Title: Alachua County Today
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Title: Alachua County Today
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Language: English
Creator: Alachua County Today
Publisher: Alachua Today, Inc.
Place of Publication: Alachua
Publication Date: October 22, 2009
Copyright Date: 2007
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Alachura City Manager Cloivis Watein Jr.

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Today Repot ters
ALACHUA- The owners
of some 24.73 acres af land
stow st f Iriterstat$1 in
after a logging company
removed dozens of large trees
without a ermit between Jul ,
28 and Aug. 4.
Harrison Logging
Company left a swath of

I-75 and rtme westerly behind
KFC, Wendy's and the Days
Inn and Ramada Limited
mote ers of the property,
Kenneth J. Fickett and
Rebecca H. Fickett, paid the
city $10.000 in fmes for the
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vi ation.
Continued on page A8

Today Repifrter
Hawthorne coinnnssiosers
voted Tuesday 4-1 for
Edward F. Smyth Jr as
the new city manager,

IE'd c and
The other final
candanesag en ndlnterim
Chapman and Lori Serino,
who withdrew her name
from consideration before
the vote.
The one opposing vote
came from vice savor

William Carlton, who
supported Chapman.
Unlike the typical
city commission meeting
where attendance rarely
rises above the single
digits, about 40 Hawthome

coitiz co teTousessda e
commission, nearly every
wb po en b
Chapman. The commission
had already made a motion
and seconded Smyth,
meaning that it only needed
Continued on page A7

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Today Reporter
OSSle Robertson
was camping in
Manatee Springs
the first time she

notit;ed a hunpin
her right best.

living on the
ground in her tent,
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different than

anything she had
dealt with before.

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Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, today Jessie Robertson is a cancer
survivor. She IIves in Alachua with her husband Jody, son A.J., and
daughters Baylee and Hallie. Jesse, pictured below, lost her hair after
undergoing chemotherapy.
But she shrugged it off, conymcing -
herself it was related to nursing her .
youngest daughter, wbo 'was only 15
months old at the time. Young people
don 't get breast cancer, she though.
The lump didn't go away. It was
summer 2006.
Now, at the age of 30. Jessie has .
jomed the 2.5 million people who have
overcome breast cancer in the United
States. The American Cancer Institute .
estimates there will be 194.280 new -
cases of breast cancer in the United .
States in 2009 and 1.910. of those
cases will be men. It is estimated that
Continued on page AS

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y g gpy 4 the city.
Because the city of
CORMCI at Int Alachua does not have a
INOOffRg MOnday city--run fire department,
By TRACEY MCMANUS it will pay the county
Today Reporter 5561.927 for fiscal year
2009-2010 for the county-
ALACHUA COUNTY run fire station located
- Alachua County officials within Alachua to provide
got one of their two its fire-rescue services.
lingering fire-service Alachua Interim City
contracts resolved Monday Manager Tracy Cain said
when Alachua City the figure was based on
Commissioners approved FIRE SERVICES:
the county's rate for Continued on page A6

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Todat Reporter
ALACHUA For fewer thair two
more weeks Alachua City Manager
C'lovis Watson Jr. will still hold the
position as the city's top administrator.
But Watson's 26 year journey at the City
ofAlachua will be ending Nov. 1 and co-
workers, commissioners,.business people
and residents alike attended a retirement
reception held last week at the Alachua
Woman's Club to honor his seririce. Also
attending were his .mother and father
along with other family members, friends
and well wishers..
Alachua police officers including
Chief Joel DeCoursey praised Wats6n
for his leadership in the community as
well as among city staffers. Watson rose
Continued on page A7

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Owners fined $10K for cutting trees
By PATRICIA HOYOS downed trees on the property ,
& BRYAN BOUKARI which is located just west of


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Jessie Robertson is a mother, a wife and a breast cancer survivor

Community honors Watson

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EVENTS ....... A3
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false imp. Addit, resist
officer without violence,
Vinson, Robert,
1/15/1964, Return from
work release, ASO
Walker, Gary L,
11/14/1965, Weekender,.
Whittaker, Martha,
2/15/1954, Municipal
ordinance violation
Williams, Pencilla L,
4/29/1972, Trespassing,
Yarber, Raven,
7/19/1980, New
Weekender, ASO

Elooking: Oct. 17,
Allen, Adam M.,

person; no valid drivers
license, GPD
Bell, Kimberly Kay,
10/22/1961 DWI.SR
Bland,' Christopher
12/26/1971, Petit theft'
Blocker, Tyerune
G, 1/15/1976, Drugs;
drivers license citation,

ASUBrown, Casey,
2/15/1990; Larceny,
pe yrd, Victor Lee;
10/14/1989, Robbery
with firearm, ASO
Coleman, Marion,
8/4/1985, Possession use
drug paraphernalia, GPD
Cox Samuel,
11/7/1962, DWLSR, GPD
Ellisi Thad IWae, x,
Possession less than
20 grams of canna is;

12/21 /1989 VOP-
"' -' "'
operate motor vehicle
w/o valid license, ASO 2
Goldberg Barry
n,, respass on
property other than
strudtur lez al
E., 100 /1969, Op rat
rnotor vehicle with
revoked drivers lice se
violation non resident;
exemption from'

regiHt tion, aidSt en
%, 1/2/1975, Disturbing
peace, breach peace;
Municipal ordinance
violation; Defrauding an

r neper O a u
Henderson, Jerome,
10/6/1980, DWLSR, ASO
Huff, Elizabeth A.,
2/11/1964, DUI and


















perty damage; attach offense, ASO
license plate not Blocker, Tyerune,
igned, ASO 11/4/1972, Polk Co. child
Keller, John Michael, support, ASO
2/1952, Disorderly Cole, Joshua Ryan,
oxication, UPD 1/4/1975, DUI; Resist of
Kress, Haley officer;Refuse to accept
zabeth, 4/7/1988, sign citation or rost bond;
orderly intoxication, Cruelty toward child;
O Absue w/o harm., ASO
Lowe, Delano, Courtney, Kristen A.,
3/1987, Simple 12/15/1984, DUI, GPD
ttery;VOP RWOV, GPD/ Hicks, Paul Gregory,
O 8/31/1960, Drive on
Moore, Joshua D., perrn. revoked DL, ASO
21/i988, DUI, UPD Hill, ,lahrejrl A.,
Moran, Neal 1/17/1987, Larc; grand
tripk, 5/23/1979, 3rd degree dwell prop $1
nsumption; possess to $300, ASO
oholic beverage, ASO King, Edrierta Kay,
Ortiz, '. David, 12./8/1966, Aggray
16/1988, FTA- DUI, battery, GPD
O Kmght, Russell,
Paliwal, Rity, S/28/1974, Fraud misrep
8/1988, exposure, fail to disclose pub aid
ual organs GPD $200 pr tripre, ASO
Pleas, : Oishonda, Levy, Elden O.,
19/1985, Simple 10/4/1981, Petit theft
ttery, GPD retail, GPD
Powers, Benjamin, Martinez, Brielle B.,
24/1988, Trespass, 5/3/1987, DUIGPD
O Nix, Charles,
Reynolds, Elmore 4/24/1959, Simple
x, Battery 2nd Or assit; Intent threat to do
bsequent offense; Violence; Resist officer
session of weapon w/ violence., ASO
ammo by a convicted Palacio, Jonathan,
rida felon, ASO 7/21/1976, Ppsses drug
Rodrig u ez paraphernitia; Resist LEO
ristopher C., violence, GPD '
14/1988, DUI; GPD Phillips, Jason
Roy, Kristin Kelly, J., 4/18/1975, Doc ,in
7/1981, Consumption; Transit,
ssess alcoholic Polite, Carl S.,
average, ASO 1/6/1959, DWLSR
Snead, Kathy, Habitual Traff c Offendor,
24/1960, Battery on GPD ,
enforcement officer; Schmitt, Lesley,
V, UFPD 2/5/1977, DU, GPD
Steil, Murray Ralph, Snover, Cory G.,
6/i968, DUI, GPD 12/12/1977, DUI, UPD
Thornton, Anthony Stuhler, I..ouis
/20/1984, VOP- Thomas, -- 12/8/1972,
erate motor vehicle ;I\harion Co Warr.; IVOP
o valid dr ers licerise, Retail, petit theft, ASO
O/GPD Thompson ammie,
Willett, Andrea, 5/26/1966, Petit theft;
14/1988, Resist officer* Trespass after warning,
use sign citation; GPD
OV ..disorderly White, James A.,
oxication, UFPD 1/7/1973, Civil Order,
Wilson, Bret, ASO
14/1973, Possession Williams, James
alcohol in city park; 2/7/1978 DWLSR
en container; Trespass Habitt'ial;ASQ
park after hours; FTA, Woods, Curtis Lee,
D/ASO 6/19/1986, Aggray
Yates, Jonathan, battery; Person uses a
17/1988, Petit theft deadly weapon; Robbery
tail) RWOV, GPD with firearm, ASO

Information appearing
in this listing comes
from the Alachua County
Sheriff's Office daily jail
log as provided to Alachua
County Today.
All individuals are
presumed innocent until
proven guilty. Individuals
listed on this page may be
ched and mkned atplaced

Information provided
is believed to be accurate,
however not guaranteed.
1%fost abbreviations have
been left as 2 provided to
maintain the accuracy of the
Last name, First iname,
DOB, Charges, Agency
BOOking: Oct. 16,
Allen, Joshua,
7/4/1978; Poss more
thart 20 g, poss drug
para, MSPD
Alvarado, Daniel,
81 7/1983> DUI, GPIS
Beard, Leonard,
5/15/1967, FTA--DWLSR
Marion, ASO o
Bellis, Patricia A,
5/12/1957, (Disord
conduct) sentenced,
Bryant, Rynyatta,
8/25/1969, DUI, smuggle
can into detention,
DWLS, sub. Marijuana
less 20 g, UFPD
Climpson, Reginald
Eugens, 8/17/1959,
Possession of less than
20 g of cannabis, FTA,
municipal ordinance,
Dampier, Lynette,
12/6/1966, Sentericed,
Davenport, David,
1/7/1961, OV/LSR, FHP
Davie, John Jose,
1/20/1981, |Larc, theft
-is $300 or niore bitt less
than $5,000, ASO
Dou las, William,
8/24/1989, Resist
without violence, GPD
.Eisenberg, Karl .4,
10/31/1960, Aggray
Stalking, follow harrass
cyberstalk death injury,
Fa an, Michael,
12/3/1984, Grand theft
auto, GPD
Franser, Alexander
8, 10/12/1985, Sale or
pass with intent to sell
counterfeit 'controlled
substance, GPD
George, Christopher,
10/16/1964, Weekender,
Godbelt, Jermaine L,
9/1 9 We end r,

5/20/1979, Weekender,
Green, Lawrence W,
10/28/1981, Domestic

ba sFy Ana Rosa,

6/21/1987, Safe/poss
with intent to sell/
manufacture/deliver a
controlled substance,
Hawley, Jennifer,
8/19/1980, FTA-"-forgery,
poss controlled subs,
Hill Steva,
12/1/1982, VOP trespass
Putnam, ASO
Jackson, JB,
6/9/1970, Simple assault,
batter\ touch or strike,

Jenkins, Joseph,
9/3/1968, Non support
Colurribia Ca, ASO
Johnson, Anthony
q., 6/26/1989, Simple
battery, GPD
Laforteza Karlo,
12/7/1979, Retit theft,
Lee, Johnell
Remain, 9/9/1989,
trespassing GPD
Little, Leonard'
11/18/1990, Robbery
with firearm, ASO
Martinez Marte,
Rafael, 12/30/1971,
Viol pretrial release
condition, GPD
Moorehead, Troy,
8/4/1991, Trespass, GPD
Patterson, Terrance,
3/24/1984, (FTA) Battery
touch or strike, ASO
Perez, George,
9/6/1990, Liquor poss
under 21 yoa, poss
marijuana less than 20
g, poss drug para, F1A-
- operate MV without
valid DL, ASO
Perez,: Yulimilet,
1/5/1989, Weekender*
Rushing, CIIflon
9/23/1982, FTA,
Contempt of Court, Vio.
Ird. Protect dom violence,
OWLS 1st off., ASO
Smith, James
Hobart, 7/28/1960,
Traffic offense, DUI
Alcohol or dru s, ASO
Smith, Thomas,
11/26/1987) Trespass
on posted property'
VOP-- resist officer
obstruct without
violence, narcotic equip.-'
possession and/or use
Spreading, Michael T,
12/4/1986, VOP--battery,
FTA-- cocaine possess,
Stephens, Crystal,
8/15/1986, Agg. Battery--
persob sises a deadiv
weapon, ASO
Tilcock, Kevin,
3/19/1985, Weekender,
Todd Ivan
12/19/1968, Battery
touch or strike, kidnap'

For additional


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Booking: Oct. 18,
Aguanon, Roberto'
7/10/1984, Battery;
Emper in misd
proceeding, GPD
Alarcon, Maribel,
7/25/1961, DUI;1st

arrested Oct 12 oft

?'.':!32 2"
tramadol,. drug
paraphernalia and
maintaining a drug
vehicle, according
to a Waldo Police
report/ Stouwie wak
originally pulled
over for speeding. He
was taken to Alachua
County JaiL
* Edmundo ,Gonzalez,
40, of Osprey, was
arrested Friday on
charges of driving
while his license
\vas suspended or
revoked, according

I)reall Lemond
W liams, 34, of
Gamesville; was
arrested Oct. 12 on
charges ofknowingly
driving while license
is suspended or
revoked, according
to a Waldo Police
report. A narcotics
trained K-9 partner
detected the odor
of illegal drugs.
Kimberly Clark, 29,
of Gainesville, who
was a passenger in

the car, told police
she was in possession
of marijuana and
cocaine., Police also
found several pills.
Clark wits arrested on
charges of possession
of cocaine'
marijuana, zolpidem'
amoxicillin ,
benzonatate and drug
paraphernalia. Both
Clark and Williams
were taken to
Alachua County Jail.
* Kenneth Earl
Stouwie, 49, was

Use following informa-
tion was compiledlygla-
chu unty o2 staf

High Springs .
* Steven Allen
English, 51. was
tested Oct. 15 on
charges of simple
battery, according
to a High Springs
Police report. The
incident took place at
601N.E. First Ave. in
High Springs.



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High Springs will host a
Halloween Trick-or-Treat
event downtown. Free
Hallolveen Trick-oriTreat
bags will be handed out
and stores will be passing
out cadidy throughout the
downtown area. -
m Hague Baptist Church
is holding a gospel sing
featuring The 191cCormick
Family on Saturday, Oct.
24, at 7 p.m. The sing is
free but a love offering
is taken. If you have any
questions, contact Fred or
Lillian Owens at 386-462-
m Haven Hospice Fall
Love and Remembrance
Memorials are open to
anyone in the community
who has lost a loved one.
Attendees are encouraged
to bring pictures and
mementos of loved ones
that can be placed on
the Table of Memories.\
Refreshments will be
served. Registration is not
The memorial is held at
Haven Hospice E.T. York
Care Center, 4200 N.W.
90th Blvd., Gainesville, on
Thursday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m.

WaiC t at 352-
2929 or Flory Antiga-
Stephens at 352-378-4448
for more information.
a High Springs
Community blood drive

it eO 1
9 a.m. 4 p.m. The blood
drive is sponsored by High
Springs Masonic Lodge
#137. All who donate
will receive a recognition
item and a complimentary
cholesterol screening. Hot
dogs will be served. Have

blbite odatbthen donate
a Ichetu e k nee
River Baptist Church
is having their fall
harvest celebration on
Saturday, Oct. 31 at 5
p.m. Everything is free.
Bounce house, games, cake
walk, fish pond, popcorn,
hamburgers and hotdogs,
chili cook-off and more.
Everyone is invited. The
church is located, on CR .
137 between Hwy 27
arid Branford Hwy (247).
Donors must be at least
16 years old, weigh 11()
pounds or more, and have
photo I.D. Sixteen- year-
olds must have written
parental permission. For
more information about
becoming a donor or about
blood drives in your area,
call LifeSouth at 888-
795-2707' or visit www
a The High Springs
Area AARP members will
be off to Cedar Key for a
boat tour of the islands,
lunch at a waterfront
restaurant and a visit
to the museum, idl est
Thursday, Oct 29.
On arrival at Cedar
Key, the seniors will visit
the local museum-featuring
the history of Cedar Key,
then board the Tidewater
Tour to visit historical
Atsella Otie Key and
Seahorse .Key. After the
bpat tour, they will .have

lunch at the Sea Breeze
restaurant overlooking the
Cedar Key waterfront and
The group will meet at
the Winn Dixie parking lot
at 8:30 a.m. to board the
buses and return around 5
The charge for the trip
is $30 for Chapter members
and $40 for nonmembers
and that includes the bus
ride, the boat tour and
lunch. If you are interested
in going on the trip, call
Chapter President Dick
Williams at 386-454-4516
for reservations.
a The Seed Savers
local gardening group
will be sponsoring an
"Herb Night" at the High
Springs Public Library
on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at
7 p.m. The topics to be
discussed will be growing
herbs (culiiiary and
medicinal) and tincturing
medicinal herbs with
a demonstration by
Naturopath, Pam Iane. A
list of tips on growing herbs
meldingg planting times
and, when to harvest) will
be distributed. Attendees

n cenc agedwtoh Mn
seeds and seedlings for
fall planting to share. The
public is invited. For more
information call 386-462-

DestR Bac oo La
1 Kings 17:8-16, on Oct.
29 30 at 7:30 p.m. The
Revival will be held at
the Miracle Deliverance
Revival Center al; 1817
S.E. Hawthorne Road,
Gainesville. The speaker

willnbeKPastorofDr. ueen
Word of Faith Ministries,
Inc. of damesvdle. For
more information contact
352-373-8328, or 352-373-

4193. -
n Open Call The
Alachua Children's
Theater is accepting
applications for the
children's production of
"Big Bad" on Tuesday,
Oct. 27 and Thursday,
Oct. 29 from 5:30-7 p.m.,
at the Alachua Children's
Theater studios, 14911
Main Street, Suite D.
The most notorious
criminal in the fairy-tale
world, Big Bad Wolf,
is being slapped with a
class-action lawsuit- by the
countless quirky characters
he had wronged.
Now, the two greatest
legal minds lit the
Enchanted Forest, the Evil
Stepmother pnd the Fairy
Godmother, will clash on

live Court TV, no less,
with Sydney Grimm as
Commentator in a trial that
will be remembered forever
As Little Red Riding
Hood, her Grandmother,
the Three Little Pigs and
the Shepherd in charge of
the Boy Who Cried Wolf
testify, the wolf seems
deserving of all that is
Open to ages 7-17. No
experience is necessary.
Registration fee is $15. For
more information, call 352-
Sponsored by Jackson's
African American
Theater, a non-profit arts

mArcher Meets the 2ild
and 4th Monday of each
month at 7 p.m. at City
Hall, 16870 SW 134 Ave.
mAlachua (City) Meets
the 1st and 3rd Monday
of each-month at 7 p.m. at
City Hall.
mAlachua 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
mGainesville Meets the
1st and 3rd Thursday of
each month at 1 p.m. at City
East University Avenue.
a Mt. Pleasant Baptist
Church is having their
2009 Fall Festital/Trunk
or Trent on Saturday, Oct.
24 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Also performing in concert
is going to be .LifeSong.
Lots of fun, food and games
for all ages! Trunk or Treat

enf tiv a
will conclude the evening!
The church is located at
14105 NW 298th Street,
liigh Springs. For more
information, call 386-454-

161Anointed Vessels in
Arms Reach Miliistries
is hosting a Community
Health Fair and Clothing
Giveaway Oct. 24 at the
Ft. White Community
Center from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. There will be free
health screening for blood
pressure and blood sugar
checks. and dotifestic
violpses workshop. Free
coats, clothing and shoes
just in time for the winter
season will be given out.
Free hot dogs and drinks
axid much more. For more
information, contact Gloria
Jackson 352-538-0352 or
Ora Enman 382-317-1835e
a On Saturday, Oct. 24,
LaCrosse Baptist Church,.
located in Lacrosse, will
be holding a Fall Festival
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There will be arts and craft
vendors, free games for the
children, cake walks for
everyone, Bar-B-Q pork
dinners, cakes and sweets.
will be available. -
There will be a silent
auction, with.many items
running from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. There will be a live
auction starting at 4 p.m.
The auction will include
signed Gator memorabilia,
signed footballs and
signed Sports Illustrated
Magazines. A brand new
Clevelarid Driver will also
be auctioned off. For inore.
information call 386-462-
m The Alachua Lions
Club is holding an
Official Licensed Gator
Bike raffle. Drawing will
be held ori Oct. 30 at Trick
or Treat on. Main Street.
Tickets are $2 each or three
for $5. You do not need to
be present to win. Buy your
tickets from any Alachua
Lions Club member.
m High Springs Lions
Club turkey shoots are
now underway on every
Saturday at 11 a.m. until
Nov. 21. The event is held
at the Lions Den on U.S. 27
North, High Springs. The
club will offer BBQ meals
for $5 per plate. Delivery
is available, call 386-454-
4521 or 352-745-6649. This
is a principle fundraiser for
the club, which sponsors
many community-wide
m On Saturday, Oct. 24,
Lacrosse Baptist Church,
located in Lacrosse, will
be holding a Fall Festival
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There will be arts and craft

vendors, free games for the

mHawthorne Meets the
Ist and 3rd Tuesda;ys of
each month at 6:30 pi.m. at
City Hall.
mHigh Springs Meets the
2nd and 4th Thursday of
each month at 6:30 p.m. in
City Hall.
. mLaCrosse Meets the
2nd Monday of each month
at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
MMicanopy 191eets the
2nd Tuesday of each month
at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
mNewberry -. Meets the
2nd and 4th Monday of
each months at 7 p.m. at
City Hall
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Tuesday of eadi month at

dinners, cakes and sweets
will be available.
There will be a silent
auction, with many items
running from 10 a.m. tp 3
p.m. There will be a live
.auction sJarting at 4 p.m.
The auction will include
signed Gator memorabilia,

Sp dIllslustraan
Magazines. A brand 'new
Cleveland Driver will also
be auctioned off. For more
information call 386-462-

t al Soci ach
having a YOU will
be our next program'
meeting. Please bring a
.. ,,
What is it? item or a
"Show & Tell" item ofyour
family's heritage Tuesday,
Oct. 17 at 7 p.m: at the
Alachua Liou's Club.
See if ,yoli can stump
the rest of us with lyour
special ? something, or
bring a heritage item that's
dear to you. Note the new,
location! Dessert will be
served. Call 386-462-4001
for more information
n .Newberry High
School Lexus Group
Challenge is hosting a
photo contest to promote the
importance of trees. Thdre
will be seven categories
and two age groups: 17 and
younger and 18 and older.
The contest ends on Oct.
30. The winners will be
exhibited on our website
and- each category winner
gets a prize! Some of the .
prizes include 'SD cards,
jump drives, and a mini
photo printer! If you are
interested in registering
you can visit our website
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a TKe city of Alachua
and the Alachua Chamber
of Commerce will host the
city's annual.Trick or Treat
on 10ain Street Oct.30.
The celebration will
begin at 6 p.ni. as children
and adults alike, decked
out in their best Hadlogreeti
costumes, can stroll down
Main Street and collect
candy from participating
local businesses.
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Today Reporter
Good Life Community
hopes to continue to beatify
itself one median at a time.
The City of Alachua
Commission voted 5-0
to reestablish the U.S.
Highway 441 Median
Sponsorship Program
The program was first
created in 2004 but was
discontinued in 2005 when
the leases expired after
staff changes and median
mAintenance issues. The
program consisted of
six medians within the
downtown area.

to the Planning and
Community Development
Director Kathy Windburn.
The plaques are
supposed to show a
slionsor's pride in the
Alachua community.
Interim City Manager
Traci Cain said if two
sponsors want to split the
fee and get one plaque, the
city can make that work.
According to traffic
data presented to the
commission, over 150,000
vehicles per week travel
through the section of
U.S. 441 which would be
affected. .
The Public Services
Department will assess all

of the medians that will
be up for sponsorship to
develop an improvement
plan for each one which may
include mulching, planting
and addition of sod, among
Other improvements.
Medians are not only
meant to keep streets
look g nice, but to
morease the amount of
trees and green space in
cities. Plants redqe heat
and glare from concrete,
reduce erosion and water
runoff, providing economic
value to neighborhoods.
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Vice Mayor Gib
Coerper said he was excited
to see this program coming
back to Alachua. He said
the program will be self-
sufficient and will irot be an
expense to the city.
The proposed program
will call for 11 medians,
each with one sign on each
end, to be available for
sponsorship. Sponsors will
be chosen on a first come
first serve basis. .
Each recognition
plaque on the medians will
cost $100 pei month. The
sponsorship leases last one
year and can be renewed
annually. The signs will be
18 by 14 inches, according

Today Reporter
Alachua City Commission
unanimously approved the
rezoning of two parcels
of 5.75 acres each that
could be the site of a future
The two parcels, which
were zoned industrial, are

104th Terrace, which

1:: highw3
approved the properties'
rezoning to commercial
intensive. A commercial
zoning allows for property
uses such as, retail sales,
business parks, hotels,
eating establishments and
Other enterprises.
Representatives for
DCB Gable, L.C., the
owner of one of the parcels,
haid they do not expect
anything to happen with

the property for some time.
The area has no sanitary
sewer connections, which
would be necessary if
future developments are to
be carried out.
"We are currently
working through the
Owner's association to try
and complete that," said
Bill Emerson, managing

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either be developed by
DCB Gable or sold to
another company
"We're going to see
where the market takes us,"
he said. "With the economy
the way it is, there just isn't
a lot of activity right now,
but I think that will change,
in a couple of years.

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Today Reporter -
NEWBERRY After six months
of allowing utility customers to make
partial payments on utility bills,
Newberry residents may have to
revert back to the old billing cycle
one complete payment every month,
Last March, .an amendment to a
Newberry city ordinance stated that
when the CitfofNewberry deemed it
appropriate, it would accept a partial
payment of 50 percent of the utility
bill by the 15th of each month; -

That change caused Ne\vberry's<
utilities staff an additional workload
that it is not adequately staffed to
handle, said Blaine Suggs, utility
"We're trying to be as customer
friendly as we possibly can, within
reason," Suggs said. *
At a city commission meeting last
Monday, a resolution was developed
.stating that partial payments will be
accepted until the end of the year.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, the old
method of billing will be re-instituted.

About 100 to 125 residents out
of Newberry's 1,300 use the partial
payment plan. City commissioners
emphasized the importance of
properly notifying these customers
of the upcoming change ih the billing
The commission will vote on the
resolution at the next city commission
meeting on Oct. 26.
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has been trying to get for so
They have an
appointment with the INS
and they are going to be
placed under very close
scrutiny. Ifit becomes clear
that they are just doing
this for him to get the
promotion and for her to
stay in the country, she will
be indefinitely deported
from the USA and he will
be given a huge fine and
face imprisonment for up
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have eo kn w ngodo
real well in order to pass
the immigration tests.
So, they decide that she
should accompany him on
his trip to his parents for
his grandmother's 90th
anniversary. They also
will have to deceive his
parents and .family that
this is indeed a bona-fide,
I didn't like this film
ra couple pf reasons. It

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"The Proposid" stars
Tate and Ryafi lteynolds as
Andrew Paxon.
Andrew is an aspiring
would-be editor who works
for Margaret Tate in a huge
Mildhattah "priblishiig
company. Margaret is not
very well liked in her office
because she is bossy and
mean toward. her workers.
Everyone ars er an
she is definitely not the

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editor on her staff, when the
story takes an unexpected
twist. Margaret is not an
American, but is really
a Canadian, and she has
some serious problems
with the Immigration and
Naturalization Service
(INS) nHer bosses have
decided to replace her
with the person .she just
fired. She is about to lose
everytlyng that she has
worked her while life to
build -

out.T c lodnlyeto
to her assistant, Andrew,
and after her paperwork
with the INS is all. worked
out, divorce him. At this
point, Andrew decides that
the tables could be turned
if he goes along with 1;his
plan. He gets to visit his
grandmother and also he
gets the promotion that he


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usually takes less than
10 minutes for, the actual
donation of blood, and
in that time, you could
be saving the lives < of
up to three people. The
Newberry Lions Club and
LifeSolith invite you to be
a part of saving lives when
Community to host a blood
drive on Friday, Oct. 30 and
Saturday, Oct. 31. Look
for the bloodmobile at City
Hall on Friday between the
hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The bloodmobile will be
in the Hitchcock's parking
lot on Saturday, Oct 31
een ours o
a.m. and 4 p.m,
All who doriate will
receive a recognition item
and a complimentary
cholesterol screening. The

Lions Club will cook and
.serve hot dogs each day.
Have a bite to eat, then
donate blood and save
a life Hot dogs will. be
erved Son 6 yS

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"Th f
irty minutes
your ti e to a can give

tomorrows, said Joyce
Higgins, donor consultant
for LifeSouth. ."Please
donate blood and help save
a life.
Donors must be at
least 16 years old, weigh
110 pounds or more, and
have photo I.D. Sixteen-
year-olds must have
wntten infoprmTt ab r

becoming a donor or about
blood drives m your.area,
call LifeSouth at 888-
795-2707 or visit www.

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assumes that it is normal
for engaged. couples to be
sleeping together instead
of waiting for marriage.
I didn't like the idea of
deceiving one's parents, let
alone the authorities. What
a way to start of a marriage.
No wonder that it would
end mea divo osal is

supposed to be a comedy,
but it wasn't really
that funny, and I don't
recommend it,

.. Q: What exactly is
4: Gingivitis is an
inflammation o the ,gums
and is the first stage of
gum ..disease, also called.
periodontal disease.
Gingivitis is an early,
reversible fdrm df gum
disease. Yliur inouth is full
of differentbbacterial species,
When their harmony gets out
of balance and one type of
bacteria begins to dominate,
you caii end up with an
infection. An infection can
also develop if your immune
systein is compromised
because of some other
condi teWhen thbe

inf lamed.

The best way to keep
bacteria in balatice is through
brushing and flossing. When
.bacteria buil tip betweeti the
teeth, plaque begins to form.
If plaque is not remove(
by brushing and flossing, it
hardens. Hardened plaque
is called tartar. The longer
plaque and tartar are left on
the teeth, the more damaging
the .bacteria cazi become.
Harmful. bacteria create
toxins that damag the
gums. This is why regular
professional cleaning of
your teeth, by your deritist.
or hygienist is important.
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Today Reporter
HIGH SPRINGS An investigation to
identify the possibly dangerous substance
found Oct. 14 in the High Springs Police
Department parking lot is still underway,
according to FBI officials. .
FBI special agent Jeff Westcott said the
test results on the substance pulled from a
vehicle near the police station have not yet
been returned to confirm if the substance
was dangerous or a false alarm.
On Oct. 14, the FBI received
information that liquid cyanide could have
possibly been inside the vehicle near the
police station.
"When we came across that
information, we contacted the High Springs
Police Department, and in an abundance of
caution they called the hazardous materials
team and the bomb experts, and they
removed the substance from the vehicle,"
Westcott said.
The teams worked from 5 p.m. until

midnight to close off the area around the
police station and City Hall and used
a bomb robot to open the door to the
vehicle while hazardous materials workers
removed the substance.
Cyanide is a naturally produced
material, often found in plants, fruit aird
bacteria and is used as diversely from
decreasing, blood pressure in emergency
room patients to fumigating itisects on
boats. However, it is an intensely poisonous
material and was most famously used in
gas form during World War II to kill Jewish
prisoners in the concentration camps.
Both Westcott and High Springs Police
Chief James Troiano said they can not yet
comment any further about how they got
information about the vehicle, why it was
suspicious, if they have made any arrests or
anything else related to the investigation.
"(The substance) is under testing,,arid
that's about all I can say," Westcott said.
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contract with Gainesville Regional
Utilities was recently amended and
extended, prompting the City to hire a firm
with more experience in auditing the utility
accounting process.
Six auditing companies bid on serving
the city, and CPA and Associates scored the
highest according the City's review board.
Calderwood said it is important to interact
with multiple sources to ensure the best
agreement can be made.
"Periodically you should open up the
process so that you don't get complacent or
too set in a particular method of operating,"
she said. "When it comes to your city
revenues, especially taxpayers' money, we
have a responsibility to the public to make
sure we are doing the best job possible."
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y end of year

Today Reporter
Hawthorne's senior citizens can
often get lost in the shuffle as the
city makes its plans, according to
some residents.
"The senior citizens have been
sayng, 'they don't do anything
for us,'" said Vivian Wagner, 86.
"We're still paying through our
taxes, but we don't see anything
for it."
"I don't think it hurts to think
of us once in a while," she added.
But concerns from seniors
haven't fallen on deaf ears. At the
Oct. 6 meeting, the .commission
unanimously approved a motion
for the city manager to seek bids
to bring the old public health
build 65th Avenue to
code o sorve as the new s ior
Commissioner DeLoris
Roberts said she has been working
on a senior center since 2003.
"It's been a long time
coming," Roberts said.
Roberts said the senior
center could be ready to open by
Hawthorne City Planner Kelly

Moosbrugger said the time
was right to build a senior
center because the city had
an empty building not being used.
The city is looking into
several options for activities,
To a get better idea of what
seniors wanted, the city sent
out a "Communities for a
Lifetime" survey. Communities
for a Lifetime is a state-wide
program and is part of the Florida
Department of Elder Affairs. The
goal is to help Florida cities plan
and implement improvements that
benefit residents, both young and
old, according to the program's
Web site.
Roberts has worked
closely with Janine Harris,
community relations manager for
Communities for a Lifetime. -
She said the partnership
helps the city take advantage
of benefits for building, grants,
transportation and organization.
According to 2000 Census
data, Hawthorne has a higher
percentage of senior citizens than
any other city in Alachua County.
Seventeen percent of Hawthorne
residents are 65 or older. High
Springs is the next highest with
15.7 percent. Alachua, Archer

and Newberry all have 11sto 12
Roberts said the center won't
be just for seniors, adding that it
will help bring the community
together at the heart of the city.
A few ideas mentioned- by
survey respondents were free
financial advice, a literacy
program for all ages and
recreational programs geared
specifically toward senior
The ideas Trom the survey
will be considered along with
other programs such as computer
classes, cooking and nutrition
classes, exercise programs and
arts and crafts.
One concern opening up the
center is how much it will be
used. According to the survey,
23 percent of respondents said
they would use the center daily;
38 percent said weekly; and
17 percent said monthly. The
remaining 22 percent didn't
At the Oct. 6 commission
meeting, Interim City Manager
Linda Chapman said she is unsure
how much it will cost to bring the
building up to code but estimates
about $10,000.





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ALEXAUSTIN/Ala hua County Today
Seniors in Hawthorne spay soon have a place to go for recreational
activities. Hawthorne city officials are working to get the former
A u Health department building on SE 65th

A e b u t e.
There are a few potential
sources for the $10,000. One
option is to use funds from the
Community Redevelopment
Agency, or CRA. Another option
is to take money from the general
Funding for the programs
will come from grants or state
support, through Communities

for a Lifetime.
The city could also use money
from its recreation- department:
Moosbrugger said the city has a
variety of resources to bring in
funding and just needs to start
using them.
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onto the tracks attempting to make a right turn
onto State Road 20. His Ford Crown Victoria
became lodged iri the tracks.
A witness to the incident attempted to help
by driving the caralong the rails to the next
concrete ramp but was unable to dislodge the
Roberts said Clara Ward and Kyle Van
Zant helped Johnson out of the car when they.
heard a train comitig and moved him to safety.
According to the report, the train struck the
rear of the car engulfing it in fire.
Roberts said this has been a tf oublesome
intersection, and this is the third time someone
has been stuck oil the tracks.
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Today Reporter
HAWTHORNE A man escaped uninjured
from his car Sunday night with the help of
two strangers, after it became lodged on the
railroad tracks at the intersection of U.S. 301
and State Road 20 in Hawthorne. ,
David Johnson Jr., 87, of Jacksonville,
was in Hawthorne for the funeral of his late
wife, Edna L. Johnson, 98. To Commissioner
DeLoris Roberts, Johnson is better known as
"Uncle Bubba."
She said she found out about the incident
later that night and was thankful for the people
who were able to help him.
According to a Florida flighway Patrol
report, Johnson .was heading south on .11.8
. 301 and accidentally drove pff the road and

Special to
Alachua County Today .
garden plots are available for fall
season vegetable production in both
community gardens in High Springs.
These gardens are located in the
downtown district and in the Douglass
Neighborhood of High Springs. \
Plot fee is $15 per season or $25 per
year, which pays for irrigation and soil
amendments needed to grow healthy,
Organic vegetables. Anyone on any
type of public assistance (ptalifies for
a garden plot at no charge.

Fall season vegetables include
lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, onions,
carrots, beets, turnips, peas, collards,
mustard greens, kale, spinach, radishes,
celery, parsley and strawberries.
The 4 x 8' plots can .yield an
amazing amount of food, as hi yield,
intensive cultivation techniques are
practiced The community gardens are
a program of the City of High Springs.
For more information, contact Sandi
Richmond at High Springs ,City Hall
at 386-454-1416, #6.
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Sexton and Schnoll to make sure
the commission can get an audit
report back by January. He and
other commissioners were not
pleased with last year's audit.
"The last audit we had ... he
didn't even sign," Carlton said.
"That's always a bad sign."
Ronald Shaw was selected
to serve on the Charter.Review
Advisory Board, tipon a
nomination from Vice Mayor
William Carlton and the approval
of the commission,
"He's served down here before
and done other things and done
real well," Carlton said.
Shaw has lived in Hawthorne
for seven years.
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Today Reporter
The Hawthorne City
Commission tackled a mixed
bag of issues this past Tuesday
evening. In addition to selecting
a new city manager (see related
article "Hawthorne picks Smyth
discussed money owed to High.
Springs, the fact that no taxes had
been paid on commission salaries
for a number of years, approved a
new auditing firm and still found
time to declare Oct. 18 to Oct. 24
According to the Florida
League of Cities Inc. Web site,
"This week is a time to spread
the word to all citizens of Florida
that they are an integral part of the
government that is closest to the

Commissioner Matthew
Currency said Hawthorne Middle/
High School is participating in the
week by inviting Mayor Eleanor
Randall and him to speak to the
The City owes High Springs
purchased without commission
approval, according to the current
Interim City Manager Linda
Chapman received an invoice from
the High Springs Fire Department
The fire truck will be sold
to attempt to recoup some of the
Commissioner Harry Carter
said the city needed to enact
safeguards to prevent such
purchases from happening again

without the commission knowing.
And after several years of not
paying taxes on commissioner
salaries, the total has added up to
$986.95, Interim City Manager
Linda Chapman reported.
Vice Mayor William Carlton
said when he served on the
commission about 10 years ago
to be taken out of the salary, but
a later commission reversed the
Chapman said from now on
the money will be appropriately
deducted from commissioner's
It was announced that the City
will hold a meeting Monday at
10 a.m. with a representative of
the Department of Transportation
to discuss traffic issues at the
intersection of U.S. 301 and State

Road 20.
Mayor Eleanor Randall wrote
a letter to the agency after the
recent death of a motorcyclist at
the intersection.
On Sunday, an abandoned
car was hit by a train at the same
The meeting will be-held to
discuss potential solutions to the
dangerous intersection.
In other business, the
commission approved Sexton
and Schnoll as the City's auditor
for the FY 08-09 budget year
at a cost of $18,000 upon the
recommendation of Interim City
Manager Chapman.
Chapman sent out 16 requests
for auditors, and only Sexton and
Schnoll provided a price quote.
Vice Mayor William Carlton
recommended the city go with

Alachua awards auditing

FBI investigation still

Today Reporter
ALACHUA The City of Alachua
has retained Purvis, Gray and Company
to assume the City's auditing duties. The
City Commission voted 4-0, approving
Purvis, Gray and Company to take over the
process, which it had previously performed
for decades until 2002.
Purvis Gray beat out CPA Associates,
the company performing auditing duties
for the city for the past seven years.
Commissioner Jean Calderwood said it was
Purvis Gray's familiarity ivith Alachua and
its experience dealing with utility contracts
that made the difference.
"That is a skill and expertise in which
I know we are going to need the highest
level," she said.
Alachua's current electric utility .

Hawthorne senior center could be running b:

Fall garden plots

Man escapes injury

Hawthorne tackles mixed bag of issues


A Candidate with Heart
As more and more stores close, their
doors in HighSprings we have to take
a serious look at the candidates running
for City Commission. High Springs'
economic future should be a concern
of every resident. I, for one, want a
candidate who has been involved with
the City, a candidate who is present
at City events, a candidate who has
volunteered countless hours to make this
City the best it can be for residents and
businesses alike. I want a candidate who
is not concerned with how much the job
pays, a candidate who not just resides in
the City but lives in the City. l encourage
all residents of High Springs to take a
good look at the candidates running for
iCity Commission, their platforms and
their motivations for running, and most
of all, their past and present involvement
in the City. I for one want a candidate
whose heart is in High Springs. I will be
voting for Ross Ambrose.
Susan Beck
High Springs.

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Pink ribbons, pink caps, pink tee- my knowledge of cancer was woefully
shirts, pink bumper stickers, pink football lacking. -
gloves? I did know that cancer was not good.
You bet. Some people lived. And some died.
October is breast cancer awareness Among the health professionals who
month and it's all about breast cancer worked with her was a group of dedicated
research, prevention, and treatment. and caring individuals. They conducted
Cancer ... if that word were directed at medical treatments, of fered words of hope,
me, how would I respond? of comfort, ways to ease the
Disbelief? painanddealwithwhatwas
Denial? to come, but they offered
There must be some more. They worked with
mistake not;me. patients day in and day out
Reactions to cancer are as who were fighting for their
varied as the people who have lives, and they understood
the disease. the effects of cancer were
It was aboist a year ago not solely medical, but
this month that a female psychological, social, and
family member first noticed a economic as well.
seemingly insignificant lump Life was put on hold as
at the base of her neck. she sought secorid opinions,
Just a blemish ... ive were spoke with others who
certain. had suffered or were still
An allergic reaction.... we Ellen Boukari suffering from the type of
thought. cancer that had invaded her

before she was diagnosed.
She must surely recognize it now.
And when she reads this, she'll know
thatwe all do, too.
How would we have reacted had we
been in her shoes?
We don't know.
We hope we never do.
But chances are, one of us will.
the odds of developing an invasive cancer
are 1 in 2 for men and 1 in 3 for women.
That's why observations such as Breast
Cancer Awareness Month are so important.
Not just to those receiving treatment
now, but for those who ivill be diagnosed
in the future.
Or for those who will not, thanks to
the hard work and sacrifice by so many to
bring about medical innovations that will
hopefully one day end this devastating
We don't know when,
But what we do know is that without
our help it will take longer.
As for my loved one, a year later, we
can say she has it beat "it" being cancer,
the "C" word.
She recently had a checkup and her
results came back clean.
She's already back taking classes; life
is resuming.
She'll have tests for the rest of her life.
And we'll all hope, and \ve'll all pray
that her news will always be good.
No one knows what the future holds
for anyone, but what we do know is that
she is a fighter and a survivor.
We also know that people together and
individually can make a difference.
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A swollen gland ... we hoped.
We were all avoiding the "C" word.
We gladly volunteered any number of
other explanations for the lump we could
shrug it off, knowing...hoping it would
just go-away.
It didn't. .
And it became larger.
.There were debtor visits.
There were tests.
There were biopsies.
More doctor visits.
And more biopsies.
And there was the di gno ik
That word we had hoped, and prayed,
and wished away, was now very real.
it was cancer.
What kind of cancerewe asked, no
kno ing iftlie answer would bring tears...
off anic or relief"
Looking bick, the answer was
irrelevant. because as I soon disco ered.

young body.
Having cancer is difficult,.but being
under 30 with two young children, and
being diagnosed with a life-threatening
illness is unthinkable.
But it happens. o
It did.
Biopsies, followed by surgery,
followed by radiation therapy, followed
by chemotherapy, followed by more
Visits to doctors, to clinics, to
therapists, the list goes on... .
The pain, the nausea, the weakness, the
complete exhaustion, the inevitable loss of
The complete enveloping suffocation
of all else, except the fight to survive.
Tw.o years into a teaching degree, and
all thoughts of studies were put on hold.
Thedo saveeldandmonthspassed.
I do11't know ifshe realized her strength

the percentage of calls that the county fire
station in Alachua, Station 21, made within
the city Timits last fiscal year compared to
the calls it made in other parts of Alachua
County. With, 1,125 of Station 21's
1,572 responses being, dispatched within
Alachua last year, the city estimated it was
responsible for 72 percent of the station's
calls and compared that with its operating
"It's a fair agreement," Cain said. "It's
the same way we have calculated and
the same way we have entered into an
agreement since 2001."
On the same night that Alachua sealed
its deal with the county, High Springs
commissioners were together in a special
meeting to discuss options if county
commissioners stand by a contract that will
drastically under compensate High Springs
for its services. They are scheduled for a
joint meeting with county commissioners
Oct.2'6 at High Springs City Hall.
While Alachua pays the county to
provide fire-rescue services, Alachua

Springs re
County has traditionally paid High Springs
for its city-run fire department to respond
to emergencies in unincorporated areas
of Alachua.Cotmty and within the city of
Alachua.;But because of a tight budget,
Alachua County officials are not willing
to use the same formula they used with
Alachua to determine how much they
should pay High Springs for its services.
Instead they have "arbitrarily come up
with a number" for their payments to High
Springs every year since the contract wak
last ratified in 2000, said High Springs City
Attorney Thomas Depeter. This year that
number is $123,000, or $10,000 less than
what the city was paid last year.
"We say 'let's talk about our budget,'
and the county says 'no we have financial
issues and this is how much we're going to
pay you,' but they don't base it on budget
or call ratios," Depeter said.
After rejecting the county's proposal
this year, High Springs officials will
continue to ask the county for the same
amount they were paid last year, plus a

service fee of $335 for each timi the High
Springs truck rolls into.the city ofAlachtha.
The new service fee was developed because
of the fmancial burden that attending to
Alachua has put on High Springs, since
45 percent of the city s calls go to their
neighbor city.
And although the city's counteroffer
was hand delivered to county officials
last month, there has been no ivord if they
will accept the city's offer. If they don't, it
leaves High Springs the option to continue
being under funded for its services or to
reject the contract entirely and only serve
the residents of High Springs. .
"Since our last meeting I spoke to 30 or
40 citizens, and not one of them has said
for us to continue subsidizing the county by
extending our fire department (in Alachua)
and not get paid a reasonable amount for
it," said Commissioner Larry Travis.
Since the last nine years have been a
series of renewing and extending an old
contract without renegotiating a new one,
officials continued that trend when last

year's contract was extended for 30 days
on Sept 30 when officials could not settle
on a revised agreement by the new fiscal
year on Oct. 1.
Monday will determine whether
High Springs stays contracted with the
county for a low price or if county fire
departmputs will have to respond to
Alachua emergencies without the help of
High Springs.. In the same way this has
torn officials, some residents are divided
on both sides as well.
"Alachua County does have a
responsibility to pay (High Springs) for
they help they get," said Jenni Callahan,
a High Springs resident, who attended the
special meeting Monday. "But then again
there is a humane, responsibility that we
have as a city. I don't want to hear someone
died or a house burned down in Alachua
because no one was there in time."
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Currency explained why he Mayor
chose Smyth. defended th
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come to a point where we new city m
are done with the major "This is
overhaul of the City of has been
Hawthorne, and now is the January," It
time to take the next step of The pro
progress to the management accepting
of the city." creating a
RonaldShawdescribed paneltowh
the situation differently. initial appl
"When you have fallen workshops
on your ass and someone discuss the
comes along and gets you finally, inte
up and gets you walking in three candi
the right direction, why .in Another
the world would you want citizens ha
to change tracks and go hadn't had

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ed that maybe
on was being
Eleanor Randall
e commission's
in selecting the
manager. .
a process that
in place since
andall said. .
cedure included
city manager
icants, holding
to further
candidates and
reviewing the top
d is that they
enough time to

get to know Smyth.
"We would like to
who Ed Smyth is.
is that person?" Ric
Moore asked. .
During his inter
Smyth described..hi
as "a little different
the average bear." He
he doesn't like to hid
in his office and wan
. get to know the people
are going to be working
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for Leesburg, a city
a population .of a
18,000 and a budge
about $160 million.
also worked as an assi
county administrator
Matthews Coun Va.
as a Main Streer pro

manager for Clifton Forge,
see Va. Overall, he has 17
Who .years of local government
hard experience in a variety of
fields. He has a Master
view, of Public Administration
mself from -Rutgers University
than and is a Certified Puk .
said Manager from Flonda are
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ts to Former commissioner
who John Martin urged citizens
g foi* not to poison the well for
the new city manager just
rved because they disagree with
ager thedecision.
with "Let's get behind him
bout and at least give this man
t of a chance for the betterment
He of the city of Hawthome."
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Candidate Mike Kearney
received one of the most
controversial questions, about
whether he would work to change
an ordinance that prohibits
restaurants from serving beer
and wine within 500 feet from a
Joking that he was part of
the beginning of the problem, a
he reminded residents he, as a
restaurant owner, pushed a law to
allow alcohol sales in the city on
Sunday last year.
- "We're trying to build
business back in our town," b
said. "If one church wants 50
feet, that's fine, if another chure
wants zero feet that should be fin
Ambrose added ,that
convenience stores are idlowed
to. sell alcohol near churches
while restaurants are not, which
discourages bitsiness.
Davis made a stand for the
old rules that "make the city
unique," including the alcohol
restrictions that were put in p)ace
1;yfgcjty'p pigyp sponers.
Nov. 3, candidates encouraged
feedback from residents and most
importantly to go out and vote.
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a third vote to seal the
William Saputo was
first tp speak.
"A bird in the hand is
worth two in the bush,"
Saputo said, warning the
commission not to forget
what it has with Chapman.
Larry Tilbury echoed
Saputo's statement.
"When you have
someone here thit's dotte
the job, I don't think it
matters how great an
interview someone has
or what they look like on
paper." .
Although there were
many new faces in the
crowd, Tilbury and Vivian
Wagner, 86, have been
regular attendees for the
past two decades.

Wagner said Chapman
at least deserved six months
to finish what she started.
"I don't believe in
slapping someone down
* when they've done a good
DeLoris Roberts said the
commission isn't slapping
Chapman just because they
didn't select her.
The support for
Chapman came from
citizens, old and new.
year .resident of Alachua
who moved to Hawthorne
ib February, compared
Chapzilatt's work \to the
work Clovis Watson Jr. did
to turn around Alachua.
"Ms. Chalimah has
turned this city around

Today Reporter
Election Day in High Springs less
than two weeks away, candidates
issued one last appeal to residents
The seven candidates
showed their diversity on issues
.at a question and answer forum
hosted by the High Springs
Woman's Club. Each hopeful was
asked one question and had five
minutes to respond, and the other
candidates could use one minute
to respond to their opponents'
One of the similarities
between the candidates was the:
urge for voters to participate in
local politics, since roughly 60
residents out of the city's 3,800
registered voters attended the
two-hour forum.
The first difference. of the
evenmg caple as a question
directed at candidate Jessics Hall\
about whether she would expand
east-en Edomitblin if she had to bh6bse
ofte area. .
"There's not a whole lot
more we can do to the downtown
area that will actually benefit
the citizens of this community,"
Hall said, citing the importance
of creating jobs and revenue. "If

we expatid east of'441, this could
allow us to bring in business and
coAtinue growth with businesses
that are clean, safe, not harmful to
the environment, not harmful to
the water system..."
The first rebuttal of the night
came from an incumbent, Mayor
Jim Gabriel, who sqid he would
choose to continue expanding
down-own. -
"Ido disagree in that Ibelieve
the-downtown is critical because
in a traditional community the
downtown area is the center of
the community," he said. "People
want to protect the character
of the community...and that's
dependent on a vital downtown."
No rebuttal followed Byran
Williams's answer to whether he
was for or against water extraction
from the Santa Fe River.
"That's an easy one," he
said. "No, no, no, no, fro. If we
keep pumping and pumping and
pumpmg, soon the river is going
to give out."
Candidate Ross Ambrose
agreed and stressed th#
importance of legislation. "It's
not just the springs --that's where
the water cones out," he said.
"Local government really needs
to be paying attention to what's
' going on in Tallahassee.?'
Two candidates responded to
candidate Deanl>avis's answeton

when he feels it is appropriate to
spend the city's reserve funding.
*"Never, unless it's an
absolute disaster," Davis said.
"My feeling about spending is
if you can affoi-d it, do it, if you
can't, don't do it."
Gabriel disagreed and said
if there are excess i-eserve funds,
it shows fiscal responsibility and
can be used to improve the city,
and Hall said whether or not to
use the funds should be up to the
taxpayers. .
Candidate Ross Ambrose
was also unchallenged on his
answer on where he would reduce
expenditures in the budget if city
revenues were to fall short.
"Where would I reduce
money? Restructure what we
spend on parks and recreation,
reduce a full time firefighter to
two part time positions," he said.
He added looking at garbage
collection, prisoner labor. -and
how trees are cut down, looking
at ways to generate revenue and
the reason why the eity is in a
In his forum question,
Gabriel addressed his vision for
the future urban development of
High Springs, saying it should be
up to the citizens.
We have to come up with
a plan to do something about
traffic, because ii;'s getting worse

and worse and worse," he said.
"Bridges are falling down all
over this country, roads are going
unpaved, and. I believe it's the
failure of elected officials because
they're not looking forward."
Candidate Eric May's forum
question about whether a proposed
state mandate to take power away
froth local govemmeht and put it
in the harids of voters received the
most discussion.
"This takes power from local
authorities and places it in the
county level, out of the hands of
the local community and local
citizeris, so absolutely no," May
said. s .
Ambrose argued the initiative
is dangerous to development, and
government should make public
notices clear and readable for
citizens so they have a troice in
planned development instead.
Williams agreed and, said
nothing would get done in: the
city if power- is takezi from
local government, citing how
legislatures don't consider what
ofties want for themselves. Davis
said the issue is tricky, because
power in the.hands of the people is
not necessarily dangerous, while
Gabriel stressed the importance
of Home Rule, the protection
of local goverinnent to govern
themselves ivithout pressure form
state or county government.

through the ranks as a police officer
at the Alachua Police Department
where he served some 19 years
and rounded out his career as the
deputy police chief.
While at APD, Watson came
to be well known in the area
among'his fellow law enforcement
officers. His retirement reception
was attended by many in the law
enforcement community including
Alachua County Sheriff Sadie
Many of those in attendance
spoke of the support and
encouragement thqt Watson gave
them over the years, as brell as his
passion for his hometown.
Offering remarks at the
ceremony were Alachua Mayor
Bonnie Burgess, Vice Mayor Gib
Coerper, and commissioners Jean
Calderwood and Gary Hardacre,
among others.
Hawtheme City Commissioner
Deloris Roberts offered her
thoughts about Watson, lauding
the City ofitawthorne in resolving
various municipal difficulties the
town in southeastern Alachua
County had encoimtered. Archer
City Commissioner Roberta Lopez
did likewise, as Watson had also
come to the aid of that small town
located isthe southwestern part of
the county.
Area resident Ward Scott,
former professor of English at

Sea ml edC o a hI oe
and student and a visionary leader,
Lifelong friend Charles Goston
extolled Watson's impact on the
city of Alachua in bringing about
increased economic opportunities
for busitiess, and improved
quality of life for arya residents
throtigh his vision, Idadership and

Alachua Police Chief Joel
DeCoursey talked about Watson's
early days in law enforcement
and his competitive nature and his
drive to excel.
Speaking for City of Alachtia
employees, Interim City Manager
Traci Cain shared memories of
Watson's work ethic, his sense
of humor, and lastly, his fear of
An emotional Watson thanked
those in attendance and reminded
them that while he was leaving
his position as City Manager,
he would never be far from his
Alachua home. His departure, he
said, was timely and a necessary
action so that not only could he
move forward, but so los would the
city pnder new leadership. Watson
was presented with a number of
mementoes to carry with him as he
leaves his post as City Mariager.
Watson achieved a number
of milestones during his
employment, moluding becoming
the first African-American police
sergeant in Alachua, deputy chief
of police, and then city manager.
While Watson has not publicly
announced details of his plans
after he leaves his employment
with the City of Alachua, many
in attendance urged he consider
political of fice.
Following the ceremony,
Watson mingled with the guests'

om or gw
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Today Reporter
tip from a confidential informant,
a team of High Springs police
officers and their police K-9,
Aggie, uncovered a one-pound
stash of marijuana worth $1,200
in the hands of the Hardee's
.restaurant general manager
Joshtxa Randall Allen, 31,
was arrested and charged with
possession of more than 20 grams
of marijuana and possession
with the intent to sell, both
third-degree felonies, as well as
a first-degree misdemeanor of
possessing narcotic equipment.
According to a police report,
officers waited outside Hardee's
for Allen after receiving a
confidential tip that he was
distributing marijuana. Officers
approached Allen in the parking
lot when he got into his Hyundai
sedan,. where he was detained
withoixt incident.
High Spring Police Chief
James Troiano said the officers
had probable cause to search
Allen's. vehicle because the
narcotics were in plain view from
outside the car.
"What's concerning is we
have a general manager that's
using a business as a front to
support his illegal activity,"
Troiano said. "We know that
he has been selling to a lot of
people, our evidence clearly
supports that."
With a clear view of' the

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narcotics and the confirmation
from Aggie, who alerted to the
odor of niarijxiana by sitting
passively outside the vehicle,
officers uncovered, a sandwich
bag packed ivith the drug .in a
Hardee's drinking cup that Allen
had carried from the restaurant.
' In searching the vehicle, oilicers
found 462.5 grams of marijuana
in seven separate containers,
an electronic scale,- a pipe and
rolling papers.
With several empty Hardee's
drinking cups and lids found
among the paraphernaha, oilicers
believe Allen was using the cups
to distribute the marijuana.
According to the Alachua
County Jail, Allen was originally
posted with a $55,000 bond

but was released by a judge on
Sunday on his own recognizance
and will return for a later court
Troiano said this hefty arrest
is a step in stamping out drugs
in the community. He estimates
that 30 ofthe 123 arrests in High
Springs since November were
marijuana related.
"I wbuld describe it like any
other drug," Troiano said. "It's
here, it's prevalent, and it's an
issue. I'mnot saying High Springs
has a drug problem different,
from any other coinmunity...but
we've definitely made an impact
and continue to make an impact."
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Babe Ruth World Series in
August 2010. Santa Fe Babe
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program composed of girls
primarily from the Alachua
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serves ages 4 to 16. Prior to
signing the contract, Santa
Fe Babe Ruth Softball
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thanked the community
for its support in luring
the event to the area.
In addition to the inany
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ceremony, Alachua Mayor
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Springs Vice Mayor Byran
Williams both spoke on
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"The community
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Also present were
Gainesville Sports
Commission President Ron
Gromoll and Executive
Director Jack Hughes who
spoke to the gathering
of supporters as they
presented Santa Fe Babe
Ruth with a check of
$10,000. The Gainesville
Sports Commission's
contribution will be
.forwarded to the national
Babe Ruth organization as
the first of four installments
required to host the world
series event. Additional
check presentations for
other major contributors
included $10,000 from

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cities of Alachua and High
Springs will make -histoty
next year by hosting the
state of Florida's first
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Alachua and High Springs
welcomed Babe Ruth
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but he did want the land cleared eventually. He
said he simply wanted an estimate of the value
of the timber on his property.
Harrison Logging Company removed the
trees under contract from the Columbia Timber
Company. A representative from the Columbia
Timber Company told City of Alachua code
enforcement officer Linnelle Stewart that no
written contract had been drafted with the
Ficketts, but that there was a verbal agreement
to do the job.
At least 40 mature hardwoods and more
than 20 mature pine trees were removed from the
property according to City ofAlachua records.
Fickett told city oilicials he did not intend

Article 9 section 9.3.1(H) states that
removing existing trees from a site or parcel
of land without first obtaining appropriate
development permits and permit approvals is
also a violation of the LDRs.
Fickett said he had, no plans for the two-
dozen acres of real estate which is currently
zoned industrial. An I-75 bridge does span
across an abandoned road or railroad bed which
would connect Fickett's property with the site of
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to violate any city code. But in a Sept. 21
settlement agreement with the City, he did
acknowledge his liability as the landowner
under the city's Land Development Regulations
and paid the fine.
Stewart said no permits had been pulled
for the site work or tree removal conducted by
Harrison Logging Company.
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Co d at A year later, it's back to life without the disease
4(), I70 women will die of cancer of a vein would destroy it. The Several weeks would pass Jessie's faith was a tremendous
the breast this year. - chemotherapy took its toll, keepigg before radiation therapy began,_a factor In@r recovery. If h.dpie her
Jessib is a survivor. though one her in bed for days at a time willi six-theek treatment thiit specifically immense? to put her MisTiRhe
would never be able to tell that flu-like symptoms and nausea. , targeted any remaining cancer Lord, she said.
she's endured suchhardship justby Throughout her treatment, cells, and then six reconstruction "I'm a Christian and so I have
looking at her. Jessie had tons of support from surgeries were to follow. faith in God," she vowed. "I put
Her deep blue eyes convey herfamily and friends, spiny being It's been almost a year since my worries in God's hands." Her
confidence appreciation of life. part of her church. After every Jessie's last reconstructive surgery, husband is a vice-principal of
Her shapely figure and golden hair chento session, her family was and over a year since her last; Creekside Christian School in
resemble nothing like that of a fed for a week off meals brought treatment. The episode is over, and Gainesville, where their children
cancer patient. to her home by her caring support it's back to life without the disease. attend school, and where she now
Jessie Robertson lives in network. Jessie was fortunate to survive, works as the pastor's secretAry.
Alachua with her husband, Jody, "191y kids, and my faith, and and insists that she now views Since her battle with breast
sonA.J., andtwodaughtersBaylee mylamily. That's where T got the life differently. It's not worth it to cancer, Jessie works to raise
arid Hallie. strength, because it is.a fight," she worry about little things that may awareness :by speaking at local
She was diagnosed with cancer revealed. "Yoxt re fighting for your be insignificant when it cones to events. She shared her message
in her right breast on her 276 lifel" the bigger picture, she said. It's her with about 8,000 people last
birthday Aug. 11, 2006. Lik many before her who have second chance at life. Janitary at the Gator's women's
The doctors told her the cancer suffered through chemotherapy, "Things that I used to get gymilastics Link to Pink meet.
was aggressive. They would need Jessie began to lose her liair. aggravated about that [my kids] She is also involved with the
lo act quickly. Merely 10 days She bought a wig to disguise her would do. now it's just kind of like American Cancer Society. She is
after her diagnosis, Jessie bad a balding head, blit couldn't bring 'I'm so thankful I got to see them co-chair of the Making Strides
mastectomy, a surgery removing herself to wear it. do that,' she said. Against Breast Cancer 5& ,walk,
both her breasts. Though her left "f just felt like I was trying Jessie"s struggle with the which honors survivors and raises
breast was healthy, she didn't want to be something I wasn's," she disease broxight her family closer awareness of the disease. Next
'o take the risk. confessed. "It just wis'n't me." and mAde her a stronger individual. year, she willbe chairwoman.
"1 just said "I don't need them. Instead, Jessie wrapped her she said. She is grateful to have Though it's not certain that she
I'm done having my kids..I've fed bare scalp with scarves that she bad her htisband arid children has completely eluded the disease,
them all. so take them out," she made..It took about six months for throughout her fight. Her husband Jessie's fear of a second battle with
recalls. her hair to fully grow back. < was, her "best nurse," aird neyer breast cancer has faded. She has
After a one-month healing The, last day of her failed to make her feel beautiful, come to see her experience in a
period, her chemotherapy sessions' chemotherapy was Jan.. 8, 2007, even when she was without breasts new light as something positive.
would begin. Every three weeks the day the Gators won the national and hair. "I don't like the fact that Ihad
she spent about five houm in championship of the 2006 college Her daughter, Baylee, saw breast cancer, but I don't know
the hospital having medications football season. She watched the the fear in her mother after the that I would go back and change
pumped into her veins through a game at a "No-mo Chemo" party diagnosis. One day, at their home it if L could, because out of all
port over her breast. Her scar is her friends held for her joyous in Alachua, Baylee who was four the negatives that it's brought, it's
still clearly visible, a token of her 'occasion. years old at the time, came to her brought that many good things"
struggle. "I took that as a good sign mother to share a hible verse phe # # #
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Alachua church of Christ
14505 NW 145thAvenue
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New Oak Grove Baptist Church
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mystery and bypassed them
. for fishermen and publicans.
Or, consider hoiv those
words might
have sounded to .
Pontius Pilate
or any other ,
Roman ruler;
God looked
past them
and secretly
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"And he turned him unto
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privately... "
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precede this entire section,
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In that hour Jesus

hidden plan has specifically
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common men and women,
the babes or common ones,
the disciples.
The mystery of God
has been kept from the
wise, because if they had
the information they would
have fought arid led others
to rebellion against God's
plan. In this casethey would
have tried to limit Jesus'
influence and ultimately
removed Him entirely, God
in His sovereign power
revealed His Son to poor
fishermen, outcast women,
and tax collectors, while
at the same time confusing
the wise, who would try to
undermine Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ came into
the world to save sinners,
and sinners put Him on trial,
found Him guilty, and, thus,
put God, the giver of life,
to death. The mystery was
hidden from the wise that
tried to kill Him as a baby.
The mystery was hidden
from the wise that picked

up stones to throw at Jesus
as He taught the people, but
instead He walked through
the middle of them without
them seeing Him. The
mystery was hidden from
the wise who thotight that
they could put God to death,
only to discover that He
could not be held by death.
Now we come full
circle to how we're to apply
these words about God's
mysterious hand in human
activity. ~ First, we must
understand that as we seek
to know God and understand
His plans for us, we must be
and our limitations to His
sovereignty. What this
means is that the fear of
God is the beginning of
Wisdom (Proverbs 1:7). We
must seek communion with
God even before we try to
receive the Divine secrets.
Most cults and heretics
begin with the idea of secret
knowledge, or gnosis;
but while they're seeking
knowledge, they've missed

communion with the One
who is Knowledge-the
creator, giver, and sustained
of all truth.
What God gives to one
person in understanding, is
to be handled with care and
shared with others for the
building up of the Church of
Jesus Christ. The mystery
of Christ was.revealed to
His disciples, so they could
pass it on to others; sacred
tradition. All that's hidden
is hidden from the worldly
that would only judge
God and heap more sin on
themselves. The revelation
of God in Jesus Christ has
been taught and received
by those who, having heard
and embraced this truth and
this holy mystery are called
to share it with those who
seek, guarding against those
who would attack it. "What
will you do with the treasure
that has been placed in your
possession what will you
do with the truth that has
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of God doesn't always
bring immediate joy; more -
often than riot, we end up
confused and on our knees
in humility. An example of
this is in the Gospel of Saint
Luke chapter 10, beginning
with, "Blessed are the eyes
which see the things that ye
prophets and kings have
desired to see those things
Which ye see and have not
seen thery; and to hear-
those things which ye hean
and have not heard them. ".
We're confronted with
the fact that from time to
time, God has withheld
information from his own
prophets and rulers. Other
times, He chose to reveal
His mysteries, but this time
it doesn't come to prophets
or kings, it comes to
fishermen and tax collectors
traveling the countryside
with the Son of God.
Imagine how the Pharisees
would have reacted to the
words of Jesus? God had
examined the hearts of those
whom we would think best
suited to receive a heavenly

rejoiced in spirit, and said, I
thank thee, OFathen Lordof
heaven and earth, that thou
hast hid these
things from
the wise and
prudent, and
hast revealed
. them unto
babes: even so,
Father; for so
-7 it seemed good
in thy sight.
All things are
delivered to me
of my Father:
JOHN E' and no man
URE knoweih who
Anglican the Son is, but
inesville. the Father; and
of the who the Father
episcopal is, but the Son,
re and [he] to
whom the Son
will reveal [him].
Here is that mysterious
working of God in human -
affairs. Jesus states that
certain information has
been withheld from the
wise and prudent, but has
been revealed to "the simple
folk." A hidden plan of God
has been understood by His
Son, Jesus Christ, and this


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has a dream come true when he is given a ride on the
Arabia, a steamboat headed up the Missouri River.
Toby was sure he was on an adventure that he would
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Howevdr, the adventure he had was not the kind
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die Arab a was more than 170 wood as fast as the two f here was plenty of her
oby shuddered when the feet from die bow to the woodsmen could brmg it. food on a long table, and it
gambler looked at him. But stern. Toby's head was when there was no more lasted good. Mr. LePage
then the well-dressed card spinning as Make talked room for the wood near the visited with some of the
player flashed a big smile and about the bou. Listening to boiler, the engineer told Toby crewmen who were eating
. spoke to the boys. Mike was lilu- heaung and his Father their lob wa-, with them. But Toby was
Mike answered back. but another language. done for the ddy. thinking about the riverbOdt
Toby was league tied. He just As the boys passed since a would soon be gamblers and that litde gold
nodded has head at the through the c.irgoaremon dark, the engineer told thern nugget.
stranger. Usear way back to thebowof to take supper in the galley. lic had never seen a gold
Wahout another word, the the bDat, the riverboat Ihat was another word in nugger before, but he hoped
man turned awavand gamblers were stil playing riverboat language that Toby some day he could go out
continued with his card cards did not understand. But 110 west and look for gold.
game. As he watchedthegame, soon learned the galley was Maybe he would ride the
Make looked at Toby and lobs saw the f.mey-dressed where the cookmg was done. Arabia nut there and strike it
mouoned him to move along gambler takca small pouch Toby and has finher found rich.
Toby took one last glance at from his pocket.Reaching a place new the galley where Then he would have a
the gamblers be fore he inside the pouch, the mart the could w.nh up pouch full of guid.
Followed Mike to the la end took our.1 anall gold-colored
of the bout where the rock and put at inthecenter -
message frain.rhe captain of the table. men the man 6
was delivered. said he was berting an ounce
With their errand of gold on the next game. 03
completed die boys stirred loby could not take his eyes, M 5 5 NUMUT $ES
back to the front sect on of of the little gold nugget.
the ship. Mike explained that Rur suddenlyhe feltaq ,
the forw nd end of the boat on hs sinrr. Mike waved Sa.
dh hje I h r hunb yj n d won nes to nt About and Do
boiler room.
M r. LePage was at 1. The gambler said his gold nugget weighed l ance. In 1856. ubt as
work carrymg @re talue of an ounce chivall? Ribet would be the take of's pound ot'gold in
then cod. Toliy wa 1856? (Obst '9 dir value Jan rance of cold today?
em barrassed that he
had.been explothi8 2 184 was T&nymban-assed rason he found he IMher exerting? (Or'le a
. while his father paragraph tellng has go think Toby (Ht about h's fedner. Do ye think
worked. Buta smile
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motok safety, but only 1
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States, viety their peers a
for inexperienced drivers,
nt of The high fatality
ut are and low seat belt us
percent rates among teens an
ber of yovng aliults is h

are key fgotors in many
teen crashes. It's vital for
parents to take an active
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learn by example.
"Despite efforts aimed
teens, safety belt use among
teens and young adults 'is
low. In Florida in 2008,
68:3 percent of children
ages 0-17 killed in vehicle
crashes were not using
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seat or a safety belf; We
must all nialEe every effort
and teach bur teens safe
driving habits and.to make
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19-year-old drive
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percent of 15-2
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occupants ages 1
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teens account
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The Flonda Department
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Safety Office announces
that October 19-25, 2009
has been designated
National Teen Driver
Safety Week.
Flonda recognizes that

inofor vehicle crashes are
the leading cause of teen
fatalities in this country.
Teens are involved in
three times as many fatal
crashes as all other drivers
nationwide. Inexperience
and immaturity combined
with speed, alcohol, lack
of use of safety belts
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the Florida Department
y of Transportation is
. joining with the National
. Highway Traffic Safety
s Administration, the
Governors Highway Safety
e Association, and other
f state and local highway
l safety and law enforcement
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