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l LOCAL NEWS l CROSSWORD l SUDOKU l HOROSCOPES l COMMUNITY www.neighbortoneighbor.info or Facebook.com/TheNeighbortoNeighbornewspaper November 2014 Vol 15 Issue 11 Clay County Local Election Returns Kerekes Returned to Office; Voters Say “NO” to Appointed Superintendent Ann Williamson Staff Writer N EIGHBOR CALENDAR l SCHOOL NEWS l GARDENING NEIGHBOR TO FREE State Award Winning Newspaper with the Best of Clay County Living Since 2000 Middleburg Hosts 3rd Annual Black Creek 5K Run In the non-partisan countywide Clay County School Board races, incumbent School Board member Janice Kerekes was re-elected to the District 1 seat she has held for one four-year term, defeating her opponent, Kenny Leigh in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Kerekes captured 33,986 votes (54.52 percent) over Kenny Leigh’s 28,346 votes (45.48 percent). In the District 5 School Board race, Ashley Hutchings Gilhousen garnered 34,076 votes (55.9 percent) over Sandra Dunnavant’s 26,880 votes (44.1 percent) for the seat currently held by veteran School Board member Lisa Graham. A majority of the Clay County electorate (57.26 percent) said NO to an appointed superintendent referendum and supported an elected superintendent with 36,108 NO votes over a total of 26,947 YES votes (42.74 percent). In the single member District 4 Clay County Commission seat, Republican Gavin Rollins won this race with 10,821 (96.58 percent) over Write-In candidate Stanley Pfenning, who only tallied 383 votes (3.42 percent). In the State Representative District 18 race, incumbent Republican State Representative Travis Cummings was declared the obvious winner with 41,658 votes (81.4 percent) over Liberatarian challenger Ken Wiley 9,521 (18.6 percent). Local voters said NO to Straw Ballot Question 1 – Whether the county should establish special library and parks taxing districts? YES -26,947 (42.74 percent) and NO -36,108 (57.26 percent). On the other hand, voters said YES to Straw Ballot Question 2 – Whether the county should work toward diversification of its revenue sources? The BCC is looking at whether or not their constituencies favor them tapping into utility service taxes, local gas taxes and sales taxes as a way to take the burden off the property tax payers of Clay County. Voting YES were 35,115 voters (55.57 percent) to 28,071 NO votes (44.43 percent). In the Soil and Water District Group 1 race, Travis Christensen defeated Kyle A Bedran 27,259 (52.09 percent) to 25,074 (47.91 percent). In Soil and Water District Group 3 race, Richard Darby was the top vote getter with 23,082 (45.1 percent over Joseph M. Davis 19,529 (38.16 percent) and Tom Sonke 8,569 (16.74 percent). Photo by Nick Thompson -Staff Writer Top 3 male and female finishers in the Black Creek 5K Run pose with Miss Middleburg High School 2014 Allison Robertson, left, and First Runner-Up Conner Mathews. More on page 24 Facebook.com/ TheNeighbortoNeighborNewspaper Ready for for Some Some Football? Football? Ready Can I get help paying for my health insurance? Blue Angels Return to Jacksonville Nick Thompson Staff Writer The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels returned the Naval Air Station Jacksonville during the weekend of October 25 and 26, 2014 to an estimated crowd in excess of 250,000 with a crowd of 165,000 at the base on Saturday. With two shows remaining in this year's 38-show schedule, the Blue Angels will perform in front of over 11 million people. Continued on page 8 The Aaron Group 2569 County Road 220, Ste. 202 Middleburg, FL 32068 Find out by calling: 276-9088 In the pursuit of health Florida Blue is a trade name of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. 77952-0713/73854-0712 Agt. Giving thanks. Almeta L. Monroe Ins Agcy Inc 3521 U S Hwy 17, Unit A Orange Park, FL 32003 (904) 269-5200 I thank you for your continued business. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Like a good neighbor, State Farm ® is there. Call for a quote 24/7 CALL US TODAY. statefarm.com *Average annual per household savings based on a national 2012 survey of new policyholders who reported savings by switching to State Farm.  2#4-#8'07'