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Lake City ReporterSUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014 | YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER SINCE 1874 | $1.50 LAKECITYREPORTER.COM SCHOOLSMark Kirby gives his Oscar picks, 1D. CALL US: (386) 752-1293 SUBSCRIBE TO THE REPORTER: Voice: 755-5445 Fax: 752-9400 Vol. 140, No. 20 TODAYS WEATHER Opinion . . . . . . 4A Local . . . . . . . 3A Obituaries . . . . . 5A Advice & Comics . . 5D Puzzles . . . . . . . 2B LOCALCHS students head to cook-off in Orlando, 3A. 79 50Partly cloudy, 8A New track coach wants to raise the bar. SUNDAY EDITION 1BKids Dental Health to stay in town.1C COUNTY SALARIES STRETCHED THINBy STEVEN RICHMONDsrichmond@lakecityreporter.comA recently published salary survey of county employees highlighted a growing concern the board of commissioners has had for years Columbia County wages are stagnant and falling behind neighboring counties of similar size. The discussion on making cost-of-living adjustments to employee salaries has been growing since 2008, the last time county employees received such relief, and will play a prominent role in a series of planning workshops leading up to Columbias fiscal year 2014-15 budget. Management consultants Cody & Associates, Inc. per formed the $23,700 study at the countys request and compared benchmark positions in various departments to 18 comparable entities in size and scope, such as Suwannee, St. Johns, Gadsden and Okeechobee counties, as well as the City of Lake City and Florida Gateway College. Using those benchmarks, the study created an average of each positions recommended starting salary, excluding lowand high-end outliers to add greater validity to the survey. The survey determined the following information for each of the countys six organizational units: percent of the positions surveyed were below the survey adjusted averages; percent of the positions surveyed were below the survey adjusted averages; positions surveyed were below the survey adjusted averages; Approximately 59 percent of the positions surveyed were below the survey adjusted averages; Approximately 50 percent of the positions surveyed were below the survey adjusted averages; Approximately 93 percent of the positions surveyed were below the survey adjusted averages. We realize that there are significant differences in cost of living in other areas of the state in comparison to Columbia County, Cody & Associates wrote in its report to the county commission. Therefore, when using data outside of Columbia County, we made appropriate adjustments to this data to reflect the cost of living differences. The company used the 2012 Feb. 6, 2013 study conducted by Research as an indicator of counties cost of living indices. Consultant recommends pay raise of 1 to 3 percentBy STEVEN RICHMONDsrichmond@lakecityreporter.comSprings legislation will be one of the hot topics during Floridas upcoming legislative session as allies look to gain ground on water issues. Many North and Central Floridians have been keeping as the Florida Springs and Aquifer Act, introduced by Senator Springs legislation is definitely at the foremost of most peoples conversations and certainly in the leadership in the may run into some difficulty is the expense, the cost of it. I dont know that as a state we can afford to do what that legislation would force us as a state to do. The bill proposes using revenue from the documentary stamp tax to fund a variety of regulations and springs protection measures. Thats such an easy target, doc wants to put their fingers in that The News Service of Florida lawmakers will start the 2014 session Tuesday with a budget surplus and an eye on the still will have to address some tough questions before the session ends May 2. Among the questions: How can Florida better protect vulnerable children? Is it time to overhaul the state pension system? And should the state allow resort casinos to set up shop? Here are 10 issues to watch during the next two months:Flush with cashTallahassee is always a happier place when the state has a budget surplus. And lawmakers will go into the session with a roughly $1 billion cushion. Gov. Rick Scott proposed a $74.2 billion budget plan that includes tax cuts and increased spending on education and child welfare. Lawmakers dont have to follow Scotts recommendations, but cutting taxes and spending money on kids could be popular ideas in an election year.Gun bills have good shotWhen National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer speaks, Republican lawmakers listen. And Hammer looks like she will be successful again this session with proposals such as a bill that would make clear people can fire warning shots in self defense. Democrats, meanwhile, want to repeal or substantially change the controversial stand your ground law, but the chances of that happening in the Republican-controlled Legislature are slim --or maybe none.Clean-up concerns Senate Appropriations Chairman Joe Negron, R-Stuart, is one of the most-powerful people in the Legislature. He also happens to live in part of Southeast Florida where residents are riled about pollution being discharged from Lake Okeechobee into nearby waterways. Negron is leading efforts to get money for a collection of projects aimed at addressing the pollution issue. Meanwhile, lawmakers also are looking at a series of other water-related issues, such as trying to better protect the states natural springs.School choice This years legislative session, like all others, will include myriad bills and budget issues that affect the public-educacould become controversial is a proposal to expand a voucher-like program that helps pay for low-income students to go to private schools. House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, has promised a massive expansion of what is known as the Florida Tax 10 issues to watch in session BY THE NUMBERSThis chart represents the number of employees in each salary range that was surveyed. Not all county > $100,000 6* 90,000-99,999 1 80,000-89,999 0 70,000-79,999 4 60,000-69,999 11 50,000-59,999 22 40,000-49,999 56 30,000-39,999 193 20,000-29,999 208 < 20,000 134** *Listed in report; some **Includes full time, part time, SALARIES continued on 6APhoto Illustration by EMILY LAWSON/Lake City Reporter AMANDA WILLIAMSON/Lake City ReporterFort White resident Jared Willis glances over a new riding mower at the Home and Patio Show on Saturday. The Rotary Club of Lake City Downtown organizes the event every year to showcase a variety of home improvement businesses in the community. SESSION continued on 6A ISSUES continued on 6ALEGISLATIVE SESSIONVisions come to life at Home and Patio ShowBy AMANDA WILLIAMSONawilliamson@lakecityreporter.com A parade of red lawn mowers formed a bright display on the Columbia County Fairgrounds Saturday afternoon for the 11th annual Home and Club of Lake City Downtown. Among the visitors interested in the shows offerings, Fort White resident Jared Willis eyed the brand new mowers some of them bigger than the one he currently has at home. Greens Marine, showcased a wide selection of brands, We live on 10 acres, and theres always something that needs to be repaired, Sherry Willis said. Over the course of the year, the Rotary Club contributes the funds SHOW continued on 7A
2A LAKE CITY REPORTER DAILY BRIEFING SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014 Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 Q Associated Press Q Associated Press JACKSONVILLE D espite ever-present threats from hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters, Florida ranks last in the ratio of Army National Guard troops to civilian residents. Numbers provided to area newspapers by the Florida Army National Guard show there are 10.3 guardsmen per every 100,000 civilians in the state. Commentary reported Saturday alongside the statistics state that Florida Army National Guard leaders are worried about the low numbers. The states adjutant general said his forces are already stretched thin and that budget cuts could make the situation worse. Im deeply concerned, said Maj. Gen. Emmett Titshaw. During the hurricanes we had in 2004 and 2005, we pretty much used up everything we had then, and we had more than we have now. Titshaw said calling in units from other states as reinforce ment isnt always the best option. Say a hurricane is bearing down on Daytona Beach from the Atlantic Ocean, he said. Georgia is not going to give up their assets to help us because that storm could turn and impact Georgia. Florida would then be forced to look for help from farther away, and that takes time, he said. At a meeting of the nations gov ernors with President Obama on Monday, 47 governors gave the president a letter opposing further cuts to National Guard forces. Lt. Col. James Evans, spokes man for the Florida National Guard, said the allocation of troops hasnt kept pace with the nations shifting demographics. Mom given 17 years for starving child INVERNESS A judge in central Florida has sentenced a mother to 17 years in prison for starving and abusing her 17-month-old daughter. The Citrus County Chronicle reports that the child weighed just 14 pounds when authorities found the girl at the mothers home. Circuit Court Judge Richard Ric Howard said during Fridays sentencing hearing that he sentenced the mother to 17 years because her daughter was 17 months old when investigators found her last year. Howard said he also sentenced the woman to 14 years of probation to represent the childs weight when she was found. Howard said he wanted the mother to live with the mem ory of those numbers during her time in prison.Immigrant bikes to stop deportations MIAMI A South Florida man is biking to Washington, D.C. to pressure President Barack Obama to halt deporta tions in the United States. Franciscio Diaz will kick off his 1,000-plus mile Pedalling for 20 Million Dreams trip in Homestead Sunday. U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia is among those attending the event. Diaz will also attend a 6 p.m. Mass at Ermita de la Caridad Catholic Church. The 41-year-old carpenter lives in the U.S. illegally. He arrived in 1998 and has been married to a U.S. citizen for 12 years but hasnt been able to adjust his status. He is also urging Congress to enact immigration reform. In 2010, four Miami students walked to Washington to urge Obama to sign a similar order for millions of immigrant youth. His adminis tration did two years later.Wounded warriors take on child porn TAMPA Men who have seen and suffered the horrors of combat steel themselves each day for a job some find just as wrenching: fighting child sex crimes back home. I am just dealing with a different kind of terrorist, said retired Marine Cpl. Justin Gaertner, a 25-year-old native of New Port Richey who lost both legs above the knees three years ago while sweeping for mines in Afghanistan. Gaertner is an unpaid intern in a new program that provides training in high-tech computer forensics to wounded, injured and ill special operations forces members to help federal agents investigating online child sexual exploitation. The program is called HERO, for Human Exploitation Rescue Operative Child-Rescue Corps. Those who fight child exploita tion welcome the help because they say they are outmanned by pornographers. There are special agents who refuse to do these investigations, said Kevin Power, a computer forensics special agent with Homeland Security Investigations in Tampa who is helping to train Gaertner. And those who do it get burned out on it. But you cant let these people go. Someone has to put them in jail. Power has investigated child exploitation since 1997. Gaertner joined the military at 18 because he didnt want another man protecting my fami lys freedom. He feared his injury would keep him from serving. But he has learned to walk again with the help of prosthetics, and, like other HERO interns, he is confident he is the man for this new mission. PEOPLE IN THE NEWS HOW TO REAC H USMain number ....... 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Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Participating in this years pageant are: Abigail Blizzar d (from left), Chase Broome, Alanis Koberlein, Gillian Norris, Savannah Thomas, Willow Russell-Martinez, Ashley Jones, Sama ntha Ziegaus, Kristah Couey, and Mackenzi Nichols. Proceeds from the pageant will benefit the CHS Beta Club. State ranked last in National Guard-civilian ratio AROUND FLORIDA Photo of the Day The Lake City Reporter corrects errors of fact in news items. If you have a concern, question or suggestion, please call the editor. Corrections and clarifications will run in this space. And thanks for reading. See an error? The Lake City Reporter accepts photographs and caption information to run on this page at the discretion of the editor. If you would like to see your organization in the newspaper, send the picture and information to associate editor Emily Lawson at email@example.com. SubmissionsCOURTESYDAR inductionChaplain Gigi Register (from left), inducted Elizabeth Witt, Emma Moor e and Geraldine Adamson into the Edward Rutledge Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution at the February meeting. Liam Neeson chides NYC mayor on horse carriages NEW YORK Liam Neeson says hes a little bit pissed off at Mayor Bill de Blasio for wanting to shut down the horse-drawn carriage industry in NYC. The actor made the comment during a Wednesday appearance on The Daily Show. The actor complained to host Jon Stewart that critics have put out false information about how the horses are treated. He says the carriage drivers treat the horses like their own children. De Blasio has declared his intention to shut down the industry, saying its inhumane to keep horses in modern-day Manhattan. The Democrat wants to replace them with electric cars. Carriage drivers say shutting down the stables would have the unintended effect of eliminating a rare outlet for sur plus horses, which means theyll be sent to the slaughterhouse faster.Obama hosts White House student film festival WASHINGTON Two days before the Oscars, President Barack Obama recog nized the best of nearly 2,500 films made by K-12 students after the White House asked them for short videos on the role technology plays in their education. Its one of his favorite subjects.Today the Oscar goes to all of you because, among all the incredible videos we received, yours stood out, Obama said in the East Room, where two large screens were lit up to show the 16 films he said are awesome. Like all great movies, yours do some thing special. They tell a story, they help us understand, in this case, the amazing things that are going on in classrooms and how technology is empowering our students and broadening their imagina tions, challenging them to dream bigger and reach further, he added. Obama wants virtually every class room to have high-speed Internet by sometime in 2018. At the festival, he announced $400 mil lion in new pledges to move the project along, including donations from the soft ware companies Adobe and Prezi. Thats on top of $750 million in commitments he announced last month from Apple, Verizon, Microsoft and other companies. That brings to more than $1 billion the amount of cash and goods committed to the ConnectEd initiative.Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres ready to dance LOS ANGELES Seven years after her Oscar debut, Ellen is back. The 56-year-old TV personality talked with The Associated Press about her plans and preparations for hosting her second Academy Awards on Sunday. AP: What made you say yes again? DeGeneres: It took my agent saying, Yes, you should do it. And I said, OK. Look, its the greatest gig in the world. And its also really, really hard. So, I wasnt going to do it, because Ive done it before. And then I realized Im too com fortable and too complacent and I should scare myself and take a chance. AP: Describe the fear element. DeGeneres: Its live around the world, to a billion people watching, and every major person who is in the room that has done every major thing. I mean, I know a lot of them. But its still scary. Its the ener gy in the room. Theres a lot of really anx ious energy and, so, you kind of pick that up. You can feel all that when you walk out. So Im trying to remain calm. AP: How will you be able to resist dancing along with the nominated songs, especially Pharrell Williams Happy? DeGeneres: I know. I will be dancing like crazy, whether he likes it or not. AP: Whats your ultimate goal? DeGeneres: I hope that it didnt seem like its as long as its going to be. This year its six hours. Did you know that? Heres what I hope: I hope when I say, Goodnight, I hope people go: One more hour! One more hour! And they start chanting and make me stay. Thats what I hope. Scripture of the Day If what you want is contentment, it is better and easier to change yourself and what you want than it is to change the world around you. William B. Irvine professor of phi losophy at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and author of A Guide to the Good Life (Born 1952) You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 75:24 -26Thought for Today STATE OF THE STATE Q Governor Rick Scott will deliv er his fourth State of the State Address on Tuesday, March 4 at 11 a.m. at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.
By AMANDA WILLIAMSONawilliamson@lakecityreporter.com The trials of Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman came under fire during the Lake City Police Department Breakfast with the Chief Saturday morning at the Moose Lodge #624, as con cerned citizens both ques tioned the legalities of the Stand Your Ground law and its ramifications. LCPD Chief Argatha Gilmore invited Assistant State Attorney John Durrett and Third Circuit Public Defender Blair Payne to the quarterly session to discuss concerns raised during the last breakfast. A Columbia County resident had asked the police force about how he could handle trespassers on his property, and was given an introduction to Stand Your Ground. The topic raised a lot of unan swered questions Gilmore hoped Durrett and Payne could clarify. If you are in a place where you have a law ful right to be, and not engaged in an unlawful act yourself, then you have the right to stand your ground, to meet force with force, Durrett said. There is no obligation in the state of Florida any longer to walk away from impending great bodily harm, death or the commission of a forcible felony upon you. What does that mean? It depends. You have to look at each cir cumstance individually. According to Durrett, the law came into exis tence in 2005 when legisla tion eliminated an individ uals duty to retreat when faced with bodily harm. Stand your Ground creates immunity from criminal prosecution if it is found to be valid in a criminal case. Historically, every state has had a self defense law in place, Payne said. In the past, people commonly referred to these rights as a castle doctrine, where indi viduals could justify the use of deadly force within ones home. But Florida is now one of approximately 22 states in America to insti tute Stand Your Ground, he added. In Columbia County, instances of the law are very rare with three out of 12,000 cases last year resulting in Stand Your Ground defense. Though state officials are trying to push a vari ety of legislation to alter the law, Payne feels the only bill to have any trac tion is one allowing indi viduals to fire a warning shot into the air. Bishop Ron Williams Jr., a Columbia County resident, feels the law allows for bias and racial profiling. It seems to me like the only people who are dying are black kids because of perception and bias, he said. I understand weve got a right to defend our selves, but killing people just to kill them is getting under my skin right now. I just dont understand how an argument at a gas sta tion ended up with some one dead. His comment referred to the recent Dunn trial in Jacksonville. In November 2012, Dunn parked at a gas station next to a red Dodge Durango with four teenagers inside. He didnt like the loud music coming from the vehicle and asked them to turn it down. What happened next is known by only those who were there: Either Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old boy, threat ened Dunn with a weapon or Dunn lost control. In the end, he fired 10 shots into the vehicle, killing Davis. Though the trial echoed the Zimmerman case, the Stand Your Ground defense was not used by Dunns lawyers. To answer Williams con cerns, Payne informed him he did not write the laws. Instead, the matter needed to be discussed with the Florida legislators. As long as a law is on the books, Im going to use it to the best I can to defend my client, he said. I think weve developed a culture of violence ... Theres just a huge explo sion of violence. People have become immune to the consequences. During the breakfast with the police chief, the Lake City Police Department also intro duced their new Android and iPhone application. The department wants to be on the cutting edge of technology, Gilmore said. The application will provide users the opportunity to find local crime statistics, commend an officer, sub mit a tip or read the latest police department tweets. Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014 3A Our of ce is proud to welcome our new provider!WE ARE WOMEN, WE ARE MOTHERS, WE UNDERSTAND Daina Greene, MD Board Certi ed Healthcare Provider Marlene Summers, CNM SPECIALIZING IN:Q Womens health and Primary CareNew Patients WelcomeCall today for apersonal appointment:386-755-0500449 SE Baya DriveLake City, Florida 32025www.dainagreenemd.com?K>>ik^`gZg\rm^lmlbgma^h_\^Zg] offering DaVinci Robotic Surgeries. Lauren Williams, ARNP Outstanding Leader of Inpatient Therapy Our therapy program is designed to rehabilitate individuals back to their highest level of independence and functioning. 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CITY COUNCIL MEETING THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAKE CITY, FLORIDA WILL MEET ON MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS LOCATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF CITY HALL AT 205 NORTH MARION AVENUE, LAKE CITY, FLORIDA All interested persons are invited to attend. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: If you require special aid or services for any of the meetings identified above, as addressed in the American Disabilities Act, please contact the City Managers Office at (386) 719-5768. AUDREY E SIKES, MMC By AMANDA WILLIAMSONawilliamson@lakecityreporter.com Chicken sizzled in the frying pan. A mango, pineapple and jalapeo salsa warmed in a pan next to the lime-flavored rice and southwestern soup. Grilled garlic asparagus waited to be plated while the Columbia High School gourmet cooking team prepared a strawberry cream cheese torte. They have prepared the same meal every day of the week, prac ticing for Wednesdays statewide ProStart Culinary Competition Invitational in Orlando. The event will showcase the skills of more than 400 high school students, all competing to win a piece of the $800,000 in available scholarship money. A total of 60 schools are scheduled to partic ipate in the four different hos pitality-inspired events pre paring a gourmet meal, creating a business proposal for a new restaurant, designing an edible centerpiece and competing in a waiters relay race. Three teams from CHS will attempt to earn a place among the top five winners and guaran tee a position in the 2014 National ProStart Culinary Competition in May. They would also leave with scholarship money. For the CHS gourmet team, its their first competition as a group. Eric Brock, Hayden Stancil, Alexa Lyons and Kalie Baker decided last year they wanted to compete. Theyve been practicing since the beginning of the year. Im extremely nervous, Hayden said. Theres so much we have to learn and have to do. The recipes were created by the group chile-marinated chicken resting over lime rice and drizzled with the mango and pineapple salsa, with grilled asparagus and a southwest ern soup. The recipe must be creative, delicious and visually appealing to the judges. All items must be kept warm while the others cook, so the team has per fected the time it takes to prepare each item. Like clockwork, they know when to start cooking the chicken, the rice and the dessert. Throughout the competition, approximately 20 judges will pass CHSs station to check on their performance. Everything plays a role, said Cheryl Bender, the CHS culinary teacher. And every little thing counts. The group has to keep their space clean and organized while preparing their meal. Last year, the team had points deducted because of a wardrobe malfunction. Sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the event in Orlando gives the students a glimpse into the culinary industry. Bender just hopes the group has fun and does the best they can. Theyve been practicing for a long time and theyre a good group, she said. If you really, really want it, youll work hard and they have. The team members have been encouraging each other stay focused, one says. Redirect ner vous energy, the other adds. Though they are excited about the competition, they havent quite decided what they plan to do in the future. Hayden wants to be a teacher, but thinks she may focus on culinary arts. Eric will graduate shortly with his associa tive arts degree in business. He hopes to own his own restaurant one day. I think the food is presenta tion-worthy and tastes good to us, he said. But its subjective. Weve had judges say theres too much of one thing or not enough. Its hard to find a happy medium, but were striving. Culinary students head to cook-off in Orlando AMANDA WILLIAMSON/ Lake City ReporterAlexa Lyons prepares a strawberry cream cheese torte Friday after noon. As part of the Columbia High School gourmet culinary team, she and her teammates will travel to the 2014 ProStart Culinary Invitational in Orlando on Wednesday. COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOLBy AMANDA WILLIAMSONawilliamson@lakecityreporter.com Lake City-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce selected its final ists for businesses of the year, an annual award hon oring a small and large busi ness within the community. According to executive director Dennille Decker, the chamber has a long-stand ing tradition of recognizing local businesses, as well as a Citizen of the Year. The small business of the year finalists are Teeko.com, Campus USA, The Advertiser. The large busi ness of the year finalists are Potash Corp-White Springs, the Lake City Reporter, TD Bank. The whole reason we are trying to honor them is they not only have a business, employ people and do good through their every-day work, Decker said, but we want to honor people who give back, not just to the chamber but the community at large. Do you volunteer? Do you show up to different events? How have you con tributed to the betterment of Columbia County? Recently, the chamber changed the format on how they select the award winners. They now have an open call for nomina tions. Chamber members submit their suggestions, which must be Chamber members and have been in business for three years. Each business must answer a set of questions: Why do you deserve to be business of the year? What have you done thats innovative? How have you overcome hardship? What have you done for the community and for the chamber? The answers are judged by a panel of eight, usual ly comprised of previous winners, previous chamber presidents, business com munity members and a board member. For the 2014 year, the Chamber selected the final ists for small business from a pool of 10 nominees, and the finalists for large busi ness from a pool of eight. The Citizen of the Year has not been announced yet, since there is only one selected. Promotion Physical Therapy won Small Business of the Year for 2013, while Lake City Medical Center earned the title of Large Business of the Year. Dennis Roberts became the Chambers Citizen of the Year. The Awards Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 2, at the Holiday Inn and Suites from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. During the luncheon, the winners for all categories will be announced. Single tickets sell for $25, and a table for eight is $200. We want to let them know we appreciate all they do for the community, Decker said. Businesses of the year finalists announced Stand Your Ground discussed at LCPD Breakfast with the Chief
T here are tickets still available for the Lake City Reporters Taste of Home Cooking School. The one-night event will be Tuesday, March 18, at Florida Gateway College. When tickets went on sale Wednesday morning, we were amazed to have a line of 25 or more waiting to purchase the tickets to this cooking school that promises to be bigger and bet-ter than ever. Once again, weve partnered with Florida Gateway College and the show will be held inside the Howard Gymnasium and Conference Center. It has been three years since weve had Taste of Home produce a show for us in Lake City and the anticipation has grown. It is the only cooking school of its kind in the North Florida region this year. Weve had ticket inquiries from Jacksonville and Valdosta. We sold out of VIP tickets on the first day, as several hundred people bombarded us. We still have gener-al admission seating available. All seats are floor seats with a great view of the stage. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the Lake City Reporter office, 180 E. Duval St., downtown. Call 386-752-1293 for more information. Every person attending receives a souve-nir bag with many gifts, coupons, cooking magazines and other items from local and national sponsors. We will have many door prizes that will be given away during the course of the evening. If you have never been to the Taste of Home Cooking School, its an experience that is worth-while. Imagine being on the set of a television cooking show. Theres a stage, audio-video screen so you can see a close up of whats cook-ing while the chef explains what shes creating. There will be salad creations, main course entrees and desserts all prepared while you watch. The cooking magazines that are included in the gift bags contain all the recipes (plus a whole lot more) that will be prepared on stage. The show is interactive, so that while the chef is talking and demonstrat-ing the preparation techniques, the audience can follow along in the magazine. There are a couple breaks during the show as the chef changes course on the dishes and thats when random drawings are held for the various door prizes. There will be vendors of local interest inside the Howard Gymnasium for ticket holders to visit once inside the venue. Doors open for general admission ticket holders 90 minutes before the show, so arrive early and use the time to visit the local sponsors. Most will be offering free samples of their products, so it will be a worthwhile experience. Before doors open, there will also be food vendors outside, so you can come straight from work and not worry about getting hun-gry. The Lake City Reporters Taste of Home Cooking School is a fun night you wont soon forget. Youll take away a lot of quick, tasty and affordable recipes. Its a great event for a girls night out, a fam-ily excursion with grandmothers, moms, and daughters. Students, church and civic groups are wel-come and report that its a blast when you attend with friends. Men are welcome, too. The whole event is a lot of fun and a great community event with friends. Get your tickets on Monday at the Lake City Reporter office and you will not be disap-pointed. We think you will have a blast enjoying this night of light-hearted cooking. OPINION Sunday, March 2, 2014 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 Newspapers get things done! 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 ANOTHER VIEW 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 writers 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Bad business in Tallahassee Cooking school is great entertainment T he disastrous launch of the state unemployment website is not the only example of Gov. Rick Scotts admin-istration mishandling lucrative public business. As the Tampa Bay Times recently reported, the same vendor the state blamed for blocking thousands of Floridians from their jobless benefits with a botched website was also awarded another contract by the state despite being significantly underbid. At best, the two cases show a troubling pattern of poor oversight and opaque decisionmaking by an administration that preaches accountability. The Florida Department of Children and Families awarded Deloitte Consulting a contract worth $31.6 million last March to modernize the states system for tracking Medicaid eligibility. As the Times Michae l Van Sickler reported last week, the bid was about $ 6 million higher than that from a rival firm, Accentu re. And the award came after the agencys then-deputy secretary, Suzanne Vitale, intervened by overruling two separate recommendations by a team of staffers with computer and software expertise. Deloitte is one of the worlds largest government contracting firms. Since 2007, it has secured $283 million in state contracts and wields one of the st ates most powerful lobbying corps. Vitale, though, who left the government in January, said politics did n ot factor into her decision. She said Deloitte had alr eady worked with DCF and was familiar with the agencys computer system. She also said Deloitte brought an established record and more staff resources to the job. Vitales concerns, though, should have been addressed by the internal review team. Thats the purpose of a competitive bid process and the point of having specialists methodically vet details. The review team initially voted 7-0 to award the contra ct to Accenture; after negotiations stalled, the panel vo ted again months later and still chose to stick with th e company. Vitale downplayed the reversal, citing her authority to overrule the staff recommendation and a split vote the second time around. If the screeni ng process is flawed, fix it. If its a formality left to the boss, why bother at all? Vitale intervened to Deloittes benefit more than a year after the state Department of Economic Opportunity began warning that Deloittes CONNECT website for jobless benefits was shoddy and behind schedule. In 2012, DEO threatened to fire Deloitte; it eventually started fining the company, totaling $570,000 through last week. But Vitale said she was unaware of those problems. That shows a terrible communications gap between these government agen-cies. The state lost an early chance to get Deloitt es attention. And it sent a message to vendors that the bids were controlled from the top. That was the wrong way to bring in a contractor that the state h as already had a hard time managing. And its no way t o conduct business or government. The War for Poverty T his year is the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnsons War on Poverty and there has been lots of discussion of whether it worked or didnt. It didnt, at least as regards its advertised purpose of reducing poverty. But it didnt do anything to worsen it, either. Thats President Obamas record. The pain has been terrible, as you can find by asking about black teens and discovering that their unemployment rate is up to a horrifying 38 percent. Thats one fact mentioned by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, in something he wrote for National Review Online. Other facts: Food stamp use has increased 50 percent to 48 million people and Social Security disability has been rising by a mil-lion a year. Its the worst recovery since World War II, and yes, I know, President Obama has an explana-tion for all evil in the universe George W. Bush and some of his defenders add that, geez, this was a really bad recession, Obama was up against a recalcitrant Congress, recoveries are complicated and give the guy a break. Id say along with other critics to take some of that list into consid-eration and then agree that Obama has been a major factor through his fiscal recklessness, his total incompetence as a negotiator and a constantly divisive rhetoric that has rendered trust and compromise feathers in a hurricane. Even now he continues to miss the point, as in conveying in press leaks about the 2015 budget that hes giving up on the idea of restructuring Social Security. Fixing that program and other entitlements is crucial for dealing with a bloated debt. The Washington Post reports, however, that Obama figures the era of austerity is over, and Id say listen to Charles Blahous about this so-called austerity. A trustee for Social Security and Medicare, Blahous observes that the four biggest deficits in close to seven decades, along with three years of record spending in that stretch, occurred during Obamas first term. He notes that projections are that we will get more excess like that in the 2020s, thanks in part to what Obamacare is going to cost us. Because the deficits have come down lately, many have joined Obama in yawning about the debt. Dont, says the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office, which has noted it will be a tower-ing threat during the next decade, lowering wages, vastly complicating budget management and maybe going boom in a new fiscal crisis that would leave darned few of us alone.... The main thing in fixing poverty is a tough thing, say experts at both conservative and liberal think tanks. It is prompting cultural change that keeps fathers around to help mothers and keeps teens from dropping out of school. I think dramatic White House leadership on such fronts could help a lot more than beating up one group in order to make another group grin. Q Tampa Bay Times Todd Wilsontwilson@lakecityreporter.com Q Todd Wilson is publisher of the Lake City Reporter. Q Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado. Jay AmbroseSpeaktoJay@aol.com4AOPINION
AnnouncementsPro Rodeo QueensThe 10th annual Miss Florida Gateway Pro Rodeo Queens Competition will be held on March 14 at the 20th annual Florida Gateway Pro Rodeo. Ladies age 4-18 are eligible to participate and win scholarships, tiaras, Montana Silver belt buckles, trophies and more. Applications are available at The Money Man, Smittys Western Store, school offices and the Fair office. Or, they can be downloaded at www. columbiacountyfair.org. Call 386-752-8822 for more information.CHS YearbooksHunter Printing, 1330 SW Main Blvd., has about 20 like-new 2005 Columbia High School yearbooks for just $10 each. Proceeds will go to the school museum. They also have available about 20 Pat Summerall memorial football programs from the 2013 football season, also $10.Attention caregiversAre you a caregiver of a loved one suffering from dementia or Alzheimers? Let the Columbia County Senior Services help relieve your stress through In Home Care. Our CNAs are well-trained in caring for your loved one. Grant funding is available. Call J. Bisbrow at 755-0235 x 119 for more information.March 3Moral MondayThe local and state NAACP are joining forces on Monday, March 3 for a Moral Monday and are asking you to join in their call to action. A mass rally will be held at the capitol in Tallahassee for issues including affordable health care, medicaid expansion, ex-felons rights reservations and more. Contact ShaLeda at 386-984-6618 for more.Seuss StoriesThe Columbia County Public Library presents Seuss Stories on Monday, Feb. 3 at 3:30 p.m. at the Main Library. There will be crafts, snacks and a free book for each family that attends. A special presentation will be made by Janie Richardson from the Early Learning Coalition of Florida. Come for an afternoon of family fun and Read Across America with us. Call 386-758-2101 for more.March 5Friendship LuncheonThe Lake City Newcomers and Friends Club will meet on Wednesday, March 5 for a Friendship Luncheon at Ruby Tuesdays beginning at 11:30 a.m. Contact Rose Taylor at 755-2175 for more.March 8Pancake BreakfastBethel United Methodist Women will host a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 8 from 7:30-10 a.m. A $5 per-plate donation is asked. The church is located on Hwy 441 South. All proceeds go to local missions.Tobacco CessationLake City Medical Center, 340 NW Commerce Dr., is hosting a free tobacco cessation class on Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. To register, call Katie at 352-275-7489. Participants will receive free Nicotine patches, gum and lozenges while supplies last. The class covers all forms of tobacco. Go to www.ahectobacco.com for more information.Martial ArtsLaura Lindboe and the Academy of Martial Arts in Lake City present the 2014 Open Martial Arts Tournament on Saturday, March 8 held at Florida Gateway College. Spectator admission is $8; children 3 and under are free. Register to compete or be an official at www. floridagatewaychallenge. com. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Laura at 386-6230551. March 11Medicare SeminarThe LifeStyle Enrichment Center is hosting a free educational Medicare Seminar for residents 64 1/2 and older on Tuesday, March 11 from 5-6 p.m. Irv Crowetz will cover topics like what you need to know about Medicare, when to enroll and what is covered. RSVP to 386-755-3476 x107.March 12NewcomersThe Lake City newcomers monthly luncheon will be on Wednesday, March 12 at 11 a.m. at the Quang Dong Chinese Restaurant in the mall. The program will be an update on activities at the LifeStyle Enrichment Center by director Debbie Freeman. Contact Pinky Moore at 752-4552 for more.March 13Attracting ButterfliesUF/IFAS Suwannee County Master Gardeners will be offering an Attracting Butterflies to your Garden workshop on Thursday, March 13 at Heritage Park and Gardens in Live Oak. Participants will be able to take home a butterfly plant, educational materials and new knowledge. Seating is limited so reserve your spot by March 10 by calling Carolyn Saft at 386-3622771.March 15Bowl-a-thonCARCs 21st annual Bowl-a-thon will be held Saturday, March 15 at 1 and 3 p.m. Door prizes will be given away all afternoon; grand prizes are awarded to bowlers that raise the most money. Call 752-1880 x 105 for more info and to register your team.Policemans BallThe Lake City Police Department is inviting the community to a Policemans Ball and Charity Gala to benefit the Columbia County Senior Services on Saturday, March 15 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Robert B. Harkness Armory Florida National Guard, 490 NW Lake Jeffery Road. Contact Audre Washington at 386719-5742 for more information.March 162nd Anniversary PartyHigh Springs Music in the Park Series celebrates their 2nd year anniversary with a party at James Paul Park on March 16 beginning at 2 p.m. There will be food, cake, live music and great friends.March 17Academic RecognitionThe Presley Excel and Scholars Program invites the community to an academic recognition program for students in grades K-12 who have a report card with no grade under a B or S. The program is Monday, March 17 at 6 p.m. at the New Pisgah A.M.E. Church, 245 NE Washington Street. The program is sponsored by Dr. Jean Felert Cadet. Parents of each qualifying student should contact Bernice Presley at 386-7524074 on or before Monday, March 10. There will be a special award for three honors students who write the best one-page typed, printed in ink, or neat cursive paper on the topic Why I Feel Education is the Key to Success. The deadline for the essay is Monday, March. 10.Hydroponic businessUF/IFAS will host a short course on starting a successful hydroponic business at the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center in Live Oak on March 17-18 and March 21-22. Attend either session. The cost of the course is $325 for primary participant registration and $240 for secondary participant registration. The optional grower tour is $30 per person. Call Sarah White or Karen Hancock at 386-362-1725 for more information.Executive CommitteeEarly Learning Coalition of Floridas Gateway, Inc. will hold an Executive Committee Meeting on Monday, March 17 at 3 p.m. at the Coalition Office, 1104 SW Main Blvd. Call Stacey DePratter at 386752-9770 with questions.SCORE WorkshopThere will be a SCORE Entrepreneurs workshop on March 17 from 6-8 p.m. at the Columbia County Public Library, 308 NW Columbia Ave. The workshop is free to attend but an RSVP is required. Do so at 386-752-2000 or email@example.com.March 29Car Show fundraiserThe Suwannee Relay for Life team is hosting a Car Show Fundraiser on March 29 in the South Oak Square in Live Oak. Registration is from 9-11 a.m. Judging begins at 2:30 p.m., awards will be given at 3 p.m. Registration before March 14 is $20; after is $25. Goodie bags are available for the first 50 registrants. Call 386-590-2232 for more.April 19Quilt raffleA king size Gator quilt will be raffled at the LifeStyle Enrichment Center, 628 SE Allison Ct., on April 19 at 1 p.m.. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. Only 300 tickets will be printed. Proceeds benefit the Sewers Activity Fund Drawing. Call 4389910 for more information. Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 LAKE CITY REPORTER COMMUNITY SUNDAY MARCH 2, 2014 5ATruett George, JrMr. Truett George, Jr, 78, passed away February 27, 2014, at the Haven Hospice E.T. York Care Center in Gainesville, Florida. He was born on December 4, 1935, in Louisville, KY. Truett graduated from Male High School in Louisville, KY, in 1954. He later attended college at the University of Louisville and Columbia University in New York. While he lived in Louisville, he was an active member of the Louisville Jaycees and he served in the Kentucky National Guard. He spent parts of his life in New York, NY, Nashville, TN, New Orleans, LA, and Savannah, GA. In 1974, drawn by the allure of the crystal clear waters of the Ichetucknee Springs, Truett moved to Fort White, FL, where he lived the rest of his life. A talented artist and hard-working entrepreneur, he founded and operated a stained glass studio, Advent Glass Works, Inc. Through Advent, Truett designed, built, and restored stained glass windows for churches throughout the United States. He joined the Stained Glass Association of America in 1978 and later became a board member. In 1993, he was elect ed president of the SGAA for a two-year term. In 2006, he was elected a Fellow in the SGAA. Truett was a community lead er and very active in local politics. At one point, he served as chairman of the Columbia County Democratic Party. He was a member of the Fort White Town Council from 1991 to 1998. He was elected Mayor of Fort White in 1998, and he served as Mayor until his death. He was a member of the Lake City Lions Club and the Elks Club. He was an avid Florida Gator fan and a Gator football season ticket holder for over was sign language. At one point in his life, Truett was a boxer, an airplane pilot, a photographer, and a traveling salesman. He had numerous hobbies over the course of his life, including golf, music, talking politics, woodworking, traveling, socializing with his Lions Club friends on Tuesday nights, and spending time with his family. He was home with books. He was gregarious, stubborn, charming, full of life, and a gifted raconteur, always with a story to tell. Truett was preceded in death by his parents, Truett George, Sr., and Bertha Hogue George. He is survived by his wife of almost 44 years, Merry S. George; his daughter, Tina Coyle (Pat), of Park Ridge, IL; his son, Scott George of Louisville, KY; his daughter, Dr. Merry Jennifer Markham (Sam) of Gainesville, FL; his son, Clay George, of Fort Blaine Coyle, Kevin Coyle, Wil liam Coyle, Madeline Markham, and Oliver Markham; brother Kenneth George (Darlene), of Bon Aqua, TN; brother Boyce George, of Louisville, KY; numerous other relatives and friends who loved him dearly. 6, 2014 at Dees-Parrish Family Funeral Home 458 S. Marion Ave, Lake City, FL. Funeral serday, March 7, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church 973 S. Marion Avenue, Lake City, butions may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606. Arrangements are under the care of the DEES-PARRISH FAMILY FUNERAL HOME 458 S. Marion Ave., Lake City, FL, 32025. Please sign the guestbook at parrishfamilyfuneralhome.comObituaries are paid advertisements. For details, call the Lake City Reporters classified department at 752-1293. I would like to take this opportunity to apologize on my behalf for the delay in putting this thank you in the newspaper. My family and I would like to thank everyone for your prayers, flowers, phone calls, cards, monetary gifts or whatever you may have done during the time of our bereavement in the loss of our mother Eloise Davis Foster and our adopted grandmother, Ceda Mae Prester. It would have been ungrateful for us to not have put this in the paper to let everyone know how appreciative we are for all of you thinking of us.God Bless You AllThe Family of Eloise Davis Foster and Ceda Mae Prester $995* OBITUARIES To submit your Community Calendar item, contact Emily Lawson at 754-0424 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.COMMUNITY CALENDAR JASON MATTHEW WALKER/ Lake City ReporterIrrigating CHSColumbia County landscape maintenance technicians Rebecca Perez and Greg Campbell work on an irrigation renovation project at Columbia High School on Friday.
it was determined Columbia County ranked 5.04 percent below the statewide average cost of living. However, increases in salaries in the local operating area (Columbia and surrounding coun ties) and other agencies throughout the state have been averaging from one percent to two percent over the past few years, Cody & Associates said. Based upon our informa tion and experience...sala-ry increases in the range of one and a half percent to three percent can be anticipated for this next fiscal year. The report then listed each of the countys offi cial positions and by what percentage their starting salaries differed from the adjusted average mini mum. For example, the report indicated the start ing salary for a Columbia County 911 dispatcher was 21.47 percent below the 18 compared coun ties and agencies average minimums. Of the countys 21 emergency dispatchers, 11 have been working in the position for less than two years. We have a high turnover, Emergency Operations Center Director Tom Brazil said. The vast majority of it is money. But whats not indicat ed in the report, Brazil said, are the costs asso ciated with the training and certification of new dispatcherson average, the county will spend roughly $12,000 over six to 12 months on each new dispatcher before theyre able to handle the posi tion with minimal super vision. Its a fairly significant part of the budget, he said. What really hurts is when you lose a dispatch er whos fully trained...I think addressing the salaries has been long overdue. Youve got to be competitive with your surrounding areas. Cody and Associates made the following rec ommendation: Consider increasing salaries from one to three percent to attain closer comparability and equity with like agencies and positions throughout the state and region, they wrote. A one percent across the board increase to the countys roughly $18.5 million payroll would equate to an additional $185,000 a year. However, even if com missioners voted for a one percent increase, many positions would still trail the surveys recom mended average by dou ble digit percentages. Some of those positions and their double digit dis parities include: U>Li]£niVi UriiiVi> i]""iVi U1iiiii'i Vi]£"iVi Ui' ivv] ££iVi As indicated near the beginning of the story, not all positions had neg ative deficitsall depart ments, excluding the tax collector, retain positions that pay above the rec ommended minimums, some by a double digit margin. What I think most people dont look at between the private and public sector is that the county has good bene fits, Commissioner Ron Williams said. Pension, health insurance 100 per cent, paid holidays off, annual leave, sick leave...We have a good program when it comes to what the employee gets beside their salary. However, special interest groups such as Support Our Sheriff have been vocal critics about wages, arguing that many sheriffs deputies look for supplementary sources of income, such as second jobs. Commissioners acknowledged the need and say the salary survey is the first step toward addressing the issue, but must find a way to bal ance it with other issues requiring county fund ing, such the deteriorat ing jail and communica tion system, stormwater mitigation issues, year end projects, recreation improvements and so on. You cant just look at salary adjustments only and say thats all were going to address because all of those things on that list are important, County Manager Dale Williams said. [The commissioners] are looking at it in a prop er waythe big picture. They will come to a con clusion as to how much they can logically spend in order to implement the corrections based on the survey, but that num ber wont be known until several months down the road. Dale Williams indicat ed during a Thursday workshop that a one size fits all solution wont be feasible considering the unique needs of different positions, such as the 911 dispatchers. Were going to have to look at it from a depart mental type basis, he said. There may be provisions that apply to only certain departments when we get through. One issue at the fore front of the salary survey focuses on the dynamics of seniority. You could start work ing for the county mak ing $20,000 a year, Ron Williams said. But then I got a guy thats been there eight years mak ing $21,500. How much money do you allot to put separation between a new employee and one thats been there longer making almost the same as [the surveys recom mendation]? The county is still in the early stages of its budget and planning deliberations and has until Oct. 1 to create a budget for the next fiscal year. The process has started and during each one of these workshops more info will be pro vided and decisions will be made, Dale Williams said. For more information on the salary survey and other issues facing next years county bud get, visit www.columbi >V'v>V1`iall meetings and down loads, select the Feb. 27 Board of County Commissioners meeting, or call 386-758-1005. Credit Scholarship Program. But groups such as the Florida Education Association teachers union have long opposed voucher-like ideas.Tax cuts on tap As Republicans have dominated Florida politics since the late 1990s, one of their go-to issues has been cutting taxes. Gov. Rick Scott hopes to tap into that as he runs for re-election this year. Scott is pitching $500 million in tax and fee cuts, including the roll back of a vehicle-registra tion fee increase approved in 2009. Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, have already com mitted to making $500 mil lion in cuts, though details remain to be worked out.Health care fights The 2013 legislative session was filled with debate about whether Florida should expand Medicaid under the fed eral Affordable Care Act. While Democrats will try to resurrect the issue this year, a Medicaid expansion is all but dead. But the health-care world could see a couple of major lob bying fights, including a hospital-industry battle about state approvals of new trauma centers. Also, a debate has been raging about a House proposal to allow nurse practitioners to provide care without the supervision of physicians.Retirement revamp House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, has made a top priority of trying to move the state away from a tradi tional pension system for future government work ers. A group of Republican senators banded together with Democrats last year to kill a proposed shift into 401(k)-style plans. But Weatherford and his allies are back this year with other alternatives. This could become one of the most-intriguing political issues of the session.Tuition targetedTaking a cue from Gov. Rick Scott, lawmak ers appear poised to take steps to hold down tui tion in state colleges and universities. Among other things, legislative leaders have expressed support for changing a law that allows universities to raise tuition as much as 15 per cent a year. Also, they say they want to make the Florida Prepaid College Program more afford able. Questions remain, however, about whether lawmakers will approve extending in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants.Child protection The state has faced scrutiny during the past year because of highly publicized incidents of children dying of abuse and neglect. Also, it has been stung by reports of sexual predators being free to commit new crimes. While the details of the issues are differ ent, both come back to the state Department of Children and Families. >>i>isteps during the session to improve child protec tion, while also cracking down on sexually violent predators.No safe bets in gambling issue The Senate has spent months gathering infor mation about whether to revamp gambling laws, including whether to allow high-end resort casinos in South Florida. But as the session starts, it is unclear whether lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott will agree on a plan. House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, is call ing for gambling expan sions to go before vot ers. Meanwhile, House and Senate leaders want to know how Scott will handle a critical gambling deal that runs out in 2015 with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. 6A LAKE CITY REPORTER LOCAL SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014 Page Editor: Emily Lawson, 754-0424 934 NE Lake DeSoto Circle, Lake City, FL(Next to Courthouse) on their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held on February 25, 2014 at 1476 SW Walter Avenue would like to congratulate1476 SW Walter AvenueLake CityBelmont Academy Charter School Belmont Academy Charter School LAKE CITY352-374-4534426 SW Commerce Dr., Suite 130 OPEN IN LAKE CITY pie. When you start splitting it up among all of the spe cial interests that want a little piece of that pie, your piece winds up not being very big at all. Early estimates put fund ing like that upwards of $350 to $400 million, but senators have since backed away from those figures, moving pre dicted funding levels closer to Governor Scotts desire to pledge $55 million into springs-related funding this year. Porter said fresh fund ing was likely considering Floridas recovering econ omy, adding that legislators arent focused on squeezing every single dollar out of the budget as they wouldve four or five years ago. However, many legislators, particularly those in districts without freshwater springs, are reluctant to dive head first into springs protection effortsthough Porter hopes to convince them otherwise. Its more than just the water supply, levels and health of the springs. It really is an economic engine for us up here, she said. Analysts predict this years session would be geared slightly more toward securing funding for springs projects themselves as opposed to sweeping statewide changes. Another issue to watch will be HB 493, a piece of legis lation representative Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) introduced as his attempt to remedy the ongoing Olustee monument `'i1`i L]> makers would have to approve the addition to any monument to a state park. I would not even attempt to take a guess [HB 493s out come], Porter said. There is a lot on tap for this session. It may not be one of the priority bills...It probably will see at least one committee because he is a chair. Porter, a staunch critic of Baxleys bill, said she has been having ongoing discussions 1-iii>i/i`Yoho (R-Gainesville) and staff i1-i-iVihave the issue resolved with out state intervention. Aside from springs and monuments, Porter has been working on a handful of other house bills shes either sponsored or co-sponsored, according to House records: U"£n' EmployeesAuthorizes governing body of county to determine available ben ivvV'iiiprovides for applicability of certain provisions relating to `>,iii-i U""*vi> GeologyRevises licensure examination requirements for vi>}i} vides requirements for reg istration as geologist-in-train }iii}ii`geologists-in-training seek ing licensure as professional geologist from retaking fun damentals of geology part of Vi'ii>> U"nx1i`->i Department of Education1}in}i>L 1-i>ivr`'V> U"xrivi Retirement of School District PersonnelRevises provi sions relating to re-employ ment of retirees as instruc tional personnel on contract L>`ii}>iintent & findings to clarify authorization to award con >V`ii'iifor judgment in certain civil actions or administrative pro Vii`} Uxx*iV`> Education Textbook and Instructional Materials AffordabilityRevises text book affordability policies and procedures to include other instructional materi >i'iVi>`procedures to be adopted by Florida College System insti '>`>i'iirequires institution to post information on course sched ule relating to required & rec i`i`iLEVrequires recommendations to i>`i}>'ireduce student costs. 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By AVALYN HUNTERSpecial to the ReporterFORT WHITE In the race to produce citizens able to compete and contribute in a highly technological society, its easy to see the need for schools to teach hard skills in basic and applied sciences, math, and medicine. Basic knowledge and skills in science and math are also easily tested, making it relatively easy for a school to measure its success in these areas. Unfortunately, soft qualities such as listening skills, compassion, empa thy, a willingness to sacrifice for others, and a strong ethical compass tend not to grab as much attention, and they are not easily tested except by real-life experience. Yet these traits are needed to create and maintain a society worth living in, regardless of its tech nological level. And school activities can be a valuable part of teaching these abilities, as demonstrated by the Student Government Association at Fort White High School. Working with their sponsor, Deirdre Houk, and with St. James Episcopal Church, they recently completed a project called Helping Hands, which benefited the homeless of Columbia County. Their work was recognized by the Florida Association of Student Councils, which named Helping Hands its Project of the Year. More importantly, the SGA students learned a lesson they will never forget about the joy of giving to others. Planning for the project began in Houks student leadership classes back in October 2013. I had worked with ministries for the homeless through my church, so it was something I was interested in from the start, said project co-chairman Raeann Meyerhoff, representing a project leadership committee that included co-chairman Tristan Nelson and members Brittany Alexander, Samantha Tusing and Gina dAntonio. When we started discussing it in class, we decided the best way to get going was to partner with an already-established homeless ministry. One of our student resource officers, Deputy Kymberly Ray, attends St. James and was able to put us in touch with the ministry leaders there. They normally provide meals for the homeless on Mondays and Tuesdays and were happy to let us work with them. Houks high school students already had supply drives and food drives in progress while they were looking for the right partner and continued those drives up into January, posting fliers around the school and offering a pizza party for the class that could collect the most. Donated clothing and non-perishable food items were then sorted and grouped into goody bags for easy distribution. Middle school leadership students assisted the high schoolers in arranging for chili to be cooked and donated for the lunch. When the big day came on January 28, the SGA students worked at St. James during the morning to prepare and package the chili lunches. They then took the lunches and supplies to a prearranged location in the community for distribution. The church people told us they normally served 75 to 80 lunches on a meal day, but I guess the word got around because people just kept coming and coming. I think we ended up serving about 100, said Houk. The students who participated in the project found themselves deeply touched. It was an eye-opener for a lot of us, said student Sadie Wilbur. Most of us are from fairly well-off families and weve never been without a place to live or food and clothes. It was a reality check for us, seeing how good people could become homeless through no fault of their own, and a lesson about not being selfish. Brittany Alexander agreed. I didnt even know there were homeless people around here before, she said. If I thought about it at all before this, I just thought they were mostly drug addicts or bums. Instead, I found out they were people like us. One student in particular made a lasting impression on a local family. A couple came with their little boy and he didnt have a coat or jacket, said Montine Humphries. We were able to find him one and they almost cried, they were so grateful. It was the best part of the day. I wish we had been able to make more of a personal connection like that with more of the people we were serving, but we were so busy that we didnt have as much time for that as we would have liked. When the day ended, the only regret the FWHS SGA students had was that they could not do more. Wed like to do this a couple of times next year, maybe even monthly if we could arrange to do something on weekends, said project co-chairman Tristan Nelson. It made us feel that we were making a difference in our community. 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The Home and Patio Show is pretty much to support the local business community, said Rotary Club of Downtown Lake City president Austin Seay. Whatever vision you have for inside or outside your home, you could come by and talk to someone here one-on-one. Pretty much anything you could think of for the house, theres a vendor. The event ran Saturday until 5 p.m. and runs today from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Theres no entrance fee and its free to park. Two buildings at the fairgrounds house everything from carpet, construction and real estate to gardening sup plies and pest control. On Saturday, the Home and Patio Show drew a steady crowd of people visiting the more than 40 booths on site. Florida Gateway Landscape and Irrigation has been a part of the show since it started. Aside from a decal on the companys trailer, the show provides the only advertising it does yearround enough to keep the 25-year-old company busy. Its just wonderful to be in the community, see old friends, make new friends and offer our services, said owner Terry Litteral. As for how this years Home and Patio Show pans out, Litteral said the proof will be in the sales and business leads he receives over the weekend. But, as of days end on Saturday, he felt like it was looking pretty good. For the Rotary Club of Lake City Downtown, service is about getting into the community it serves, Seay said. For more information on the club, visit its website at rotarydowntown.com. SHOWContinued From 1A
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Lake City Reporter SPORTS Story ideas? Contact Tim Kirby Sports Editor 754-0421 email@example.com Lake City Reporter SPORTS Sunday, March 2, 2014 www.lakecityreporter.com Section B Story ideas? Contact Tim Kirby Sports Editor 754-0421 firstname.lastname@example.org 1BSPORTS Steve Jones, CFP Financial Advisor 2929 West U S Highway 90 Suite 114 Lake City, FL 32055 386-752-3847 Robert Woodard, AAMS Financial Advisor 148 N Marion Ave Lake City, FL 32055 386-752-1215 Jay Poole, AAMS Financial Advisor 846 S W Baya Drive Lake City, FL 32025 386-752-3545 But the April 15 Deadline for IRA Contributions Isnt. You have only so many years to prepare for retirement. Thats why contributing to your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is so important. Fortunately, you still have time to maximize your 2013 IRA contribution before the April 15 deadline. Steve Smith Financial Advisor 330 SW Main Blvd. Lake City, FL 32025 386-758-6888 Robert Woodard, AAMS Financial Advisor 148 N. Marion Ave. Lake City, FL 32055 386-752-1215 Jay Poole, AAMS Financial Advisor 846 SW Baya Drive Lake City, FL 32025 386-752-3545 Steve Jones, CFP Financial Advisor 2929 West US Highway 90 Lake City, FL 32055 386-752-3847 Best Brands at the Best Prices Closeouts Overstocks Discontinued Covers Same or Next Day Delivery BEDS BEDS BEDS 1472 U.S. 90 West, Lake City Mon.-Fri 10-6, Sat. 10-5 755-7678 UP TO OFF 70% COMPETITORS PRICES MATTRESS CLEARANCE SALE SALE BRIEFS GAMES Monday Fort White High weightlifting vs. Santa Fe High, Hawthorne High, 4 p.m. Fort White High JV baseball vs. Suwannee High, 6 p.m. Tuesday Columbia High girls tennis at Orange Park High, 3 p.m. Columbia High softball vs. Middleburg High, 5:30 p.m. Fort White High softball at Hamilton County High, 6:30 p.m. Fort White High baseball at Keystone Heights High, 6:30 p.m. Columbia High baseball at Lafayette High, 7 p.m. (JV-4:30) Thursday Columbia High tennis at Middleburg High, 2:45 p.m. Fort White High softball at Chiefland High, 6 p.m. Columbia High baseball at Cedar Creek Christian School, 6:30 p.m. Fort White High baseball vs. Williston High, 6:30 p.m. (JV-6:30 at Williston) Columbia High softball at Trinity Christian Academy, 7 p.m. (JV-5) Friday Columbia High tennis vs. Fleming Island High, 3 p.m. Columbia High JV softball at Santa Fe Tournament, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Fort White High softball vs. Keystone Heights High, 6 p.m. Columbia High softball vs. West Nassau High, 7 p.m. Columbia High baseball vs. Fort White High, 7 p.m. (JV-4:30) Saturday Columbia High baseball vs. Wakulla High, 2 p.m. (JV-noon) Columbia High JV softball at Santa Fe Tournament, 2 p.m. MARTIAL ARTS Tournament set for Saturday Laure Lindboe & Academy of Martial Arts in Lake City present the 2014 Open Martial Arts Tournament Saturday at Florida Gateway College. Admission is $8 (free for children 3 and younger). For details, call Lindboe at 623-0551. CHS FOOTBALL Q-back Club meeting Monday The Columbia High Quarterback Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the Jones Fieldhouse. FORT WHITE CHEER Clinic, tryouts set for March Cheerleading tryouts for Fort White varsity, junior varsity and middle school squads are 9 a.m. March 22 in the high school gym. There is a tryout clinic from 3:30-5:30 p.m. March 18-20 in the gym. A mandatory parent meeting for those interested in trying out is 6 p.m. March 13. For details, call Kathy DePratter at 497-5952, Ext. 158, or e-mail deprat email@example.com From staff reports Sheppard wants to raise CHS bar JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City Reporter Travis Sheppard is Columbia Highs new track head coach. New track coach brings experience By BRANDON FINLEY firstname.lastname@example.org Columbia High will usher in a new coach for track and field this season as Travis Sheppard takes the reins for the Tigers. Sheppard is no stranger to the track as he had a standout career in South Carolina during his time in the sport. I graduated West Lawrence High School in South Carolina and hold three school records, Sheppard said. As soon as I graduated I went into the Army for eight years of active duty. One year, I was in a combat zone in Iraq. In 2005, I started coaching at my alma mater. In 2008, I coached Lauren Ellis to a Class 4A state champi onship in the 400 open. I had three back-to-back TRACK continued on 3B JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City Reporter Columbia Highs Alex Milton prepares to swing at a pitch while playing Suwannee High on Tuesday. Tigers bounce back against Trojans, 13-3 By BRANDON FINLEY email@example.com Columbia High rebound ed from its only loss of the season in impressive fash ion with a 13-3 win against Hamilton County High on Friday. Caleb Mr. Friday Night Vaughn picked up his sec ond win in as many Fridays with a four-inning perfor mance in which he struck out eight batters on two hits. When Im pitching under the Friday night lights, I still get butterflies, Vaughn said. Its a different feeling this year. As seniors, were trying to pick up the slack and theres no better feel ing than knowing you have people supporting us. Vaughn wasnt the only senior with a stand out performance. Levi Hollingsworth went 3-for-3 at the plate and hit a tworun homer. Hes the type of kid that is capable of doing that every night, Columbia head coach Heath Phillips said after the game. Hes a big strong kid that can continue to get better if he stays within himself. The Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning and never looked back. Jordan Culp drove in Hollingsworth and Kaleb Thomas for the 2-0 lead and Dalton Mauldin followed with a double to score Steven Rendel and Culp. The Tigers explod ed for five more in the third inning starting with Hollingsworths tworun homer to score Alex Milton. They were pitching away from me and I just extended my arms, he said. Its good to get that off my chest and get my season underway. Im just looking to build off that. Vaughn strikes out eight in four innings on Friday. CHS continued on 2B
Youth leaguesMAJORS SCRATCH Team standings: 1. Hammer Time (191.5-128.5); 2. King Pins (172-148); 3. The Prodigies (155.5-164.5). High scratch game: 1. (tie) Lauren Snipes, Sara Sykes 192; 3. Lauren Snipes 185. 1. Blake Lyons 207; 2. Blake Lyons 200; 3. Jacob Howell 190. High scratch series: 1. Lauren Snipes 544; 2. Sara Johns 507; 3. Linden Barney 504. 1. Jacob Howell 558; 2. Blake Lyons 546; 3. Brandon Shrum 499. MAJORS Team standings: 1. Pin Breakers (45-35); 2. The Chase Is On! (43.5-36.5); 3. Team 3 (42-38). High scratch game: 1. Amanda Schmitt 177; 2. Amanda Schmitt 155; 3. Elaina Silcox 147. 1. Chase Williams 199; 2. Chase Williams 182; 3. Cory Lyons 164. High scratch series: 1. Amanda Schmitt 478; 2. Elaina Silcox 407; 3. Callie Pierce 397. 1. Chase Williams 527; 2. Cory Lyons 459; 3. Josh Johns 429. JUNIORS Team standings: 1. The Hurricanes (51-29); 2. Lucky Strike (47-33); 3. Da Crushers (46.5-33.5). High team handicap game: 1. Dazzling Diamonds 591; 2. Lucky Strike 582; 3. Da Crushers 581. High team handicap series: 1. Da Crushers 1,704; 2. Gutter Busters 1,657; 3. The Strikers 1,644. High handicap game: 1. Taylor Garmley 227; 2. Bryannah Billingsley 217; 3. Jennifer Allen 215. 1. Joshua Cohen 235; 2. Tristan Miller 232; 3. Kolby Sherrod 213. High handicap series: 1. Bryannah Billingsley 607; 2. Jennifer Allen 601; 3. Jadyn Freeman 561. 1. Joshua Cohen 659; 2. Tristan Miller 583; 3. Kolby Sherrod 572. BANTAMS High handicap game: 1. Aliyah Rouse 174. 1. Darin Handy 176. High handicap series: 1. Aliyah Rouse 477. 1. Darin Handy 496.(results from Feb. 15)League reportsLake City Bowl league results: HIT & MISS Team standings: 1. Spare Us (14.5-5.5); 2. Strike 3 (12-8, 587 team average); 3. Ten In The Pit (12-8, 569 team average). High team handicap game: 1. Ten In The Pit 807; 2. Legal Ladies 783; 3. Silver Ladies 762. High team handicap series: 1. Strike 3 2,384; 2. High Five 2,253; 3. Git Up & Bowl 2,234. High handicap game: 1. Cythe Shiver 237; 2. Charlene Moss 230; 3. Jessica Alford 225. High handicap series: 1. Ida Hollingsworth 629; 2. Judy Daniels 615; 3. Sharon Tuning 609.(Results from Feb. 4) GOLDEN ROLLERS Team standings: 1. Lucky Strikers; 2. Power E.N.D.S.; 3. Gamblers. High team scratch game: 1. Knock em Down 679; 2. Senior Moment 619; 3. WGASA 612. High team scratch series: 1. Power E.N.D.S. 1,922; 2. Your Up 1,831; 3. Jos Crew 1,765. High team handicap game: 1. 2 Girls & 2 Guys 840; 2. Knock em Down 829; 3. Your Up 828. High team handicap series: 1. Lucky Strikers 2,443; 2. Power E.N.D.S. 2,393; 3. Wild Things 2,383. High scratch game: 1. Judy Johnson 174; 2. Betty Carmichael 170; 3. Joanne Denton 169. 1. Sandy Sanders 205; 2. George Walters 202; 3. (tie) Mike Murrey, Bruce Gilbert 198. High scratch series: 1. (tie) DeDe Young, Shirley Highsmith 478; 3. Joyce Hooper 446. 1. Lee McKinney 547; 2. Bill Dolly 540; 3. David Duncan 515. High handicap game: 1. (tie) Joanne Denton, Pat Hale 222; 3. (tie) Betty Carmichael, Joan Carman 218. 1. Sandy Sanders 260; 2. Winton Brewer 235; 3. Randy Rose 230. High handicap series: 1. June Pat Klock 664; 2. Shirley Highsmith 613; 3. Susan Mears 606. 1. Bruce Gilbert 687; 2. Art Joubert 633; 3. Tom Evert 631.(Results from Jan. 30) SEXY SENIORS Team standings: 1. Awesome Four (113-71); 2. Jos Crew (109-75); 3. Spoilers (104-80). High team handicap game: 1. Perky Pals 842; 2. (tie) Jos Crew, Pin Droppers 816. High team handicap series: 1. Keglers 2,461; 2. Spoilers 2,423; 3. Outcasts 2,347. High handicap game: 1. Myrl Schleishman 235; 2. Teresa Williams 233; 3. Barbara Croft 232. 1. Bruce Gilbert 267; 2. Jerry Crandall 238; 3. Wayne Johns 229. High handicap series: 1. Louise Atwood 652; 2. Pat Hale 635; 3. Janie Posey 629. 1. Ross Meyers 670; 2. Jim Grimsley 650; 3. Earl Hayward 632. (Results from Feb. 4) MONDAY NIGHT MAVERICKS Team standings: 1. Jokers Wild (135-75); 2. Team 4 (127-83); 3. Rogers Automotive (123-87). High scratch game: 1. David Adel 299; 2. Robert Stone 277; 3. Jeff Deitz 268. High scratch series: 1. David Adel 760; 2. Jeff Deitz 698; 3. Robert Stone 668. High handicap game: 1. David Adel 312; 2. Jeff Deitz 293; 3. Jamie Ritzman 284. High handicap series: 1. David Adel 799; 2. Jeff Deitz 773; 3. Jim Grimsley 733. High average: 1. Zech Strohl 221.45; 2. Dale Coleman 216.53; 3. Robert Stone 216.28.(Results from Feb. 10) TGIF Team standings: 1. Oh Split! (19.5-8.5); 2. Alvin & The Chickmonks (18-10, 17,438 handicap pins); 3. Sandpipers (18-10, 17,402 handicap pins); 4. Trinity (18-10, 17,308 handicap pins). High team handicap game: 1. Oh Split! 918; 2. Fun Tyme Travel 905; 3. Gutter Dusters 895. High team handicap series: 1. Oh Split! 2,617; 2. Fun Tyme Travel 2,593; 3. Gutter Dusters 2,559. High scratch game: 1. Ida Hollingsworth 233; 2. Chrissy Fancy 227; 3. Linda Feasel 214. 1. (tie) Jason Howell, David Adel 269; 3. Cody Howard 245. High scratch series: 1. Ida Hollingsworth 588; 2. Chrissy Fancy 587; 3. Carol Younger 517. 1. Jason Howell 704; 2. David Adel 645; 3. Greg Moravec 630. High handicap game: 1. Linda Feasel 289; 2. Chrissy Fancy 278; 3. Ida Hollingsworth 258. 1. Jason Howell 288; 2. David Adel 270; 3. Steve Fancy 263. High handicap series: 1. Chrissy Fancy 740; 2. Linda Feasel 704; 3. Carol Younger 691. 1. Jason Howell 761; 2. Greg Moravec 684; 3. John Glynn 682.(Results from Feb. 14) SCOREBOARD SCOREBOARD TELEVISIONTV sports Today AUTO RACING 3 p.m. FOX NASCAR, Sprint Cup, The Profit on CNBC 500, at Avondale, Ariz. GOLF 1 p.m. TGC PGA Tour, The Honda Classic, final round, at Palm Beach Gardens 3 p.m. NBC PGA Tour, The Honda Classic, final round, at Palm Beach Gardens MENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL 1:30 p.m. NBCSN George Mason at George Washington 2 p.m. CBS Marquette at Villanova 4 p.m. CBS Ohio St. at Indiana 6 p.m. ESPNU Georgia Tech at Florida St. 8 p.m. ESPNU Stanford at Arizona 9 p.m. FS1 Oregon St. at UCLA NBA BASKETBALL 1 p.m. ABC New York at Chicago NHL HOCKEY Noon NBC Philadelphia at Washington 4 p.m. NBCSN Heritage Classic, Ottawa vs. Vancouver, at BC Place Stadium 7 p.m. NBCSN Boston at N.Y. Rangers SOCCER 11:25 a.m. NBCSN Premier League, Cardiff at Tottenham WOMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL 1 p.m. ESPN Duke at North Carolina 2 p.m. ESPN2 Nebraska at Purdue 2:30 p.m. FS1 West Virginia at Baylor 4 p.m. ESPN2 Vanderbilt at Kentucky Monday MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 3 p.m. FS1 Preseason, L.A. Angels vs. Arizona, at Scottsdale, Ariz. MENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN Notre Dame at UNCESPNU Savannah St. at NC Central FS1 Xavier at Seton Hall 9 p.m. ESPN Kansas St. at Oklahoma St.ESPNU NC State at Pittsburgh NHL HOCKEY 8 p.m. NBCSN Buffalo at Dallas SWIMMING 3 p.m. ESPNU SEC Womens Swimming and Diving Championships, at Athens, Ga. (same-day tape) 4:30 p.m. ESPNU SEC Mens Swimming and Diving Championships, at Athens, Ga. (same-day tape) TENNIS 9 p.m. ESPN2 Exhibition, BNP Paribas Showdown, Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray, at New York WOMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN2 UConn at Louisville 8 p.m. FSN Texas Tech at OklahomaBASKETBALLNBA schedule Todays Game New York at Chicago, 1 p.m.Golden State at Toronto, 4 p.m.Philadelphia at Orlando, 6 p.m.Utah at Indiana, 6 p.m.Charlotte at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.Dallas at San Antonio, 7 p.m.Atlanta at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Mondays Games Memphis at Washington, 7 p.m.Chicago at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.New York at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.Charlotte at Miami, 7:30 p.m.Utah at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.Minnesota at Denver, 9 p.m.L.A. Lakers at Portland, 10 p.m.New Orleans at Sacramento, 10 p.m. AP Top 25 schedule Todays Games No. 3 Arizona vs. Stanford, 8 p.m.No. 8 Villanova vs. Marquette, 2 p.m.No. 14 Wisconsin at Penn State, Noon No. 22 Ohio State at Indiana, 4 p.m.No. 25 New Mexico at Nevada, 6:05 p.m.AUTO RACINGSprint Cup THE PROFIT ON CNBC 500 Site: Avondale, Ariz.Schedule: Today, race, 3 p.m. (Fox, 2:30-6 p.m.). Track: Phoenix International Raceway (oval, 1.0 miles). Race distance: 312 miles, 312 laps. Phoenix qualifying Friday qualifying; race today (Car number in parentheses) 1. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 139.384.2. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 139.265.3. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 138.969. 4. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 138.35. 5. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 138.344. 6. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 138.339.7. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 138.318.8. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 138.318. 9. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 138.281.10. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 138.047. 11. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 137.889. 12. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 137.315. 13. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 137.815. 14. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 137.81.15. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 137.794. 16. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 137.788.17. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 137.741. 18. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 137.588. 19. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 137.546. 20. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 137.483. 21. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 137.473. 22. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 137.347. 23. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 137.216.24. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 137.2.25. (47) A J Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 137.179. 26. (95) Michael McDowell, Ford, 137.065. 27. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 136.903. 28. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 136.867.29. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 136.794. 30. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 136.789.31. (26) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 136.726.32. (33) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 136.721. 33. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 136.545. 34. (83) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 135.875.35. (23) Alex Bowman, Toyota, 135.614. 36. (30) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 135.384. 37. (35) Blake Koch, Ford, Owner Points. 38. (66) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, Owner Points. 39. (36) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 40. (32) Travis Kvapil, Ford, Owner Points. 41. (7) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, Owner Points. 42. (87) Morgan Shepherd, Toyota, Owner Points. 43. (51) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, Owner Points. Failed to Qualify 44. (98) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 135.287. 45. (40) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 135.115. 46. (77) Dave Blaney, Ford, 134.238.FOOTBALLNFL calendar Monday Deadline for clubs to designate franchise or transition players. Saturday Clubs are permitted to contact and enter into contract negotia-tions with certified agents of players. 2B LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014 Page Editor: Brandon Finley, 754-04202BSPORTS BOWLING COURTESYJ.J. Hilbert (left) was in perfect form in the Monday Night Mavericks league on Jan. 20. He rolled a 300 game as part of a 772 scratch series. Zech Strohl recently rolled his second 300 game of the season and had a 780 scratch series for the night. Thomas batted in Jason Plyn for a 7-0 lead and Culp ended the innings scoring with a hit to score Thomas and Rendel. After Hamilton got one back off an error in the fourth inning, Columbia struck back with its 10th run. This time Hollingworth was walked in off Dylan Davis. Lucas Bedenbaugh scored off an error in the fifth inning for an 11-2 lead and the Tigers added two more in the sixth inning to close out the game with the mercy rule. Culps third hit of the game scored Alex Mitchell and Mauldin closed out the game by scoring Culp. CHSFrom Page 1B Gators make easy work of LSU JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterFlorida forward Will Yeguete makes a shot over LSU forwa rd Jordan Mickey on Saturday.Associated PressGAINESVILLE Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points, and top-ranked Florida used a season-high 13 3-pointers to overwhelm LSU 79-61 Saturday and extend its school-record winning streak to 21 games. Casey Prather and Michael Frazier II added 14 points apiece for the Gators, who also won their 31st straight at home. This one was never in doubt.
Page Editor: Brandon Finley, 754-0420 LAKE CITY REPORTER SPORTS SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014 3B3BSPORTS TRACK: Coach looks for solid season Continued From Page 1Bregional titles. I started coaching at Santa Fe in 2009 and we won back-to-back district championships with girls. Now Sheppard tries to bring that success to a high-er classification with the Tigers. Hell bring in plenty of accolades with him. I started with Columbia in January, Sheppard said. Im a USA track and field Level 1 coach. It means Im nationally registered. Level 2 would put me at the col-lege level. And as any athlete knows, nutrition goes a long way into carving out athletic per-formance. Sheppard will be able to help the Tigers off the field as well. Im currently getting my masters degree in health administration, Sheppard said. I have my bache-lors. Even in his first year, Sheppard wont make excuses for the Tigers. He wants to bring a winning attitude immediately. For the first season, I want to come in a build a solid structure with more consistency into the pro-gram, Sheppard said. We want to be a consistent top three contender in the dis-trict every year. Last year, we didnt have a strong showing. We have a little more depth this year look-ing at the roster. Hell work hand in hand with the football program as many of the track stars play multiple sports with the Tigers. I am feeding off the success that theyre having, he said. The athletes that come in, we have them in shape and ready to fly around the field for coach. We want to keep them con-sistently coming in from the football program. The Woods twins stand out. Well climb on the back of Zedrick and Zyric Woods along with Rakeem Battle. Alex Weber will stand out in the long and triple jump. Malechi Jean and Deontae Crumitie throw pretty well, so well see how that all translates into ribbons and medals. Of course he is looking for good things from the Lady Tigers as well. We have a couple of girls in Emma Tucker, the mile runner thats strong, Sheppard said. Nicole Morse is strong. Abby Williams is a quarter-mile runner and looking for good things in her senior campaign. We also have a few girls that will make an impact as freshmen. Theyve been working hard and look pretty good. JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterTravis Sheppard, Columbia Highs new track head coach said that he will focus on the total program and that all events will be covered. We will r econstruct and build everything back to where it should be. JASON MATTHEW WALKER /Lake City ReporterFort White Highs Austin Dupree is ruled out as he slide s to home plate against Newberry High on Feb. 18. Ram-roddedFort White drops two games to InterlachenBy TIM KIRBYtkirby@lakecityreporter.comFORT WHITE Fort White Highs baseball and softball teams showed come-from-behind tough-ness only to lose games late. Interlachen High came in and handed both hosts one-run district losses. The Rams won the baseball game, 4-3, while the Lady Rams won the softball game in extra innings, 8-7. Brett Sellers provided the winning run in the baseball game with a lead-off homer in the sixth inning. Fort White started with a nightmare first inning. Austin Dupree hit the first two batters and, after a sacrifice bunt, both scored on a throwing error on a strikeout. A stolen base, walk and RBI-single by Jase Forshee followed for a third run. Dupree still faced the bases loaded, but got out of the inning with a pitcher to catcher to first base dou-ble play on a come-backer. Dupree allowed just one base runner over the next four innings, as the Indians began chipping away. With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Trace Wilkinson and Willie Carter had infield singles and Rhett Willis singled in Wilkinson. Steve Giardina led off the second inning with a single, but stayed at first base. Kodey Owens singled to start the third inning. He stole second and scored on a single by Carter. Owens scored the tying run in the fifth inning after reaching base on a throw-ing error following a strike-out. Wilkinson was hit by a pitch and Owens moved to third on a wild pitch. He scored when Carters ground ball was booted. Dupree finished with three hits and one earned run in six innings. He walked one and struck out six. After an opening error, Willis relieved and pitched the seventh inning with two strikeouts. Jeffrey Wright pitched five innings for the Rams (3-3, 2-1). The left-hander gave up five hits and two earned runs with one walk and 10 strikeouts. Austin Glisson relieved after Wright walked Ryan Ellis to open the sixth inning. Glisson survived two walks and an infield single by Willis in the seventh inning. Interlachen won the junior varsity game, 5-1. Fort Whites softball team faced a bigger hill to climb, after falling behind 5-0 in the first two innings. The Lady Indians comeback started with two runs in the third inning. They added one run in the fourth inning and three more in the sixth. Fort White tied the game with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Interlachen (3-4, 1-3) pushed across the deciding run in the eighth inning. Fort White baseball (3-3, 1-1) travels to Keystone Heights High at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Fort White softball (2-5, 0-3) plays at Hamilton County High at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Lady Tigers putting in road work at 7-0By BRANDON FINLEYbfinley@lakecityreporter.comWith another win under their belts, the defending state champion Lady Tigers of Columbia High can final-ly prepare to come home with a 7-0 record. Were not playing our best right now, but were finding a way to win, head coach Jimmy Williams said after his teams 12-1 win against Madison County High on Friday. Its a dif-ferent way, but thats all you can ask for. I know were not playing our best, but were dang sure finding a way to win whether its 1-0 or whatever. Im proud of that. I think were about to hit a stride. The first part of our schedule was really tough and we were playing on the road. I think were going to be able to turn it up a notch in the next sev-eral games. Columbia never trailed in the contest. In the top of the second Brandy Morgan led off with a triple and Kamdyn Kvistad followed with a single to score Morgan for the early 1-0 lead. Then Columbia exploded. The Lady Tigers followed up with seven runs in the third innings. Lacey King bunted for a single and Tatum Morgan walked before Kayli Kvistad sin-gled to knock both runners in. Brandy Morgan singled to score Kayli Kvistad and Kamdyn Kvistad followed with a single to put two more runners on base. Erin Anderson singled to score Brandy Morgan and Kamdyn Kvistad. The Lady Tigers batted around with and King ended the scor-ing by batting Leslie Ann Ronsonet and Anderson for an 8-0 lead after three innings. Were starting to score runs in bunches, Williams said. Were starting to find those big innings. At any time, we can come up and get five. In the fourth inning, Columbia added two more runs for a 10-0 lead. Anderson hit a double to score Brandy Morgan and Hollianne Dohrn followed with another double off the fence to score Anderson. With a 10-1 lead in the top of the fifth, Kayli Kvistad scored King off a single to make it 11-1. Passed balls allowed Kayli Kvistad to round the bases for the 12-1 final. Ashley Shoup pitched five innings with three hits, four strikeouts and no walks to pick up her first win of the year. Ashley had a good game, Williams said. She had com-mand of what she was doing and only missed one pitch all night. It was pretty impres-sive on her part. She only allowed three base runners all night. Its hard to score from the dugout. Columbia opens its home schedule against Middleburg High at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.Tigers trackColumbia High had a solid showing in its first meet under new head coach Travis Sheppard at the Danny Brown Invitational at Bishop Snyder High in Jacksonville. The team of Rakeem Battle, Latrell Williams, Gabe Kimble and Zedrick Woods led the way by fin-ishing first in the 4X100 meter relay. Each event had 100 plus athletes according to Sheppard. Columbia fin-ished with a time of 43.50. Columbia finished 13th overall in the boys 4x800 meter relay with a time of 9:42.96. Cody Bass, Zachery Peterson, Chris Sellers and Timothy Pierce represent-ed the Tigers. Alex Weber finished fourth in the long jump with a 20-foot jump. Malechi Jean and Deontae Crumitie finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the shot put. Zedrick Woods just missed a first-place finish in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.05. Battle was 12th. Ashayla English finished 13th with a time of 13.77 in the girls 100-meter dash and 13th in the 200 meter dash with a time of 28.40. Bernita Brown was 8th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:05.04. Emma Tucker finished 8th in the 800 meter with at 2:32.62 and 15th in the 1600 meter with a time of 5:42.87. Nicole Morse was 14tth with a time of 5:41.64. In the girls 4x100 meter relay, Jameson Carter, English, HalleyStanley and Charline Watson finished fourth with a time of 54.59
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