Neighbor to Neighbor newspaper June 2013 : Page 1

Proudly Serving Orange Park, Argyle/OakLeaf, Fleming Island, Middleburg, Green Cove Springs, Penney Farms & Keystone Heights Since January 2000 State Award Winning Newspaper with the Best of Clay County Living l LOCAL NEWS l CROSSWORD l SUDOKU l HOROSCOPES l COMMUNITY Congratulations to the 2013 Clay County Graduates Valedictorians & Salutatorians page 17 NEIGHBOR The Neighbor to CALENDAR l SCHOOL NEWS l GARDENING Clay County Supervisor of Elections Office FREE June MMXIII Vol 14 Issue 6 Another Gem in the County Seat Crown Ann Williamson Staff Writer Local agricultural producers visit with lawmakers in Washington, D.C. Gayward Hendry, President of Clay County Farm Bureau, visited with the Florida Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. to discuss various federal policies that affect Florida agriculture. The visit included a series of conversations on the farm bill, immigration reform, the estate tax and Gayward Hendry, President of Clay County related matters. Meetings Farm Bureau at the Capitol, organized by Florida Farm Bureau as the Field to the Hill trip from May 14 to May 16, involved informal talks between local citizens and their elected leaders. The visit was an example of a cherished national tradition of citizen participation in our representative government. Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick expressed his admiration for the volunteers who participated in the trip. “Our Farm Bureau members were very effective in speaking responsibly on behalf of production agriculture in our state,” Hoblick said. “They expressed their views on a variety of public policy issues that will influence the success of their livelihoods in the future,” he explained. “Farmers and ranchers form a solid foundation for the quality of life we all enjoy. Members of Congress and our national executive department officials heard clear messages from the people who produce our food, fiber and renewable fuels.” Florida Farm Bureau is the Sunshine State's largest general agricultural organization with more than 147,000 member-families representing Farm Bureaus in 60 counties. Membership provides a multitude of benefits and you don't have to be a farmer to be a member of Florida Farm Bureau.  Best Price & Quality  Finance Programs  Buy Here Pay Here Programs  Rent to Own Programs  Cash Discounts  Discounted Repos on Hand See page 4 for details 904-298-1122 Photo by Deborah Brown Congressman Ted Yoho (U.S. 3rd District, R-Gainesville) assists Supervisor of Elections Chris Chambless as they cut the ribbon marking the official grand opening and open house for the new location of the Clay County Supervisor of Elections Office, 500 N. Orange Ave. in Green Cove Springs. The new location and remodeling of a former automobile dealership has become yet another gem in the crown worn by the county seat of Green Cove Springs, as ribbon cutting ceremonies officially opened the Clay County Supervisor of Elections Office to the public on Thursday afternoon, May 30, for a tour and open house. Supervisor of Elections Chris Chambless and U.S. Congressman Ted Yoho (R-Gainesville – 3rd Congressional District) jointly cut the ribbon with the aid of the Ambassadors from the Clay County Chamber of Commerce. The open house and ribbon cutting ceremony attracted county commissioners, school board members, city officials, constitutional officers and others responsible for the success of the project. Before cutting the ribbon, Chambless said he wanted to thank the Board of County Commissioners, the City of Green Cove Springs and each of their various staff members who assisted with the undertaking, and especially the Davis Family who actually own the property and footed the bill for the renovation of what is now known as “The Davis Center.” Chambless called on his pastor, Todd Jones, Senior Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church of Middleburg, to give the invocation and blessings for the building. Those blessing were followed by the introduction of Congressman Ted Yoho. Chambless said Congressman Yoho has quickly become known in Washington D.C. for the phrase he has coined, “Let your yes be yes, and your no be no!” There are major plans for the City of Green Cove Springs and its Gateway Corridor to also be designated as a Scenic Highway, and occupancy of the elections office in an otherwise blighted area will work towards the good of both the county and the city. 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