashion to Flor-
ida's win in the SEC title game
LADY Utes' finish
T GERARD undefeated
have as much
right as anyone to claim at least a
tie for the top spot. After all, the
knock on the Utes were that they
played a weakened schedule and
probably couldn't stand up to the
top teams. Former #1 Alabama
would certainly count as a top
USC will also clamor for a
top spot after they dismantled #8
Penn State in the Rose Bowl. I
still think either Florida or Okla-
homa could beat them in a close,
close game, but that USC defense
is very impressive. Mark San-
chez had a great game, but he is
no Tim Tebow or Sam Bradford
no matter what Brent Musberger
Perhaps my favorite game
of the bowl season was TCU's
17-16 victory over Boise State.
Here were two teams that barely
missed, being undefeated. TCU
lost by one point during the regu-
lar season or could have been a
titlecontender. .They're a team
everyone overlooks and have
had an outstanding record the
last four years. 'Their defense in
particular looked as good as any
I have seen all season long. Go
I have to hand it to the PAC
10. Everyone bemoaned the fact
that they were a weak confer-
ence, but they have shownin the
bowls they can match up favor-
ably with anyone. Watch out for
Oregon next season. They dis-
mantled a very good Oklahoma
State team and will challenge
USC for a Rose Bowl spot next
year, particularly if half the USC
team bolts for the NFL.
Probably the biggest surprise
I got this bowl season was how
Mississippi handled Texas Tech.
I was a big supporter of Graham
Harrell and the Red Raiders this
year and the Rebs beat them
up. They ran all over them miand
showed just why they were able
to beat Florida.
Look out SEC. Ole Miss is for
Check it out...
David P. Dearing
former Baker County Prosecutor
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King size waterbed, $250. 259-4977.
10,000 BTU air cofiditioner on wheels,
can move to any room, almost new,
$225. 755-4456. 1/8p
Kohler-Campbell piano, beautiful cabi-
net, excellent condition,. 37" high, $700
0B0. 631-7104. 1/8p
Little Beaver hydraulic post hole dig-
ger, Honda EMYF motor $2000 OBO.
259-4132 or 563-1322. 1/8-1/16p
Full size pool table $300 OBO. 200-
5338 or 200-5518. 1/8p
Artists! Oils, acrylics, water colors,
canvases, drawing pads and much
more! The Office Mart, 110 S. Fifth
Street, 259-3737. tfc
King size five piece bedroom suite,
dark wood $500. Four GM 17" six lug,
tires and rims, $500. 275-2852. 1/8p
Baby walker and high chair, good con-
dition, reasonably priced. 275-3007 or
588-3628, leave message. 1/8-15p
1994 Ford Ranger, five speed, four cyl-
inder, $1900 0BO. 1998 Dodge Ram,
excellent condition, $2800 080. 904-
1988 Camaro,,six cylinder, needs work
$250. 1991 Silverado, good work truck
$800. 912-843-2093 or 904-477-5561.
2005 Trailblazer, wife lost job, need to
sell, pay-off $16,000. 289-9635 or 382-
1988 Honda Accord, one owner, two
door, has new paint black, new breaks,
four new tires, a lot invested, needs en-
gine' $800. 571-0913. 1/8p
Do you have a junk car or truck to sell
or haul off. Call 259-7968. 1/10tfc
Do you need a helping hand? Trustwor-
thy female willing to do residential and
commercial cleaning including laundry,
shopping and errands. Call Emily 254-
2594. Licensed and insured.
Dogs: all types from puppies to adults.
Animal Control, $50 boarding fees will
apply. 259-6786. 11/20tfc
Ferret with cage and food. Free to good
home. 838-6022. 1/8p
Paint horses, pigs and Carolina fight-
ing game cock chickens, very reason-
able. Also, free dogs. 912-843-2093.
Registered Blue Pitbull puppies,
P.O.P. all shots and wormed $400. 259-
1336 or 386-546-6058., 1/1-1/8p
Pigs for sale, 60 Ibs. plus. 259-7071.
SAKC Labradors, healthy, happy puppies,
great lines, smart, great temperaments,
health certificates, s/w, etc. Must see.
259-8429 or 710-7931. 1/8-1/15p
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weekend. Apply in person at Macclenny
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Friendly, outgoing dental assistant
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Over 3600 total SF, 4 BR, 2Y2 bath on
one acre, detached garage, large front
and back porches, hardwood floors,
built-in entertainment center, all stain-
less steel appliances. $280,000 OBO.
259-6244 or 591-0261. 1/8-1/15p
4 BR, 2 BA house in Macclenny II, on
one acre. 509-8345. 1/1-1/8p
Two lots in Copper Creek, Unit III. Call
Land for sale,,ten acres four miles west
of Glen St. Mary, high and dry $74,900.
Owner financing in Baker County land-
houses-mobile, homes. EZ qualify. 904-
Custom 3 BR, 2 BA home in Glenwood
on 1 1/8 acre corner lot. Built in June
of 2005, many upgrades and extras,
$285,000. Call 259-8689 or 504-0573.
Designed for compact living, if you
want an open compact home, we can
build it on your lot. Call 1-800-879-3132.
License #FLCRC-057112. 4/1 Otfc
3 BR, 21/2 BA brick home 2300 SF, heat-
ed, with all electric appliances on large
lot in Copper Creek $255,900. Please
call 626-8428. 9/25tfc
2 BR, 2 BA singlewide with central H/A
on acre, carport, shed, fenced yard.
1997 40x24 doublewide Redmond
mobile home, 2 BR, 2 BA, one acre, new
4" well, septic tank and drainfield, one
mile north of Glen, shown by appoint-
ment only, $69,000 firm. 259-6546 day
or 219-2842 evening. 7/24tfc
4/2/2 with huge great room 1682 sf
with designer kitchen, covered rear
porch, high ceilings. Must see master
bath. From $145,000 built on your lot.
Call 1-800-879-3132. License #FLCRC-
057112. 4/1 Otfc
Own land? Use the equity. Your land
equity can be your down payment when
building. Ask 'how. Call 1-800-879-
31132. License #FLCRC-057112.4/1 0tfc
3 acres, high & dry, fish pond, homes
or mobile homes, set-up included,
owner financing or cash discount. 912-
Brick 3 BR, 1 BA house in Sanderson
on one acre, nice open floor plan with
attached covered carport, -offers an
additional hook-up site for mobile
home at back of lot, $149,000. Call 859-
BRING YOUR HORSES! MLS#459119
Beautiful 4BR/3.5BA cedar home on 9.3
acres. Four car garage, 3 fenced grazing areas
and pool with spa & much more! $474,500
MOTIVATED SELLER! MLS#453352 Will
consider any and all offers regardless of'
the amount. Very motivated seller. 2.29
acres, zoned commercial. Located 1/4 mile off
Interstate 10. $350,000
NEW CONSTRUCTION MLS#459993
This 3BR/2BA charmer sits on a good size
lot w/mature oak trees lining the property.
ALL BRICK BEAUTY MLS#445781 Lovely
home on 11.72 acres with in- ground pool,
upgrades galore and more! $374,900
THE TIME IS NOW! MLS#453883
Excellent location. 4BR 2BA 1978 SF fenced
rear, hughe mastercloset! Neutral colors A
must seetoday! $169,900
GREAT STARTER! MLS#461526 Move in
ready 3BR 2BA home with bonus /office
on almost / acre. All appliances included.
PRICED TO SELL! MLS#445803 This 4/BR/
3BA home has 2434 SF 42' cabinets, huge
eat-in kitchen. Separate living rm, dining
rm and so much more! $239,000
SPACIOUS HOME MLS# 443952 4BR/2BA
with pool. Concrete block home with brick
front. Offers over 1600 SF. Call for ah appt.
ADORABLE HOME MLS# 446054 Over 2100
SF with 3BR/2 BA Has volume ceilings,
upgraded lighting, upgraded bathrooms.
Fireplace. Priced to sell! $169,900
J,. *% Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am-1:00 pm, 7349 W.
78" Madison Street, Glen St. Mary.
S." Saturday, 8:00 am-?, 4448 Birch Street. Clothes,
..., '.,' furniture, appliances, electronics, lawn and garden.
Saturday, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, 4331 Dogwood. Misc.
items, ladies size 12/14, mens size 34, 36, and 38.
Saturday. 8:00 am-?, 6293 W. River Circle, down Miliondale. Shoes,
purses, small lady clothes, kitchenware, etc. Great prices, huge yard
Saturday, 8:00 am-noon, at Old Nursery Plantation, 7608 Glynn Allyn
Road. Furniture, clothes, misc. Bush hog and disc also.
. Saturday, 8:00 am-2:00 pm, at the corner ol County Roads 23A and
" 23C. Moving yard sale, everything goes.
MacGlen Builders, Inc. Brick homes in
Macclenny from $145,000-$210,000.
3 BR, 11/2 BA brick home approximately
1500 SF, large workshop, A/C unit 1/
years old, roof two years old, $129,900.,
904-866-5981 or 259-5437.12/18-1/8p
3 BR, 2 BA home on one acre, dead-
end road, quiet area, $850/month, $850
deposit, six month lease. 755-4456.
3 BR, 1 BA, front porch and large yard
$750/month plus deposit: 259-6849.
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide with central H/
A, fenced yard, located in Georgia Bend
$650/month 259-6101. 1/8.-1/15p
3 BR, 2 BA central H/A, fenced in back
yard and storage shed, 850/month plus
deposit. 259-6849. 1/8-1/15p
3 BR, 2 BA triplewide on two acres,
$1000 deposit, $900/month. 472-
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home in Glen St.
Mary, $150 weekly, no deposit. 910-
5434, Nextel beep 160*132311*2.
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide mobile home,
washer/dryer, dishwasher, on corner of
125 and Park Street in Glen St. Mary,
$850/month, first and last month's rent
plus deposit. 275-4600. 1/8-1/15p
2 BR, 1 BA apartment, large eat-in kitch-
en with bar, living room, laundry room,
nice area, $625/month. 861-8008.
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide Maxville, Clay
County, on one acre fenced, carport,
shed, three porches, clean and quiet
$850/month. 289-7784, 591-1763.'
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home like new, $700/
month, first month plus $500 deposit.
Glen area, service animals only. 259-
2 BR, 2 BA mobile home, central H/A
in Glen St. Mary, $600/month, $700
deposit. 386-758-3922 or 386-344-
Fire your landlord, build new. Your
payments could be lower than rent.
Call 1-800-879-3132. License #FLCRC-
057112. 4/1 Otfc
2 BR, 2 BA singlewide mobile home,
large closets, large utility room with
lots of storage, good neighborhood,
$600/month, First, last and $300 secu-
rity deposit. 259-5877. 1/8tfc
3 BR, 2 BA house two miles inside
Georgia, $700/month 386-972-6914.
2 BR, 1 BA apartment washer/dryer
hook-up, 231 South Third Street. One
year lease required, $575/month, $500
security deposit. 259-9797. t/8tfc
4 BR, 2 BA house in Baldwin, $795/
month. Also acre commercial lot,
downtown Macclenny. Nick 318-9019.
Prices are low, build new and save
money over renting. Call 1-800-879-
3132. License #FLCRC-057112.4/1 Otfc
3 BR, 2 BA house located in Maxville
area $650/month, $400 deposit. 361-
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home, central H/A,
no pets, $565/month, first, last plus
$300 deposit. Includes water, lawn ser-
vice and trash. 259-7335. 6/12tfc
3 BR, 2 BA double wide $675/month,
first, last and deposit. 3 BR, 2 BA single
wide $575/month, first, last and depos-
it. 259-9022. 11/20tfc
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide on 1/ acre
fenced in yard, $225 weekly, no deposit.
910-5434, Nextel beep 160-132311*2.
2 BR, 1 BA trailer on Mudlake Road, cen-
tral H/A, $400/month. 912-843-2739.
Houses for rent, 2 and 3 bedroom.
Georgia Bend, $500 and $600, furnished
'and unfurnished. 912-843-2093 or 904-
2 BR, 2 BA home on one acre in a quiet
neighborhood in Macclenny, service ani-
mals only, no smoking. First month and
deposit required $725/month. Call 259-
Nice apartment, 1 BR, 1 BA, kitchen in
downtown Macclenny, $495/month plus
deposit. 904-540-4450. 1/8c
For rent or FSBO, 3 BR,:2.BA doublewide
mobile home, very clean, partially fur-
nished with enclosed Florida room, deck
and storage building on fenced % acre lot
near 228 and 1-10 in Macclenny, $900/
month. 563-5023. 1/8-1/15p
Tammie Gray, REALTOR'
Watson Realty Corp.
1395 Chaffee Road S., Jacksonville, FL 32221
As a Realtor for several years and lifetime resident
of Baker County, Tammie Gray of Watson Realty
Corp. has become an expert on Baker County
Real Estate as well as many other areas in the
Northeast Florida region.
In 2007, Tammie became one of the few Real
Estate Agents to receive the Platinum Service
Award, which is the highest accreditation given
based on customer satisfaction. One of her
customers' said, "Tammie truly made us feel as though we were her
only customer. Never a phone call avoided or a question unanswered."
Tammie Gray's knowledge and experience has helped,her through
the years to satisfy hundreds of customers, and she can do the same
If you or someone you .know would like to buy or sell a home, please
don't hesitate to call Tammie at: 904-486-0738 to find out what
100% customer service truly feels like.
WA( nRat o 1) REA!
BRICK BEAUTY! MLS# 431773 Lovely 3BR/2BA
3016 SF offers marble fireplace, eat in kitchen, butlers
pantry & inground p6ol.
BRING EVERYONE! MLS#423992 Bring family, pets
and all the neighbors! This property will take care of
all. Bring all offers! $675,000
SECLUDED ACRES! MLS# 438950 13 Private &
secluded acres partially fenced with water & power
already installed. Close to everything.
PERFECT LAND! MLS# 408378 45.63 Acres! Great
for horses & agriculture.' CR121. Has older home & 2
rentals. Close to St. Mary's River. $699,000
CUTE HOME! MLS#452998 3BR 1BA stucco home on
approx. half acre lot. In the city of Macclenny. Must
GREAT STARTER HOME! MLS# 446670 3BR 2BA
1300 SF with nice fir plan w/split BR, almost new
appliances and much more! $163,500
SPACIOUS HOME MLS#440306 Boasts over 2000
SF with 3 BR/2BA and media rm. 2 car garage. Set
on 1.58 acres with pond and river view. Must See!
JAX RANCH CLUB MLS# 452129 Get away from city
by owning this spectacular vacant lot of 2.53 acres.
Come canoe and ride horses, $100,000
BEAUTIFUL MLS#440266 3/2 Custom brick home
on almost 2 acres. 2,332 SF. Enough rm in master for
office or sitting area. Lots of extras! $274,900
1395 Chaffee Road
RESTFUL HOME! MLS#448725 Enjoyable
atmosphere only minutes from Interstate & town.
Over 2,200SF. Many upgrades throughout. Don't miss
seeing this one. Call today! $194,900
VACANT LAND! MLS#417797 Only 3000/acre!
Investors & developers must see! Fastest growing
counties in FL!
HIGH&DRY! MLS# 428488 5.63 acres for you to build
your dream home! Surrounded by gorgeous homes,
Large pole barn. Homes only.
PRIME COMMERCIAL GROWTH LOCATION! MLS#
448655 36.27 acres of wooded land ready to develop.
Owner will sell as two parcels, but prefers to sell
RIVERFRONT! MLS# 448594 Gorgeous riverfront
property has it all! Sits on 37 acres & offers great views
from every angle! Custom hm w/ granite counters,
hardwood firs & more! $1,350,000
ALL BRICK BEAUTY! MLS# 441380 Just under 4
years new, this 4 BR/2 BA home in Settlers Ridge
offers a huge estate lot, 3 carside entry garage, formal
LR & DR, eat in kitchen and more! $294,900
GREAT LAND! MLS# 448623 Eighty acres ready to
be developed and built on. Owner will divide into
smaller parcels from 2.5 acres and up. Price will vary
according to size of tract, $880,000
Homes and mobile homes for rent
from $750-850 monthly. 259-3343.
Efficiency apartment all utilities includ-
ed, garbage, $525/month, first and last
months plus $300 deposit. 259-7335.
2 BR, 1 BA central H/A, washer/dryer
hook-up, dishwasher, upstairs unit
with balcony $545/month plus security
deposit. Located on W. Minnesota Ave.
Directly behind First Baptist Church.
3 BR 2 BA mobile home, garbage pick-
up, water & lawn maintenance provided,
$450-$585. 912-843-8118. 9/18tfc
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide on one acre,
fenced, pond, pool, garbage, located on
125 South, $850/month, $1150 depos-
it. 259-9066. 1/8-1/15p
2 BR, 1 BA brick home in city, fenced
yard, $800/month, first and last month,
$500 deposit. 813-5558. 1/8-1/15p
2 BR, 2 BA mobile home in River Heights
Mobile Home Park, $400/month, $200
deposit. 891-4053. 1/8p
Mobile homes. 2 and 3 BR, A/C, service
animals only, $500-$575 plus deposit.
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home, 121 North,
five miles from Macclenny. Water, lawn
services included, $500/month, $500
deposit. 259-3428, Nina. 1/8-1/15p
Wamon, Rellx Corp. RE.MYflR5
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1$82 2 BR, 2 BA, 95% restored, $2500
OB0. 904-537-5769. 1/1-1/8p
1997 Fleetwood doublewide mobile home
$6500, you move. 259-4473 or 545-1960.
Brand new 2009 Fleetwood 32 x 80
$69,900, delivered, set-up, skirting and
steps installed 259-8028. 12/11-1/8c
2609 Scotbilt 28x72, $79,900 2x6 exterior
wills, tape and textured throughout, deliv-
er, set-up, A/C, skirting and steps installed.
Must sell, brand new 2008 28x56
Floetwood $35,900 call 259-8028.
Office space for rent, prime location,
downtown Macclenny, $588.50 per month
plus deposit. Call 259-6546. 1/8ftc
1300 SF office space and 1000 SF office
space located on 121. 259-9022.11/20tfc
Commercial building for lease with 4,000
SF available, on main Macclenny intersec-
tion with plenty of parking space, call 259-
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Fill dinrt starting at $100 per load
Land Clearing Ponds Demolition
Air conditioners Heat pumps
24 hour, 7 day emergency service!
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All types of pest control
Call Eston Shannon or Bill
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Business Cards, Signs, Stickers
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, January 8, 2009 Page 14
Fireman recognized for most hours
responding with county department
BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
James Robinson of Macclen-
ny has been named Baker Coun-
ty Fire Department's Volunteer
Firefighter of the Year for 2008.
Mr. Robinson joined the depart-
ment one year ago.
The award was presented
during the department's annual
Christmas party Dec. 12. Ac-
cording to Mr. Robinson, he was
picked for the award because
during the past year he put in the
most response hours. Volunteer
firefighters are on call 24/7 and
respond to emergencies if they
"This was a total surprise to
me," said Mr. Robinson. "Es-
pecially since I've been on the
team so short a time."
Surprised and pleased by his
award, the relatively new fire-
fighter admits he always wanted
to work in the service of others.
"When I was in middle
school, they asked each child in
the class what they wanted to do
with their life. For me there were
only two choices a policeman
or a fireman," he said.
Mr. Robinson is a first re-
sponder and works as support
to the other firefighters during
structural fires. "We do what-
ever it takes to help get the guys
ready to roll," he said.
One particularly tough situa-
tion for him was the first time he
was called upon to help remove
the bodies of several persons
(from page 1)
said Mr. Griffis.
Commissioner Gordon Crews
agreed, saying that as a teen he
threw trash out of his vehicle
until a friend spoke up against
it. "He shamed me, but really I
was the one shaming myself," he
And although littering is a
problem, Commissioner Crews
said most of the garbage likely
gets blown' from vehicles as
they're driven to the collection
"Either no one notices or they
just don't care," he said,
Commissioner Michael Crews
observed that often the trash is
washed from roadside ditches
into wetlands or the St. Mary's
River. He's seen such pollution
on camping trips, he said.
Last year, in response to simi-
lar concerns, the county added a
second litter crew, staffed with
inmate labor and equipped by
the road department, to help
keep right-of-ways clean.
Michael Crews said that's
something he'd like to see more
of since Baker Correctional In-
stitute is nearby. "Those are re-
sources we ought to be benefit-
ting from," he said.
County Manager Joe Cone
said he intends to draft a request
for proposals from garbage col-
lection companies who seek to
"I also want to look and see
what our total expenditures are
right now," he said about the
county's cost for maintaining
the collection sites, trucks and
drivers; and expenses associ-
ated with the inmate crews like
a transport van, supervisors and
"When you stop and think
about it, I'm guessing we're
spending a lot," Mr. Cone said.
County residents pay a $50
per year garbage fee that offsets
the cost for operating collection
sites. Even at that rate though,
the county subsidizes the ser-
vice, which is something Mr.
Cone said could also be done
with household collection.
Also approved by the board:
Waiving a $7596 outstand-
ing balance from a housing loan.
to Lottie Wilkinson of Sander-
son, who fell ill and could not
Applying for a $6500 grant
to fund EMS equipment and
Renewal of a contract for
quarterly control and prevention
services related to aquatic weeds
and algae at Little St. Mary's
River Park off US 90. The new
annual cost is $976, up $40 from
the old agreement.
James Robinson displays his trophy.
who perished in a house fire.
"That was tough, but it was
what I was trained to do, so it
had to be done," he said. "I now
understand even more how 'im-
portant the work we do is."
Haven Hospice will be offer-
ing a volunteer training series in
the areas of patient and family
care, Pastoral care, administra-
tion/office support, speakers bu-
reau and community outreach.
The training will be on January
9th and 23rd, February 13th and
27th, and March 13th and 27th.
All classes will be from 9:00 am
- 4:00 pm at 8301 Cypress Plaza
Drive, Suite 119, Jacksonville.
To register for any of the above
series or for more information
call Sandra Francis, volunteer
coordinator at (904) 733-9818.
"PHOTO BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
Mr. Robinson says he espe-
cially likes being around the sta-
tion and enjoys the camaraderie
of the people there. His goal is to
complete all levels of firefighter
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2008: OUR BEST YEAR
I remember telling our congregation :,ack at the start of 2007, that it would be a year of testing. In 2007, the church was certainly
tested in many different ways. But the Macclenny Church of God done what it's always done in times of trouble and testing. We prayed
more, we worshipped more and we ministered more. We pulled together, tightened the ranks and stood strong. We passed the test.
Always in scripture, revival was preceded by times of brokenness, followed by times of repentance, followed by times of listening"
and obedience, and then, times of great blessing and deliverance. This revival that has come to our church has lasted all year. Every
time we gather to worship, something wonderful happens. As we look around our congregation now, it's seems like there's always a
new person hungry for the touch of God in their life. And; one by one there's always a new soul making it's way to our altars to find
something that their heart is longing for. It's not a new thing to see someone in trouble, or, under.conviction, get out of there seat
and walk the aisie, the problem is, for the most part they don't last long at all. But, this is has been different. These precious souls
have prayed'there way out of the darkness and have continued in this new life and have added to the strength of cur church. And,
I'm amazed as these new converts gather around the next new soul in the altar, to help pray them thru to a relationship with Christ
I'm amazed at the unity and the fellowship we have. I have never seen it like this in all the time that I have served as pastor The
church has truly become one body with compassion and concern for all. There is a greater desire to be with each other in fellowship
and worship than I have ever seen. Our worship services it seems have become revival services Every time the choir sings, they
sound like it's the first night of a long anticipated revival meeting. God has come to us with all that he has, and we are doing our
best to receive all, that we may do all, He has designed fi..r us to do. It seems to me that 2009 will be a year of ministry. poPqr haye
opened in the Dominican Republic, China, Mexico,. and in
Ecuador So, now we have much to do with whatGod has
blessed us with and by His grace and in His strengirti we
will go forward into the next year ready to reap the harvest
He has sel before us I am so thankful for the wonderful
opportunity God has given me to Pastor my home church
and I oo100k forward with great anticipation to whale God will
do in us and thru us in the coming days ahead
May God bless you all and may you have a wonderful
and Happy New Year'
Pastor Shannon Conner,
Macclenny Church of God