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79th Year, Vol.49

Thursday, April 16,2009

Macclenny, Florida 50

Walmart DC turns seven

Work force over

800; no layoffs

despite slump

When then-Governor Jeb
Bush showed up for the
grand opening of the mil-
lion square foot Walmart Distribution
Center east of Macclenny just over
seven years ago, he had high praise
for the partnership of public and pri-
vate agencies that made it all come
"This is a lot more important than what goes
on in Tallahassee," declared Mr. Bush, whose
high-powered presence underscored the re-
gional impact of the sprawling warehouse to
northeast Florida.
He predicted the operation [known now as
"Walmart DC" or "the DC"] would employ 600
by the end of 2004 at a starting wage of
$11.25. Until then, wages at that level could be
had only by commuting to Jacksonville not
to mention benefits like medical insurance,
401 Ks and stock purchase options.
(See page 2)

Walmart DC s general manager Bobby Steele conducts one of his regular and often lively "general meetings"
with employees. This one was with the weekend ,in r h ls morning of April 13.

Jail's phone system

bank loan linked to

NEFCOM parent
reporter@bakercountypress. corn
The Baker Correctional Development Corporation (BCDC) com-
missioned the installation of a $347,644 communications system last
week for the new jail and sheriff's office complex expected to be
finished in mid-May.
BCDC officials said the telephone system and data network equip-
ment should meet the north Macclenny facility's needs for the next
two decades, particularly if the 512-bed prison is expanded to handle
what they hope will be an overabundance of inmates from federal
law enforcement agencies.
"The options with this equipment far exceed the existing equip-
ment. The old
system would CC
probably not be Unforeseen fees
adequate," said and costs of the
project man-
ager Danny project required us
However, the to find an alternate
BCDC doesn't funding source. V
have the money
to pay for the -Todd Knabb
system due to BCDCpresidenton
unanticipated phone systemloan
costs associat- o e
ed with utility
and operational
changes at the new facility, he said.
The non-profit corporation established to oversee construction
and repayment of $45 million in bonds used to buy the 90-plus acre
property and construct the complex, will instead borrow the sum
from First National Bank of Tom Bean in Arkansas.
BCDC's contract with the facility's builder Ajax Building Corp.
was recently amended to include the communications work. Since
the builder is not subject to BCDC's competitive bidding require-
ments, the job will be sole-sourced to local telephone company
NEFCOM's parent company, Townes Telecommunications, is
owned by Larry Townes, who is also an owner of First National
Bank of Tom Bean.
"Unforeseen fees and costs of the project required us to find an
alternate funding source," said BCDC president Todd Knabb.
Jail officials, for instance, didn't expect a request from the City of
Macclenny to relocate a sewer pump, although that allowed the city
to assume maintenance and repair responsibilities on the equipment.
Also, a second prisoner transport bay originally removed from the
project was put back into the scope.
"It is very important to our facility's operation to allow a smooth
and secure flow should more than one agency, or two or more of our
own people, need to move inmates," Mr. Thomas said.
A three-member quorum of the BCDC's five-member board of
directors voted for the communications system loan April 8. It in-
(See page 11)

Philosophical clash

in privatization debate

Private vs. public management

reporter@bakercountypress. corn
The fight over who will
manage Northeast Florida State
Hospital (NEFSH) in the com-
ing years is one of competing
philosophies on which is better
suited to provide public servic-
es: business or government.
The debate is often framed
along Republican and Demo-
cratic Party lines. But locally,
at least, political affiliation

BCHS lifters

will take at

least five to

state meet;

eye repeat

as champs
-See page 12

has fallen by the wayside as
normally pro-business Repub-
licans on the Baker County
Commission have been push-
ing state legislators to keep the
facility in public hands.
"I have conservative val-
ues. I was the first Republican
elected in this county," Com-
missioner Mike Griffis said
last week, adding that at some
point government has a moral
responsibility to protect its
weakest citizens.
"When then the day comes that
we can't take care of people
that can't take care of them-
selves, it's a sad day," he said.
Proponents of privatization
tout the elimination of govern-
ment inefficiency that's often
cited for wasting otherwise
useful taxpayer dollars.
"The combination of effec-
tive state oversight with pri-
vate sector service delivery has
been in the best interest of the
state and stakeholders," said
Pablo Paez, corporate relations
(See page 11)

Arrests in


Two Macclenny men are in
custody charged with a mid-
night burglary and theft of the
Raceway station offWoodlawn
Rd. near Interstate 10 on April
Justin Leatherwood and
William Tatum were taken into
custody later that morning after
Deputy Jeffrey Dawson saw
them at the Kangaroo conve-
nience store on US 90 east in
Macclenny and noted their
clothing matched that worn by
a male burglar whose image
was captured by the Raceway
surveillance camera.
According to the officer, Mr.
Leatherwood admitted to enter-
ing the Raceway store and said
Mr. Tatum served as a lookout.
Both men are 19 and reside at
the Trailridge trailer park east
of Macclenny, where stolen lot-
tery tickets were later found.
Based on statements by the
accused, the sheriff's depart-
(See page 2)

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Walmart DC turns seven years old

(from page 1)
Those predictions were good
news for Baker County and en-
virons. In reality, the DC has ex-
ceeded them since April, 2002
when the first of hundreds of
trucks daily started rolling in
with food and perishables.
Perhaps most remarkable is
the fact that, of all the large retail-
ers that might have chosen Baker
County for a large-scale shipping
and receiving center, Walmart
was likely the best prospect.
Even as 2009 stumbles along
with a slumping economy that
is literally shattering retailers in
all 50 states, Walmart is holding
its own. Actually it's more than
holding its own.
That means the Macclenny
DC, which employed nearly
1000 during the wild months
following major hurricanes, has
yet to lay off anyone because
of the economy. The 157 retail
stores Supercenters, Sam's
Clubs and some smaller units
- it feeds from Charleston, S.C.
south to Puerto Rico and west to
Alabama are huffing along, most
with modest sales gains over last
"We're holding at 810 [em-
ployees] now and there's been no

layoffs because of the economy,"
said Bobby Steele, the center's
district manager who also over-
saw construction and initial hir-
ing before 2002. He managed
similar operations in New York,
Kentucky and Illinois after he
moved from warehousing in the
Food Lion organization.
"We're also looking at a big
decrease in turnover now
around the low teens from
the national average of about 30
percent," he said. "We're keep-
ing people longer because they
know there's fewer options out
there with the economy like it
Also remarkable, according to
Mr. Steele, is the fact that of the
initial 340 people hired here, 250
have hit the "seven-year mark"
meaning they haven't gone any-
where since the DC opened.
"I'd estimate we've got some-
where around 500 that are five
years or better [including the ini-
tial 250]," he said.
Walmart has a competitive
edge aside from the fact that
so many businesses are laying
off or not hiring at all when it
comes to attracting new employ-
ees [called "associates"] to keep
the slots filled at the Macclenny

250 'originals';

why they stay...
Of the initial 340 employee work force that opened the
Walmart Distribution Center in the spring of 2002, 250 are
still there.
That's a pretty respectable number for the warehousing
industry, which typically can have a 30 percent turnover
rate. So, why are people staying at the Macclenny center?
Based on interviews with three of those original em-
ployees all now on the weekend shift they like the
stability, time off, the work rules, the convenience of a min-
utes-only commute and the pay and benefits.
Brett Dopson of Macclenny, 30, was in the second ori-
entation class at the DC and has worked his way up to
supervisor for perishable receiving on the weekend team.
"It's all very structured here, and I like that," notes Mr.
Dopson. "They have their guidelines and you're expected to
follow them. They're fair and consistent."
His sentiments are echoed by David McLaurin, 47,
of Jacksonville, who spent 13 years warehousing with
Food Lion in Green Cove Springs before jumping over to
"I like the stability of the industry," he says. "People are
always going to buy groceries, so we know we're going to

Hourly wages range from
$14.13 to $17.30 an hour not
counting incentives and benefits.
"Off the street, if someone
goes for the weekend shift [Sat-
urday, Sunday, Monday] in per-
ishables, they can start at $16.90
an hour," Mr. Steele points out.
The Macclenny center ships
foodstuff only, from frozen to
refrigerated to non-perishable. A
sister warehouse recently opened
in Alachua, FL deals in "hard
goods," everything non-food
from lawn mowers to clothing
and electronics.
Walmart, the world's largest
retailer, has seen its mass mer-
chandising, low cost plan come
to fruition in the soured economy
of 2009. And it bodes well for the
Macclenny center.
"People are shopping now
with 'need' in mind more than
'want,"' explains Mr. Steele.
"We've seen an upswing on
groceries in general; the whole
theory the company has pushed
with Supercenters and Sam's is
one-stop shopping. You've got
working parents who are now
watching expenses closer than
ever and they've got limited time
to shop."

Employees since the 2002 start-up w' ... 11 *' Donnie Jacobs,
David McLaurin and Brett Dopson.
have a future. I also like the rules and the way they treat us.
The rules are for everybody."
Mr. McLaurin, who like Mr. Dopson is in perishable
receiving, says the shortened weekend shift fits him fine
since his children are grown.
Donnie (D.J.) Jacobs, also 30, dons winter clothing for
loading frozen foods, dairy and deli products for shipping.
He's a former Publix warehouser who uses off hours to
be with his son, 3, and his ailing father. He also does odd
jobs and yard work for other senior citizens.
"I like the job stability here; I know each week I've got
a place to come to," explained Mr. Jacobs. "They tell you
what they expect of you, and you always know where you

Burglary at Raceway

(from page 1)
ment also recovered
two cash boxes con-
taining $700 taken
from the store counter
at Raceway. They were
stashed in a wooded
area east ofthe Walmart
Distribution Center not
far from the suspects'
An inventory of Leat
stolen cigarettes and
smokeless tobacco was
recovered from the
1999 Mercury parked
at the Kangaroo store
when the two were ar-
Based on data from
the camera, the bur-
glary took place dur-
ing an eight-minute
time frame starting at
Deputy Patrick Mc- 7
Gauley said he was
alerted just before 2:00 am by a
tanker truck driver who had de-
livered fuel to the station and no-
ticed a window on the north side
of the building was shattered. It

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is believed the suspects
employed a slingshot
and ball bearings to
break the glass.
The video depicts
a male subject inside
stealing the cash draw-
ers and other items. He
was dressed identically
to Mr. Leatherwood,
and draped his face
with a shirt matching
one worn by Mr. Ta-
tum when he was ar-
They are charged
with burglary, a first-
degree felony, felony
criminal mischief and
grand theft, both third-
degree, and misde-
meanor trespass.
Police placed the
value of the tobacco
products at $500; the
lottery tickets another


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Democrats to meet
The Baker County Democrat-
ic Committee monthly meeting
will begin at 7:00 pm on Tues-
day, April 21 at 152 S. College
The public is welcome. Call
259-9590 for more information.

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be contacted and city of residence. Letters must reflect opinions and statements on issues of current interest to the general
public. The newspaper reserves the right to reject any material which in the newspaper's judgement does not meet stan-
dards of publication.

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Page 3

Letter to the editor...

'Professionalism' at ER
Dear Editor:
The night of April 4, I had a life-threatening condition requiring im-
mediate medical attention. I rushed to the Fraser Hospital emergency
room and was quickly seen. Within a short time, things escalated and I
was flown to St. Vincent's Medical Center.
Had it not been for those [at Fraser] knowing how to treat my con-
dition, I would not be here. It took everyone there to stabilize me,
and that is what I call professionalism and teamwork. You are miracle
workers and I thank you.
By the way, my treatment here in Baker County was better than at
the much bigger hospital.
Alex Caldwell

Wise words: most of

us look much better

with all our clothes on...


I wrote recently about a
strange sign I saw on US 17 in
southeast Georgia. You prob-
ably remember the one Dead
People's Things For Sale. Well,
another gem caught my eye Sun-
day afternoon as I was driving
back from the beach. Again, I
turned around in the parking

lot for a better look and to my
surprise and great amusement, it
was a two-part message.
One side of the sign said: Try
our poor service and lousy drink
prices. Hiring waitress.
The other side was a follow-
up: The boss wanted the sign
changed. Hiring waitress.
I was tempted to go inside to
check out the poor service and
lousy drink prices just for fun,
but two things stopped me.
One: The business was a top-
less bar.
Two: It was Easter Sunday
and it wasn't open. Which was a
good thing because if I had gone
in, they might have thought I was
applying for a job. Ha Ha.
Actually, there wouldn't have
been much chance of that since
I'm 51, have a few extra pounds
these days and a good bit of
gray in my hair (I never got the
pole thing anyway that's just

Then on the other hand, who
knows? I know of a woman in
her forties who was hired to
dance in such a place. She did
it on weekends out of town and
lied to her teenage kids about her
whereabouts. I guess she needed
the extra money.
At the beach, there were plen-
ty of folks in bathing suits (who
definitely should not have been)
running around the streets, rid-
ing bikes, sitting in the outside
dining areas of the restaurants

and sunning/swimming.
Believe me, they were letting
it all hang out and did not care
one bit. I've seen on many oc-
casions the Speedo bathing suit
thing on men old enough to be
my dad, but it still startles me.
My sister had a hilarious, but
indelicate term for this type of
swimming attire which I can't
print in this column. Use your
A guy I used to work with
once took a dare and visited a
clothing optional facility dur-
ing its annual open house event.
Of course, we were all dying to
hear about it when he returned
to work the following Monday.
"Well Jason, how'd it go?"
Jason didn't look overly
"I can tell you this much, he
told us. "Most people look better
with their clothes on."

Its the Easti

Easter is over
for another year M YV SI
and I'm munch-
ing on a creamy TH
dark choco- THE
late egg from
the basket the ROBERT G
Easter Bunny
brought me and thinking about
Easters past. Probably more than
any other holiday in our family,
Easter is dictated by tradition.
All families have specific tra-
ditions on holidays, but for us
it's the one that changes the least
from year to year. We do basi-
cally the same things in the same
The Easter Bunny, that grand
old rabbit, brings the children
their baskets. Depending on
whom the Easter Bunny is lis-
tening to that year, myself or my
wife, he either artistically arrang-
es the baskets on the hearth or he
hides them.
In Kelley's family the baskets
were artistically and tastefully ar-
ranged. In my family the baskets
were always hidden; it added to
the fun and suspense of having to
look for your basket. Sometimes
the bunny hid them so well that it
took quite a while to find them.
That's one of the few things

Talk about conflicting inter-
The City of Macclenny is
working its way through a dilem-
ma: whether to allow out-of-
county retailers to set up tempo-
rary shop with "off-site" sales.
The rub, of course, is such
sales always involve commodi-
ties sold by hometown retailers
who resent that their markets are
encroached by others who make
little or no investment in this com-
And, they argue, the proceeds
from sales are promptly taken
outside Baker County.
The latest flare-up is over
car sales. Baker County's sole
remaining new car dealer, Pine-
view Chevrolet, is in the throes
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meltdown not of its own making.
Indeed, venerable small town
dealerships may be history soon
if conditions don't change, and
change quickly.
The last thing Pineview needs
now is a Jacksonville- or Lake
City-based dealer to set up shop
here for five days.
The same is true to a lesser
extent of used car dealers like
Danny Lamb, who rightfully
resents that "visiting" deal-
ers don't have to make the kind
of capital investment he and
Pineview have made over the
On the other side are enti-
ties like Country Federal Credit
Union, which co-sponsored a
recent "off-site sale" and ben-
efited from writing some of the
loan business.
It, too, is a valued corporate
citizen in Baker County, and its
goal isn't to put local car dealers
out of business just to write

more loan business.
City commissioners should
avoid any policy that smacks of
trade restraint, and that's tricky
About the only thing Mac-
clenny can do is hike the $300
daily permit fee for off-site
That will satisfy neither side,
which in this case may indicate
it's a viable solution.

Do you think last week's editorial cartoon was offensive ?
33.3' Yes. 20.8' Yes.
It depicted the disabled child The situation itselfwas F
in a poor light, enough.
250 No. 20.80 No.
It portrayed the situation The slight was directed
precisely, mother, not the child.


traditions that change the

about Easter that Peeps as possible in his mouth house Sunday
OF does differ from until he begins to foam like a banging of p
year to year in rabid dog. It's a rather bizarre worth it in the
our house. This holiday tradition to see pink, yel- The nature
EIR year, the bunny low or purple foam coming out has changed (
obviously lis- of Spencer's mouth. have been in 1
RD tened to my After the baskets and the aunts have pa
wife because on showers and before church, it is menu changes
morning the baskets were Phase 1 of Easter pictures. That are lost. Aunt
and arranged on our hearth means the children in their Eas- for her biscuit
er of age. ter finery on the steps of the front chocolate chii
:h of our three children has porch. Alma her squ
cific color of basket and When they were little they rest of the fan
is in the basket matches. hated Easter pictures with a pas- these dishes
ara, the oldest, it's pink, sion. They hated all pictures with comparison.
lly. For Dylan, light blue a passion except Sara Beth, My mother
br Spencer, our youngest, who as the first baby was pho- is potato sala
v and green. This year the tographed so regularly that the tato salad as a
even brought a basket for ions from the flash got into her man's is an ex
)ys' girlfriends and ironi- DNA. She will look straight into is so good I do
Sarah's basket was Dylan the camera lens and grin. side dish. I co
nd Amanda's was Spencer Dylan and Spencer usually After the i
v and green. have pained smiles during Phase 2 of the pictui
kids who are no lon- 1, or else at the last moment will this point all
ds all have very specific try to sneak in some goofy look. gether on the f
in their baskets. Sara likes This means that Phase 1 starts all tos. Boyfrien
ummy worms and Cadbury over again to the dismay of the enter the mix;
and if she doesn't get them people who were not acting silly. "interesting" t
wonders what the bunny was Dylan is usually the culprit at and subtractio
ng. Dylan requires Reese's this point. You have
nd for Spencer it's Peeps. On to church and then on to like a hawk at
doesn't really care which Granny's for Easter lunch. My he is notorious
of Peep, which color or wife always "cooks big," a pro- ny ears" beh
er it is a chickie, a duckie cess that usually means starting head. When he
bbit. He will shove as many on Saturday and waking up the larly froggyy"
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morning with the
ots and pans. It's
end, of course.
e of Easter dinner
over the 27 years I
the family. Various
ssed on and so the
s as their specialties
t Sally was known
s, Aunt Johnnie her
p cookies and Aunt
ash casserole. The
daily usually avoids
so as not to risk
r-in-law's specialty
d. I don't like po-
rule, but Sara Nor-
xception. In fact, it
on't think of it as a
nsider it dessert.
meal comes Phase
re extravaganza. At
the cousins get to-
front porch for pho-
ds and girlfriends
at this point and it's
to see the additions
ns over the years.
to watch Spencer
t this point because
s for making "bun-
ind some cousin's
e is feeling particu-
he will make them
anny's head, which
ver well with his
ill scold him with
ncer," while trying
t older, they grouse
iase 2 pictures less
d to and even order
roup pictures with
and Papa or aunts,
ousins. This year,
derful shot of Sara
Papa that she is par-
d of.
e 2 came the big
he front yard, but
ds and boyfriends
e kids head off to
to repeat the pro-
ver at places with
I am annoyed by
editions, but at Eas-
iforted by the un-
ire of the holiday. I
what to expect with
Lit is one of my fa-
lappy Easter to you

THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, April 16, 2009 Page 4

LPA okay with re-submittal of three projects

Jackson-Shaw, Woodstock industrial tracts; subdivision offCR 125

reporter@ bakercountypress. corn
Three zoning changes rejected
state's Department of Community
(DCA) more than two years ago for
wetland and sprawl concerns made th
back to the Land Planning Agency (L
re-consideration last week.
The applicants were two landowne
ning separate large industrial parks at
and west ends of the county along
US 90, and another interested in
developing a residential subdivi-
sion north of Glen St. Mary with
about 85 units.
Since the fall of 2007, the prop-
erty owners have worked with
county planning staff to address
DCA's concerns about the zoning
designations, while the county es-
tablished future growth policies
called for by the department as
LPA board members recom-
mended approval for all three
changes from agricultural zoning
during their regular meeting April
9. The Baker County Commission
will likely consider the measures
later this month before DCA once
again weighs in.
The roughly 750-acre Jackson-
Shaw industrial and business park
is expected to include 2.5 million
square feet of industrial space in
its first phase, plus another 3.5
million square feet and 190 hotel
rooms by build out.
The Texas-based developer re-
quested industrial and commercial
zoning for the bulk of the 1236-
acre property, which is located
between 1-10 and US 90 on the
county's eastern border. It sought
conservation zoning for 486 acres
of wetlands earmarked for preser-
vation as well.
A trio of nearby residents spoke
in opposition to the project how-
ever, saying they feared more trac-
tor-trailer traffic.
"Right now the [Walmart] dis-
tribution center traffic goes by my
house at 60 miles per hour," said
Laura Reese, who lives near the
Nassau-Duval county line.
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"We're kind of scared of all this new stuff
coming in," Ms. Reese said.
Jackson-Shaw anticipates building a new
interchange to 1-10 after completion of the
project's first five-year phase.
That would relieve truck traffic on US 90
from the distribution center and the proposed
industrial park, said Jackson-Shaw's consul-

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)uld take years to construct the park
se space to end users.
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he said of the traffic impacts.
stock park is the other proposed in-
project. It's located near Sanderson
est of the 1-10 interchange with US
The roughly 1600-acre site is
owned by Roberts Land & Timber
of Lake Butler.
The company's plans include a
requirement for 10 percent open
space to buffer development from
the Osceola National Forest to the
west and protect wetlands, as well
as a centralized water and sewer
system the first in Baker Coun-
ty outside the Macclenny-Glen St.
Mary core.
Nobody spoke against rezon-
ing the Woodstock park property
for mostly industrial use. The new
designation would apply to about
1475 acres while conservation
zoning was requested on the re-
maining 116 acres.
The proposed 72-acre residen-
tial project is north of Glen about
a half-mile south of Bob Burnsed
Property owner James Yarbor-
ough said he intends to develop
the land into three-quarter-acre
lots with individual septic systems.
Wetlands on the eastern end of the
site will also remain undeveloped.

Campground nuisance
They weren't on the agenda and board members had no authority
to address their concerns.
But that didn't stop a handful of Steel Bridge Road residents from
expressing severe displeasure with a weekend campground said
to be the source of ongoing nuisances like littering and underage
drinking at the conclusion of the Land Planning Agency's (LPA)
monthly meeting April 9.
Resident Dan Hysler blamed neighboring property owner George
Bryan Rhoden for gradually turning his 6-acre parcel on the St.
Mary's River immediately east of the public boat ramp into an il-
legal camping site.
The property is zoned residential, which prohibits both camping
and commercial activities, said Planning Director Ed Preston.
The campground's Web site states "donations" are taken for use
of the riverfront property, but a fee of up to $45 is charged for par-
ticipation in a special "women's empowerment weekend" advertised
on the site. An online order form for tickets to the event also urges
attendees to reserve camp sites for $15 per day.
Mr. Rhoden previously asked for the land to be rezoned com-
mercial, but the Baker County Commission denied his request in
the summer of 2007.
"We don't know how to stop him," said Mr. Hysler. "The coun-
ty's impotent."
Mr. Preston said the county has received a number of complaints
about the campers, but the reports have not yet been substantiated
by code enforcement staff
"We don't have county staff out there on the weekends," he
The county did, however, send Mr. Rhoden a letter telling him to
"cease and desist" use of the site as a campground last month.
Although LPA board members listened to the complaints last
week, chairman C.J. Thompson told the Steel Bridge Rd. residents
that zoning violations were not under the board's purview. He sug-
gested they take the matter to the Baker County Commission.
"It seems to be a direct contradiction to what he was told he
could do," Mr. Thompson said.
Just south of the six acres is an 18-acre parcel owned by Mr.
Rhoden as well.
It's zoned agricultural, which allows for private campgrounds as
long as county staff reviews and approves a site plan. Mr. Preston
said Mr. Rhoden submitted an application for site plan approval on
the 18 acres, but later withdrew it.
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New River debate whether

to buy fill dirt or buy the land

reporter@bakercountypress. corn
Dirt cheap is only an expres-
Dirt is, in fact, not cheap, and
that's why the staff of the New
River landfill recently began
investigating options for recon-
stituting a dwindling on-site dirt
supply at the tri-county facility
in Raiford.
The landfill uses about 750
tons of soil each day from its bor-
row pits to cover up garbage, Ex-
ecutive Director Darrell O'Neal
explained to the landfill's board
of directors during its monthly
meeting April 9.
He said the easily-accessible
dirt supply could run out in the
next four to five years.
Staff had opened bids the pre-
vious day from 13 vendors seek-
ing to sell about 195,000 tons to
the landfill annually.
The prices ranged from $3.94
to $10 per ton with the low
bid coming from ROT Ranch
Construction of Worthington
Springs, Fla.
"The prices we got are com-
petitive," Mr. O'Neal said. "It's
indicative of the economic times.
People out there are hungry for

However, according to rough
estimates from staff, the landfill
may be able to purchase prop-
erty, dig up its dirt and transport
the material more cheaply itself.
Assuming the land could be
used for about 14 years, pur-
chased for about $6000 per acre,
and taking into account permit-
ting, road work, fencing, truck-
ing and labor costs; Mr. O'Neal
estimated the landfill's cost to
be, at most, $1.89 a ton, or less
than half the price offered by the
lowest bidder.
"But can we buy land for that
price?" he questioned.
The director has identified
available parcels within driv-
ing distance of the facility off
SR 121 and he offered to begin
negotiations with the owners.
Simultaneously, he said, a con-
tract and specifications for pur-
chasing from an outside vendor
could be drafted and requests
made for soil samples from the
Board member Karen Cossy
asked landfill staff to compile
a more detailed package on the
cost of doing the work in-house.
Fellow board member Morris
Dobbs supported the request.

Ex-boyfriend arrest over phone threats
Police arrested an estranged wanted on a Baker County war- Dobbs Rd.
boyfriend late on April 9 after rant for fraud. She also was ar- Deputy Chris Walker also is
he was overheard making threats rested. sued a trespass warning bannin
over the telephone and ordered In a second arrest on an out- the older youth from the victim
by a deputy sheriff to cease do- standing warrant, Lajoya Ev- residence.
ing so. ans, 28, of Glen was taken into
Daniel McCallister, 35, was custody early on April 6 after
charged with making harassing Deputy McGauley learned she
phone calls and assault follow- was wanted in Duval County for
ing his arrest at a Sanderson resi- grand theft auto.
dence. The incident report indi- He had gone to a residence off
cates he resides in Maxville. Thompson Rd. on a disturbance
Deputy Patrick McGauley call about 1:50. HOME PURN
said he was called to a west Mac- A criminal complaint for
clenny trailer park, where Mela- battery was filed early on April
nie Anderson, 40, of Sanderson 10 against a 17-year-old male
said she had received threatening from Sanderson after he alleg- l
calls. The officer listened in to edly punched a 13-year-old dur-
one of them over a speaker phone ing an altercation off Clarence

after his arrival, and advised Mr.
McCallister to not make any
more calls.
Not long after, the deputy was
called back to the trailer, and
again listened in as the suspect
made threats against Ms. Ander-
son and Jeremy Anderson, 43, of
Glen St. Mary.
Ms. Anderson said the boy-
friend is an alcoholic with a pen-
chant for violence, and she feared
he would carry out the threats.
Deputy McGauley then
learned that Ms. Anderson was

County spreads out bids for SHIP

"This is for a year," he said of
ROT Ranch's bid price. "I'm not
confident it won't change."
The board could decide on
which option to take within two
months, Mr. O'Neal said.
In other business:
The board approved paying
its engineering consultant Jones
Edmunds roughly $215,000 to
obtain permits from the Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection (FDEP) for construc-
tion of the landfill's sixth cell.
The task was not budget-
ed, but Mr. O'Neal said about
$150,000 allocated for engineer-
ing work on the closure of cells
one through three could be used
and the closure work delayed.
"It's not critical we start clo-
sure," he said. "I think we need
to push that project up."
The board instituted a
change in the landfill's purchas-
ing policy as well, to favor ven-
dors based in one of the three
member counties Baker,
Bradford or Union.
Even if not the lowest bidder,
local vendors can be chosen if
their bid price is within 10 per-
cent of the landfill's estimated
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reporter@bakercountypress. corn
In an effort to spread around
construction work in a down
economy, the Baker County
Commission awarded five SHIP
projects to three low or second-
lowest bidders during a lunch-
time meeting April 9.
The projects, funded through
a state housing grant program,
totaled $178,151.
Don Burnsed Construction
will build Arnold Miller's 1000-
square-foot three bedroom, two
bath home for $47,000 and reha-
bilitate two others.
He was the low bid on Mr.
Miller's home.
The contractor will build an
addition to Vickie Givens' house
for use by an ailing grandparent
for $29,200. Mr. Burnsed won
that job by submitting the low-
est bid that was within 15 percent
of what county staff estimates as
the project's cost.
Bids above or below the 15
percent threshold on rehab proj-
ects are discarded. The policy
doesn't apply to new homes.
Burnsed Construction was the
only bidder within the 15 percent
rule on repairs to Hazel Mann's
home. That job consists of roof,
air conditioning, electrical, door
and window repairs at $28,700.
Prescott Construction will
handle rehabilitation of Ora Star-
ling's home. The $28,751 project
also includes roof, air condition-
ing, electrical and door improve-
The contractor was the second
lowest bidder for the job, about
$1500 more than Mr. Bumsed's
bid. The maximum number of
projects any one bidder can re-
ceive is three.

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Foster Contracting was award-
ed the second new home project,
which was for Michael Harris's
two bedroom, one bath 900-
square-foot home for $44,500.
Foster was the second lowest bid-
der for that project, behind Mr.
Although Mr. Burnsed sub-
mitted most of the low bids, the
staff was hesitant to recommend
the first-time SHIP bidder Mr.
Miller's new home.
"I don't think, personally, you
can build a three bedroom, two
bath house for $47,000," said
the county's SHIP coordinator
Arlene Griffis. She had recom-
mended the second lowest bid-
der, Taylor Made Construction's
$54,960 estimate.
Commissioner Alex Robinson
said he believed the commission
should honor Mr. Bumsed's low
bid and trust he knew how much
it would cost him to complete the
Commissioner Mike Griffis
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5 arrested for suspended licences

Five motorists were arrested
for driving on suspended licens-
es the past week, two of them
because they were stopped by
county deputies aware of the
In one of the cases, the depu-
ty had stopped the offender just
over one hour earlier and let him
off with a warning.
Deputy Claude Hurley said
he first stopped Derek Griffis,
48, of Macclenny driving a 1992
Nissan about 2:00 am on April
He spotted Mr. Griffis again
just before 3:30 driving the
same vehicle near the intersec-
tion of SR 121 and Lowder in
south Macclenny.
Deputy Chris Walker said
he was aware when he stopped
Timothy Morgan, 23, of Sander-
son the evening of April 8 that
his license had been suspended.
He had stopped the suspect for
the same offense in March and
given him a warning.
A computer check revealed
Mr. Morgan's license has five

Bank funds


while in jail
A Macclenny man reported
on April 7 his credit card account
had been swept clean while he
was in county jail, possibly by
his caretaker.
Walter Hunt said he left his
wallet and Wachovia card at his
residence on Second St. when he
was arrested on March 16, and
learned the card had been used
13 times starting on April 4. Mr.
Hunt said his account had an
available balance of $1496 when
he went to jail, and he confirmed
on the day of his complaint that
it had a zero balance.
The case was turned over to
an investigator.
In other incidents, someone
did $700 in damage to two drink
machines on the Baker County
High School campus. Principal
Johnnie Jacobs reported on April
7 the machines were pushed over
sometime the previous night.

prior suspensions, all for failure
to pay traffic fines.
Prior license suspensions for
failure to pay child support and
other violations turned up on the
computer after Deputy Hurley
stopped James Wilkerson, 36,
of Glen St. Mary driving a 1999
Ford SUV near MLK and Min-
nesota in Macclenny just after
midnight on April 12.
He stopped the vehicle be-
cause it was speeding south-
bound on King Dr.
Dustin Irish was at the wheel
of a 2000 Chevrolet pickup
stopped near CR 139B and US
90 west of Glen late on April 9.
Deputy Ben Anderson said he
was answering a reckless driv-
ing call about 11:00 and the ve-
hicle matched an accompanying
description. Mr. Irish's license
had earlier been taken away for
undisclosed medical reasons.
Deputy John Hardin stopped
a Buick on Dolphin Ct. north of
Sanderson the morning of April
10 and learned that driver Tom-
my Lee Covington, 29, of Mac-
clenny had five earlier license
suspensions for failure to pay
fines and possession of a con-
trolled substance.
He also ticketed the driver
for having no tag or insurance
Cpl. Anderson chased a
2001 BMW east from Glen St.

Mary on Interstate 10 late on
April 8 and arrested driver Car-
los Aguilar, 19, of Moody AFB,
GA for reckless driving.
The officer said the fleeing
vehicle reached 117 mph before
it pulled over near the Nassau
County line about 11:30. Cpl.
Anderson initially clocked the
BMW at 101 near the CR 125
interchange, and said it caused
several other vehicles to veer
away from it as it wove through
traffic near Macclenny.

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Macclenny in the early morning dence off Cow Pen Rd. off US
hours of April 8. 90 west of Glen St. Mary early
Angelia McGahee, 45, had on April 9.
been asked to leave the premises Deputy Chris Walker said he
before the 1:20 am call to the was responding to a suspicious
sheriff's department, and Deputy person call about 2:30 that mom-
Claude Hurley said she became ing, and came upon Justin Lucas,
disruptive after first asking him 19, and a 17-year-old walking
to call Jacksonville police to pick along Cow Pen Rd.
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mained at the bar after friends Glen, who was waiting in a
offered her a ride home. nearby vehicle on Cow Pen and
She allegedly resisted attempts admitted knowing the other two,
to handcuff her, and attempted to who are from Jacksonville.
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Burglary arrest after three encounters

A Macclenny man was ar-
rested for grand theft the evening
of April 11 following his third
encounter with a county deputy
who was investigating a burglary
off Kegan Lane near Sanderson.
Cody Guernsey, 27, was taken
into custody after Deputy Erik
Deloach found him parked on
the roadside and out of gas on
CR 229 south of CR 250. In his
possession were a change purse,
a men's diamond ring and silver
watch that were among items
taken from the home of Mary
Ms. Collingwood told police
earlier that evening she returned
about 9:30 after an absence of
four hours and discovered her
television valued at $750 had
been taken. She later reported
jewelry, coins and other valuables
including the items in possession
of the suspect were missing. She
placed their value at $2200.
Before the burglary was re-
ported, Deputy Deloach had
questioned Mr. Guernsey near
the Club 229 north of Sanderson,
and noted he appeared nervous,

but denied he was in the area to
purchase drugs. Mr. Guernsey
also said the purse and other
property in his vehicle belonged
to him, and he was released.
About three minutes later,
Deputy Deloach was advised
that Mr. Guernsey was suspected
in the Collingwood burglary, and
he again stopped him, this time
near CR 229 and Hid Dugger Rd.
At that point, Ms. Collingwood
reported only that a television
was taken, and Mr. Guernsey de-
nied knowledge of it.
Both the officer and suspect
then returned to the Club 229,
where property is commonly
fenced for drugs, and Mr. Guern-
sey was again released when no
television turned up there.
Shortly after, deputies were
told to arrest Mr. Guernsey after
the victim reported other prop-
erty taken from her residence,
and Deputy Deloach realized
the purse, watch and ring were
among them. That is when he
encountered the suspect on the
Mr. Guernsey had stayed at

the Collingwood residence the
previous two nights.
In other incidents, Anthony
Troestler of Macclenny said he
fired three shots into a rear door
early on April 13 after an intrud-
er ran from his residence off Tim
Crews Rd.
Mr. Troestler told Deputy
William Hilliard he confronted
a person dressed in black about
1:35 am when he went to a rear
bedroom, and retrieved a .22 cal-
iber rifle from a front bedroom.
Beau Barker, who was also there
at the time, hid in a closet and
called police after she heard the
A canine team from Baker
Correctional scoured the area
Edward Pearl reported a
flat screen television valued at
$700 missing from his unlocked
residence off Noel Rd. near Glen
St. Mary early on April 13. He
named an ex-girlfriend as a sus-
A tree stand and vehicle
ramps valued at $550 were re-
ported missing from a garage at

the residence of Daniel Hysler
off Steel Bridge Rd. He esti-
mated they were taken between
March 25 and April 8, the day he
reported the loss.

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A Jacksonville felon received June 22, 2008. occupants with not wearing seat
42 months in state prison after Assistant state attorney Pat- belts.
entering a plea directly to the rick McClintock said the defen- The bulk of the case for re-
court on Monday just before he dant knew the firearms were at sisting police without violence
was to stand trial on multiple the home because he had been against James W. Knight, 29, of
gun-related charges. there a month earlier to discuss Jacksonville had been heard that
Emmett Lindsey, 40, received cleaning them for Mr. Rhoden. morning before public defender
the sentence after pleading to two The victim was chief of the Mac- Joan Larrick asked for dismissal
counts of possession of a firearm clenny police force before it of the charge.
by a convicted felon. He must consolidated with the sheriff's She presented case law requir-
serve a minimum of three years department in the mid-1970s. He ing police to observe a vehicle in
and gets credit for 295 days al- is also the father of two county motion before writing tickets for
ready served. deputies. seat belt violations.
Charges of burglary while Judge Nilon expressed irrita- In the case of Mr. Wright, a
armed, firearm possession and tion over the late plea coming passenger in a vehicle stopped
three counts of grand theft were after the expense and inconve- last October by Deputy Chris
dropped by the state. nience of jury selection. The Walker, he was arrested for loud-
The plea made to Circuit court calendar had been cleared ly protesting the officer's deci-
Judge James Nilon came after for a two-day trial beginning sion to ticket both him and the
a six-member jury was selected Tuesday. driver. Deputy Walker stopped
that morning. The state says it The same day over in misde- the vehicle for weaving, and tes-
was prepared to prove that Mr. meanor court, a defendant won tified he did not notice whether
Lindsey took six guns from the direct acquittal from Judge Joey seat belts were in use when it
residence of Jerry Rhoden off Williams on a technicality over was in motion.
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Evening service 6:30 pm
Monday Wednesday nightly at 6:30 pm
We are located approximately 1 mile south of 1-10.
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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, April 16, 2009 Page 8

Persistence, determination to succeed


Screenwriter Sharon Y. Cobb
has succeeded in a career that
most people can only imagine.
The former Baker County resi-
dent, who grew up in Macclenny,

today has
a dozen
script and
film proj-
ects under
her belt,
ing the



Press Staff

comedy LighthoNse Hill. The
movie was released worldwide in
March 2009 and is now available
on DVD.
"I grew up with a strong, com-
petent mother who raised two
children by herself," said Ms.
Cobb. "From this, I think I got
the notion that there wasn't any-
thing I couldn't accomplish."
Ms. Cobb laughs when she
talks about how she came to live
in Baker County.
"I lived in Deland when I was
a very small child. My mom,
Bonnie Lyons, decided to move
to Jacksonville for a better job
just about the time I was starting
elementary school.
"It was the first day and no one
had explained anything about it to
me. I didn't know I was actually
supposed to stay at the school."
At one point when the teach-
er left the room, Ms. Cobb did,
too. After hanging around for a
few minutes, she went outside
the building and sat on the steps.
Then she followed a dog walking
along the sidewalk and soon got
"Long story short," said Ms.
Cobb. "The next day my mother
moved us out to Baker County
where my grandparents lived and
she got a job at the local savings
and loan. She figured if I wan-
dered off again it was safer than
the city and my grandparents
would be around in the after-
noons while she was at work."
At age seventeen, Ms. Cobb
left Baker County and spent her
senior year back in Deland with
her paternal grandparents. After
attending Daytona Beach Com-
munity College for a while, she
moved to Jacksonville and im-
mersed herself in business. She
opened an advertising/marketing
agency, was a partner in a res-
taurant and owned a retail shop
called WoolWorks.
After that, she moved to Key
West where she ran her own gal-
lery space, selling her art to tour-
"I was compelled to write
even then and tried my hand at
short stories," she said.
As it turned out, the famous
American playwright Tennes-
see Williams lived in her neigh-
borhood and she often saw him
walking to his favorite bar.
"Everybody local called him
Tom," she said. "I was in awe of
him. My mother had loved his
work and I grew up watching all
the movies, The Glass Menag-
erie and the like."
One day she mustered up the
courage to speak to him and

County resident makes mark in

asked his advice on becoming a
successful writer.
Mr. Williams' reaction to her
question was abrupt and passion-
"Write, G--damn it! Just
write!" he shouted at the startled
young artist.
So she kept on writing.
Ms. Cobb later established a
publishing company which pro-
duced The Florida Directory, the
first almanac of Florida attrac-
tions and accommodations spe-
cifically targeted at travel agents.
Following that, she became an
editor of Jacksonville Magazine.
On the side, she worked on her
Her career path took a major
turning point when one of her art
directors returned from a maga-
zine convention and dropped

about an hour from Hollywood.
"I put my dog in the car and
moved to LA. It was the single
scariest thing I ever did," she
She took every screenwriting
course offered at the University
of Los Angeles and continued
working on new material. Linda
Seger hooked her up with Solo-
mon Pictures, which was in the
market for scripts for their lower
budget films.
At the meeting with Solomon
executives, she pitched five story
concepts and to her astonish-
ment, they bought three.
"I couldn't believe it," she
Soon, Ms. Cobb found herself
hired as a "script doctor" on an-
other project that involved a re-

a brochure for a screenwriting
workshop on her desk.
She thought it odd that he
would think to bring her such a
thing, since she knew nothing
about screenwriting.
"But something happened
while I was looking at it," she re-
calls. "It was as if it had blinking
lights around it and suddenly I
knew I was going to that work-
Only an hour after the work-
shop began, she knew she would
become a screenwriter.
That was in 1989. For the next
four years she took screenwriting
classes and wrote scripts on the
During that time Ms. Cobb
happened to meet Terry Rosio,
who had just co-written the
screenplay for Disney's animated
film Aladdin and who would go
on to co-write the screen plays
for Shrek and Pirates of the Ca-
ribbean. Mr. Rosio eventually
become her mentor.
Later, at a screenwriter's con-
ference in Los Angeles, she ran
into Linda Seger, a well known
script consultant and screenwrit-
ing coach from whom she had
taken a previous class in Orlan-
"If you ever move to LA, look
me up," Ms. Seger told her.
Two months after the confer-
ence, the former Baker County
girl moved to LA where she
stayed with a cousin who lived

write of a romantic comedy script
entitled Just Right which featured
Jeremy Piven of the HBO series
Entourage. After that, the proj-


ects and sales just kept coming.
The setting for Lighthoui.
Hill, was originally based on the
town of Waldo. When a filmmak-
er optioned the script, he wanted
it rewritten with a British locale.
Ms. Cobb spent weeks on loca-
tion in England as she worked to
re-adapt her original story.
It was freezing cold during the
time she was in England, but she
scarcely noticed because she was
so excited to work on the project.
She especially enjoyed working
with actor Jason Flemyng, who
recently played Brad Pitt's father
in The Strange Case of Benjamin
Ms. Cobb still feels a tingle
when she tells a peculiar story
about the writing of Igllh, ,11 ,c
Hill which was originally entitled
Sage of Waldo.
'A really odd thing occurred
when I was writing Sage of Wal-
do. I had envisioned this strange
landmark in the town, a light-
house that wasn't anywhere near
When her uncle, Richard
Lyons, who grew up in Waldo,
asked to read the script, she sent
him a copy. He called her soon
"How did you know about the
lighthouse?" he asked. "I didn't
think anyone knew about that."
Ms. Cobb was stunned.
"You mean there actually
is a lighthouse in Waldo?" she
There was indeed a lighthouse
in the town, tucked away out of
sight. Only a few folks knew of
its whereabouts.
"I'd never heard of it," said
Ms. Cobb. "That I chose to put

a lighthouse in my story was be-
yond strange."
These days, Ms. Cobb is back
on the east coast. Because of the
Internet, she can maintain her
contacts in LA, while living,
teaching and writing in Jackson-
ville. She likes being close to her
mom again, who still resides in
Baker County.
The successful screenwriter is
coming full circle in her abilities
and is now also shooting, direct-
ing and editing her own footage
for personal projects.
One of her latest is a Web
site called Funny Fixx where
she posts material with typically
comedic content, both her own
work and that of other filmmak-
Two of her ongoing series fea-

tured on the site, Thurapy and
The Mayor of Panther County,
have both been inspired by her
experiences growing up in Bak-
er County. In addition to a Pro-
sumer camera, she also shoots
with a Flip Mino, a mini-digital
video camera no bigger than a
cell phone. Footage shot from the
recent opening day of the new
Jacksonville Art Market will be
posted on her Web site soon.
"It helps to be delusional if
you want to succeed in this busi-
ness and maybe I was," she jokes.
"It just never occurred to me I
couldn't do this. If it had, I prob-
ably couldn't have done it."
To view episodes of Thurapy,
The Mayor of Panther County
and more, check out www.Fun-

W. _". 9 a.ion.

Poker un -
Kickstands up at 2:oo pni

Music by DJ David Wright
Macclenny's favorite entertainer
Jimmy Barton
with Roadie Jeff Penn

Jason lemyng and Ms. Cobb on the set of Lighthouse Hml.

THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, April 16, 2009 Page 9

No shower, no sofa 'rule leads to argument

arrested for breaT ing windshield with cane
A Sanderson man was arrested for criminal mis- Joseph Menendez of Jacksonville, who works
chief for allegedly breaking the windshield of an at the nearby Walmart Distribution Center, said he
Oldsmobile van belonging to a woman who resides left the vehicle off the south shoulder and last saw
at the same address off Hid Dugger Rd. it there April 5. Two days later it was gone.
Deborah Mirador told Deputy Matt Riegel that Michael Rhoden reported the theft of CDs and
James Addison, 59, was angry with her the evening clothing from an unlocked 1991 Chevrolet pickup
of April 7 when she told him not to sit on a couch parked at his residence off Hamilton Crews Rd. in
because he hadn't showered in several weeks. He Glen St. Mary. The theft took place between 2:00-
then went outside and struck the windshield of her 1:00 am on April 11 and value of the property was
van several times with his cane until it shattered. $400.
Deputy Riegel said he made the arrest to avoid Pursuant to a civil complaint, Mark Crews of
escalating tension after Mr. Addison made threats Country Federal Credit Union reported April 7 a
against Ms. Mirador and also said he'd fight the of- 1999 Honda Civic belonging to Phillip Lloyd was
ficer. He admitted to breaking the windshield, found stripped of parts including the engine and
In other reports involving vehicles, the owner of transmission.
a 1990 Ford Ranger that had broken down on US It was parked off Deerfield Circle in Macclenny
90 east of Macclenny at midnight April 2 reported when the credit union sought to repossess it.
it stolen.

Pot at middle school

Two male students at Baker
County Middle School were ar-
rested the afternoon of April 10
after a substitute teacher saw
them exchange a small bag of
marijuana during gym class.
Principal David Davis told
campus deputy Tracie Benton
that one of the students, age 15,
said he had been given the small
green baggie by the second stu-
dent, age 14.
The younger student, who
backed up that story, refused to
tell the principal who he got the
pot from, and insisted he, too,
was only "holding it" for the
third person.
Mr. Davis notified both boys'

Most people who
turn 50 look old.
Pam just looks crazy!!

parents and referred the case to
juvenile authorities.
In another misdemeanor case,
Ryan Giordano, 23, of Macclen-
ny was arrested the evening of
April 9 after becoming involved
in a dispute with his roommate
Albert Jones, 40, over money at
their rented trailer off Pine Oaks
Circle in Macclenny.
Deputy Patrick McGauley
said the suspect became unruly
and refused to calm himself, and
he found the small bag of mari-
juana in a pants pocket while
searching Mr. Giordano.

Williams reunion
The defendants of LL and
Opal Williams will have their
annual family reunion Sunday,
April 26 beginning at 11:00 am
at the Lake Butler Community
Friends and family are invited
to bring a covered dish and des-
ert and join in on the fun.

Rhoden reunion
The Hardy and Carrie (Ho-
gan) Rhoden reunion will be
Saturday, April 25 at 11:00 am at
Baker County's Heritage Park.
Family and friends please
make plans to attend. Please call
266-2337 for more information.

SWoodlawn Kennels
Quality Pr@f'viiiald Care

Private Spacious Indoor/Outdoor Runs

Jonathan Bennett

Son is born
Brett and Lauren Bennett
of Sanderson are proud to an-
nounce the birth of son Jon Jonathan
Parker Bennett, born March 20,
2009 at Baptist Medical Center
weighing 7 lbs. 12 oz. and mea-
suring 21 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are
Kurt and Cindy Treece of Glen
St. Mary. Paternal grandparents
are Terry Bennett of Sanderson
and Michelle Honsberger of
Lawtey. Maternal great-grand-
parents are Floyd and Jimmie
Crews of Jasper.


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904-259-5688 904-259-2049

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Come and join our celebration
of Pam Griffis' birthday
Saturday, April 18
at 5:00 pm
717 Short Putt Dr., Macclenny
BYOB allowed
All friends & family welcome.

School Calendar
April 16
District-wide: Spring Break.
BCHS: Track @ Bradford,
9:00 a.m. Baseball Tournament
@ Williston, Drama Trip to
April 17
District-wide: Spring Break.
BCHS: Drama Trip to Arkansas
April 18
BCHS: Softball Senior Night
(H), 6:00 p.m. Drama Trip to
April 19
BCHS: Drama Trip to Arkansas
April 20
District-wide: School Board
Mtg., 6:30 p.m., MES:
Auditorium. BCHS: Baseball
(H), 6:00 p.m., District Softball
@ Clay County. MES: Think
Link Test C begins. PK/K:
Kindergarten Registration
April 21
BCHS: Baseball @ Episcopal,
6:00 p.m. District Softball
@ Clay County. KIS: School
Advisory Council Mtg., 9:00
a.m. WES: Fundraiser Money
Due, "Just Say No!" Club Mtg.,
8:00 a.m. PK/K: Kindergarten
Registration. Kindergarten
Readiness for incoming 2009-
2010 Kindergarteners, Jack
Hartmann Concert, BCMS
April 22
BCHS: Free Sports Physicals
@ Family Service Center,
3:30 5:30 p.m. Ed Talent
Search to University of Florida.
BCMS: Shot Clinic @ Family
Service Ctr., 1:00 5:00 p.m.
KIS: District Parent Advisory
Mtg., 9:30 a.m. WES: Merrie
Melodies Club Mtg., 8:00
a.m. Panther Pals. PK/K:
Kindergarten Registration


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Notice of Closing
of Medical Practice
to patients of
Dr. A.P. Sotomayor, M.D.
As of the close of business, June
30, 2009, Dr. Sotomayor, a primary
care and family physician with
offices at French Street in
Jacksonville and 365 Oliver Street
in Baldwin, Florida, will retire and
close her practice.
Any patient wishing to obtain a
copy or transfer of medical records
may address a request to Dr. Soto-
mayor at ! L French Street, Jack-
sonville, FL 32205.,

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Dedicated A.C.E Certified teachers with
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Thursday, April 16,2009

Harry Graham Sr.

was a retired dentist
Harry Lee Graham Sr., DMD,
72, of Macclenny died April 10,
2009. Born in 1936 in Day-
ton, Kentucky to Charles and
Lury Graham, his family came
to Florida in the early 1940's,
where he finished high school
in Fort Myers, attended Florida
State University then earned
his Doctor of Dental Medicine
at the University of Louisville.
In 1965, he was named an hon-
orary Kentucky Colonel. He
retired from Northeast Florida
State Hospital and from dentist-
ry in 2008.
Dr. Graham was known for
his good humor and willingness
to help anytime he could. He en-
joyed his old cars hobby, restor-
ing and driving many piles of
rusty metal. He loved his many
old car buddies and cherished
every moment spent with family
and friends.
Dr. Graham was predeceased
by his parents, three sisters and
three brothers. He is survived
by his wife of 31 years, Carol;
daughter Tracy of Middleburg;
sons Lee (Laura) of Green
Cove Springs, Clay (Vivian)
of Gainesville, Jonas of High
Springs; stepchildren Lori (Don)
Harrow of Davidson, NC, Lew-
is (Beth) Parrish of Alabaster,
AL; grandsons Brenton (USN),
Matt (USN), Justin, Jason, Clay,
Gavin and Jake Graham, Parker
Green, Chris, Patrick and Kevin
Harrow; granddaughters Rachel
Greene, Kelley, Meg and Brit-
tany Graham, Madison and Em-
ily Parrish; great granddaughter
Reese; brothers-in-law Roger
(Jean) Ulery of Jacksonville,
Larry Ulery of Peachtree City,
GA; sister-in-law Jean Graham
of Union, KY and many loved
nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be
held on Monday, April 20, 2009
at 11:00 am at the First Baptist
Church of Glen St. Mary with
Dr. Randy Williams officiating.
The family wishes to thank
the physicians and staff at North
Florida One 'l ',.'y, St. Vincent's
Hospital and Community Hos-
pice for their wonderful care.
Please give the gift of life and
make a blood donation when
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made in Dr. Graham's
name to the First Baptist Church
of Glen St. Mary: P.O. Box
633, Glen St. Mary, FL 32040
or Community Hospice of NE
Florida: 4266 Sunbeam Road,
Jacksonville, FL 32257. Ar-
rangements are under the direc-
tion of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral

Family reunion
The annual Kirkland-Johnson
family reunion will be held Sun-
day, April 19 at the ag center on
US 90. The covered dish dinner
will begin at 11:00 am.
For more information please
call Gary Kirkland at 501-7481.

Holiness Church
CR 127 N., Sanderson, FL
Sunday School 10:00 am
Morning Worship 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wed. Evening Prayer Serv. 7:30 pm
Pastor: Oral E. Lyonsf


George D. Fish dies

April Oth in Utah
George D. Fish of North
Ogden, Utah died on April 10,
2009. He was born on January
23, 1928 in Baker County to the
late Verdie Rhoden and George
D. Fish Sr.
Mr. Fish
was an
Army veter-
an of World
War II and
served in
and the
Islands .
During the
Korean War
he was an Mr Fish
Army intel-
ligence officer at Fort Rucker,
AL. He attended business col-
lege in Jacksonvile and was em-
ployed by AT&T for 36 years in
both Jacksonville and Miami.
Mr. Fish was a member of the
Church of Latter-Day Saints and
was active as a teacher, bishop
and high councilman. He was
devoted to the gospel and re-
mained a home teacher until last
His hobbies included wood-
w iokine. gardening, fishing,
traveling and sports. His early
years on a farm ingrained in him
a love and respect for the earth
and nature. After retiring, Mr.
Fish and wife Marjorie (Marge)
moved to Utah to be with their
children. The couple visited all
50 states.
Mr. Fish is survived by wife
Marjorie; daughter Linda An-
derson of North Ogden; sons
Wayne (Debbie) of Nephi, Utah
and Larry (Susan) of Colorado
Springs; 15 grandchildren and
11 great-grandchildren; brother
Drew (Jackie) of Apopka, FL;
sisters Ethel Powell of Lake
City and Clois (Steve) Stafford
of Tennessee. Other than his par-
ents, he was preceded in death
by two sisters and two brothers.
The funeral service was held
on April 13 at 11:00 am at the
Pleasant View Ward Chapel in
North Ogden, and interment
followed at Ben Lomond Cem-
etery. Condolences may be sent
to the family at www.lindquist-

C i t Sot .

Tartes grateful
There are no words to ex-
press our heartfelt thanks for
the love and support shown dur-
ing the recent loss of our loved
one. The food, flowers, calls and
visits were overwhelming. The
prayers you have said on our be-
half are continuing to lift us up.
Also, thank you to the friends
and neighbors in the Sanderson
community who visited while
sharing stories of Billy's friend-
ship with them.
We want to extend a special
thanks to the pastors who min-
istered to our family during this
time; Shannon Conner, Oral
Lyons, Mark Woods, Jim Cox
and Dean Starling, as well as
the churches who reached out
to help us, including Macclenny
Church of God, Taylor Church,
and Cornerstone Baptist Church
of Jacksonville.
Please continue to keep us in
your prayers.

Heartfelt thanks
The family of Jewell L. Lewis
would like to express its sincere
gratitude for the love and sup-
port shown to our family and to
her during her illness and death.
A special thank you goes to her
church, The First Baptist Church
of Macclenny, for the faithful
prayers, visits, phone calls and
the wonderful meal that showed
how much you cared for her. A
special thank you to Brother
Edsel Bone and Brother James
Conner for ministering to us
by celebrating her life and hon-
oring her service to the Lord.
There were so many expressions
of love shown to our family that
will always be cherished by each
one of us. Please continue to
keep us in your prayers.

573 S. 5th St. 259-6059
Sunday Bible Study 9:45 am
Fellowship 10:30 am 11:00 am
Worship Services
11:00 am
; . Wed. Bible Study
i M7:30 pm
S Sam F. Kitching

Come and magnify the Lord and worship with us
Glen Friendship Tabernacle
Clinton Ave. Glen St. Mary
WJXR Radio Service Sunday.... 8:30 am
Morning Worship Service...... 10:30 am
Children's Church ............ 11:30 am
Evangelistic .................. 6:00 pm
Bible Study (Wed.)............. 7:30 pm
Rev. Albert Starling Home: 259-3982 Church: 259-6521

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

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Celebrate family
McCray's Chapel Church in
Olustee will be celebrating Fam-
ily and Friends Day April 26,
2009 at 4:00 pm. The speaker
will be Elder Bernard McCray of
Lake City.
Everyone is invited. For more
information call 386-755-9053.
Private cemetery
Turner Cemetery is a private
and family-maintained cem-
etery and no one can be buried
there without contacting Marvin
Lauramore at 275-2330 or Rev.
Wayne Williams at 386-431-
1500 for approval.

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

iThe Road
to Calvary
Corner of Madison & Stoddard
Glen St. Mary
Pastor: Tommy Anderson
Phone: 904-259-2213
Sunday School:............10:00 am
Sunday Morning Service .... 11:00 am
Sunday Evening Service ..... 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night .......... 7:30 pm
Friday Night Service........ 7:30 pm

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

9:00 am
10:00 am

Sunday School
Sunday Worship &
Holy Communion

6:30pm Wednesday Dinner,
Praise, Prayer, Healing,
Holy Communion

(904) 259-6689 ~ Glen St. Mary, Florida
1/2 mile South ofl-10on CR 125, right on Nursery Road in the
beautiful Glen St. Mary Nursery at the historic Budder Mathis House

Since 1965, Bill Guerry has been assisting families in
their most difficult time. Guerry Funeral Home is proud
to serve the people of Baker County.

Guerry Funeral Home....
using our experience to help you.


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U.S.90 East, Macclenny
IL 904.259.2211

You're Invited to

Join us in welcoming Pastor Griffin,
his wife Faye, family & friend "' j
to our community.
Pastor Bobby Griffin has been in Baker Cour Ir 34 years.
He has been soul saving and ministering theQ od.

Sunday service- 11:00 am
SufftQiqTM_ -1 Rh -e ...

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THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, April 16, 2009 Page 11

Debate: private vs. public management

(from page 1)
director for Boca Raton-based
GEO Group, via e-mail April 6.
GEO manages three state-
owned hospitals in South Flor-
ida the 335-bed South Flor-
ida State Hospital in Pembroke
Pines; the 238-bed South Florida
Evaluation and Treatment Center
in Miami; and the 198-bed Trea-
sure Coast Forensic Treatment
Center in Indiantown.
"With the proper contractual
oversight, a public-private part-
nership can improve the quality
of care and treatment outcomes
at Northeast Florida State Hos-
pital, while achieving cost sav-
ings for Florida's taxpayers,"
Mr. Paez said.
Should the Florida Legisla-
ture decide to privatize NEFSH,
he confirmed GEO would com-
pete for the Department of Chil-
dren and Families' (DCF) con-
tract. DCF is the state agency
currently responsible for NEFSH
Language in a House budget
bill requires, at least for now,
that the state request proposals
on privatizing NEFSH to obtain
a roughly $4 million savings
in general revenue next year. It
does, however, allow DCF to
submit its own proposal as well.
A contingent of local govern-
ment and hospital officials re-
turned to Tallahassee April 15
to rally support against privati-
zation among House representa-
tives in anticipation of the cham-
ber's floor debate the following

Privatization language was
removed from the Florida Sen-
ate's budget bill April 7.
Opponents of the push to
privatize the hospital, like Rep.
Janet Adkins (R-Fernandina
Beach), whose district includes
Baker County, argue that the
desired cost savings could be
achieved in other ways.
Through a proposed amend-
ment to the House budget bill,
Ms. Adkins called for DCF to
renegotiate its contracts with
GEO to pay for the number of
hospital beds used instead the
number of beds available at each
of its facilities.
Estimates from DCF and re-
quested by Ms. Adkins put the
savings for contracting on the
basis of utilization at $8.2 mil-
lion for the period from April 1,
2008 to March 31, 2009.
"I'm concerned about the
direction this plan for privati-
zation has taken," she said. "If
the proposed move is an issue
that relates to the budget and
the need to create savings, my
amendments will generate more
savings than those called for un-
der the privatization plan being
pushed by lobbyists."
But renegotiating the GEO
contracts is something County
Commissioner Gordon Crews
said some legislators "don't even
want to talk about."
Both he and County Com-
missioner Michael Crews ques-
tioned why the legislators haven't
simply reduced the hospital's

Hunting for eggs at the park...
Mary Gay fills her basket at the COA egg hunt held at Heritage Park last Friday.
Seniors had fun hunting several hundred eggs hidden by volunteers and then played
games for prizes. An egg salad sandwich picnic lunch topped off thefestivities.

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budget themselves, rather than
go through a bidding process to
achieve the same ends.
"That should've been the first
step," said Michael Crews, who
works for NEFSH as head of se-
The reason, according to
House Speaker Larry Cretul's
office, is the difference in gov-
erning philosophy.
"The House leadership's phi-
losophy is that sometimes pri-
vate enterprise can do a better
job at saving money while
protecting patient care than
government can do," said Jill
Chamberlin, the speaker's com-
munications director in an e-
mail from April 7.
She cited figures compiled
by House Health Council staff-
ers showing that the annual cost
per bed is about $15,000 lower
at the state's privately-run facili-
ties when compared with state-
operated ones. That's likely due
to lower staff-to-patient ratios,
which are 1.5 at South Florida
State Hospital versus 2.2 at
"They [House leadership] em-
pathize with the working people
of Baker County; they are dedi-
cated to improved patient care at
what they hope will be a more
efficient cost," said Ms. Cham-

Jail phones'

loan linked...
(from page 1)
eluded Mr. Knabb, Ricky Davis
and Paul Whitehead.
"So we're not going to take
the old system out of the jail?"
Mr. Davis asked prior to the
"No," said Mr. Thomas. "It'd
be like trying to put a Volkswa-
gen engine in a Porsche."
Board members Alex Robin-
son and Larry Payne were not
present for the vote.
The loan has an adjustable in-
terest rate it can vary between
6 and 10 percent throughout the
life of the seven-year repayment
period as the prime rate set by
the Federal Reserve fluctuates.
Payments are estimated at about
$5000 a month for 84 months, or
about $420,000 in all.
Construction is still ahead
of schedule on the new jail, Fa-
cilities Director Tim Nunn in-
formed the board at the end of
the meeting.
He added that local prisoners
are expected for transfer in early
June. Inspections by the federal
Immigration and Customs En-
forcement (ICE) will follow.
"We hope by the end of July
we'll be full," said Mr. Nunn.

GEO employs eight regis-
tered Tallahassee lobbyists and
its political action committee in
Florida donates heavily to the
Republican Party, according to
state records.
Baker County hired its sole
capitol lobbyist earlier this year,
but it doesn't make political con-

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at le

The Baker H
team has its eye
qualifying last
finals on April
Months of ha
for sectional c
Young in the I
(total lift 430);
139 class (465
liams in the 183
Thomas Braddy
(800 total); anc
in the heavy
All eyes wil
Braddy at the fi
the state record
clean and jerk d
qualifying round
High gym. He 1
portunity to br
the finals.
Coach Bobb
awaits the anno
Florida High Sc
sociation on the
list. The Cats h

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lifters eye repeat

ast five qualify f

igh weightlifting runners-up and three others who come
s on another state placed in the top four in their sec- the f
with five lifters tion and most likely will make it H
Saturday for the to the finals. soph
25 in New Port They have been placed into a perfo
pool with other lifters in the class the j
ard work paid off around the state. clear
championss Ryan In that pool among BCHS "T
119 weight class team members are: Brandon Tu- our s
John Ford in the ten, second in the 119 class; Mil- the s
total); Greg Wil- ton Baker, fourth in the 154 class; no (
class (615 total); Harold Moore, second behind "The
in the 238 class Greg Williams in the 183 class; niors
d Ethan Munson Darvin Ruise and Hank Farmer, to be
eight class (730 the third and fourth finishers in C
the 219 class. Cats
1 be on Thomas Coach Johns had some kind repeat
nals after he tied words for Ray Mangiafico, third Amo
with a 400-pound in heavyweight with a season- a ma
during last week's best total of 620. His total may "1
id at the Baker not be sufficient for the finals, who
will have the op- Madreakus Ford, Williams the 1
eak that mark in Wheeler and Dikemby Hogan at th
also had good lifts in the quali- they
y Johns says he flying rounds, but not enough to Ritcl
uncement by the make the cut. Tl
hool Athletic As- "He fell a little short of his that]
e final qualifying goal, but we will see huge things
ad two sectional from Mardreakus in years to

title as

r state

e," predicted Coach Johns of
freshman lifter.
ogan and Wheeler, both
omores, had good bench
)rmances but faltered on
erk portion after making the
Their fight was amazing, but
section is always the best in
state, and the 199 class was
different," said the coach.
;y were beaten by two se-
s and two juniors nothing
ashamed of."
oach Johns predicted the
will have their hands full to
at as state champs, and eyes
old [Panama City Beach] as
in contender.
Thanks to all the loyal fans
followed us all year, and to
tremendous crowd we had
.e gym on Saturday. I hope
will follow us to New Port
he state meet starts at 10:30

Rarc homc loss to Eagle's View

The Lady Wildcat softball
team split games the past week,
shutting out Middleburg at home
on April 7 and dropping behind
Eagle's View in a rare home loss.
Eagle's View is the top-ranked
team in the state in Class A.
The girls opened the week
with a 4-0 shutout of the Lady
Broncos at BCHS, scoring all
their runs in the first two innings
and then relying on the defense
to secure the win.
The Lady Wildcats opened in
abig way with atrio of early runs.
Krista Smith, Ashley Holton and
Tiffany Smith all scored in the
bottom of the first inning to give
BCHS a commanding lead.
The Cats got another run in

the second when Jordan Hand
reached on an error. She capital-
ized on a brace of Bronco errors,
making it all the way home on a
pair of passed balls.
From then on it was up to the
defense to hold on to the win.
The defense allowed but three
Middleburg base runners for the
remainder of the game.
The girls had a much harder
time at home versus Eagle's
View on Thursday. The private
school took an early 2-0 lead and
then held off determined BCHS
rallies to shock the Cats 5-4.
The Wildcats responded to
a shaky start with a run of their
own in the first inning. Ashley
Curry walked and came home on

an error as Eagle's View also had
a rough start.
The visitors added an insur-
ance run in the second and BCHS
chipped away at the lead in the
third with a single run from Kris-
ta Smith.
Eagle's View scored a pair
in the fourth and the Wildcats
responded with runs from Hand
and Krista Smith. Eagle's View
avoided the tying run when Cur-
ry was tagged out at home.
The visitors tightened up de-
fensively and got the win. BCHS
has the week off before hosting
First Coast on April 18 for Se-
nior Night.

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The following programs are Tuesday, April 21 by 5:00 pm.
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CASE NO.: 02-2008-CA-0217

SHARON L. CANADY, etc., et al.,
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to an order
or a final judgement of foreclosure entered in the
above-captioned action, I will sell the property situ-
ated in Baker County, Florida, described as:
A part of Section 23, Township 1 North,
Range 21 East, more particularly
described as follows:
The West 1/2 of the East 1/2 of the Southwest
14 of the Northeast 14 of said Section 23,
less and except any portion within the
right of way of Frederick Raulerson Road,
containing 10 acres, more or less.
at public sale, to the highest and best bidderforcash,
on the front steps of the Baker County Courthouse,
339 E. Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny, FL in accor-
dance with Chapter 45, Florida Statutes, Florida at
11:00 a.m. on the 28th day of April, 2009.
That any person claiming an interest in the sur-
plus from the sale, if any, other than the property
owner as of the date lis pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court on
March 25, 2009.
Al Fraser
Clerk, Circuit Court
By: Jamie Crews
As Deputy Clerk


Cats avenge earlier loss to Clay

The BCHS Wildcat baseball
team got a pair of big wins last
week, one of which was particu-
larly important to the high-flying
The Cats avenged their lone
loss of the season, easily han-
dling Clay County at home.
Baker High defeated Univer-
sity Christian at the Fernandina
tournament 14-2 on Wednesday,
pounding out 12 hits led by a
pair of homers by Chase Bennett
and Chad Schroeer. Cory Elasik,
Klate Duval, Chjris Waddell and
BJ Rowe added doubles. Travis
Tyson picked up his second win
of the season with relief help

Coaches, others

get Gazdick award
Four names will be added
to the plaque as winners of the
Michael J. Gazdick Community
Service Award at Macclenny's
city park on Saturday, May 2.
They are former school coach-
es Tom Covington and the late
King Ruise, Kenneth Roberts for
his longtime support for youth
football and the late John Blake-
ly, the "Voice of the Wildcats."
The ceremony begins at 10:00

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from Chris Waddell and fresh-
man Dillon Jones.
The night of April 9 at Wild-
cat Stadium, the Cats defeated
Clay 9-3 to get a satisfying win
over the only team to best them
this season. The game was close
until the sixth inning, when the
Cats exploded for seven runs.
They scored all their runs with
two outs in the inning.
The Cats had seven hits, two
of them by senior Cory Elasik.
who has been hitting well lately.
He cracked a line drive home run
over the left-center field wall.
BCHS trailed 3-2 going into
the seventh but loaded the bas-

es with two outs. Senior Chase
Bennett delivered a huge bases-
clearing triple to put the Wildcats
up 5-3. The Cats never looked
back as they tacked on four more
to make the final tally complete.
Cameron Crews came on in re-
lief of Brad Griffs in the fifth in-
ning and earned his seventh win
against no losses.
"I knew against Clay our kids
were ready to play, maybe ready
too early. They were at the park a
half hour early and had that look
in their eyes," said Coach John
Staples. "Our seniors once again
came up large and delivered
when we needed it."

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Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be
held on Wednesday, May 27th at4 P.M. forcomment
on the Macclenny Housing Authority's and Baker
County Housing Agency's FY2009 Agency Plan
Annual Updates as required by the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development. The FY2009
Agency Plan Annual Updates will be available for
review over the next45 days at the Authority's central
office located at: 402 E. Stansell Avenue
Macclenny, Florida 32063
The Public Hearing will also be held at this location.
Any person wishing to comment on either Agency
Plan may file his or her comments in writing with
the Executive Director of the Macclenny Housing
Authority at the address above no later than 5 P.M.
May 26th, or may attend the Public Hearing being
held at the central office. All comments will be con-
sidered in preparing the final plans.
Notice is hereby given that the Baker County
Development Commission will hold a meeting at
Noon on Thursday, April 30, 2009, at the Commerce
Center, 20 East Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny,
Florida 32063.
The Commission will be discussing Development
The public is invited to attend.
Polly Gore
Vice Chair

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CASE NO.: 02-2009-0071-CA

TO: Delinquent Taxpayer Receiving This Notice
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a Petition for
Validation of Tax Warrant issued for unpaid 2007,
Baker County Personal Property Taxes has been filed
by Gene Harvey, BakerCountyTax Collector, in which
you are named as a party for nonpayment of 2007
Personal Property Taxes as assessed against you.
Upon ratification and confirmation of the petition
by the Court, the Tax Collector shall be authorized
to issue a tax warrant against you, and levy upon,
seize and sell so much of your personal property as
necessary to satisfy the delinquent taxes, plus costs,
interest, attorney's fees, and other charges.
32 North 5th St., MACCLENNY, FLORIDA 32063,
You are further notified that a Final Hearing will
be held in this matter on the 26th day of May, 2009,
at the Baker County Courthouse in Macclenny, Baker
County, Florida, at 10:40 a.m. before the Honorable
Phyllis M. Rosier, Circuit Judge, at which time you or
your attorney may present your objections, if any, to
issuance of the Tax Warrant against you. The amount
of the assessment or amount of taxes levied have
been paid or not.
A copy of the Petition filed herein may be
obtained at the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court
in Macclenny, Baker County, Florida, upon request.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this court on this
9th day of April, 2009.
6166 Adams Rd.
Macclenny, FL 32063
2. 07-5002280
12222 Mud Lake Rd.
Glen St. Mary, FL 32040
303 Macclenny Ave.
Macclenny, FL 32063
4. 07-5003298
28 Macclenny Ave. W.
Macclenny, FL 32063
10499 Mud Lake Rd.
Glen St. Mary, FL 32040
1171 South 6th St.
Macclenny, Fl 32063
7. 07-5006477
10499 Mud Lake Rd.
Glen St. Mary, FL 32040
P.O. Box 1218
Macclenny, FL 32063
5803 JB Hines Rd.
Macclenny, FL 32063
4221 Deerfield Circle
Jacksonville, FL 32234
Deputy Clerk
Phone (904) 259-4774
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auction May 1, 2009 at 8:00 am at A, R&R INC,
10525 Duval Lane, Macclenny, FL 32063.
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The First Coast Workforce Development, Inc.,
(DBA WorkSource), has released an Invitation-to-
Negotiate to design, construct, and host a new web-
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option for renewal for 2 additional years.
A copy of the request is available at http://www. or at
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Nevison 904/213-2800, x-2010, DEADLINE TO
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The First Coast Workforce Development, Inc.
(DBA WorkSource), will release an Invitation-to-
Negotiate on Monday, April 20, 2009 for Workshop
Facilitators forservices to be performed June 1,2009
through June 30,2010 with an option for renewal for
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YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a Verified Mortgage
Foreclosure Complaint has been filed againstyou on
the following described property:

Parcel ID# 20-2S-22-0160-0000-0440
Part of the South V2 of the Southwest 1A of
Section 20, Township 2 South, Range 22
East, Baker County, Florida, more particu-
larly described as follows: Commence at
the Southwest corner of said Section 20,
thence South 89o54'14" East, on the South
line of said Section 20, a distance of 604.62
feet to a point of the East right of way line
of Tom Wilkerson Road (a 59.75 foot right
of way as now established); thence North
0003944" East, on said East right of way
line, a distance of 327.39 feet to the Point
of Beginning; thence continue North
0003944" East on said East right of way
line, a distance of 103.37 feet; thence North
89o40'30" East, a distance of 437.62 feet;
thence South 00o10'30" East, a distance of
103.36 feet; thence South 89o40'30" West,
a distance of 439.13 feet to the Point of
and you are required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on FRANK E. MALONEY, JR.,
P.A., Attorney, whose address is 445 East Macclenny
Avenue, Macclenny, Florida 32063; (904) 259-3155,
within thirty (30) days after the first publication of the
notice and on or before the 16th day of May, 2009,
and to file the original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on FRANK E. MALONEY, JR.,
P.A., attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise
a default will be entered against you for the relieve
demanded in the Complaint or Petition.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on this
9th day of April, 2009.
By:Bonnie Palleschi
Deputy Clerk
FILE NO. 02-2009-CP-014

The administration of the estate of Howard
Baird, deceased, whose date of death was January
2, 2009, is pending in the Circuit Court for Baker
County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of
which is 339 E. Macclenny Ave., Macclenny, Florida
32063. The names and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal representative's
attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other persons
having claims or demands against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this court WITHIN
All other creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands against dece-
dent's estate must file their claims with this court
The date of first publication of this notice is April
9, 2009.

Attorney for Personal Representative:
Thomas E. Moorey
Florida Bar No. 128626
Thomas E. Moorey, Attorney
1430 Royal Palm Sq. Blvd., Suite 105
Fort Myers, Florida 33919
Telephone: (239) 275-5005
Personal Representative:
Edward S. Baird
4785 Barkley Circle, Apt. #39
Fort Myers, Florida 33907

First graders take

part infield day...
RE. teacher Michelle Y aracs kept ;i i,. or ganized
and moving last Friday during the first grade field
day. The kids, teachers and par ents enjoyed beauti-
ful weather on their last day of school before spring
break this week. Ther e were a variety of contests
from a 50-yard dash to ar elay sack race. Students
lined the rope cheering on their classmates in each
event. All students participated in at least one con-
test. Classes ended the field day with a tug of war
competition. Above, relay participants, gr ouped by
class, struggle to get in their sack and get to the
finish line first. At 11 : 1i. first graders concentrate on
keeping eggs on a wooden spoon and one hand be-
hind their back while racing to the finish line.

As he ages, the more he

admires the older golfers
put on the second hole to win.
SATD One of the things I like about
the Masters is that tradition
aside, it just looks like the per-
ROBERT GERARD fect golf course. It has beautiful
and treacherous holes like the
As I get older I admire the historic #12, and with the aza-
game of golf a little bit more. leas blooming it looks even more
Notice I didn't say "like." I said like a walk in the park. Even if
admire. it wasn't the sight of great golf,
I don't watch much golf on it would be worth seeing the
television but I do watch the ma- course itself.
jors and in particular the Masters. I watched WPS on Saturday
I was among many who shook night. WPS stands for Women's
their heads in disbelief as Kenny Professional Soccer and is a new
Perry lost a two-shot lead with league featuring the best wom-
two holes to go and eventually en's players in the world. I watch
lost a playoff to Angel Cabrera a lot of soccer but decided I pre-
on the second hole. fer women's soccer to the MLS,
At 48, Perry would have been the American pro league.
the oldest Masters champion. For one thing, these are the
At my age, I find myself more best women players in the world
and more beginning to root for playing in the USA. The games
the old guys. After all, it is in- are competitive and some of the
spring to see older athletes who players really amazing.
remain at the top of their game. LA has a Brazilian named
I haven't been at the top of my Marta who can run rings around
game whatever game that the competition. Chicago has its
might have been for some own Brazilian named Christiana
time now. (Brazilians only go by their first
The Argentine, who won the names; They claim its because
2007 US Open, kept hanging everyone is equal in Brazil) who
around while Perry and Chad can do remarkable things with
Campbell exchanged the top the ball. Probably the best scorer
spot. He wasn't folding under the in the world is American Abby
pressure and one sensed he'd be Waumbach.
in contention at the end. I was surprised how much I
Perry bogeyed the 17 and 18 enjoyed it. That way, they aren't
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School Lunch
April 20- April 24

Offered everyday:
Cold lunch plate, chef salad or pasta salad w/wheat roll or crackers and dessert (when of-
fered), 1% lowfat white milk, 1/2% lowfat flavored milk, orange juice.
Monday, April20
Breakfast: Breakfast burrito, fruit juice, milk
Lunch: Slice of pepperoni pizza or chunky turkey noodle soup with a homemade wheat
roll, choice of 2 sides: seasoned mixed vegetables, tossed salad, chilled fruit or juice
Tuesday, April21
Breakfast: Sausage biscuit, fruit juice, milk
Lunch: Taco salad with a homemade wheat roll or grilled ham and cheese sandwich, choice
of 2 sides: golden corn, lettuce and tomato blend, fresh fruit or juice choice
Wednesday, April22
Breakfast: Toasted cheese sandwich, fruit juice, milk
Lunch: Mexican burrito with salsa or chicken nuggets with a homemade wheat roll, choice
of 2 sides: green beans with new potatoes, creamy coleslaw, chilled fruit or juice choice
with a homemade cookie
Thursday, April23
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wich, choice of 2 sides: baked french fries, creamy coleslaw, lettuce and tomato slices
Friday, April24
Breakfast: Pancake and sausage on a stick, fruit juice, milk
Lunch: Golden corndog or slice of ham with macaroni and cheese and a homemade wheat
roll, choice of 2 sides: baked beans, raw veggies with dressing, chilled fruit or juice choice
with a slice of homemade cake


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no later than 4:00 pm the Monday
preceding publication, unless other-
wise arranged in advance. Ads can
be mailed provided they are accom-
panied by payment and instructions.
They should be mailed to: Classified
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Box 598, Macclenny, FL 32063. We
cannot assume responsibility for
accuracy of ads or notices given over
the telephone. Liability for errors in all
advertising will be limited to the first
publication only. If after that time, the
ad continues to run without notifica-
tion of error by the person or agency
for whom it was published, then that
party assumes full payment respon-
sibility. The Baker County Press
reserves the right to refuse advertis-
ing or any other material which in
the opinion of the publisher does not
meet standards of publication.

2007 55 hp Mahindra tractor, 4x4 with
front load and forks, 6' mower, box
blade, 6' cutting disc, rear remote hy-
draulics. Very nice tractor, almost new,
only 90 hours, $23,000. 259-3763,
leave message. 4/16p
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. 3/19tfc
Antique furniture close out: chairs,
French style, Hitchcock, pair of transi-
tional style, mahogany desk, large nar-
row French style table, Duncan Phyfe
buffet with matching top, Victorian buf-
fet, black wicker table, pair of end tables,
rattan plant stand and more. All greatly
reduced. Southern Charm, 110 South
5th Street, Macclenny. 259-4140.
White Jenny Lind crib with mattress,
solid wood $75, high chair $15, baby
walker $15, bakers rack $50, Kenmore
elite dryer like new $100. 259-2271,
755-4456. 4/16p
25'x36' garage trusses $1500 OBO.
259-3300. 3/12tfc
Beautiful white gold carat wedding
set with Pave diamonds, size 5 , $1250
OBO. 370-0766. 4/16-4/23p
Maytag Plus 27.5 cubic foot side by
side refrigerator, Bisque color, like new,
ice maker, water/ice in door, worth over
$1000, $575 OBO. 259-8929.4/9-4/23p
Pro form exercise bike, excellent condi-
tion $50 OBO. Tony Little Gazelle exer-
cise machine $50 OBO. Please call 259-
3065 or 607-8821. 4/9-4/16p
Artists! Oils, acrylics, water colors,
canvases, drawing pads and much
more! The Office Mart, 110 S. Fifth
Street, 259-3737. tfc
Hurry in! May 16 will be our last day
open before summer shutdown. Re-
opening in September. Come in now for
those must-haves! The Franklin Mer-
cantile 259-6040. 4/9-4/16c

2004 Honda 600 VTX chrome package,
two-seater with rest. Garage kept $2700
OBO. Please call 259-3065 or 607-
8821. 4/9-4/16p
1996 Honda Passport, cold A/C, auto-
matic transmission, good on gas, new
tires. $2500. 591-2916. 4/16c
A good Toyota pickup, 1987, low miles
on engine and transmission. New tires,
five speed, $1600. Call 571-0913.
1992 Cavalier, motor has blown head
gasket. Over $900 in new parts, new
clutch, slay cylinder, alternator, shifter
cable, tires, motor and transmission
mounts, much more, $400. 588-5212.

Are you looking for a daycare where
your child will be safe in a happy and
controlled environment of a maximum
of five children including yours? Call
Lisa at 434-2437. 4/16-4/23
Cedar Creek Candles Local company
offering hand-poured, homemade, high-
ly scented candles. Go to www.cedar- or call 904-275-2263,
904-361-8306 to place your order.

Local retired man will mow your lawn, Tire and lube technicians, pay based on
reasonable. 259-3599. 3/26-4/16p experience. TA Travelcenter in Baldwin.
Brickyard Hunt Club established 1971 Apply to Mark Holmes 904-266-4281
in Hilliard is looking for new mem- ext. 22 or email resume to tal 25shop@
bers! Prime location next to White Oak 9/11 ltfc

Plantation. Family oriented, clubhouse
and camping facilities, still hunt only
40+ bucks harvested last year over six
points. $1000 for dues by May 1st, on
first come first serve basis. Call Tom at
904-307-6070 for more information.
3/19-4/30 p
Babysitting in my home, near 125
and 127, reasonable prices, hot meals,
snacks, all ages, any hours Monday-Fri-
day, will keep overnight if needed. 838-
2287. 4/2-4/30p
Seeking a medical transcriptionist
mentor. Contact Stephanie at 904-412-
1850. 4/16-4/23p
Dog hunting club south Georgia look-
ing for members. Near Fargo, 10,000
acres, dues $1000. Dear, bear, hogs and
turkey. Contact 904-721-9468.
Babysit in my home, safe, loving care,
hot meals, indoor and outdoor play
time, educational activities. Very rea-
sonable prices. Call 259-4423 or 338-
6842. 4/2-4/9p
Concealed weapons class by certified
NRA instructor. Tuesday, April 28th
6:00 8:00 pm. Packet, fingerprints,
photography and notary included, $80.
Hole in the wall. 259-6568. 4/16-4/23p
Walter and Lisa Crews contact Ameri-
can Storage immediately. 259-7549. If
no response in two weeks, contents of
unit C8 will be sold. 4/9-4/16p
Sewing, mending, alterations. Call
904-408-9114. 4/2-4/30p

Dogs: all types from puppies to adults.
Animal Control, $65 adoption fees will
apply. 259-6786. 11/20tfc
Adorable kittens and mother need a
loving home. 259-6484. 4/16p

2009 BCHS class ring. Found at Orange
Park Mall. Call to identify. 904-757-
5804. 4/16

Notice to readers:
The newspaper often publishes classified
advertising on subjects like work-at-home,
weight loss products, health products. While
the newspaper uses reasonable discretion
in deciding on publication of such ads, it
takes no responsibility as to the truthful-
ness of claims. Respondents should use
caution and common sense before send-
ing any money or making other commit-
ments based on statements and/or prom-
ises; demand specifics in writing. You can
also call the Federal Trade Commission at
1-877-FTC-HELP to find out how to spot
fraudulent solicitations. Remember: if it
sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- The Baker County Press

Notice to Readers
All real estate advertising in this newspaper is
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 status includes children under
the age of 18 living with 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
Reduced! $117,000 Owner must relo-
cate. 3 BR, 1 BA all brick home, attached
garage, 712 Long Drive. Quiet cul-de-
sac, energy efficient double-paned, tint-
ed windows. Washer, dryer, refrigerator,
ceramic top range with self-cleaning
oven, reverse-osmosis kitchen water
filter, diagonally laid ceramic kitchen
tile. Shed included. Call 259-0754 for
appointment. 4/16p
1 BR, 1 BA small house on 2.75 acres.
Oak trees and pecan trees, fenced.
Six miles from Macclenny city limits,
$150,000 10% down, owner financing.
904-251-5655. 4/9-4/16p
FSBO 3 BR, 2 BA singlewide on 1.33
acres of land, large oaks, hwy. frontage,
$79,000. 653-1656. 4/16c
Two lots in Copper Creek, Unit IIl. Call
813-1580. 12/1ltfc
Baker County, 40 acres to 120 acres,
starting at $4,000 per acre. 904-259-
8028. 3/26-4/16c
8.5 acres, dwelling house and barns, US
90 Glen St. Mary. Zoned ag, $120,000
OBO. 904-334-3654. 4/16-5/7p
3 acres, high and dry, fish pond, homes
or mobile homes, set-up included,
owner financing or cash discount. 912-
843-8118. 2/22tfc
Six acres in Macclenny, $20,000 an
acre. 904-259-8028. 3/26-4/16c
2.18 acres, in Glen St. Mary, close to
high school and tennis courts, zoned
for mobile home or house, $69,900. All
offers considered. 904-219-0480.
FSBO, 3 BR, 1 BA remodeled block
house with fireplace on five acres, 10-
15% down, $99,000. 653-1656 leave
message. 4/16c
3 BR, 2 BA in Glen St. Mary, city lot two
blocks from school. $82,000. 334-3419
or 653-1136. 4/9-4/16p
You wanted to sell, now you need to
sell. I buy Baker County houses. 904-
219-0480. 1/29tfc
MacGlen Builders, Inc. Brick homes in
Macclenny from $145,000-$210,000.
8 13-1 580 11/1 3tfc

Certified southern yellow pine lumber
grader, day shift, competitive pay and For sale or lease with option to buy,
benefits. Call Great South Timber and house in Macclenny, 4 BR, 2 BA, remod-
eled brick home with fenced back yard
Lumber Inc. in Lake City, Florida at 386- and porch, hardwood floors through-
752-3774 for an appointment. out house, new roof, $130,000. Call for
4/16-4/23p appointment 904-338-4651. 4/2-4/23p


f I0 Thursday and Friday, 9:00 am-noon, 4301 Stacey
Barber Lane, between Walmart and McDonalds. Nice
items, housewares, clothes, pet items, computer
desk, books.
Thursday and Friday, 8:00 am-?, 4628 Oak Street,
Macclenny II. Children's clothes, toys, furniture,
women's clothes, exercise equipment.
Friday 8:00 am-2:00 pm, 719 Chipshot Drive, Macclenny. Multiple
items. Two family
Friday 8:00 am-1:00 pm, on 125 south of Glen, passed Corbit Crews
Road, white house on left. Baby clothes, baby carriers and swings.
Friday, 7:00 am-3:00 pm, 10605 St. Mary's Circle West, Macclenny.
Generator, china, small appliances, clothes and more.
Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am-?, 10356 N. Clinton Avenue. Household
items, furniture, clothes and toys for little girls galore. 259-6063
about furniture.
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm, 24 Martha Drive, off 228.
Household items, baby girl clothes and much more.
Saturday, 8:00 am-2:00 pm, 675 Second Street in Baldwin.
Refrigerator, dinette set, books, household items, much more. 266-
Saturday 8:00 am-?, Behind store off Woodlawn.
Saturday, 9:00 am-?, US 90 and Orange Street in Baldwin. Furniture,
household items, books, brick a brack, much more.
Saturday, 8:00 am-2:00 pm, 8814 W. Ben Rowe Circle, Macclenny.
Woman's sizes 12, 14, 16 and some XL casual. Men's 38x31 jeans
and long sleeve shirts size large. Miscellaneous household items,
crafts and kitchenware.
Saturday, 8:00 am-3:00 pm, 434 Cardinal Lane, Macclenny, beside
Knabb ball field. Everything must go! Playhouse, dollhouse, spiral
slide, glider, kids battery powered car, Step2 sandbox with picnic
table, new and used twin mattress sets, kids twin and full bedroom
furniture, pool ladder, broken riding lawn mower, some baby items,
household goods; liquidating flea market inventory -NIB NASCAR col-
lectibles, hair products and much, much more.
Saturday 8:00 am 3:00 pm, Durrango Trail off CR 121 and Horseshoe
Circle, Bryceville. Multi family

3 BR, 2 BA doublewide on one acre,
$750/month, first and last. High and
dry, real nice, hard road frontage. 759-
5734. 4/9tfc
2 BR, 1 BA, 163 South Boulevard
2 BR, 1 BA, large living room, kitchen West. Large yard, carport and patio,
with bar, laundry room, very nice $625. $850/month. Call 904-613-6001.
Call 904-861-8008. 4/16p 4/2-4/16p
Bryceville, 3 BR, 1 BA house, $550/ 3 BR, 1 BA home in Macclenny, $875/
month, first, last, security deposit. 904- month. In a quiet neighborhood, large
540-3302. 3/26-4/16p yard. 859-3026. 4/16tfc

Ifyou are ready to own and operate an established business in
Baker County.
Ifyou are willing to devote hard work and capital to take it
to the next step.
Ifyou are energetic, retail-oriented and you
understand the value of marketing & customer

You'll want to talk to us

This is an established business (since 1982) and not a franchise.
Serious inquiries from financially sound and qualified applicants
only please.

Reply: Business Opportunity, P.O. Box 427, Macclenny, FL 32063



THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, April 16, 2009 Page 15

3 BR, 2 BA doublewide on acre on
corner of 125 South and Mud Lake Road.
$750/month, $1050 deposit. Call 904-
259-9066. Available March 1st. 2/5tfc

Homes and mobile homes for
$750-850 monthly. 259-3343.
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dryer, dishwasher, utility shed on acre,
$800/month plus security deposit. 653-
2157, 314-4762. 4/16-4/23p
3 BR, 1 1/ BA in city, 10 x 12 shop or
storage, no smoking, $800/month, first
and last month's rent plus deposit. Call
Jason 591-1910. 4/16-4/23p
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, central H/A,
washer/dryer hook-up, $650/month,
$650 deposit. Garbage, water, sewage
and lawn care included. 912-843-8165,
904-219-2690. 4/16c
3 BR, 2 BA doublewide on one acre 1/10
mile south of 1-10 on 121 by the tower.
$950/month, $1300 deposit. New set up.
Call 259-9066. 4/2tfc
1 BR, 1 BA mobile home $300 deposit,
$400/month. Call 259-2072 or 259-
2787. 4/16-4/23p
Room for rent, in beautiful two story
house, includes electric, washer, dryer
and use of kitchen, $350/month plus
deposit, with references. 588-5212.
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, garbage pick-
up, water & lawn maintenance provided,
$450-$585. 912-843-8118.

Mobile homes. 2 and 3 BR, A/C
animals only, $500-$575 plus


3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, Sanderson
behind fire and rescue station on private
lot, $600/month. Call 588-4471.

2 BR, 1 BA mobile home, central H/A,
$565/month, first, last plus $300 depos-
it. Includes water, lawn service and trash.
259-7335. 6/12tfc

r rent from 2 BR, 1 BA mobile home $385/month,
$385 deposit. Garbage, water, sewage
11/13tfc and lawn care included. 912-843-8165,
RF ..,h r/ 904-219-2690. 4/16c

Efficiency apartment, all utilities includ-
ed $525/month, first, last, $300 security.
259-7335. 2/12tfc
3 BR, 2 BA 2007 doublewide, 1600 SF
separate living room/den, fenced back-
yard. Richardson Road. $750/month
with $500 deposit. 334-0972, 259-8417.
4 BR 21/ BA brick home on one acre
with nicely landscaped yard. 3600 SF,
with detached garage, circular driveway,
hardwood floors throughout. Large din-
ing room, large front and back porches,
$280,000 OBO. Owner motivated. 259-
6244 or 591-0261. 4/16-4/23p
3 BR, 2 BA mobile home, $600/month,
$600 deposit. 545-7688. 4/16p

3 BR, 2 BA 1995 singlewide mobile home,
good condition, newer A/C, $5900. 259-
8482. 4/16-4/23p

2009 32x80 4 BR, 2 BA, living room,
den, delivery, setup, skirting, steps, A/C
installed $69,900. 904-259-8028.

Smoky mountain cabin, trout stream,
near Cherokee, NC, Gatlinburg, TN,
Pigeon Forge and Dollywood, $350/
week. 386-752-0013. 3/12-4/30p

Small office, utilities included, $400/
month. 259-9022. 3/12tfc
Office space for rent, prime location,
downtown Macclenny, $588.50 per
month plus deposit. Call 259-6546.
Commercial building for lease with
4,000 SF available, on main Macclenny
intersection with plenty of parking space,
call 259-2417. 10/16tfc

9/18tfc 2009 32x56, 4 BR, 2 BA, delivery setup,
0, service skirting, steps, A/C installed $56,900.
deposit. 904-259-8028. 3/26-4/16c

2008 28x52, 3 BR, 2 BA, must go,
delivery, setup, skirting, steps and A/C
installed $52,900. 904-259-8028.

Saturday, April 25

Celebration Park~ Glen St. Mary
Registration 8:00 9:30 am
Kickstands up at 10:00 am

Join us for a police escorted 70+ mile ride by the fire stations in
Baker County and through the Osceola National forest.
Ride finishes at the Baker County Fairgrounds
A great ride, great food, live music, vendors, door prizes,
bike rodeo, raffle and 50/50 drawing at 3:00pm

$25 per bike, $15 for passenger (Includes t-shirt, meal & bike rodeo)
Pre-register at Calendar's Pizzeria & Deli
For more information email

Commercial Rental

Donna Loadholtz

Town Clerk

Custom Homes Additions Remodels

259-4893 ** 904-403-4781 cell.
5960 Lauramore Rd., Macclenny, FL 32063
RR License No. 282811470

Town of Glen St. Mary

Notice of Public Hearing


Any support or objections may be heard at a public hearing
to be held at the Glen St. Mary Town Hall on Tuesday, April
21, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

Any person with a disability requiring reasonable
accommodation in order to participate in this meeting should
call (904) 259-3777 or fax a written request to (904) 259-5464.
If you are hearing impaired and require the services of an
interpreter, please call at least one week prior to the meeting
and the Town will arrange to provide that service for you.

Town of Glen St. Mary
Notice of Public Hearing

This ordinance amends Ordinance 2008-03, allowing
recreational vehicles to be used for living, ,l1.''piii. or
housekeeping purposes when parked or stored on residentially
zoned property within the Town Limits with an approved
Medical Hardship application.
Any support or objections may be heard at a public hearing
to be held at the Glen St. Mary Town Hall on Tuesday, April
21, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Any person with a disability requiring reasonable
accommodation in order to participate in this meeting should
call (904) 259-3777 or fax a written request to (904) 259-5464.
If you are hearing impaired and require the services of an
interpreter, please call at least one week prior to the meeting
and the Town will arrange to provide that service for you.

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Town of Glen St. Mary

Notice of Special Meeting

Mayor Juanice Padgett of the Town of Glen St. Mary,
Florida issues this public notice of a Special Meeting at
the request of the Town Attorney to be held at the Glen
St. Mary Town Hall, 10046 North Glen Avenue, Glen
St. Mary, FL on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 following the
Regular Town Meeting at 7:00 P.M. This meeting is
closed to the public and the media. Minutes of this
meeting will be disclosed at a later date.

Please contact Town Hall at 259-3777 if you have
any questions.

THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS, Thursday, April 16, 2009 Page 16

'Off-site sales still unresolved

The debate over limiting tem-
porary business sales like a recent
automobile event at the Country
Federal Credit Union continued
April 14 in the Macclenny City
Commission's chambers.
Last month, in reaction to
grievances from local auto deal-
ers about unfair competition from
these sales, the city proposed
restricting any given location to
one temporary business permit
per year for each type of prod-
uct being sold, like automobiles,
boats, furniture or lawn mowers.
That ordinance was tabled
to have Chamber of Commerce
Director Darryl Register meet
the local business community
and gamer their input, which he
did, said City Manager Gerald
He attended that gathering
and said local financing institu-
tions opposed the once per year
permit and requested increasing
it to four times per year.
Mr. Register was out of town
for this week's city commission
meeting. Assistant City Manager
RogerYarborough said represen-
tatives from Pineview Chevrolet
and Danny Lamb's Auto & Truck

Center were also invited, how-
ever; only Mr. Lamb was present
for the discussion.
"I love competition," he said.
"But I don't see them [out-of-
town auto dealers] putting in any
capital improvements at all to the
city or county."
Mr. Lamb argued that lack of
investment makes for an uneven
playing field between competi-
He called on the city to
increase it's $300 per day tempo-
rary business permit fee, "so they
[out-of-town dealers] feel like
they're making capital improve-
'That will pay for a lot of
future niceties," said Mr. Lamb
in reference to expanding recent-
ly completed improvements to
College Street.
Mr. Lamb also appealed to
commissioner's religious convic-
tions by admonishing the credit
union for operating last month's
five-day sale with vehicles from
Duval Honda on a Sunday.
"Shame on them," he said.
Mr. Dopson said he heard a
valid point from the business
community about the increase

in shopping traffic that tent sales
bring to the area. He said bargain
hunters might compare the tem-
porary sale's prices with those at
local dealers as well as stop for
lunch or shop at other Macclenny
"I think there is some merit to
that," said Mr. Dopson. "Does
it benefit all to a certain point,
even if you're not in the car busi-
There's also nothing stopping
local auto dealers from cooperat-
ing with local banks for tempo-
rary sales of their own.
Mr. Yarborough said the recent
Duval Honda sale was origi-
nally scheduled with Pineview
Chevrolet, which pulled out at
the last minute.
In other business, the city
commission approved the fol-
An agreement with Baker
County to partner on the devel-
opment of a yard debris disposal
site off SR 121 north of the inter-
section with CR 228.
The city owns the property
and has secured the necessary
permits for the operation of an
air curtain burner device.

An initial $90,000 investment
for the facility has been split
evenly between the two munici-
The agreement calls for the
city and county to share the site's

operational expenses 50-50 as
A committee of county and
city staff as well elected officials
will manage the disposal site,
setting rates for commercial ven-

dors and others if necessary.
The deal also gives the county
the ability to move the burner
device to a remote location at its
expense. The deal will still need
approval from county officials.

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