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A second suspect is
sought in connection with By
three "hole.in the wall"
business burglaries in Baker Jim
County dating back to early McGauley
The suspect, Michael Press Publisher
Kronz, 21, of Jacksonville,
is also wanted for a fourth nighttime
burglary, this one in late November
and the first of two such break- .
ins at a Macclenny gun shop /
called, ironically, The
Hole in the Wall on /'
South 4th St. ..
Mr. Kronz's -'
younger brother, ANQUI
age 15, had al-
ready been ar-
rested January 29
on multiple counts
of armed burglary, .
a first-degree fel-
ony. He was taken
into custody that day ..
went to the Warrington
St. address on Jacksonville's S
westside to serve warrants.
The youthful suspect drove up
to the residence in the company of
his mother Margaret, 46, who po-
lice say pawned two jewelry
pieces believed stolen in
one of the Baker County .
Authorities got a UJVAL
break in the cases U L
after a woman iden- JEWELRY GUN
tified as a onetime
acquaintance of AND PAWN
the suspects came 259-9455
forward with in-
she was angry with
them over informa-
tion they gave to the
Office that led to her boy- '-
The woman, Chilyn Monds,
27, of Gulfport, Miss. agreed to a-,
taped interview with local investi-
gators in which she alleged that in
mid-December Mr. Kronz and the
juvenile displayed an array of fire-
arms with tags on the trigger.guards
similar to those taken from the Hole
in the Wall. -
The suspects also allegedly told
her about a second breaking at the gun
shop on December 8 where a lesser
number of firearms were taken, in-
cluding several rifles that were later
discovered near the CSX tracks to the
north. The suspects told Ms. Monds
they had been scared off the property
Disgruntled informant breaks ca
of 'hole in wal 'burglaries; 1 soug
by police in
to pawn jewelry in
pawn games in
and dropped the rifles as they fled to
I rC a waiting vehicle. ,
"' U That December incident was
the first where a hole was knocked
r/ through a side wall. A side door was
tf forced open to gain entry in the No-
The informant also said the sus-
pects displayed sledge hammers they
claimed to have used to break through
the north wall of the gun store.
The hammers are also believed to
be entry tools used to break through
walls from adjoining office spaces
at Duval Gun and Pawn in Glen St.
Mary in the early morning hours of
January 10, and at the Games Galore
store on South 6th on January 23.
Ms. Monds in the interview also
recalled Mr. Kronz phoning her on
the day of the Duval Gun and Pawn
burglary to ask if she wanted to buy
Subsequent inventories by owners
turned up $5700 in firearms taken
from Hole in the Wall in the first
burglary, $672 in the second; $1390
from Games Galore and $9300 from
Duval Pawn, all of it jewelry..
Police also say they have match-
ing footprints taken at all the scenes.
They are believed to be from Nike
Air Force One athletic shoes, re-
ferred to by Mr. Kronz in conversa-
tions with the informant as "lickin'
"She [Ms. Monds] said he told her
that's what he wears when he gives a
business a 'lickin,'" reads the case re-
port by Investigator David Morgan.
In a follow-up report by Investiga-
tor Steve Harvey on Februiary 2, the
younger brother is quoted from
a January 30 taped interview
as admitting to involve-
ment in the burglaries.
The two gun shop heists
were the work of he and
his brother, along with
a black male he knew
only as Tony.
The juvenile claims
the guns were stolen
I from their residence, with
the exception of a .357
magnum that Mr. Kronz
gave to his father, who gave
it to police when they served the
The brother said the same trio did
the Duval Pawn job, and the brothers
were joined by another black male he
knew only as Solo in the Games Ga-
Police also have a video taken
(See page 2)
Drop in asphalt
price is incentive
BY JOEL ADDINGTON'
Thanks to the falling price
of asphalt, county officials
hope to move ahead quickly
with plans to pave nine road
segments, previously stabilized
using a material called EZ
Base, which comes from re-
cycled smokestack ash.
The county received esti-
mates on four paving methods
and Road Department Director
Robert Fletcher recommended
the $434,000 1.5-inch asphalt
option during a workshop with
the Baker County Commission
February 3. "
"Asphalt is cheaper now
than the cold mix," he said.
The latter method was
thought to be cheaper than tra-
ditional asphalt when the com-
mission met on the issue last
December. But while the price
of asphalt has dropped, gran-
ite-based cold mix has not.
Mr. Fletcher said he was
comfortable recommending the
inch-and-a-half thick asphalt
over two- or three-inch thick
coldminix because the roads are
not high volume thoroughfares
and the. surrounding area is
"pretty much built out."
Mark Hartley said the quote
for asphalt was as cheap as he's
"I think that would be mon-
ey well spent," said Mr. Hart-
ley, adding that if the county
dipped into its reserves, it could
afford to pave all nine. roads.
Also taken into account
were cost savings associated
with reduced maintenance for
paved road versus dirt or those
with only a layer of EZ Base.
"It's a bargain," agreed
County Commissioner Alex
But despite beneficial chang-
es in the asphalt market, offi-
cials still needed to concoct a
(See page 13)
Long waiting lists forces
Housing Authority to h
BY JOEL ADDINGTON four bedrooms units, w
Press Staff have the highest turnover
Due to unusually long wait- remain available.
ing lists for public housing, the Baker County's Sect
Macclenny Housing Authority program provides 'tenants
and the county's Section 8 pro- vouchers for units owner
gram will stop accepting appli- private landlords, that tak
cations March 1. in the program. No Sect
The change only affects the applications will be acc
housing authority's one and two until the more than one
bedroom units while three and waiting list shrinks.
>- a 0.
Section 8 and
which Judy Whisman, the county's
r, will Section 8 coordinator, said
there are 221 people waiting for
ion 8 about 130 units being voucher-
s with funded as of last week. The lat-
ed by ter figure can vary from time
e part to time as landlords enter and
tion 8 leave the program.
epted She said the county has a
-year total of 147 vouchers from the
Department of Housing and
how long it will
be," Ms. Whis-
man said of time
people remain in
SSection 8 hous-
ing. "On aver-
age though, we
lose about two
or three people a
A.. .. : '' month."
. .,. However, due
(See page 2)
The overturned Pontiac (above) is believed to be
On SR 121 a rental car; below, the mangled Toyota pickup.
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Two people died one hour
before sunrise on February
2 in a crushing head-on col-
lision on SR 121 just south
of the entrance to Northeast
Florida State Hospital.
A Florida Highway Patrol
investigation into the acci-
dent cause and the identity
of the driver of one of the
vehicles kept the normally
busy two-lane road closed
for several hours.
Trooper Dan Myers of
FHP said a southbound
2009 Pontiac crossed the
(See page 2)
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Ms. Whisman said at this point,
at least, she won't be replacing
families that leave the program.
"As people drop off I'm not
going to be able to replace them...
We have to be sure we can cover
[existing tenants] full rents," she
said. "Sometimes people lose
their jobs and we have to. We've
been using reserves, but it's get-
ting to where we can't do that
The funding reductions began
this year ard amount to about
$4000 less each month from
HUD, she said.
For Macclenny Housing
Authority's 79 units located
throughout the city, there's a
waiting list of 30 families for
one bedroom units, 79 for the
two bedrooms and 18 for three
bedrooms. There is no waiting
list on the four bedroom units.
According to a notice in last
week's edition of The Press,
those added to the one and two
bedroom lists could wait more
than two years before a unit be-
Lynne Walker, who oversees
the authority's application pro-
cess,,said it's recommended that
agencies stop taking new appli-'
cants when the waiting list ex-
ceeds one year.
As in the Section 8 program,
there's no way to know exactly
how long it will take for the
housing authority's waiting list
tanb .shortened through attri-
tion.- l -
But with the recession in full
swing and unemployment rising,
the need for housing assistance
is ever increasing, Ms. Walker
"You've got a lot of people,
coming in. With the economy
like it is, people can't afford their
rent because they get laid off, or
they can't afford their mortgage
and get foreclosed," she said.
"It's really sad."
To qualify for Section 8
housing, a family of four has to
earn less than $28,000 annually
while,the limit for the Macclen-
ny Housing Authority is about
$43,000 for a family of four.
Both Ms. Whisman and Ms.,
Walker said next month marks
the first time in at least nine
years that the housing office will
turn applicants away.
The county's Section 8 pro-
grami distributes HUD vouch-
ers directly to tenants. But HUD
also has a landlord-based Section
8 program in which the property
owners receive the vouchers.
The Northwood Apartments on
Ohio Street and Baker Manor
on 6th Street fall into the latter
Katrina Taylor, a manager at
Northwood, said she stopped
taking applications for two bed-
room apartments three weeks
ago, but one and three bedroom
units are still open.
Ms. Taylor didn't know how
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nette Thomas said her list is lon- (from page 1),
ger than usual, but that applica- center line about two miles south
tions are still being taken for all of Interstate 10 and struck the
units. left front of a northbound 2006
The public housing office is Toyota pickup driven by Arthur
located at 402 E. Stansell Ave. in Hewett, 61, a construction super-
Macclenny and can be reached visor from Lake Butler. He died
by calling 259-6881. at the scene.
The impact propelled the
or rPontiac onto the west shoulder
Free T program or where it overturned. The vehi-
cle was occupied by the second
cancerpatients fatality, Charles Sharp, 21, of
S1 -Jacksonville, who also died at
TheAmerican Cancer Society the scene. Trooper Myers said he
will be presenting "Look Good... was not wearing a seat belt.
Feel Better," a free program that Both Mr. Hewett,and David
teaches people in active cancer
treatment ways to deal with the Moody, 31, the second occupant
appearance-related side effects of the Pontiac, were wearing
of treatment. seat belts. Mr. Moody received
They will be at the Christian minor injuries.
Fellowship Temple in Macclen- The accident brings the num-
ny on #February 17, March 17, ber of traffic fatalities in Baker
April 21, and May 19 from 6:00 County so far in 2009 to four.
- 8:00 pm. For more information Lt. Bill Leeper, FHP district
call 800-227-2345. spokesman, said an investigation
There will also be an Ameri- continues into which Pontiac oc-
can Cancer Society patient ser- cupant was driving.
vices forum at the Woman's The patrol would not confirm
Club on February 19 at 6:30 pm it, but the Pontiac was reported-
during which time there will be ly a rental car that had been se-
an ACS representative sharing cured by a relative of one of the
information on all the cancer so- occupants because neither had a
city has to offer cancer patients valid driver's license.
and survivors in Baker County.
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at Cash America on Edgewood)
Ave. in Jacksonville depict-
ing the younger brother and his
mother pawning a tennis brace-
let on January 10, the day of the
Duval Pawn burglary, and of the
mother pawning two other gold
chains three days later.
The mother could end up be-
ing charged by Jacksonville au-
thorities, according to Sheriff
Joey Dobson. ,
Later the day of the Games
Galore burglary, Michael Kronz
was taped pawning 16 video
games at Cash America, and
investigators identified them as
taken from the store's inventory.
Gun 'shop owner Bill Krall,
Duyal Pawn co-owner Regina
Williams and an employee at
the game store all positively
identified Mr. Kronz via a photo
line-up. He had.visited the stores'
prior to the burlari-ie, evidentl)y
' gsik% them. nor .. s
Michael Kronz is out on bail'
following a December 13 arrest
in Jacksonville. In his vehicle'
was a gun stolen from Hole ini
the Wall, a sledge hammer and(
a black mask.
Investigator Harvey said po-
lice agencies nationwide have
been alerted to the warrant.
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Smaller government and more tax
cuts are not always the right answer
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or close IN P
to it, is
pretty JOEL AD
possible for anyone in
my tax bracket to wrap
their brain around.
I read somewhere
that counting that high
would take 3300 years
and putting a trillion
one dollar bills end-to.
end could stretch to
the moon and back
more than 200 times.
But that's close to
how much money is
in the roughly $800
billion federal stimu--
lus package. It's an
astounding sum, no
doubt. But when you
talk about how much
money the most indus-
trious and greed-bent
nation in history can
produce every year,
even in bad years, I
imagine it pales in
And that's about the
only fact that comforts
me when I think about
the stimulus package
or bank bailouts.
I agree with Con-
gressman Ander Cren-
shaw [on this page]
that we be mindful of
the size and power of
government. But I'm
also weary of the free
market when it comes
to things like health
care, education and
All three are neces-
sities that the private
sector can exploit by
ment policy, at times
to the detriment of the
common good (see-
Halliburton and the
Another example is
that insurance compa-
nies oppose govern-
ment control of how
much they can charge
them in business by
carry insurance in the
In short, the private
sector is all for less
government until it af-
fects their stock price.
And that's why most
against "big" govern-
ment, because some
of the marketplace is
necessary for there to
even be a marketplace.
I'm not saying it's,
wrong to turn a profit,
but I don't buy that
less taxes and smaller
government is always
In the stimulus
like Mr. Crenshaw are
calling for more tax re-
lief and less spending
programs like contra-
I'll concede that the
however good for the
nation in the long run,
should be eliminated
from the bill. And I
believe much of it will
be when the measure
leaves the Senate.
In fact, maybe
all the extras were ,
so. that fiscally con-
and Democrats in that
chamber would have a
reason to vote yea.
old arguments over big
versus smaller gov-
ernment and tax cuts
versus spending are no
longer relevant. The
real test for govern-
ment, as the President
has said, is whether it
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And that's the mil-
lion or rather tril-
lion dollar question
when it comes to these
gigantic bailout and
If a year from now
the economy is show-
ing signs of recovery,
we'll have an even
larger national debt
and deficits as far as
the eye can see, but at
least there will be a
light at the end of the
With sound fis-
cal policy that is,
cutting funding for
programs that don't
work (see abstinence-
only sex education)
while adjusting the
'tax code (I say throw
it all in the trash and
make every person,
and mega-church pay
13 percent) we can
erase the more than
$10 trillion national
debt over the next
If that doesn't hap-
pen, though, I plan to
get a job somewhere
that pays in a currency
that's actually worth
the paper it's printed
Eight babies ?
I just read an interesting story on
the Internet. A woman in California M Y S
gave birth to a set of octuplets. If
I have my Latin roots correct, that T.
would mean that she gave birth to ili
eight babies. Eight. 8. ROBERT
That recalls the television series
from the eighties, Eight is Enough. Eight is more
than enough in anyone's book. Especially eight at
one time. I can't imagine it. My wife had one at a
time and they were a handful. I can't imagine wak-
ing up on the hour every night to change and feed a
different baby. The logistics are enough to kill you.
Besides that, when my three were little it felt like
we had to pack a U-Haul to take them to a restaurant
or a movie. Forget the mini-van, these poor folks
will have to drive a Mayflower moving truck to go
from point A to point B.
I also recall what a hard time Kelley and I had
naming our children. Spencer came home from
the hospital nameless because we couldn't decide
on one of the five or six names we had picked out.
The hospital called and got a little snippy with me
about needing a name for the birth certificate. They
explained that when people delay naming a child
it sometimes means they didn't want the baby. We
wanted him all right, we just couldn't figure out
which name would be best for him.
I can't even imagine what is going on in the mind
of this mother, who is unidentified so that, I assume,
they won't be blanketed with interviews and photos
of the babies and calls from the National Enquirer.
She jnust be shell-shocked. She has to pick so
many names that she'll run out of favorite aunts and
uncles. I suppose if she was a big baseball fan it
would be easy to name the kids after players.
After all, with the exception of the pitcher, she
28.6'" No. The budget is still too big
and more cuts are needed.
28.6"' Yes on casino gambling, but no
on the cigarette tax.
28.6"' Yes. The cuts will affect crucial
programs and services.
Government spending gone wild
Our nation stands in a pivotal
moment in its history. Confront-
ed by security threats around the
world, it now also faces a finan-
cial crisis unlike we've seen in
While Washington debates,
challenges mount and solutions
become more difficult to find,
and this crisis has elevated a de-
bate about something even larger
than the financial pit we now find
If you listen closely to the
conversations and sound bites
from Washington, you will hear
differing philosophies not just
about the-economic rescue and
how to conduct it. You will hear
underlying tones of how big the
One at a time
could name them after the entire
DE OF starting roster. If you were a Yan-
kee fan you could even find a few
T*TERD I names for girls. Derek Jeter could
TTER1 be Derika or A-Rod could be Al-
AERARD exa. Works.
Or, you could pick winners of
American Idol. That won't work;
there aren't that many. Or flowers Daisy, Pansy,
Rose, Marigold ... uh ... okay, maybe that wouldn't
work for boys.
The mom and her family definitely have a prob-
lem that goes beyond gallons of baby formula and
mountains of diapers. I hope they are independently
wealthy. Baby formula is so expensive it can be
used for currency in some countries. *
At the moment the mother claims that she plans
to breast feed the babies. RIGHT!! I wonder how
long that will last? I hope that she has stored up a
lot of sleep.
This is only the world's second set of recorded
octuplets so we're treading new ground here. The
babies averaged about two pounds each.
I. hope the mom knew in advance she was hav-
ing that many babies. Otherwise it would have been
quite a shock.
All of that said, here is the kicker to the story.
What, you ask could be more unusual than giving
birth to eight babies?
She delivered them in five minutes.
Yep. Five minutes.
Once the babies started being born they wasted
no time coming into the world. With my luck, I
would have gone out for a cup of coffee and a sand-
wich and missed the birth.
That's almost what happened when Spencer was
born. The other two babies had taken a while to de-
liver so when Kelley said it was time to go to the
hospital I didn't rush.
The pains were 20 min-
utes apart when we left
So, I'm cruising
along at 55 singing
federal government should be
and how large of a role it should
have in the lives of the Ameri-
can citizenry. And long after the
economy rebounds and financial
stability is restored, this question
will live on and be inserted into
Thomas Jefferson eloquently
summed up the current dan-
ger we face. "Government big
enough to supply everything you
need is big enough to take every-
thing you have ... The course of
history shows that as a govern-
ment grows, liberty decreases."
The recent passage of the
$816 billion economic stimulus
package in the US House is much
more than a shopping spree equal
to the entire tax revenue for an
entire year. It is also about how
much power the government has
over the financial
markets and its abil-
ity to pick winners
and losers in our
the stimulus bill
has $335 million in
funding for sexu-
_.,, ally transmitted dis-
ease (STD) preven-
S tion programs. This
might lead some to
ask a logical ques-
tion like, "Why is
spending so much
money on a program
that probably won't
create jobs or stimu-
late the economy?"
The simple an-
swer to this question
is because it has
the power to spend
as much money on
whatever it chooses
to. 1 ...
If you doubt this,
read the 647 pages
of the House version
of the stimulus leg-
islation. It includes
along with the Beach Boys. By the time we got
to Baldwin they were five minutes apart. Kelley
grabbed my arm and said, "Unless you want to de-
liver this baby on 1-10 DRIVE!!"
I. did: We got to the hospital and her mom and
dad wheeledher in. "I'll park the car and be right
up," I said. By the time I parked the car and got into
the room, Spencer was on his way into the world.
I should also acknowledge that the eight babies
referred to above were artificially inseminated, and
the mother already has six children. She lives with
I wish them luck and joy and plenty of Pampers.
I want to recognize Bonnie Jones [assistant PreK-
K school principal] as a key player in the school dis-
trict who is making an effort to change and make a
difference in our school and in future generations.
She is open-hearted to everyone, listening and
making improvements at the SAC [advisory coun-
cil] meetings. She takes advice from parents and
keeps her dbor
open for any
concerns. .. 2
For ex- '. "; <' .*-.
five stars for recognizing a national holiday that was
overlooked for the month of February in the news-
letter. She sent out a flyer recognizing the contri-
butions that Africans made throughout history. She
also acknowledged Black History Month.
We need more people like Mrs. Jones, a person
who cares for the best interests of all children. Keep
up the good work!
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14.3' Yes on the cigarette tax, but no
on casino gambling.
0' I don't smoke or gamble so I
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trend continues, future genera-
tions will be left to foot a bill that
they can't possibly afford to pay.
So instead of giving more
money to the government to
spend on slow moving projects
that don't guarantee job creation,
Congress should lower tax rates
.on middle income America, al-
lowing them to keep and spend
more of their own money. This
quick-acting tax relief will stim-
ulate the economy immediately
. and jump-start the markets in
ways that government can't.
Even Dr. Christina Romer,
the President's top economic
adviser, conducted research that
shows the $478 billion Repub-
lican alternative stimulus pack-
age would produce 6.2 million
jobs as compared to the Admin-
istration's $816 billion package
which hopes to create just 3 mil-
lion jobs. That's twice the jobs
for half the price.
But more important than the
speed and efficiency of tax-re-
lief, it also would give more of
the economic power to create
jobs to taxpayers and not the fed-
eral government. That's the right
kind of stimulus and the kind that
we need now.
Jefferson was right, and big
government will never be the an-
swer to our troubles,.financial or
otherwise. Theie is better way.
(Mr. Crenshaw and all of his Republi-
can House colleagues voted against the
stimulus bill last week. His Fourth Dis-
trict includes Baker County.)
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 5, 2009 Page 4
BY JOEL ADDINGTON
You're given a large-scale map of the seven-county First Coast re-
gion and a bucket of Legos representing the 1.6 million new residents
and 650,000 new jobs expected over the next 50 years.
Where should the growth go? Should homes and businesses be
mixed together or separated? What's the best place,for industrial
growth? What land should be left untouched? In essence, what do you
want the region to look like in 2060?
Hundreds of First Coast decision-makers including at least three
from Baker County will be asked to answer those and other ques-
tions as part of the Reality Check First Coast visioning exercise being
planned for May 21 at the St. Johns Convention Center in World Golf
Village of St. Augustine.
The brainstorming session aims to outline a long-term plan for
_the entire region b5 discarding artificial jurisdictional boundaries.
The 50-year ho-
rizon is also the
period ever used
Florida, said Bri-
an Teeple, CEO
of the Northeast
Council (NE- Pa1
The exercise is .
by NEFRC and
the Urban Land
Institute (ULI), a
land research and
NEFRC is a
network of lo-
cal governments J
including Baker, .
Putnam and St. __
plus their 27 mu-
nicipalities. It is in the process of raising $350,000 to fund the exer-
cise and related activities.
"This is a monumental task," Mr. Teeple said. He added that fund
raising has been slower -than anticipated in these tough economic
The Reality Check initiative has been completed in a number of
other metropolitan areas including Phoenix, Seattle and Tampa.
The participants are chosen from government, the nonprofit sector
and business. Baker County's representatives so far are county Com-
missioner Mike Griffis, Council on Aging director Mary Baxla and
John Kennedy of Mercantile Bank. They also serve on the Reality
Check steering committee.'
On May 21 they will join hundreds of other decision-makers from
across the region for what organizers are calling "game day." The
large group will then divide into roughly 30 smaller groups and gath-
er around table-sized maps of the region. The maps will demonstrate
the existing development patterns on the First Coast.
They'll work several hours to create a list guiding principles for
growth and decide where to put 1.6 million people, 650,000 new jobs
and the transportation infrastructure to support it all.
The growth figures are based on projections and trend analyses
from the University of Florida that were modified by an NEFRC
Mr. Teeple called the estimates conservative, although they repre-
sent a doubling of the population by 2060.
"On a personal level, I think those numbers are low," he said.
While the decision-makers break for lunch on game day, NEFRC
and ULI staff will group tables with like development patterns into
four groups. In the afternoon session, another 500 participants will be
added to the exercise and asked to rank the four scenarios by desir-
ability through electronic voting..
People who want to participate in the morning or afternoon ses-
sions .can nominate themselves
or others at www.realitycheck-
The site also includes a growth
survey where anyone can offer
their input on what they like and
dislike about the region, plus
what they want the First Coast i
to be like in 50 years.
"It's essentially a values sur-
vey," Mr. Teeple said. "And Bak- 1 I
'Lego style' at the
World Golf Village
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er County is a values-centered community."
One question asks: Would you use rail service if it were available
close to your home or office?
Another: What are the three most important challenges facing the
"Game day is just the beginning," said Mr. Teeple.
Following the exercise, the results will be presented to local gov-
ernments on the First Coast.
"We'll take the show on the road," he said. "Ideas will get refined
and hopefully a year after game day, we'll have consensus on a 2060
pl41 ., .- ,--.. _>
It will-then be up fo local of-
ficials to implement the regional
vision as they plan for growth in |;
their respective communities. ,!
Prior to game day, there
will also be town hall meetings
throughout the region to garner
"We don't want to be Jackson-
ville-centric," said Maria Cop-
pola of Broadbased, a Jackson-
ville public relations firm hired
to spread the word about Reality
Taking a big picture perspec-
tive is also critical for another v,''.
"Places like Baker County
and Nassau County are going to -L. P L QSC
play an ever increasing role be- E L
cause Duval will be built out by
2030," Mr. Teeple said.
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Benefit dinner Feb. 7
A benefit chicken and.rice din-
ner will be held February 7 from
11:00 am-3:00 pm at Celebration
Park in Glen St. Mary.
Proceeds go to defray the cost
of cancer treatment for Cherie
Entertainment will be by local
gospel singers. Everyone wel-
For more information, please
call Kim Crews, 275-2102 or
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 5, 2009 Page 5
Two years for bank frauds
Probation violator passed bogus checks
SA probation violator who bilked two area finan-
cial institutions out of cash after depositing bogus
checks to open accounts was sent off to state pris-
on this week after pleading no contest to multiple
charges in criminal court.
Timothy Shane Williams, 21, of Macclenny dur-,
ing a week-long period in early December, 2008
deposited worthless checks and money orders at
First Federal Bank on South 6th in Macclenny
and the Baldwin branch of Country Federal Credit
Court records show he succeeded in withdraw-
ing $400 from
he needed the
money for hous-
ilng. He had ear-
lier opened an
a $4850 check
that turned out
to be fake.
ber 2, he pre-
$1706 at the
than $900 from
his new account
liams was on
probation at the
time for a 2007
grand theft in
was to three
counts of grand
theft and three
counts of forg-
. Judge James
a two-year state
for Edris A.
and Judge Nilon adjudged both defendants guilty.
In other cases this week:
Tercel Allred received a year in county jail
followed by a year on probation after pleading'no.
contest to possession of cocaine, driving on a sus-
pended license and having a license tag expired
over six months.
A $500 fine plus $723 in court costs and other
fees were ordered paid by April 20 by defendant
David Weathington in return for his no contest
plea to driving on a suspended license. The state
dropped the charge from a felony to a misdemean-
Searcy will pay
Delays sentencing .a $250 fine plus
court costs af-
Circuit Judge James Nilon said this week he wants to talk to ter entering the
the elderly victim before deciding whether he'll go along with a s ame plea to a
'probation-only sentence of a Macclenny couple accused of bilk- of petty theft.
ing her out of her property and cash in the spring and summer He originally
of 2006. faced a felony
Jimmy and Claudette Gray showed up in court on Monday for count.
what they expected to be a sentencing. Earlier, both the state The state
and two public defenders agreed to a ten-year probation. d r op pe d a
The judge indicated he wasn't prepared to agree to that, and charge of sale
instead re-scheduled disposition for March 16 after he hears ad possession
from Margarete Gray, from whom the couple is accused of drugs against
stealing at least $340,212 from bank accounts, certificates of Steven Stiles
deposit,'her north Jacksonville home, a vehicle and cash hidden and allowed
in her home. him to plea no
The elder Ms. Gray, then 75, signed over power of attorney to contest to driv-
the couple while confined to Macclenny Rehab nursing home in ing on a sus-
May, 2006. Authorities were alerted when nursing home work- pended license.
ers became convinced the ill aunt was being coerced into doing He will be on
Shortly after, the Grays went on a spending spree after loot- probation one
ing bank accounts and cashing in CDs. An accompanying civil ye warrant
lawsuit that still pends alleges they purchased two houses in was issued for
Macclenny, vehicles and a boat, among other items. the arrest of
The couple was enjoined from buying or selling anything else, Robert Andrew
except with assets they could prove are rightfully theirs. for possession
The Grays were arrested in September of last year, more of contraband at,
than two years after the alleged crime. county jail. He
They are charged with grand theft and exploitation of an el- failed to appear
derly disabled adult. for Monday's
dearly disabled adult, regular session.
Hicks, 66, of Glen St. Mary for
two counts of selling prescrip-
tion drugs from an address off
Deerwood Circle in Macclenny.
: Sheriff's investigators made
ihe controlled buys ifi June aind
October of last year using a con-
:fidential informant. Ms. Hicks
also entered a no contest plea,
The Firewise Communities/
USA Board of Taylor is planning
its first annual community clean-
up day February 21.
This event will assist Taylor
residents in clearing hazardous
brush and tree limbs away from
their homes to prevent wildfires
from getting too close.
Power equipment will be
furnished and members of the
Taylor Firewise Board, Baker
County Fire Department, Flori-
da Division of Forestry, and US
Forest Service will be on hand to
operate the power tools and assist
homeowners with their efforts. If
you are a resident of Taylor and
are interested in participating,
please call Nancy Oliver at 259-
7061 by February J4.
Use of the power equipment
is limited to time and resources,
and all projects must be evalu-
ated and set up in advance.
: Taylor Firewise Board mem-
bers and local firefighters along
with participating residents will
meet at the Taylor Volunteer Fire
Station 40 at 8:30 that morning
for a safety briefing and work
assignments. A BBQ chicken
lunch will be served at noon at
the fire station participants are
requested to bring a side dish or
Free Taylor Firewise t-shirts
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An 18-year-old male from
Macclenny believed to be living
in Baldwin faces three misde-
meanor charges in connection
with a Glen St. Mary incident
that left a vehicle damaged the
evening January 27.
Ranson Barefoot of W. Mac-
clenny Ave. allegedly dented the
passenger door and damaged the
side mirror, headlights and rear
window wiper on a vehicle be-
longing to the mother of Austin
Sigers about 9:50 pm.
As Mr. Sigers left his 16-year-
old girlfriend's house at 9236
Pine Top Rd., he said Mr. Bare-
foot pulled up and chased him
back into the residence.
The girlfriend's mother,
Deana Brazell, said Mr. Bare-
foot threatened to kill Mr. Sigers
as he left the area. The suspect
had also been trespassed from
the property about a year ago.
Charges for simple assault,
criminal mischief, property
damage and trespassing were
filed with the state attorneys of-
fice against Mr. Barefoot.
An unknown suspect forced
open the door to Jeannie Bry-
ant's home on Johnny Harvey
Rd. January 25, causing damage
to the door.
The victim rents the residence
from Phillip Kennedy, who said
Ms. Bryant reported nothing
was missing. The burglary oc-
curred sometime between 10:00
am and 11:00 pm.
Charles Easterday of 21739
Red Maple Circle in Sanderson
reported January 27 a genera-
tor was taken from his garage
sometime after January 23. It
was valued at $2000.
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spouses with battery
Both parties to a domestic dispute ended up at county jail follow-
ing a disturbance at their residence on Dogwood St. in Macclenny in
the early morning hours of January 30.
Roger Hodges, 30, and wife Tracie, 27, were booked for domestic
violence battery following the incident at 2:25 am after the wife re-
turned from a night out.
Mr. Hodges told Deputy David Murray he was bitten on the chest
and slapped, and Ms. Hodges said she was pushed to the ground and
her husband pulled out a large clump of her hair. A sister of the wife
confirmed the two were fighting, and that she failed in an attempt to
break it up.
The couple's three children, ages two through seven, were at the
residence. Deputy Murray said both parties had been drinking.
in other arrests for domestic violence, a boyfriend and girlfriend
who fought in a front yard off Ninth St. in Macclenny about midnight
January 30 were each charged with battery and disorderly intoxica-
Deputy Matt Sigers said Lindsey Chase, no address given, and
Christopher Woolf of Jacksonville, both 22, denied being in the con-
frontation, though they bore signs of a struggle. Mr. Woolf, whose
nose was bleeding and whose face was cut and bruised, told the of-
ficer the injuries were self-inflicted.
Both of them had been drinking, Deputy Sigers reported.
Dennis Waters, 23, was arrested the afternoon of January 28 after
an alleged attack on girlfriend Jackie White, 26, at their residence off
Azalea Dr. in Macclenny.
Deputy Murray said Mr. Waters denied choking and striking Ms.
White, but.the officer noted she had a cut near her left eye and was
distraught when he met with her in west Macclenny about 3:00.
A criminal complaint was filed January 28 alleging that Daniel
Booth, 25, of Glen St. Mary attacked his aunt Kyra Oralls, 63, also of
Glen, at a residence off Columbia St. in Sanderson.
The two reportedly had argued about property, and Mr. Booth de-
nied grabbing Ms. Oralls by the neck and scratching her. He told
Deputy Randy Davis that the aunt charged at him while he was on a
porch, and put a hand up to defend himself.
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Valuable guitars go missing
Owner seeks no charges up on return
Two guitars valued at more ota pickup while it was parked at 11339 N. Thomas Drive,
than $2000 were taken from a the Sanderson rescue station on .22-caliber handgun from
Glen St. Mary home during the US 90 overnight January 28-29. bedroom was missing as wel
early morning hours of January She valued it at $500. pain medication prescriptions
29, but their owner refused to The other incident involved He also advised Deputy Ch
press charges against the alleged catalytic converter thefts from topher Walker that his daugl
thief after the instruments were a 1985 Toyota and 1998 Chev- had been taken into custody
returned. rolet trucks sitting in the Coun- der the state's Baker Act and 1
Victim James Briggs brought try Federal Credit Union's re- the gun would fire without p
Larry Rhoden, 23, and another possession lot behind the Glen ing the hammer back.
unidentified male to the Narrow St. Mary business on E. Mount Mr. Mercer could not furr
Trail residence about 1:30 am Vernon St. the make or serial number
and showed them the guitars, Security officer Mark Crews the weapon.
playing for a short time before said the crime likely occurred Jason Mulkey reported
the trio left. January 22. He valued the parts theft of two bicycles from
Mr. Briggs mother said she at $600 apiece. porch at 306 E. Florida Ave
heard the back door open about Also, Georgia Monfort of Macclenny sometime betwe
3:00 am and again a few minutes Glen said an unknown suspect 6:00-10:30 pm January 29.
later. From a back window she swiped the tag on a trailer she Twelve bags of mortar r
saw Mr. Rhoden and another had parked in the back yard of went missing from a constr
person who she assumed was her her residence at 6291 Cheyenne tion site at 6086 Copper Drive
son walking off with the guitars. Trail. Macclenny. Neighbors said t]
When Mr. Briggs came home In other theft cases this heard a truck in the area of
about an hour later he called po- week: site between 7:00-8:00 pm
lice. Danny Mercer of Macclen- January 27.
Attempts to contact Mr. Rho- ny requested a deputy accom- Janice Hancock, of Milt
den were unsuccessful, although pany him to question a group of dale Rd. in Macclenny said
Deputy Jerald Peterson told the subjects he suspected of stealing lost her debit card January
suspect's mother Sheila Griffis a firearm while they attended while shopping at Winn-Di
that the victim has agreed not a party thrown by his daughter and four transactions total
to press charges if the property without his knowledge. about $49 were made before
was returned before the end of Mr. Mercer left town with his could cancel the card. All w
the officer's shift. wife January 24-25, and when made January 28-29 at busine
Mr. Briggs later confirmed he returned to the residence at es along S. 6th St.
the guitars were brought back.
In one of two auto parts thefts
this week, Mary Harvin of Mac-
'clenny said someone made off
with the tailgate to.her 2008 Toy-
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State Farm has submitted a
two-year plan tb Florida insur-
ance regulators..to .withdraw
property coverage in the state,
but Donna Monds of the State
Farm office in Macclenny said
customers shouldn't 'panic.
"It's just a filing," said the of-
State Farm announced the
plan less than three weeks after
regulators denied lits request for
47.1 percent rate increase.
It means that State Farm Flor-
ida, a State Farm Mutual subsid-
iary, will not renew more than
one million policies covering
homes, rentals, condos, boats
Ms. Monds would not say
how many of those policies orig-
inated in Baker County, only that
customers were mailed notifica-
tion of potential changes.
"We need for people to real-
ize nothing is changing, not right
now," she said. "It's going to be
business as usual."
State Farm will continue to,
offer auto, life and health insur-
ance in Florida.
State Farm Florida was es-
tablished in 199.8 to address the
high risk of doing business in
the hurricane-prone state.
According to CNN.com, the
subsidiary said it had to bor-
row $750 million from its parent
company after the 2004 hurri-
cane season, and has been un-
able to pay that money back.
Furthermore, the company
said it has paid out $1.21 in
claims for every dollar of premi-
ums it has collected since 2000,
State regulators have until
April to rule on State Farm's
plan to leave the Florida prop-
erty insurance market.
"People need to sit back and
see what happens at the end of
April," said Ms. Monds.
The state's insurance com-
missioner has also subpoenaed
detailed information on the
"We need to fully understand
all the potential risks, so that
we can properly evaluate State
Farm's withdrawal plan," Comn-,
missioner Kevin McCarty said
in a press release.
If the plan is approved in
April, Ms. Monds said State
Farm is legally bound to notify
customers six months in advance
"So nothing will change for at
least nine months," she said.
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He described his attackers as
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dressed in blue jeans. They fled
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one of them as tall with long hair
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male classmate, also 15, at Bak-
er County High School on Janu-
The accused, who is from
Sanderson, denied the allega-
Two male students from
Macclenny at Baker County
Middle School were arrested the
same day following a classroom
argument broken up by a substi-
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 5, 2009 Page 7
What they carried around in haversack
They contained a soldier'
BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
Larry Rosenblatt is the dis-
of North Florida
chapter of the Sons
Veterans. He often,
dons his gray wool
and gives talks at
ments and to chil-
dren's groups and
nizations about the
lives of soldiers
Seated at a rus-
tic wooden folding
table, he is speak-
ing about that in-
or Union soldier
could do without
is a sturdy cot-
ton bag that was
usually worn over
the shoulder by
'h long strap. The
term comes from
the French havre,
which means cut oats -and the'
word sac, which in many lan-
guages means bag. It had a large
flap over the top with a buckle to
keep it fastened and when pos-
.sible, was waterproofed in some
A haversack had two com-
ipartments, one for food supplies
and another for all else. Al-
though most people have some
idea what a haversack is, few
may know what the soldiers ac--
tually carried in it.
"It had two sections because
you didn't want your food get-
ting mixed up with your tobacco
and tooth powder and other sup-
plies," said Mr. Rosenblatt.
He empties the sack filled
'with numerous smaller cotton
bags on the table. Each, small
bag contains a different item.
"When a soldier was ordered
onto the battlefield he was re-
quired to carry a full canteen of
.water and a three-day supply of
food," said Mr. Rosenblatt.
That food consisted of hard
tack, tea, sugar, dried peas,
parched corn and beef jerky.
The dried peas were the one
food item that had to be cooked.
The parched corn could be eaten
as it was.
Mr. Rosenblatt holds up the
hard tack, a squarebiscuit with
small holes punched throughout.
Hard tack could only be eaten
:after softening it in a little wa-
*ter. He whacks the table with it a
"There was a reason for the
name of this stuff-it was really
'hard, but that helped preserve it
and make it easily portable," he
Tea issued to soldiers came in
.the form of blocks, the same way
:it was made during the time of
the Boston Tea Party.
Mr. Rosenblatt demonstrates
show a soldier would have made
himself some tea to drink. He
uses a knife with a whale bone
handle, an authentic relic of the
war, to remove some shavings
off the tea block. Those he puts
into his canteen of water. Next
he produces some scrapings of
sugar and puts them in the can-
teen' as well. The sugar carried,
by soldiers of that time bears no
resemblance to the loose, white
granules we are accustomed to
today. The soldier's sugar is raw,
unprocessed, very dark brown
and compacted into a hard cone
According to Mr. Rosenb-
latt, that three-day supply was
something that the Confederate
soldiers often just simply did not
necessities in the Civil War
gaines, even though there wasn't
much to gamble with. For music,
most soldiers owned a mouth
harp. Harmonicas were com-
Larry Rosenblatt plays a mouth harp, one item carried in a haversack.
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have, so they had to supplement.
They hunted squirrels and other
game, dug for roots, scavenged
for berries. In south Georgia and
Florida,. they took advantage of
the wild cabbage palms which'
have an edible heart.
Other items contained in a
haversack were a toothbrush
and tooth powder if it was avail-
able, lye soap, playing cards,
and a sewing kit known as "a
housewife" with needles, thread,
patching material, folding scis-
sors and buttons of bone, metal
There would also be a twist
of tobacco, a mouth harp and, if
a soldier came from a well-off *
family) he could provide his own
Soldiers cleaned their guns
and their bodies with lye soap.
If they ran out of tooth powder,
they used the soap to brush their
"That is, if they had any
teeth," said Mr. Rosenblatt. "Ac-
tually,., one of the requirements
to join the military was that you
had to have two teeth that actu-
ally met. Soldiers had to be able
to bite the end off the paper twist
wrappings that held the power
that went into' their bullet cas-,
The toothbrush was made
of whale bone with bristles of
horse hair. There is a question
Mr. Rosenblatt often asks his
audience:, "What part of the
horse do you think the hair came
from? Most people say it's from
the horse's tail. He loves to see
their reaction when he asks the'
"Now, folks, would you actu-
ally brush your teeth with some-
thing that came out of a horse's
tail? No, the hair for the tooth-
brushes came from the horse's
The typical soldier spent more
time training and waiting around
the camp than in actual combat.
Card games and music helped
pass the time, especially in the
evenings. Soldiers played poker,
gin rummy and other gambling
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mon, although not all soldiers
had them. Someone in a com-
pany usually had a banjo.
Many carried a twist of to-
bacco leaves wrapped in a ban-
dana. Soaked in molasses, they
sucked on these for the sweet
flavor. When the sweetness was
spent, they'd hang the tobacco
leaves on a fence to dry in the
sun. Later, they smoked them in
clay or corn cob pipes.
"What's interesting to me is
that tobacco was most valuable
as a bartering item," said Mr.
The north didn't have tobacco
and. the south didn't have cof-
fee. During hours of cease-fire,
Confederate and Union soldiers
would actually call to each other
across the battle field and ne-
gotiate for what they wanted. A
typical conversation might have
gone something like this:
' Hey, Yank!
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Emiima Irnhed Ion Januai 21
& her sister kiial.l will urIn 2 Febrlriiiy X.
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You got any coffee?
I do. You got any tobacco?
I got tobacco.
Meet me at the creek after
i tree. Let's trade.
The meeting would
take place after sufi-
set and conversation
". would continue.. The
soldiers on opposing
sides might ask about
the welfare of friends
"Outside of the
context of war, sol-
diers from opposing
.'.. sides often knew each
other as neighbors and
friends or might have
even been from the
same family," said Mr.
As soldiers slipped
back into the night and
headed.to their camps,
the departing conver-
sation might end some-
thing like this:
C "Have you given
your soul to the Lord?
Better do it if you
haven't, 'cause tomor-
ELLEY LANNIGAN row I hafta' kill you."
"And they would
mean it, too," said Mr. Rosenb-
A soldier carried a couple
more items in the haversack.
One was a "carbon striker" a
piece of flint to start a fire and
paper impregnated with carbon
which helped it ignite easily.
Mr. Rosenblatt pulls the fi-
nal item from its covering a
pocket-sized brown book. Two
words are printed on the binding
"Soldiers in the calvary were
issued a testament before they
were issued a weapon," he said.
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Brian and Debbie Rhoden
of Macclenny are proud to an-
nounce the engagement of
daughter Olivia Smith to Chris
Norman, son of Kenny and Ma-
rie Norman of Macelenny.
Although a wedding date has
not been set, the couple looks
forward to a spring wedding in
Olivia and Chris are both
2006 graduates of Baker County
Chc it ot..
Dwight Harris and Norma
Prevatt, both of Middleburg,
would like to invite all friends
and family to their wedding on
Saturday, February 14 at 5:00
pm. The wedding will be held at
the First Baptist Church of Sand-
erson. The reception will follow
at the church.
After their honeymoon, the
couple will reside in Middle-
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March I is the deadline to file for all exemptions.
You may be eligible for any of the following:
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 5, 2009 Page 8
Theresa Busch, 82, of Jack-
sonville died February 2, 2009
at the home of her niece Lena
and Pat Palandrani in Macclen-
ny, where she had been living.
Theresa was born in Brooklyn,
NY to Frank and Josephine La-
ghezza on March 30, 1926. She
was predeceased by husband of
50 years, Karl Busch;' brothers
Frank "Jimmy" Laghezza, John
Laghezza; sisters Angie Aman--
dola and Jean Palmeri.
Survivors include niece Lena
(Pat) Palandrani of Macclenny;
sisters Rita Carrino and Maria
Doll, both of New York; numer-
ous nieces,, nephews, great niec-
es and great nephews.
The graveside service will
be held February 5 at 11:00 am
at Riverside Memorial Park in
Jacksonville. Arrangements are
under the direction of V. Todd
Ferreira Funeral Services.
Joseph "Joe" Walton Durber
Jr., 87, of Macclenny died Feb-
ruary 3, 2009 at St. Vincent's
Medical Center in Jacksonville.
Joe was a resident of Macclenny
once again. Mr. Durber
Joe -was il
a member of the Macclenn)
Moose Lodge #2412, a Lion's
Club member and an active
community volunteer. He was
predeceased by wife of 37 years
Gladys Durber; sons Luke Durb-
erand Bart H. Durber.
Survivors include daughters
Sharyn (Pete) Wood of Jack-
sonville, Jane Durber (Colin)
Williams of New York; four
grandchildren 'and five great-
The memorial service will be
held February 6 at 7:00 pm at V.
Todd Ferreira Funeral Services
Chapel. The family will receive
friends and family February. 6
from 5:00-7:00 pm at the funer-
Alberta Peco, 64,
dies January 29th
Alberta Pecor, 64, of Baldwin
died Thursday evening, January
29, 2009 at her home. She was
born and raised in Macclenny
and was a daughter to the late
Jack and Rency Cleo Newmans.
Mrs. Pecor loved spending time
with her children and grandchil-
dren, and was a member of the
Baldwin Church of God.
Survivors include husband
Edward "Sonny" Pecor, Bald-
win; son Bradford Waltman,
Glen St. Mary; daughter Lorna
Robin Haminlin (Ronald), Evas-
ton, WY; sister BeaAllen, Nash-
ville, GA; seven grandchildren;
six great-grandchildren and nu-
merous nieces and nephews.
The graveside funeral service
for Mrs. Pecor was held Feb-
ruary 2 at 11:00 am at Taylor
Cemetery in Taylor with Rev.
Johnny W. Anderson officiat-
ing. Arrangements were under
the direction of. Guerry Funeral
William Harrell, 65,
expert turkey hunter
William David Harrell, 65, of
Glen St. Mary died January 29,
2009 at his home. Mr. Harrell
was born in High Point,. North
1943 to the
rell and Es-
1978. Mr. Harrell
rell was a member of Kings
Road Baptist Church and he
retired from Yates Construction
Company, where he was a. su-
perintendent. He enjoyed travel-
ing and spending time with his
family. He also loved to hunt
and was an expert turkey hunter,
going fishing, and spending time
with his grandchildren. He was
predeceased by half-sister Ms.
E.L. Lawson and half-brother
Willie H. Harrell Jr.
Survivors include loving wife
of 23 years,. Carol Fish Har-
rell of Glen; sister Anna Faye
Anderson from Nicholls, GA;
step-sister Leona Saunders of
Virginia Beach; children David
L. (Angela) Harrell and Alicia
(Ron) Johnson, both of Mac-
clentpy, Sandra (Timmy) Harrell
of Glen, Bruce (Gina) Harrell
of Jacksonville; step-children
Misty (Roger) Jewell of Jack-
sonville and Candice Howard
of Glen; nine grandchildren and
The funeral service was held
February 1 at 2:00 pm in the V\'
Todd Ferreira Chapel with Pas-
tor John A. Raulerson officiat-
ing. In lieu of flowers, please
make a donation to Community
Hospice of NE Florida: 4266
Sunbeam Road Jacksonville, FL
CHURCH OF CHRIST
573 S. 5th St. 259-6059
Sunday Bible Study 9:45 am
Fellowship 10:30 am -11:00 am
I 111:00 am
S. \led. Bible Sudvy
.'. 7:3 1 pm
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Rev. Bobby Griffin
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February 8 March 1
Service begins at 11:00 am
David Ronald "Ronnie"
Mathews, 48, died at his home
Thursday, January 29, 2009.
Ronnie was born in Jacksonville
on February 26, 1961 and was a
resident of Macclenny. Ronnie
was a drywall and metal framer
for over 20 years with Supreme
Drywall and other companies.
Survivors include wife Pa-.
mela Ann Mathews; sons Kevin
and Brian; step-sons David and
Billy; daughter Donna; broth-
ers Andy (Gisella), Charles
(Wannell), James and Buddy
Mathews; sisters Dianne Walk-
er, Kathy (Mike) Everitts, Mar-
tha (Ned) Matthews and Peggy
(Tim) Driggers; five grandchil-
dren and many nieces and neph-
The funeral service was held
January 31 at 7:00 pm in the
chapel of Fraser Funeral Home,
Jacksonville with Rev. James H.
Beverly Myers, 65,
Beverly Nell ,Myers, 65, of
Jacksonville died January 29,
2009 following a lengthy ill-
ness. Mrs. Myers was born Feb-
ruary 5, 1943 in Graves County,
Kentucky, the daughter of the
late Earnest Lee Murrell and the
former Sylvia Crystell Watts.
She was preceded in death by
son Gregory Scott Myers.
Survivors include husband of
49 years, Chester Myers; daugh-
ters Debbie (Gerald) Taylor and
Rhonda (Jeff) Smith; son Spen-
cer (Candy) Myers; sisters Mary
Lee Swift, Sylvia Altgilbers and
Trease Dalton; brother Richard
Purcell; eight grandchildren and
The funeral service was held
at noon on February 2 at the
First Baptist Church of Maxville
with Pastor Earnest Tatham of-
ficiating. Interment followed at
Jacksonville National Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the
direction of Prestwood Funeral
Benny Searcy 71,
diesj a ua, '28th
Benny Leon Searcy, 71, died
January 28, 2009. Benny was
born in Mangrum, LA on Aug.
8, 1937 and resided in Baker
County for the past 39 years.
He was a glazier by trade and
worked- for Capitol Glass in
Jacksonville. He owned and
operated Gateway Glass of Tay-
lor. Mr. Searcy.was preceded in
death by parents Stanley Searcy
and Jewell Searcy Havens.
Survivors include wife of 42
years, Betty Faye Harvey Searcy;
son Benny Chandler (Elizabeth)
Searcy; step-daughter Alisa
(Steve) Dixon; step-son Clay
'(Donna) Smith; brother Floyd
(Linda) Searcy of Kenner, LA;
sister Thelma Porter of Jackson-
ville; two grandchildren.
The funeral service was held
at 2:00 pm on Feb. 2 at the
First Baptist Church of Glen St.
Mary, with Rev. Alan Bo Ham-
mock officiating. Interment fol-
lowed in Cedar Creek Cemetery.
The family requested that in lieu
of flowers, donations can be
made to Community Hospice
NE Florida. Arrangements were
under the direction of Giddens-
Reed Funeral Home.
Marlys K. Thomas, 63, of
Macclenny died Monday, Janu-
ary 26, 2009, of cancer. She was
born to Ralph and Fern Lee of
New Loindon, IA. and graduated
from Iowa Wesleyan College in
1967. Marlys married on July
26, 1975 to Wade L. Thomas of
Jacksonville and gave birth to a
son, Brian W. Thomas, on May
Mrs. Thomas began a teach-
ing career in Jacksonville in
1988 that lasted ten years. She
taught home economics at Wolf-
son Senior High, Stilwell Middle
and Ed White High. She moved
to Macclenny in 1993 and kept
teaching in Jacksonville until
1998, when she moved to Baker-
County High School. Marlys
was diagnosed with cancer in
April, 2006 and continued teach-
ing until she retired at the end of
the 2008 school year.
Survivors include husband
Wade; son Brian; daughter-in-
law Jessica; brother Ron Lee;,
sister Mary Myers; two grand-
Her wish was to be cremat-
ed and a memorial service will
be held February 7 at 4:00 pm
at the First United Methodist
Church of Macclenny. In lieu of
flowers, please .donate to your
local hospice. Arrangements are
under the direction of Giddens-
Reed Funeral Home, Baldwin.
The family of Richard Duck-
worth would like to thank-every-
one that brought food, stopped
by or said a prayer during our
time of grief. Special thanks to
the employers of Miller Electric,
the Bennett family, the Baker
County Sheriff's Office, Janet
Jackson, Bud and Faye Davis,
Todd Ferreira Funeral Home and
Andy Bowman for the beautiful
tribute to our father.
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.Sunday School 10:00 am
Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wed. Evening Prayer Serv. 7:30 pm
>,Pastor:. Oral E. Lyons
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resulting in the deaths of
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Sunday School 9:45 am
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Services 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting 7:00 pm
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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
First Assembly ofGod
Sunday Mornin .......10:15am
Sunday Evening ........6:00pm
Wednesday Eve g.........7:00pmr
Nursery provided for a ces,
Pastor Joshua and Ashley Potts
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Independent Pentecostal Church
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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
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 5, 2009 Page 9
Frances Walker, 71,
dies February 1st
Frances Marie Walker, 71,
died Sunday following a long ill-
ness,on February 1, 2009 while
residing at Macclenny Nurs-
ing and Rehab Center. Frances
25, 1938 in
nessee, and i
A. Walker, a
loving and Ma-
caring hus- G
band, for ,
years. She Ms. W alke
had traveled Ms. Walker
the world in
her lifetime, and resided on.Blue
Hole Road in Baker County the
last 15 years.
She was predeceased by
parents Fred Shelton and Mar-
garet Farris Shelton, and sister
Mrs. Walker loved to paint
and draw in her spare time be-
fore the onset of her illness. She
had won several blue ribbons
for her paintings and drawings
at the Baker County Agricul-
Survivors include sons Gary
(Coleen) Butler of Ovieda, 'FL
and Thomas "Matt" Walker of
Baxter, FL; daughter Tammy
(Donald) Parker of Bryceville;
five grandchildren; numerous
nieces, nephews and other loved
ones as well as family friends
that have all supported and loved
her. so very much. She will be
missed a great deal by her very
special girl "Honey Bun," who
was more than just her pet.
The memorial service will be
held February 5 at 6:00 pm at V.
Todd Ferreira Funeral Services
Chapel with Pastor Tommy An-
derson officiating. The family
will receive friends and family
one hour prior to the service at
the funeral home.
In Loving Memory
We lopt a precious jewel only
a year ago. You ask, "What is
a precious jewel?" It was our
mother. She always had a smile,
a hug, a kiss. Oh, how do we
miss. They say time will heal and
we pray that it is.God's will.
So for now each day we pray
that your wings sparkle as they
did here on earth, for you were
God's gift to us, the most pre-
cious jewel. So when the roses
bud, the birds sing, the stars
shine bright at night, we know
that you're sparkling in God's
LOVE YOU VERY MUCH,
Mt. Zion N.C.
121 North t 259-4461
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 pmro
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
Tessa Lynn Godwin
My precious daughter, I can-
not believe it has been 19 years
since you came into our lives. I
can remember the night as if it
were yesterday.' Your tiny little
face was so full of hope. The joy
that you brought to our family
will never be forgotten and our
hearts will forever be entwined.
Enjoy your birthday in Heaven,
In His time we will join you for
a glorious celebration.
In Loving Memory of
February 3, 2000
Today and always you're on
our minds. We love you and
OSCAR, SANDY, CANDY,
RON, TONY, DOUGLAS
The family of Frank Green
would like to extend its sincere
appreciation to Guerry Funeral
Home, Raiford Road Church,
the Baker County Sheriff's de-
partment and everyone who of-
fered their services. This was a
great loss to our family and your
assistance and support will be
remembered. Also many thanks
for all the prayers, cards sent and
GOD'S BLESSING TO ALL,
RUTH GREEN AND FAMILY
We would, like to express our
deepest appreciation to everyone
for all the acts of kindness and
respect shown during our time
THE KENNETH DIETZ FAMILY
First Baptist Church
CR 229 S., Sanderson FL
SundaN 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
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15902 US Hwy. 90
Sunday Morning W'Vorihip
Wed. Night Bible Study
7idell I Williams -Pastor
Bill Guerry Owner, L.ED.
The family of Hazel Thom-
as Rhoden would like to thank
everyone for the love and com-
passion shown throughout her
entire illness and passing. A
special thank you to all of the
staff and employees of W. Frank
Wells Nursing Home for the
food, calls, and visits during this
time. We considered ourselves
to be blessed to have been raised
in a place where people still care
about each other. Mama and our
forefathers had always attend-
ed the First United Methodist
Church. A special thanks to Rev.
Pope and all of the ones who fed
us a wonderful meal following
the funeral and supported us
with their love and prayers.
Thank you to everyone who
called, sent cards, food, flow-
ers and especially prayed for our
family. Thank you Todd Ferreira
and your staff for making a dif-
ficult time run as smoothly as
possible. Your professionalism'
and care could not'have been
TOMMY RHODEN AND FAMILY
JERRY RHODEN AND FAMILY
JANET RHODEN TgAGUE AND FAMILY
In Loving Memory
"I'll see you again" is what
she said as the angels touched
down by Mama's bed. Oh, what
a flapping of their beautiful
wings as they took Mama to be
with her King, leaving all her
troubles and pain, Mama left
peacefldly for eternal life. She
can't come back, but we can go
too' where she's at in Heaven,
I surely 'know, so help us Lord
each and every day to go to
where Mama's at in that beauti-
WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN MAMA!
LOVE, DADDY, DEBBIE, BETTY, CARLA,
SUSIE, KATHYJR, STEVEN, GRANNY AND
ALL YOUR GRANDCHILDREN
In Loving Memory
It's been one, year since
you've gone to be.in a better
place. You are truly missed by
everyone who knew you. We
were so blessed to have had you
in our lives. It often seems just
like yesterday that you left this
world and sometimes it seems
like it's been a lifetime ago. The
days here on earth are extremely
long and quiet without you, but
we know one day we'll get our
chance to be with you. We love
you and miss you.
IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER,
YOUR LOVING WIFE,
Financial help sought
The family of Cherie Craw-
ford, a life-long resident of Bak-
er County, requests monetary
donations to help with medical
expenses. Cherie is being treated
for breast cancer and soon will
star chemotherapy and radia-
tion. Donations may be made in
her name at the Vystar location in
Assistance of any amount will
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the application process for its Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
pending attrition of the existing Waiting List. The current waiting period is well
in excess of one year.
Is also given that Macclenny Housing Authority is closing the application process
for its Public Housing Program pending attrition of the existing one (1) and two (2)
bedroom Waiting Lists. The current waiting period for both these lists is in excess
of two years. The three (3) and four (4) bedroom waiting lists remain open.
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 5, 2009 Page 10
Technology is ar
BY KELLEY LANNIGAN trial in their les- ,;t,.," .% :
Press Staff sons."
Blackboards and chalk will Students are
someday perhaps soon initially given '
pass into relative obscurity. Even tests which evalu- ;'-.t .
books, in the form we now know ate their current ..
them, may eventually disappear. skill level. When
Things in the classroom have that is determined,
changed and change, especially the program alerts
rapid technological change, is the teacher to the
a normal part of the education areas of strength
process and environment. Walk and weakness and
into a classroom today and you're dictates what spe-
likely to encounter rows of com- cific lessons the
puter terminals, hard drives and students need to
headphones, be given.
Today's students use comput- "The subject
ers to help them learn to read, matter may be
spell, write, and master mathe- the same for' all,
matics and science. Blackboards but students are
and chalk are being replaced by working at differ-
"smart boards" which interface ent levels accord-
with laptop computers. Students ing to their ability. .
work in computer labs during The programs are
the school day, in after-school designed to help
programs and connect with the them improve in
Internet at home to access prac- areas they might
tice lessons and sample tests, be having trouble
"Technology is now a part of with," she said.
life," says Byronell Williams, Ms. Williams
who oversees the seventh and presents the initial lesson in the
eight grade computer labs at traditional lecture mode. Instead
.Baker County Middle School. of following along in a text-
According to Ms. Williams, book, students at computers are
all middle school students (6th- prompted to access a particular
8th grades) are now exposed to lesson and unit in the program
computer-aided instruction. The they are using. Text, graph-
school has five computer labs set ics and images appear on the
up to assist students in a variety screen. Supplemental questions
of instructional avenues. Stu- can be answered with multiple
dents focus mainly on math and choice answers.
reading. "The teacher is not replaced
"In my classes, the computer by the technology," Ms. Wil-
programs serve as extra rein- liams points out. "She is there for
forcement to the standard class- general guidance. The advantage
room instruction," stated Ms. comes in more opportunities to
Williams. "The programs they give one-on-one instruction to
use help to supplement the ma- students that need it."
1 ever increasing part of education
iams (standing) assists students in the computer lab.
Regular testing is done on the
computer also. Teachers can then
access scores and enterithem on
a network data base. From that
source report cards are gener-
The technology labs are uti-
lized primarily y science and
agriculture classes. Teachers
sign up to use the lab and stu-
dents spend their time doing re-
search related to their classroom
"They might review addition-
al material on the Internet, pro-
duce a project or watch videos
online," said Ms. Williams.
Sixth graders rotate into the
computer lab settings twice
weekly. 7th antI 8th graders use
the labs daily.
Another lab provides students
the opportunity to learn and
improve keyboarding skills and
instruction in developing pro-
ficiency in producing presenta-
"Even giving reports in class
have evolved because of technol-
ogy," said Ms. Williams. "Today
students may use computers and
the PowerPoint program to pro-
duce their assignments and proj-
ects and present them in class."
The after-school labs are con-
ducted for students who may
need remedial work in a sub-
ject or who desire to earn extra
Some of the
Sued in the mid-
dle school by the
students are New
tion (NCE) for
math anrd reading;
ing System (ALS)
for math, reading,
on language science
and social studies;
(SRI) for reading.
gram is Success
Maker for cross-
with science, and
social studies les-
into the math and
D Y K.ELLEY LANNIGAN Teachers train
to keep them up
to speed in using the new pro-
grams. They also utilize other
technology when presenting
their lessons in the classroom.
Overhead projectors and trans-
parencies have been replaced
with "SMART Boards."
S"The new boards go far be-
yond the limitations of the old
overhead transparencies," said
Ms. Williams., "So much more
information can be projected
SMART Boards, which are
the size of traditional black-
boards, are white boards con-
nected to a laptop computer.
Lessons are projected and the
board responds to touch, mak-
ing it interactive. No more chalk
or markers. The boards allow
teachers to create dynamic, con-
The school also owns several
Elmo Projectors, devices that
can scan images or text from
many sources and automatically
project the information onto the
Some teachers, have employed
the use of eInstruction programs,
where a teacher uses a special re-
ceiver connected to a computer
to capture instant data from stu-
dents who enter their responses
on handheld clickerss."
Clickers have eight alphabeti-
cal buttons students use to an-
swer multiple choice questions.
According to Ms. Williams,
the school is in the process of
phasing into a program called
Pinnacle. When it's in place, pos-
sibly sometime next year, parents
will be able to go online and ac-
cess and monitor their children's
grades to see how they're doing
"Technology is here to stay,"
said Ms. Williams. "Students
today must master new skills in
order to be eligible for the future
flowers at schools
Due to increased account-
ability for student achievement,
safety issues for bus riders and'
in an effort to protect valuable
academic learning time, BCMS
and BCHS will not be accept-
ing Valentine's deliveries to stu-
dents. Thank you for your un-
derstanding and support.
Good behavior rewarded with Westsidepajama party
BY KELLEY LANNIGAN
If anyone visited Westside Elementary on
January 23 they might have been amused to
see many students, teachers and other staff
in their PJs. The school was observing Pa-
Even Lynn Fort, the school's principal,'
was sporting comfortable, fuzzy, blue bed-
room shoes ag she 'went about her adminis-
"I've been laughing all day," said Ms.
Fort. "Mr. Wendel, one of our science teach-
ers, showed up this morning wearing his
bathrobe, bedroom slippers and a shower cap
on his head. Every time he walks by it cracks
Teachers Kelley Murphy and Kathleen
Sheridan were hosting a pajama movie party
in their classroom, which was filled with
sleeping bags. The glorious smell of buttered
popcorn was heavy in the air and the lights
Quiet and content, 35 students lay or sat,
Fireplace, Glamour Bath a Furniture
$57 clde: Set-up, A/C.
$5190.0" Neat, Skirting & Steps
filling almost every inch of floor
space. They munched the pop-
corn and sipped drinks, hardly
taking their eyes from the classic
Disney movie The Aristocats.
Occasionally, peels of laughter
erupted around the room as some -.
of the animated characters found .,
themselves in goofy situations.
When children needed a bath- .;. '
room break, they donned their .
bedroom shoes and house robe
for the trip, just like they would
"The pajama party is one of the
students' favorite PBS rewards," Three first g,
said Ms. Murphy, referring to jama Day.
Positive Behavior Support, an in-
centive program recently introduced to some
of Baker County schools that allows students
to reap benefits and fun privileges by exhib-
iting a variety of positive behaviors.
"It costs a student ten Pawbucks in order
to attend the pajama party," said Ms. Mur-
phy. "It's proved to be one of the most popu-
grade girls eat popcorn and watch 'The Aristocats' on Pa-
PnOTO Hn KFu.I.,Y LANNIGAN
lar things the students spend their Pawbucks
Since the Pawbucks function like mon-
ey, earning and saving them can also help
students to understand the significance of
working for something they desire, working
toNward a goal.
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Lega l Notices
HIGGINBOTHAM'S TOWING & RECOVERY
P.O. BOX 1120, US 90 WEST
GLEN ST. MARY, FL. 32040-1120
Phone (904) 259-4375 FAX (904) 259-6146
The following vehicles will be sold at public
auction February 20, 2009 at 10:00 am, at Hig-
ginbotham's Towing & Recovery, US 90 West, Glen
St. Mary, FL. 32040.
1998 Chevrolet Z-71
2002 Ford SUV
VIN # 1FMDU64W32UA80733
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
NOTICE OF INTENT TO FIND
TOWN OF GLEN ST. MARY
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT
DOCKET NO. 08-PEFE1-NOI-0202-(A)-(I)
The Department gives notice of its intent to
find the Amendment to the Comprehensive Plan for
Town of Glen St. Mary, adopted by Ordinance No.
2008-05 on October 21, 2008, IN COMPLIANCE,
pursuant to Sections 163.3184, 163.3187 and
The adopted Town of Glen St. Mary Compre-
hensive Plan Amendment and the Department's
Objections, Recommendations .and Comments
Report, (if any), are available for public inspection
Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays,
during normal business hours, at the Town of Glen
St. Mary, Town Hall, 10046 North Glen Avenue, Glen
St. Mary, Florida 32040-0519.
Any affected person, as defined in Section
163.3184, F.S., has a right to petition for an admin-
istrative hearing to challenge the proposed agency
determination that the Amendment to the Town of
Glen St. Mary Comprehensive Plan is In Compliance,
as defined in Subsection 163.3184(1), ES. The pe-
tition must be filed within twenty-one (21) days af-
ter publication of this notice, and must include all of
the information and contents described in Uniform-
Rule 28-106.201, F.A.C. The petition must be filed
with the Agency Clerk, Department of Community
Affairs, 2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard, Tallahassee,
Florida 32399-2100, and a-copy mailed or delivered
to the local government. Failure to timely file a peti-
tion shall constitute a waiver of any right to request
an administrative proceeding as a petitioner under
Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. If a petition is
filed, the purpose of the administrative hearing will
be to present evidence and testimony and forward a
recommended order to the Department, If no peti-
tion is filed, this Notice of Intent shall become final
If a petition is filed, other affected persons may
petition for leave to intervene in the proceeding. A
petition for intervention must be filed at least twenty
(20) days before the final hearing and must include
all of the information and contents described in Uni-
form Rule 28-106.205, EA.C. A petition for leave to
Intervene shall be flied at the Division of Adminis-
trative Hearings, Department of Management Ser-
vices, 1230 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida
32399-3060. Failure to petition to intervene within
the allowed time frame constitutes a waiver of any
right such a person has to request a hearing under
Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., or to participate
in the administrative hearing.
After an administrative hearing petition is timely
filed, mediation is available pursuant to Sub-section
163.3189(3)(a), ES., to any affected person who is
made a party to the proceeding by filing that request
with the administrative law judge assigned by the
Division of Administrative Hearings. The choice of
mediation shall not affect a party's right to an ad-
Mike McDaniel, Chief
Office of Comprehensive Planning
Department of Community Affairs
2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2100
A, R&R, INC
10525 DUVAL LANE
MACCLENNY, FL 32063
Phone (904) 259-4774
The following vehicle will be sold at public
auction February 20, 2009 at 8:00 am at A, R&R
INC, 10525 Duval Lane, Macclenny, FL 32063.
1990 Ford Pickup
Request for Proposals to drill new well at St.
Mary's Shoals Park
Baker County is requesting proposals from li-
censed water well contractors in the State of Florida
for construction of a water well at the St. Mary's
Shoals Park. The well will be used to supply a 2-toi-
let restroom facility and spigots for horse watering.
This request for Proposals includes construction
and development of the well itself, as well as any
other necessary accessories such as the concrete
pad, well house, and piping.
Proposals shall be submitted to the Baker
County Board of Commissioners, Baker County Ad-
ministration Building, 55 North.Third Street, Mac-
clenny, FL 32063 on or before 1:00pm on February
13, 2009. Submittals should be marked "Shoals
Water Well" on the outside of the proposal. Any
questions regarding the project may be addressed
to Maurice Postal, Shoals Park Manager at (904)
Trle Board of County Commissioners reserves
the right to reject any and all proposals, to waive
any informalities and irregularities in the proposal
process, and to award the contracts) in the best
interest of the County. Contract proposals resulting
from the process will be subject to review and will
be within the available grant funding level for the
project. All contracts will be fashioned so as to pro-
tect the County's interest.
EOE/ADA/FAIR HOUSING JURISDICTION
Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
New River Solid Waste Association is seeking
a qualified person or firm to serve as our Agent of
Record, to act on our behalf as an agent and consul-
tant for NRSWA Employee Group Health Insurance
benefits. The Agent of Record will be responsible
'and accountable to the NRSWA's Board of Directors
and employees to educate, advise and handle all as-
pects of service issues regarding the group's health
insurance. The Agent must be licensed in the State
of Florida and be in good standing with the Florida
Department of Insurance. The Agent must have at
least 10 years experience in group health benefits
and be appointed by and in good standing with our
current carrier, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida
and their affiliate companies. Agents who seek to
be considered for this appointment must submit
a Requisition for Agent application, which may be
obtained from NRSWA by contacting Lydia Greene,
Office Manager, at NRSWA, P.O. Box 647, Raiford,
FL 32083, by email to Igreene@nrswa.org, or at
386-431-1000. The Request for Agent Application
must be submitted to NRSWA in'person or by mail,
no later than February 11, 2009, 4:30 p.m. and must
be in a sealed envelope clearly marked Request for
Agent with nine (9) copies enclosed. The selection
for the Agent of Record will be heard by the NRSWA
Board of Directors at their February 12, 2009 regu-
larly scheduled board meeting at 5:30 p.m.
INVITATION TO BID
NEW 5 TON HEAT PUMP SPLIT SYSTEM
The Baker County Board of Commissioners
will be accepting written sealed bids until 4:00pm
on February 17, 2009 for the following: Removal
of existing system (air handler & heat pump) and
install One (1) New 5 ton heat pump split system
including air handler for the Supervisor of Elections
All work must be' performed by a licensed
person and be in compliance with State and local
Bids shall be submitted to the Baker County
Board of Commissioners, Baker County Administra-
tion Building, 55 North Third Street, Macclenny FL
32063 on or before 4:00pm on February 17, 2009.
Bids should be marked "Elections Office AC" on the
outside of envelope. Any questions regarding the
project may be addressed to Sara Little at (904)
The Board of County Commissioners reserves
the right to reject any or all bids, to waive any in-
formality in the proposal process, and to award the
contracts) in the best interest of the County.
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 5, 2009 Page 11
7 starters for kick
off of 2009 baseball season Feb.
The Wildcat baseball team is readying for the
start of its spring season, and Coach John Staples
has high hopes for this year's team.
He is coming off a 19-9 record where 8 of his
losses were by one run and the other was by two
runs. With 7 returning starters, Staples thinks this
could be a season of good things happening out on
"We're very excited about the upcoming year,"
said the coach. "This could possibly end up as one
of the best clubs I've had here at Baker County."
* Here's a look at how the Cats break down by po-
sition. At first base Chad Schroeer and Dalton Raul-
erson will share time. When not on the first bag,
Schroeer and Raulerson will be designated hitters.
Both can smack the ball; Raulerson hit .370 last sea-
son and Schroeer led the team in 2007.
Chase Bennett will man the second base bag. He
had an outstanding year offensively and defensively
last season. Cason Crews will be his backup.
Travis Tyson is the only 4-year starter for the
Wildcats and mans the shortstop position. Tyson hit
.371 last season.
Freshman Chris Waddell will start at third base,
but has stiff competition for the slot. Waddell has a
lot of potential.
Corey Elasik moves behind the plate after play-
ing third base last season. Elasik has a strong arm
and is improving rapidly at catcher. He led the team
in home runs last season and is backed up by Adam
Johnny Elasik has the center field spot and his
defensive skills are excellent, according to Coach
Staples. He is improving offensively.
Klate Duval is the team's best hitter and will be
in one of the outfield positions with Clayton Home,
Scooter Gross and BJ Rowe, who are competing for
the third outfield spot. Matthew Blackmon is also
rapidly improving in the outfield.
On the mound, the Cats return their top two left-
handed pitchers from last season. Cameron Crews
and Brad Griffis accounted for 10 of the Cats' 19
wins last year. Chris Waddell and Josh Griffis will
also see time on the mound.
The Cats have home games on Feb. 5, 9 and 10
versus Matanzas, Fernandina Beach and Alachua
Santa Fe, respectively.
Jaguar kicker, cheedeaders at Hardees...
Jaguar kicker Josh Scobee along with Roar cheerleaders Devin (left) and Laurie paid a visit to the local Hardees January 23
to help Manager Jerome Gist and customers celebrate the restaurants one year anniversary. People lined up to get pictures and
autographs along with free food during the afternoon event. P oTo BY JESSICA PREVAIT
Hogs quarterback Chris Walker runs around the right end of the Dog defense.
Hogs defeatDogs 20-18
About 500 people attended this year's Hogs vs. Dogs Pig Bowl
at Memorial Stadium January 31 and helped raise roughly $3000
to benefit Baker County Middle School's SADD (Students Against
Destructive Decisions) club and other charities. Sheriff's office per-
sonnel (the Hogs) defeated local firefighters (the Dogs) 20-18 in a
rather rough flag football game, that was cut short by a scuffle with
three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Half-time included a fireworks
display from Phantom Fireworks and performances from the middle
school cheerleaders and Fabulous Footwork dancers. The proceeds
will fund the SADD club's trip
to Wild Adventures in Valdosta, 9
Ga. as well as Ribbon Week
activities. Five hundred dollars j W*J
will be given to the family of
Milton "Oshay" Johnson. "I want Well Drillin Water
to thank everyone who helped Well Drilling Water
and donated with the event," said Septic Tanks ~ Dra
organizer Tracie Benton, the
middle school's resource officer 259
and sponsor of the SADD club.
Wal-Mart Supercenter and other
local businesses also. funded the WE'RE YOUR
event with $2500 in donations, licensed in F
she said. aor cedit
PIOIOI JIMMCGAUI ...Y Major cTedit
The Wildcat basketball .-team
ran their record to 18-6 this past.
week with a pair of wins and a
loss., The Cats' district record
stands at 9-3.
The Wildcat varsity basket-
ball team defeated district foes
Suwannee County and' Clay
County last week, but lost its
third district match to Alachua
Santa Fe. All three games were
on the road.
The Wildcats will finish up
their season this week when they
host Union County on Thursday
in the BCHS gym at 7:30 pm.
The Cats rolled over Su-
wannee County on January 27
in Live Oak by a score of 68-
39. Josh Wiseman returned to
his shooting form and Delano
Paige had a huge third period as
the pair paced the Cats with 21
points. Ike Parker also continued
his fine form on the inside with
The Wildcats exploded off
the bench in the first quarter to
effectively seal the win. They
outscored the Bulldogs 21-4 as
Suwannee got absolutely noth-
ing going offensively. Wiseman
was on fire early, hitting 13 of his
21 points in the opening stanza.
Suwannee played BCHS vir-
tually even in the second period,
but couldn't make up any dis-
tance on the Cats and trailed 38-
19 at the half. BCHS once again
left them standing in the third pe-
riod as they out scored their hosts
24-9. This time it was Paige who
got the hot hand. The guard threw
in 12 of his 21 points in the third
Paige and Wiseman led all
scorers with 21. Parker had 17
with a steady showing in the first
On Thursday the Cats trav-
eled to Green Cove Springs and
handed the Blue Devils a 57-46
lpss. The game was once again
decided in the first period when
Baker County out scored the
hosts by 10 points. From then on
the Devils were on the back foot
all go L- 1
and didn't recover. They trailed
29-14 at the half and though they
were able to make up some dis-
tance with a good third period, it
was not nearly enough:
Paige led the way with 16
points and Wiseman added 14.
Chris Walton and Parker threw in
8 and Darvin Ruise had 6 points.
The Cats got on the bus
again, this time to Alachua on
Friday to take on a very tough
Red Raider squad. The game
was close throughout even as
the .Cats got an early lead on the
Raiders and went into Jhe locker
room leading by 5 points.
But in the third period, the
Raiders exploded and took the
game from BCHS. The Cats
came out sluggish and Santa Fe
ran up and down the court, eras-
ing the BCHS lead in a 24-9 run
and sealing the victory.
Ruise had one of his best scor-
ing efforts, leading the Cats' with
12 points. Walton added 10 and
Paige and Wiseman threw in 8.
The lone game against Union
County sets up the district tour-
* nament next week at home on
Feb. 9 through 14.
softball is back
The Lady Wildcat softball team will gear up this weekend for pre-
season action in West Nassau, The girls will hit the clay for the start of
the regular season on February 10 when they travel to First Coast High
to take on the Mustangs.
Coach Cheryl Nunn is returning a team with a lot of experience. It is
also a team with a glut of senior leadership and Nunn is working hard
to pull them together as a team.
She is convinced they will succeed this season only if they can bond
as a team and work together, so Coach Nunn has spent a lot of tiine in
practice working on team-building drills.
Returning starters for the Lady Cats include Cami Craig, Ashley
Curry, Jordan Hand, Heather High, Ashley Holton, Heather North,
Krista Smith, Tiffany Smith, Ashley Tracy, Kristen Wilkinson and
Coach Nunn also has four players. who double for the varsity and
JV: Ashley Brownlee, Haley Crews, Taylor Crummey and Derica Har-
vey play on both squads.
Other JV players include Brittany Alford, Karissa Cain, Christian
Crews, Faith Finley,,Cati Fraze, Kimberly Golden, Elizabeth Hanks,
Christina Hauge, Tenysha Lee, Taylor McCann, Peyton Parker, Alex
Ruehling and Brooke Smith.
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Monday, February 9
Breakfast: Cereal with slice of toast, fruit
Lunch: Tuna Salad with rotini pasta with
a homemade wheat roll or pizza burger on
a bun, choice of 2 sides:,mashed potatoes
with gravy, seasoned pole beans, chilled
fruit or juice choice
Tuesday, February 10
Breakfast: Pancake with syrup, peach
Lunch: Shepherd's pie with a homemade
wheat roll or cold turkey and cheese sand-
wich on a bun, choice of 2 sides: lettuce
and tomato slices, steamed broccoli, baked
Wednesday, February 11
Breakfast: scrambled eggs with baked
potato rounds, fruit juice, milk
Lunch: Cheese pizza slice or BBQ pork
on a bun, choice of 2 sides: baked potato
rounds, garden peas and carrots, chilled
fruit or juice choice
Thursday, February 12
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese burrito, fruit
Lunch: Pepperonii pizza hot pocket or
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sides: raw veggies with lowfat ranch dress-
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juice choice with a homemade wheat roll
and a roasted peanut cup (gr. 7-12)
Friday, February 13
Breakfast: Sausage Biscuit, fruit juice,
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Vintage white sale featuring a fresh
new selection of antique crochet and
embroidered linens, quilts, table cloths
and more at the Franklin Mercantile.
Big two seater go-cart, bucket seats,
roll cage, runs. $500,OB0. 200-5518 or
Boat motor engine, transmission and
parts. All makes, many models, many
hard to find items. New, used and re-
built. ShipWreckSalvage.net, 312-324-
New guns, Bushmaster and DPMS .223
caliber carbine rifles. Concealed weap-
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9mm Calico M-950 50 round magazine,
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Barber/salon chair, excellent condition,
barely used. Retail $800, asking $200.
275-2300, leave message. 2/5p
Artists! Oils, acrylics, water colors,
canvases, drawing pads, and much
more! The Office Mart, 110 S. Fifth
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Bunk bed, paid $1200, asking $300,
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washer/fryer, central air, awning, many
extra $22,000 OBO. 443-306-8710.
Hay for sale. Cow hay $35, horse hay'
$45. Call 259-7364. 1/29-2/5p
Traditional couch, end table and coffee
table, good condition, $300. Three piece
maple entertainment armoire, excellent
condition, $900. 703-9713, 710-0772.
Motorcycle stunt videos, all the top rid-
ers $10 each. Call Rob 408-9955.
Solid wood bedroom suit, dresser,
mirror, two night stands queen/double
headboard, $75. 755-4456 or 259-
2271. 1 2/5p
Visit the historic Franklin Mercan-
tile, offering affordable antiques, col-
lectables .and home furnishings. Open
Friday and Saturdays. At the railroad
crossing in Glen 259-6040. 2/5tfc
2002 F41 Hondo 600 motorcycle, runs
great, $3500. Ask for Rob 408-9955.
2009 Ranger utility vehicles, have hot
new styling, easier steering, more com-
fort, more storage. Smoother ride and
more features than ever. Call Kent to get
yours today. 904-710-9650.
1988 Honda Accord, two door, one
owner, new tires, 50,000 miles factory
engine, new paint, $2,500. Call 571-
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo,
loaded, 4x4, six cylinder runs excellent,
$2800 OBO. 1997 Honda Accord four
door, four cylinder, automatic, 98,000
miles $1900. 904-591-2916. 2/5p
A'Donna Jackson's Income Tax Ser-
vice, Glen St. Mary. 904-759-0884.
Babysitting in my home, all ages, 6:00
am ? Monday Friday. Near 125 and
127. 838-2287. 1/22-2/26p
Do you have a junk car or truck to sell
or haul off. Call 259-7968. 1/10tfc
Babysitting in my home, all ages,
Monday Friday, 6:00 am ? Close
to schools, references available. 259-
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.
White and brown deer head Chihua-
hua with pink collar, very friendly, lost
January 29. Last seen on Linda and Elo-
ise streets. Answers to "Taffy". Reward
offered. 653-1846. 2/5p
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advertising on subjects like work-at-home,
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the newspaper uses reasonable discretion
in deciding on publication of such ads, it
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caution and common sense before send-
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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
Dependable person with remodeling
experience and valid drivers license.
759-3647 or 259-7335. 2/5c
Fiscal Assistant, looking for very quick
advancement. Must be multi-tasking
team player experienced in Quickbooks,
payroll and accounts payable process-
ing with ability to take on new tasks and
adapt to a changing environment. Full
time at $8-10 hr. Drug free EOE. Mail
resume to 101 E. Macclenny Avenue,
Macclenny, FI 32063, fax to (904) 259-
6394 or email to marybbccoa@nefcom.
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@
morrisholdings.com 9/1 ltfc
20 year old female nanny looking for
full/part-time work in Macclenny area.
Just moved her from NC. Two years full-
time experience in childcare. Excellent
references. Contact 259-9966.
Christian CNA available, for private in-
house care, seven days a week, have
references. Call 904-860-9905.
Caregiver/companion, hourly, 24 hours,
live-in, meal prep, light housekeeping,
errands, shopping, Dr. appointments.
Notice to Readers
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subject to 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
such preference, limitation or discrimina-
tion." Familial statuslncludes children~ under
the age of 18 lii',g win parents or legal cus-
todians, pregnant women and people secur-
ing custody of children under 18.
This newspaper will not knowingly accept
any advertising for real estate which is in
violation of the law. Our readers are hereby
informed that all dwellings advertised in this
newspaper are available on an equal oppor-
tunity basis. To complain of discrimination,
call HUD toll free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll
free telephone number for the impaired is
Nassau County, 2009 4 BR, 2 BA, two
acres with pond, zero money down,
$750/month. 904-783-4619. 2/5p
Two lots in Copper Creek, Unit III. Call
.72 acre homesite, houses only. At
entrance to Macclenny II subdivision,
$39,900. 904-219-0480. 1/29tfc
140 acres, one mile road frontage
$6000 per acre. 904-259-8028.
Beautiful 10 acre country estate, 2450
SF brick home, 4 BR, 2 'Y BA, 40'x40'
barn, stocked fish pond, fruit trees.
Sacrificing due to death of husband,
$295,000. Acreage negotiable. Five
miles south of Glen off 1-10. 259-3371
or 386-397-5568. 2/5p
3 acres, high & dry, fish pond, homes
or mobile homes, set-up included,
owner financing or cash discount. 912-
You wanted to sell, now you need to
sell. I buy Baker County houses. 904-
3 BR, 2 BA brick/vinyl home, located in
a quiet subdivision. Close to schools,
shopping and 1-10, $158,500. Call
Davina at 904-338-4842. 2/5p
1997 40x24 doublewide Redrmond
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-
acre lot for sale, $45,000 owner
financing available. 813-3091. 1/15tfc
Affordable home for sale, 3 BR, 2
BA, has office, extra large kitchen, on
75'x150' lot in the city. Selling way
below appraisal, $88,000. 904-697-
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-
MacGlen Builders, Inc. Brick homes in
Macclenny from $145,000-$210,000.
4 BR, 3 BA, built in 2006, 3500 SF
under roof, 11.72 acres 25'x45' beach
pool. $375,000. 904-219-7062.
One acre on Steelbridge Road, $17,000.
Call 904-334-3361. 1/22-2/5p
Bryceville property, 2 acres with opnd,
2009 4 BR, 2 BA, zero money down,
only $750 month.904-783-4619. 2/5p
3 BR, 2 BA, 2002 Homes of Merit on
/2 acre fenced lot, $95,000.904-334-
Beautiful ranch style home on 6.5
acres has 3 BR, 2 BA. New carpet
throughout and fresh paint, large family
room with adjoining kitchen. House has
an attached two-car carport. Renter's
application and one year lease required,
$1100 per month. Call 904-276-5559
or email email@example.com for
further info. 2/5-2/12p
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.
4 BR, 212 BA home in Cypress Point,
Macclenny, formal, dining and living
rooms, family room, screened porch
and double-car garage. $1300/month
plus deposit. 918-691-3849.2/5-2/12p
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home $525/month,
$525 deposit. 904-334-1902. 2/5p
For rent or FSBO, 3 BR, 2 BA double-
wide mobile home, very clean, partially
furnished with enclosed Florida room,
deck and storage building on fenced %
acre lot near 228 and 1-10 in Macclenny,
$900/month. 563-5023. 2/5-2/12p
2 BR, 1 BA house with central H/A
and utility room, located in Macclenny
at 439 S. Blvd. $300 security deposit,
$600 month. Call Rick 259-6101.
2 BR, 2 BA garden tub in master bed-
room, clean, good neighborhood, avail-
able March 1, $600/month, first, last
$300 security deposit. Service animals
only. 259-5877. 2/5tfc
2 BR, 2 BA mobile home like new, $700/
month, first month plus $500 deposit.
Glen area, service animals only. 259-
2 BR, 1 BA apartment, $700/month,
$600 deposit. 351 N. Lowder. 259-
3 BR, 2 BA house two miles inside
Georgia, $700/month 386-972-6914.
Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, South
i A 4 Sixth Street next door to Connie's Kitchen. Furniture,
household goods, little bit of everything. Indoors
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am-?, On Briarwood
Circle in Glenwood. Follow signs.
Saturday, 8:00 am-1:00 pm, Fox Ridge. Children's consignment sale.
Not your ordinary yard sale! NB children's clothes, shoes, toys, bed-
ding and accessories. Also maternity clothes and hand-made bows.
Please no early birds, we have a lot of items to organize. Don't miss
S i t!
Saturday, starting at 8:00 am, 600 Big Oak Court #106. Macclenny.
Baby clothes and items all in A-1 condition and other household
Saturday, 8:00 am-?, 6993 CR 23C, brick house on right before Ode
Yarborough Road. New clothes, home decor, bedspreads, curtains,
computer, printer, light fixtures, dishes. Too much to mention.
, Saturday, 8:00 am-?, 12771 CR 127. Sanderson. Miscellaneous
. household items, pool, and more. For directions 904-314-0549.
Saturday, 7:00 am-?, 253 E. Minnesota Avenue. Cleaned out garage
and shed. Everything must go, clothes, household items, furniture,
, toys. Early birds welcome.
Saturday, 9:00 am -?, 881 Gatlin Street, behind car wash off Lowder.
Clothes, kitchenware, tupperware, books and lots more. Rain can-
l, Saturday, 7:00 am-3:00 pm, 9883 S. Clinton Avenue, Glen. Girl/boy
clothes preemie and up, maternity and Jr. misses clothes, furniture
, and toys, crib bedding (Wendy Bellissimo). No early birds please.
Saturday, 8:00 am-?, Six blocks north of 90 on Hwy. 228. Five fam-
Saturday, 8:00 am-3:00 pm, at the Council on Aging. Huge indoor
yard sale. Rain or shine. Lots of collectables, interesting items and
nice clothes and a treadmill. Please come by, we'd love to meet you.
Also, if you have something nice to donate, please drop it off at 101
.' E. Macclenny Ave. See you there.
7'-N n .,.-'- T --'. : e
3 BR, 2 BA in Glen, non-smoker, service
animals only. $135 weekly, first and last'
week plus $500 deposit. 259-6033.
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide with central
H/A, fenced yard, screened front porch,
back orch, Located in Georgia Bend,
$400 deposit, $650/month. Call Rick
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home in Sanderson,
$625/month, plus deposit, lawn mainte-
nance included. Call Phillip 434-8487.
3 BR 2 BA mobile home on large lot.
Deposit required, $600/month. 545-
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide mobile home
with big yard and storage shed. Half
mile from 1-10 in Macclenny, $600
deposit, $750 per month. No smoking:
259-2900. Available 2/25. 1/29-2/5p
3 BR, 1 BA mobile home on shady
acreage in town less than one mile to
interstate. Porch, central air, water soft-
ner, $600/month, $300 deposit. Service
animals only. Call Tom at 863-602-1264
after 5:00 pm. 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.
2 BR, 2 BA, 14x70 with new appliances
on, private lot in country, $600/month,
$800 deposit, services animals only.
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, garbage
pickup, water & lawn maintenance pro-
vided, $450-$585. 912-843-8118.
Nice apartment, 1 BR, 1 BA, kitchen,
in downtown Macclenny, $495/month
plus deposit. 904-540-4450. 2/5c
Mobile homes. 2 and 3 BR, A/C, service
animals only, $500-$575 plus deposit.
Lovely home with many upgrades, 3 BR, -
2 BA 1875 SF, $1250'per-month, $1000
deposit. Call 408-9146. Monarch. 2/5p
2 BR, 1 BA mobile home, central H/A,
no pets, $565/month, first, last plus
$300 deposit. Includes water, lawn ser-
vice and trash. 259-7335. 6/12tfc
Westside, 3 BR, 2 BA double lot, city
water and sewage only $585/month.
3 BR, 2 BA 2000 Palm Harbor doublewide'
on Charlie Rowe Drive, Macclenny. 1.25
acres, central H/A, dishwasher, washer.
and dryer hook-up, shed out back, $850
deposit, $850/month. 904-334-6500.
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide on acre on
corner of 125 South and Mudlake Road.
$750/month, $1050 deposit. Call 904-"
259-9066. Available March 1st. 2/5tfc
3 BR, 1 BA brick home, fenced-in back
yard, carport, shed, alarm system, close
to schools, $850/month. 904-397-0094.
Never before titled 2009 doublewide. Will.
move for free. 3 BR, 2 BA, only $39,900.
Brand new 2008 28x56 Fleetwood,
delivered, setup, A/C, skirting and steps.
installed $434.34 a month. 259-8028.
Brand new 2009 32x56 Fleetwood,
delivered, setup, A/C, skirting and steps
installed $469.29 a month. 259-8028.
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.
Tamnmie Gray, REALTOR*
Watson Realty Corp.
1395 Chaffee Road S., Jacksonville, FL 32221
Uw od Corp. RE. AORS' 904-486-0738 (Cell)
As a Realtor for several years and lifetime resident
of Baker County, Tammie Gray of Watson Realty
Corp. has become an expert on Baker County
Real Estate as well as many other areas in the
Northeast Flbrida region.
In 2007, Tammie became one of the few Real
Estate Agents to receive the Platinumun Service
Award, which is the highest accreditation given
based on customer satisfaction. One of her
customers' said, "Tammie truly made us feel as though we were her
only customer. Never a phone call avoided or a question unanswered."
Tammie Gray's knowledge and experience has helped her through
the years to satisfy hundreds of customers, and she can do the same
If you or someone you know would like to buy or sell a home, please
don't hesitate to call Tammie at: 904-486-0738 to find out what
100% customer service truly feels like.
THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 5, 2009 Page 13
2001 16x80, 4 BR, 2 BA, washer/dryer,
$18,500. 904-334-8904. 2/5-2/12p
Premium office space for lease on newly
renovated downtown College Street. Great
Parking, must see. Call 509-7246.
Office space for rent, prime location,
downtown Macclenny, $58.50 per month
plus deposit. Call 259-6546. 1/8ftc
1300 SF office.space and 1000 SF office
space located on 121. 259-9022.11/20tfc
Commercial building for lease with 4,000
SF available, on main Macclenny intersec-
tion with plenty of parking space, call 259-
asphalt urges officials
(from page 1)
way to fund the improvements.
There's about $948,000 avail-
able for road paving projects,
but most of that roughly
$648,000 has been allocated
for two the most expensive dirt
roads to maintain: Crews Rd.
and Confederate Drive.
That leaves the county about
$134,000 short of the contrac-
tor's estimate, which could come
The remains of the Ray and Athena Brown House off CR 120.
Power short blamed in
blaze that totals home
A blaze in a remote area of
north Baker County destroyed
a wood frame homestead that
stood nearly 60 years.
Fire officials'believe a short
from a power pole ignited the fire
about 7:00 the evening of Janu-
ary 31 off CR 120. The structure
was known as the Ray and Athe-
na Brown House, and was in the
process of being restored by one
of their children, George Brown
of Palm Bay, FL.
"We all are just sick about
it. It's like a death in the fam-
ily," said Gail Brown of Glen St.
Mary, one of six surviving chil-
dren of the eight who grew up on
the tract. All of whom lived in
the house after it was construct-
edin 1950. ..
'Ms Brown and other-fafi-
ily members scoured through
the remains of the home earlier
this week. She said only partial
walls on the south and east side
The home is on a tract settled
by Colquitt Brown about a mile
from the state line Reynolds
Bridge on the St. Mary's River.
Richard Dolan, the county's
fire chief, said the structure was
engulfed in flames when volun-
teer units arrived. The county
requested a tanker truck from
Charlton County, Ga. to help ex-
Ms. Brown said her brother
stayed at the house part time
whiletworking on it, and intend-
ed to retire there.
"I'm sure.hei jjtpeds to still.'d-,
that," she added. in
from fast-dwindling contingency
funds in the current budget. But
with seven months left in the
fiscal year, that would deplete
the once $350,000 contingency
fund, said Clerk of Court Al
"You've tapped that two or
three times, but there's probably
about $100,000 left," he said.
The nine segments under dis-
cussion included Thomas Loop,
Rueben Crawford Rd., Rufus
Powers Rd., Burnsed Crawford
Rd., Ruise Lane, Woodlawn
Cemetery Rd., James Britt Rd.,
Pierce Rd., and Thomas Sweat
Before making a final deci-
sion on the pavings, the com-
mission wanted cost estimates
on two othei road paving proj-
ects: finishing an eighth of a
mile on Reid Stafford Rd., pav-
ing it to CR 229, and realigning
the curve on Odis Yarborough
Rd. just east of where it meets
CR 125, The latter project is a
In other actions' during its
*regular meeting following the
workshop, the board:
Agreed to fund a potential
$50,000 shortfall in the court
clerk's budget. Mr. Fraser said
withoutthe "bailout" he would
have to make his employees take
three days a month off without
*~Transferred the county's 911
addressing function which
adds new addresses from build-
ing permits to the emergency
dispatch system to the sher-
That means a county employ-
ee now housed at the emergency
.operations center Silas Dan-
iel will move into the new jail
being constructed on CR 228
along with the sheriff's emer-
gency management and dispatch
Added $343 to the coun-
ty's indigent drug program. It
is budgeted $3000 annually to
help low-income residents pay.
for prescription medications.
Temoney comes from,4 coMn-
missionwthe county receives for
distributing Financial Marketing
Concepts Inc.'s Coast2Coast dis-
count drug cards.
Endorsed an agenda for the
Baker County Legislative Co-
alition, a group being formed
among Baker County, Glen St.
Mary, Macclenny, the school
board and the Chamber of Com-
merce to further local interests
at the state level. The agenda in-
cludes opposition to privatizing
Northeast Florida State Hospital
and further revenue reductions.
February 17-20 students at
Macclenny Elementary School
will be on the track at the school
holding their 10th annual Jump
Rope For Heart event. Students
will jump rope to raise funds for
the American Heart Associa-
Also, on February 18 from
3:45-5:00 pm there will be a 5K
walk, jog or run to raise money
for this event.
For more information or to
participate please call Pam Rob-
inson at 259-2551.
RIVERFRONT! MLS#448594 Gorgeous
riverfront property has it all! Sits on 37
acres & offers great views from every angle!
Custom hm w/granite counters, hardwood
firs & more! $1,350,000
GREAT PRICE! MLS#394430 Must see
3/2 triple wide mobile home offers 1584
SF 4.62 acre lot, walk in closets, fireplace
GREAT STARTER HOME! MLS#446670
#BR 2BA 1300 SF with nice fir plan w/split
BR, almost new appliances and much more!
NEW HOME SITES! MLS#462028
Beautiful new home site available for you
to build your dream home in this all brick
THE TIME IS NOW! MLS#453883
Excellent location. 4BR 2BA 1978 SF fenced
rear, huge master closet! Neutral colors A
mustsee today! $169,900
GREAT STARTER! MLS#461526 Move in
ready 3BR 2BA home with bonus /office
on almost atre. All appliances included.
READY FOR YOU! MLS#395644 Cute 3/2
in the country offers 1512 SF, 5.35 acres
very well maintained mobile home. Deck
SPACIOUS HOME MLS# 443952 4BR/2BA
with pool. Concrete block home with brick
front. Offers over 1600 SF. Call for an appt.
12Roes+ FEE+ RE RbyVse
Supplies are limited. Not valid with any other offer. Expires 2/28/2009
1395 Chaffee Road
4tWN I South, Jacksonville
Watson Realty Corp. REALTORS' 904.772.9800
ADORABLE HOME MLS# 446054 Over 2100 SF with
3BR/2 BA Has volume ceilings, upgraded lighting,
upgraded bathrooms. Fireplace. Priced to sell!
BRICK BEAUTY MLS# 431773 Lovely 3BR/2BA
3016 SF offers marble fireplace, eat in kitchen,
butler's pantry & in ground pool.
THE PLANTATION MLS# 465612 Beautiful 3BR/I
2BA home on 2.54 acres in old.nursery plantation.
Make this your dream home. $284,000'
PERFECT LAND! MLS# 408378 45.63 Acres! Great
for horses & agriculture. CR121. Has older home & 2
rentals. Close to St Mary's River. $699,000
MOTIVATED SELLER! MLS#453352 Will consider
any and all offers regardless of the amount. Very
motivated seller,. 2.29 acres, zoned commercial.
Located 4 mile off Interstate 10. $250,000
BRICK HOME MLS#467040 3BR/1.5A home in the
heart of Macclenny. Large lot, fenced yard, affordable
IDEAL COMM. PROP MLS#397003 On interstate,
50.41 acres & seller will consider to build to suit.
Don't miss this great opportunity!
JAX RANCH CLUB MLS# 452129 Get away from
city by owning this spectacular vacant lot of 2.53
acres.. Come canoe and ride horses. $100,000
NEW HOME SITE! MLS#416006 Heavily treed lots,
no building time frames. 2400 SF, min. home, 1
horse per acre allowed.
JUST REDUCED! MLS#404867 6/3 Offers 3001 SF,
1 acre lot, commercial kitchen, indoor utility, fenced
back yard & more!
VACANT LAND! MLS#417797 Only 3000/acre!
Investors & developers must see! Fastest growing
HIGH & DRY'. MLS# 428488 5.63 acres for you to
build your dream home! Surrounded by gorgeous
homes. Large pole bam. Homes only.
PRIME COMMERCIAL GROWTH LOCATION!
- MLS# 448655 36.27 acres of wooded land ready to
develop. Owner will sell as two parcels, but prefers to
sell together. $600,000
BRING YOUR HORSES!" ML,#459110 Beautiful
4BR/3.5BA cedar home on 9.3 acres. Four car garage,
3 fenced grazing areas and pool with spa & much
SECLUDED ACRES! MLS# 438950 Thirteen private
& secluded acres. Partially fenced with water &
power already installed. Close to everything!
GREAT LAND! MLS# 448623 Eighty acres ready to
be developed and built on. Owner will divide into
smaller parcels from 2.5 acres and up. Price will vary
according to size of tract. $880,000
Complete site & underground
Fill dirt starting at $100 per load
Land Clearing Ponds Demolition
'28. 2 2ti-
Air conditioners Heat pumps
Major appliances *
24 hour, 7 day emergency service'
Call Vince Farnesi
GATEWAY PEST CONTROL,
All types of pest control
Call Eston, Shannon or Bill
Ask about our fire arm control
ANGEL AQUA. INC.
Water sohefners Iron litllers
City or well systems
Sales Rentals Service Repairs
Total waler softeners supplies
797 S 6th Slreet Macclenny
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Mowing, edging mulcning
clean-ups, sodding, remove
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New systems & repairs
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Bulldozer & backhoe worl
493 N. 6th Street
across from girls softball field
Great deals on new and used items
We buy items
Name brand clothes
adultss and children)
From petite to plus sizes
chain saws lawn mowers
water pumps rods and reels
home decor DVD's
power tools compressors
baby items toys
Too much to list!
New merchandise every week'v
Sun Mon closed
Tues Thurs 11-00 5:00
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canvases, drawing pads
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110 South Fifti Street
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Residential and Commercial
installations and Repairs
Free Estimates -
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PRINTING & FAXING
Black & White, Color Copies.
Custom Business Forms,
Business Cards, Signs, Slickers
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110 South Fifth Streel
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Land clearing Fish ponds
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, February 5, 2009 Page 14
Odds makers for Superbowl
can't estimate heart and desire
It never ceases to amaze me
how big games can defy the odds
makers. All the football pundits
had the Pittsburgh Steelers roll-
ing over the Arizona Cardinals
by at least two touchdowns in
last Sunday's Super Bowl. A
computer model that predicts
outcomes of sporting events ran
the game 10,000 times and the
closest the Cardinals could man- '
age to get to the Steelers was a
But what odds makers and
computer models can't figure
into any sporting event are heart
and nerves. The Super Bowl is
nerve wracking. Even an old pro
like John Elway admitted he be-
gan to hyperventilate when he
saw the fly-over before his first
Super Bowl. The magnitude of
the championship game starts to
work on the mind and no mat-
ter who you are, it can't help but
have an effect on performance.
The pundits also can't mea-
sure heart and desire. Players are
keenly aware that they may nev-
er have the chance again to play
in the big game and they desper-
ately want to do well even if they
don't win. Ben Roethlesberger
was tormented by his four inter-
ception performance four years
ago, and desperately wanted to
redeem himself. In the end he did
so in spectacular fashion.
Larry Fitzgerald is perhaps the
finest receiver in pro football, but
his Cardinals have never been on
the big stage and so most of the
country hadn't had the pleasure
of seeing the big man do his job.
He wanted to show the country
what he was all about, and did so
spectacularly in a losing effort.
Perhaps this game didn't live
up to .last year's Giant-Patriot
match up that some people call
the greatest Super Bowl of all
time. It certainly was close. The
Steelers dominated the Cards
early and when it looked like
Arizona would score to take the
lead, ran back a 100-yard inter-
It looked as if the computers
and pundits were right.
Then Kurt Warner speeded
things up, going no huddle and
finding Fitzgerald on an amaz-
ing pass and catch for a score to
put the Cardinals ahead. Warner
refused to give up and with 2
minutes remaining, Big Ben had
a huge task ahead of him.
He responded the way cham-
pions do, by finding the plays he
needed to win. He exploited the
prevent defense and capitalized
on penalties and blown cover-
ages. Receiver Santonio Holmes
made a brilliant catch over a trio
It was a memorable end to a
memorable game that once again
defied the experts' predictions.
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