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    Section A: Main: Voice of the Heartlands
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    Section B: Sports
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North Florida fights to save its rivers

Will St. Johns River be the next Apalachicola Bay? And will the Santa Fe River follow?

Today Reporter
With a drought tightening its grip on
water supplies over the past year Alachua
County finds itself in the middle of the tug
of war in the ever increasing need Jbr
water The battle for water is smoldering in
Georgia to the north, Apalachicola Bay to
the west, Orlando to the south and the St.
Johns River to the east. This is the first
installment in a series looking at the water
As the State of Florida Department of
Environmental Protection fights with

Fire authority

to serve area

Alachua may start fire
Today Reporter
ALACHUA The notion that tension
exists between Alachua County and many
of its towns over fire rescue and other
services would not be surprising to most
residents. Make that statement to the
dozens of commissioners and city
managers who live and breathe it everyday,
and it's like serving up old news. A group
FIRE DEPT onpage A5


home tour

Benefits High Springs
Farmers Market
Special to Alachua County Today
owners of nine historic homes in
downtown High Springs open their homes
to visitors this Sunday, they will
supporting a community mainstay that has
been giving to the community for the past
seven years. The Friends of the High
Springs Farmers Market will host the 1st
Annual Tour of Decorated Historic Homes
on Sunday, Dec. 23, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
to raise funds to support the High Springs
HOME TOUR on page A5

Today Reporter
Terrie Barr arrived in
Gainesville in January 1978 to
begin her studies at the
University of Florida, she
couldn't have foreseen the
unpredictable twists and turns
her life would take. Even
through marriage and divorce,
raising five children, along
with remarrying and battling
cancer, she never gave up her
dream of earning a college
Last weekend, almost 30
years after she started, Barr
received her Bachelor and
BARR on page A5

Georgia over the draining of Apalachicola
Bay in North Florida, East Alachua County
may be running into a fight of its own.
Northeast Florida has launched a
campaign to prevent Central Florida from
pumping water out of the St. Johns River to
be used as drinking water for Orlando's
growing population.
Central Florida is at risk of losing a
sustainable water supply within five years,
and it is feared that the Florida aquifer can
not sustain the level of removal of water
that Orlando would require.
Given that the aquifer won't supply

Central Florida's needs, the region has had
to look for additional sources of drinking
water, and they're looking to St. Johns
River to quench their thirst.
Orlando proposes to pump over 260
million gallons of water from the river
"If we take this amount of water from
the river, in 10 years the river will be dead,
and they will have to move onto another
source," St. Johns Riverkeeper Neil
Armingeon said.
This would be the first time that a major
RIVERS on page A8

A hometown Christmas

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BRYAN BOUKARI/Alachua County Today
Area rivers may appear to be thriving habitats for wildlife and
sources of recreation for communities, but what will the future
hold as water demands increase and resources are taxed;

Proposed water

tax strikes out

Today Reporter
Springs residents and
businesses won't have to
worry about an additional fee
on their water bill after city
commissioners last week
struck down a measure that
would have allowed the city to
tax residents for water usage.
By a four to one margin,

commissioners defeated the
proposed tax that would
generate an estimated $36,000
for city coffers. Commissioner
Kirk Eppenstein was the lone
dissenter on the commission.
According to High Springs
City Manager Jim Drumm, the
tax money was going toward
funding vacant positions in
both the fire and recreation
WATER TAX on page A8

Rodney Hoffman

named High Springs

Employee of the Year

ELLEN BOUKARI/Alachua County Today
It was a jolly time on Alachua's Main Street Saturday when thousands of area
residents got into the festive spirit that precedes Christmas. Grand Marshals for
the parade were Mr. and Mrs. Feirmon E. Welch, who were followed by nearly 80
parade entrants ranging from construction companies to distribution centers and
from newspapers to the ever-present churches.
Parade entry judges were Ward Scott, Fitz Cain and Valerie Taylor who awarded
First Place to the City of Alachua in the nonprofit category. Pulling in Second
Place was Tacachale and close Third Place was won by The First United Methodist
Church. In the for profit category, the First Place winner was Dollar General
Distribution Center, while Hydro-Fun Pools and Highley Custom Construction Inc.
tied for Second Place. Screen Doctors came in Third Place. The highlight of any
Christmas parade is the jolly old elf himself, Santa Clause. And the Alachua
parade was no exception. Joining Santa, high atop a fire engine, was seven-year-
old Earl "Little Earl" Gardner III and his father, Earl Gardner, Jr.

Today Reporter
Hoffman expressed surprise
when he first learned he was
named the High Springs City
Employee of the Year. He
thought working with the city
for only a year and seven
months wouldn't qualify him
for the honor. However, city
officials believed his work
ethic and quick learning of city
operations made him deserving
of the honor.
."It's a fine privilege being

given the award," said
Hoffman, who works in the
city's public works
department, moved to High
Springs three years ago after a
career in the Miami-Dade
County Public School system.
While living in South Florida,
he also was a journeyman
welder. During his time with
the school system, Hoffman
described the work
environment as impersonal,
and feels High Springs is the
HOFFMAN on page A8

Mebane students take

home top honors

L-R: Leandre Rembert,
Zachary Emerson, Issac
Barros and Kirby Snead were r
all on a Mebane Middle School
team which won first place in
the 2007 regional Model Water .
Tower Competition. The team
was led by teacher Carmella
O'Steen who also oversaw
other Mebane teams which
took home awards. The
students competed in-
November against other
teams from Mebane and
teams from. Lincoln Middle
School for the best design of a
water tower. The model water .. .
towers were judged on
several aspects including BRYAN BOUKARIAIachua County Today
their use of recycled materials
and ability to move water Rembert, Emerson, Barros was presented with a plaque
quickly and creatively. and Snead were awarded from the American Water-
cash prizes while the school works Association.

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High Springs resident overcomes

the odds to earn degree

DAN REID/Alachua County Today
High Springs resident Terrie Barr and her two youngest
children, Sean, 11, and Lexie, 8. Barr recently received
Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Florida,
nearly 30 years after she started her studies.


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Meetings & Events in the Heartlands

mArcher Meets the 2nd and 4th
Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at
City Hall, 16870 SW 134 Ave.
EAlachua (City) Meets the 1st
and 3rd Monday of each month at 7
p.m. at City Hall.
EAlachua County Meets the 2nd
and 4th Tuesday of each month at 9
a.m. at the County Administration
Building, 12 SE 1st Street, Room
209, Gainesville. Citizen
comments are taken at 9:30 a.m.
and 5:30 p.m.
*Gainesville Meets the 2nd and
4th Monday of each month at 1
p.m. at City Hall Auditorium, 200
East University Avenue.
mHawthorne Meets the 1st
Monday of each month at 6:30
p.m. at City Hall.
*High Springs Meets the 2nd
and 4th Thursdax of each month at
6 310p m in Ci)t H311.
*LaCros-e Meets the 2nd
Monday of each month at 7:30
p.m. at Town Hall.
*mMicanop. Meets the 2nd
Tuesday ot each month at 7:30
p m. at Touwn Hall
*Newberr %Meets the 2nd and
4th MNonda) of each month at 7
p m at Cit. Hjll
EWaldo Meets the 2nd Tuesday
of each month at 7 p.m. at Yerkes

MAARP Driver Safety Program
monthly classes cost $10. The two-day,
eight-hour classroom instruction refines
driving skills and develops defensive
driving techniques. The three-year
certificate qualifies graduates for an auto
insurance discount. Call 352-333-3036 for
information and to register for a class.
Gainesville Classes: Jan. 9 & 10, 8:30 am.
to 12:30 p.m.; Kam/ 1- & 11, 9 a.m. to 1
p.m.; Jan. 28 & 29,9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Feb. 12
& 13, 12 noon to 4 p.m. High Springs
Class: Feb. 12 & 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*The Alachua Branch Library is open in
a temporary location at 15100 NW 141
Street (Main Street), Alachua, FL 32615,
during construction of the expanded
facility. Wireless and internet access are
available at this location. Also, library
personnel are going out into the community
- to the preschools, community center,
schools, etc. to give programs on books and
information services.
EThe Alachua Lions Club meetings are

held weekly on Thursday at 7 p.m. The
weekly meetings are held at the clubhouse
located at 15115 NW 142 Terrace (Lions
Club Terrace). If you are interested in
becoming a member of the Alachua Lions
Club, please join us for a meeting or call
386-462-7178. Lions are men and women
who volunteer their time to humanitarian
causes in their local and world community.
MA. L. Mebane High School Alumni
Association, Inc. Scholarship Awards
Program The A. L. Mebane High School
Alumni Association, Inc. will hold its
Annual Scholarship Awards Program,
Sunday, Dec. 30 at 3 p.m. at Mount Carmel
United Methodist Church, 1240 NW 1st
Ave., High Springs, FL 32643. Phone 386-
454-4568. Rev. Byran D. Williams, Pastor.
The public is invited to join the Alumni
Association in the presentation of its
Scholarship Awards in honor of Hewritt
Dixon, Jr., Joseph W. Welch, Delano Filer,
Sr. and the A. L. Mebane High School
Alumni Association, Inc. Reception

following the program will be in the
church's Venice Nokomis Fellowship Hall.
ECleather Hathcock Community Center
Homework assistants 3:30-5 p.m. every
Tuesday and Thursday
Gainesville Harvest Food Clothes
giveaway 9-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday
Bingo and Lunch for Seniors 9:30 a.m.-
1:30 p.m. every Thursday
Senior Sewing get together 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
every Monday
Senior exercise class 10-11 a.m. every
EAlachua Recreation Center Gym
Cha Cha Dancers for Seniors 11 a.m. 12
noon every Friday
For additional information, please call 386-
*MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers and
younger) welcomes you! Join us every, first
Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at High
Springs 1st Baptist Church. Meetings are
for moms between the stages of pregnancy

and with young children of kindergarten
age. Cost is $7 per meeting (to cover
general operating cost). Childcare
EBread of the Mighty Food Bank
encourages businesses and organizations
to sponsor food drives for the holidays.
The holidays are coming and for many in
our community the cupboard will be bare.
But you can help through the Bread of the
Mighty by donating food and/or finances to
help keep our shelves stocked and the food
flowing to those in need during the holiday
Conducting a food drive in your
workplace, scout troop, sport team event,
school, or other organization, is an effective
and enriching way to make a difference in
the lives of the poor and needy. Non-
perishable canned and boxed foods are
always needed. For information contact
Kristina Stubbs or Debbie Talbot at 352-
336-0839. Visit www.breadofthe

Deadline to register for Presidential Preference

Primary Election

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irreplaceable. If you
can't be replaced, you
can't be promoted."

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sSports Editor: Adam Boukari,

mAccount Executive: Ben Boukari,
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Special to Alachua County Today
Monday, Dec. 31, 2007 is the last day to register to
vote for the Jan. 29, 2008 Presidential Preference Primary
Election. The Supervisor of Elections Office will be open
on Dec. 31, 2007 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. to accept
voter registration applications.
Residents may register to vote, update voter
information, or update signatures online at
elections.alachua.fl or in person at the Supervisor of
Elections Office or by mail. Call the Supervisor of
Elections Office at 352-374-5252 for a list of other
facilities in the county where voter registration application
forms may be obtained. Mail-in applications must be
postmarked no later than the Dec. 31 deadline.

Current registered voters who have moved within the
county can update their address by calling the Elections
Office at 352-374-5252. A voter who has moved from
another Florida county or from out of state must complete
a Florida Voter Registration Application.
Early voting for the Jan. 29 Presidential Preference
Primary Election will be available during the following
dates and times:
Weekdays, Monday Friday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
January 14, 2008 through Jan. 26, 2008
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008 (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Early Voting Sites
Supervisor of Elections Office
County Administration Building Location
12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville

Millhopper Branch Library
3145 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville

Tower Road Branch Library
3020 SW 75th Street, Gainesville

Florida Law requires voters to present photo and
signature ID in order to vote, or they will need to vote a
provisional ballot.

Alachua County Library District

Archer Branch:
Empower The Beginning E-
mailer!: for the Internet/
computer novice. -
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 noon .
FREE one-on-one tutoring is
available every Wednesday

morning at 10:00 am. This is the
tear-free way to learn how to
set-up and maintain a free e-
mail account.
Crafters' Coffee Klatch -
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 noon.
If you embroider, quilt, knit or

The Curio shoppe

One of a Kind Treasures and Gifts!
Antique glass, linens & jewelry
Stained Glass (panels, lamps & much more)
Faberge style eggs
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for you. Join us any Wednesday
morning at 10:00 am. Regular
attendance is not mandatory;
everyone is welcome whenever
you can attend. No registration

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working on. Share what you
know, or learn from. someone
else. Enjoy a cup of coffee and
'klatch' with other craft
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Hawthorne Branch:
Preschool Storytime
Thursday, 10:30 a.m. 5 &
under. Join us for books,
stories, songs, and lots of fun!!
Reading Circle: Brown Bag
Lunch Bimonthly on First &
Third Mondays, 12:10 p.m.
Bring your Brown Bag Lunch
(with drink) and join the
Hawthorne Reading Circle as
we share our favorite authors,
titles, and new finds!

High Springs Branch:
Preschool Storytime
Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. ages 5 &
under Stories, songs, and
activities for the preschool set.
Crafter's Circle Wednesdays,
1:00 p.m. Do you find the time
to work on your craft projects at
home? Have some fun with the
Craft Circle, which meets at the
library Wednesday afternoons at
1:00 pm. If you embroider,
qpilt, knit or enjoy doing any
other "non-messy" craft, this is
the group for you. Join us any
Wednesday. Regular attendance
is not mandatory; everyone is
welcome whenever you can
attend. There's no registration
- just bring the craft you're
working on. Share what you
know, or learn from someone
else. Enjoy chatting with other
craft enthusiasts in the
Mystery Reading Group -
Monthly on third Thursday,
6:30 p.m. Join fellow readers
for discussions of mystery
novels. Bring any mysteries
you've read this month to
,discuss. Newcomers welcome.

Newberry Branch:
Christmas Crafts Sunday,
December 23rd, 1:00 p.m.-4:30
p.m. Got any last minute gift-
wrapping to tackle, season's
greeting cards to write, or tree
decorations to replace? Come
and drop in anytime on Sunday
to do various holiday crafts.

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Special to Alachua County Today
Most of the daily events in
our lives require some sort of
announcement or warning. I
suspect that a lot of us get up to
the sound of an alarm clock or
some family member telling us
we'd better get up, or we'll be
late. Or perhaps, as we were
driving, the traffic light changed
to yellow, telling us to prepare to
stop. And, we all have heard the
warnings of a possible tornado or
some other disaster. But every
day we hear about someone who
ignored the warnings-which
usually ends in tragedy. We hear
about police involved in wrecks
with people who did not hear the
siren, see the' lights or didn't
have their seatbelts on.
If the events of everyday life
require ,warning signs that
interrupt our routine, how much
more attention should we give to
the warnings directed to our
eternal soul? You can hardly
turn to a page of Holy Scripture
without finding some type of a
Think about all of the

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Alachua, FL 352-316-4547

- A time of warning

warnings that fill the Old
Testament: Noah announcing a
judgment of God upon the entire
earth for the sins of mankind;
Abraham warning the citizens of
Sodom and
Gomorrah that fire
and brimstone
would fall uponi
them in judgment
for their
ungodliness; the
relentless vice of
Moses who gave '
warning after
warning to Pharaoh ;*
concerning the
judgment of God
upon Egypt for their The Ven. J
mistreatment of His Leasure
people; and all of All Saints,
the judges and Church, G
prophets who were A parish o
sent to warn both Christian
the people of God Church
and the gentiles that
God's patience was wearing thin
because of their defiance of His
It is important to understand
that there is a desire by God to
warn his people of their danger.
From the creation of Adam and
Eve down to the last person bor
on earth before our Lord returns,
we can be certain of one thing-
God does not take pleasure in the
death of the wicked. He has
sounded the trumpet and hit the
siren; He has opened the clouds
and shined the light of Heaven
on the path of those who are
going astray. He has called
ministers to proclaim the
warnings and announce His



word to a reckless and sinful
world. The destruction of the
wicked is caused by those who
disregard the voice of our loving
God and run headlong off a
spiritual cliff that
has guard rails and
flashing lights.
How observant
S we are to warnings
q from God in our
private lives? How
alert are we to the
Voice of God each
time the Gospel or
an Epistle is read
and the teachings of
Sour Savior are
)hn E. discussed each
Lord's Day?
nglican And, this brings
inesville. us to the primary
the purpose of the
episcopal Advent Season-it
is a season of
announcement and
preparation. We confess that
Christ will come again With
glory to judge both the quick and
the dead, and in this season, our
attention is focused upon the
King of Heaven who shall return
to earth.
Consider the brilliant
contrast highlighted by the
previous announcements of
Christ's coming. There was the
announcement of the Old
Testament Prophets that God
would send His Son, the
Messiah, who would be rejected
and despised by the people.
Advent contrasts the suffering
Messiah with the Ascended King
who reigns at God's right hand.

Consider the announcement of
the angels to the shepherds that a
babe was born in Bethlehem and
was lying in a manger. Advent
announces that the babe born
into human history is actually the
Alpha and Omega-He is the
beginning and the end-the
Creator and Sustainer of all
Consider also that John the
Baptist identified Jesus as the


Lamb of God who would take
away the sins of the world.
Advent contrasts the Lamb of
God with the Lion of God who
comes in strength and authority.
Holy Scripture is overflowing
with announcements of God's
presence in the affairs of man.
What greater announcement to
sound forth than the one which
tells of the end of time as we
know it, and the beginning of

time in a new Kingdom where
our Lord and God shall reign,
over all?
The purpose of Advent, and
of this message, is to make each
one of us aware that we must
keep our soul ready for His
coming. Let us give thanks; let
us pray.
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The Heartland Community Places of Worship

Alachua church of Christ
14505 NW 145th Avenue
Sunday Bible Classes 9:30 a.m.
Assembly at 10:30 a.m.
Evening Service 6 p.m.
Wednesday Bible Class 7 p.m.
Ministers: Gene Burgett & Larry Pahman
(386) 462-3326

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"Building Life Together"
Temporary Location
Located at-14200 NW 148th Place
Downtown Alachua (in the old Post Office)
Service Times:


9:00- 0:1 5am

10:30- I1:00ain
Life Groups
meet at various times during the week.

stud,:n Min.:try


- Church
- of Alachua
Rev. Virginia McDaniel, Pastor
14623 NW 140 Street
(386) 462-1549
Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery provided.

Hare Krishna Temple
International Society for Krishna
Consciousness (ISKCON)
Founder Acarya His Divine Grace
SA.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
3 miles north ofAlachua on State Road 235
Sunday Services 3:15-7 p.m.: Lecture,
meditation, chanting, and free vegetarian
feast. Open to the public. (386) 462-2017

Legacy baptist Church


Sunday Services at The Alachua Women's
Club, 255 S. Main St., Alachua
Children's Sunday School 9:30 am
Church Service- 10:30 am
Family Bible Study 6:30 pm
Pastor John Jemigan (386) 454-5529

www.legacybaptistchurch .org

New St. Mary Missionary
Baptist Church
13800 NE 158th Avenue, Alachua 32616
Rev. Daniel H. McNish, Pastor,
Phone & FAX (386) 462-7129
Services: Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship 11 am.-lst, 2nd, 3rd Sunday
Quarterly 11 am. 4th Sun. Birthday Rally
Service; Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer
Meeting & Bible Study

St. Bartholomew's
Episcopal Church
Anglican Tradition ""
Sunday Services at 10 a.m.
105 NW 2nd St. (next door
to High Springs City Hall)
Father David Kidd
(386) 454-9812

S., i aSaint'i angliftan Choult)
A parish ofthe Christian Episcopal Church
Where worship is our central act
Where the apostolic tradition is upheld
Where we kneel to pray
Where worshipful music is the standard
Where traditional liturgy is the norm
Where the Holy Scriptures
are proclaimed
Where a prayerful and quiet
atmosphere is provided
Where traditional values are taught
Where we seek to proclaim a risen
Savior in our daily life and work
Come Join Us
Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Sunday 10:30 a.m.
and other special services as announced.
8100 SW Archer Road (Shrine Club)
(352) 317-5757 www.AllsaintsXnEC.org

Corinth Baptist Church
5577 NW 290 Street, Newberry
Pastor Henry M. Rodgers
(352) 472-7770 or (352) 495-2510
Sunday: Sunday School 10 am., Morning
Worship 11a.m., Evening Worship 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Pioneer Club & Dinner
(ages 3 to high school) 6:30 p.m.
Prayer and Bible Study 7 p.m.
Choir Practice 8:15 p.m.

First United Methodist
Church ofAlachua
14805 NW 140th Street 462-2443
Rev. Rob Atchley, Pastor
Jeff Van Valey, Youth & Children's Minister
Worship, 8:30 am. & 11 am.
Sunday School 9:45 am.
Sunday Youth Events, 4:30 p.m.

520 NE Santa Fe Boulevard
Bible Classes forAllAges 9:30 am.
Worship 10:30 am.
Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday Bible Classes 7 p.m.
Minister: Wayne Rodgers (386)454-2930

Living Hope in Christ
Outreach Ministries
1120 S. Main Street, High Springs
Located on Hwy 27 across from Tumblemania
Hour of Power Sun. 9 am., Sunday School 10 am.,
Morning Worship 11 a.m.; 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays
Evening Services 4 p.m.; Prayer & Bible Study
Tues. 7 p.m.; Street Ministry every 4th Sat. 10 am.
E-mail: Livinghopeinchristom@yahoo.com
Pastor Larry Cannady, Sr. (386) 454-4169

North Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
25330 NW CR239 (1/4 mi north of CR236)
(386) 462-3317 edwin3441@cox.net
Rev. EdwinA. Gardner, Pastor
Sun. Breakfast 9:30 a.m.; Sun. School 9:45 am.;
Worship 10:45 am.; Spanish Sunday School 2:30
p.m.; Spanish worship 3:30 p.m.; Spanish Supper
4:30 p.m.; Choir Rehearsal 5 p.m.; Evening Service
6 p.m.; Weds. Bible Study 7 p.m.
Your searchfor friendly church has ended

St. John's United
Methodist Church
Open Arms, Loving Hearts
& Helping Hands.
Sunday School: 10 a.m.
Sunday Service: 11 a.m.
On CR 239 about 1/4 mile north
of NW CR 236 in Alachua
Pastor. Mike Lee

Calvary Baptist Church
Hwy 441 1-1/2 miles South ofAlachua
Sunday 10 am., 11 am. & 6 p.m.
Wednesday 7 p.m.
Verse by Verse Preaching
Traditional Christian Music
Pastor Marty Basinger (386) 462-2966

Dr. Lloyd S. Williams, Pastor & Founder
220 NE First Avenue, P.O. Box 2187
High Springs, FL 32655
Church: (386) 454-2367 Home: (386) 454-8251
Cell: (386) 344-0058

- iFellowship
Contemporary Praise & Worship
Bible Study at 9:30 a.m.
Worship at 10:45 a.m.
16916 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs
386-454-1700 www.FellowshipOnline.org

First United Methodist Church
Hwy 441 S., High Springs
Sunday School: 10 a.m.,
Contemporary Worship: 8:45 a.m.,
Traditional Worship: 11 a.m.,
Youth Fellowship: 5p.m.
Wed. Youth Fellowship 6:45 p.m.
Church offers transportation to & from services.
Youth/Childrens Director: Holly Erskmne
Gary Eldred, Pastor e (386) 454-1255

List your Place of
Call (386) 462-3355
for more information.

Miracle Restoration &
Deliverance Center
House of Prayer

11901 SE Douglas Sireel. High Surings'
Pastor Emma 1. Thomas 386 4544145


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Conquerors. We are
Champions." Romans 8:37

Visit us at Sidney Lanier School, located at 312 NW 16 Ave. (Near Burger King, Comer of Main & 16thAve.)
SCongregational Prayer: 10 am. Praise & Worship: 10:30 a.m. Morning Service: 11 am.
Children's Church: 11 a.m. Bible Study: Wed Evening 7 p.m.
Bible Study location announced Sunday For information call: (352) 318-2208

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Assembly of God ... seeking the Lord as He
Contemporary WorshiplMinistry All Ages wills to be found ...
Sunday: SS 9:30 am/Worship 10:30 am. 323 S.W. County Road 778
Wed. 7 p.m./Children/Youth/Adults High Springs, Florida 32643
19817 W. Newberry Rd. (4 mi. E. of (386) 454-1845
Newberry, 4 mi. W. of Jonesville)ww.angcan-feowship.o
(352) 472-5433
www.clfbest.org SUNDAY WORSHIP 10 a.m.

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ljfilA ial (386) 462-1337

Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 10:45 a.m. Worship
Wednesday: 6 7:30 p.m. Children's Min ict ks, Youth Ai t i itics
and Choir Rehearsal 6:15-7:15 p.m. Mid-Week Bible Study

Foundation Chapel Church
of God by Faith
Sunday: Sunday School 10 p.m.; Mid-Day
Worship 11:30 am.; Children's Church 6 p.m.;
Evening Worship 6 p.m.; Tuesday: YSB 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Outreach Fellowship Dinner 6
p.m.; General Prayer Service 7:30 p.m.
13220 NW 150th Avenue, Alachua
Pastor Willie J. McKnight, Sr. 462-2549

Grace Community Church (PCA)
A New Church in Western Alachua County
Pastor Ty Keys
New Location: 25705 SW 15 Avenue
in Newberry Elementary School Cafeteria
(352) 472-9500
Worship: Sunday 9 am. Nursery provided.
For info go to www.gracecomrnunityPCAorg
Reaching Out with the Love ofChrist by Lifing Up
the Nane of Christ-Come hear the Doctrines of Grace

S, Service Times
/ f (f fSunday 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
i re Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
F 4 v c LI R C H Youlh Service Wed. 7:30 p.m.
ac g Senior Pastors Edwin & Angela Anderson
p^o cin Lives 386-454-1563
with the Truth of386-454-1563
wGi d's w ord." www.impactfamilychurch.com
GOO" 16710 NW US 441 Between IHigh Springs & \lachua

New Oak Grove Baptist Church
Sunday School 10 am., Worship 11 am., List your Place of
Evening Service 6 p.m. Worship
Wednesday Fellowship Meal 6 p.m.
Prayer Mtg/Bible Study 7 p.m. here
RAs, GAs & Students 7 p.m. Call (386) 462-3355
Nursery Provided
Terry Elixson, Jr., Pastor for more information.
386-462-3390 18105 NW 262 Avenue

Sunday: 11:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
of I MChildren's Church 11:30 a.m.
SGod Wednesday:
,ssembiy ofGod Adult & Children Bible Study 7 p.m.
Located at 14200 NW 148th Place Consumed Youth Service 7 p.m.
Downtown Alachua Nursery provided for all services.
www. riveroflifeassembly.org Pastor Greg Evans 352-870-7288

St. Luke A.M.E. Church
Wednesday- 7:00 P.M. Family Study
Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. Church School
11 a.m. Morning Worship
Rev. James R. Watkins, Pastor
Theme: Knowing and Growing"
14950 Martin Luther King Blvd/Hwy 441
386.462.2732(church) 386.462.4396 (Fax)

St. Madeleine Catholic Church
Mass Schedule: Saturday Vigil 5 p.m.,
Sunday 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.,
Tuesday 7 p.m., Weekdays Mon, Wed
and Fri 8:30 a.m. No Mass Thursday.
Confession: Saturday 45 min. prior to
Mass or anytime on request
3210 N.E. Santa Fe Boulevard
(U.S. Hwy. 441), High Springs
(386) 454-2358

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Winnie and Wally
Winnie Ashby of
Gainesville died Thursday,
December 13, 2007 after a brief
illness, and Wally Ashby died
on Saturday, December 15,
2007 of an extended illness.
She was 83 and he was 87.
Both born in London,
England, they have been in
West Gainesville for just two
years, having moved from
Seminole, Florida. They were
happily married for 64 years,
having been together a total of
68 years.
Winnie was a woman of wit
and/ she like ceramics,
shopping, and spending time
with her grandchildren. Wally
was a honky-tonk piano player
and a part-time historian. They
were members of the Church of

Survivors include two
loving sons and daughters-in-
law, Keith and Sara Ashby of
Newberry and Terry and Ursula
Ashby of Atlanta, Georgia; and
eight grandchildren.
The family requests that
memorial contributions be
made to the Children's Cancer
Ward at Shands Hospital, 1600
SW Archer Road, Gainesville,
FL 32610.
Arrangements under the
care of Milam Funeral &
Cremation Services, Inc.,
22405 W. Newberry Road,
Newberry, FL.
Obituaries: The obituaries in
this section are considered
news and are published free of
charge by Alachua County
Today. Obituaries may be
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Cindy Sanders new Alachua County

Extension Office director

Special to Alachua County Today
Cynthia "Cindy" B.
Sanders was been promoted
to the Alachua County
Extension Director position
effective Nov. 2.
Sanders has been a
Livestock Agent for the
Alachua County
Cooperative Extension
Office for the past six years.
During this time, she was
responsible for planning and
implementing livestock
related Extension
programming, providing
solutions to producers
within Alachua County and

working with 4-H youth
interested in livestock
projects. She has been an
integral part of extension
education in the develop-
ment of the Alachua County
Master Cattlemen Program,
forage programs and
implementing the annual
Alachua County Youth Fair
& Livestock Show. Her
previous work experiences
have ranged from growing
up on a cow/calf operation,
ranch manager, teaching
high school agriculture,
agricultural sales represen-
tative, and as a meat
processing supervisor.

Sanders presented and
spoke to numerous profes-
sional conferences at the
state level and also
published a refereed journal
article in the Journal of
Extension. She was also
awarded the Outstanding
Youth Professional by the
Florida Association of
County Agricultural Agents.
She has a B.S. in Animal
Science and a Master's
Degree from the University
of Florida.
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Dee Edwards

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Special to Alachua County Today
Dee Edwards, Realtor with
Horizon Realty of Alachua, Inc.
has been awarded Realtor of
the Year 2007 by the ||
Dixie-Gilchrist-Lex .
Board of Realtors.
This honor is given
annually to a realtor
who demonstrates .
community service, ':
ethics, profes- '
sionalism and service
to the Board.
As treasurer of the Board
and head of the Budget Com-
mittee, Edwards researched
various uses and investments
for the Board's funds, and
displayed honesty and ethics
personally and professionally.
Also, Edwards has coached
volleyball for the High Springs

Recreational Center for the last
three years.
Edwards has been a realtor
with Horizon Realty of
.Machua, Inc. for over
four years. She is a
* member, of the
G a. Gainesville/
k'z-: i i Alachua County
.' Association of
Realtors, Dixie-
.,.. Gilchrist-Levy
Board of Realtors,
Florida Association of
Realtors, National
Association of Realtors,
Women's Council of Realtors
and Council of Residential
Specialists. Edwards also holds
the national designation GRI,
Graduate Realtor Institute.
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major glands in our mouths that frequently on the lower lip. They
produce saliva. In addition to the often require surgical removal.
major glands, there are many Sometimes a cyst will form in one
small accessory glands in the ofthe major salivary glands under
lining of the mouth. Saliva, of the floor of the mouth and cause
course, helps clean the mouth, swelling. This type of cyst is
washing away food particles, and called a "ranula," from the Latin
it holds food together when we meaning little frog.
chew, forming a bolus, or ball, of Another problem that can
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Sometimes a minor trauma, formation of a stone, an
like a blow to the face, can sever accumulation of calcium com-
the gland from the duct that pound that can block a duct. Fluid
releases the liquid. When that builds up behind the stone and can
happens, saliva can accumulate cause swelling and discomfort.
and form a pocket, or cyst. From
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Dec. 23 from 5-8 p.m. to raise funds for High Springs Farmers Market

Farmers Market.
Harpist Barbara Kerkhoff will
welcome tour goers beginning at 5
p.m. in the parlor at the Grady House
Bed & Breakfast, 420 NW 1st
Avenue where tickets and maps will
be available for sale. Self tours will
continue for the next three hours as
ticket holders are treated to the
hospitality of some of the most
beautiful and unusual historic home
owners in the greater downtown
area. Refreshments will be served at
many locations.
Tickets are $15 per person,
under 12 fiee, and are available in

advance at the Grady House Bed &
Breakfast, High Springs Antique
Center and the High Springs
Farmers Market which will be open
this week on Thursday from 2 p.m.
to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10
am. to 3 p.m.
The High Springs Farmers
Market opened in March 2001 to
provide fresh, quality food and other
products to its residents and
visitors. During the past two years,
the market has steadily expanded its
programs to the community with the
development of the Friends of the
Farmers Market, support from the

High Springs Community
Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and
a grant from Project for Public
Spaces funded by the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation. This year, the market
hopes to increase its commitment to
the community by sustaining the
projects that were developed and
expanding its services to its
customers. The market now offers
credit, debit and EBT services.
The High Springs Famlers
Market is located in James Paul Park
in downtown High Springs. Access
and convenient parking is available
on Main Street at NW 2nd Avenue.

The market features locally
produced fresh fruits and vegetables,
plants, trees, shrubs, flowers, jams,
jellies, baked goods and many other
agricultural products. The High
Springs Farmers' Market is a year-
round growers' market supporting
local agriculture, education, the arts
and businesses and is produced by
the City of High Springs. For more
information, please go to
www.city.highsprings.com or
contact Sharon Yeago at 386-454-

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Family supported Barr's goals

Masters degrees in nursing
from the University of Florida.
Barr, 51, who lives in High
Springs, has worked for North
Florida Regional Hospital over
the past 26 years in various
nursing and administrative
capacities, and credits her
strong Christian faith as a
steady guidance during her
educational journey.
"If God wanted me to do
this, He would have got me
through it. There was a purpose
to this," said Barr.
According to Barr, there
were several times she resumed
her studies, but, due to a variety
of circumstances, she wasn't-
able to continue. After her first
marriage ended in divorce, Barr
faced the difficult challenge of
being a single mother and
raising her three children CJ,
23; Logan, 21; and Stephanie,
18, while working demanding
hours as a nurse.
In 1994, while attending a
20-year high school class
reunion in St. Petersburg, she
met Scott Barr. Even though
they didn't know each other
while in high school, the two
immediately clicked. Shortly
thereafter, the couple got
married, and at the age of 40,
Barr became a mother again as
she gave birth to her son Sean.
After Sean was born, she
decided the time was right to
resume her education.
However, Barr was diagnosed
with breast cancer, and plans to
earn a degree were put on hold.
Throughout the cancer
treatment, Terrie and Scott's
love with one another grew
stronger, and she was able to
successfully conquer her
Soon after beating cancer,
Barr had another health scare
when doctors discovered what
could have been a tumor.

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However, after an ultrasound, it
was discovered that Barr was
pregnant with her now 8-year-
old daughter Lexie.
About four years ago, Barr
decided that she was going to
finish her degree. While
working toward 'the last few
credits for her Bachelors
degree, Barr was approached
by her advisor suggesting she
pursue a Masters degree. After
starting the postgraduate
curriculum, she became
focused on reaching her
academic goals.
"Nothing was going to
interrupt me at that point."
Barr said the family was
supportive during her last few
years of college. She credits
Scott for the love and support
he gave to the five children
while she was working and
earning her two degrees.
"He went over and beyond
the call of duty."
Scott noted the teamwork
and enthusiasm of the entire
family helped make it easier for
Terrie while she was in school.
"We worked together and it
came out right."
As a radiology oncology
nurse, Barr relates to the fears
and concerns that patients have
when facing cancer. As a nurse,
she 'has learned that it's
important to take care of both
the patient and their families
When going through the
disease. According to Barr, the
most satisfaction she gets from
being a nurse is alleviating the
fears of patients.
As she reflects on her
educational journey, Barr is
hopeful her determination in
earning a degree will inspire
her children to pursue a college
education. "It's never too long
and you're never too old to get
that degree."
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Seniors make fashion statement

The Alachua Seniors Fashion Expo '07
brought out the fashion conscious this
past Sunday afternoon. The Mebane
Middle School auditorium was standing
room only for the second year in a row

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of city managers, however, hopes
to ease those tensions with a
Municipality Fire Authority
Apparently born out of the
frustrations felt by the vast
majority of leaders in Alachua
County's smaller towns, the MFA
is to be a fool for finding common
ground, not creating divisiveness,
according to Micanopy Town
Administrator Charles Kelley.
Kelley has become the point
person for instituting the MFA,
pitching the idea to city
commissions and town councils
around Alachua County.
Kelley made his final pitch
Monday to Alachua
commissioners who agreed to
sign onto the MFA, although
Alachua would be the only
member not .oper.aiing its own fire
The intent of [lle Ni IF.A, Kelley
said, is to have one organization
to deal with Alachua County
officials and to negotiate uniform
service agreements.
"We want to facilitate
cooperation with Alachua County,
not create a confrontation," said
"Right now, Alachua County
has. to go out and talk to each of
the small towns that it contracts
with to provide emergency
services, but the MFA would

as "Seniors with Style"
participants modeled the
latest fashions for an
appreciative audience. Hal
Brady served as the Master
of Ceremony while Darwin
Days and Wilma Rogers
introduced the senior.
models. Special guests,
City Manager Clovis Watson,
Jr., Mayor Gib Coerper and
Commissioners Orien Hills
and Jean Calderwood as
well as Mebane principal
Vieta Jackson-Carter were in
attendance. Providing
upbeat entertainment during
intermission were the
Alachua Senior Char-Chas.
The second annual fashion
show concluded with
closing remarks from Retha
Peterson and Rosa Brown.

Photos by ELLEN BOUKARI/Alachua County 7bday

FA can't vote without presence of every member

Sallow the County to sit down at
the table with just one
organization which would speak
with one voice," he said.
Although Kelley seems
hopeful the MFA will help in
resolving funding disputes and
promote cooperation, he admits,
"There's certainly power in
What's more is the MFA's
own position paper cites multiple
concerns over how Alachua
County deals with its smaller
contracted fire departments
Including those in the Town-of
Micanopy, Hawthorne, High
Springs, LaCrosse, Newberry and
Waldo. Neither Alachua nor
Archer operates a fire department.
The number of
unincorporated emergency calls
Alachua County says were
answered by several
municipalities just didn't measure
up to what the towns themselves
recorded. That's a big deal for
small towns on a tight budget
when a smaller unincorporated
call ratio means less funding.
Numerous .other concerns
were raised in the MFA's
documents including "an
inconsistency in fiscal policy."
SThe position paper alleges that
fire departments providing
services under contract with
Alachua County Fire Rescue

(ACFR) were paid substantially
less while in the same year,
governments using ACFR
services were charged
substantially more.
The documents also say
municipalities sense, "An
apparent autocratic
condescending manner when
addressing issues arising between
municipalities and ACFR."
Although the City of Alachua
.doesn't operate its own fire
department, it does help to fund
Station 21 in conjunction with
ACFR. The City of Alachua is
signing onto the MFA agreement
amid hints that it may start its own
fire department.
Alachua City Manager Clovis
Watson, -Jr. dropped the hint
Monday, for at least the second
time in the last three months, that
Alachua is considering the costs
and benefits involved with
operating a local fire department
rather than continuing to fund a
portion of Station 21. The City
owns the physical premises of
Station 21 which is adjacent to the
old City Hall on the corer of U.S.
Highway 441 and County Road
As part of the MFA's founding
documents, it is agreed that each
member city will have one vote
on the board. Each municipality
must appoint an elected official to

sit on the board and an alternate
who may be a staff member,
another commissioner, a citizen or
any designee. Before the MFA
can vote on any matters, each
member must have a
representative present at the
The MFA is not to have any
paid employees although some
services may be contracted out
such as those of a legal or
financial nature.
Kelley said all of the
commissions in Alachua County
have agreed to the MFA with the
exception of the City of
Gainesville and Archer, which
does not operate its own fire
The MFA comes on the heels
of a dramatic move earlier this
year when the City of Hawthorne
decided it no longer wanted
ACFR services and county
employees moved out of the fire
station and city rescue workers
moved in as the clock struck
Over the years, fire rescue.
officials in the Town of LaCrosse
have also expressed their
displeasure over the course of
negotiations with ACFR and the
disparity in reported
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Merry Christmas to you

Each December as Christmas comes
and goes, I marvel at how quickly the year
passes. How different it was when I was a
child and I waited with great anticipation
for the upcoming Christmas celebrations-
and the oh-so-wonderful visit from Santa
Clause. In those days, the span between
one Christmas and the next stretched on
and on until the waiting was almost
Today, as I remember those childhood
Christmases, recollections of special people
and traditions are evoked from long held
memories. I recall my parents sending my
brother and me off to bed early on
Christmas ,Eve, because to stay up late
would be to mean risking Santa's visit. And
my brother and I both were quite certain
that we.had only one chance, and if Santa
passed our house because we were still
awake, he wouldn't be back at least not
until the following year. Not to wake up on
Christmas morning and find presents from
Santa under the tree would be unthinkable.
And that tree! Each year my family
chopped down our own Christmas tree we
found after trudging through acres and
acres of Florida scrub pines in search of that
perfect tree. Buying a Christmas tree was
virtually unheard of back then, at least
where we lived. Buying a tree was
something left for "city folks" who didn't
have access to trees growing outside their
front doors or for people-who were rich
and Florida's humble scrub pine wasn't
quite suitable for their homes.
But those tall slender trees, with
sparsely placed branches and clumps of
loose leaf needles, were plenty good
enough to hang shiny stars and galloping

reindeer covered with sparkling strands of how we enjoyed visiting our grandparents
silver tinsel and to offer a welcoming on Christmas Eve! Besides seeing the joy
spot for gifts beneath the boughs of green, in our grandparents' eyes in response to the
My brother always insisted on finding gifts we brought them, we were always
the tallest tree possible, even though on allowed to open one of our gifts as well.
occasion, the selected tree i And before the evening
was much too tall to fit inside was over, we were treated to
our modest living room, and my grandmother's
would require much homemade Japanese
chopping and whittling to ; fruitcake and mouth-
clear the ceiling and for the watering sweet ambrosia.
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trunK to tit snugly isile me
old metal green and red tree
My grandparents' tree on
the other hand was somewhat
different. Living just down
the clay-topped country road
from us, my grandmother
and grandfather also
subscribed to the "seek and

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ye shall find" method of
Christmas tree selection. But that is where
the similarity ended.
Their tree was much smaller, never
being more than two feet in height, and
always graced their coffee table. My
grandmother was devoutly religious and I
always wondered if that was she reason she
was partial to angel hair rather than tinsel.
Each year, my grandfather topped their tree
with the simple tin star he had hand
fashioned himself. Having been an
engineer by profession, his star was
precisely correct in all its angles, and I am
certain he took great pride in that fact.
My grandparents always opened their
gifts on Christmas Eve, a tradition my
family did not subscribe to, as we waited
until Christmas morning to open ours. But

unlike a traditional
fruitcake, her Japanese
fruitcake only contained
raisins and walnuts, and even
then they were only folded in
alternating layers of that
sinfully delicious cake.
Between the layers (and
there must have been at least
six or eight thinly sliced

ones) was the best tasting
icing in the world. It must have been her
,private recipe because I have never since
tasted such a wonderful mingling of
vanilla, almond and butter.
Her homemade ambrosia contained
only two ingredients navel oranges and
coconut. I once suggested to her that surely
she had added sugar in order to create such
a sweet concoction. She assured me in no
uncertain terms that sweet navel oranges
and their juices, along with the coconut
were the sole ingredients. I believe her.
But Christmas traditions didn't only
revolve around Santa, the tree, the gifts, or
even food. Christmas was above all, a
religious celebration. And all the other
activities were only precursors to the big
event. Christmas services at our little

country church were always special and
there was an air of anticipation, joy and
solemnity all at once.
Each year the children re-enacted the
nativity, with the boys solemnly making
their way down the church aisle in their
long robes, carrying exotic looking bottles
as they approached the manger scene
complete with Mary, Joseph and baby
Jesus. Each year, my brother was always
one of the three wise men since our church
congregation was small, and there were
only a handful of boys of the proper age.
The girls, on the other hand, viewed the
event in a different light. Who would
represent Mary and wear the beautiful
white robe, golden sash and shimmering
blue scarf?, One year I had my turn and I
felt so special for weeks to come. After all,
I had been Mary, the mother of Jesus. Itjust
doesn't get any better than that. Imagine my
disappointment the following year, when I
was replaced by another little girl.
Looking back at how we celebrated
Christmas in years past, today in many
ways we are not only diminishing the
meaning of Christmas, but the passion as
well. The current emphasis on celebrating
for celebration's sake offers a full dose of
instant gratification that is short-lived and
essentially meaningless. How fortunate are
those who recognize Christmas as more
than simply a seasonal celebration, but as a
time to experience renewed faith and
rededication and genuinely celebrate
family, tradition and the birth of Christ.
Merry Christmas to all, and God bless
us every one.

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The information below has been
compiled based on a police report
provided by the Alachua Police
Today Staff Report

Teen arrested
aggravated assault
*On Dec. 14, 2007
p.m., Alachua
Department (APD)

at 7:35

responded to a disturbance in
the area of NW 145th Avenue
and NW 135th Terrace.
Officers made contact with a
16-year-old male with

obvious signs that he had
been involved in a physical
APD reports that the
investigation revealed that
the 16-year-old was attacked
by Chanci Miller, 18 years
old, and two other 15-year-
old juveniles. During the
attack, Miller was alleged to
have pointed a small handgun
at the victim and told him not
to involve the police.
It was further reported
that Miller and the two other
males fled the area. On Dec.
15, 2007 an off duty APD

officer observed Miller inside
the CVS drugstore. The
officer identified himself as a
police officer and attempted
to detain Miller, who then
escaped by pushing the
officer. Miller turned himself
in early Monday morning on
Dec. 18, 2007 and was
charged with Resisting Arrest
with Violence, Aggravated
Assault, and Battery. The
two other juveniles involved
in the incident are being
charged with Battery.

High Springs Police
The information below
has been compiled based on
police reports provided by the
High Springs Police
Today StaffReport
*Ken Sinder, owner of the
Subway at 19975 NW 244th
Street in High Springs,
reported to police that the
business was burglarized
during the early morning
hours of Dec. 5. The burglary
is still under investigation.
*On Dec. 8 at 10:14 p.m.,
High Springs Police
Department officers
conducted a routine traffic
stop at the 200 block of SW

2nd Avenue. According to
police, David Nobles, a 21-
year-old High Springs
resident, was driving a 1988
Dodge Ram 35 miles per hour
in a 25 mile per hour zone.
Nobles was arrested and
charged with possession of
crack cocaine, and was
transported to the Alachua
County Jail.
*High Springs resident Alvin
Paxton reported to police that
his bic cle was stolen
between Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 at
his residence.
'Between Dec. 9 and Dec. 10,
blankets were stolen fiori the
Family Dollar at 205 NWN
Santa Fe Boulevard. Police
are still investigating. and
there are no suspects at this

*On Dec. 7 at 2:38 p.m., 53-
year-old Gainesville resident
James Edgel was arrested for
possession of drug
paraphernalia after he tossed a
crack pipe into the grass while
being interviewed by police at
10 North Main Street in High
*Nineteen-year-old High
Springs resident Elnora
Jones reported to police that
while she was talking in the
23300 block of NW 178
Place, a chicle stopped
alongside her. She reported
that a female passenger got
out and threatened to harm
her. The passenger then got
back into the vehiclee and left
the area.

Crime Stoppers Most

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SA message from the desk of

Sheriff Sadie Darnell

Discriminating against
someone because of his or her race,
religious background, or other
qualities is wrong. You can do
something to stop violence and
prejudice. You can work to change
Adults can set a good example
by showing respect for others
through actions, attitudes and
remarks. They can organize forums

Putting a stop to hate crime

to examine possible sources of
bigotry and hate violence in the
community and brainstorm
preventative actions, raise public
awareness that bias-motivated
incidents are crimes and should be
reported to law enforcement,
support training in identifying and
responding to bias-motivated crime
for police and sheriffs departments,
and offer support to a co-worker or
neighbor who has been a victim of

a bias-motivated crime.
Young people can start a
conflict resolution program in their
school, say hello to, and have a
conversation with, someone who
may appear different from them.
They can also reject all stereotypes
and report incidents of
discrimination or hate crimes to
parents and teachers. They can also
start a peer education program to
teach bias awareness to younger

children, mentor a younger a child,
start a school or town crime watch
program, advocate violence
prevention by writing to their local
government representative and
sharing their ideas, offer support to
a classmate who has been a victim
of bias-motivated crime.
For more information, visit
http://www.npc.org. Copyright
2007 National Crime Prevention

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Kevynn Martin Andrew
Black Male, Taylor
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Black Hair, 5'8"
Brown Eyes Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

wanted for:
Sell of Cocaine, Sell
of Cannabis x3,
Possession Cocaine
x2, Possession of
Cannabis more than
20 grams, Keep
shop or Vehicle for
Drug Sells,
Possession of Drug

wanted for:
Grant Theft
Auto, Grand
Application for
DL x2

Black Male,
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

wanted for:
Possession of

Black Male,
5'10", 200 Ibs
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

wanted for:
Possession of

Chad D.
White Male,
Brown Hair,
Blue Eyes

wanted for:
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Arrest; Driving
While License
Suspended or

White Female,
5'06", 150 Ibs
Brown Hair,
Brown Eyes

wanted for:
Sale of Cocaine,
Possession of

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Darling Levain
Black Male, Williams
6'02", 180 Ibs Black Male,
Brown Hair, 09/27/68
Brown Eyes 5'11", 175 Ib

wanted for:
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Trespass, Writ of
Driving while


Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

wanted for:
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Animals x 14

Gary Jackie
Williams Bakke
Black Male, White Female,
09/20/78 04/05/66
6'2" 5'4"
Black Hair, Brown Hair,
Brown Eyes Brown Eyes
Brown Eyes

wanted for:
Child Support

wanted for:
Felony Welfare

Ismale Brad
Rivera Keith
White Male, Ross
12/29/73 White Male,
5'9" 12/9/86
Black Hair, 6'01"
Brown Eyes Brown Hair,
Brown Eyes

wanted for:
Battery x2

wanted for:

Betty J. Lonnie
Holbrook Davis
White Female, Black Mal
9/30/80 02/25/6C
5'04" 6'02", 260

Brown Hair,
Brown Eyes

wanted for:


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Brown Eyes

wanted for:
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Isaiah Lewis
Black Male,
5'07", 180 Ibs
Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

wanted for:
Hit and Run

White Male,
5'08", 190 Ibs
Brown Hair,
Blue Eyes

wanted for:
Writ of

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location of any of these wanted individuals, please
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amount of water would be
removed from the river to serve
as drinking-water. It is primarily
used for waste water disposal,
the fishing industry and
recreation in Jacksonville.
The major problem is, some
feel, that states are growing at a
rate that is not sustainable.
Florida's population to date
is .ippil i.i't. l.t 18 million and
positioned to grow to 26.5
nill.'il, by year 2,'i;

-mingeon: We use 150 gallons per day, half of that on watering our lawns

"Floridians have gotten this
idea that we have an unlimited
source of water. We use 150
gallons of water a day and 50-
percent of it goes to watering
lawns," Armingeon said.
Even in Georgia, as that
region suffers from the drought
that covers much of the
Southeastern U.S., residents
hope to use water from Lake
Lanier for cities and hydro-

But Florida wants to use this
water to maintain the seafood
industry at Apalachicola Bay,
said Sarah Williams, spokes-
person for the Florida
Department of Environmental
Ninety-percent of Florida's
oysters are harvested at
Apalachicola. Both the bay and
St. Johns River serve the fishing
industry and tourism in Florida.
"Orlando is our Atlanta, and
St. Johns is Apalachicola Bay,"
Armingeon said.
Draining of these bodies of
water "could have an impact for
years to come that we just can
not predict," Williams said. "It
could have a significant impact
to the state seafood industry."
A large decrease in water
volume of St. Johns River

Continued from page A] 1I

would cause the salinity levels
to shift upstream and change the
ecology of the river.
The northern portion of St.
Johns is an estuary with fresh
and salt water. An increase in
salt would make it a salt water
system and cause problems to
the natural habitat and animals
that make their home there.
The St. Johns River Water
Management District and the
Florida Department of
Environmental Protection are
acting vehemently to stop the
draining of the St. Johns River
and Apalachicola Bay.
Florida Governor Charlie
Crist has been active in the fight
for maintaining Apalachicola
river flow.
"We're asking the governor
to be just as vocal about taking

water from the St. Johns as he is
about Apalachicola Bay,"
Armingeon said.
The mayor of Jacksonville
and other local governments are
passing resolutions opposing
the draining of the river.
"Governments are realizing
that they have to become
involved. The project has been
driven by Central Florida, and
now northern governments are
getting involved to oppose
this," Armingeon said.
Alachua County has also
stated its interest in the
"I am optimistic that
Alachua County realizes that
this is not just a problem for St.
Johns River. It's a problem for
every river in Florida being
used as a drinking water

source," Armingeon added.
People can write letters to
the government and the water
management district. To get
involved, residents of Alachua
County can visit
www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org to
learn more.
"We have to decide what the
best use is for our rivers. Should
they be used for aesthetics,
fishery and beauty, or as a
drinking water source that could
be drained dry?" Armingeon
"We have to look at water
differently. It's about how we as
a state are going to grow into
the future. We have to deal with
this issue that.we are running
out of water as a state."
# # #

budget reduction forthcoming

When asked if the police department was
going to face cuts due to the commission's
actions, he said the department is in no
danger at this time of having positions
trimmed. Drumm. reiterated that the hiring
freeze the city has implemented only applies
to currently vacant staff positions. He said
it's now up to the commissioners to provide
input on budget cuts.
The defeated water usage tax would have
been calculated based on gallons of water
used. A resident billed $7.90 in water
consumption would be taxed 55 cents on the
account. Drumm said the tax was
significantly lower than the rates Gainesville,
the City of Alachua and Alachua County

charge residents using municipal water.
High Springs resident Dick Williams
urged commissioners to avoid putting a
financial burden on residents. He was
especially concerned with how the tax would
affect the fixed incomes of many senior
citizens in the city.
Commissioner Bill Coughlin said cutting
$36,000 from a $4.4 million budget won't
hurt High Springs, and that residents should
be optimistic about the direction of the City.
Referring to a recent tour he took of the fire
department, he said that residents should be
proud of the City's infrastructure.
High Springs Mayor Larry Travis labeled
the tax as unfair to citizens because many
residents in the area are not connected'to city

water. He said the commission will soon
undertake the task of tightening the budget.
Travis said there are several options the
commission will be considering the next time
they review the budget.
Eppenstein expressed disappointment
with the commission's decision. "I apologize
to those people that want these services, but
those services will.have to go now."
Commissioner Byran Williams said he
spoke to many residents over the last few
weeks, and heard their displeasure about the
possibility of being taxed. He cited this as the
reason behind his vote, even though he was
in favor of implementing a tax.
# # #

Continued from page A 1

polar opposite of big city living.
"I like the small hometown
Hoffman said the water
distribution section of High
Springs' public works
department provides a friendly
atmosphere, with colleagues
always willing to lend a helping
hand. He credits fellow co-
workers Robin Parker and David
Benton for his success. Hoffman
said their names should be on the
award as much as his because of

Lward started in 2004

their teamwork within the entire
public works department.
Public Works Director
Laverie Hodge said Hoffman
strives for excellence, and is
efficient with the tasks before
him. She noted Hoffman is
skilled and that nothing less than
perfection is his daily goal on the
High Springs City Manager
Jim Drumm said Hoffman brings
a strong work ethic, punctuality,
energy and a desire to learn to the
job. He said Hoffman provides
dedication to High Springs and
its citizens.
"If there's a broken water
line, it's probably Rodney
Hoffman fixing it at two in the
morning," said Drumm.
According to Hodge,

Hoffman was one of many
employees in the city who stood
out in their job performance for
the year, and that many were
deserving of the award. "We
have a great team in the city,"
said Hodge.
Drumm initiated the award
after becoming city manager in
2004. When he started his job,
Drumm saw many talented
people working for the city, and
thought there should be an award
that would recognize the positive
attributes employees brought to
the table.
The selection of an employee
of the year is a detailed task.
According to Drumm, the
selection process begins when
each department director
nominates someone from their

respective department. After
nominations are submitted, the
list is pared down to the final
candidates, with each department
director and Drumm making the
final decision. Drumm said the
process of selecting an employee
of the year is a challenge.
"It's a tough decision,
because we have many great
The winner receives a watch
featuring the High Springs city
seal, a plaque and a weekend
beach vacation getaway. In
addition, the winner has the
honor of having his or her name
engraved on a plaque housed in
the lobby of City Hall.
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Newberry running back Antwan Ivey was recently named the
Class 2B player of the year by the Florida Dairy Farmers.



Red Devils

* Four players score in
double figures as Newberry
wins fourth straight
Today Sports Writer
NEWBERRY Clinging to a four-point
lead midway through the third quarter of
Monday night's District 5-3A game with
Williston, Newberry's Antonio Brown missed
a dunk off a fast break

Brown's decision to try
and slam the ball instead of
just laying it up while being
contested by a Williston
defender drew the ire of
Newberry High School
Baker head boys basketball coach
Chris Baker. As Brown
walked to the bench shortly after the play, he
drew a furious stare from Baker, whose face
was as red as the uniforms the Red Devils
were wearing.
Baker told Brown if the Panthers lose the
game by two (points) he would have to explain.
that to his teammates.
Fortunately for Brown, his second-half
performance prevented him from having to
say any difficult words. The senior forward
scored all of his team-high 14 points after
halftime, including nine points in the final
1:57 as Newberry edged Williston 61-59 at
William N. Barry Gymnasium.
"He (Antonio Brown) is a gifted player, he
doesn't always play the smartest, but he is a
gifted player and I think he realizes he made a
NEWBERRY on page B2

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* Panthers running
back and head
coach receive top
honors in Class 2B
Today Sports Writer

state running
back Ant wan

was surprised
when he found out that he was
named Class 2B's Player of the
Year which makes him one of

eight finalists for the 2007
Florida Dairy Farmers Mr.
Football award.
For anyone who has watched
Ivey run for
more than
2,000 yards
for the
Panthers this
season that
honor should
come as no
surprise. Keeler
head coach Tommy Keeler was
also named Class 2B's Coach of

the Year announced on Monday
following balloting by a
statewide panel of high school
football coaches and prep
media representatives.
"That was never on my mind.
I never thought about anything
like that, but it feels good to be
nominated for something like
that," Ivey said. "My mind was
focused on our season and the
things that were going on
around me and my team and
. trying to win a state
championship, but it's an
FOOTBALL on page B3

Up to the Challenge

I Eight teams will -;-,
converge on Santa Fe
for tournament. -

Today Sports Writer
It's that time of year again.
No, not just the time for
jingle bells and the ever-
so-popular fruit cakes, but
for the 14th Annual
Hitchcock's Challenge
boys basketball tournament at
Santa Fe High School. The
Raiders will host the yearly event
beginning today and running
through Saturday, Dec. 22.
This year's tournament features
some familiar names and some not
so familiar names. In addition to
Santa Fe, other local teams filling
the tournament bracket include
Newberry, Hawthorne and
CHALLENGE on page B3

Challenge Info

What 2007 Hite Icheidk'
Challenge boys basketball
Who Santa Fe, Ne%\berrn,
Hawthorne, Williston, Leesburg,
University, West Orange, Palatka
When Thur. Dec. 20 Sat.
Dec. 22
Where Santa Fe Raider Gym
Tickets $5

RICK BABSTON/Alachua County Today file photo
Columbia's Byron Shemwell receives the MVP plaque from Hitchcock's
Markets owner Alan Hitchcock last year following the Tiger's title win.



Okay, so Christmas is quickly
approaching and you've done
no shopping, the Christmas tree
has barely been up a day and
you are ready to kill one or
more of your relatives.
Ahh...isn't it a great season.
So, since you've given up on
that time machine you've been
to put
more than ADAMBOUKA
24 hours in
a day,
you' re-
n o w
resolute to
just deal
with the
R o m e bday~ ots Columnist
wasn't built in a day.
Good, I'm glad you've finally
come around. So, here's an
idea: leave your relatives at the
house, let them enjoy the
Christmas tree and tell them
that giving during Christmas is
so passe, just enjoy the free
room and board.
What's left for you to do?
That's a great question with an
even better answer. Head on
down to Santa Fe High School
and check out some great high
school baskeibal l. The Raiders
are hosting their annual
Hitchcock's Challenge this
week and will be having seven
other teams from around the
area and state participating in
the event.
There's going to be a three
point shootout, a dunk contest
and more basketball than you
can shake a stick at. But, the
best part is you don't have to do
anything but sit back and watch.
Sorry to disappoint, but there
won't be any of that seasonal-
favorite eggnog or homemade
chocolate chip cookies. Have
no fear, there are healthier
alternatives at the concession
stand, like nachos and cheese
and hearty hamburgers. 'Or,
better yet, get your fill of
caffeine and have a couple of
cokes. Did I mention no

BOUKARI onpage B2

Raiders on threemgame skid

* Santa Fe falls to _:,- ,.,.. .. ..
Bradford in ,;
Raider Gym P JI III

Today Sports Writer
fitting end to an eight-day stint.
The Santa Fe High School boys
basketball team dropped three
games in eight days with the
most recent defeat coming from
Ocala Shores Christian
Academy on Saturday in the
Gainesville High School
Shores Christian out-dogged
the Raiders late in the game to a
67-46 victory.
"Our energy is down right
RAIDERS on page B4

RICK BABSTON/Alachua County Today
Raider point guard Steven Shipwash tries to hold onto the
ball last Friday night in his team's nine-point loss to district-
opponent Bradford in Raider Gym.

Newberry showed pride in its Panters

*Area residents ". L
packed Panther j
Stadium for eight ,r
home games ,

Today Sports Writer
It's unknown whether anyone
put the 13-1 record and the
appearance the Newberry High
School football team made in the
Class 2B state championship
game on their early wish list this
Holiday season.
While there was talk of playing
for. a state title way back in
August, what the Panthers
accomplished this past fall was
special and made Newberry the
place to be on a Friday night.
There is no doubt from the
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RICK BABSTON/Alachua County Today
Two Newberry Panther fans show their support two weeks ago
holding signs during the Class 2B championship game at the
Orlando Citrus Bowl.

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mistake," Baker said: "The last thing I told
him before he went back in the game was
you have a chance at redemption, not
everyone gets it, make the most it and
obviously he did."
After going scoreless in the first half,
Brown nailed a three-pointer from the left
wing followed by a driving layup to give
Newberry (4-2, 3-1) its' biggest lead of the
night, 37-29 about one minute into the
quarter. But the Red Devils (6-1, 4-1)
answered as Deonte Welch scored seven of
his game-high 18 points to key a 12-4 run
that deadlocked the score at 41-41 at the
2:50 mark. Antwan Ivey buried a three-
pointer to put Newberry back on top 44-41,
before the Red Devils closed the period
with a 7-0 spurt and led 48-44 after 32
minutes of action.
The contest, which included 11 lead
changes and nine ties, continued to go back
and forth in the final period. Ivey drained a
three-pointer, before five straight points by
Ryan Brown gave the Newberry a 52-48
edge with 6:08 remaining. But Williston
answered with an 8-0 run of its own and led
56-52 with 2:34 left.
However, Antonio Brown more than
atoned for his earlier mistake with his play
down the stretch. The senior's steal and
basket pulled the home team to within 56-

54 with 1:57 to go before Welch's free
throw gave the visitors a three-point
cushion 25 seconds later. But Antonio
Brown drained his second shot from
beyond the arc to even things at 57-57 with
1:18 left to play.
After Williston failed to score on its
ensuing trip down the floor, Newberry had
possession and opted to hold for one final
shot in the closing seconds. Xavier Woods
had the ball on the right side and started to
make his move to the basket, but Williston's
Carl James knocked the ball away for the
steal. However, Antonio Brown stole the
ball right back and went in for the layup to
give Newberry a 59-57 advantage with 26
seconds remaining.
At the other end, Kelcey Coleman was
off the mark on his would-be game-tying
jump shot from the right side. The carom
went out of bounds, thus giving the ball
back to the Panthers. Antonio Brown was
then fouled and sunk a pair of free throws to
ice the game as Newberry led 61-57 with
5.3 seconds left. James' layup at the buzzer
provided the final margin.
"Everybody on our team was hustling
and anybody could have made those plays I
just happened to be at the right spot at that
time," said Antonio Brown, who also had a
pair of rebounds. "I just didn't want it to be
that I was the reason we lost the game. I just
made up for a mistake, that's all."
Woods dumped in 13 points and grabbed
five rebounds as Newberry led 16-14 after
the first quarter. Matt Robinson had 10
points and six rebounds, while Ryan Brown
also had 10 points for the Panthers, who led
32-29 at halftime. Ivey finished with nine
points, all three-pointers, in the win.

Isaac Floyd netted 15 points and
collected eight rebounds for Williston,
which had won 10 of 11 meetings with
Newberry prior to the Panthers win over the
Red Devils in last year's district semifinal
game. James ended with 16 points in the
"We didn't play real smart, but we made
up for it with effort. I thought we played
hard for most of the night, but we didn't
play very smart at a few times," said Baker,
who guided the Panthers to the regional
playoffs last season. "They started pulling
together, I have to give our kids credit
because I don't think it was anything
special I did. I just think they decided they
were going to win this ballgame."
Newberry returns to action on Thursday
afternoon at 4 p.m. against Hawthorne as it
opens play in the 14tn Annual Hitchcock's
Challenge hosted by Santa Fe. The Panthers
will then face either Palatka or Orlando
University the following day at 4 p.m. or 7
p.m. The final day of the three-day event at
Raider Gym is Saturday with the first of
four games tipping off at 2:30 p.m.
Depending on how they fair in their first
two games, the Panthers could be playing at
2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., in the consolation game
at 5:30 p.m. or in the championship game
slated for 8 p.m.
"The Hitchcock's (Challenge) is going to
be a heck of a challenge for us," Baker said.
"I'm looking forward to it and I'm looking
.forward to the break after it because we
need a lot of work and we need some rest."
Cliff Olsen can be reached at
sports@alachuatodaycom or by calling (386)

Continued from page B1

The tournament kicks off
today at 4 p.m. and runs late
into the night (sometime around
10 p.m.). That means by the
time you get done watching six
hours of basketball and filling
up on a wide variety of healthy
pleasures from the concession
stand, you get to go home late.
By that time your relatives have
already cleared your
refrigerator from all edible
content and tapped into your
special stash of drinks and are
dead asleep.
That's right, you've managed
to spend half the day without
coming into contact with your
pesky out of two relatives (or
your spouse's however you
look at it). Now you get to stay
up for four more hours
watching a couple of Christmas
classics on the TV because of
your caffeine high from all
those cokes.
After you've stayed up until
2:00 a.m., you fall asleep to the
vocal stylings of Bing Crosby
and Rosemary Clooney and
sleep in until noon the next day.
You wake up refreshed, btt
dreading another day of the
family relatives. Have no fear, '
basketball is here.
Oh yes, there's another day

of the Hitchcock's Challenge.
Just repeat all the steps from
Thursday and enjoy. Saturday
is even better. The games tip-
off at 2:30 p.m. and there's the
three point and dunk contests.
Not too mention the
championship game at 8 p.m.,
which always proves to be a
It doesn't get much better
than that. Three whole days of
avoiding relatives with a
purpose and managing to feel
very accomplished after just
sitting down all day long.
Now, the next few days
you're on your own. However,
I will note that "Merry
Christmas" phone calls can be a
nice alternative to unwanted
house guests. By the way -
Merry Christmas.
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The senior ended the 2007
season with 264 carries for
2,425 yards and 31 touchdowns
as he led the Panthers to the
Class 2B state championship
game. According to Ivey, he has
scholarship offers from
Bethune-Cookman, Wofford,
Carson-Newman, Charleston
Southern and The Citadel and
has official visits scheduled for
Ohio University, The Citadel
and Middle Tennessee. Ivey,
who also had five receptions for
71 yards and a touchdown this
fall, has also received interest
from Florida International,
Florida A&M and Campbell.
"He has been a special player,
especially this year," Keeler
said. "He is definitely the best
football player I have ever
coached. Also what I admire
most about him is that he is the
same on and off the field, he
displays his leadership and'
character everywhere he goes."
In his third season at
Newberry, Keeler guided the
Panthers to a 13-1 record and a
Class 2B state runner up finish.
Keeler, who completed his 12th
season as a head coach, owns a
career record of 65-47.
He also owns a 21-14 mark in
his three seasons at Newberry,
which included guiding the
Panthers to the most wins in
school history this season and
to their first district title since
"Honestly it is tribute to
everybody. I'm thrilled to get
the award, but I think it shows a
lot of what this team has done
over the past three years,"

RICK BABSTON/Alachua County Today
Newberry Head Coach Tommy Keeler holds up the Class 2B
Runner-Up trophy at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.

Keeler said. "I'm pleased and
I'm excited about it, but I
realize you have to have a
strong supporting cast. It is a
team effort."
Of the eight finalists,
Newberry played against only
one this season. The Panthers
faced running back Rodney
Scott of Dixie County in week
two. Scott, who took home
Class 2A Player of the Year
honors, ran for 107 yards on 22
carries and a touchdown in that
game against the Panthers, who
won 21-14.
One of just two juniors to be
named among the eight
finalists, Scott piled .up 2,017
yards on 250 attempts and
scored 27 touchdowns to lead
the Bears. He also caught 11
passes for 157 yards and two

touchdowns for Dixie County,
which finished 4-6 this fall.
The other six finalists for Mr.
Football are running
back/linebacker J.J. Laster of
Graceville, Delray Beach
American Heritage quarterback
Justin Feagin, running back
Albert Gary of Citra North
Marion, Tampa Plant
quarterback Aaron Murray,
running back Kwamaine
"Bubba"' Brown of Kissimmee
Osceola and Miami
Northwestern quarterback
Jacory Harris.
The other Coach of the Year
finalists include Bill Powers of
Jupiter Christian, Joey Pearson
of Lafayette, Frankie Carroll of
Madison County, Bill Kramer
of Naples, Sean Callahan of
Seffner Armwood, Jeff Rolson
of Kissimmee Osceola and
Billy Rolle of Miami
The Mr. Football winner and
Coach of the Year winner will
be announced sometime in
January following a final round
of balloting by coaches and
Cliff Olsen can be reached at
sports@alachuatoday.com or by
calling (386) 462-3355.

Continued from page B1

Williston. Rounding out the
bracket are out of town squads
Palatka, Leesburg, Winter
Garden West Orange and
Orlando University.
"We try to get the best
competition from the state,"
said Santa Fe head coach Elliot
Harris. "It just so happens that
our area teams are doing well.
West Orange and University
will provide some excitement
and great competition to the
tournament. It is our hope for
the Hitchcock's Challenge to
get bigger and better every year.
"We would like for our name
to be mentioned with the likes
of City of The Palms and The
Kreul Classic when you talk
about national tournaments."
The tournament is set up so
each team
plays one
game on all
three, days of
the event.
The first day
pits area
Jtv4~ rivals

Harris Newberry
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Hawthorne at 4 p.m. That is
followed by Leesburg taking on
West Orange at 5:30 p.m.
Palatka, which finished third
in last year's Challenge, will
play newcomer University High
at 7 p.m. The final game of the
day features Santa Fe against
Williston in what could be a
dog fight with both teams
finding, success early in the
season. The Raiders have been
runners-up of the past two
Challenges, falling last year to
Lake City Columbia.
Games kickoff on Friday at 4
p.m. as well and Saturday
starting at 2:30 p.m. The
Challenge also features the
always-popular three-point
shootout and dunk competition.
Both events will take place on
Saturday. The three-point
contest will begin at 7 p.m. on
Saturday with the dunk
competition to follow at 7:30.
The two crowd pleasers precede

Hitchcock's Challenge Bracket 2007

Dec. 20

Dec. 21

Dec. 22

Game 1/4:00 pm Winner Game 1
Newberry Winner Game 7
Game 7/7:00 pm
Game 3/7:00 pm
pI Winner Game 3
University High 8:00 PM

Leesburg Champ.

Game 2/5:30 pm Winner Game 2
West Orange
Game 8/8:30 pm
Williston Winner Game 8

Game 4/8:30 pm Winner Game 4
Santa Fe


Loser Game 7
5:30 PM Third Place
Loser Game 8

Winner Game 6
Fifth Place

inner Game 5

*Teams on bottom
bracket are home

the main event the
championship game which
will tip-off at 8 p.m. on
."If you are a basketball
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to be in Alachua County,"
maintained Harris. "We have
four games per day with great
match ups. In addition to great
basketball, we will also have a
three point shootout and a slam
dunk contest, which promise to
amaze on-lookers."
The Raiders are especially
looking for some success in the
Challenge after dropping their
last .three games. Santa Fe

Loser Game 5
2:30 PM Seventh Place
Loser Game 6

kicked off the season a perfect
6-0, before P.K. Yonge,
Bradford and Ocala Shores
Christian Academy all beat the
Raiders last week. Harris says
his team needs to make a
positive showing in their host
"We are trying to end a three
game slide," admitted Harris.
"So, it is very important for us
to shake some of our dust off.
We hope to get back to our
winning ways, and work
towards winning our remaining
district games."
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sellout crowds that filled Panther
Stadium and the visiting stands on
road games, that area residents are
thankful and appreciative of what
took place on the gridiron this fall.
For them, the 2007 Newberry
High School football season might
have meant the most wonderful time
of the year.
"The people in Newberry love
sports and football and even when
there were losing seasons there were
some hard core football fans," said
Ben Pardo, who is in his sixth and
final year involved with the
Newberry Quarterback Club, the
last four of which he served as
President "You start to win and
people cant help it, they have to go
because they take pride in the city. It
just seemed like there was an
excitement in the air as the season
That enthusiasm started with
Newbeny's season-opening come-
from-behind-win over rival Santa
Fe and moved from September into
October as the Panthers posted three
consecutive shutouts to improve to
6-0. A Homecoming victory over
Dunnellon was followed by a
crucial district win over Ocala
Trinity Catholic which landed the
Panthers their first district title since
1998. Wins over PK. Yonge and
Williston concluded Newberry's
first perfect 10-0 regular season
since 1987. Newbeny's Backyard
BBQ even recognized Newberry's
breakout season with a block party
during the year.
"The attendance numbers were
good, but every week since the
Dunnellon Homecoming game the
stadium was packed," said Pardo,
who also served on the chain crew
during home games. "It was an
awesome feeling to see where the
program had gone to and visibly see
the community support out there
because it is fun to watch a winner."
After playing in front of sparse
crowds during a 2-8 season in 2005,
which was followed by a 5-6 mark
and a regional playoff appearance in
2006 the Panthers were ready for a
lengthy playoff run. That's exactly
what happened as Newberry played
through brisk temperatures and
registered postseason victories over
Jacksonville Trinity Christian and
Trinity Catholic to advance to the
state semifinals. The Panthers then
topped Tallahassee Florida High the
following week to clinch the
school's first state title game
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The Newberry Ace Hardware showed its support for the Panthers
by wishing them luck on their marquee outside the store.

According to NewberryPrincipal
Hershel Lyons, the Panthers
averaged around 1,000 fans for each
of the five regular-season home
games. Lyons, who was an assistant
coach for the 1992 Newberry team
that played for the Class 2A state
championship, said 1,563 fans
attended the regional semifinal
against Trinity Christian. In the
regional final against Trinity
Catholic he said 2,309 people filed
into Panther Stadium, while 2,585
people watched the state semifinal
win over Florida High.-
"I know the kids appreciated the
support, no question," said Pardo,
whose son Joe is a former Newberry
football player, while his younger
son Josh was a linebacker on this
year's club. "The players and the
coaches knew they could rely on the
crowd. Panther Stadium was
definitely a home field advantage."
The week, leading up to
Newbeny's trip to the Orlando
Citrus Bowl on Sat. Dec. 8 to play
for the Class 2B state title was full of
anticipation. The team left for
Orlando on Friday morning, with a
fresh visible memory of their city
that supported them.
"Our Assistant Principal Cathy
Atria came up with the idea of a
Panther Walk, which included
everyone in the elementary and
middle schools," Lyons said. "To see
the eyes of those kids was
outstanding, they were so excited."
After looking like rock stars in
front of some younger fans and
possibly some future Panthers, the
team boarded the busses. They
drove down State Road 26 and saw
people lining the streets wishing
them well.
"The send off was
overwhelming," said Pardo, who
along with his wife Audra have been
very active members, of the

Quarterback Club for quite some
time. "It looked like a big parade."
While the listed attendance forthe
Class 2B championship game at
The Citrus Bowl was
5,676, many Newberry fans
made the trip down for the big
game. The Panther band was also
there and only missed one game the
entire season.
For those who couldn't make the
trip, Pardo said that some fans
gathered at the Kazbors in Jonesville
to watch the game. Although the
Panthers lost to nationally ranked
Pahokee, 53-14, it was still an
outstanding and memorable season.
"To place (state runner up)
medallions (around the
players'necks) during a ceremony
(which followed the game), gave
me cold chills," Lyons said. "To be
standing on the podium with each
coach and student athlete and to look
at the crowd that had followed us all
year, they were excited, it was like
we had won the Super Bowl."
With. the football season now
over, many of the core groups of
athletes who made plays on the
gridiron are now turning their focus
to basketball season on the
hardwood. The Panthers are already
off to a 4-2 start, including wins in
each of their last four games.
"I saw something, this town really
got behind this football team, it was
amazing," said Panthers boys
basketball head coach Chris Baker,
who is also the defensive
coordinator for the football team. "I
want this gym to be packed and I
think this town will get behind this
basketball team because these are
the same kids and they work hard."
Cliff Olsen can be reached at
sports@alachuatoday.com or by
calling (386) 462-3355.

RAIDERS fim page B1

now, and I felt that we were a
step behind all game," said Santa
Fe head coach Elliot Harris. "As
a team, we are a little banged up.
We are without a couple of our
heavy rotation guys right now,
but there are no excuses. When
one is down, someone else has to
step up. We have to get some
other people prepared to play
and contribute."
The Raiders trailed by just 11
points entering the final quarter
against Shores Christian, but
poor execution on offense and
haphazard defensive play by
Santa Fe (6-3, 3-1) made it look
easy for the Tigers.
To make matters worse, Santa
Fe shot a poor 7-for-18 from the
free throw line -just 39-percent.
Santa Fe senior guard Steven
Shipwash's 21 points led the
game in scoring with nearly half
his team's total. Fellow senior
shooting guard Darrius Jones
was the only other Raider to
break double figures' with 10
points, six of which came from
behind the three-point line.
The Tigers outscored the
Raiders 21-8 in the second
period to take a dominating 32-
17 halftime advantage. Santa Fe
did manage to whittle four points
of that lead away in the third,
outscoring Shores Christian 15-
11, before the Tigers blew the
fourth quarter open.
One factor that may have
contributed in setting the Raiders
back was a long and physical
game the night before against

RICK BABSTONIAlachua County Today
Santa Fe's Greg Milliken pulls up for a shot against Bradford
last Friday night in Raider Gym.

Santa Fe hosted their Class
4A, District-3 rival in Raider
Gym last Friday and fell to the
Tornadoes, 75-66 in a foul-laden
game. Bradford shots 22 free
throws in the final period, while
Santa Fe shot just half that with
The Raiders struggled in the
post particularly and were still
without the services of senior
forward Darrian Taylor who is
recovering from a hand injury.
Santa Fe was led by Shipwash
who netted 20 points in the
contest, 13 of which came in the
final quarter when the Raiders
outscored the Tornadoes 32-24.
Bradford excelled in the first
quarter with a 22-10 lead
entering the second period of

RICK BABSTONIAlachua County Today
Raider sophomore Lane Presnell tries to put up a shot last
Friday night against the Tornadoes.

play. Santa Fe made up ground
in the second, outscoring the
visitors 18-11 to trail by just five
at the break. But, a six-point
performance from the Raiders in
the third doomed the home team
as Bradford scored 18 for the
"I thought we started out a
little slow and dug ourselves a
big whole going into the third
period," recalled Harris. "You
will never hear me say that
officiating cost us a game, but at
the same time, we did not make
the officials call our way.
"Bradford did a great job of
being very physical, and we did
not match their physical-ness.
That game was won with guts,
determination, and heart."
The first of the three losses for
the Raiders came against P.K.
Yonge on Dec. 8 when the Blue
Wave out-gained Santa Fe 91-
Santa Fe hosts its annual
Hitchcock's Challenge this week
and is looking to turn things
around against first-round
opponent Williston tonight at 8
"The only thing that we can do
is get back to the basics andwork
hard in practice," said Harris. "I
think the reason why we were so
successful for the first six games
was our commitment to hard
work, and we think we have lost
sight of that right now. If we
rededicate ourselves, the
winning will take care of itself."
Adam Boukari can be reached
at sports@alachuatoday.com or
by calling (386) 462-3355.


Each week SunState Federal Credit Union and Alachua County Today present a serialized story suitable
for school age children. "The Best Storyteller" concluded last week, and in January we will once again be
bringing our readers, young and old, another exciting story.
For the remainder of December, SunState Federal Credit Union and Alachua County Today will be
partnering to bring you highlights of youth in our area, sharing their photos and their accomplishments.
Stay tuned for "Freedom's Circus" starting in January and get ready for excitement as Sarah Callaway

9th Grade
Kaitlin Deutsch
Emily Koller
Lindsey Rivas
Abhimanyu Wolf

10th Grade
Amaris Alligood
Drew Anderson
Taylor Bainter
Lindsey Fischer
Michael Foulds
Sarah Graeber
Kimberly Hellriegel
Aaron Helsel
Shelby Hoffman
Yasmin Macdougall
Kasey Metzler
Xavier Orie
Anna Orlando
Andrea Poucher
Yvonne Silva
Anitha Whitton
Jennifer Williams
Radha Zanzal

11th Grade
Katherine Briguglio
Alexandra Brown
Candace Brown
Drew Burgett
Tiffany Herring
Bryce Miller
Stephanie Moser
Kathleen Murphy
Dakota Quinn
Janelle Schladant
Michael Spiers

12th Grade
Elizabeth Condo
Jason Green
Kiersten King
Matthew King
Corinne Larsen
Victoria Lastinger
Katherine Linkous
Chelsea Pearl
David Sollenberger
Justin Sturm
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HIGH SPRINGS High Springs is known
for its railroad history; along with the
importance of the railroad industry's
contribution to the area's economy during the
first half of the 20th Century. However, High
Springs has never seen the likes of trains
made of. gingerbread men and graham
crackers until now.
Students in Mary Chiozza's second grade
class at High Springs Community School
created the tasty creations for the class's
holiday project. She thought it would be a
good idea this year for her students to make
gingerbread trains instead of the gingerbread
houses that have been made in the past.
Two students, Dan Justice and Logen
Hoelle, shared their enthusiasm for the project
because of their fascination with trains.
Logan said he had fun working with his
classmates during the project.
"It's good to do what you really like."
Chiozza said the class enjoyed working
with the gingerbread men and creating the
trains, noting that the students were detailed
and focused during the project. Chiozza,
added students, along with parents were
excited about creating the holiday trains.
"They jumped into it with enthusiasm."
said Chiozza.
School volunteer Barbara Miller


returns to Lighthouse Island for the summer and her adventure become real circus story. "Freedom's CircLs"
is an eight-chapter serialized short story that is part of the national Newspapers in Education progipm.
Newspapers will be sent home with the students weekly so that parents can share the stories with their children.
SunState Federal Credit Union reminds everyone to share the story with a child inyour life and help them
develop ajoy for reading.

Photo by DAN REID/Alachua County Today
Students from Mary Chiozza and Debbie Libengood's second grade class proudly display
their annual Christmas holiday projects at High Springs Community School. Chiozza's
class made gingerbread trains, while Libengood's students created gingerbread houses.

appreciated the efforts of parents and
grandparents who participated in the project.
She described the experience as fun for
everyone involved.
"It was a ball. We had tables lined up and
the kids had their gingerbreads and icing."
One of the more unique trains was created
not only with graham crackers and
gingerbread, but also featured a marshmallow
snowman decorated with colorful candies.

Chiozza admitted that some parents and
teachers gave into the temptation of the tasty
items, while the students were working. She
added that not only were the youngsters
pleased with their creations, they also enjoyed
working with the colorful and sometimes
gooey materials.
"It was a sticky fun time." said Chiozza.
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before me on November 27,
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3. THAT in the event
Plaintiff does not respond to
the published notice within
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deems just and proper,
including dismissal of this

36th day of November, 2007,
at Charleston, S.C.

The Honorable Sol Blatt, Jr.
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High Springs on a cul-de-sac. The appliances included. Newer refrig, your home or weekend retreat! Call Tony BEAUTIFUL ROLLING 10 ACRES
mobile home has been well maintained. washer & diyer. Great wrap-around Boothby, 352-262-1159 or Isabel Smith, mostly wooded. Property has well, septic
Come build your dream home here. It is porch & deck on 1.89 acres of mature 352-318-7829. $79,000. #278538 & Elec. Cleared area ready to build on
priced right to sell just waiting for you! oaks. Call Martha Cornelius, 386-984- BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME on and low Columbia County taxes! Call
Looking at 411 olffrs! Call Dcena 5920. $147,900. #273971 this beautiful 6.68 acre lot between High Martha Cornelius, 386-984-5920.
Erickson-Klacko, 352-494-2404 or Judie Springs & Ft. White! Close to rivers and $124,900. #281577
rwin, 352-339-6879. $139.900. #279396 R springs, lots of wildlife! Low Columbia BEAUTIFUL 1.79 ACRE HOME-
COMPLETELY RENOVATED,3BR, Co. taxes. Call Martha Cornelius. 386- SITE in a vey desirable location in High
IBA, 1370 Sq. Ft. New Ilooring. BREATHTAKING VIEWS of Majes- 984-5920. $84,900. #281204 Springs. Come and build the home of
windows, doors, paint, AC/heat. tic Suwannee River One-acre riverfront 5 FENCED ACRES in Springstead your dreams. Call Martha Barnes, 352-
SSparkles fiom top-to-bottom and just located on a high bluff & near several Subdivision near High Springs and a 339-4069. $125,000. #272703
minutes from Lake City! 700 Sq. Ft. springs. Great place to build a home. short drive to Gainesville. Perfect site for CLOSE TO 1-75, THIS BRICK
outo3222 or kho I sal miby Boothb, 2 Septic and well on site. Call Isabel your home! Call Isabel Smith. 352-318- BEAUTY on 20 acres is a great equine
S352-262- o Isal S 3 Smith. 318-7829 or Tony.Boothby, 352- 7829. $99,900. #280519 property. 3BR, 2.5BA. A live-stall barn
A7829. $139,9 00. # 87600262-1159. $69,900. #275757 ROLLING 5 ACRES just minutes from witack room, wash stall and six pastures.
PEACE & QUIT 4+A S. VERY SECLUDED 5 ACRE PAR- O'Leno State Park. Scattered trees & This kind of property is rare! Call today.
Beautiful 1512 Sq. Ft. manual. home on CEL with many mature hardwood trees. :.ii. ,- ,,u il ni.,,... .... I,..,.. Call Peny McDonald, 352-278-0310.
rolling land w/sweeping views. 3BR, ,:,-rth,.. r .. .
rollingg land /sweeping views. 3Bt A flag lot just ol Rum Island Terrace. bfr the handyman. Truly stunning! Call $679,000. #281770
2BA, i ii].!, li rrLc rooms, carport & ii o nhi- -ic -i ol I- i
workshop. Call Tony Boothb, 32-62- Very Close to Rum island Springs. Just Tony Boothby, 352-262-1159 or Isabel
workshop. Call lony Boothby, 352-262-
1159 or Isabel Smith, 352-318-7829. outside of Alachua County, into Smith, 352-318-7829. $125.000.
$139,900. #27464 Columbia County. Call Martha Barnes, #285464
ADORABLE & AFFORDABLE! 352-339-4069. $74,500. #281879. RIVER'S BEND, 36-lot clustered com- NICE LOCATION in wonderful lot in
Cute 3BR, 1.5BA ome right in fligh 5ACRESOFRURALPASTURE with munity on the Steinhatchee River. A Ft. White. Could also be sold with
Springs. Brand new roof & rleshly close proximity to Trenton. Newberry or short trip down river to some of the best adjacent commercial!residential proper-
painted home is in move-in condition. High Springs. Seller is open to offers so Gulftishingand scalloping in Florida. I- ty. See MLS #286714 & 286716.
Great starter or investment property. Call call Perry McDonald, 352-278-0310. Four & 20 Mins. liaom Gainesville & $425,000. Call Mike LeRoy, 352-494-
DebbieZeller, 352-538-2857. $145,000. $79,900. #281826 Tallahassee. Pool/house, community 1736 or Deena Erickson-Klacko. 352-
#28125 boat ramp, paved roads & much more. 494-2404.
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3REAT HOME FOR A GREAT Home on 5 acres in River Rise A steal currently priced thousands Incredible new home has
'RICEI This 1775 sq ft 3BR12BA subdivision. 3BR/2.5BA home below its $160K+ appraisal.Come 3BR/2BA, oak cabinets and
ome on 6 a res ofpasture,gorgeous with separate study is loaded see this 3BR/2BA 1444 sqft home all new appliances. Conven-
acuzzs tub, energy stardcerted' with upgrades. If you're looking located on 3.5 heavily wooded gently located in Alachua.
'onvenienttoGainesvile.Sellepiced for a home with it all, you'll love acres! In Columbia county just $149,900
iome for QUICK SALE. $249,900. this one. $398,900. north of High Springs $139,900.


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