6A Lake City Reporter LAKECITYRE PO RTER.COM A look back: CHS swimmers 2nd at state. At Fort White library, lifes more than just books. SUNDAY EDITION 2A 1B SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 | YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER SINCE 1874 | $1.50 REUNITED NEARLY 40 YEARS LATER By AMANDA WILLIAMSON email@example.com N early 40 years after he was placed up for adoption and count less dead ends later, Jimmy Taylor found his mother just before Christmas Day. It has been a little over a week since the two reunited, but their voices still bring tears to the others eyes. Taylor calls the reunion with his mother, Barbara Yancy, and the new knowledge of a sister in Tennessee the perfect Christmas present, especially since hes always wanted a little sister. You dont know how long I had been waiting for your call, Yancys voice cracked over the cell phone Friday evening. You dont know how long I had been waiting to make it, Taylor responded. Yancy, at the time Barbara Stevens, had to place both her sons 4-yearFrom staff reports A 15-year-old runaway, who allegedly stole a rental car from Marianna, was arrested in Columbia County Friday morning after leading authorities on a high-speed chase that ended when she crashed the vehicle north of Lundsford Road. The Florida Highway Patrol did not immedi ately release the name of the teenager, but in a media release noted she was from Marianna. The driver was charged with fleeing and eluding a police officer, willful and wanton reckless driving, no valid drivers license and grand theft in con nection with the case. She was booked into the Columbia County Detention Facility. According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, around 10:14 a.m. Friday, a Be On the Look Out Alert was issued for a gray Toyota Camry rent Teen wrecks stolen Toyota Runaway, 15, led troopers on highspeed chase. Man finds mother; still seeking brother. JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City Reporter Lake City resident Jimmy Taylor has found his long-lost birth mother, Barbara Stevens Yancey, of Acworth, Ga., after nearly 40 years all with the help of Facebook. Taylor stumbled upon an old photograph of him, his mother and his younger brother, Michael, which he said was the last time he remembers seeing his mother. Attempted homicide suspect on the loose By STEVEN RICHMOND firstname.lastname@example.org Law enforcement are on the lookout for a man suspected of stabbing another person in what Lake City police are calling an attempt ed homi cide, LCPD reports. Police responded to a call about a stabbing on Ironwood Drive and found Tony Matchett, 53, lying on his lawn clutching his abdo men around 10:43 p.m. Tuesday, according to the incident report. Witnesses told police that they heard scuffling outside their homes and saw Corey Tyrell Barnes, COURTESY Taylors younger brother, Michael, is shown in a photograph taken before the were sep arated by adoption nearly 40 years ago. Day after Christmas a large trash day By TONY BRITT email@example.com Christmas often translates into gifts, toys and a variety of other new items that are given as symbols of the season. However, a side-effect due to the deluge in gifts is trash and an increased amount of solid waste that needs to be taken to the local solid waste facility. Ed Lontz, Columbia County Solid Waste Director at the Winfield Solid Waste Facility, said the days follow ing Christmas are traditionally heavytrash-collection days and hes antici pating about a 20 percent increase in volume. The day after Christmas is a large trash collection day, he said. Its not quite as big as I thought it would be HEADLINES TO LOOK FOR IN REVIEW LCPD receives accreditation, complies with state standards, 3A. Lady Tigers softball team completes state title run, 7A. District, FGC strike a deal on cost of dual enrollment, 8A. CALL US: (386) 752-1293 SUBSCRIBE TO THE REPORTER: Voice: 755-5445 Fax: 752-9400 Vol. 139, No. 234 72 47 Thunderstorms 10A TODAYS WEATHER Opinion . . . . . . 4A Business . . . . . . . . 1C Obituaries . . . . . 5A Advice & Comics . . 5D Puzzles . . . . . . . 3B JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City Reporter A garbage truck unloads on top of a garbage heap at the Winfield Solid Waste Facility on Friday. YEAR REVIEW IN Women repel gunman with Jesus, but wrong man jailed From staff reports A group of women successfully repelled an armed robber by telling him to get out in the name of Jesus after he interrupted a jewelry party Jan. 25. The story made national news. However, the state attorneys office dropped all charges against a man suspected of the attempted heist after it was revealed the Lake City Police Department jailed the wrong man. Jacquie Hagler was throwing a Premier Jewelry party for 17 other female friends when a gunman entered the residence and ordered all the occu pants to empty their purses and hand over their cell phones and other valuables. However, the women denied the would-be robber and ordered him to get out in the name of Jesus, at which point he fled the scene without further incident. Witnesses described the suspect as 5 with blue eyes, but could not discern any other facial features due to a bandana the suspect wore over his face. Officer later showed a black-and-white photo lineup of six suspects to the women, hoping to iden tify the gunman. The women indicated Derek Jeremy Lee as the gunman, who was then arrested and booked into county jail. However, all of the women were in the same room when police showed them the suspects, contradicting LCPD policy directing officers to introduce witnesses to photo lineups individually instead of in a group. Later investigation revealed video evidence show ing Lee at a liquor store on US 90 around the time of the attack. Lee is also 5 and has brown eyes, contradicting earlier witness statements. The state attorneys office dropped all charges against Lee and had him released from jail March 5, ending nearly 40 days of wrongful imprisonment. Wing-suit skydiver goes missing over Cascades From staff reports A Lake City man went missing and was never seen again following a skydiving excursion in Washingtons Cascade Mountains Jan 3. Despite a four day manhunt conducted by rough ly 350 searchers over nine square miles, volunteers and law enforcement from King County, Wash. could not locate 29-year-old Kurt Ruppert Jr. According to local family and friends, Ruppert was an avid skydiver who had worked his way up to wing suits, specialized gliding suits that mimic flying squirrel physiology and require at least 200 solo skydiving jumps. Ruppert and two other individuals were taking turns doing 6,500 foot jumps from a helicopter hovering around Mount Si, a 4,200-foot peak in the Cascade Mountains about 40 miles east of Seattle. However, Ruppert never appeared at the landing site with the other jumpers. We know that the last time we saw him, he was doing the thing he loved to do most in the FILE Jacquie Hagler (from left), Dianne Cooper, Gwen Adams and Sharron Ballance survived a home invasion and attempted armed robbery -all with the power of Christ. 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Â— Zen proverb Lake City stood up to Breast CancerBreast cancer survivors, family members and friends release about 225 pink bal-loons in the air in a show of support for breast cancer awareness after the Standing Up to Breast Cancer Lunch & Learn event held at the Columbia County Resources banquet hall in October. A tag was attached to each balloon with a name of someone affected by breast cancer. At least 300 people attended the event. Re-living historyThe Confederate front line confronts Union troops in the 201 3 re-enactment of the Battle of Olustee in February.2A JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City Reporter JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterBy AVALYN HUNTERSpecial to the ReporterFORT WHITE T o many people, a library is a place where you borrow books. ThatÂ’s still true, but in the 21st century, books are only part of a libraryÂ’s services. With the advent of the Internet, public libraries have become informa-tion hubs, linking their commu-nities with the larger world. No one knows this better than Patti Street, who has been with the Fort White branch of the Columbia County library since it opened in 1988. As the branch manager, she has over-seen many changes. Â“When I started working here, we were about the only source of information for social services in Fort White,Â” she recalled. Â“People down here really felt isolated. There were no branch offices for county or state services. To get to most things, you had to go to Lake City or even Gainesville. If you didnÂ’t have a car, that was a real problem. The only place people knew of where they might be able to get help was the library, so thatÂ’s where they came.Â” Street discovered quickly that even though she had no background in social work (she holds a masterÂ’s degree in English education and a bach-elorÂ’s degree in psychology), people were counting on her to find the help they needed. And so she adapted herself to the needs of her community. Â“I spent a lot of time on the phone in those days,Â” she said with a laugh. Â“If I couldnÂ’t give people what they needed up front, I could at least put them in touch with the people who had the required information or services and get them started. It wasnÂ’t always easy, but I trained my staff to never say Â‘we canÂ’t do that.Â’ instead, it was Â‘weÂ’ll work on that for you.Â’Â” Once Internet terminals became available at the library, StreetÂ’s job became both easier and harder. Â“E-government (government services avail-able over the Web) has made it much easier for people in these rural areas to gain access to services,Â” she said. Â“We usually have to walk people through the first time they use a website, but after that they can handle most things on their own. The hard part is keeping up with the expanded information and services that we can access now.Â” Aside from managing access to the libraryÂ’s nine public Internet terminals and assisting users there, Street has all the duties and problems of running any small office Â– juggling multiple tasks, managing her staff (she has one full-time and one part-time employee), and handling the budget. She also is something of a stage man-ager, setting the libraryÂ’s atmosphere. Â“I want people to feel that this is a welcome place to be,Â” she said. Â“Sometimes that means over-looking the fact that a person isnÂ’t dressed well or seems a bit odd. As long as someone isnÂ’t being disruptive, I want them to be able to come here and use the facilities without prejudice. The community is getting more diverse every day and we need to be able to deal with that as well.Â” Overseeing the book collection remains a sizable part of StreetÂ’s duties, and not always an easy one. Shelf space is limited, and Street has to bal-ance both available space and available money while select-ing books that the community wants and needs. When dona-tions are involved, the balancing act can become even trickier. Â“People sometimes get upset because their donations end up on the Friends of the Library sale shelf instead of in the collection,Â” she said. Â“To tell the truth, we donÂ’t need best sellers. We usu-ally have those already. We canÂ’t really put anything on the circulation floor unless itÂ’s in new or nearly-new condition and addresses a need in our collection. We appreciate all donations whether we sell or keep them, but if someone really wants to donate some-thing for circu-lation, itÂ’s prob-ably best to call first and find out whether we can use it.Â” Programs are another aspect of the job that can take some juggling. The libraryÂ’s meeting room currently hosts a monthly book club meeting, a once-a-month quilting bee, and a Lego building club for chil-dren that meets on the first and third Saturdays of each month. The library also hosts a weekly plant clinic run by master gar-deners trained by the county extension office, providing a resource for resolving gardening problems or even getting soil samples tested. In addition, library staff members visit local day care centers monthly, bring-ing suitable books and telling stories. Â“IÂ’d like to have more childrenÂ’s programs at the library, but theyÂ’re pretty busy dur-ing the school year,Â” Street said. Â“We have more demand for childrenÂ’s activities during the summer and we do have a story time for school-age children then. And of course, whenever students at the high school or middle school have a major project, we usually know about it because we have more students using our computers then. IÂ’ve been told that there are plans to put in a sidewalk and a caution light next summer to improve access to the library from the schools; that would make it easier and safer for chil-dren to come here after school.Â” Street also wants people to know that the library isnÂ’t just for those who can read. Â“If someone has a problem with literacy and wants help, all they need to do is come in and ask,Â” she said. Â“WeÂ’ll work to put them in touch with services for improving their reading skills.Â” Like other libraries serving small rural communities, Fort WhiteÂ’s branch library is play-ing a crucial role in bringing the Information Age to everyone. The biggest barrier it must overcome, ironically, is lack of information. Â“The tough part is getting the word out,Â” Street said. Â“Almost every week, someone comes in here for the first time and says, Â‘I never even knew you had a library here!Â’ Sometimes itÂ’s someone whoÂ’s lived around here for years. We just want our community to know that we are here and we can help.Â” AVALYN HUNTER /Special to the ReporterPatti Street, the Fort White public library branch manager, s ays the library isnÂ’t just for readers. Everyone can make use of the prog rams and activities they offer.LifeÂ’s more than books for Street FORT WHITE PUBLIC LIBRARY Â‘I want people to feel that this is a welcome place to be... Sometimes that means overlooking the fact that a person isnÂ’t dressed well or seems a bit odd. As long as someone isnÂ’t being disruptive, I want them to be able to come here and use the facilities without prejudice. The community is getting more diverse every day and we need to be able to deal with that as well.Â’ Â— Patti Street, Manager of the Fort White branch of the Columbia County Public Library YEAR IN PICTURES
Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 LAKE CITY REPORTER IN REVIEW SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 3A 3A HAVE QUESTIONS ON AUTO INSURANCE? CHAT WITH NICOLE 755-1666 Need A Quote? WE ARE WOMEN, WE ARE M OTHERS, WE UNDERST A ND Daina Greene, MD Board Certied Healthcare Provider Marlene Summers, CNM SPECIALIZING IN: Womens health and Primary Care New Patients Welcome Call today for a personal appointment: 386-755-0500 449 SE Baya Drive Lake City, Florida 32025 www.dainagreenemd.com offering DaVinci Robotic Surgeries. Lauren Williams, ARNP doing the thing he loved to do most in the worldflying fast and free over one of the most beautiful spots on earth, Maureen Walsh, a friend of the Ruppert family said. He was a special man, with special gifts and a spirit that would not stay grounded. It had to fly. He had to fly. And now he always will. God bless you, Kurt Ruppert Jr. Newly-elected NAACP pres. removed from office From staff reports The national office of the NAACP removed Bernice Presley as Columbia County branch presi dent barely a month after she was elected Dec. 15, 2012. Tallahassee NAACP president con firmed Presley was removed from office around Jan. 10, but declined to explain the decision. The organization replaced Presley with Lynda Thomas, who was elected vice-president in the same December election. Presley declined to comment on the situation and Thomas did not return calls seeking comment. Presley assumed office in Dec. 2012 following a dispute with oppo nent Debra White. Presley filed a police report and sought a restraining order against White, alleging she approached her and her husband in an aggressive manner in a park lot following an NAACP meeting in Nov. 2012. However, the restraining order was denied. Whites NAACP attorney claimed Presley sought the restraining order to keep her from attending official NAACP functions. Despite the public dispute, Presley won the election 1613 before being ousted nearly a month later. REVIEW: January headlines Continued From 1A Presley LCPD receives accreditation, complies with state standards From staff reports The Lake City Police Department received its accredi tation credentials from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement. Lake City Police Department Chief Argatha Gilmore attended a ceremony at Howey-in-the-Hills, where the department was officially recognized as a state-accredited law enforcement agency. In 2010 the LCPD signed an agreement with the CFA, an independent governing body, to examine the standards, policies and procedures of the department. The standards set by the CFA are encompassed in 39 chap ters and broken down into 26 individual standards. Those stan dards cover topics such as training, use of force, operations, investigations and the written directive system, along with many more areas covering all facets of police work. The accreditation is on a three-year cycle. The LCPD was accredited in 2002 and re-accredited in 2005. The agency withdrew from the process in 2008 due to changes in leadership, and procedural changes needed to be implemented to come up to current CFA standards. Emblems where placed on all department marked patrol vehicles indicating LCPD is an accredited agency. Officers received accreditation pins to wear on their uni forms as well. Man gets life plus 30 years for murder of girlfriend From staff reports Kenneth Allen Ford was sentenced to life in prison, plus 30 years, for the 2009 murder of his girlfriend Kristy L. Whatley in a mobile home fire. Ford was arrested in September 2009, but wasnt tried until four years later. Jeff Siegmeister, Third Circuit state attorney, said once the decision was made with consultation of the family to waive the death penalty, the state attorneys office took the steps necessary to get the case tried as quickly as possible. On Feb. 8, Ford was convicted of second-degree mur der for starting a June 2009 fire in the home he shared with Whatley. He was also convicted of first-degree arson in connection with the case. The jury deliberated about seven hours before return ing the guilty verdicts. Whatley was fighting for her life against lupus at the time of her death. MARCH State cracks down, closes Internet cafs From staff reports The Allied Internet cafe was closed in a multi-state crack down on illegal gambling operations, along with several other Internet cafes in Columbia and Suwannee counties. Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll also resigned and nearly 60 other people were charged in the scandal that was said to be a front for a $300 million gambling operation. Secret Service agents went to City Internet Services, an Internet cafe on U.S. 90. as part of the crackdown. Lake City Internet Services apparently shut down the night before the raid. Lake City Internet Services was listed in a search war rant issued in Oklahoma as part of the crackdown on Internet cafes run by or connected with Allied Veterans of the World Inc. and Affiliates in 23 Florida counties and five other states, according to a news release from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Lake City Internet Services was at one time Allied Veterans Affiliate 56. Secret Service agents also raided Live Oak Internet Services, an Internet cafe in Live Oak run by Allied Veterans, reports said. A master affidavit from the Seminole County Sheriffs Office said arrest warrants were issued for the four owners of Live Oak Internet Services and Lake City Internet Services. The owners were not Florida resi dents but live in South Carolina, according to the arrest affidavit. No Columbia County residents were listed among those being sought. The investigation began in July 2009. Under a law passed later in 2013, Internet cafs were outlawed and closed statewide. Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by former police captain From staff reports The City of Lake City emerged victorious from a dis crimination case when a federal judge dismissed a racial discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by former Lake City Police Department Capt. Rudolph Davis Sr. The decision was handed down in Jacksonville by U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Morales Howard, follow ing a hearing. Howard ordered sum mary judgment on behalf of the city. Davis said he plans to appeal the ruling to the 11th Appeals Court in Atlanta, Ga. Davis worked at the city police depart ment for 19 years, from June 1990 to November 2009. Lake City Police Department chief Argatha Gilmore terminated Davis on Nov. 19, 2009. Court documents said Davis claimed Gilmore was hired to fire him in retaliation for filing racial discrimina tion complaints. While at LCPD, Davis filed several internal griev ances complaining of racial discrimination and leveled charges against four different heads of the department: Chief David Albritton, Chief Steven Burch, Capt. Bruce Charles and Gilmore. Davis said that Gilmore terminated him in retalia tion for his history of filing racial discrimination com plaints. Court records indicate she did not terminate Davis because of any disciplinary issues. Depositions said Gilmore terminated Davis following a one-on-one meeting on Nov. 3, 2009, after Gilmore had been at the department for less than two months. During the meeting, Gilmore said she felt Davis seemed to have an 8-to-5 mentality and explained to him that she expected him to deal with planning, draft ing policies and taking initiative. Howard ruled that Davis was an at-will employee and could be terminated at will. Davis said the city was not an at-will workplace when he was terminated, but a just cause workplace. Davis City pounded by storm; over 7,000 lose power From staff reports A severe thunderstorm ravaged Lake City causing 7,000 residents to lose power at its peak, closingd 60 roads, and displacing 19 families. Local officials declared a state of emergency in the county that lasted for seven days. The storm toppled trees, downed power lines, caused localized flooding and interrupted power for hours when it passed through the area bringing an estimated 2 2.5 inches of rain as well as high winds. An estimated 30 percent of the roads were re-opened within 24 hours of the initial storm. There was extensive damage on the east side of town from Baya Avenue to the Price Creek Road area. Additional deputies were called in to patrol storm impacted areas after the Columbia County Sheriffs Office received calls about looters. The Florida Highway Patrol sent additional troopers from Palatka and St. Augustine. Columbia County did not qualify for federal disaster assistance to help offset costs from the March storm. FILE A tree limb fell across a car parked at the S&S on U.S. 90 West on Saturday. The cars back window was smashed by smaller branches from the limb, but the main branch landed on the cars roof. FEBRUARY Lake City native Pat Summerall dies at 82 From staff reports Lake Citys own Pat Summerall, who spent more than 40 years as the voice of the National Football League, died April 16 of heart failure at age 82. Summerall called 16 Super Bowls as a play-by-play announcer. Summerall taught middle school in the Columbia APRIL School District, even after he graduated and was drafted into the NFL. Summerall played 10 seasons in the NFL, from 1952 to 1961, with the Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants. After the season was over, Summerall would play in the Lake City fast-pitch softball league, could be found golfing at the Lake City Country Club or playing cards at the Elks Lodge. Even after he went on to be the famous CBS broadcaster, he would speak at charity events in Lake City. Councilmans wife faces election fraud charges From staff reports Lake City councilman Eugene Jeffersons wife, Betty Jefferson and Linda Ivery, were arrested and face more than 20 election fraud charges in con nection with Eugene Jeffersons 2010 re-election. Eugene Jefferson won the election, against three other candidates with 69.7 percent of the vote. Jefferson faces 24 felony and two mis demeanor violations of state election laws and two counts of intimidation. Ivery was charged with six felony and two misdemeanor counts of elec tion law violations and two counts of intimidation. After turning themselves over to the Columbia County Detention Facility, both were released on their own recognizance. Reports said that Betty Jefferson and Ivery conspired to corruptly influence voting submitted false voter registra tion data, corruptly influenced voting and obtained absentee ballots in violation of the law, according to information from the Eighth Circuit State Attorneys Office. Court documents formally outlining the charges said Jefferson and Ivery submitted false voter registration information concerning registration data for three people purported to be Columbia County voters. The documents alleged that Ivery illegally requested absentee ballots or helped someone else illegally request ballots for four people purported to be Columbia County voters. The documents also accused Betty Jefferson of ille gally requesting absentee ballots or helped someone else illegally request the ballots for 19 people. Eighth Circuit State Attorney William P. Cervone was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to prosecute the case. Events center dropped on 4-1 commission vote From staff reports County officials suspended the events center project, which was being studied as a way of attracting more people to the area. The proposal called for the construction of a 265,000square-foot multipurpose facility for about $28.2 million next to the Interstate 75 interchange at Ellisville. It was proposed that the county fairgrounds prop erty would be sold to private interests and the proceeds used as a major source of funding for the events center development. Columbia County Resources owns and operates the 82.5-acre fairgrounds and rodeo arena. The fair would have been moved to the new events site. However, the project was halted when a letter from the Columbia County Resources legal counsel Guy Norris indicated Columbia County Resources was not ready to make a firm commitment to transfer assets, as was outlined in the proposal. County and Columbia County Resources officials were gearing up for Phase 2 of the project, which called for more intensive studies through a feasibility study that was projected to cost at least $200,000. Summerall Jefferson Ivery REVIEW continued on 7A
W hatÂ’s wrong with this sentence? Â“...white suburban moms Â– who all of a sudden Â– their child isnÂ’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isnÂ’t quite as good as they thought they were...Â” Most grade school students, at least the ones I know, could tell you in a minute that the sentence is a flawed mixture of plural and singular that probably would earn them a fail-ing grade on any English examina-tion. Even if one takes into account that the sentence was spoken and not written, it is a grammatical night-mare. But what really is wrong with it is that it is attributed to Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education who made it in defense of a controversial proposal to establish a core curriculum in the nationÂ’s public schools. The quote appeared in the Washington Post, which also reported that Duncan further characterized opposition to the curriculum as Â“political silli-nessÂ” and Â“a rallying cry for fringe groups.Â” How ever one comes down on this issue, I would hazard a guess that most Americans could agree that Duncan of all people needs desper-ately to brush up on his sentence structure to make it at least compat-ible with what is being taught and has been for generations in class-rooms across the land. Or is that too much to expect from a child of the television culture where grammar is slaugh-tered day in and day out-where tenses donÂ’t always agree and the rules about prepositional objects are ignored just between you and I (oops). This is a culture where people are hung like gates instead of hanged as they should be. He should have Â“wentÂ” some place has become standard among sportscasters. Even the baby boomers are too young to remember the days when super pitcher turned playbyplay announcer Dizzy DeanÂ’s horrible but colorful grammatical gaffs on radio brought down the wrath of AmericaÂ’s moms. Their kids were running around saying things like Â“he done slud into third.Â” As for the core curriculum, it was always my impression that we had one from the beginning of public education. It was called reading, writing, and arithmetic and it has been followed with refinements since William G. McGuffey taught half of our populace how to read in a primer that was used from 1836 to 1961. I personally was of the Â“Dick and JaneÂ” generation. The hysterics on the right and the left variously see the Core either as a federal takeover of public education or a necessary reform to improve the overall quality of the school system, which much like politics is mainly local. Key supporters for the core, which establishes curriculum guidelines and standards for how well all stu-dents should perform in math and English/language arts K through 12, include the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation provides a lot of the funding. Public education is much like the weather. As the humorist once said, everybody talks about it (the weather) but no one does anything (well, in the case of education not much anyway). George W. BushÂ’s No Child Left Behind initiative has been flawed by resistance and faulty implantation. TeachersÂ’ Unions donÂ’t like it because it puts too much stress on the members. The core curriculum is favored by the American Federation of Teachers but the concern is the way it is writ-ten and presented and ultimately implemented by the Obama admin-istration. The Post recently quoted Randi Weingarten, the AFT president, as predicting that the implementation of the Core would be far worse than the bollixed up implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In the end it all comes down to how good the instructor is and what kind of support he or she receives from the parents, if there are any or perhaps as Secretary Duncan might say Â“is any.Â” One of the reasons the nationÂ’s private schools do so well is that they donÂ’t have to play to the com-mon denominator or turn every proposed solution into a nightmare of complexity. Most of those who make our laws and influence our long range educa-tion decisions, including the presi-dent, donÂ’t send their youngsters to public schools if they bring their families here. So how do they know? OPINION Sunday, December 29, 2013 www.lakecityreporter.com 4A Lake City Reporter Serving Columbia County Since 1874 The Lake City Reporter is published with pride for residents of Columbia and surrounding coun-ties by Community Newspapers Inc. We believe strong newspapers build strong communities Â— Â“Newspapers get things done!Â” Our primary goal is to publish distinguished and profitable community-oriented newspapers. This mission will be accomplished through the teamwork of professionals dedicated to truth, integrity and hard work. Todd Wilson, Publisher Robert Bridges, Editor Sue Brannon, Controller Dink NeSmith, President Tom Wood, Chairman OUR OPINION LETTERS POLICY Letters to the Editor should be typed or neatly written and double spaced. Letters should not exceed 400 words and will be edited for length and libel. Letters must be signed and include the writerÂ’s name, address and telephone number for verification. Writers can have two letters per month published. Letters and guest columns are the opinion of the writers and not necessarily that of the Lake City Reporter BY MAIL: Letters, P.O. Box 1709, Lake City, FL 32056; or drop off at 180 E. Duval St. downtown. BY FAX: (386) 752-9400. BY EMAIL: email@example.com Be wary of Suwannee investment offer New year brings a fresh start W hat will you do with the opportunity? The new year. The fresh calendar and the pages of possibility that lie ahead. It is time.We all have it with the beginning of a new year on Wednesday. We all have the chance for a fresh start, another day to change our ways and do things differently. Starting over is methodical on January 1 as the year changes, but it almost seems it would be easier for all of us to have a new mindset, say, in July. Think about it: YouÂ’re relaxed, maybe youÂ’re on vacation, you get your thoughts together, you regroup and you come back to reality with new drive and a tighter focus. Maybe? Instead, January is the traditional restart month. January is bleak. Holiday hangovers. School starts back. Colder, unpredictable weather. Just add that reality to the list of things to overcome and get on with it. The past is behind us. Goals for today and beyond should be an important catalyst for everyone. Write them down, implement a plan and go for it. What do you want to do? Personal improvement? Career enhancements or maybe a complete career change? Do you want to fur-ther or finish your education? Maybe financial goals and improving your personal cash flow is what inspires you. Do you have other achievements to boost your-self and your family? Now is the time to move toward these accom-plishments. During the holiday season, there are numerous examples of people reaching out to help others. Being a selfless example to others may be what your quality of life needs. We all receive the blessing when we stop to help others less fortunate. In the rush to improve our career paths, the lives of our children and families, and our everyday existence, I think sometimes we forget the dreams we may have had in past years, sometimes long-ago aspirations that got pushed aside by other priorities. DonÂ’t forget yourself. You are never too old or outdated to chase a dream and do something new. Learn a foreign language. Take a painting class. Hike the Florida Trail. Scuba dive. Train and run a 5k race. The possibilities are end-less for all of us looking for better-ment. In the end, the year will be what you make it. Be honest and work hard. Change takes effort and the effort applied directly affects the return. ItÂ’s your call. What will you do with this opportunity? Happy New Year! O ur county commission should use great caution in consider-ing a request from Suwannee County to sink $3 million dol-lars of our money into their catalyst site. Suwannee Commission Chairman Wesley Wainwright made the proposal in a Dec. 16 letter to Columbia County Manager Dale Williams. Details werenÂ’t included, but basically Suwannee wants $3 million in return for a proportional share of the revenue from their site. How they plan to compute that is anybodyÂ’s guess. Also unclear is when weÂ’d be able to start collecting on this potential investment. Depending on the tax abatement deal that will likely be in place, we might have to wait as long as 10 years to have anything to show for our money. Beyond that, the investment would be in Suwannee County, not here, where we have our own catalyst site ready for develop-ment. Having already sunk $8.7 million into their site Â– on which an Austrian lum-ber company has just started building Â– Suwannee has completely depleted their cash reserves, the letter admits. If expectations for the mill come to pass, it may all be worth it. Suwannee projects the creation of 350 jobs and a $56 million impact on the region. Still, weÂ’re not all that comfortable with the idea of lending money to a neighbor who is not only broke, but has a less than stellar record of financial management going back some years. Suwannee County just paid out $2.75 million to settle a law-suit from a past, unrelated disagreement. Outcomes like this put a cloud over their business proposal Â— especially when our taxpayersÂ’ money is at stake. SuwanneeÂ’s request is unsettling to say the least. More details need to be revealed, but this proposal sounds like wishful thinking by our neighbors to the west. For now, we counsel caution Â– and lots of it Â– on the part of our county officials.Fixing whatÂ’s wrong with our schools Todd Wilsontwilson@lakecityreporter.com Q Todd Wilson is publisher of the Lake City Reporter. Dan K. Thomasson Q Dan K. Thomasson is former editor of Scripps Howard News Service.4AOPINION
Dudley Eugene Easton Mr. Dudley Eugene Easton, 76, a former resident of Lake City, Florida, passed away Decem ber 26, 2013, at Heritage Center in Huntington, West Virginia. Mr. Easton was a native of Huntington, West Virginia and had resided in Lake City, Florida, for the past thir teen years. He graduated from Huntington High School of Huntington, West Virginia, class of 1957 and was an All State Baseball player. Mr. Easton was a Retired Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He was a deacon at the Maranatha Fel lowship Church, St. Albans, West Virginia, from 1990 to 2000 and was a former member of the Christ Central Ministries in Lake City, Florida. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Judith Ann McClintock Easton, his son, David Scott Easton, his grandmother, Pearl Gruver and his mother and stepfather Dorothy and Paul Collins. Survivors include his two daughters: Cheryl (Britt) Day, Springhill, Louisiana and Char marie (Todd) Adkins, Hunting ton, West Virginia; two sons: Mark M. Easton, Huntington West Virginia, Paul (Wendy) ginia, his daughter-in-law: Jo K Easton, Springhill, Louisiana; one sister: Paula Kay (Steve) Broughton, Hurricane, West Vir ginia; one sister-in-law: Elaine Gregory, Lake City, Florida; nine grandchildren, Nathaniel, Elaine, Lucas, Jonnette, Elyse, Paul, Jacob, Alexander and Jen nifer; one nephew: Joseph (Mi chelle) Gregory, Keller, Texas. Funeral services for Mr. Easton will be conducted Tuesday, De cember 31, 2013, at 11 AM in the chapel of Guerry Funeral Home with Pastor Britt Day one hour prior to the service from 10-11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Florida National Cemetery at 2:00 PM in Bush nell, Florida with military honors. Arrangements are under the direction of GUERRY FUNERAL HOME 2659 SW. Main Blvd., Lake City, FL. (386) 752-2414 Please sign the guestbook at www.guerryfuneralhome.net Claudette Faucher Mrs. Claudette Faucher, 82, of Lake City, passed away peace fully surrounded by her loving family, on Wednesday, Decem ber 26, 2013, at North Florida Regional Medical Cen ter in Gaines ville, Florida She was born on Septem ber 14, 1931, in Coaticook, Quebec, Canada, to the late Rene Rien deau and Virginia LaFaille. Claudette owned and operated restaurant and hotel businesses most of her life. She was a lov cooking, and spending time with her family. She will be dearly missed, but always close in our heart. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Lorraine Charland and Mona Malloy. Claudette is survived by her lov ing children: three sons, Robie Faucher (Yuula), Dana Faucher, (Shalimar Drew) and Luke Fau cher (Heidi Ratliff-Walker), of Lake City, FL.; three daughters, Rena Violette (Gerry) of Phoe nix, AZ, Shelby Faucher and Aubrey Hulen (John Bill) of Lake City, FL; grandchildren, Daphne, Nathaniel, Briana, Chantalle, Marie, Sarah, Jes sica, Natasha, MaKayla, Ryan, Christopher, and Michael; great grandchildren, Kyle, Abi gail, Casey, Arianna and Sky lar; several nieces and neph ews, along with special family friends, Michelle Faucher, De nise Watts, and Jim Athanasiou. A Funeral Mass will be con ducted at 2:00 p.m on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at Epiphany Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memo rial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be held that day from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home prior to services at 2:00 p.m. A gathering of family and friends will be held in the Fel lowship Hall at Epiphany Catho lic Church following the burial. donations may be made to the Epiphany Catholic Church. GA TEW AY -FOREST LA WN FUNERAL HOME 3596 South U.S. Hwy 441, Lake City, FL. 32025. (386) 752-1954. Words of comfort for the fam ily may be uploaded online at www.gatewayforestlawn.comMarcus Lewis Raulerson Sr. Mr. Marcus Lewis Rauler son Sr., age 27, of Macclenny, Florida passed away December 25, 2013 at his residence. Marcus was born in Jack sonville, Fl. on April 30, 1986 to James (Ron) Raulerson and Toni Hays Raulerson. Mr. Raulerson was a lifelong resident of Macclenny and a 2004 Graduate of Baker County High School. He proudly served his country as a United States Ma rine War veteran. Marcus was always willing to lend a help ing hand to anyone in need. He was honest and straight forward, tors play football and above all, spending time with his children, wife and family was his favorite past time. Marcus played football and baseball in high school and Marcus is survived by his wife of 9 years Brandi Nash Raulerson; children; Marcus Lewis Raul erson, Jr., MaKenzie Brooke Raulerson and MaKaylin Grace Raulerson; parents; James R. and Toni Hays Raulerson of Mac clenny; brothers; Brad (Wendy) Raulerson of Fernandina Beach, FL., George (Nicole Buettner) of San Diego, Calif.; James Ryan (Cara) Raulerson of Norfolk, Virginia; grandmother; Bernice Raulerson of Macclenny; fathern-law; David and Maryam Nash of Lake City, Fl.; Mother-n-law; Tracey Nash of Wellborn, FL.; brothers-n-law; Jarred Nash, Garret Nash and Colby Dicks; sisters-n-law; Brittney Nash and Gavin Nash; nieces; Cailey, Kynleigh and Ellie; nephews; James and Lawson; numer ous aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday December 31, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Raiford Road Church with Pastors John A. Raulerson, Herman Rios and Dr. Timothy ment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Baker County, Fl. The family will receive friends on Monday, December 30, 2013 from 5:00 8:00 pm in V. TODD FERREIRA FUNERAL SERVICES. The arrangements are under the care and direc tion of V. T ODD FERREIRA FUNERAL SER VICES 250 North Lowder Street, Macclenny, FL 32063 (904)259-5700. Visit ferreirafuneralservices.com to sign the familys guest book.Sandra Antoinette Hardee Mrs. Sandra Antoinette Hardee, age 65, of Lake City, FL died on Thursday, December 26, 2013 in the Baptist Medical Center South in Jack sonville, FL following a long illness. She was born in Orlando, FL and resided in Ocala and Jacksonville, FL before moving to Lake City, FL in 1968. She was formerly employed with the Florida Highway Patrol, the Marion Florida Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission before retir ing as a records supervisor with the Baker County Sheriffs Of service. She was a graduate of Paxon High School in Jackson ville, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents, Tenille Anthony and Dorothy Roberta Baker Sutton; sister, Barbara A. Melton; and one brother, Tennille S. Rusty Sutton. Survivors include her daugh ter, Windy Gayle of Lake City, FL; her son, Shane Durrance of Houston, TX; two sisters, Debra S. (Jack) Franks of Jacksonville, FL and Sheri A. (Eddie) Metts of Yulee, FL; one brother, Steven A. (Beverly) Sutton of Macclenny, FL; four grandchildren, Shana, Kailey, Maddison and Makenzie. Funeral services will be con ducted at 2:00 PM, Monday, December 30, 2013 at the Baker County Sheriffs Department Complex, Highway 228, Mac clenny, FL with Rev. Randy Wil liams, Pastor of the First Baptist ating. Interment will follow at the Gethsemane Memorial Gar dens in Jacksonville, FL. Visita tion with the family will be from 4-7:00 PM, Sunday at the Baker County Sheriffs Department Complex. Arrangements are under the direction of GUERRY Funeral Home, 420 E Macclen ny Ave., Macclenny, FL. Please sign the guestbook at www. guerryfuneralhome.net .Ethel Louise Tiny Cato Ethel Louise Tiny Cato, 82, of High Springs died Friday, December 27, 2013 at Haven Hospice Suwannee Valley Care Center in Lake City, FL. Born in Wynnewood, OK on Novem ber 7, 1931, Louise grew up in Vero Beach, FL and moved from Stuart, FL to High Springs, FL in 1989. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Elim Bap tist Church and Santa Fe Chapter #105 Order of the Eastern Star. She was a proud wife, moth er, grandmother and greatgrandmother. She was espe cially proud of being a nurse. Mrs. Cato is preceded in death by her husband, Harold L. Cato. She is survived by her daughters, Elaine Malmquist, Vero Beach, Jeanette Slaymaker (Larry), High Springs, Peggy Baldwin, High Springs, Ann McEver (Wendell), Palm Beach Gardens, Brenda Crews (Charles), Lake City and Donna Siler (Dewayne), Paw Paw, MI; sister, Estelle Hefner, Witchita Falls, TX and brother, Gilbert (Rhoda) Har ris, Nevada, MO, 15 grandchil dren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Cato will be conducted at Elim Bap tist Church on Tuesday, Decem ber 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM with visitation from 10:00-11:00 AM at the church prior to the service. Rev. Larry Sweet will in the Elim Church Cemetery. Evans-Carter Funeral Home, 220 N. Main Street, High Springs is in charge of all ar donations may be made to the Elim Baptist Church Building Fund, 3435 SW Elim Church Road, Ft. White, FL 32038 or Haven Hospice Suwannee Valley Care Center, 6037 W. US High way 90, Lake City, FL 32055.Edna Lavinia Markham Edna Lavinia Markham departed this earth on December 28, 2013 to be with her Lord and Savior. She was born Oc tober 4, 1928 in Lake City, Florida to her late father, Jessie Manuel Winningham, Sr. and mother, Ruth E. Crawford Winningham. She resided in Pahokee, FL most of her life and moved to Lake City where she married and be gan her own family. She was the center of life for her fam ily and friends and always there when a family member needed her help. Nanny as she was affectionately called by her fam ily, retired after thirty years as a food service manager for the Columbia County School Sys tem. She was raised during the Great Depression and had a tre mendous appreciation for the ba sics of life and the gifts God has granted to us. She shared school recipes with her family and en her children and grandchildren at Christmas. She was a longtime volunteer at Cancer Care of North Florida after retirement, helping those who were in need of a loving touch during their most challenging times and she loved her personal physician, Dr. Waseem Khan for his caring and compassionate way. She was an active member of Calvary Bap tist Church, sitting in the same pew every Sunday and serving in multiple positions. Nanny was extremely independent and strong until her passing. She loved her family and would tell them how much she loved them by saying A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck and a kiss too. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, childrens father Arthur Bow man Markham, Jr., son David Markham, two life-long friends, Annie Mae Holiday, and Remell Lee, with whom she attended special trips and Vernon Car trider who shared happy times with her in her later years. She is survived by daughters Pat Caldwell (Don), June Tolar (Ronnie), brother Jessie Win dren Missy Lee (Mike), Teresa Barber (Tommy), Crystal Tolar (Zack), Jason Tolar, Cameron six great-grandchildren Jessica, Chelsea, Meghan, Austin, Aaron, Madison, one great great-grand child Lola and special friend Vivian Williams who helped afternoon card games and many lunches with her at Kentucky Fried Chicken after church. The family extends its heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Health Center of Lake City and Haven Hospice for the wonderful and compassionate care provided. The family will accept visitors on Monday, December 30, 2013 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Gateway Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Fu neral services will be conducted Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., Reverend Ivan Cle Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Memo rial Cemetery. Pall bearers are Tommy Barber, Aaron Barber, Austin Barber, Don Caldwell, Michael Lee, Cameron Tolar, Jason Tolar and Ronnie Tolar. The family requests that in lieu Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1353, Lake City, Florida 32056 in loving memory of Edna Nanny Markham. Ar rangements are under the direc tion of GATEWAY-FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 3596 S U.S. Hwy 44, Lake City, Fl., 32025, (386) 752-1954. Please leave words of love and comfort for the family at www.gatewayforestlawn.com.Percy Adams Mr. Percy Adams, 90, of Lake City, passed away Friday eve ning December 27, 2013 at the VA Medical Center in Lake City after an extended illness. Mr. Adams was born in Lake City on December 2, 1923 to the late George and Essie Adams. Mr. Adams was a lifelong resident of man. Mr. Adams was a carpenter for many years; and was also a United States Air Force veteran. Mr. Adams was preceded in death by his sister: Annie Bell Snead and brothers: Albert Adams; Leslie Adams and J.C. Adams. Mr. Adams is survived by his sister-in-law: Margaret Adams Roberts (Lester Ray) of Lake City; specials/close friends: Ron nie Roberts; Brittany Roberts (Who was like his granddaugh ter); Jennifer Roberts; Gary Roberts; Bambi Mixon; John nie Mixon and Connie Mixon. One niece and nephew: Bennie and Gordon Rowe also survive. Graveside funeral services for Mr. Adams will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Tuesday December 31, 2013 in Forest Lawn Me morial Gardens; Interment will follow. The family will receive friends on Monday evening December 30, 2013 from 5-7 P.M. at the funeral home. DeesParrish Family Funeral Home of Lake City is in charge of ar rangements, 458 S. Marion Ave. Lake City, 32025. Please sign the online guestbook at www. parrishfamilyfuneralhome.com.Golary Meek, Jr. Golay Meek, Jr., 73, of Lake City, FL, died on Friday, De cember 27, 2013, at North FL Regional Hospital, Gainesville, FL. A native of Spiceland, IN, he was the son of the late Golay Meek, Sr., and Ruby Hodson Meek. He was a painting con tractor and had lived in Lake City for 11 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years: Sue Hallgarth Meek, Lake City, FL; two sons: Kevin Meek, Richmond, VA, and Brian Meek (Angie), Lake City, FL, owner of Lake City Bowl; one daughter: Sheryl Turner (Rex), Ft. Lauderdale, FL; two brothers: Gerald Meek, Brookville, OH and Miles Meek, Knightstown, IN; one sister: Carolyn Warrick, Brownsburg, IN; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be con ducted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 9:30 AM at New Life Church with Rev. Buddy with the family and friends will be Monday, December 30, 2013, from 5 PM to 8 PM at the fu neral home. GATEWAY-FOR EST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 3596 S. US Hwy 441, Lake City, FL 32025 (386-752-1954) is in charge of arrangements. Please leave words of comfort for the family at our online guest book at www.gatewayforestlawn.com. Obituaries are paid advertise ments. For details, call the Lake City Reporters classified depart ment at 752-1293. LAKE CITY REPORTER COMMUNITY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 5A 5A Closed Christmas Day & New Years Day DEBORAH MYLES B RO K ER 386-719-1224 Each office independently owned and operated New Construction and Ready for new owner... Beautiful new home in Woodborough S/D. 3 Br./2 B, 2284 heated sq. ft. Features tray ceilings in Great room, dining room and Master bedroom. Bathrooms have marble counter tops. Beautiful fireplace trimmed in marble. So many upgrades. Finished bonus room above the garage, could be 4th bedroom. MLS 84478 $299,500 OBITUARIES Knives WILSONS OUTFITTERS 1291 SE Baya Dr, Lake City (386) 755-7060 WilsonsOutfitters@comcast.net 10% off Sandals 25% off (In stock) Mens Womens Childrens 10% off COMMUNITY CALENDAR To submit your Community Calendar item, contact Emily Lawson at 754-0424 or by e-mail at elawson@lakecityreporter. com. Dec. 31 New Years Eve party VFW Post 2206, 343 Forest Lawn Way, is host ing their New Years Eve Party on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Kickstart will perform at 7 p.m. Well provide finger foods, party favors and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The party is open to the public. Call 386-752-5001 for more. Jan. 4 Audubon Bird Walk Four Rivers Audubon will sponsor its monthly walk at Alligator Lake Park on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 8 a.m. The walk usually lasts between two and four hours, but participants may leave at any time. Meet at the pole barn to begin the walk. For more information call Judee Mundy at 386758-9558 or Sylvia Dunnam at 386-362-3256. Jan. 5 Zumba Class Sarah Sandlin, Zumba Instructor fot the City of Lake City, is offering a free Zumba class on Jan. 5 at the Teen Town city building at Youngs Park from 4-5 p.m. This will be a beginners class where youll learn all the basic moves of this pop ular dance form. After the free class, a regular Zumba class will be held for $5 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Email Sarah at lakecityzumba@ gmail.com for more. Jan. 8 Newcomers meeting The Lake City Newcomers will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Guang Dong Chinese Restaurant. Program speak er will be Pat McAlhany. Call Pinky Moore at 7524552 for more. Jan. 14 Medicare Seminar The Lifestyle Enrichment Center is sponsoring a free educational Medicare semi nar on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 5-6 p.m. Irv Crowetz of C/C & Associates, Inc. will mod erate the seminar. RSVP to 386-755-3476 x 107. Bay Street Bassworks Bay Street Bassworks will perform at the Levy Performing Arts Center at Florida Gateway College on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. This group is an inter nationally-acclaimed touring ensemble performing selec tions from a wide variety of genres ranging from Bach to Be-Bop. A new flex tick et system is being offered this year so each ticket can be used at any Lake City Community Concert. Single concert tickets are $20/adult and $5/student K-12. See ww.communityconcerts. info, or call (386) 466-2013, or visit the Lake City Chamber of Commerce for details. Jan. 17 Masonic Banquet Gold Standard Lodge #167 will be hosting their annual Masonic Banquet on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Westside Community Center. For tickets and more information, contact Chris at 386-623-3611 or Mike at 386-867-6675. Jan. 18 King Breakfast The Presley EXCEL and Scholars Program and Youth for Christ Ministry invite the community to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 85th Birthday Observance Breakfast at the Womans Club, 257 SE Hernando Street. Brooke Mobley of Davita Kidney Specialists of Northern Florida will be the guest speaker. Tickets may be purchased for $20; tables may also be reserved. Any doctor who has not recevied an invitation to be honored, please call Bernice Presley at 386-752-4074 on or before Jan. 3.
3A 6A LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 old Taylor and 1-year-old Michael Â— in foster care in 1974 due to the emotional strain of raising two chil-dren without a stable job. Michael and Taylor went to the same foster home at first, but were separated shortly after. That was the last time Taylor remembers see-ing his younger brother, but he is still searching any lead he can find. Â‘My nameÂ’s JimmyÂ’After three years in the foster care system, Taylor was adopted by a St. Augustine family, the Taylors. He still uses their name and doesnÂ’t plan to switch back to his birth name. HeÂ’s been a Taylor his whole life, he said, and his son is a Taylor. Â“IÂ’ve been searching for years,Â” he said. Â“Of course, out of the blue, I would have certain memories of my mom from before I went into foster care. I remember her name, her long straight red hair, my grandmotherÂ’s house, my grandfa-ther and his German Shepherd....Â” To find his mother, Taylor relentlessly searched the Facebook alum-ni page for the Orange County high school he suspected she attended. Though it had over 3,000 members, he eventually found her profile. She had remarried. Yancy listed a sister on her profile who owned a hair salon. Taylor called his aunt, and eventually she returned the call. Â“My nameÂ’s Jimmy,Â” he said. Â“This is going to sound a little strange....Â” Â“YouÂ’re one of BarbaraÂ’s kids,Â” his aunt immediately responded. Â“I think so,Â” he said. Â“No, you are, you are,Â” she said. Â“This is going to make her Christmas.Â” TaylorÂ’s aunt provided him with his motherÂ’s phone number. The reunion, Taylor said, was very emo-tional. His mother currently lives in Acworth, Ga., so they havenÂ’t met in person yet. But, he has planned a roadtrip with his family to Georgia and then to Tennessee to visit with his younger sister. Â“WeÂ’ve had a week of being in a reunion,Â” Taylor said, adding that he has talked to both his mother and his sister every day for the last week. Â“My sister and I have been frantically searching every lead to find Michael Â— hopefully before the New Year. Everything weÂ’ve turned up so far has been a dead end.Â” The search continuesWhen Taylor was adopted by his parents, they couple tried to adopt his younger brother as well. But, they were denied. In fact, they were told that he had already been adopted by another family. Taylor said, after Michael had reached adulthood years later, the adopting agency informed him that his broth-er had actually not been adopted until he was in his teens. Taylor still struggles to understand why his adoptive parents were unable to adopt his brother and why the agency kept the details secret. Now, he continues to search for the smiling, blond-haired toddler he remembers from photo-graphs. Michael Joseph Stevens, who may or may not go by his birth name, was born either April 23 or April 24 in 1974 at Orlando-based Orange County Regional Medical Center. Â“All in all, IÂ’ve been searching for 20 years, but IÂ’ve been wondering all my life,Â” Taylor said. Since his reunion with his mother, Taylor has had the chance to glance through childhood pho-tos in the possession of his sister. One solitary photo captured the image of Yancy, Taylor and young Michael. It is the only photo in existence of all three of them. The search continues for YancyÂ’s middle child, but Taylor said the reunion with the rest of his family has been amazing. Â“ItÂ’s the best Christmas present I have ever gotten,Â” he said. Throughout the long years, he never held any anger or resentment toward his mother. He said, he always wondered and questioned Â“what if.Â” Â“With my adoptive family, I had a won-derful life,Â” he said. Â“It made me the man I am today.Â” Joseph W. Taylor and Brenda Carol Rodenbaugh Taylor hold the title of Â“mom and dadÂ” for Taylor. He calls his newfound biological mother Â“mamaÂ” so he doesnÂ’t get the two confused. His biological father was a pilot in the United States Air Force, who never married his mother. Taylor has no memory of his biological father. Currently, Taylor is engaged to a Lake City woman, Claudia Brohl. After divorcing his previous wife, he moved to Lake City to be close to his children. Taylor asks anyone with information on the whereabouts of Michael J. Stevens to send an e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. FOUNDContinued From 1A JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterJimmy Taylor poses for a photograph with his step-daugh ters Alisha Creswell (left), 13, and Rebecca Creswell, 15. but itÂ’s still a large trash day. You can see it when you go down the streets Â— where there is normally one or two garbage cans, there are a couple of garbage cans with a bunch of bags. The tonnage isnÂ’t as high, but the volume is. Yes, itÂ’s up, but because Christmas was on Wednesday, we havenÂ’t seen the full effect.Â” All the Columbia County refuse placed at curbside wonÂ’t be collected until next week and then Lontz will be able to determine is there was a significant increase. Christmas was Wednesday and trash col-lection is always a day late due to the holiday. Post Christmas trash collection normally has a vari-ety of items. Â“We normally see a lot of food waste, Christmas wrapping and boxes,Â” Lontz said. Â“WeÂ’ve had a lot of people drop off old elec-tronics, DVDs and videos. TheyÂ’re making room for new stuff.Â” With the ever increasing popularity of electronic gadgets as gift items, Lontz said heÂ’s seen an increase in older electronic items making their way to the solid waste facility. Â“Thursday I saw four or five in our electronics department, the old answer-ing machines, 20 -30 DVDs, some of the older model Nintendos and Playstations and the games that belong to them,Â” he said. Â“For that stuff, two or three years old, is darn near outdated.Â” Lontz also noted heÂ’s seen lots of Christmas ornaments that have been brought to the solid waste facility. Â“New YearÂ’s and Christmas are the big col-lection days of the year,Â” he said, noting the New YearÂ’s collection cycle is when they see alcohol con-tainers, heavy amounts of food waste and Christmas trees. Â“A lot of people, after New YearÂ’s, decide to do the second wind of clean-ing. Wastes from the stores also go up because there are a lot of returns.Â” JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterEd Lontz, solid waste director at the Winfield Solid Waste Facility, goes through a number of discarded electornics on Friday. Lontz said that as people get newer versions of applianc es and electronics, they look to get rid of their existing items, some of which will be recycled. GARBAGEContinued From 1ALCPD officer involved in crashFrom staff reportsA Lake City Police Department officer was issued a traffic citation after he allegedly caused a three-vehicle crash last week. According to information from the Lake City Police Department, around 4:45 p.m. Monday Officer Larry Thomas was driving east on U.S. 90 West near Interstate 75 when vehicles in front of him came to an abrupt stop. Thomas was unable to stop his vehicle and collided with the vehicle in front of him, pushing it forward into a third vehicle. Minor damage was caused to all vehicles and one driver was taken to a hospital for treatment of a possible injury. Officer Mike Lee, Lake City Police Department assistant public informa-tion officer, said Thomas was cited for following too closely and noted an inter-nal affairs investigation into the crash may follow. al car that was reported stolen from Marianna. The vehicle was driven by a 15-year-old female who was reported as a runaway. Lake City district troopers saw the vehi-cle traveling south on Interstate 75 at the 425 mile marker. Units attempted to stop the vehicle as the driver exited onto State Road 47 southbound. However, the vehicle did not stop and three FHP units pursued the teenÂ’s car as it headed south-bound on State Road 47. Â“The vehicle was extremely reckless, pass-ing numerous cars at a high rate of speed,Â” wrote Trooper First Class J.M. Farnell in his report. Â“The vehicle traveled onto the right shoulder to pass traf-fic. She struck two mail-boxes, a culvert and over-turned.Â” The driver was wearing a seatbelt and was report-edly alert and conscious at the scene before she was taken to Lake City Medical Center for observation. After being released from Lake City Medical Center, the 15-year-old driver was taken to jail. TEENContinued From 1A27, of 2680 SW Windsong Circle, pinning Matchett to the ground and punch-ing him repeatedly, the report said. Then they saw Barnes begin stabbing Matchett multiple times with a large steak knife, according to the report. Stacy Johnson, BarnesÂ’ sister, attempted to pull her brother off of Matchett and sustained a laceration to her right hand before Barnes fled on foot, the report said. Police attempted to make contact with Barnes, but have thus far been unsuccessful in locating him, according to a press release sent Friday. If proven guilty, Barnes would face charges of attempted second degree murder and aggravated bat-tery with a deadly weapon. Citizens with information about the suspect can contact LCPD anonymous-ly through their tip line at 386-719-2068. SUSPECTContinued From 1A From staff reportsTwo Lake City residents were seriously hurt in a crash Thursday on I-75 in Alachua County, according to an FHP report. Veronica K. Smith, 72 and Leward N. Smith, 70, were headed north at mile marker 588 at 7:50 p.m. when traffic stopped due to a mattress that had fall-en off another vehicle. A Newberry woman behind them in a 2003 Volkswagen Beetle did not stop and crashed into the back of their 2013 Volkswagen Passat. The Smiths were transported to North Florida regional Hospital in seri-ous condition, FHP said. All northbound lanes were closed for about 30 minutes. The driver of the Beetle, Alyson N. McQuillan, was charged with careless driv-ing, according to FHP. Wreck on SR 47 seriously injures 2 local residents ItÂ’s the best Christmas present I have ever gotten. Â— Jimmy Taylor on nding his birth mother nearly 40 years after being adopted out of foster care Quick FactsQ According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in the period between Thanksgiving and New YearÂ’s, American house-holds generate 25% more waste. ThatÂ’s about 1 million extra tons of trash each year. JASON MATTHEW WALKER/ Lake City ReporterElden Tunnell of BryantÂ’s Towing collects the belonging s of a 15-year-old Marianna girl after the Toyota Camry she was driving crashed while she was attempting to evade Florid a Highway Patrol Troopers on State Road 47 in Lake City o n Friday.
FILEThe Columbia High School Lady Tigers celebrate on the field after defeating Pembroke Pines Charter School to win the 6 A state softball championship in Vero Beach in May.7A Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 LAKE CITY REPORTER IN REVIEW SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 7A MAY Lady Tigers softball team completes state title runFrom staff reportsIn a year that saw Columbia High SchoolÂ’s softball program reach its first Final Four and win more games in a single season than any Lady Tigers team before it, the only thing better would be winning a state championship. Around 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 12, the Lady Tigers did just that, defeating the Pembroke Pines Charter School 6-2 in Vero Beach. The win capped a 28-4 season. Erin Anderson made the weekend even more remarkable by hurling a non-hitter to lead Columbia to the win. She pitched 6 2/3 innings, struck out six batters and walked three. 6-for-7: Porter sees much success in sponsored billsFrom staff reportsDespite political setbacks, state Rep. Elizabeth Porter (R-Lake City) never gave up on her bill that would require neighboring water management districts to cooperate with each other. On May 1, the bill passed the state House after alr eady passing through the Senate earlier in the legislati ve session. Later, the bill was signed into law by Gov. Rick Sc ott. The bill could protect North FloridaÂ’s water from being sucked into other areas of the state by over-pumping of ground water. Â“I am most pleased with the passage of the water management district bill that I have worked and fought hard for the past three years,Â” Porter said in an earlier e-mail interview. Â“This has been a great session for the people of North Florida and our great state.Â” Since it has been signed into law, the bill requires the stateÂ’s water management districts to recognize the sci-ence of other districts and take into account the minimum flow levels of other districtsÂ’ rivers, streams and springs. Six out of seven bills Porter introduced during the 2013 legislative session were signed into law by Scott. 11-year-old, accidentally shot by 4-year-old, diesFrom staff reportsLake City police filed criminal charges against a man who allegedly owned the gun that a 4-year-old used to accidentally shoot an 11-year-old boy at Cedar Park Apartments on MotherÂ’s Day. Michael S. Norman, 26, faces charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm with altered serial numbers and aggravated manslaughter, according to a city police news release. Jarvin Jackson, 11, died two days after he was shot in the neck with a Ruger 9mm handgun. Jackson was origi-nally listed in critical condition, and preliminary findings indicated that the shooting was accidental. At the time of the accident on May 12, no other information was released due to an ongoing investigation. Further information released on May 22 stated that, at the time of the shooting, there were nine children stay ing in the Cedar Park apartment at the time. Norman was the fa ther of the 4-year-old who shot Jarvin and the boyfriend of JarvinÂ’s aunt. Both JarvinÂ’s mother and aunt were not at hom e when the shooting occurred. The 4-year-old was JarvinÂ’s cousin. Norman was watching the children on MotherÂ’s Day an d brought the gun with him as a precaution. He told p olice he felt the apartment complex was unsafe. Norman added that he left the gun on the kitchen table before going t o sleep at 3 a.m. on May 12. He woke to the sound of gunfire a t about 8 a.m. and rushed to the living room where he saw a 2-yearold girl and a 4-year-old girl, police said. While the two were playing with the gun, it went off and shot Jarvis in the neck. The 4-year-old girl had injuries to her face from the recoil of the 9mm handgun. JUNE Jury votes death for FranklinFrom staff reportsTwo-time convicted murderer Richard P. Franklin was convicted of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Columbia Correctional Institution officer Sgt. Ruben Thomas III. He was also con-victed of felony battery and possession of contraband in a prison. FILEConvicted murderer Richard P. Franklin is seen as Third Circuit Court Judge Paul S. Bryan sentences him to death in June. The jury took less than three hours to convict Franklin of first-degree murder in the March 18, 2012, stabbing death of Thomas. Franklin was facing charges of first-degree murder, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and possession of contraband in a prison. About a week after Franklin was convicted, a Columbia County jury took about 90 minutes to recommend the death penalty for Franklin. The same seven-man, five woman jury that convicted Franklin, voted 9-3 for the death penalty. JULY Former superintendent Sam Markham dies at 76From staff reportsGrady. Darrell. Sam. Mr. Markham or Daddy Markham Â— Lake City residents called the former Columbia County School Superintendent by many different monikers, but what everyone remembers when they think of the late Grady D. Â“SamÂ” Markham is his gener-ous heart of gold. Markham, 76, passed away in July at Haven Hospice Care Center in Lake City as a result of medical complications from an injury suffered in 2012. Â“EverybodyÂ’s got a story about him,Â” his son, Samuel Markham, said during an earlier inter-view. Â“He bought eyeglasses [for students], he bought jackets, he bought clothes, and he bought lunch Â— just anything. If he could help, he did, and he didnÂ’t go tell-ing everybody that he did it.Â” Born May 3, 1937, in Columbia County, Sam Markham attended Columbia High School, played football for the Tigers and worked at his fatherÂ’s restaurant, The Magnolia Barbeque. He obtained a masterÂ’s degree from the University of Florida. After a tour in the Army, he returned to Lake City to teach math for 10 years at Lake City Junior High School. He served four years on the Columbia County School Board, starting in 1972. In 1980, Markham was appointed principal of Five Points Elementary. He paid for student lunches out of his own pocket for the 24 years he helmed the school, resigning in 2004. An unsuccessful run for superintendent in 1976 culminated in 2004 when Markham earned the position. He defeated Lex Carswell by less than 1 percent. He lost to Michael Millikin in 2008. Â“He was one of the most dedicated, lovable men I knew,Â” David Monroe, a longtime friend of MarkhamÂ’s, said. Â“IÂ’m going to miss him. I miss him now.Â” MarkhamNew water advocacy group replaces FLOWFrom staff reportsAfter Florida Leaders Organized for Water floundered, unable to solve problems plaguing the group, local representatives gathered in July to protect North FloridaÂ’s dwindling water supply. The new group hoped to determine whether a smaller group than the original FLOW could effectively peti tion the Legislature on water quality and protection issues. Helen Miller, mayor of White Springs; John Kuykendall, representative from The Ichetucknee Partnership; Ron Williams, Columbia County com-missioner; Dale Williams, Columbia County manag-er; Stacie Greco, Alachua County/Santa Fe Springs Working Group representative; Lee Pinkoson, Alachua County commissioner; Annette Long, of Save Our Suwannee and more attended the meeting, which lasted about 90 minutes. After a round-table discussion and review of FLOW history, the group developed several preliminary goals and objectives: Â• Establish current and future minimum flows and levels;Â• Promote conservation to restore the aquifer;Â• Address water quality and reduce water pollution; Â• Support water management districts to help them get proper funding; Â• Reduce withdrawals from the aquifer;Â• Support legislation that redefines the roles of water man-agement districts;Â• Support legislation to create a statewide water goat, andÂ• Create funding to help agricultural operations retrofit their flow systems. FILEMembers of the LCFD look on as the City Council dis-cusses plans to allow the city and county fire departments to stay the way it is during a city council meeting in Ju ly. AUGUST Trucking magnate, 3 others slain; gunman takes own lifeFrom staff reportsUNION COUNTYÂ–A gruesome shooting rampage in August by a former Pritchett Trucking employee left four men dead, including his one-time employer, and a small town trying to recover from the tragic events. On Saturday, Aug. 24, Hubert Allen Jr., 72, killed his ex-boss and founder of Pritchett Trucking, Inc., Marvin Pritchett, in a series of attacks that left four dead and two wounded at three different crime scenes, according to a Union County SheriffÂ’s Office press release. Further investigation uncovered a handwritten note at AllenÂ’s residence that identified his four victims, prov-ing that the shooting spree was a premeditated event. The note did not reveal a motive, officials said. Allen first drove to Rolling Oaks Farm owned by Pritchett off County Road 18A, where he confronted and killed his former co-worker, 28-year-old Rolando Gonzalez-Delgado. Shortly after, Allen fatally shot Pritchett, 80, on the dirt road leading into the farm. According to the press release, a few minutes later Allen encountered another co-worker, Lewis Mabrey Jr., driving a farm tractor on County Road 18A. Allegedly, Allen exchanged words with Mabrey, 66, and then fired a small-bore shotgun. He struck Mabrey in the left arm and side. At Pritchett Trucking, Inc. headquarters in Lake Bu tler, Allen then shot 44-year-old David Griffis. Griffis later died of complications related to the gunshot wound. Allen killed himself in his truck parked at his home off 6th Avenue, less than a half mile from corporate headquarters. Â“WeÂ’ll make it through, but it takes everybody,Â” said Lake Butler Mayor Lonnie Norman in a previous inter-view. Â“This is a family community. WeÂ’re going to pull together. WeÂ’ve proven that.Â” Marshals capture alleged killer in Harvey, La., homeFrom staff reportsU.S. Marshals arrested a man in Louisiana suspected of first-degree murder and armed robbery in Lake City last year. Ernest Larry Grandison, formerly of 864 NW Thetis Place, was one of two suspects in the April 2012 armed rob-bery and fatal shooting of Rajni Patel, police said. According to the Lake City Police Department, around 1:36 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2012, police responded to an armed robbery at A&M Discount Beverage on Duval Street only to find the suspects had fled. Patel, t he storeÂ’s owner, had been shot. Police say Grandison and his son-in-law and alleged accomplice, James Leonard Johnson, fled on foot. GrandisonÂ’s daughter, Sheena Marie, was arrested in May for her alleged role in the robbery. She drove the men to a location near the store minutes before they entered, police said. Around 6:44 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, Grandison was staying with a woman in Harvey, La., when mem-bers of the U.S. MarshalsÂ’ Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested him without incident. Intermodal park officials report bright prospectsFrom staff reportsThe owner of the North Florida Intermodal Park announced in August that it was working with the U.S. Forest Service to swap land in Lake Butler for four acres in the Osceola National Forest to build a railroad spur seen as necessary for economic development. Over the last several years, the Forest Service rejected previous efforts by Plum Creek, a timber company and largest landowner in the nation, to acquire an ease-ment on federally owned property. The agency voiced concern about the location of the 6.1 acre plot because of a colony of endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers living in the pine trees on the suggested site. The board of county commissioners voted unanimously in December to begin the land swap process t hat would lay the groundwork for a new railroad spur co nnected to the North Florida Intermodal Park project Plum Creek requires the spur to connect its property to an existing rail line in the area. The company plans to establish an intermodal park on its 2,622 acres of U.S. Highway 90, a plot that includes a 500-acre, state-designated Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern (RACEC) catalyst site. Located 60 miles from JaxPort, the site is positioned with the Interstate 10 and the Interstate 75 corridor. The long-term plan is for an inland port to benefit from increased shipping to JaxPort due to widening of the Panama Canal. Grandison SEPTEMBER City, county pursue separate public safety agendasFrom staff reportsThe Lake City administration continued moving toward its goal of public safety self-sufficiency through-out 2013, declining an offer from the county to consoli-date fire departments and engage in a single combined communications dispatch center. Â“We have a well-oiled machine right here. We donÂ’t need to make a change,Â” Councilman George Ward said during a Sept. 3 council meeting. Â“We have a great [insurance rating], good seasoned firefighters working for us. I donÂ’t see any reason for even considering con-tracting with the county.Â” The city also decided to move its fire safety dispatch services to their dispatch center downtown, pulling out of the countyÂ’s combined communication center Oct. 1. City Manager Wendell Johnson claimed city public safety officials cited concerns over management prac-tices, unanswered financial questions and stakeholder collaboration as part of a list of grievances against the countyÂ’s approach to dispatch. With the current arrangement, all calls for city servicesÂ—such as LCPD and LCFDÂ—must be Â“rung downÂ” from the countyÂ’s combined communications center to the cityÂ’s dispatch center. The process adds five to 10 seconds to the dispatch process, officials said. County Safety Manager David Kraus said the county would be willing to negotiate with the city should they wish to pursue a combined communications center in the future. REVIEW continued on 8A
8AIchetucknee conservation efforts get $4M from stateFrom staff reportsAn Ichetucknee springshed water quality improvement project received the largest portion of a $10 million state fund Sept. 4 after area lawmakers, conservation groups and water management district officials spent months advocating on the springÂ’s behalf. Â“They Â— the governor, DEP Secretary Vinyard and Florida legislators Â— realize how important the Ichetucknee is,Â” said Rep. Elizabeth Porter (R-Lake City). Â“And they really understand that, when it comes to springs, Ichetucknee is the crown jewel.Â” Ichetucknee acquired $3.9 million from the state, $400,000 from the Suwannee River Water Management District and $300,000 from local partners. SWRMD officials said they aim to use the funds to renovate a Lake City sprayfield that sits inside the Ichetucknee trace. Â“WeÂ’re going to continue to advocate for the same or better allocations in years to come,Â” Porter said. Â“This is certainly not the end. ItÂ’s just the beginning.Â”Pipeline path diverted away from IchetuckneeFrom staff reportsLocal residents successfully discouraged Florida Power & Light and construction contractor Sabal Trail Transmission from building part of a $3.5 billion natural gas pipeline system underneath the Ichetucknee. Members of the Ichetucknee Alliance and Three Rivers Estates voiced their concerns that one mistake during the pipelineÂ’s construction could damage limestone regions underground, which could ultimately drain or alter the Ichetucknee, putting the delicate ecosystem in jeopardy. Â“It was no small feat to have them reconsider the route,Â” County Manager Dale Williams said. Â“Companies doing these types of projects basically have the same power that government has.Â” The proposed pipeline would extend 700 miles from western Alabama to FPLÂ’s Martin County Plant. However, officials have not yet decided where it will be located. Â“WeÂ’re really excited to have the pipeline not come across the Ichetucknee,Â” said John Kuykendall, president o f The Ichetucknee Partnership. Â“WeÂ’ve done so much to pre serve it and educate the public about how important it is ... The Ichetucknee has been a part of this community forev er, and weÂ’d like to preserve that for future generations.Â” REVIEW: September headlines Continued From 7A 8A LAKE CITY REPORTER IN REVIEW SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 FILESchools open with enthusiasmBelmont Academy teacher Melinda Nicholson prepares her fifth-graders for the upcoming school year in A ugust by asking them if they knew that their planner should be used for. Aston Huber, in the front row, eagerly threw up both hands to respond. YEAR IN PICTURES OCTOBER Officer dies in house fireFrom staff reportsOne Lake City Police Department officer was killed and another hurt in a house fire in the early morning hours of Oct. 31. Law enforcement responded to a call about a full involved structure fire that took the life of LCPD officer Brandi Jackson, 24, and injured 14-year investigator David Greear, 41, around 1:00 a.m. Oct. 31. Investigators said Greear and Jackson were sleeping in separate parts of the house at the time of the fire. Greear attempted to lead Jackson out of the residence, but became separ ated from her during the blaze, authorities said. Jackson Hospital Authority considers seeking a buyer for ShandsFrom staff reports As the Affordable Care Act moves onto the health care scene, the Lake Shore Hospital Authority enter-tained the idea of selling the local hospital in October, in order to remove the burden of funding indigent care from the taxpayers. A public hearing has been scheduled for Monday, Jan. 13, at the Lake Shore Hospital Authority Administrative building, 259 NE Franklin St., where the public will give feedback about the proposed merger and potential sale. Â“I think the hospital authority has really outlived its usefulness,Â” said authority board member Koby Adams. Â“When I had my interview with the governor, he asked me what I didnÂ’t like about the authority. I told him I didnÂ’t like the idea that we can tax the people of Columbia County, and weÂ’re not elected. ... ItÂ’s time we get out of the business.Â” If the hospital is sold, it would continue to operate as a private entity. Health Management Associates, which currently leases the Lake Shore Regional Medical Center from the hospital authority, agreed to sell at least 25 of its hospitals or hospital leases to Community Health Associates Inc. in July. Therefore, the lease owner will transition from HMA to CHS in the first part of 2014. The boardÂ’s attorney, Marlin Feagle, said the sale Â— if it happens Â— would most likely have to be accord-ing to the terms and stipulations of the lease agreement with the new company. According to the board, the hospital is valued at $10 million to $12 million. Christian Service Center at odds with USDAFrom staff reportsChristian Service Center went public in September with details regarding why they decided to reject food commodities United States Department of Agriculture for their food distribution programs. According to CSC staff, an inspector with the USDA told the group they would have to remove religious imag-ery from locations where people came to receive food, as well as barring them from praying with, preaching to, or proselytizing clients. However, representatives from the USDA deny ever telling CSC they had to go that far. Â“ItÂ’s not a violation as long as itÂ’s not a requirement to receive the food,Â” said Erin Gillespie, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services press secretary. Â“They would not be in violation of USDA requirements as long as it was not a condition to receive the food.Â” The CSC board of directors voted unanimously to break ties with the USDA and Â“trust God to take care of us,Â” according to CSC Executive Director Kay Daly. Daly said 30 to 40 percent of the CSCÂ’s food pantry previously came from the USDA. FILEA public hearing has been scheduled for Monday, Jan. 1 3 for the public to give feedback about the potential sale.District, FGC strike a deal on cost of dual enrollmentFrom staff reports Florida Gateway College informed the Columbia County School District in October that it will reimburse 35 percent of tuition costs paid this semester and next semester, despite the collegeÂ’s statements that it would not compromise further. On Oct. 16, Columbia County School Board received a letter from FGC offering a solution to the dual-enroll-ment battle between the board and the college because of new legislation requiring the district to foot the cost of the program. FGC agreed to give Columbia County, and its four other service areas, a 35 percent reduction in tuition costs, a 25 percent discount on book purchases and a reduction in course costs for classes taught on the high school campus. The issue erupted in September after School Superintendent Terry Huddleston suggested the dis-trict could acquire a better deal on the cost for dual FILETIMCO Aviation Services, based in Greensboro, N.C., was acquired in October by Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited for about $388.8 million. TIMCO sold, but no changes planned for Lake City facilityFrom staff reports The day-to-day operations of Lake CityÂ’s TIMCO facility will go unchanged as corporate executives prepare to sell ownership of the company for $388.8 million to Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited in January 2014. Greensboro, N.C.-based TIMCO Aviation Services announced Â“a definitive agreement has been signed for [TIMCO] to be acquired by [HAECO],Â” in an October media release. Â“HAECO is acquiring TIMCO in whole,Â” said TIMCOÂ’s vice president of marketing and business developmen t Leonard Kazmerski. Â“One hundred percent of it will be owned by HAECO. That said, the brand and management team and all of the employees will stay in place as they are today. We will become a wholly-owned part of HAECO that will continue to operate within its own structure, the only difference being that HAECO will be making the majo r strategic decisions and investments at the facility .Â” TIMCO said the Lake City facility employed 623 of the companyÂ’s 2,750 employees throughout the United States as of October, and was the fourth largest employ-er in Columbia County behind PCS Phosphate-White Springs, the VA Medical Center and the School Board. FILEColumbia High School senior Darrah McNair, 17, sign s a farewell message on a sign Tuesday for fellow senio r Czarrah Howard, who died in a two-vehicle accident in Octob er. CHS student dies in crash during homecoming weekFrom staff reports A cloud of pink balloons drifted into a candlelit sky on a Tuesday night in October, their bubblegum-colored reflections rippling across the water of Lake DeSoto. About 200 people gathered at the gazebo near Shands at Lake Shore Regional Medical Center for an 8 p.m. ca ndleREVIEW continued on 9A FILEChristian Service Center officials say they have confide nce the organizationÂ’s operations will continue to run smooth ly after they refused to sign USDA contracts earlier this year Picture are volunteers Micheline Adamcewicz (from left) Donna Griffin and assistant director Charlie Suydam. Jackson, unfamiliar with the home, remained trapped inside. Investigators said there was no suspicion o f foul play. Jackson had only been with LCPD for about 10 weeks and already solved a case of stolen check forgery before her untimely death in October. JacksonÂ’s two daughters, two and four years old, were adopted by JacksonÂ’s mother days later. Â“During our interview, her statement to us was Â‘This is where I want to be. I want to make a difference in the community,Â’Â” LCPD Police Chief Argatha Gilmore said. Â“I felt her commitment and sincerity. That will always be her legacy with the community and police depart-ment.Â” enrollment. Other districts in the state had agreed to reimburse districts a percentage of the fees, Huddleston said in September. A July 15 letter from Florida Gateway College President Charles Hall informed Huddleston the state requires the college charge $71.98 per credit hour for classes offered to high school students on the FGC campus or online. If the course is offered on the high school campus, the college has reduced the fee to $10/credit hour. Book purchases to the FGC Bookstore were reduced by 25 percent. Huddleston was unhappy with the proposal, listing colleges throughout the state that had provided better deals to their local districts. The board prolonged the agreement between the district and FGC in hopes of gaining a better deal the originally proposed.
9A Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 LAKE CITY REPORTER IN REVIEW SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 9ALake City Reporter inspires lake clean-upFrom staff reportsAn article published by the Lake City Reporter helped inspire a concentrated effort between the Lake City Public Works Department and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to clean-up a litter-ridden Lake Montgomery. George Hudson Jr. had been living on the banks of Lake Montgomery for over 20 years before he contacted the Reporter in November to complain about excessive trash in and around the lake. There was apparently confusion between the cityÂ’s Public Works Department and FWC over which agency was responsible for maintaining pollution in the lake. Hudson, Lake City, FWC and local volunteers agreed to team up and clean the lake on Dec. 4, in addition to post-ing signage in hopes of deterring future litterbugs. City Public Works director Thomas Henry said he intends to sit down with the Florida Department of Transportation, FWC, and the Suwannee River Management District to discuss a nearby filtration system that he believes isnÂ’t working properly and contributing to the trash problem. Â“They need to police the lake or how else are they going to know it needs to be clean,Â” Hudson said. Â“This needs to be done. Not just at my lake, but a lot of lakes.Â”Lake City remembers JFK 50 years laterFrom staff reportsLocal residents relived their memories of the day f ormer President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago. Helena Powers, 97, personally met Kennedy at an inauguration reception. Â“[My husband] Ralph and I did a waltz alongside Jack and Jackie,Â” she said. Â“He was a very good dancer. Her son, Ralph Powers, marched as a Coast Guard reservist in KennedyÂ’s funeral procession. Â“What really stood out in my mind was the quietness ... it was extraordinarily quiet,Â” Ralph Powers said. Â“The whole thing was almost surreal considering that my parent s were at his inauguration and here I was at his funeral.Â” KennedyÂ’s death left an indelible mark in the minds of millions of Americans. Â“Seeing Jackie Kennedy with blood on her... there are vivid images that will never leave my head,Â” Third Circuit Judge Paul Bryan said. Â“Just talking about it right now brings up a bunch of emotions in me.Â” People speculated how the nation would move forward and what America would have been like if Kennedy had survived that day. Â“It changed America because [President] Johnson... took it upon himself to push through a lot of civil rights legislation and everything else that relates to equal oppor-tunity,Â” said Glenel Bowden, congressional aide to U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville). Â“In the black com-munity, it felt like we had a personal relationship with the family. A lot of folks had a portrait of Martin Luther King and JFK side by side in their homes.Â” REVIEW: October headlines Continued From 8A FILELake City Public Works employees Tony Bell (from left) and Harold Solomon and FWC fisheries biologist Dan Doroshe ff haul off a bin full of plastic bottles, aluminum cans and various other items found in Lake Montgomery. In some areas, the lake is 15 feet deep with murky waters and thick alga e hiding a lot of the garbage. FILEEnjoying the cool part of summer Blythe Harrell (right), 4, and Hunter Christian, 7, enjoy th eir strawberry and root beer slushies, respectively, as they cool off from the heat while attending the 20th annual Blueberry Fes tival in June. YEAR IN PICTURES FILEiPads a fun part of SCOPEFort White Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Carol Ba rnett assists her students in May as they work on a proje ct using iPad 5Â’s. More than 20 iPads and a charging car t were purchased partly with teacherÂ’s bonuses, which the y donated to help jump-start Project SCOPE (Stopping the Cycle of Po verty through Education). Pictured are Emily Quinones (fr om left), 10; John Miller, 9; Wesley Asmus, 10; Hannah Hodge, 1 0; and Barnett. light vigil in honor of Columbia High School senior Czarrah Howard. Howard died days ear-lier in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of SW Main Boulevard and SW Malone Street. Howard, 17, passed away while being transported to Lake City Medical Center and was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the Lake City Police Department. Five other students were injured in the accident. Â“She will be missed, but thereÂ’s a piece of her in all of our hearts,Â” Cyrena Spagnola, one of HowardÂ’s best frie nds, told the crowd at the vigil. Â“ItÂ’s not really that it will get easier. ... We just ask that you pray for her famil y. They need it. Her close friends need it. We just ask for your help.Â” Days after the accident, CHS celebrated their Homec oming Week. The words Â“Columbia StrongÂ” dotted T-shirts, twitter feeds and the Homecoming Parade floats Â— a powerful reminder of the schoolÂ’s decision to stand together in the days after the death of one of its own. Peppered throughout the CHS Homecoming Parade, posters and ribbons honored Howard and reminded Lake City to Â“Pray for All 9Â” involved in the crash. NOVEMBER Potash lays off 350, cites global market conditions From staff reportsPotashCorp White Springs announced plans to close its Suwannee River chemical plant and lay off 350 work-ers by the second half of 2014. PCS cited unfavorable global conditions as the driving force behind its layoffs, which included 695 additional layoffs from its facilities in the United States, Trinidad and Canada, home of PotashÂ’s headquarters. Â“This was not something that was done lightly,Â” White Springs Public Affairs Manager Mike Williams said. Â“This does not reflect on the talent, skillset or per-formance of the people affected. Our thoughts, prayers and concerns are with the impacted members of the PotashCorp family.Â” According to a press release, 100 workers immediately laid off as part of the closure continued to receive full-time pay and benefits until Feb. 2, 2014. The PCS White Springs facility has been a cornersto ne of North Central FloridaÂ’s economy ever since Occid ental Petroleum Corporation CEO Armand Hammer broke ground on the $35 million site in 1964 (which would have been roughly $255 million in 2013 dollars). In efforts to help those affected, PCS and the North Florida Workforce Development Board held a resource fair at the facilityÂ’s conference center. Laid-off workers received help and advice regarding their transition process as well as an opportunity to meet with potential new employers. Williams said PCS White Springs wonÂ’t forget its local North Florida family. Â“WeÂ’ve always been partners with the community,Â” he said. Â“That will always continue.Â” FILEThe PotashCorp-White Springs facility is seen at night. DECEMBER Monument battle at fever pitchFrom staff reportsCivil War aficionados fiercely contested plans for a new monument in Olustee Battlefield Historic State FILEH.K. Edgerton, from Asheville, N.C., waves a Confed erate flag outside the Columbia County School Board in Decembe r. He was protesting a proposed Union monument. Park that would pay homage to the Union soldiers that fought and died nearly 150 years ago. Michael Farrell, a member of the Sons of Union Vete rans of the Civil War, has been working since 2011 to er ect the monument in the park, proposing it be placed direct ly adjacent to an existing 100-year-old Confederate monume nt erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. However, several groups and individuals opposed the idea of placing a Union monument so close to the existing Confederate counterparts, citing inappropriate aesthetics, relevance and intentions. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection held a meeting Dec. 2, detailing possible locations for the monument. Those against the monument protested it vehemently, including H.K. Edgerton who interrupted the meeting began waving a Confederate flag and leading the aud ience in an unscripted rendition of Â“Dixie.Â” Although the monument has already been OKÂ’d by FDEP, Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) proposed a bill that would require legislators to vote on changes made to state parks. However, local Rep. Elizabeth Porter opposed Baxley Â’s bill and his Â“hubris.Â” Â“I think the decision should rest with the people, not with the legislature,Â” Porter said. Â“I just think itÂ’s a local issue that needs to be served at a loc al level.Â” While the location is still in the area, the Union monument supporters hope to have it funded and con-structed by 2015.NFBA privatization agreement moves forwardFrom staff reportsThe North Florida Broadband Authority finalized a deal allowing Texas-based service provider Affiniti, Inc. to effectively take the wheel of the fledgling govern-ment-funded broadband company. NFBA Board members attributed the lack of success to Â“misinformationÂ” and Â“bad publicity.Â” The agreement is a 10-year contract that says Affiniti will handle the day-to-day operating efforts, capital improvements and maintenance of the NFBAÂ’s approxi-mately 140-tower communication infrastructure. NFBA board members heard a report from Affiniti CEO Darol Lain in December on the various house-keeping procedures underway as Affiniti prepared to become custodian of the roughly $30 million of federal assets under the NFBA umbrella. Lain said he was interested in using the boardÂ’s existing community relationships and connections for court-ing clients in the future. Â“Our plan right now is still in the early stages of scouring these markets and getting to know everybody,Â” Lain said after the meeting. Â“WeÂ’re focusing first on expand-ing anchor institutions the NFBA was connecting to, like schools, hospitals and government entities.Â”
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US Hwy. 90 29 30 31 01 02 REGIONAL FORECAST MAP for Sunday, Dec. 29 Sunday's highs/Sunday night's low 70/43 74/49 72/47 68/43 61/43 63/49 74/49 79/56 76/52 77/58 77/59 77/58 81/70 81/70 81/65 77/68 81/70 81/70 Monday Tuesday Cape Canaveral 76/59/pc 72/54/pc Daytona Beach 72/54/pc 68/49/pc Fort Myers 80/60/sh 74/56/pc Ft. Lauderdale 80/66/sh 79/67/sh Gainesville 68/45/cd 64/35/pc Jacksonville 65/46/pc 63/38/pc Key West 79/69/sh 75/68/pc Lake City 68/45/cd 64/35/pc Miami 81/66/sh 79/68/sh Naples 77/63/sh 77/60/sh Ocala 69/47/cd 66/39/pc Orlando 73/57/pc 69/50/pc Panama City 63/44/pc 59/46/pc Pensacola 60/43/sh 57/43/pc Tallahassee 67/39/pc 62/37/pc Tampa 72/56/sh 68/50/pc Valdosta 66/39/pc 62/36/pc W. Palm Beach 80/66/sh 78/66/sh High Saturday Low Saturday 66 82 in 1942 21 in 2010 72 43 53 Saturday 0.01" 5.89" 55.20" 47.10" 2.15" 7:26 a.m. 5:39 p.m. 7:26 a.m. 5:40 p.m. 4:14 a.m. 3:11 p.m. 5:18 a.m. 4:09 p.m. Jan 1 Jan 7 Jan 15 Jan 24 New First Full Last Quarter Quarter The worst Florida freeze ever occurred on this date in 1894. On that day, the temperature at Orlando sunk to an all-time record low of 18 degrees. Two months later, another cold spell helped to destroy 98% of the Florida citrus trees. A strengthening low pressure system will track from the Southeast into the Mid-Atlantic, bringing heavy rain and a few thunderstorms to those regions. Snow will fall on the back side of this system, from northern New England through the Great Lakes. 84, Immokalee, FL -9, Kremmling, CO Saturday Today Saturday Today Saturday Today Saturday Today Saturday Today Saturday Today Albany NY 71/62/.00 73/53/pc Albuquerque 46/24/.00 42/23/pc Anchorage 21/15/.00 24/19/pc Atlanta 46/36/.02 54/40/r Baltimore 58/28/.00 46/36/r Billings 46/19/.00 29/21/pc Birmingham 46/42/.30 53/35/r Bismarck 33/1/.00 -2/-8/pc Boise 20/15/.00 32/16/fg Boston 48/27/.00 41/33/r Buffalo 41/35/.00 42/17/r Charleston SC 65/34/.00 70/45/ts Charleston WV 53/24/.00 46/29/r Charlotte 55/21/.00 56/38/sh Cheyenne 47/32/.00 30/22/pc Chicago 50/33/.00 31/-2/sn Cincinnati 51/33/.00 45/21/r Cleveland 54/39/.00 42/17/sh Columbia SC 54/32/.00 25/4/pc Dallas 62/36/.00 45/26/cd Daytona Beach 76/65/.17 79/56/ts Denver 38/32/.00 34/20/pc Des Moines 51/30/.00 5/-5/pc Detroit 47/31/.00 40/12/fl El Paso 55/24/.00 53/32/pc Fairbanks -4/-22/.00 -2/-14/cd Greensboro 55/23/.00 46/35/r Hartford 49/22/.00 39/32/r Honolulu 82/73/.00 80/67/sh Houston 60/48/.00 65/40/pc Indianapolis 53/31/.00 40/15/sn Jackson MS 47/42/.71 58/37/pc Jacksonville 64/54/.02 75/47/ts Kansas City 57/33/.00 17/5/pc Las Vegas 59/45/.00 58/38/pc Little Rock 50/33/.00 51/26/cd Los Angeles 73/51/.00 74/52/s Memphis 48/34/.00 51/26/cd Miami 80/72/.37 83/71/ts Minneapolis 46/19/.00 -1/-15/pc Mobile 51/44/2.74 59/40/pc New Orleans 50/46/1.13 61/44/pc New York 53/31/.00 48/37/r Oakland 57/35/.00 60/38/s Oklahoma City 60/32/.00 30/14/pc Omaha 57/28/.00 8/-1/pc Orlando 77/66/.01 79/59/ts Philadelphia 56/28/.00 46/34/r Phoenix 66/46/.00 68/42/s Pittsburgh 50/38/.00 40/22/r Portland ME 37/18/.00 37/27/r Portland OR 44/37/.00 44/34/fg Raleigh 59/25/.00 54/37/r Rapid City 47/28/.00 13/12/pc Reno 46/19/.00 47/23/pc Sacramento 64/30/.00 63/33/s Salt Lake City 28/17/.00 30/14/pc San Antonio 58/46/.00 65/34/fg San Diego 66/54/.00 72/53/s San Francisco 57/39/.00 58/47/s Seattle 48/42/.00 46/38/fg Spokane 28/21/.00 33/25/fg St. Louis 60/37/.00 33/7/pc Tampa 79/65/.00 75/60/ts Tucson 64/39/.00 64/36/pc Washington 57/30/.00 47/37/r Acapulco 87/71/.00 86/71/s Amsterdam 48/39/.00 50/35/r Athens 57/50/.00 59/48/r Auckland 71/57/.00 71/62/pc Beijing 35/21/.00 35/13/s Berlin 50/44/.00 51/41/cd Buenos Aires 89/77/.00 95/80/pc Cairo 68/53/.00 64/50/s Geneva 42/30/.00 50/33/r Havana 84/73/.00 84/68/pc Helsinki 42/41/.00 42/37/r Hong Kong 57/48/.00 59/48/pc Kingston 86/75/.00 87/77/pc La Paz 60/41/.00 57/42/ts Lima 77/66/.00 77/69/pc London 48/37/.00 48/32/s Madrid 51/42/.00 51/30/pc Mexico City 68/46/.00 66/48/pc Montreal 35/21/.00 37/21/sn Moscow 33/28/.00 32/30/cd Nairobi 77/57/.00 78/57/pc Nassau 78/75/.00 80/73/pc New Delhi 64/44/.00 66/39/s Oslo 48/42/.00 50/44/pc Panama 89/77/.00 89/75/pc Paris 53/42/.00 50/39/r Rio 93/75/.00 93/77/pc Rome 57/33/.00 55/44/fg San Juan PR 86/77/.02 85/75/sh Santiago 86/69/.00 86/66/pc Seoul 28/13/.00 28/15/pc Singapore 84/77/.00 86/77/ts St. Thomas VI 85/75/.04 86/76/r Sydney 80/65/.00 78/68/s Tel Aviv 75/60/.00 77/51/s Tokyo 48/35/.00 46/33/s Toronto 37/35/.00 37/33/cd Vienna 46/39/.00 46/35/s Warsaw 50/32/.00 48/39/s H H H H H H H H L L L L 26/20 Bangor 41/33 Boston 47/36 New York 47/37 Washington D.C. 56/38 Charlotte 54/40 Atlanta 30/14 City 43/24 Dallas 65/40 Houston -1/-15 Minneapolis 31/-2 Chicago 51/26 Memphis 46/22 Cincinnati 40/11 Detroit 78/59 Orlando 83/71 Miami Oklahoma -13/-30 Falls International 33/7 Louis St. 8/-1 Omaha 34/20 Denver 42/23 Albuquerque 68/42 Phoenix 29/21 Billings 32/16 Boise 44/34 Portland 46/38 Seattle 61/44 Orleans New 13/12 City Rapid 30/14 City Salt Lake 57/38 Vegas Las 73/52 Angeles Los 58/47 Francisco San 24/19 Anchorage -2/-14 Fairbanks 80/67 Honolulu -20 -15 -10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 83 83 63 69 66 72 72 64 63 40 36 49 53 53 Actual high Actual low Average high Average low WEATHER BY-THE-DAY Moderate 3 40 mins to burn Partly cloudy Light wind Partly cloudy Partly cloudy Chance of rain showers SUN 72 47 MON 67 40 TUE 63 32 WED 67 40 THU 65 40 HI LO HI LO HI LO HI LO HI LO 2013 10A LAKE CITY REPORTER WEATHER SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 29 30 31 01 02 REGIONAL FORECAST MAP for Sunday, Dec. 29 Sunday's highs/Sunday night's low 70/43 74/49 72/47 68/43 61/43 63/49 74/49 79/56 76/52 77/58 77/59 77/58 81/70 81/70 81/65 77/68 81/70 81/70 Monday Tuesday Cape Canaveral 76/59/pc 72/54/pc Daytona Beach 72/54/pc 68/49/pc Fort Myers 80/60/sh 74/56/pc Ft. Lauderdale 80/66/sh 79/67/sh Gainesville 68/45/cd 64/35/pc Jacksonville 65/46/pc 63/38/pc Key West 79/69/sh 75/68/pc Lake City 68/45/cd 64/35/pc Miami 81/66/sh 79/68/sh Naples 77/63/sh 77/60/sh Ocala 69/47/cd 66/39/pc Orlando 73/57/pc 69/50/pc Panama City 63/44/pc 59/46/pc Pensacola 60/43/sh 57/43/pc Tallahassee 67/39/pc 62/37/pc Tampa 72/56/sh 68/50/pc Valdosta 66/39/pc 62/36/pc W. Palm Beach 80/66/sh 78/66/sh High Saturday Low Saturday 66 82 in 1942 21 in 2010 72 43 53 Saturday 0.01" 5.89" 55.20" 47.10" 2.15" 7:26 a.m. 5:39 p.m. 7:26 a.m. 5:40 p.m. 4:14 a.m. 3:11 p.m. 5:18 a.m. 4:09 p.m. Jan 1 Jan 7 Jan 15 Jan 24 New First Full Last Quarter Quarter The worst Florida freeze ever occurred on this date in 1894. On that day, the temperature at Orlando sunk to an all-time record low of 18 degrees. Two months later, another cold spell helped to destroy 98% of the Florida citrus trees. A strengthening low pressure system will track from the Southeast into the Mid-Atlantic, bringing heavy rain and a few thunderstorms to those regions. Snow will fall on the back side of this system, from northern New England through the Great Lakes. 84, Immokalee, FL -9, Kremmling, CO Saturday Today Saturday Today Saturday Today Saturday Today Saturday Today Saturday Today Albany NY 71/62/.00 73/53/pc Albuquerque 46/24/.00 42/23/pc Anchorage 21/15/.00 24/19/pc Atlanta 46/36/.02 54/40/r Baltimore 58/28/.00 46/36/r Billings 46/19/.00 29/21/pc Birmingham 46/42/.30 53/35/r Bismarck 33/1/.00 -2/-8/pc Boise 20/15/.00 32/16/fg Boston 48/27/.00 41/33/r Buffalo 41/35/.00 42/17/r Charleston SC 65/34/.00 70/45/ts Charleston WV 53/24/.00 46/29/r Charlotte 55/21/.00 56/38/sh Cheyenne 47/32/.00 30/22/pc Chicago 50/33/.00 31/-2/sn Cincinnati 51/33/.00 45/21/r Cleveland 54/39/.00 42/17/sh Columbia SC 54/32/.00 25/4/pc Dallas 62/36/.00 45/26/cd Daytona Beach 76/65/.17 79/56/ts Denver 38/32/.00 34/20/pc Des Moines 51/30/.00 5/-5/pc Detroit 47/31/.00 40/12/fl El Paso 55/24/.00 53/32/pc Fairbanks -4/-22/.00 -2/-14/cd Greensboro 55/23/.00 46/35/r Hartford 49/22/.00 39/32/r Honolulu 82/73/.00 80/67/sh Houston 60/48/.00 65/40/pc Indianapolis 53/31/.00 40/15/sn Jackson MS 47/42/.71 58/37/pc Jacksonville 64/54/.02 75/47/ts Kansas City 57/33/.00 17/5/pc Las Vegas 59/45/.00 58/38/pc Little Rock 50/33/.00 51/26/cd Los Angeles 73/51/.00 74/52/s Memphis 48/34/.00 51/26/cd Miami 80/72/.37 83/71/ts Minneapolis 46/19/.00 -1/-15/pc Mobile 51/44/2.74 59/40/pc New Orleans 50/46/1.13 61/44/pc New York 53/31/.00 48/37/r Oakland 57/35/.00 60/38/s Oklahoma City 60/32/.00 30/14/pc Omaha 57/28/.00 8/-1/pc Orlando 77/66/.01 79/59/ts Philadelphia 56/28/.00 46/34/r Phoenix 66/46/.00 68/42/s Pittsburgh 50/38/.00 40/22/r Portland ME 37/18/.00 37/27/r Portland OR 44/37/.00 44/34/fg Raleigh 59/25/.00 54/37/r Rapid City 47/28/.00 13/12/pc Reno 46/19/.00 47/23/pc Sacramento 64/30/.00 63/33/s Salt Lake City 28/17/.00 30/14/pc San Antonio 58/46/.00 65/34/fg San Diego 66/54/.00 72/53/s San Francisco 57/39/.00 58/47/s Seattle 48/42/.00 46/38/fg Spokane 28/21/.00 33/25/fg St. Louis 60/37/.00 33/7/pc Tampa 79/65/.00 75/60/ts Tucson 64/39/.00 64/36/pc Washington 57/30/.00 47/37/r Acapulco 87/71/.00 86/71/s Amsterdam 48/39/.00 50/35/r Athens 57/50/.00 59/48/r Auckland 71/57/.00 71/62/pc Beijing 35/21/.00 35/13/s Berlin 50/44/.00 51/41/cd Buenos Aires 89/77/.00 95/80/pc Cairo 68/53/.00 64/50/s Geneva 42/30/.00 50/33/r Havana 84/73/.00 84/68/pc Helsinki 42/41/.00 42/37/r Hong Kong 57/48/.00 59/48/pc Kingston 86/75/.00 87/77/pc La Paz 60/41/.00 57/42/ts Lima 77/66/.00 77/69/pc London 48/37/.00 48/32/s Madrid 51/42/.00 51/30/pc Mexico City 68/46/.00 66/48/pc Montreal 35/21/.00 37/21/sn Moscow 33/28/.00 32/30/cd Nairobi 77/57/.00 78/57/pc Nassau 78/75/.00 80/73/pc New Delhi 64/44/.00 66/39/s Oslo 48/42/.00 50/44/pc Panama 89/77/.00 89/75/pc Paris 53/42/.00 50/39/r Rio 93/75/.00 93/77/pc Rome 57/33/.00 55/44/fg San Juan PR 86/77/.02 85/75/sh Santiago 86/69/.00 86/66/pc Seoul 28/13/.00 28/15/pc Singapore 84/77/.00 86/77/ts St. Thomas VI 85/75/.04 86/76/r Sydney 80/65/.00 78/68/s Tel Aviv 75/60/.00 77/51/s Tokyo 48/35/.00 46/33/s Toronto 37/35/.00 37/33/cd Vienna 46/39/.00 46/35/s Warsaw 50/32/.00 48/39/s H H H H H H H H L L L L 26/20 Bangor 41/33 Boston 47/36 New York 47/37 Washington D.C. 56/38 Charlotte 54/40 Atlanta 30/14 City 43/24 Dallas 65/40 Houston -1/-15 Minneapolis 31/-2 Chicago 51/26 Memphis 46/22 Cincinnati 40/11 Detroit 78/59 Orlando 83/71 Miami Oklahoma -13/-30 Falls International 33/7 Louis St. 8/-1 Omaha 34/20 Denver 42/23 Albuquerque 68/42 Phoenix 29/21 Billings 32/16 Boise 44/34 Portland 46/38 Seattle 61/44 Orleans New 13/12 City Rapid 30/14 City Salt Lake 57/38 Vegas Las 73/52 Angeles Los 58/47 Francisco San 24/19 Anchorage -2/-14 Fairbanks 80/67 Honolulu -20 -15 -10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 83 83 63 69 66 72 72 64 63 40 36 49 53 53 Actual high Actual low Average high Average low WEATHER BY-THE-DAY Moderate 3 40 mins to burn Partly cloudy Light wind Partly cloudy Partly cloudy Chance of rain showers SUN 72 47 MON 67 40 TUE 63 32 WED 67 40 THU 65 40 HI LO HI LO HI LO HI LO HI LO 2013
By BRANDON FINLEY email@example.com This past year wasnt just a banner year for sports teams in Columbia Countys high schools. Individuals were able to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight during 2013 as well. Perhaps the two big gest honors went to a pair of female athletes at Columbia. Hannah Burns won a state championship for Columbia in swimming, and Kayli Kvistad won the Class 6A Player of the Year in softball after leading the Lady Tigers to the 6A state championship in softball. Burnss championship was in the 200 Individual Medley, and she was runner-up in the 500 Freestyle. Lindsay Lee qualified for state in the 100 Backstroke and 50 Freestyle and placed third in the former. Skyler Covert was a state qualifier in the 100 Breaststroke. The threesome was joined by Courtney Britt at state in the 200 Medley Relay, and the Lady Tigers placed second. Columbia Highs foot ball team had four play ers named to the all-state team with Laremy Tunsil leading the way. He was also named to the Parade All-American team. Trey Marshall, Ronald Timmons and Deontae Crumitie were on the all-state list. Fort White had two play ers named to the all-state team with Kellen Snider and Michael Mulberry receiving the honor. The wrestling team at Columbia High had a year to remember with three wrestlers advancing to the state tournament. Cole Schreiber, a fourtime state qualifier, was joined by Kaleb Warner and Daniel Devers at the state competition. Schreiber was state runner-up in the 113-pound weight class. Warner placed fifth in his division and Devers won a couple of matches. The Tigers also excelled in the weight room with six lifters working their Lake City Reporter SPORTS Sunday, December 29, 2013 www.lakecityreporter.com Section B Story ideas? Contact Tim Kirby Sports Editor 754-0421 firstname.lastname@example.org 1BSPORTS Posturepedic CoreSupport Center Reinforced center third design provides additional support right where you need it most. Most Supportive Mattress For All You Do In Bed GRAND PREVIEW Posturepedic CoreSupport Center Wholesale Sleep Distributors FURNITURE SHOWPLACE CATALOG SHOWROOM FOR COMPLETE HOME FURNISHINGS US 90 West (across from Publix) Lake City 386-752-9303 Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Sat. 9:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Destiny Opti Cool Memory Foam Queen 2-pc Set $ 999 95 Kirkpatrick Queen 2-pc Set Bay Island Memory Foam Queen 2-pc Set $ 1299 95 $ 699 95 ATHLETES continued on 2B Impressive individuals FILE Columbia High swimmers Courtney Britt, Skyler Covert, Hannah Burns and Lindsay Lee placed second at state in the 200 Medley Relay. Burns was state champion in the 200 Individual Medley and runner-up in the 500 Freestyle. Lee placed third at state in the 100 Backstroke and also qualified in the 50 Freestyle. Covert qualified in the 100 Breaststroke. Columbia, Fort White athletes excelled in 13 FILE Fort White Highs Sitia Martinez was a district champion in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 300-meter hurdles. She advanced to state in the 100 and 300, and placed fourth in hurdles.
SCOREBOARD TELEVISIONTV sports Today MENÂ’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2 p.m. FSN Â— Texas Southern at TCU 5 p.m. FS1 Â— Chicago St. at Creighton 7 p.m. FS1 Â— Georgia Tech at Charlotte NFL FOOTBALL 1 p.m. CBS Â— Regional coverageFOX Â— Regional coverage 4:25 p.m. CBS Â— Doubleheader gameFOX Â— Doubleheader game 8 p.m. NBC Â— Philadelphia at Dallas SOCCER 8:25 a.m. NBCSN Â— Premier League, Arsenal at Newcastle 10:55 a.m. NBCSN Â— Premier League, Liverpool at Chelsea WINTER SPORTS 1:30 p.m. NBC Â— Olympic trials, ski jumping and Nordic combined, at Park City, Utah 3 p.m. NBC Â— Olympic trials, speed skating, at Kearns, Utah WOMENÂ’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 3 p.m. FS1 Â— Boston College at Providence 5 p.m. ESPN Â— Cincinnati at UConn Â—Â—Â— Monday COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11:45 a.m. ESPN Â— Armed Forces Bowl, Middle Tenn. vs. Navy, at Fort Worth, Texas 3:15 p.m. ESPN Â— Music City Bowl, Mississippi vs. Georgia Tech, at Nashville, Tenn. 6:45 p.m. ESPN Â— Alamo Bowl, Oregon vs. Texas, at San Antonio 10:15 p.m. ESPN Â— Holiday Bowl, Arizona St. vs. Texas Tech, at San Diego MENÂ’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN2 Â— Virginia at Tennessee 8 p.m. FSN Â— Louisiana Tech at Oklahoma NHL HOCKEY 8 p.m. NBCSN Â— Los Angeles at ChicagoFOOTBALLNFL standings AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PAy-New England 11 4 0 .733 410 318 Miami 8 7 0 .533 310 315 N.Y. Jets 7 8 0 .467 270 380Buffalo 6 9 0 .400 319 354 South W L T Pct PF PAy-Indianapolis 10 5 0 .667 361 326Tennessee 6 9 0 .400 346 371 Jacksonville 4 11 0 .267 237 419 Houston 2 13 0 .133 266 412 North W L T Pct PF PAy-Cincinnati 10 5 0 .667 396 288 Baltimore 8 7 0 .533 303 318Pittsburgh 7 8 0 .467 359 363Cleveland 4 11 0 .267 301 386 West W L T Pct PF PAy-Denver 12 3 0 .800 572 385x-Kansas City 11 4 0 .733 406 278 San Diego 8 7 0 .533 369 324 Oakland 4 11 0 .267 308 419 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PAPhiladelphia 9 6 0 .600 418 360Dallas 8 7 0 .533 417 408N.Y. Giants 6 9 0 .400 274 377 Washington 3 12 0 .200 328 458 South W L T Pct PF PAx-Carolina 11 4 0 .733 345 221 New Orleans 10 5 0 .667 372 287Atlanta 4 11 0 .267 333 422Tampa Bay 4 11 0 .267 271 347 North W L T Pct PF PAChicago 8 7 0 .533 417 445Green Bay 7 7 1 .500 384 400Detroit 7 8 0 .467 382 362Minnesota 4 10 1 .300 377 467 West W L T Pct PF PAx-Seattle 12 3 0 .800 390 222 x-San Francisco 11 4 0 .733 383 252 Arizona 10 5 0 .667 359 301St. Louis 7 8 0 .467 339 337 x-clinched playoff spoty-clinched division TodayÂ’s Games Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m.Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m.Philadelphia at Dallas, 1 p.m.Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m.Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m.Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m.Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.Washington at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.N.Y. Jets at Miami, 1 p.m.Buffalo at New England, 1 p.m.Denver at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.Kansas City at San Diego, 4:25 p.m.St. Louis at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.San Francisco at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. End regular season Playoff scenarios AFC EAST NEW ENGLAND Clinched division.Clinches a first-round bye with a win or tie OR: 1) A Cincinnati loss or tie and an Indianapolis loss or tie. Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with a win and a Denver loss. MIAMI Clinches a playoff spot with a win and a Baltimore loss or tie OR: 1) A win and a San Diego win.2) A tie, a Baltimore loss and a San Diego loss or tie. 3) A tie and Baltimore and San Diego both tie. AFC NORTH CINCINNATI Clinched division.Clinches a first-round bye with a win and a New England loss. BALTIMORE Clinches a playoff spot with a win and a San Diego loss or tie OR: 1) A win and a Miami loss or tie2) A tie, a Miami loss and a San Diego loss or tie. 3) A tie, a Miami tie and a San Diego loss. 4) A loss, a San Diego loss and a Pittsburgh loss or tie PITTSBURGH Clinches a playoff spot with a win and losses by Miami, Baltimore and San Diego. AFC SOUTH INDIANAPOLIS Clinched division.Clinches a first-round bye with a win, a New England loss and a Cincinnati loss or tie. AFC WEST DENVER Clinched division and first-round bye.Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with a win or tie OR: 1) A New England loss or tie. KANSAS CITY Clinched playoff spot. SAN DIEGO Clinches a playoff spot with a win, a Miami loss or tie and a Baltimore loss or tie OR: 1) A tie and losses by Miami and Baltimore. Â—Â—Â— NFC EAST PHILADELPHIA Clinches NFC East division with a win or tie. DALLAS Clinches NFC East division with a win. NFC NORTH CHICAGO Clinches NFC North division with a win or tie. GREEN BAY Clinches NFC North division with a win. NFC SOUTH CAROLINA Clinched playoff spot.Clinches NFC South division and a first-round bye with a win or tie OR: 1) A New Orleans loss or tie.Clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with a win, a Seattle loss and a San Francisco win. NEW ORLEANS Clinches NFC South division and a first-round bye with a win and a Carolina loss. Clinches a playoff spot with a win OR: 1) A tie and an Arizona loss or tie.2) An Arizona loss. NFC WEST SEATTLE Clinched playoff spot.Clinches NFC West division and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with a win or tie. SAN FRANCISCO Clinched playoff spot.Clinches NFC West division and a first-round bye with a win and a Seattle loss. Clinches NFC West division and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with a win, a Seattle loss and a Carolina loss or tie. ARIZONA Clinches a playoff spot with a win and a New Orleans loss or tie OR: 1) A tie and a New Orleans loss. College bowl games New Mexico Bowl Colorado St. 48, Washington St. 45 Las Vegas Bowl Southern Cal 45, Fresno State 20 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl San Diego State 49, Buffalo 24 New Orleans Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette 24, Tulane 21 Beef Â‘OÂ’ BradyÂ’s Bowl East Carolina 37, Ohio 20 Hawaii Bowl Oregon State 38, Boise State 23 Thursday Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Pittsburgh 30, Bowling Green 27 Poinsettia Bowl Utah State 21, Northern Illinois 14 Friday Military Bowl Marshall 31, Maryland 20 Texas Bowl Syracuse 21, Minnesota 17 Fight Hunger Bowl Washington 31, BYU 16 Saturday Pinstripe Bowl Notre Dame 29, Rutgers 16 Belk Bowl North Carolina 39, Cincinnati 17 Russell Athletic Bowl Miami vs. Louisville (n) Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Kansas State vs. Michigan (n) Monday Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, TexasMiddle Tennessee (8-4) vs. Navy (7-4), 11:45 a.m. (ESPN) Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn.Mississippi (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5), 3:15 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San AntonioOregon (10-2) vs. Texas (8-4), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Holiday Bowl At San DiegoArizona State (10-3) vs. Texas Tech (7-5), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday AdvoCare V100 Bowl At Shreveport, La.Arizona (7-5) vs. Boston College (7-5), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN) Sun Bowl At El Paso, TexasVirginia Tech (8-4) vs. UCLA (9-3), 2 p.m. (CBS) Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn.Rice (9-3) vs. Mississippi State (6-6), 4 p.m. (ESPN) Chick-fil-A Bowl At AtlantaTexas A&M (8-4) vs. Duke (10-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday Heart of Dallas Bowl At DallasUNLV (7-5) vs. North Texas (8-4), Noon (ESPNU) Gator Bowl At JacksonvilleNebraska (8-4) vs. Georgia (8-4), Noon (ESPN2) Capital One Bowl At OrlandoWisconsin (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2), 1 p.m. (ABC) Outback Bowl At TampaIowa (8-4) vs. LSU (9-3), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif.Stanford (11-2) vs. Michigan State (12-1), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz.Baylor (11-1) vs. UCF (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl At New OrleansAlabama (11-1) vs. Oklahoma (10-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Jan. 3 Orange Bowl At MiamiOhio State (12-1) vs. Clemson (10-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Cotton Bowl At Arlington, TexasMissouri (11-2) vs. Oklahoma State (10-2), 7:30 p.m. (FOX) Saturday, Jan. 4 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala.Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. Houston (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Sunday, Jan. 5 GoDaddy.com Bowl At Mobile, Ala.Arkansas State (7-5) vs. Ball State (10-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 6 BCS National Championship At Pasadena, Calif.Florida State (13-0) vs. Auburn (12-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Â—Â—Â— Saturday, Jan. 18 East-West Shrine Classic At St. PetersburgEast vs. West, 4 p.m. (NFLN)BASKETBALLNBA schedule TodayÂ’s Games Atlanta at Orlando, 6 p.m.Golden State at Cleveland, 6 p.m.Houston at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.Sacramento at San Antonio, 7 p.m.Philadelphia at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m. MondayÂ’s Games Washington at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.Dallas at Minnesota, 8 p.m.Chicago at Memphis, 8 p.m.Portland at New Orleans, 8 p.m.Miami at Denver, 9 p.m.Charlotte at Utah, 9 p.m.Phoenix at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. AP Top 25 schedule TodayÂ’s Games No. 10 Wichita State vs. Davidson, 3 p.m. No. 12 Oregon vs. Morgan State, 3 p.m. No. 13 Florida vs. Savannah State, 3 p.m. 2B LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 Page Editor: Tim Kirby, 754-04212BSPORTS ATHLETES: Several made it to state Continued From Page 1Bway to the state champion-ship. Anthony Springhorn, Terry Calloway, Blake Kuykendall, Felix Woods, Drew Clark and Tunsil all shared the honor. Springhorn and Calloway earned team points by plac-ing fourth, respectively, in the 139and 219-pound weight classes For Fort White, three lifters represented the Indians. Kellen Snider, Chris Waites and A.J. Kluess all made it to the state competition. Snider placed fourth in the 219-pound weight class. Lady Tiger lifters Dana Roberts, Kayla Carman and Charlee Watson quali-fied for state. The Columbia 4x100 relay team of Rakeem Battle, Cornelius Montgomery, Zedrick Woods and Trey Marshall claimed a district championship. Fort WhiteÂ’s Sitia Martinez was district champion in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 300-meter hurdles. Martinez advanced to state in the 300 hurdles, where she placed fourth, and the 100 meters. On the greens, ColumbiaÂ’s Dillan Van Vleck won a district title in golf and Gillian Norris was runner-up at district advanced to the state tournament. The good news for both schools is that 2014 could be an even bigger year with many of the standouts returning. It looks like the athlete factory of Columbia County isnÂ’t going anywhere. FILEFort White HighÂ’s Kellen Snider placed fourth in state wei ghtlifting.FILEGillian Norris represented Columbia High in the state g olf tournament. Norris was district runner-up and led the Lady Tigers to the district champi onship.
Page Editor: Tim Kirby, 754-0421 LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 3B3BSPORTS BRIEFS ADULT SOFTBALL LEAGUE CHS SOFTBALL Lady Tigers tryouts Jan. 7 Tryouts for Columbia High softball are 3:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at the CHS field. Participants must have all paperwork completed. For details, call coach Jimmy Williams at 303-1192. ADULT BASKETBALL Open play begins Jan. 7 at RCC Richardson Community Center/Annie Mattox Park North is sponsoring adult (18 and older) open basketball. Play begins Jan. 7 from 8-10 p.m. at Richardson Community Center. Cost is $2. For details, call Chris Craft at 292-1210. RUNNING Registration for Blue Grey 5k The Olustee Blue Grey 5K is 7:30 a.m. Feb. 15. Registration is at Carquest Auto Parts or Step Fitness. All runners that register before Thursday are guaranteed a long sleeve dri fit tech tee race shirt. Online registration is at www.stepfitnessonline.com Day-of registration has an increased fee. For details, contact Michelle Richards at email@example.com YOUTH BASEBALL North Florida Rays tryouts The North Florida Rays 11U baseball travel team has tryouts set for 3 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Southside Sports Complex. For details, call Todd at 365-5161 or Andy at 867-0678.Lake City online registration open Lake City/Columbia County Youth Baseball spring online registration is under way at www. lcccyb.com Cost per player is $75 plus the online fee. Coaching information is available from the league. For details, call league president Jessica Langley at 867-1897. FLAG FOOTBALL Registration for Christ Central Christ Central Sports offers flag football for girls and boys ages 5-12. Registration ends Jan. 10. Cost is $45. For details, call Ronny Busscher at 365-2128. YOUTH BASKETBALL Sign-up for RCC/AMN leagues Richardson Community Center/Annie Mattox Park North is offering youth basketball leagues for boys and girls ages 5-7 and 8-10. Each league will have four teams, and will be limited to the first 40 children to sign up in each age group. Cost of $50 and a birth certificate is due at registration. Registration at Richardson Community Center is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Jan. 10 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11. There is a coaches meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 at Richardson Community Center. Coaches must be at least 18 years old and pass a background check. For details, call Mario Coppock or Nicole Smith at 754-7095.Q From staff reports COURTESYFirehouse Subs was WomenÂ’s League fall runner-up in C olumbia County Adult Softball. COURTESYMuddogs was Co-ed League fall runner-up in Columbia County Adult Softball. COURTESYNAPA was MenÂ’s League fall runner-up in Columbia Cou nty Adult Softball. Lady Tigers defeat Celtics in PalatkaFrom staff reportsColumbia HighÂ’s girls basketball team will enter the new year on a modest winning streak, but it is the first one of the season. The Lady Tigers beat Trinity Catholic High, 51-41, in SaturdayÂ’s final day of the Jarvis Williams Tournament in Palatka. Columbia got spanked, 52-26, by University Christian School on Thursday, before rebound-ing to a 60-55 win against Forest High on Friday. AuÂ’Maria Kelly capped off a strong tournament with a team-high 19 points against Trinity Catholic. Lona Wilson also was in double digits with 11 points. Other scorers in the balanced attack were Jazzlyn Williams, 8, Akiria Richburgh, 5, Nae Bryant, 4, and Lyric Boyd, 4. Columbia jumped out to a 32-16 halftime lead against Forest before the margin was closed to 41-38 late in the third quarter. The Lady Tigers were able to hold on, however, behind 23 points from Kelly that included two 3-pointers. Boyd added 12 points for the Lady Tigers while Wilson scored nine points and Richburgh had seven points. All of RichburghÂ’s points came in the second half to help hold off the Wildcats. Kelly also led the way against University Christian with 12 points in the contest. Bryant and Wilson each contributed five points, and Boyd scored four. Â“Our last two games were complete from unself-ishness to aggressiveness on defense,Â” coach Mike Reynolds said. Â“Kelly was a shining star. If there had been an all-tournament team, she would have been on it.Â” Columbia was a late addition to the tournament, and Reynolds said it was a good experience. Â“It is good to play against teams we donÂ’t normally see, to see how differ-ent teams are playing,Â” Reynolds said. Â“It definitely beefs up the schedule.Â” Columbia (4-11) next plays at Hamilton County High on Jan. 6.Fort White basketballFort White HighÂ’s basketball team was 1-1 in the first two days of the 2013 HitchcockÂ’s Basketball Challenge at Santa Fe High. The Indians opened the tournament on Thursday with a 59-51 win over Foundation Academy. On Friday the Indians lost their first game of the season, 70-61 at the hands of Suwannee High. Fort White played Lake Weir High in a late game on Saturday. The Indians will return to Alachua on Monday for a final tournament game at noon or 4:30 p.m. Notre Dame, UNC win bowl gamesAssociated PressNEW YORK Â— The plan for Rutgers seemed to be playing out well. Keep Notre Dame out of the end zone, stay close heading into the fourth quarter and make a few plays to steal a victory in the Pinstripe Bowl. The Scarlet Knights never did make those few plays. Rutgers managed only 237 yards of offense and allowed far too many long drives to the Fighting Irish, who pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 29-16 victory Saturday. Rutgers (6-7) heads to the Big Ten next year, leav-ing the American Athletic Conference behind for tougher competition. The Scarlet Knights will enter their new league coming off their first losing season since 2010 and just the sec-ond in the last nine years. Senior Chas Dodd, who became the starter late in the season because of Gary NovaÂ’s struggles, fin-ished with 156 yards pass-ing against Notre Dame, including a touchdown to star receiver Brandon Coleman. Tommy Rees passed for 319 yards in his final col-lege game and Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish (9-4) finished their follow-up sea-son to last yearÂ’s run to the national championship game a long way from the BCS against a two-touch-down underdog trying to avoid a losing record.UNC 39, Cincinnati 17CHARLOTTE, N.C. Â— T.J. Logan returned a kick-off 78 yards for a touch-down, and Ryan Switzer scored on an 86-yard punt return to help North Carolina beat Cincinnati 39-17 on Saturday for its first Belk Bowl victory in four attempts. Marquise Williams threw for 171 yards and a touch-down for the Tar Heels (7-6) in their first bowl vic-tory since 2010. Romar Morris scored on two short touchdown runs and Jack Tabb caught a touchdown pass as the Tar Heels wo six of their final seven games under second-year coach Larry Fedora. Cincinnati (9-4) was looking to become the bowlÂ’s first back-to-back champi-on since Virginia did it 10 years ago, but last yearÂ’s MVP Brandon Kay was lim-ited to 181 yards passing and no touchdowns.
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Available to start immediately. 100Job Opportunities05542565STAFFASSISTANTI PART-TIME, 25 Hours perWeek Position #: OP9956 Answer phone calls, make appointments, assist students and staff, help manage a busy Advising Office. Prepare reports as needed and provide clerical support for the Director. Requires a High School diploma or its equivalent plus two years clerical experience. Additional education may be substituted on a year for year basis for required experience in related area. Special consideration will be given to applicants with an AssociateÂ’s Degree or Certificate in a related area. Excellent communication skills, organizational skills, computer skills. Knowledge of MS Excel preferred. Salary: $ 10.19 perhour Application Deadline: 1/13/14 Persons interested should provide College employment application. Position details and applications available on web at: www .fgc.edu Human Resources Florida Gateway College 149 S.E. College Place Lake City Fl 32025-2007 Phone (386) 754-4314 Fax (386) 754-4814 E-Mail: email@example.com FGC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. VP/ADA/EA/EO College in Education and Employment 05542571BENEFITS AND EMPLOYEE RELATIONS SPECIALIST Position # C99870 Responsible for carrying out highly technical duties involved in the administration of all benefits programs and risk management activities (COBRA, retirement, FMLA, WorkerÂ’s Compensation, etc.), under the direction of the Executive Director of Human Resources. Duties include counseling faculty, staff, and retirees on fringe benefits and/or retirement, maintaining personnel records, and compiling personnel reports. Requires AssociateÂ’s Degree in business administration or related area plus two yearsÂ’ experience with insurance or benefits administration, or High School graduate plus six years insurance or benefits administration experience. BachelorÂ’s degree preferred. Human Resources experience preferred. Proficient in Word and Excel. Knowledge of processing and record keeping requirements for compensation/ overtime, leave, and personnel files. Knowledge of and/or ability to interpret State Retirement rules and regulations. Ability to communicate effectively in written and verbal form. Ability to maintain confidentiality. SALARY: $29,831 annually plus benefits DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING APPLICATIONS: 1/13/14 Persons interested should provide College application, vita, and photocopies of transcripts. All foreign transcripts must be submitted with official translation and evaluation. Position details and applications available at: www .fgc.edu Human Resources Florida Gateway College 149 S.E. College Place Lake City, FL32025-2007 Phone (386) 754-4314 Fax (386) 754-4814 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org FGC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 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LIFE Sunday, December 29, 2013 www.lakecityreporter.com Section D Story ideas?ContactRobert BridgesEditor754email@example.com Lake City Reporter1DLIFEP opular hostess gifts during the holidays are colorful, blooming plants. Some of the more popular plants for the season are Christmas cac-tus, poinsettia, amaryllis, kalanchoe and cyclamen. You may have purchased a festive plant for your own home as an indoor decora-tion, but did you know that your investment could pro-vide months, or even years, of cheery color? Modern poinsettia plants are not your Â‘motherÂ’s poinsettiasÂ’ any more. Her plants would barely make it past New YearÂ’s Day before the naughty leaves and flowers began falling. Due to intensive breeding programs, there are many new cultivars available with stunning colors and shapes. Within the last decade, poinsettias have Â‘learnedÂ’ to keep their leaves and flowers on for several months. Most of your holiday plants will give you enjoyment well after the holidays if you give them a little care. Place plants in bright, indirect light, such as near a sunny window. If your room is too dark, they will do well under incandescent or fluorescent lamps. Keep the room tem-perature around 70 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night. The soil should be slightly moist to the touch, and never over-watered or soggy. The Christmas cactus and poinsettia are both Â‘short dayÂ’ plants. These plants begin to set flower buds as the days get shorter and the nights get GARDEN TALK Nichelle Demorestdndemorest@ufl.edu Holiday plants that keep on givingSTATEPOINTImagine living without heat, power or communi-cation during the coldest days of the year. During a winter weather emer-gency, not only can these conditions be unpleasant, but dangerous too. Making a plan, winterizing your home and stock-ing up on supplies are all essential steps to prepare for winter emergencies. However, Columbia County emergency man-agement director Shayne Morgan believes winter emergency tips can and should carry over for the rest of the year. Â“I donÂ’t really like to classify one emergency over another,Â” he said Â“ItÂ’s important to have a plan in place for your family and have an emergency kit that will work for any type of emergency.Â” Use this crucial staysafe checklist now to help your household prepare for blistering conditions all winter long:Make a Plan Storm heading your way? Follow the news closely so you can make last minute preparations before the weather turns dangerous. As part of this process, create an emer-gency plan and review it with your family. The plan should also address specific scenarios, such as what to do if someone is separated from the group and is unable to call for help. Make time to sit down and talk with family mem-bers about an emergency plan, Morgan said. ItÂ’s important to set a location where the entire fam-ily can meet if thereÂ’s an evacuation. The location can be a neighborÂ’s house down the road or a nearby convenience store. If possible, establish an out-of-state contact family members can call in case of an emergency, Morgan said. If not out-of-state, then at least have a con-tact out-of-county. Morgan said it is important to have someone who will not be affected by the emergency that can give messages to worried friends or family members. Stay Powered Up In the event that the power goes out, you will need a reliable alternative power source to charge essential communica-tions equipment like your phone and computer, as well as heat sources, such as space heaters. A durable and compact USB solar charger thatÂ’s compatible with smart-phones, tablets and even laptops, can be a lifesaver. Winterize Ensuring that your home is protected from the elements can turn a bad situation into a life-saving scenario. Install storm windows and apply weather-stripping to help insulate your home. In the event the heat goes out, youÂ’ll be trapping warm air in and keeping cold air out. And remember -you can never have too many blankets and warm clothes.Pack an Emergency Kit When extreme weather hits, itÂ’s important to have essential supplies within an armÂ’s reach. Be sure that you have a well-stocked, up-to-date first aid kit and an extra supply of all family membersÂ’ prescription medications. Â“Emergency kits are good because if you have to leave your house in a hurry, youÂ’ll have all the important items,Â” Morgan said. Â“ItÂ’s important to have your emergency kit in place year-round Â— not just for winter and not just for hurricane season.Â” Your kit should also include several gallons of clean water, as well as enough non-perish-able food to last three days, including formula for young children. Pick items that donÂ’t require cooking or preparation. The Federal Emergency Management Agency rec-ommends replacing these stores every six months. Lastly, make sure you have a battery-operated radio and plenty of batter-ies on hand. Â“The key to getting through any emergency is having a really good plan in place,Â” Morgan said. Â“A couple times a year, take time to talk about your plan and see if it still works for the fam-ily. Have a plan in place before something hap-pens. Hopefully, that will prevent things from being any worse if something should happen.Â” Unless you enjoy treacherous roads, pan-icked crowds and long lines, donÂ’t wait until that big storm comes your way to start preparing. For a safe and happy winter season, follow these steps to ensure your family is ready for any winter weather emergency that comes your way. BEWARE: Winter weather is on its way Here are tips to help you prepare. COURTESYHundreds around the nation were without power during the holiday season. These tips can help prepare you for winter weather that is coming our w ay. &"&%"$#)&!"$!%% "$&!" &""'$"#$&"!%&%% #*"'$" %&$(&"#$%$(&!&'$'&*" &"!"'!&*!$%&"$)&&%"$$%!! %&&%$&$)$))"$!('$$ &"!+"$&%&r!nr$#$&"#$"$ &&%$&'$! "$&!$%&"&%!&'$%&&!%)$"))!%'$) !&!"!"&%&*$%!&)"$"$! "$(%"&%"$#" nrnrnrn rrnrn r rrrrn "&%"$#"#$&%)&" & !&&" %&*&!($"! !&"'$" '!&%!%'%&!"!" $")& Q Lake City Reporter staff writer Amanda Williamson contributed to this report. PLANTS continued on 2D By SUZETTE LABOYAssociated PressMIAMI BEACH Â— Conventional wisdom has it that many restaurants never make it to their first birthday, never mind their 100th. So itÂ’s a little shocking just how many have done not only that, but have thrived well beyond 100 years. Fascination with what sets these culinary centenarians apart is what prompted Rick Browne to dig into American restaurant history, col-lecting the stories of some of the nationÂ’s oldest eateries. Â“These places are American culinary history,Â” says Browne, who made it a mis-sion to identify restaurants Â— including taverns, grills, barbecue joints Â— that are at least 100 years old. And his recent book, Â“A Century of Restaurants: Stories and Recipes from 100 of AmericaÂ’s Most Historic and Successful Restaurants,Â” includes the nationÂ’s oldest (White Horse Tavern in Newport, Rhode Island, established in 1673), the youngest (the Pleasant Point Inn in Lovell, Maine, opened in 1911), and many in between. Â“These old restaurants are serving really good meals, made from scratch, plus theyÂ’re preserving our culture,Â” he says. Â“And we canÂ’t lose that.Â” Tallying restaurant centenarians is a tricky business. Browne counted any busi-ness that serves food Â— such as taverns Â— and came up with more than 250. In 2010, the National Restaurant Association and the NationÂ’s Restaurant News focused on eating establishments (rather than bars and taverns that serve food) and came up with 140. Further complicating BrowneÂ’s search, several of the restaurants he found have changed their names over the years. Some have even changed locations after fires, earthquakes or hurricanes damaged the original structures. But thatÂ’s just part of the history that makes these businesses so fascinating. Whatever the exact count, the numbers are surprising in part because the res-taurant industry has a notoriously short survival rate. More than a quarter of new restaurants close within the first year, and that jumps to nearly two-thirds by the end of three years, according to research by the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration. And most of that is due to typical industry pressures. Centenarian restaurants have buffeted not only that, but also The Great Depression and multiple recessions and wars. Â“These older establishments have track record and history and heritage,Â” said Grant Ross, general manager at The Black Bass Hotel in Lumberville, Penn. Â“This building has been here for 270 years and HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY Book profiled restaurants that are centenarians. RESTAURANTS continued on 3D
longer. Both species can be kept alive and healthy so they will bloom again next year, but the poin-settia is a little more difficult. For more information on caring for poinsettias as potted or outdoor plants, read the University of Florida publication at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep349 Christmas cacti are much easier to grow at home, and they may give you up to 20 years of enjoyment. The Christmas cactus is not a true cactus and is not quite as drought toler-ant as its name implies. Water when the soil feels dry to touch. The time between watering will depend on temperature, humidity, light, and growth rate. By fall, water to prevent wilting, and keep the soil moist when the blooming begins. When it has fin-ished blooming, remove the faded blossoms and withhold water for six weeks. Fertilize every month or two from April to September with a weak soluble fertilizer or slow-release fertilizer. Propagation is done by taking short Y-shaped cuttings of the stem tips. Place the cuttings in a light, moist potting mixture. Starting your own Christmas cacti can be rewarding, especially when you give them to others for good cheer. Read all about propagat-ing new plants athttp://mrec.ifas.ufl.edu/foliage/folnotes/holiday.htm 2D LAKE CITY REPORTER LIFE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 20132DLIFE Wedding Lindsey Rebecca Hale and Mark Richard Boyd were married October 10, 2013 in Waimanalo Beach on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Lindsey is the daughter of Billy and Terran Hale of Lake City, and the grand-daughter of Pat and the late Jerry Carswell and W.C. and Kathryn M. Hale. Mark is the son of Bernadette Boyd of Palm Coast. Lindsey is a 1998 graduate of Columbia High School. She gradu-ated with a BachelorÂ’s of Science in Nursing from Florida State University in 2001. She went on to complete her graduate education at the University of Florida where she obtained a MasterÂ’s in Nursing and Nurse Midwifery in 2005. She is now employed by FABEN Obstetrics and Gynecology in Jacksonville, Fl where she works as a Midwife/Nurse Practitioner. Mark is 1994 graduate of Flagler Palm Coast High School. He went on to join the US Navy where he remained on active duty until 2008. He gradu-ated from the University of North Florida in 2012 with a BachelorÂ’s of Science in Nursing. Mark has remained active with the US Navy Reserves since 2008 and is currently employed by Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville as a Registered Nurse. After honeymooning in Maui, Hawaii, the couple now resides in Jacksonville. Hale and Boyd wed in HawaiiCOURTESY Q D. Nichelle Demorest is a horticulture agent with the Columbia County Extension of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. PLANTSContinued From 1D Americans hopeful for a better yearWhat the public thought of 2013:Good year or good riddance? On the whole, Americans rate their own experience in 2013 more positively than negatively, but when asked to assess the year for the United States or the world at large, things turn sour. All told, 32 percent say 2013 was a better year for them than 2012, while 20 percent say it was worse and 46 percent say the two years were really about the same. Young people were more apt to see improvement: 40 percent of people under age 30 called 2013 a better year than 2012, compared with 25 percent of people age 65 or older. The public splits evenly on how the year turned out for the country, 25 percent saying it was better than 2012, 25 percent saying it was worse. As with most questions about the state of affairs in the U.S. these days, thereÂ’s a sharp partisan divide. Democrats are more apt to say the U.S. turned out better in 2013 than 2012 (37 percent) than are Republicans (17 percent). Thinking about the world at large, 30 percent say 2013 was worse than 2012, while just 20 percent say it was better. But the outlook for the new year is positive: 49 percent think their own fortunes will improve in 2014, 14 percent are anticipat-ing the new year to be a down-grade from the old. Thirty-four percent say they donÂ’t expect much to change.WhereÂ’s the party?Most Americans Â— 54 percent Â— say theyÂ’ll be ringing in the new year at home, while 1 in 5 are heading to a friendÂ’s or family memberÂ’s house. Only 8 percent say theyÂ’ll go to a bar, restaurant or other organized event. Younger Americans are least apt to spend the holiday at home: 39 percent of those under age 30 will celebrate at home, 33 percent at someone elseÂ’s home, 13 percent at a bar or other venue. Regardless of their own time zone, nearly 6 in 10 say theyÂ’ll watch at least some of the cel-ebration from New York CityÂ’s Times Square.Countdown companionsWherever theyÂ’re spending the holiday, most Americans prefer the company of family. Asked with whom they want to be when the clock strikes mid-night, 83 percent name a family member. On a holiday often sealed with a kiss, nearly 4 in 10 say they most want to be next to their spouse, and 13 percent cite a significant other or romantic interest as a preferred companion. Parents like to be with their children, more than the children like to be with their parents. Less conventional choices: 2 percent cite their pets, 3 percent God, Jesus or their religious congregation, and less than 1 percent said they wanted to ring it in with their co-workers. Of course, some opt out altogether: 18 percent say theyÂ’re not planning to celebrate on New YearÂ’s Eve, and 9 percent say thereÂ’s no one with whom theyÂ’d like to party, preferring instead their pillow, TiVo or their own thoughts.What mattered in newsThe implementation of the health care law topped the list of the most important news stories of 2013, with 26 percent citing it. In an Associated Press survey of news directors and editors, 45 of 144 journalists surveyed called the health care rollout their top story. In the AP-Times Square poll, the death of Nelson Mandela occurred as the poll was under-way. It rose quickly, with 8 percent naming it as the most important news of the year, matching the share citing the federal governmentÂ’s budget difficulties or shutdown. The budget fight, which led to a partial shutdown of the federal government in October, was rated extremely or very important by 60 percent of Americans, and prompted rare bipartisan agreement. About two-thirds in each major party, 65 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of Democrats, rated it highly important. A majority said the Boston Marathon bombings were extremely or very important, and 47 percent considered the national debate over gun laws that important.Pop culture: Mostly forgettable momentsMiley CyrusÂ’s MTV Video Music Awards performance. The launch of Â“Lean In.Â” Apologies from Paula Deen and Lance Armstrong. Walter WhiteÂ’s exit and the entrance of the Netflix series Â“House of Cards.Â” What do they all have in common? More Americans say these pop culture moments were more forgettable than memorable. Just one pop culture moment was deemed more memorable than forgettable: The birth of Prince George to BritainÂ’s Prince William and his wife, Kate. Among men, 64 percent called the debate on work-life balance sparked by the book Â“Lean InÂ” and other writings for-gettable. About half of women agreed. About 1 in 5 younger Americans said the launch of original programming through streaming services like Netflix or Hulu was a memorable moment, about doubling the share among those age 50 and up. Residents of the West were more likely than others to consider memorable the San Francisco Â“BatkidÂ” (31 percent) or the final season of the series Â“Breaking BadÂ” (19 percent). The AP-Times Square New YearÂ’s Eve Poll was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications from Dec. 5-9 and involved online interviews with 1,367 adults. The survey has a mar-gin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for all respondents. The poll is a cooperative effort between AP and the organizers of the Times Square New YearÂ’s Eve Celebration, the Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment. The Alliance is a non-profit group that seeks to promote Times Square, and Countdown Entertainment represents the owners of One Times Square and the New YearÂ’s Eve Ball Drop. The survey was conducted using KnowledgePanel, a prob-ability-based Internet panel designed to be representa-tive of the U.S. population. Respondents to the survey were first selected randomly, using phone or mail survey methods, and were later inter-viewed online. People selected for KnowledgePanel who didnÂ’t otherwise have access to the Internet were provided with the ability to access the Internet at no cost to them.Large number of Americans see 2013 as anything but a banner year and arenÂ’t reluctant to wave goodbye on New YearÂ’s Eve, a new AP-Times Square poll says, reflecting anxiety stretching from the corridors of power in Washington to corporate board-rooms, statehouses, and city and town halls. Although the poll shows that people generally are looking forward to the new year with optimism and no blatant sense of foreboding, it also unmasks pent-up worries about international crises and instability, and concerns at home about the standard of living, health care and schools. By JENNIFER AGIESTA | Associated PressBy the numbers: On a personal note32 percent say 2013 was a better year for themselves than 2012 20 percent say 2013 was a worse year for themselves than 2012 46 percent say the two years were about the sameAge matters40 percent of people under age 30 thought 2013 was better than 2012 25 percent of people over the age of 65 thought 2013 was better than 2012On a national level25 percent say 2013 was a better year for the nation than 2012 25 percent say 2013 was a worse year for the nation than 2012 Associated PressCOCOA BEACH Â— More than 210 surfers dressed as Santa Claus, elves and snowmen were surfing the Christmas Eve waves off central FloridaÂ’s Atlantic coast. Florida Today reports that when Cocoa Beach Mayor Dave Netterstrom took in the view from the sand Tuesday, he declared the fourth-annual gather-ing Â“the largest surfing Santa event on the planet.Â” Organizer George Trosset says he may move the holiday event to downtown Cocoa Beach next year to accommodate growing crowds. He start-ed the tradition in 2009 with a few family mem-bers after seeing a televi-sion commercial featuring people surfing in Santa Claus attire. More friends joined them the following year, and in 2012, nearly 160 surfers participated. Trosset says the event Â“has gone from being a little family party to being a community event.Â” Surfers dress as Santa at beach
Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 LAKE CITY REPORTER LIFE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 3D3DLIFE people have been coming here to dine, stay and to drink for 270 years. And just because there is a recession that is not a reason to stop.Â” Why do so many succeed? One often-repeated theme is family. A majority of the centenarian restaurants have been in one family for decades. Like JoeÂ’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach, which was not featured in BrowneÂ’s book but has been family-owned from the start when it opened as a mom-and-pop fish house. Today, itÂ’s a must-stop spot where wearing a bib over fine-dining attire is the norm. Â“Has the fact that itÂ’s family-owned been a ben-efit to them? Yes, because people are nostalgic,Â” says Bonnie Riggs, a restaurant analyst with consumer research firm NPD Group. Â“Why do they succeed when the industry right now is not doing well? Because this place is unique. We know itÂ’s pricey, but we are will-ing to pay for it because we know they will deliver on what we expect. And itÂ’s an experience.Â” Joe Weis opened a small lunch counter on Miami Beach in 1913 and years later Â— under a different name and in a different building after a hurricane damaged the original locationÂ— introduced the tasty crustaceans to his menu. At 75 cents a plate, they were a huge hit and have been ever since. On a busy night, JoeÂ’s serves up nearly 1,000 pounds of stone crabs to some 1,700 customers willing to pay market price for a plate. JoeÂ’s is a fourth-generation family-owned res-taurant that treats its cus-tomers like family. And vice versa. Â“Our customers will tell us when things arenÂ’t right and when things are right,Â” said Stephan Sawitz, the restaurantÂ’s chief operations officer and the great-grandson of Weis. Browne traveled nearly 50,000 miles over a year and a half to compile his list, eating 163 entrees along the way. A few of the 250 restaurants he found have since closed down, he admits. Â“If we lose them, we would have lost a lot. All youÂ’re going to see is fast food places, yellow arch-es and red roofs.Â” His advice for the next 100 restaurants over 100? DonÂ’t radically change the menu. Â“In a lot of cases, people order a dish that they had one time or another,Â” Browne said, adding that diners return to spots they went to as a child. Â“ItÂ’s comfort food that comes with memories.Â” RESTAURANTSContinued From 1DBy SARAH WOLFEAssociated PressLooking for a fresh way to liven up your garden walls? Think plants, not paintings. Living pictures Â— cuttings of assorted succulents woven togeth-er in everything from picture frames to pallet boxes Â— have caught on among garden design-ers and landscapers this spring as an easy, modern way to add color and texture to an outdoor space. Â“Living pictures composed of succulents have a gorgeous sculp-tural quality that work surprisingly well in a number of different aes-thetics Â— contemporary, bohemi-an, Southwestern and more,Â” says Irene Edwards, executive editor of Lonny home design magazine. Â“TheyÂ’re great for urban dwellers with limited space.Â” Living pictures are also nearly maintenance-free (i.e. hard to kill). So even beginners or those with the blackest of thumbs can look like the master gardener of the neighborhood. HereÂ’s how you can create your own living succulent picture:Pick your styleThere are a few ways you can go. For a larger living picture, you can use a wooden pallet, framing out the back like a shadow box. Large, do-it-yourself living wall panels are also for sale online through garden shops like San FranciscoÂ’s Flora Grubb Gardens and DIG Gardens based in Santa Cruz, Calif. But going big right away can be daunting, and bigger also means heavier, so many newbies like California gardening blogger Sarah Cornwall stick with smaller picture or poster frames. Go vintage with an antique frame or finish, or build your own out of local barn wood. Chunky, streamlined frames like the ones Cornwall bought from Ikea give a more modern feel. YouÂ’ll also need a shadow box cut to fit the back of the frame, and wire mesh or Â“chicken wireÂ” to fit over the front if youÂ’re going to make your own. First, nail or screw the shadow box to the back of the frame. A depth of 2 to 3 inches is ideal. Set the wire mesh inside the frame and secure it with a staple gun, then nail a plywood backing to the back of the shadow box.Take cuttingsAlmost any succulent can be used for living pictures, though itÂ’s usually best to stick with varieties that stay small, like echeverias and sempervivums, says DIG Gardens co-owner Cara Meyers. Â“ItÂ’s fun to useÂ†varieties of aeoniums and sedums for their fun colors and textures, but they may need a little more maintenance, as they may start to grow out of the picture more,Â” she says. Cut off small buds of the succulents for cuttings, leaving a stem of at least 1/4-inch long. No succulents to snip? You can always buy some at a nursery or trade with other gardeners in your neighborhood. Â“They grow so easily, donÂ’t feel embarrassed knocking on a door to ask for a few cuttings,Â” Cornwall says. Make sure any old bottom leaves are removed, then leave the cuttings on a tray in a cool, shaded area for a few days to form a Â“scabÂ” on the ends before planting.Add soilSet the frame mesh-side up on a table and fill with soil, using your hands to push it through the wire mesh openings. Be sure to use cactus soil, which is coarser than potting soil for bet-ter drainage. Some vertical gardeners place a layer of sphagnum moss under and over the soil to hold moisture in when watering.Fill in with plantsNow comes the fun and creative part. Lay out the succulent cuttings in the design you want on a flat sur-face, and poke them into the wire mesh holes in your frame. You can start either in one corner or by placing the Â“focal pointÂ” cut-tings in first and filling in around them. Waves or rivers of color are popular living-picture designs, although Cape Cod-based landscap-er Jason Lambton has gone bolder with spirals of green and purple. Â“We painted the pallet different color stripes to go with the color theme of the back of the house,Â” says Lambton, host of HGTVÂ’s Â“Going Yard.Â” Â‘Â’It looked like a cool piece of living, reclaimed art.Â” Using just one type of succulent is also a simple yet elegant option, says Kirk Aoyagi, co-found-er and vice president of FormLA Landscaping. Â“Collages with some draping and some upright plants can cre-ate a more dramatic look and feel,Â” he says.Care and maintenance tipsKeep the living picture flat and out of direct sunlight for one to two weeks to allow roots to form along the stems, then begin watering. Â“If you hang it up right away or it rains a lot, that dirt will just pour right out. ... I made that mistake once,Â” Lambton says. Mount your living art once the succulents are securely rooted, which can take four to eight weeks depending on climate. After that, water every seven to 10 days by removing from the wall and laying it flat. Be sure to let the water drain before hanging your living pic-ture back up, to avoid rotting. Walls come alive with Â‘living picturesÂ’ Photos by FORMLA /Associated PressA living succulent picture created by FormLA Landscapin g is shown. The piece of living art was designed for the courtyard of the 2012 Pasadena Showcase House of Design. Living pictures, cuttings of assorted succulents woven toge ther in everything from picture frames to pallet boxes, are hot among garden designers and landscapers this spring as an easy, modern way to add color and texture to an outdoor space. WorldÂ’s hottest pepper is grown in South CarolinaBy JEFFREY COLLINSAssociated PressFORT MILL Â— Ed Currie holds one of his world-record Carolina Reaper peppers by the stem, which looks like the tail of a scorpion. On the other end is the bumpy, oily, fire-engine red fruit with a punch of heat nearly as potent as most pep-per sprays used by police. ItÂ’s hot enough to leave even the most seasoned spicy food aficionado crimson-faced, flushed with sweat, trying not to lose his lunch. Last month, The Guinness Book of World Records decided CurrieÂ’s peppers were the hottest on Earth, ending a more than four-year drive to prove no one grows a more scorching chili. The heat of CurrieÂ’s peppers was certified by students at Winthrop University who test food as part of their undergraduate classes. But whether CurrieÂ’s peppers are truly the worldÂ’s hottest is a question that one scientist said can never be known. The heat of a pepper depends not just on the plantÂ’s genetics, but also where it is grown, said Paul Bosland, direc-tor of the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University. And the heat of a pepper is more about being macho than seasoning. Â“You have to think of chili heat like salt. A little bit improves the flavor, but a lot ruins it,Â” Bosland said. Some ask Currie if the record should be given to the single hottest pepper tested instead of the mean taken over a whole batch. After all, Usain Bolt isnÂ’t considered the worldÂ’s fast-est man because of his aver-age time over several races. But Currie shakes off those questions. Â“WhatÂ’s the sense in calling something a record if it canÂ’t be replicated? People want to be able to say they ate the worldÂ’s hottest pep-per,Â” Currie said. The record is for the hottest batch of CurrieÂ’s pep-pers that was tested, code name HP22B for Â“Higher Power, Pot No. 22, Plant B.Â” Currie said he has pep-pers from other pots and other plants that have com-parable heat. The science of hot peppers centers around chem-ical compounds called cap-saicinoids. The higher con-centration the hotter the pepper, said Cliff Calloway, the Winthrop University professor whose students tested CurrieÂ’s peppers. The heat of a pepper is measured in Scoville Heat Units. Zero is bland, and a regular jalapeno pepper registers around 5,000 on the Scoville scale. CurrieÂ’s world record batch of Carolina Reapers comes in at 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units, with an indi-vidual pepper measured at 2.2 million. Pepper spray weighs in at about 2 million Scoville Units. Pharmacist Wilbur Scoville devised the scale 100 years ago, taking a solution of sugar and water to dilute an extract made from the pepper. A scien-tist would then taste the solution and dilute it again and against until the heat was no longer detected. So the rating depended on a scientistÂ’s tongue, a tech-nique that Calloway is glad is no longer necessary. Â“I havenÂ’t tried EdÂ’s peppers. I am afraid to,Â” Calloway said. Â“I bite into a jalapeno Â— thatÂ’s too hot for me.Â” Now, scientists separate the capsaicinoids from the rest of the peppers and use liquid chromatography to detect the exact amount of the compounds. A formula then converts the readings into ScovilleÂ’s old scale. The world record is nice, but itÂ’s just part of CurrieÂ’s grand plan. HeÂ’s been inter-ested in peppers all his life, the hotter the better. Ever since he got the taste of a sweet hot pepper from the Caribbean a decade ago, he has been determined to breed the hottest pepper he can. He is also deter-mined to build his com-pany, PuckerButt Pepper Company, into something that will let the 50-year-old entrepreneur retire before his young kids grow up. Â• Camp Weed Cerveny Conference Center 386-364-5250 Â• GeGeeÂ’s Studio 758-2088 Â• Holiday Inn 754-1411, ext. 106 Â• Sweetwater Branch Inn 800-595-7760 Â• WardÂ’s Jewelry & Gifts 752-5470 Legroom cut to add first classBy SCOTT MAYEROWITZAP Airlines WriterNEW YORK Â— JetBlue Airways will cut one inch of legroom from its coach seats on transcontinental flights to make room for a new first-class cabin that will feature lie-flat beds. The New York-based airline unveiled plans earlier this year for its first premium service on flights between New York and Los Angeles and San Francisco. ItÂ’s part of a larger effort by the carrier to attract business travelers, who pay more for last-minute flights. The new seats will debut on Airbus A321 planes in the second quarter of 2014.
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DEAR ABBY: For 17 years I have been using the same hairstylist, Â“Marietta,Â” because she does great cuts and color. SheÂ’s married to my cous-in Â“Gil,Â” but not for long. TheyÂ’re divorcing. GilÂ’s mother suggested I should find a different styl-ist, but when I did, I had horrible results. I returned to Marietta and it took her several appointments to correct my color. Some family members are now furious with me for getting my hair done by someone who is soon to be a relativeÂ’s ex. I look at it as a business. I like what Marietta does for me. We never discuss the divorce. Family is now demanding an apology, and I donÂ’t think I owe one. I havenÂ’t been close to any of these people in years. Must I say IÂ’m sorry to distant family and discontinue MariettaÂ’s services? Or should I say nothing and continue my professional relationship with her? My roots are beginning to show again, so please answer quickly. Â— SNIPPED DEAR SNIPPED: Tell GilÂ’s mother to stay out of your hair. You tried leaving Marietta; it was a disaster Â– and you plan on using her until the day you curl up and dye. DEAR ABBY: I am the mother of three grown children. I have a good marriage, a successful career and a close rela-tionship with my two younger children. My problem involves my oldest daughter. She has been emotionally unstable and verbally abu-sive to me since her 20s. I have reached my limit of patience with her. We had a terrible fight three weeks ago, and she hasnÂ’t spoken to me since. Abby, these have been the most peaceful weeks I have had in a long time. Am I a terrible mother? Is there such a thing as separating from a child? I am tired of always being the peacemaker with no effort on her part. What do you suggest? Â— PEACEMAKER DEAR PEACEMAKER: Refusing to be abused by an adult child does not make you a terrible par-ent. I donÂ’t know what caused the fight between you and your daughter. If you caused it, then you owe it to both of you to offer an apology. If she caused it, then put your white flag away and enjoy the respite because sooner or later sheÂ’ll be back. (Probably when she needs something.) Only she can fix whatÂ’s wrong with her, but you can reduce your level of stress if you keep your distance. DEAR ABBY: I was involved in a fatal car acci-dent in 2012. Two of my best friends died. There is a void in my heart. They were 15 and 18. I feel so much pain over the loss of my friends, and it is never going to end or hurt less. Their families hate me, which is to be expected. I am in prison and feel so depressed. Time here seems to barely move. How do I deal with this pain and my sentence? Â— IN JAIL AND HURTING DEAR HURTING: If possible, use your time in prison to complete your education. If there are classes, take them. If there is a library, use it. You can make the walls around you disappear if you lose yourself in the pages of a book. Try it, and you will see that IÂ’m right. DEAR ABBY HOROSCOPES ARIES (March 21-April 19): Major upset will develop if you make changes without permission or you confront someone regarding a situation that is out of control. Avoid unpredictable people and do your best not to get involved in a dispute. Keep things sim-ple and moderate. +++ TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Venture out and youÂ’ll discover what your community has to offer. Getting involved in neighborhood projects will lead to new friendships and possibilities. Expand your options by sharing your knowl-edge and experience, but donÂ’t take over someone elseÂ’s terri-tory. +++ GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Self-deception regarding your position, ability or future is apparent. Be pre-pared to make changes based on past experience. If you donÂ’t have a contract or writ-ten consent, you are best to be wary of the situation you are in, personally or profes-sionally. +++ CANCER (June 21-July 22): An unexpected turn of events at home or work will leave you wondering whatÂ’s next. Trust in your ability and unique way of doing things and you will find your way through any changes that take place. Aim to stabilize your life. +++ LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Problems with authority fig-ures are apparent if you donÂ’t abide by the rules. Aim to please and have fun, but know your limitations and stick to whatÂ’s considered the norm. There will be a fine balance between whatÂ’s acceptable and whatÂ’s not. +++++ VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Step into the spotlight and share what you have to offer. Getting together with friends or family will help you spread some cheer and encourage-ment for whatÂ’s to come in the new year. Update your image and look your best. ++ LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Get outdoors, to the gym or involved in a physi-cal activity. Keeping busy will help you avoid a situa-tion with someone at home or nearby who is difficult to deal with. Protect your assets, your health and your emotional well-being. +++ SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Be an observer, not a participant, if you are around a situation that has the poten-tial to spin out of control. Your vision and insight will help you judge wisely and make decisions that are in your best interests. +++ SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Do what you can to help others. The gift of joy and encouragement will get both you and your recipi-ent in a good mood with plenty to look forward to in the future. Make last-minute financial changes before itÂ’s too late. +++ CAPRICORN (Dec. 22Jan. 19): Go over whatÂ’s transpired this past year and formulate your strategy for the days ahead. YouÂ’ll be in a good position to question and prompt others to offer worth-while opinions and unique options that you may not have considered. ++++ AQUARIUS (Jan. 20Feb. 18): Focus on your money, your direction and what you can do to up the ante in the new year. A change in position will also bring in greater self-assur-ance and liquid cash. Collect any money or possessions owed to you. ++ PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Spend time with loved ones and make personal and domestic improvements that will help you move into the upcoming year with less stress and greater control over your future. Money, health and legal matters can be dealt with effectively. +++++ Abigail Van Burenwww.dearabby.com THE LAST WORD Eugenia Word SUNDAY CROSSWORD GOOD ONE! By ELIZABETH C. GORSKI / Edited by Will Shortz No. 1222 ACROSS1 Help to harm 5 Part of a pharaohÂ’s headdress 8 Worker with a trowel 13 Much 16 Mideast capital 17 Symbol of mass density 18 Mercurial 19 Â“The Caine MutinyÂ” captain 21 Many an early French settler in America 23 More off-putting 24 European capital 25 Special seating area in an airplane 26 Cry from Scrooge 27 With 63-Down, 1997 P.G.A. champ who captained the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team 29 Good scores in diving 30 Like many coats and tunes 33 Make calls 34 General ___ chicken 35 Special mall event 37 Bride of 1981 39Jules or Jim in Â“Jules et JimÂ”40Amarillo-to-Dallas dir.41L.G.B.T. rights advocate42Iowa city43Done: Fr.45Lands47Without ___ (dangerously)48It may be full of icons51Tease, with Â“onÂ”542-Down, for one55Some H.S. math56Slanting58Â“Say what?Â”59One more61Words that precede Â“Born is the King Â…Â”63House committee chairman Darrell64Mexican sauces65Ear-related study66Hilarious types67Strain68Reproductive stock70New hire, typically72Hydrocarbon suffix73Target number74Fr. holy woman75British rule in India76[IÂ’m mad!]77Â“Don QuixoteÂ” composer79Idiosyncrasies81Overseas assembly83Number-crunching grp.84BachÂ’s Â“___, Joy of ManÂ’s DesiringÂ”85Greek earth goddess86Robe closer89Nuke90Chef Lagasse92Unseen scenes94Taunt95One ___ customer96Name on a swim cap98Funny Anne100Giving a boost103How-___104Moneymaker for Money106Compact Olds107Futuristic weapon109Like a rendition of Â“Deck the HallsÂ”110HeÂ’s no Einstein111Boo-boos112Thriller writer Follett113Rural storage114Preserve, in a way115China producer116Nettle117Half of a noodle dish? DOWN1Gray2Good source of aluminum3What cowlings cover4Took up the slack in5River of Pisa6[See blurb]7Something itÂ’s not good to go to8[See blurb]9Cousin of Â“aargh!Â”10Lose traction11Mrs. ___ cow12Braced (oneself)13Give it the gas14[See blurb]15Expulsion, as of a foreign diplomat18Majority owner of Chrysler19Play callers, for short20Big money units, in slang22Lead-in to while26___ cheese28Beatles tune from Â“A Hard DayÂ’s NightÂ”31Some wings32Broad36___-Coeur (Paris basilica)38Unknot44Suffix with sentimental46Cries of joy47Throw for ___48Common game piece49Expulsion50Futuristic weapon51One of 11 pharaohs52Bedub53[See blurb]55TermiteÂ’s nemesis57Item in SantaÂ’s sack60Eastern holiday62Ransacks63See 27-Across65Home of Thunder Bay: Abbr.66___ Rao, Â“The Serpent and the RopeÂ” novelist68TailorsÂ’ inserts69Sister of Helios70[See blurb]71Charged73In the role of78Guest-star in, say80Nile deity81Mideast ruler82Symbolic effort in support of equal rights84Â“Cloud ShepherdÂ” artist85Departs87Writer Ann88Mideast national89Self-sealing bag91Vintage wedding gown fabrics93Mideast ruler94Spanish cession in the Spanish-American War97Millennia on end99Extension101Charge carrier102Greek diner order105Winter sports locale108Son of ___109Bit of winter sports equipment 123456789101112131415161718 1920 212223 24 25 262728 293031323334 35363738394041424344 454647484950 5152535455565758596061626364 65 66 676869 7071 7273747576777879808182 838485868788 8990919293 949596979899100101102103104105106107108109110111 112113 114115 116117Online subscriptions: TodayÂ’s puzzle and more than 4,000 past puzzles, nytimes.com/crosswords($39.95 a year). Note: When this puzzle is done, draw a line connecting the 21 circled letters from A to U in alphabetical order. The resulting shape will provide a clue to 6-, 8-, 14-, 53and 70-Down. Favorite hairdresser divorces her husband, not his cousin Answers to last SundayÂ’s Crossword. Q Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. CELEBRITY CIPHER Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 LAKE CITY REPORTER ADVICE & CROSSWORD SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 5D CCCCCISUPAUELTTTTTCROATTOURLUAULETHECELTSCLUETURKCATERCSISHOUSERULECTRSCCCCCUUUUUNOTME ASPCAMRIJUKES JAUNTIEREOSUNICYCLE ALFELIASMSNBCPAL BIONICLEGTOOKATAXI ONEAAGAINRELO TOPSCOREASSENDORSED INLEAFNASTIEROHENRY LEARNTELPRADOFARINA DAYSHERBSHIDEFODED ALEAEIOUTEATSESS DIVANMCRAECHIRR THRICETHIRDHEROES MAOISTTRAGEDYTINMAN AMOSIDEASNOOSEDATE ZEKEOUNCETWYLAORBS EDYSNOOKNORMSKYS 5DLIFE
6D LAKE CITY REPORTER LIFE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 6DLIFEBy TRACIE CONEAssociated Pressore than a century ago John Muir argued that Congress should include a wildlife corridor with stunning vis-tas of the Merced River in the boundaries of Yosemite National Park. He lost to tim-ber interests. Now with the old-growth Ponderosa pine and cedar long gone, a California non-profit has made good on the famed environmentalistÂ’s vision. Pacific Forest Trust has agreed with a group of private landowners to sell the 1,600-acre parcel to the National Park Service. The addition of land on the western boundary near El Portal would be the 761,000-acre parkÂ’s first expansion in more than 70 years. Â“It has a magnificent view of the Wild and Scenic Merced River, and itÂ’s also a migra-tion corridor for deer,Â” said Laurie Wayburn, president of the forest trust group. Â“This was always meant to be a part of the park.Â” The federal government would use money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which collects fees from offshore oil drilling fees to acquire sensitive land and easements. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Jim Costa introduced bills this year to modify the boundary of the park that hosts 4 million visitors a year. Â“YosemiteÂ’s popularity is also its greatest challenge,Â” Feinstein said in a news release. Besides logging, the land that would be included in the expansion has had pressure from development. It sur-rounds the Yosemite West subdivision that would not be included in the sale. Park officials declined to comment on the expansion proposal, citing regulations that keep them from com-menting on pending legisla-tion. But the California State Senate approved a resolution urging the expansion. It also has support from the Board of Supervisors in Mariposa County, where the land is remotely located and delivering services such as police and fire protection is expen-sive. The Pacific Forest Trust bought 900 acres eight years ago from the second owners after the Yosemite Timber Co., which cut its last trees from the property roughly 140 years ago. The family wanted the land protected. The owners of the rest of the property are a consortium of doctors who purchased it as an investment years ago but are willing to sell now. The trust worked for eight years to thin heavy stands of white fir that are susceptible to fire and to restore mead-ows whose water they sucked dry. Wayburn said the trust will donate one-third of the value of the land, which will be established through a fair market appraisal. Â“We always intended it to go into the park,Â” she said. Â“Yosemite is a national trea-sure and the pride of the state.Â” YOSEMITE expanding Landowners sell 1,600-acre parcel to parkCOURTESY PHOTOSTourists take photos of Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park in California. Beautiful scenery ranging from waterfalls to mo untain views is easily accessible to visitors at Yosemite, which is o ne of the countryÂ’s most-visited national parks. ABOVE: Banner Peak in the Ansel Adams Wilderness in Yosemite National Park in California is shown. Yosemite is one of the most visited parks in the national park sys tem, but a hiking trip to the backcountry can offer access to uncrowded, pri stine areas. M Passengers board the free shuttle bus at Yosemite National Park at Sentinel Bridge, with Yosemite Falls in the background. Â‘YosemiteÂ’s popularity is also its greatest challenge.Â’ Â— Sen. Dianne Feinstein
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