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Title: The Baker County press
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S" uday, J 7,anuary 22, 2009 Macclenny, Flord exceence in 2008

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on Blair


Press Staff
Blair. Nurseries Inc. lost an
appeal January 20 to continue
using a portion of its 200-acre
property off SR 121. south of
Macclenny for a shooting range
and other recreational activities
like hunting and fishing.
The Baker County Com-
mission heard arguments from
Blair Nurseries' representative
Tony Robbins, a planner with
Prosser Hallock in Jacksonville,
as well as about a dozen neigh-
boring residents who opposed
those uses.-
Blair Nurseries' owner
Charles Chupp was appealing
the Land Planning Agency's
(LPA) denial of his request last
month to use the land in ways
for which it is not zoned.
The property was rezoned in
2004 for residential and com-
mercial development through
a flexible zoning category
known as planned unit devel-
opment (PUD) where develop-
ment restrictions are negotiated
and placed in an agreement.
However, the Blair Nurseries'
PUD agreement doesn't include
-shooting ranges in its list of per-
mitted uses.
During the LPA hearing De-
cember 11, board members said
they denied the appeal because
the Chupp family described
plans to use the site for a law
enforcement outreach minis-
try of the River City Church of
Jacksonville, which some feared
could led to more intense use of
the shooting range.
However, Mr. Robbins said
his client had eliminated those
plans due to concerns from
neighbors and LPA members
that such an operation could
grow in the future.
"It's no longer under consid-
eration," he said. "We've heard
from the public. It's not an op-
Mr. Robbins also present-
ed photographs depicting the
shooting range in use by the
Chupp family and friends. He
said some were taken in the
1980s and others through the
1990s and into the early 2000s,
showing how the property had.
been historically used for rec-
reational church and family ac-
"Without the PUD, this
would be a continued vested
use," said Mr. Robbins, refer-
ring to land development regu-
lations that allow nonconform-
ing uses as long as they pre-date
the code's adoption in 1991 and
constitute a continuous use that
hasn't been improved, expanded
or relocated.
Nonetheless, neighbors of
(See page 6)



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icials tour port

Baker County jobs
When the group of 16 county officials and real
estate insiders got off the tour bus, all turned
their gaze upwards to
the towering cranes that stood at By
the edge of the dock on the new- Joe
est terminal of the Jacksonville oel
Port Authority.' Addington
Their guide, David Smolder, Press Staff
who oversaw construction on the
$220 million Matsui O.S.K. Lines
terminal and now serves as its operations manager,
said the facility had opened only four days before.
The cranes run about $10 million apiece and last
for 30 years. The saltwater marsh at the center of the
terminal was too precious to be disturbed and the ter-
minal is built around it. Everything going to and from
the docks is remotely inspected by video and radiation
scanners. By using roller-compacted concrete, about
$16 million was shaved off the construction cost.
These were just some of the facts offered to county
staffers, two county commissioners and a pair of devel-
opers who are planning industrial parks in Baker Coun-
ty. Those projects are envisioned to function as inland
iSee page 2)

Amulti-talented RenaissanceMan

Macclenny resident Forrest Smith'is a renais-
sance man. He's worked as a writer, photogra-
pher, carpenter and has played in various bands
over the years. Today, he is a member of the lo-
cal band Bluegrass Breeze.
When he isn't engaged in his current busi-
ness of general repairs, lawn work and commer-
cial painting, he might be r
fashioning hand-tooled, 42
painted leather items or
engaged in a decorative BBB'..
wood working project.
The pinnacles of this
talented craftsman's cre-
ations, however, are his
hand-made musical in- ,
"I've always had a lot of ',
creative energy," he said. ,
"My mom was an artist (
and growing up, I was al- *
ways drawing and paint-
ing something, too."
Back in the mid-1980s,
Mr. Smith lived in the
West Palm Beach area.
Even with all that creative
energy, he remembers sit-
ting around the house
one day feeling "bored
to death." Soon, he came
across a brochure in the
mail that advertised a kit
for making a lap dulcimer,
a well-known folk instru-
ment indigenous to the
Appalachian Mountains. ,
It wasn't expensive and he Forrest Smith pt

Press .taff

'ays a lap dulcimer. Also shown

decided to order it.
With no experience building such an instrument and not even the
proper tools to tackle the project, he improvised.
"They sent me the wood and a few instructions, but not much
else," he said. "I had to figure everything out, all the measuring
and dimensions. I cut it out with a hand-held coping saw and I used
clothes pins to hold the wood forms together."
--i, Building the dulcimer
from scratch also required
fitting the frets at the
proper intervals, installing
the tuning keys and string-
ing and tuning the instru-
/. He added his particu-
lar artistic signature by
S,',',' cutting the sound holes in
S,' the delicate and intricate
shapes of butterflies and
leaves. A wood burning
pen was used to trace the
leave's branch.
"I still have that first
dulcimer," he said.
It was a lot of work, but'
Mr. Smith experienced
great satisfaction in the
successful completion of
the instrument. After that
he was hooked and even-
tually ended up work-
ing as a luthier (one who
repairs stringed instru-
ments) at George's Music,
one of West Palm Beach's
well-known music stores.
In time, he became a cer-

is a hammered dulcimer and autoharp.

(See page 2)

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Two suspects from the Lake
City area, one of them a juve-
nile, are being sought for an
altercation in Glen St. Mary
the morning of January 17 that
resulted in a gunshot wound to
the foot of a third person.
Daniel Pinkston, 18, was
treated and released from the
Fraser Hospital emergency
room following the shooting
about 10:30 am at his residence
off Westside Dr.
According to the victim
and several witnesses, a 17-
year-old male from Lake City,
came at him with a wood club
during an argument over Mr.
Pinkston's younger sister leav-
ing the house. Mr. Pinkston
said a companion of the youth,
who he described as black with
dreadlocked hair, pulled out a
silver pistol and fired three
shots, one of which sent a bul-
let through his foot.
A warrant was issued later
that day for the arrest of the
unnamed shooter, and a crimi-
nal complaint for aggravated
battery will be filed against the
In another aggravated bat-
tery complaint, one will be
lodged this week against Jes-
sica Barton, 26, of Macclenny
for, allegedly grabbing Tabitha
Daniels,: 24, by the neck and
pushing her the morning of
January 14.
Deputy Michael Hauge said
the accused came to Ms. Dan-
iels' residence off John Allen
Rd. about 8:00 and argued with
her because the latter refused
to affirm in writing how long
she had been baby sitting her
boyfriend's child. Ms. Barton
is the child's mother.
The battery complaint is
more serious because Ms.
Daniels is pregnant, a fact that
Sshe told the officer her assail-
ant was aware of.


resident is

A one-time Macclenny resi-
dent became Jacksonville's
fifth homicide death of 2009,
the suspected victim of a drug
deal gone awry in the early
morning hours of January 18.
The body of James Carroll,
34, of Jacksonville was found
'in the front seat of his vehicle
parked on West 17th St., a
crime-infested neighborhood
of the northwest city. He had
been shot twice in the back of
the head.
The discovery was made
about 5:00 am.
Jacksonville police arrested
Jacorey Gelsey, 20, on Sunday
evening and charged him with
Mr. Carroll's murder. So far, he
is the sole suspect in the case,
and he was questioned after al-
legedly telling three acquain-
tances that he shot the victim.
Mr. Carroll, the father of
three, has relatives in the Baker
County area and lived here for
a time. Court records show an
arrest here last year for driving
on a suspended license, and
earlier for failure to present a

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Officials, developers see

jobs in port expansion...

(from page-1)
ports where shipping containers
are stored for transfer from truck.
to rail and vice versa.
The group toured the new
Matsui terminal as well as the-
Talleyrand and Blount Island
terminals of the Jacksonville
port the morning of January 14.
All were impressed.
"It's one thing to see it in pho-
tos, but it's another to see it on
the ground," said Tom Jones of
Jackson-Shaw, the Texas-based
development company with
plans for an industrial park, east
of Macclenny.
Mr. Jones and Avery Roberts,
another land developer on the
tour with plans for an industrial
center near Sanderson, hope to
profit from the large increase in
container traffic expected from
the port's ongoing expansion
into the Asian shipping market.
The port authority has signed
contracts with South Korean
shipping line Hanjin to build yet
another terminal over the next
two years.
Mr. Smolder said roughly a
million containers are expected
to move through each of the new
terminals every year.
"There will be some spill-over
to our project," said Mr. Jones.
Local officials are eager for
jobs from the inland ports and
other support operations like
truck maintenance and security.
County Commissioner Mike
Griffis called his first tour of the
port eye-opening.
"I didn't realize it was that big
of an operation," he said, add-
ing that the new terminals will
mean 5000 new jobs for the re-
gion. "Hopefully, Baker County
will get some of those."
Also attending the tour
were county planning .officials,
Commissioner Gordon Crews,
Chamber of Commerce Director
Darryl Register and representa-
tives from the Knabb family's
land holding company La Buena

Farms, which owns the site Jack-
son-Shaw hopes to develop.
Many in the group were in-
terested to know about the chal-
lenges uncovered in building the
new terminal. Permitting and
getting contractors to cooperate
were big ones, said Mr. Smol-
On the port in general, an-
other detail of high interest was
the amount of time it takes con-
tainers coming off ships to leave
Jacksonville. Mr. Smolder esti-
mated it at three to five days for
containers to move through the
port, arrive at CSX transfer sta-
* tions downtown or off 1-295 and
exit the area.
"With CSX being the only
option out here, there's no com-
petition," he said.
However, that extended wait-
ing period might work to Baker
County's advantage since con-
tainers could conceivably be
driven here by truck and trans-
ferred to rail all within the same
day. The inland port facilities
planned here were sited spe-
cifically for their access to CSX
tracks along US 90.
"The railroad is important to
both projects," said Mr. Roberts,
of Roberts Land & Timber of
Lake Butler. "It's an asset not
everyone can offer."
Mr. Jones was likewise opti-
mistic about the lag time.
"That's a big delay shipping
wise," he said. "That could be
a big plus for us. It's a one day
turnaround rather than a five-
day turnaround."
Mr. Register added that with
the facilities planned for Baker
County, a container could be
somewhere in the Midwest in
the time it takes one to leave
Jacksonville today.
County officials are also
looking forward to a tour of in-
land port facilities used by the
Virginia Port Authority in Front
Royal, Va. sometime within the
next few months.

(from page 1)
tified string technician through
'thf Fender, the company known
for its production of the famed
Stratocaster guitar.
When things were slow in
the store, Forrest Smith would
work on his own instruments.
The lap and hammered dulci-
mers, autoharps, psalteries and
violins he was making began to
draw attention from other musi-
cians. Word got around, his in-
struments began selling and his
reputation greyy.
"Quality-made folk instru-
ments aren't typically carried in
commercial music stores," said
Mr. Smith. "I ended up being
able to specialize and.sell what
I was making."
The instruments take time,
patience and care to construct.
A hammered dulcimer requires
about a month of work, putting
in several hours daily. Instru-
ment makers need to bring sev-
eral skills into play at the same
"You need to be a carpen-
ter, a mechanic, mathematician,
acoustical and structural en-
gineer," says Mr. Smith with a
laugh. "You need to know how
your selection of wood will af-
fect the strength and sound qual-
ity of the particular instrument
you choose to construct."
Spruce is a hardwood and re-
sults in a clean, higher-pitched
sound. Balsa is softer, muffles
vibrations and gives a more bass
tone. The size of the sound box
also effects the tone.
Mr. Smith still bends wood
by hand, using a method involv-
ing water, a blow torch and cop-
per tubing.
Wood strips are soaked in a
bucket of water until saturated.
A copper tube is then heated
with the torch. The soaked wood

strips are bent around the tubing
".and'the heat causes the water to
' turn to steam, making the wood
even more pliable. The water
also safeguards the wood against
scorching while the process is
repeated numerous times.
"The process is done in a
factory for commercially made
instruments, which means you
get copies of the same thing over
and over," said Mr. Smith. "Do-
ing it by hand results in a unique
instrument each time which I re-
ally like."
According to Mr. Smith, vio-
lins are challenging to construct
because much of the instrument
form requires very thin pieces of
"Yup, a violin is a tough one,"
he said.
Repair has been a major fo-
cus of his work with instruments
and has included everything
from fixing broken necks to re-
finishing damaged surfaces. Mr.
Smith remembers working on a
sitar with a damaged sound box.
A sitar is a classical instrument
native to India and its sound
box is constructed from a large
"The gourd had gotten badly
cracked so I mixed up some
paper mach6 and reshaped the
entire thing. After sanding and
painting, it worked good as
new," he said.

His repair work has run to the
unique at times. A customer once'
brought in a custom designed in-
strument that, to the best of Mr.
Smith's estimation, was a cross
between a harp and a mandolin.
I thought a hammered dulci-
mer was intimidating, but it was
kindergarten compared to this
thing," he said. "Whew!"
Mr. Smith admits he gets lost
in his favorite pastime and finds
it extremely relaxing and re-
warding: He loves the absorbing
nature of instrument making and
repair and can work for hours in
his shop beside his home with
little notice of much else.
"My wife may not have seen
me for eight hours," he said.
"She'll finally stick her head in
the door and say 'Ah, did you
plan to eat today?'"
Mr. Smith's instruments can
be seen at The Ivy Cottage shop
in the Midtown Center on High-
way 90 in downtown Macclenny.
Call him at 904-521-1988 or The
Ivy Cottage at 904-994-5595.

Completes basic
Navy Seaman Brindija Hen-
derson recently completed basic
and advanced,indiyidpal t rai n inning
at Recruit Training Command in.
Great Lakes, IL. Upon gradua-
tion from her training, she is
now assigned to Norfolk Naval
Station in Virginia Beach.
Brindija is a 2007 graduate
of Baker County adult education
program. She is the daughter of,
Mary Henderson of Jacksonville
and Clarence and Katina Jones
of Macclenny.
If you are interested in earn-
ing a GED, you can contact the
GED office at 259-4110.
Car seat safety
The Baker County Health
Department will be hosting a car
seat safety check event on Janu-
ary 28 from 10:00 am utill 1:00
pm. It will be held at the depart-
ment's overflow parking lot to
the right of the main building.
Come by and have your
child's safety seat checked by
certified car seat technicians.
There will also be car seats
available for purchase.
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Heres some presidential trivia

With the inauguration of the Sesame Street character,.
Barack Obama as the 44th although there is a stunning
president of the United States, resemblance.
I thought I'd supply you with VThe candy bar Baby Ruth

some Presi-
dential Fun
Facts. Natu-
rally, since
it's me, some
of these fun
facts are real,
actual, presi-
dential facts



and some are ... well ... made
up. See if you can pick which
is which. You might be sur-
V The famous Barack
Obama silk-screened posters
that have even graced t-shirts
and posters and the cover
of Time Magazine were the
work of former skateboarder
Shepard Fairey. He designed
one with Hope on the bot-
tom and it was picked up by
the Obama campaign early on
and soon became the defining
image of the new president.
Back in Andrew Jack-
son's day anybody could walk
in off the street and visit the
president in the White House.
So Jackson made sure that he
always had a round of cheese
available in the lobby for peo-
ple who were waiting to see
him. No word on.Ritz Crack-
ers however.
V Eight presidents were
born British subjects: Wash-
ington, Adams, Jefferson,
Madison, Monroe, John
Quincy Adams, Jackson, and
William Henry Harrison all
were born before the Ameri-
can Revolution.
V Though Barack Obama
is our 44th president, ,only 43
men have served the office.
Grover Cleveland was elected
twice. It is not true, however
that Grover Cleveland is the
great-grandfather of Grover

;. '2- ,- :

is named af-
ter Grover
daughter. She
was the first
baby born
in the White
House and
the public

. was enchanted by her.
V Gerald Ford was the only
president not elected by the
people. He was appointed
vice president after Richard
Nixon's vice-president Spiro
Agnew resigned and became
president after Nixon resigned
due to the Watergate scandal.
A tough time for the presi-
V It was so cold at the in-
auguration of William Henry
Harrison that the president
caught pneumonia and died in
office just a month later.
V Dolly Madison is an in-
teresting figure. She was at
the White House when the
British attacked and burned
it to the'ground in 1812. She
is credited with saving the fa-
mous Gilbert Stuart portrait
of George Washington. She is
also the first president's wife
to be called the First Lady.
President Zachary Taylor
called her that at her funeral
and the name stuck.
V George Washington is fa-
mous for having notoriously
bad teeth. His dentures were
,not made of wood, however,
but of bone. He did, however,
have a wooden puppet named
Pinocchio that he turned into
a real live boy by executive
V James Tyler was the pres-
ident with the most children.
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NEWS EDITOR Joel Addington
FEATURES Kelley Lannigan

Phone 904.259.2400 ~ Fax 904.259.6502
Mail PO Box 598,Macclenny, FL 32063

S Lincoln, Garfic
McKinley and Kennedy w
assassinated while in office
V The term lobbyist


coined during the Grant ad-
ministration. President Grant
liked to sit in the lobby of
the Willard Hotel and smoke
cigars. People who needed
favors would line up in the
lobby to see him. President
Clinton also liked cigars, but
that's another story.
'V The longest election was
not the 2000 election between
Geprge W. Bush and Al Gore
which took 35 days to decide.
The 1876 election between
Rutherford B. Hayes and
Sanmel Tilden took 115 days
to decide with Hayes winning
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, January 22, 2009 Page 3

Praise for animal control

officer; job she has to do

Dear Editor:
This letter is in defense of Baker
County's animal control officer Geor-
gia Monfort. I have to commend Ms.
Monfort on the type of profession she
has chosen. I can't imagine having to
deal with abandoned and abused ani-
mals on a daily basis, least of all hav-
ing to deal with the people who aban-
don and abuse
their animals.
Animal cru-
elty is an aw-
ful thing to see.
I have had the
pleasure of deal-
ing with Ms.
Monfort on many occasions. She
picked up one of my dogs (he can
climb a chain-link fence) on two oc-
casions. She has always been helpful
in returning him home. A few months
ago, one of my dogs attacked my oth-
er dog, which then required surgery.
I knew it was in the best interest of
everyone to have the dog destroyed.
What if he attacked my children when
they were outside playing?
When I brought him to Animal
Control, Ms. Monfort was so under-
standing and empathetic to my situ-
ation. You could tell that she did not
enjoy this part of her job, but it is just

that her job.
Thanks to Officer Monfort for the
care and compassion she showed to
me during a very upsetting situation.
No one is perfect but we need to re-
member, if a dog is held for 10 days
prior to euthanasia, why did the own-
er of the dog in question wait so long
to come claim the dog?
I understand
why you would
not want to tell
someone, es-
pecially some-
one you are ac-
quainted with,
that you had to
destroy their dog because they waited
so long to claim them. We need to
grow up and leam to take responsi-
bility for our animals and for their
There are leash laws that must be
enforced. Animal Control has enough
trouble taking care of all of the ani-
mals in their facility because we do
not take proper care of our animals.
Give them a little credit for having to
deal with this heartbreaking problem
in our community and thank them for
a job well done.
Cindy McGinley
Glen St. Mary

to avoid the tag, "the do-noth-
ing president." James Buchan-
nan was the only bachelor
president. Warren Harding,
JFK and Bill Clinton were the
most famous playboy presi-
V Lincoln was the tallest
president at 6'4" and Madison
the shortest at 5'4". It is not
true that Jefferson, another
6' president, used to sit his
vice-president on his knee put
his hand up his back and use
him as a ventriloquist dummy.
when he got drunk at parties.
That's just hearsay.
V Washington, among,
many other things, liked his
whiskey. The first president
had a whiskey distillery that
produced more barrels of
whiskey than any other in the
/As well as being the day
we declared our independence
from Great Britain, July 4th is
significant in presidential his-.
tory. John Adams, Jefferson,
and Monroe ,died on July 4th
and Calvin Coolidge was born
on that day. It is not true, how-
ever that John Quincy Adams
got third-degree bums when
he set his powdered wig on
fire celebrating the Fourth
with a Roman candle.
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Bias is evident against the arts and art education...,, the Florida
Times Union's online news Web site,
featured an article about potential
Duval County school district budget

cuts in the Life-
style section of its
January 19 edi-
The article
stated that music
and art teacher
positions are tar-
geted for possible
elimination to



help compensate for the district's an-
ticipated $139 million shortfall.
Disappointing, but not in the least
surprising. It's an old story. Art, mu-
sic, theatre and dance programs are
typically the first things to be.jetti-
soned whepi budgets come up short
or funding is threatened. If not elimi-
nated completely, these programs are
often severely pruned.
So severely, in fact, that what may
once have been a vibrant, enriching
dimension of the overall education
experience is reduced to only a shad-
ow facsimile.
Or eliminated altogether.
The arts seem to have always gen-
erally suffered from an unfair preju-
dice and been relegated to the back
burner as elective, less serious than
other academic pursuits or simply
unnecessary "fluff." *
That prejudice isn't just against the
programs, but also often against the
people involved in such pursuits. Not
everyone harbors this attitude, thank
goodness, but I have run up against it
quite a bit.
I once applied to work as a lab
technician for an allergist. The medi-
cal experience on my resume was
solid enough to get me an interview,
but the doctor's extreme prejudice
against my art degree prevented him
from taking me seriously. He said he
didn't have confidence that an "artis-
tic person" would have the ability to

perform the job.
Never mind that in addition to my
bachelor's degree in art education, I
had a certification in phlebotomy (I
graduated at the
- -- top of the class)
SACK and had previ-
ously worked in
a clinic that dealt
with schizophren-
ic patients. I also
.NNIGAN had experience
vaccinating ani-
The allergy tech position included
on-the-job training. It seemed to me
that my previous experience and cer-
tification, coupled with good recom-
mendations, was more than adequate
to suggest, that in spite 6f my second-
class bohemian degree, I had enough
common sense to grasp medical con-
cepts, understand medical jargon,
comprehend and perform exacting
lab tasks. "
No dice. He sent me packing with-
out so much as a second glance.
What, exactly, is the origin of
this negative, dismissive and perva-
sive perspective? I wish I knew. You
wouldn't get this attitude if you told
someone you were the coach of the
football team.
Research compiled by the organi-
zation Americans for the Arts shows
that children who regularly partici-
pate in a comprehensive arts pro-
gram are more likely to have higher
test scores and are four times more
likely to participate in a science or
math fair, win an award for writing
and be elected class president.
Bob Lynch, president of Ameri-
cans for the Arts, believes such pro-
grams are paramount to developing
the skills needed for the 21st century
workforce: creative problem solving,
effective communication, critical
thinking and teamwork.
Americans for the Arts recently
released policy recommendations to

be considered during the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Plan
initiated by Congress and President
When the Obama transition team
issued its comprehensive and detailed'
policy agenda it included supporting
the validity of the arts in American
society. That document states:
Our nation's creativity has filled
the world's libraries, museums, re-
cital halls, movie houses, and mar-
ketplaces with works of genius. The
arts embody the American spirit of
When the president of the United
States elects to recognize the role of
the arts, shouldn't that send a mes-
sage to officials at the public school
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks,
numerous school and community art
programs as well as museums across
the country suffered from funding
cutbacks, but the Washington Post
reported last year that many of these

groups, particularly those in the non-
profit sector, have been rallying since
Because education and enlighten-
ment, celebration and preservation
of human creativity are motivating
forces behi-nd arts programs, these
groups never stop campaigning to
make their programming available to
public schools, colleges, universities
and libraries.
If you give paper and a crayon to
a child not yet old enough to read,
write or compute a math problem,
what does the child do? Without hesi-
tation, that child starts drawing.
Think about it.

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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, January 22, 2009 Page 4

Deal could free BCDC of interest debt

BY JOEL ADDINGTON 90-plus acre site and increase: the value
Press Staff of surplus land the corporation hopes to
Baker Correctional Development sell.
Corporation may not pay interest on a "It Ithe easement] is probably worth
$195,000 county loan if the something, but it was worth something
Baker County Commission for them to [agree tol loan us the
approves swapping the extra The terms money," said Sheriff Joey Dob-
cash for rights to an access son during the BCDC board of
and utility easement to serve for the director's meeting January 20.
the county's new administra- loan hae Board member Larry Payne
tion building planned south loan have agreed.
of the new jail and sheriff's been under "I think it's a wash," he said.
complex. However, when the commis-
The terms for the loan have negotiation sion gave its initial approval on
been under negotiation the ast few the loan, board members speci-
past few months after co- the past few fied a number of ways to handle
missioners agreed, in prin- months... repayment: cash, land or credit
cipal at least, to give Baker for housing of local inmates at
Correctional Development the new jail. Danny Thomas,
Corp. (BCDC) the money. project manager for the new jail, said the
That commitment allowed construc- latter option would not be possible.
tion of utility upgrades along CR 228 to "The corporation doesn't function that
move ahead. The $195,000 is intended way," he said.
to cover the cost of those improvements, County commissioners also said they
which will upgrade service to the BCDC's wanted to get interest on the loan at a rate

Suspect in

The occupants of a residence
off Mitch Lane south of Mac-
clenny reported that clothing,
jewelry and frozen meat were
taken during a daylight burglary
on January 12.
One of the occupants, Mela-
nie Smith, ;reported the bur-
glary two days later, and said
it occurred between the hours
of 8:00 am-5:30 pm when a
rear door was pried open. She
named a former occupant who
has since moved out as a prime
suspect, and a. neighbor witness
allegedly told the second victim,
Michael Smith, that he saw the "
female suspect at the residence
that day.

thefts from residence

According to the incident
report by Deputy Jerald Peter-
son, witness James Wilson was
not available to confirm he saw
the suspect at the home because
there are several outstanding
warrants for his arrest.
In a second theft report, Wil-
liam Wall of Jacksonville told
police slightly over .$200 in
beer, food, drinks and a throw
rug were taken from his hunting
camp on L'il Dixie Dr. off CR
150 in north Baker County. Of
the loss total, half the value con-
sisted of gasoline taken from a
hunting buggy.
The victim told Deputy Ran-
dy Davis locks placed on a re-

Drug possession arrest

after stop for faulty ligh

Channing Parker, 20, of Mac- 229 and Friendship PI.. nor
clenny was charged with misde- Sanderson the evening of.
meanor marijuana possession af- ary 14 because it had in ex
ter his 1997 Chevrolet Suburban tag.
was stopped early on January 20 A computer check rev
for having a faulty headlight, that Mr. Myers' license had
Deputy Matt Sigers said he twice suspended. He was
spotted the vehicle near South ticketed because the tag ex
6th and Lowder about 2:45 am, more than six months ago.
and detected an odor of mari- Alex'Wilcox, 23, of
juana while questioning Mr. clenny was jailed for driving
Parker, who consented to a ve- evening of January 14 with
hicle search. It turned up small license. He was spotted on S
amounts of pot in boxes and a 6th by Deputy Sigers, who
shoe, along with smoking pipes. aware that Mr. Wilcox di(
Mr. Parker was also charged have a license.
with paraphernalia possession
and ticketed for not having a
driver's license on his person.
A 24-year-old male patient at
Northeast Florida State Hospital \
was also charged, with misde-
meanor marijuana possession
the morning of January 16.
An .employee saw the patient
acting suspiciously and' drop 305sc$1.49 pk
what turned out to be a plastic
baggie of pot into a laundry bas- $12.99 ctn
ket. LONGHORN $1.1

In other arrests, Curtis
Myers, 45, of Sanderson was
charged with driving on a li-
cense suspended twice before.
Deputy Patrick McGauley
said he stopped the 1999 Dodge
driven by the suspect near CR

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frigerator were broken to gain
entry. The camp is gated with a
chain-link fence. He contacted
police January 13 and said the
thefts date back to last August.
An ex-boyfriend was named
the likely suspect in a burglary
and criminal mischieff case. at
a residence off Chad Rd. near
Macclenny during the night on
January 17.
Cohen Crow told Deputy
John Hardin she and boyfriend
William Vaughn returned to their
residence after 10:00 am to find
DVD cases tossed into the front
yard and the same items scat-
tered about the living room. En-
try to the residence was through
a pried-open front door.
The couple said nothing ap-
peared to have been stolen.
Ms. Crow said the boyfriend
came to her place of work the
previous evening intoxicated
and threatened her. Interviewed
later the boyfriend denied in-
qo vneit.
eAidrea Brooks, 18,of Bry-
ceville was arrested for shoplift-
ing January 17 at the Walmart
Supercenter after a store security
worker observed her in several
departments stuffing merchan-
dise into a purse.
Ms. Brooks also allegedly
put on a shirt that she concealed
with a jacket before attempting
to leave the store. Other items
included clothing, jewelry and
wallet with.a total value of $78.


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equal to what the county would receive if
the money was still in an interest-yielding
County Manager Joe Cone attended
the afternoon meeting and said that once
a loan agreement is drafted outlining the
terms, including a repayment schedule
and any interest or lack thereof, it will go
before both agency boards for final ap-
proval before the money is transferred.
* In other business, the BCDC board
received a construction update from Fa-
cilities Director Tim Nunn on the new
jail and sheriff's office complex. He said
the project stands 69 percent finished and
remains on schedule for completion by
Local inmates will be housed begin-
ning June 1 and federal prisoners likely a
month later, he said. That gives federal in-
spectors time to inspect the new facility.
Also, about 74 percent of all man-hours
completed thus far have been local labor,
he said.

Returns from Iraq
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
Michael R. Hart recently com-
pleted a seven-month deploy-
ment to Ali Air Base, Iraq as a
member of Patrol Squadron 9
"Golden Eagles."
The squadron consisted of
155 personnel including 12 P-3
air crews plus support and intel-
ligence units.
CPO Hart is the son of. Ray
and stepson of Traci Hart of
Macclenny and the son of Ange-
la and stepson of Gregory Jack-
son of Green Cove Springs. He
graduated from high school in
Clay County in 2005 and joined
the Navy the following year.

G OP to meet
The monthly meeting of the
Baker County Republican Party
will begin at 7:00 pm on Tues-
day, January 27 at the historic
Mathis House on the Glen St.
Mary Nursery.
All local Republicans are
invited to attend. For more in-
formation, call Don Marshall at

Tasers resisting suspect

afier he fleesfrom police

A suspect fleeing on foot from a residence off Barber Rd. early on
January 19 was subdued with a taser charge after he grabbed a county'
deputy's flashlight and would not let go.
Deputy Bill Starling had chased and tackled Phillip Cannon, 29,
of Macclenny moments before in the parking lot of the McDonald's
restaurant on South 6th. Mr. Cannon ran from a wooded area where
he had been hiding when Deputy William Hilliard was called back to
a disturbance at the residence of the suspect and wife Krystal twice
in one hour.
Earlier the officer warned Mr. Cannon to stay away from his wife
or he would be arrested. The suspect admitted to ingesting the pre-
scription medicine Xanax but said he had nothing to drink. Ms. Can-
non, however, contradicted that and told the officer her husband had
consumed a beer.
Mr. Cannon was walking on Barber Rd. when Deputy Hilliard re-
sponded to the second disturbance call, and fled into the woods when
he spotted the officer.
Sgt. Thomas Dyal answered a call for help outside the McDon-
ald's and touch-tased the suspect after warning him to cease resisting
Cpl. Starling.
Mr. Cannon was booked for resisting arrest without violence and
disorderly conduct. The incident took place about 4:30 that morn-
In other arrests, Rashad Jones, 32, of Macclenny was booked for
domestic violence after an altercation with his live-in girlfriend at
their northside apartment about midnight January 20.
Demetries Murray, 30, told Cpl. Ben Anderson she locked the
front door following a verbal altercation with the boyfriend, and he
re-entered by kicking it down. Once inside, Mr. Jones is accused of
pushing Ms. Murray into walls in the presence of her 12-year-old
Mr. Jones surrendered to police in the Northwood Apartments
parking lot. The Department of Children and Families was notified
about the child's presence during the incident.


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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, January 22, 2009 Page 5

Nurseries brace for freezing temps again this week...
As a cold front grew closer to north Florida January 16, Claude Robinson (left), owner of Manntown Nursery on CR 125 south of
Glen St. Mary, wasn 't too worried about the freezing temperatures but covered a group-of palms, saying they and a few thousand
azaleas were the most at-risk with the low temperatures expected overnight. "But basically What I got is pretty hearty plants,"
said Mr. Rbbinson. "If it stays cold for a while, it could mess the buds up. It (the cold) can kill them." Temperatures were again
expected to dip below freezing January 20-21 after a slightly warmer weekend.
P1lloli 1Y Johl. ADDING ION

Burning car reported stolen

A vehicle found ablaze off
Possum Trot Rd. near Olustee
the evening of January 14 was
reported stolen in Jacksonville
Deputy Sgt. Greg Burnsed
said the 1996 Buick belonging
to David Baldwin of Jackson-
ville was a total loss. The fire
was reported to sheriff's dis-
patch about 9:30.
In other cases, a criminal
complaint was filed January 17
against Curtis Sapp of Sander-
son for allegedly damaging two
vehicles belonging to Alfred
Johnson of Macclenny.
The accused and Mr. Johnson
became involved in an argu-,

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The Town of Glen St. Mary
appears headed for adoption of
new procedures to prevent iden-
tity theft and fraudulent use of
account information of utility
The lengthy procedures re-
quired now by the Federal Trade
Commission and mandated to
be in effect for all public utility
managers by May 1 will be ad-
opted next month in resolution
Mayor Juanice Padgett told
the town council during a typi-
cally brief monthly meeting the
evening of January 20 that the
wording of the new procedures
was lifted in its entirety from the
FTC's recommended text.
Town attorney Joel Foreman
apologized,for not presenting
the resolution this month, say-
ing he was tied up in a Colum-
bia County trial last week. Mr.
Foreman's private practice is
Lake City-based.
The procedures range from
secure storage of sewer and
water customer information to
spotting "red flags" that often
portend attempts to steal account
information from outside the
system. Safeguards also bolster
account integrity from breach by
town employees.
Glen St. Mary has just over
130 utility customers, most for
water service and a handful for
The four council members
present (Perry Hays was absent)
concurred with the proposed
In other business, the coun-
cil approved a recommendation
from Glen's CPA to post prop-
erty as fixed assets only if its
worth exceeds $250.
Clerk and secretary Donna
Loadholtz, the town's code en-
forcement officer, reported that
one violation case will be pre-
sented to the county's Code En-
forcement Board. She has five
pending cases.

ment at a self-storage facility
on SR 121 south that afternoon.
Mr. Johnson told Deputy David
Murray that Mr. Sapp's vehicle
sprayed gravel in the direction
of both his 1997 Ford Explorer
and a van when he abruptly left
the area.
Harold Keinath joined in the
criminal mischief complaint for
alleged damage done by Mr.
Sapp to his driveway. The depu-
ty's report indicates an argument
ensued between Mr. Sapp and
Mr. Johnson, his former boss,
over, the former's removal of
furniture from a storage garage.
Sandra Wiggins reported the
theft of her son's bicycle from
their residence off Ivy Hodges

Rd. south of Glen St. Mary
overnight on January 13.
, Ms. Wiggins told Deputy
Murray her husband awakened
about 2:00 am and saw three
white teenage males in the vicin-
ity. The bicycle was a Christmas
present replacing another stolen
two months ago.

Credit card

thcft arrest
A man from the Blackbot-
tom section of southeast Baker
County was jailed on January
19, charged with stealing sev-
eral credit cards from a purse at
a Jacksonville night club.
Richard Rafuse, 21, was iden-
tified by a deputy sheriff who
viewed a surveillance video al-
legedly showing the suspect
making purchases at the Mac-
clenny Wal-Mart on January 19.
Sgt. Ben Anderson said he had
been tipped off by Jacksonville
police investigating the theft
complaint by Brooke Kestner of
Neptune Beach.
She said .the cards were taken
while she was at the Metro Club.
Her account record reflected the
fact that one of the cards was
used at the Macclenny store,
and JSO requested a video of the
Mr. Rafuse was taken into
custody for questioning, and
claimed the cards were taken by
Maria Hamblin, 51, a neighbor
who lives on Southwood Rd.
She was then arrested on an ex-
isting fraud warrant, and told
police she saw Mr. Rafuse take
the cards from a purse at the
club, and that he acted alone.
The video records the sus-
pect on two separate purchases,
one for $32 and the second for
The fraud count is a second-
degree misdemeanor.
In another fraud case, Doris
Smith of Macclenny told police
the numbers from her driver's
license and Social Security card
were used December 10 to open
an account at Navy Federal
Credit Union in Jacksonville.
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Horticultural agent Alicia Lamborn, standing at right, with first graders and teachers from Ms. McCart's class after planting a Swamp Chestnut Oak.

Arbor Day is an observance
that promotes the benefits of
trees in the urban environment
and encourages tree planting
and care.
Macclenny Elementary first
graders planted trees on the
school grounds as part of their
participation January 16.
National Arbor Day is cel-
ebrated on April 20, but indi-
vidual states have observances
at different times. In Florida,
Arbor Day is observed in mid-
January because of the state's
shorter winter season. It's the
first state to celebrate the obser-
vance each year.
The Glen St. Mary Nurseries
donated the ten red maple and
swamp chestnut oak trees plant-
ed on the grounds adjacent to the
school's second grade wing.
Bundled up against the cold
but nonetheless happy to be out-
doors, students listened as Baker
County 4-H extension agent Re-
nee Gore greeted each first grade
class as it assembled outside.
She gave theA'a 'brief expla-
nation of why Arbor Day is ob-
served and informed them that
across the nation, throughout the
year, one million trees will be
Baker County forester Andy
Lamborn, horticultural exten-
sion agent Alicia Lamborn and
several local master, gardeners
were on hand to help with the
tree planting.
The students reacted with
surprise when Mr, Lamborn told
them that-trees help them take
care of their teeth each morn-
The kids were intrigued, but
"Yes, it's true," he assured

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sentenced later in Jacksonville
federal court after entering a
guilty plea January 13 to down-
loading multiple child porn
images from an illegal Web site.
John Douglas Baldwin, 47,
faces a minimum five-year sen-
tence and could serve up to 20
years. A sentencing date has not
been set.
The media release from
the US Attorney's office in
-Jacksonville does not specify an
arrest date, but notes that federal
agents went to the Baldwin resi-
dence in August of last year.
They seized two computers,
and a subsequent investigation
turned up at least 148 images
of child porn. The downloads
occurred in 2007 and 2008.
Court documents indicate
that Mr. Baldwin's computer
address turned up in a broader
FBI investigation of an interna-
tional child porn ring. It began
with a forensic analysis of a
computer seized in Louisiana.
Telephone requests to a
spokesman for the US Attorney's
office this week for more specif-
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Back to the roots

By Kelley Lannigan
Press Staff

them. "Tooth paste actually con-
tains ingredients that come from
trees. A substance called cellu-
lose that's part of trees is used
to make ice cream and countless
other'products we use .every-
day." "
Throughout the morning,
ten classes took turns planting
their trees and posting laminat-
ed identification signs into the
ground next to them.
Students learned the proper
way to dig a hole and loosen up
the soil for planting as well as
information on proper watering
and how trees help control ero-
sion of the land and attract wild-
life such as birds.
Mr. Lamborn explained that
cold weather is the best time to
plant trees because they need a
few months of dormancy prior
to the beginning of the spring
growing season.

"The tree gets a bit trauma-
tized when its roots are cut and
balled up, it's transported, then
put back into the ground some-
where else," he said. "In the
winter the tree isn't very active
a:floesn't lodse 'nmuh water
through its leaves, so it's less
stressful to transplant it when
it's cold."
Planting the tree at the proper
depth and leaving a small por-
tion of the top of the roots ex-
posed is important.
When Mr. Lamborn asked
teacher Lesley Crawley's first
grade class if they knew of other
benefits people get from trees,
student Lane Rewis had a ready
"More oxygen!" piped the
first grader.
"Right," said Mr. Lamborn.
"Trees need to breathe just like
we do. If you pile dirt too high

around the trunk of a tree, it can
That goes for water, too. Al-
though frequent watering is the
most important thing to help
a newly planted tree get estab-
lished, a tree with a submerged
trunk runs the risk of drowning.
He explained how in nature
some trees, such as cypress that
tend to live in swampy, wet ar-
eas, have developed Ways of
coping with so much water.
Cypress trees send up "knees"
which are vertical extensions of
its roots extending above the wa-
ter line. This aids the tree in gas
exchange of oxygen and carbon'
dioxide and allows it to survive
if the entire root system is sub-
The students learned how
even the healthiest trees plant-
ed in ideal circumstances need
time, care and proper irrigation
to become established in the
landscape. Each class will be re-
,sponsib e for the care of its tree.

Blair Nursery appeal rejected..
(from page 1) LPA's ruling and denied the Blair
the Blair Nurseries property ex- Nurseries appeal.
pressed great displeasure at the "This property is PUD and
existence of a shooting range as far as this commissioner is
nearby. concerned, it's going to stay that
Celeste Reynolds, a mother of way," said Commissioner Alex
two, lives on five acres immedi- Robinson prior to the vote.
ately south of the parcel and said Commissioner Mike Crews
she bought her land with the as- said he lost faith in Mr. Robbins
sumption that more homes, not after the planner said a group of
-a shooting range, would be built photographs one of which in-
around her. cluded a man wearing a T-shirt
"That majorly devalues my with a post-2000 year on it -
property," she said, adding that were taken in the 1980s.
on one occasion she heard gun- "With all due respect Mr. Rob-
fire and "had to keep my children bins, you just lost all credibility,"
out of my own back yard." Mr. Crews said after pointing out
In response, Mr. Robbins the discrepancy.
noted that firing at the shooting Commissioner Mark Hart-
range is directed in the north ley made the motion to deny the
and away from of Ms. Reynolds' appeal and cited his reasons as
property. not wanting to set a precedent
In a unanimous decision met by allowing non-permitted uses
with applause from residents, the and the fear that such uses could
county commission upheld the grow in the future.

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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, January 22, 2009 Page 7

Touts use of 'Vial of Life' to save lives


May 1st wedding
Eddie and Tonda Griffis of
Macclenny are proud to an-
nounce the engagement of
daughter Lacey Griffis to Brent
Ruis, son of Bruce and Tammy
Ruis of Jacksonville.
Lacey is a 2002 graduate of
Baker County High School and
of Lake City Community Col-
lege, class of 2005. She is cur-
rently employed with the Baker
County School Board.
Brent is a 1999 graduate of
Baldwin High School and the
University of North Florida,
class of 2005. He is currently in
management at FedEx Ground
of Jacksonville.
Lacey's grandparents are Joe
z and Mavis Griffis of Macclenny,
Jane Tomlinson of Macclenny
and the late Robert (Tommy)
Brent's grandparents are Are-
ta Hensley and the late Jay Ruis
and the late Joe Cross and Bar-
bara Springs.
The ceremony will take place
on May 1, 2009 at Raiford Road
Church in Macdclenny.
After honeymooning in the
Caribbean, the couple will re-
side in Macclenny.

Thanks to Moose
Thank you to the Moose
Lodge in Macclenny for the
most gracious outpouring of
love with the auction held for my
granddaughter Kaylee Wheaton.
I was very .impressed with this
organization; they are not only
family orientated but commu-
nity orientated as well. I learned
about Moosehart, an organiza-
tion geared toward the needs of
special little children.
I cannot thank this group
enough, but I will be sure to tell
my precious little granddaughter
about these wonderful, caring
people. May God bless you all.
Sandra Wheaton

Deep gratitude
Our deep gratitude to so many
of you in our community who
called, stopped by and prayed
us through a most difficult time.
A special thanks to the sheriff's
department for all it did to help
find Clyde. Investigators Chuck
Brannan, Steve Harvey and Sher-
iff Joey Dobson were so kind
and helpful.
'We truly have experienced a
miracle in that our loved one was
found alive after over 4V2 days of
being exposed to the elements.
Our heartfelt thanks to all.
Clyde and Elaine Carey
Curtis, Adam and Sue Carey
Wendell, Ruthia, Cody and
Christy Crews
Thanks for support
Special thanks to all the or-.
ganizations, businesses, public
officials, public entities, private
and corporate donors and dozens
of others who helped make last
week's Martin Luther King Pa-
rade in Macclenny a success.
Rev. Tommy Rollins
and wife Marissa Rollins

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Daughter born
Bryan and Kathy Long of
Macclenny are proud to an-
nounce the birth of daughter
Zelica Alexandra Long. Zelica
was born January 5 at St. Vin-
cent's Medical Center, weighing
9 lbs. 7 oz. and measuring 20"
Maternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wheeler of
Macclenny. Paternal grandpar-
ents are Judy Long of Lakeland,
Fl and Paul Long of NC. Mater-
nal great-grandmother is Esther
Sirmans of Macclenny.
Zeli was named after her late
grandmother Zelma Wheeler.

Painter- Willis

Plans May vows
Priscilla and the late Michael
Willis of Steinhatchee, Florida
announce the engagement of
their daughter Pamela Willis
to Mr. George William (Billy)
Painter IV, son of Mr. and Mrs.
George William Painter III, also
of Steinhatchee.
The wedding date is May 9,
2009 in Live Oak.
Miss Willis is a 2004 gradu-
ate of Choctawhatchee High
School in Fort Walton Beach.
Mr. Painter is a 2000 graduate
of Baker County High School
and is currently employed and
resides in Ocala.

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Kathy Wymer-Lilly present-
ed a program on The Vial of
Life project at the Macclenny
Women's Club's monthly meet-
ing January 15.
Vial of Life is a national char-
itable, non-profit organization
whose purpose is to make vital
information regarding the status
of a person's health and medica-
tions easily available to medical
personnel or. caregivers during
an emergency. In this case, life
stands for Life Saving Informa-
tion for Emergencies.
"A couple of situations with
family and friends have recently
driven home to me the need to
have such information quickly
accessible," said Ms. Wymer-
Lilly. "And especially here, in
rural Baker County with folks
so spread out from each other,
every second counts."
The Vial of Life has been ad-
opted as a community project by
Ms. Wymer-Lilly and local Boy
Scout Troop 555 of which she
is a leader. The troop took part
in educating the public about
the project and passing out free
forms and red Vial of Life de-
cals during a fund-raising activi-
ty they sponsored at Cornerstone
Church on January 17.
The concept is simple but ef-
fective. The completed informa-
tion form is kept in a sealed plas-
tic bag which displays a Vial of
Life decal. The bag is placed on
the refrigerator by a magnet. An
identical decal is placed on the
front door of the residence.
First responders, fire-fighters
and other emergency response
personnel recognize the Vial of
Life decal on the front door of
the address they respond to and
know immediately to find the
information on the refrigerator
inside. A completed Vial of Life
kit should be made for each per-
son residing in a household.
The form includes a person's
name, date and place of birth,
address, height, weight, gender
and identifying marks. There are
sections for medical history, cur-
rent medications and treatments,
past conditions and allergies.
It also covers topics such as
insurance, directions for resus-
citation, pacemaker and defi-

brillator model
numbers and
emergency con-
tact names and
Such in-
formation is
invaluable, es-
pecially for
seniors, since .
their conditions I
and medications ,
tend to change
Informa -
tion can also be
stored on-line.
The information
is kept secure
and confidential
and can be eas-
ily updated and
printed out as
"During an
emergency, peo-
ple often can't Cath
think straight
when someone
they know is in physical distress..
When someone is having a heart
attack is not the time to be trying
to get their medical history or
hunting for their prescriptions,"
said Ms. Wymer-Lilly.
Copies of forms and decals
can be downloaded from the
Vial of Life web site at vialofli- High-quality printed de-
cals can also be ordered through
the Web site.
The program's national direc-
tor Jeffrey Miller recommends
also putting a Vial of Life form
in your wallet, in your glove
compartment, and in your child's
"It speaks for you when you
can't speak for yourself," he
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THE' BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, January 22, 2009 Page 8

" )bituaries

Donna Bailey, 36,

of Glen St. Mary
Donna Lee Bailey, 36, of Glen
St. Mary died Saturday, January
10, 2009 from injuries sustained
in an automobile accident. Mrs.
Bailey was
born in
Lake City
and lived
most of her
life in Baker
County. She
was an avid
Gator fan,
loved her
en joyed
listening to Ms. Bailey
music an spending time with
her family and friends.
Survivors- include husband
John Bailey Jr.; sons John Adam
Mann and Cleveland Andy
Mann; daughter Sharlie Marie
Bailey; mother Charlene Wright,
all of Glen; biological father
Charles Whaley of Lake City;
adopted father Tommy Wright
of GA; brother Todd Wright of
NH; sister Leigh Wright of FL;
numerous uncles, aunts and
The funeral service was held
January 17 at 2:00 pm at Chris-
tian Fellowship Temple with
Revs. Timmy Thomas and Tom
Holt officiating. Interment fol-
lowed at Cedar Creek Cemetery
in Sanderson. Arrangements
were under the direction of
Guerry Funeral Home.

Tine' Gwaltney,

95, ofJacksonville
Christine Ella "Tine" Gwalt-
ney, 95, of acksonville died
Tues'daiy, January 1g, 2009, -
ter a brief illness. She was born
January 7, 1914 in Atlanta,
Georgia, one of four children to
Arthur Monroe and Burnie Bell
Estes. She lived in Jacksonville
and Glen St. Mary most of her
adult life.
Ms. Gwaltney raised three
children and enjoyed the com-
pany of grandchildren, great-
grandchildren, great-great
grandchildren, nieces and neph-
ews, along with the rest of the
extended family. She loved doll
collecting, traveling with her
church group at Wesley Fellow-
ship, as well as gardening. She
was a wonderful mother and
grandmother, and her loving
nature and sweet smile will be
She was predeceased by her
first husband Daniel Parker, sec-
ond husband Teford Parker, her
late husband John Gwaltney;
daughter Wanda Richardson,
granddaughter Holly Dee Rich-
ardson, brother, Vernon Estes
and sister Irene (Alvin) Levan.
Survivors include son Don-
ald (Christine) Parker; daughter
Mary (Dewey) DeFalco ; broth-
er Arthur (Jean) Estes; seven
The graveside funeral service
was held January 16 at 2:00 pm
at Greenlawn Cemetery, Jack-
sonville. Arrangements were
under the direction of Hardage
Giddens Funeral Home, Jack-
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Wilbur Hall, 92,

retired carpenter
Wilbur Freeman Hall, 92, of
Sanderson died Sunday, Janu-
ary 18, 2009 at the Macclenny
Nursing and Rehab Center fol-
lowing a long illness. He was
born in Hampton, Fl and resided
in the Clay County community
of McRae for many years before
moving to Sanderson 21 years
ago. He was the son of Wilbur
Claude Hall and Mae Amanda
Lane Hall.
Mr. Hall worked as a car-
penter all his life and retired ih
1979. While he lived in Baker
County he made numerous con-
tributions to area churches. He
was a member of the Christian
Fellowship Temple in Mac-
clenny and was for many years
a member of the Gardara Baptist
Church of McRae.
Survivors include Dorothy
Hall of Sanderson, his wife of
70 years; daughters Susan Raul-
erson and Edie Hendrix, both of
Jacksonville; son Devon Free-
man Hall of Sanderson; two
grandchildren; two great-grand-
The funeral service was held
at 11:00 am January 21 at the
chapel of Guerry Funeral Home
with Revs. David and Tim
Thomas officiating. A graveside
committal service was held at
2:00 pm the same day at Oak-
lawn Cemetery in Jacksonville.

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

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

Jesus answered, "Verily, verily I
say unto thee, except a man be
born of water and of the Spirit,
he cannot enter into the king-
dom of God." John 3:5

Calvin Hodges Jr.,

82 of Ochopee dies
Calvin W. Hodges Jr., 82, of
Ochopee, FL died January 20
after a long illness. He was born
and raised in Miami where he
lived most of his life. Mr. Hodg-
es was a union ironworker by
trade, a farmer and musician at
heart. "Son", as he was known
by his generation, worked on
both the Kennedy Space Center
and the nuclear power plant at
Turkey Point.
He was predeceased by chil-
dren Calvin W. Hodges, III and
Susan Hodges Downey; sisters
Willie Freeman and Doris Mill-
Survivors include ex-wife
Ruby Hodges; sons Larry
(Elaine) Hodges, Edward (Es-
elle) Hodges, Thomas (Rosina)
Hodges; daughter Gale (Wil-
fred) Wilkerson; brother Jimmy
(Dixie Hoddges); sisters Kate
Wolfe and Margie McComas; 11
grandchildren; 13 great-grand-
The funeral service will be
January 26 at 11:00 am, with
visitation beginning one hour
prior at Archer Funeral Home,
Lake Butler. Burial will be at
the Calvin W. Hodges Fam-
ily Cemetery, Woodlawn Road,

Sincere thanks
We would like to thank ev-
eryone for the calls, visits, food,
cards, words of comfort and ev-
ery act of kindness and respect
that was displayed during the
loss of Shannon Ray Green. You
will never know how much your
thoughtfulness and friendship
means to us. We will forever
be grateful for the comforting
words of Brother Edsel Bone and
Brother Ray McKendree and for
the wonderful God-given musi-
cal talent of Mrs. Gail Griffis.

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Mitchell Wilkerson
Mitchell Dean Wilkerson,
48, of Macclenmiy died Sunday,
January 18, 2009 at his resi-
dence following a long illness.
He was born and lived all his
life in Macclenny and was the
son of the late Thomas J. "Tom"
Wilkerson and Maggie L. "Bob-
bie" Floyd Wilkerson. He was
employed as a tree surgeon with
Aspen Tree Surgeons for many
years. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include daughter
Candi (Lamar) Bryant of Bald-
win; sisters Judy Harris of Mac-
clenny, Paulette Darcangelo
of Fleming Island and Brenda
Thomas of Maxville; brothers
Tommy Starling, James, Rob-
ert, Danny, David, Maxie and
Ricky Wilkerson, all of Mac-
clenny; two grandchildren; his
companion Michele Davis of
The funeral service will be
held at 2:00 pm January 22 at the
chapel of Guerry Funeral Home
with Revs. Tommy Ledford and
Brian Graham officiating. Inter-
ment will be at Oak Grove Cem-
etery, Baker County.

Special service
Rev. Bobby Griffin will be
preaching Sunday morning
January 11, 18 and 25 at Cor-
nerstone Church in Macclenny.
Everyone's invited.

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identities of all the
occupants of a red
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01/12/03 was involved in
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Preaching Service 11:00 am
Sunday Night Service 6:00 pm

7:.00 pm

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

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

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Independent Pentecostal Church
Seventh St. & Ohio Ave., Macclenny

Sunday School
Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Evening Worship
Wednesday Night Service
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Youth Programs,
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

Sunday School

Wednesday Service

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

THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, January 22, 2009 Page 9

Mary Williams,

95, diesJanuary 13
Mary L. Edwards Williams,
95, of Starke died Tuesday, Jan-
uary 13, 2009. She was born in
Shellman, GA to Carl Edwards
and Alice E. Hayes Edwards.
Mrs. Williams, was a member
of West Jacksonville Primitive
Baptist Church and devoted her
life to God, her church and her
family. She was a resident of
Macclenny before moving to
Starke to live with her daughter.
Mrs. Williams was prede-
ceased by Monroe Lee Williams,
her husband of 40 years; son
Roger Allen Williams; daughter-
in-law Evelyn Williams; son-in-.
law Leonard McElhenny.
Survivors include children
Gerald Williams and Steven
M. (Barbara) Williams, both of
Jacksonville, Alice McElhenny
of Starke, Mary Jo (Danny) Lee
of Birmingham, AL, Stanley C.
(Joy) Williams of Soddy Daisy,
TN; brother Hal Edwards of
Jacksonville Beach; 14 grand-
children; 16 great-grandchil-
dren; two great-great grand-
children; numerous nieces and
The funeral, service was
held January 16 at 2:00 pm at
Macclenny Primitive Baptist
Church. Interment followed at
Taylor Cemetery. Arrangements
were under the direction of Ar-
chie Tanner Funeral Services,

In Loving Memory
Buster Padgett
It's been one year since you
were called home to Heaven.
God got a great husband, father,
grandpa and friend. You will be
missed and loved by all.
Saint Peter in the Glen
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A moment captured in time


Happy Birthday
Today is your birthday, Cuz,
without candles and cake. And
since you are not with us, we
will. not celebrate. We cannot
send you a birthday card, your
hands we cannot touch. So we
ask Gbd to give a message to the
one we love so much, and grant
us one wish to make it come
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Special to The Press
Albert Einstien once said, "A photograph
never grows old. You and I change, people
change all through the months and years, but
a photograph always remains the same."
A photograph is a moment captured in
time. It is a glimpse into the past; a reminder
of time gone past. It may depict an event,
a trip to some faraway place, a loved one:
It may be someone famous or a moment in
time that someone thought was important. It
is always a treasured moment.
The first photography was pioneered in
France by a French
painter named Louis
Daquere in the late .,
1830s. The Ameri- ;
can inventor Samuel
F. B. Morse is cred- .
ited with introduc-
ing this new inven-
tion to America in i:
1839. While in Paris
France demonstrat-
ing his new inven-
tion, the Electric
Telegraph, Morse
was captivated
when he viewed the
French invention.
Upon his return to .
the Untied States he
brought this inven-
tion with him and
the rest is history. .
America was intro-
duced to photogra- -
phy., ,.
SI suppose my fas- -.. -
cination with histor-
ical photography be-
gan around the age
of 12. During the
Civil War centennial my mother pur-
chased a book on photographs of the nt
American Civil War (or better known
as the War of Northern Aggression.) i.n
I was soon fascinated with the many do
photographs and was captivated for er
many hours. The result was that I was e
out of her hair and I wanted to know sol
more about these moments captured
in time. Little did I know where this fascina-
tion would lead.
Several years ago, I purchased the pho-
to accompanying this article from an an-
tique dealer in Jacksonville. It immediately
sparked my interest as to' who, what, when
and where:. This was a moment captured in
time. As I viewed the photograph, I noticed
several things: 1) It was obviously taken on
a beach in Florida. 2) From the style of the
clothes worn by the bystanders and the ve-
hicles in the background I judged it to be in
the 1920s. Upon close examination a date
could be made out on one of the vehicle tags.
It was 1922. An imprint on the bottom had
the photographer's name, Jack Spottswood,
Jacksonville, Florida.
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where would be easy. I typed in the name'
Sig Haughdahl in the computer and here was
the story.
Sigurd Olson Haughdahl was born Janu-

Mr. Ferry requests that Press readers who
resting photographs like the one accomp
this article to get in touch with him. You
that by calling the newspaper at 259-240C
y photo has a story, and as this article illusti
im of them can be quite interesting.

ary 10, 1891 in Norway and immigrated to
this country, settling in Albert Lea, Minneso-
ta in 1910. His racing career started in 1912
when he began driving a specially equipped
Indian Motorcycle in Minnesota ice races.
..By ,1918 he was racing cars on dirt tracks
all over the United States. The Norwegian
speed demon would bum up the tracks all
over the United States for the next 15 years.
Haughdahl would become the IMCA (In-
lernational Motor Contest Association) Na-
tional Champion for six years in a row from
In 1922, he built the car in my photograph.
It was named the Wisconsin Special after the
836 cubic inch cylinder Wisconsin Air Craft
Engine it contained. The engine was con-
nected directly to-the rear wheels. The car
was 16 feet long
and 20 inches wide,
Kennsporting 250 horse-
Kennelsm power. That had to
be wild to drive. In
nal Care this car, at Daytona
Beach on April 7,

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1922, Haugdahl set a world land speed re-
cord of 180 mph.
The irony was that Haugdahl was a
member of IMCA and not a member of the
American Automobile Association, the only
sanctioning body that could certify the speed
record at the time. Since he was not a AAA
member the record was not certified.
After racing all over the Midwest and
California, Haugdahl would move to Florida
sometime in the 1930s. By 1934, he retired
from auto racing as a driver. However, this
would not be the end of his involvement with
auto racing. This picture was that speed run.
In 1938, Sig Haugdahl was approached by
some of the Daytona
Beach city founding
fathers with the idea
of promoting auto
racing in the area.
Until this time the
beach had been used
for straight runs to
set speed records.
Now those attempts
had moved on to
i o the Bonneville Salt
Flats. His idea was
of forming an oval
course combining
a two-mile section
of Florida A1A and
two miles of the
beach connected by
turn on the north
MO and south.
-- The first race was
a disaster. The city
had put up a $5000
purse over the ob-
jections of some
S t,,' .....s of the city leaders.
.. o w cs' ad Some of them were
reported to have sto-
len and hidden the money and tickets
have for the event.
)anyv- Determined to see it through,
can Haugdahl ran the event anyway. It at-
can traced many top rivers from all over
. Ev- the country. The race was a flop and
rates, had to be stopped after 75 of 78 laps.
The course had become a junk yard
of wrecked cars and the corners were
virtually impassable.
Sig Haugdahl was still not finished. He
felt the concept would work. He enlisted the
help of an unknown local racer who ran a
small two-pump gas Daytona to
help him. Sig and that man,'Bill H.G. "Big
Bill" France, approached thie Elk's Cdub to
host another event in 1937. It was somewhat
more successful but still lost money. Haug-
dahl was finished he had had enough and
had more important things to do like raise a
family. Bill France was still young and eager
and would later use the experience to found
Sig Haugdahl left Daytona on June 13,
1938 and moved to Jacksonville, settling in
the. Springfield area on 220 East 7th Street.
Here he would raise four children and work
at the Superior Machine Shop on 5th and
Main Street until his death from a stroke
on February 4, 1970. One of his sons, Sig
.Haugdahl, Jr. currently lives in Interlachen,
Florida and I am indebted to him for the in-
formation shared in this article ... A Moment
Captured in Time.


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Oshay welcomed back with party atBCHS...
Oshay Johnson returned to Baker County High School January 16 for a party in the Wildcat gymnasium. Head football coach
Bobby Johns and others who've led the effort to raise thousands of dollars for the paralyzed player's medical bills shared some
heartfelt words before Oshay was treated to a song from local country artist Steve Branch and an uplifting cheer performance
from the Wildcat spirit squad. "When you wake up everyday and you think I can't do this or I can't do that, think of Milton. If
you do that, nothing in your life will be tough on you," said an emotional Coach Johns. "If he can do it, then the rest of us don't
have a lot of things to worry about." Soon the DJ cued up T.I.'s hit song "Live Your Life" 'and the bleachers emptied as Oshay's
classmates swarmed around him to greet the young man and pose for pictures.

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Offered everyday:
Cold lunch plate, chef salad or pasta sal-
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(when offered), 1% lowfat white milk,
1/2% lowfat flavored milk, orange juite.

Monday, January 26
Breakfast: Chicken biscuit, peach slices,
Lunch: Hamburger or hot dog on a bun,
choice of 2 sides: baked french fries, let-
tuce and tomato slices, creamy coleslaw
Tuesday, January 27
Breakfast: Pancake and sausage on a stick,
fruit juice, milk
Lunch: Tasty chili with beans and a home-
made wheat roll or a cold ham and cheese
sandwich, choice of 2 sides: baked potato
rounds, steamed yellow squash, chilled,
fruit, juice
Wednesday, January 28
Breakfast: Breakfast burrito, peach slic-
es, milk
Lunch: Pepperoni pizza slice or chunky
chicken noodle soup with a homemade
wheat roll, choice of 2 sides: seasoned
mixed vegetables, tossed salad, chilled
fruit, juice
Thursday, January 29
Breakfast: Sausage biscuit, fruit juice,
Lunch: Taco salad with a homemade
wheat roll or grilled ham and cheese sand-
wich, choice of 2 sides: golden corn, let-
tuce and tomato blend, chilled fruit, juice
Friday, January 30
Breakfast: Cereal with a slice of toast,
fruit juice, milk
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chicken nuggets with a homemade wheat
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are B CMS students
Sixteen members of the Bak-
er County Middle School Band
earned seats in the 2009 North
Florida Honors'Band.
They are Crysta Hilton, Vic-
toria Chisholm, Erin Gaylord,
Stephanie Yaccarino, Danielle
Blow, Emily Meadows, Erick
Stoutamire, Rachel Chambers,
Megan Powell, David Baker,
Crystal Crosby, Jordan Pinch-
back, Maurice Shope, Cameron
Johnson, Tim Padgett and Brent
The honors band concert will
be on Friday, February 6 at 7:00
pm in the Bradford High School
Auditorium. Admision is free.

School Calendar
January 23
BCHS: Boys Basketball @
Bradford. BMS: Accelerated
ReadingPoints Due. MES:
Pajama Day Accelerated
Reader Celebration.

January 24
BCHS: Rhythmette competi-
tion @ Sanford. Wrestling @
Ridgeview. Boys Basketball,
vs. Baldwin (H). AF JrROTC
Drill Meet @ Springstead.
SAT Test, Auditorium, 7:30

January 26
BCHS:. Girls Basketball
@ West Nassau, 6:00 p.m.
Football Banquet,. Audito-
rium, 7:00 p.m. BMS: 6th &
7th Grade Parent Mtg'., 7:00
p.m. (Extra Credit). MES:
DIBELS testing. PK/K: DI-
BELS testing for Kindergart-

January 27
BCHS: Wrestling @ Brad-
ford. Boys Basketball @
Live Oak. Girls Varsity Only
Senior Night Basketball (H),
6:00 p.m. WES: Kiwanis Ter-
rific Kids Awards Ceremony,
9:15 a.m. School Advisory
Council Mtg., 8:00 a.m. "Just
Say No!" Club Mtg., 8:00
a.m. MES: Kiwanis "Terrific
Kids" Awards Ceremony,
Cafeteria, 9:30 a.m. PK/K:
DIBELS testing for Kinder-

January 28
WES: Panther Pals. Merrie
Melodies Club Mtg., 8:00
a.m. PK/K: DIBELS testing
for Kindergartners.

January 29
BCHS: Wrestling Senior
Night (H), 6:00 p.m. Boys
Basketball @ Clay. Girls
Basketball @ Hilliard (Var-
sity Only), 6:00 p.m. "Broad-
way in Baker", Auditorium,
7:30 p.m. WES: Good Morn-
ing Show, 8:00 a.m. PK/K:
DIBELS testing for Kinder-

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'Up and down week for Cats

Beat Madison

and Stanton;

stunned yPaxon

The Wildcat varsity basket-
ball team had an up and down
,week, starting with a loss to Pax-
on and finishing with big wins
Over Stanton Prep and Madison.
The Cats have 14-4 record and
are 7-1 in district play.
SThe Wildcats led the Eagles '
going into the fourth period Jan- '
uary 13 at home before Paxon
exploded and outscored BCHS
by 14 points at the end of the
game. The 60-53 loss was some-
thing of a stunner, since BCHS
had the game in hand going into
the final 10 minutes.
BCHS relied on three point
shooting in the first half to stay
even with the Eagles. Josh Wise-
man hit three of the long range
bombs and Chris Walton had
another as the Cats and Eagles
knotted at 28 at intermission.
Wiseman and Walton contin-
ued to be red hot from the out-
side in the third period with both
hitting a pair of three pointers. Josh Wis
The long range shooting helped
the Cats outscore Paxon 18-8 in
the third period.
But Paxon came.back hard in the fourth, getting
the brunt of the attempts and converting from the-
free throw line asthey pulled ahead to stay.
Wiseman had 17 and Walton 15 for BCHS.
Ike Parker had a big night on the inside with 11
The Cats rebounded on Thursday night with a
big 64-31 blowout at home versus Stanton Prep.
The game started slow, with neither team. estab-
lishing any offense. But BCHS went on a 17-5

Champions The Bounty Hunters: (from left) Justin Wignal, Garrett Milton, Demp Paige, Kendall Gonzalez, Jimmy Jesseman,
Klate Jesseman and Brandon Paige
Photo courtesy of Garrett Milton

By Garrett Milton
Special to The Press

'man passes on the fly during fast break against Stanton.

second period run to take a 36-12 edge into the
locker room.
They never looked back after that putting the
game out of reach in the third period by scoring 25
points to the 9 for the visitors. Delano Paige was
high scorer for BCHS with 16. Wiseman and Ike
Parker had 15 in the win. Anthony Baker had 7
points and Walton 6.
BCHS won the rubber match with Madison on
Saturday with a 10-point home victory. BCHS
lost on the road to Madison early in the season,
then beat them in the First Coast
Classic. But the 73-63 victory
last week was sweet because
the other games had been very
BCHS took. control of the
game from the first buzzer, scor-
ing 30 points to 12 for the Cow-
boys in the first period. Wiseman
had 14 points in that stanza, and
he and Paige were on fire from
the three point line. Both fin-
ished with three 3 pointers that
Madison pulled closer with a
22-14 run in the second. but the
Cats held them at arm's length
as the game progressed.
Paige finished with 25 points
and Wiseman 22. Parker had 12
and Walton 11.
BCHS will take on Bradford
in Starke on Friday and will be
home against Baldwin on Satur-
day night at 7:30 pm.

Hunters clinch another title

The Bounty Hunters flag
football team, led by veteran
quarterback Jimmy Jesseman,
added another championship to
their collection of titles with a
win over the top-seeded "How
We Lookin" squad from Jack-
The Hunters bested their ri-
vals 47-18, on January 10 at
Thunderbolt Park in Orange
Park. The Bounty Hunters, who
opted out of the Baker YMCA's
tournament the same weekend
to play in the 4on4ofjax compe-
tition, clinched the title by de-
feating "How We Lookin" in the
double-elimination finals.
The Bounty Hunters played
five games in two days on their
way to the championship, los-
ing the first game against "How
We Lookin" before winning the
Quarterback Jesseman came
out firing to his trio of weapons.
At center was his son Klate, who
set the tempo of the game. On
the outside at the receiver posi-
tion was Garrett Milton and the
explosive Justin Wignal.
The 47 points put up in the
championship game was igor'e

than enough for the Hunters, (Demp) I
rated the top defensive squad in defense
the league. Brandon Paige was combined
the. league leader in sacks 'arid in the tou
Kendall Gonzalez and Brian

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as cornerbacks. They
d for 10 interceptions

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Delano Paige was high scorer against Stanton with 16.

Girls suffer through worst game

It was a strange week for
the Lady Wildcat basketball
team. The girls got a pair of big
wins, including some retribution
against district foe Ridgeview,
and then turned around and
played their worst game of the
season, in a 54-18 loss at Clay
County. That's a game they will
want to forget and forget quick-
The Cats started off with a
69-56 home victory over Bald-
win on Jan. 9. It was a good win
for the Cats with Brittany Ruise
having her best offensive game
of the year. The senior scored 28
points in the win and Destiny de
la Pena added 20.
The Cats went out on top
and stayed there, going into the
half up 25-17. Both teams were
playing well, but BCHS kept up
the pressure into the third quar-
ter and through the rest of the
Ruise and de la Pena were
two big offensive weapons for
the Wildcats. The next leading
scorer in the game was Chelsea
Ruise with 8 points. Meagan
O'Steen had 13 rebounds and
Kiana Parker had 11 boards.
The Cats had another big
game on Jan. 13 versus district
rival Ridgeview. They lost to
the Panthers at home earlier in
the season, but went on the road
and defeated the Panthers 63-57

behind a 25-point game from
The Wildcats roared out to
a 22-15 lead in the first quarter
and though the Panthers came
back to win the second period
13-6 the squads went into the
half tied at 28. The Cats won the
game in the third period as they
pulled ahead by 5 points. They
held on in the fourth quarter for
the victory.
Ruise continued her strong
showing with 25 points and de
la Pena added 16 points. Brit-
tany Burns had a strong game
with 13 points.
O'Steen had 8 rebounds and
Bums and Parker had 5 each.

The Cats played Clay at
home early in the season losing
by just 5 points. Nothing could
have prepared them for the rout
they experienced in Green Cove
None of the Wildcats were
even close to scoring in double
figures. Ruise had 5 points and
de la Pena had 4 to lead the Cats.
'Clay went up 13-2 after the first
period and just kept pouring it
They led 32-6 at the half. It
was a game that the Wildcats
will want to put behind them as
they host Santa Fe on Thursday.

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Boat motor engine, transmission and
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Four used Nitto mud grapplers, 33x
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Heaters, electric, propane and kero-
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2000 Kawasaki KX250, great shape
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urday, January 31 at the Reflections
Photography Studio. 259-9500 or 259-
3172. 1/22-1/29p
Experienced in-home care giver for the
elderly; also will clean houses. Refer-
ences and resume on request. 294-
6310. 1/22p

Dogs: all types from puppies to adults.
Animal Control, $50 boarding fees will
apply. 259-6786. 11/20tfc
Happy Jack Mange Medicine promotes
healing and hair growth to any mange,
bare spot, on dogs and horses without
steroids. Glen Cash Store 259-2381. 1/22-2/12p
Fifteen month old female Yorkie,
spayed $500. 653-2056. 1/22-1/29p
Paint horses, pigs and Carolina fight-
ing game cock chickens, very reason-
able. Also, free dogs. 912-843-2093.

Notice to readers:
The newspaper often publishes classified
advertising on subjects like work-at-home,
weight loss products, health products. While
the newspaper uses reasonable discretion
in deciding on publication of such ads, it
takes no responsibility as to the truthful-
ness of claims. Respondents should use
caution and common sense before send-
ing any money or making other commit-
ments based on statements and/or prom-
ises; demand specifics in writing. You can
also call the Federal Trade Commission at
1-877-FTC-HELP to find out how to spot
fraudulent solicitations. Remember: if it
sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- The Baker County Press
Part time cook needed. Call 334-4323.
Now hiring experienced asphalt, con-
crete and man-hole personnel. CDL
required. Call DT Services. 781-0055.
Tire and lube technicians, pay based on
experience. TA Travelcenter in Baldwin.
Apply to Mark Holmes 904-266-4281
ext. 22 or email resume to tal25shop@ 9/11tfc
Cashier and cook wanted. Apply in per-
son at Ronie's-Food. 1/22c
Security Officers Cecil Field and all areas
of Jacksonville. Call Giddens Security at
384-8071'or apply at 528 S. Edgewood
Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida.

Notice to Readers
All real estate advertising in this newspaper is
subjectto the Fair Housing Act which makes
it illegal to advertise "any preference, limita-
tion or discrimination based on race, color,
religion, sex, handicap, familiar status or
national origin, or an intention, to make any

Spacious 3 BR, 2 BA home in Hills of
Glen, over 1900 SF heated, over one
acre, above ground pool, large work-
shop with parking for large RV, on a
corner lot $224,000. 259-5296.
Two lots in Copper.Creek, Unit Ill. Call
813-1580. 12/ltfc
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.
140 acres, one mile road frontage
$6000 per acre. 904-259-8028.
3 acres, high & dry, fish pond, homes
or mobile homes, set-up "included,
owner financing or cash discount. 912-
843-8118. 2/22tfc
2002 Homes of Merit, 3BR, 2 BA set
up on acre lot, $95,000. 334-8904.
2 BR, 2 BA singlewide with central H/A
on acre, carport, shed, fenced yard.
904-894-9261. 1/8-1/29p
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
FSBO, 4 BR, 2 BA approximately five
acres at 17598 CR 127, Sanderson.
Fixer-upper listed at $85,000 contact
904-306-6707, email cuylerhomefor- 1/22-2/12p
12 acre lot for sale, $45,000 owner
financing available. 813-3091. 1/15tfc
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-
3026. 9/25tfc
MacGlen Builders, Inc. Brick homes in
Macclenny from $145,000-$210,000.
813-1580. 11/13tfc
4 BR, 3 BA, built in 2006, 3500 SF
under roof, 11.72 acres 25'x45' beach
pool. $375,000. 904-219-7062.
1/22-2/1 9p
One acre on Steelbridge Road, $17,000.
Call 904-334-3361. 1/22-2/5p

Small woodframe house, 2 BR, 1 BA,
308 N. 5th Street, $450/month, $400
deposit. 259-6488. 1/22p
3 BR, 1 BA, front porch and large yard
$750/month plus deposit. 259-6849,
Studio apartment, washer, dryer,
microwave furnished, $650/month,
$500 deposit, service animals only.
259-2121. 1/15tfc
3 BR, 2 BA triplewide with fireplace on
two acres, $1000 deposit, $900/month.
472-1241. 1/22p
3 BR, 3 BA doublewide mobile home,
fireplace, dishwasher, washer/dryer
hook-up, $850/month, extra field avail-
able for horses with two stall barn. 912-
843-8154. 1/22p


"k. :^S ",';'.. Friday 9:00 am-1:00 pm, 7722 Old Nursery Road.
; AG ''. Call for directions, 716-9769. Bunk bed. entertain-
ment center, girls clothes 4T and 5T, washer/dryer
Friday and Saturday, 8:30 am-?, 6944 Woodlawn
Road. Lots to choose from, baby items, kids and
adult clothes, misc. Multi family
Saturday 8:00 am ?, At old Wal-mart parking lot. Fundraiser for
Baker WildcaTs 10 U baseball team.
Saturday, 8:00 am-?, Two and a half miles north of Altman's store on
127, boys toddler clothing, housewares and toys.
Saturday, 8:00 am-?, 6293 W. River Circle off Miltondale. Small lady
clothes, shoes, kitchenware. Great prices.
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3 BR, 2 BA mobile home like new, $700/
month, first month plus $500 deposit.
Glen area, service animals only. 259-
2121. '7/24tfc
3 BR, 2 BA house two miles inside
Georgia, $700/month 386-972-6914.
Why pay rent? Invest it. Brand new 1,2,
and 3 BR's from $285/month. www. 866-956-2250.
2 BR, 2 BA mobile home with large master
suite and garden tub. Close to everything,
good neighborhood on one acre. Service
animals only, no smoking, $675/month
plus deposit. Call 259-2417. 1/15tfc
2 BR, 2 BA mobile home in the country,
$600/month, $500 deposit. Service ani-
mals only. 923-2191. 1/15-2/5p
2 BR, 1 BA apartment washer/dryer
hook-up, 231 South Third Street. One
year lease required, $575/month, $500
security deposit. 259-9797. 1/8tfc

Homes and mobile homes for rent
from $750-850 monthly. 259-3343.
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, garbage'
pickup,water & lawn maintenance-pro-'
vided, $450-$585. 912-843-8118.
9/1 8tfc
Mobile homes. 2 and 3 BR, A/C, service.
animals only, $500-$575 plus deposit.
904-860-4604. 3/17tfc


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Temporary position not to exceed 12 months. Applicant
must possess college credits in pursuit of Sociology or
Psychology degree, or related fields with a minimum
of three years experience in social service or. an
acceptable combination of education and experience;
must have knowledge of various computer software
packages and their operation. Apps/Resumes may be
mailed or faxed to NFCAA Attn: HR Dept., P.O. Box
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$500/month + you own it A 4/2 on your
lot. $0 zero down with land equity. Pets
OK. 866-956-2250. 1/22-1/29c
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home, central H/A, no
pets, $565/month, first, last plus $300
deposit. Includes water, lawn service
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 deposit.
259-9022. 11/20tfc
1 BR, 1 BA mobile home in St. George
$350/month, plus first and last month.
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home on one acre of
land in St. George $600/month plus first
and last month. 259-3934. 1/22p

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Brand new 2008 28x56 Fleetwood,
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2001 Clayton 16x80 4 BR, 2 BA, central
air, double-door refrigerator, glass top
stove, $16,500. 904-334-8904.
Brand new 2009 32x56 Fleetwood,
delivered, setup, A/C, skirting and steps
installed $469.29 a month. 259-8028.
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Used 28x56, living room, den, 3 BR, 2 BA
$15,000. As is, where is. 259-8028.
Brand new 2009 Fleetwood 32x80,
delivered, setup, A/C, skirting and steps
installed $575.78 a month. 259-8028.

Premium office space for lease on newly
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County hires Floridc

In the wake of an attempt by
corporate lobbyists to privatize
Northeast Florida State Hospital,
the Baker County Commission
hired its owned lobbyist and
state legislature watchdog
January 20.
The board approved a $15,000
contract for Christian B. Doolin
& Associates to lobby state
agencies and elected officials
on behalf of specified county
issues, including opposition to
privatizing the state hospital and
prisons, directing federal funds
from any potential stimulus
package to local projects, and
any other consultation needed
for other state-level matters.
The contract runs through
"You never know what's
going to happen in Tallahassee,"
said County Manager Joe Cone,
who recommended Mr. Doolin's
services. "He's done a lot of lob-
bying in Tallahassee on behalf
of the Small County Coalition."
Baker County is also a mem-
ber of the coalition.
"We need to draw a line
around the county and promote
a legislative agenda that benefits

Baker County," Mr. Doolin told
the board... It takes time to get
involved with these issues."
The commission also OK'd
dipping into its roughly $350,000
contingency fund to cover about
$30,000 in construction costs
associated with the Emily Taber
Library expansion. .
The project will be almost
completely funded by a $500,000
grant from the state.
The low bid for the proj-
ect, which includes an addition
and elevator, came in close to
$70,000 over budget. The coun-
ty's architect Kenneth Smith
was able to reduce the differ-
ence to about $50,000 by having
the county purchase materials
tax free, shortening contractor
Billco Construction's schedule
and eliminating certain elements
of the project like $4000 cabi-
nets from the children's program
room, among other revisions.
Mr. Smith said the over
budget amount also included
$20,000 for any unanticipated
The only other thing that
could bring the project within
budget would be to reduce the

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Legislature lobbyist

size of the addition, he said. rental fees for the Northeast
"We have to be careful not Florida Community Action
to go to the well to often," said Agency's banquet.
Commissioner Mike Griffis,
adding, "But it doesn't make
sense not to spend $50,000 to
get $500,000."
The state grant is actually
a reimbursement for the cost
of-construction, not money up
In other business, the board
An agreement with
the Florida Department of
Transportation to widen and
resurface 'Lowder Street from
CR 228 to CR 23C (Steel Bridge
Rd.) FDOT will fund the rough-
ly $850,000 project.
Appointing either build-
ing department director Bob
Hathcox or Herbert Hicks of vet-
erans services to coordinate with
the Army Corps of Engineers
in sampling soil and water at a
World War II practice bombing "
site in Baker County.
"They're both former mili-
tary," said Mr. Cone.
Accepting a financial audit
report for the Council on Aging
from Lyons & Lyons, a local
accounting firm.
Waiving Agriculture Center

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home on 11.72 acres with in- ground pool,
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, January 22, 2009 Page 14

A bundled-up Wildcat Marching Band a King parade highlight.
Photo by Joel Addington

Cooler air, bright skies sa,

greet lively MLK parade pw.r

through city on Friday
BY JOEL ADDINGTON ella Young of the county clerk's
Press Staff office hoped all in attendance
A bundled-up crowd of mid- wpuld remember.
die and high school students, "If we do that," she said, "this
local officials and the general world will be a better place."
public weathered slowly ris-
ing 40-degree temperatures the
morning of January 16 to cel-
ebrate the life of Martin Luther
King Jr. at Emmanuel Church of
God in Christ off South Blvd. in
Tommy Rollins of Olustee
said he began organizing the .
event in 1984 but took a hiatus- &
following his wife's death. Last
week was the fourth parade and
celebration since he, returned as
"It went great," said Mr. Rol-
lins. "It keeps getting better and
better and better. When we start-
ed it wasn't such a great success.
We didn't have that many partic-
ipants. But this year we had over
2000. I'm very pleased with it." e '*k i -
The ceremony is geared to-
ward children in the community,
including Tommy Lee Rollins,
one of Mr. Rollins' six children.
The two-year-old boy spent most
of the celebration in his father's
arms. md.
"It keeps them familiar with
what's going on in the world and
lets them know that love and un-
derstanding will get them fur- O -E UI
their than violence," he said.
The parade kicked-off the AS YOU CA SEE 0
event and included the Wildcat IS BUSTING AT T
JROTC color guard and a cav- I
alcade of public safety vehicles FAMU
- fire engines, motorcycles, AM O
ambulances all with emer- BRAND
agency lights flashing, sirens HBRAN
blaring and horns honking. W IE
It concluded at the Em- W E RE
manuel Church grounds where OVERSTOCKED
participants and neighborhood AVE
residents enjoyed a rib lunch ON
and reflections from commu- ON
nity leaders, like former schools
superintendent Paula Barton, I ..
on the life and messages of Dr. S
Martin Luther King. She spoke > N
about the importance of having Cod
hopes and dreams.
"He (Dr. King) had a dream ,
and I think we all have a dream kathy hi, i nd pC
and that's a good thing," said H o M F ,
Ms. Barton before thanking the Hi
students for taking part in the
"I know it's cold, but I also
know you'll do anything to get ,Rh,,.
out of class," she said with a AN
Superintendent Sherrie Raul-
erson, Ms. Barton's successor,
called on the audience to emu- B
late Dr. King's efforts to influ- / AUI
ence others. "We should all be
a person of influence, even as a
young person," she said. "You Vaughan-
can make a difference in some- SSett
one's life."..
For Emmanuel Church pas- ( N
tor Joe Ruise, Dr. King and the
struggle for black civil rights
holds special meaning. Rev.
Ruise was the first black man Di
to graduate from Baker Countycho SU E W E
High School. E St
I'"Dr. King had a dream and FINANCE
I'm a part of that dream," he
said. "This is a good day." RIGHT HERE IN
Others marked the occasion
by repeating passages from Dr. OUR STOREI
King's speeches and writings.
"We must learn to live together
as brothers or perish together as
fools," .quoted County Commis-
sioner Mike Griffis, saying those
words had touched him when he G IO N
first read them many years ago.
Honoring Dr. King's mes- K^ 3BSON <
sage of love and respect for T
one's friends as well as one's en- F R ITR
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